Make Your Own Dog Treats on the Road!

If you’re taking your dogs out on the road with you, everyday is a treat, both for you and your pups. If you want to give them a special treat, however, and have a little time at the RV park or campground, try making your own dog treats. With just a few simple ingredients and supplies, you can make these healthy and yummy treats that any dog will love.

Peanut Butter & Coconut Oil Dog Treats

Ingredients

  • 1/8 cup NaturVet Powder
  • 1/8 cup all-natural peanut butter
  • 1  cup all-natural coconut oil
  • Silicone paw molds (or whatever mold tickles your fancy)
  • Squeeze bottle (optional, you can also opt to use a freezer bag)
  • 1 (or 2) quart-sized freezer bags

Directions

Place the coconut oil in a ziploc bag, and place the bag in hot (not boiling) water, until it warms up and turns to a clear liquid. You may need to massage the bag to get it to completely liquify. While that is warming up combine the peanut butter and NaturVet in a bowl, and mix until it forms a pretty solid dough.

Begin forming this mixture into small balls. Place your silicone mold on a tray or pan that will fit in your fridge or freezer. Then place a peanut butter ball in the bottom of each mold. Once coconut oil is completely liquefied, snip a corner off the ziploc and empty into a squeeze bottle (optional).  Fill each mold with coconut oil. The coconut oil will solidify at temperatures below 86 degrees, so if left at room temperature it should solidify again, but placing the mold in the fridge or freezer will speed it up.

Store them in an air-tight container and keep them cool so that they don’t melt.

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Some of the Best Campgrounds in the US

Picking an RV destination is sometimes one of the easiest things to do – and sometimes one of the most difficult. Where you choose to go depends on what you want to do on your vacation. If you want to experience nature at its best, then you might choose some remote areas for camping. If you prefer to go sightseeing, you might pick a location nearer to a major tourist area.

Before you head out, stop by Jim’s RV Center to have your RV serviced, especially if you have a motorized RV. If you don’t have an RV yet, but have been thinking about getting one, now is the time to bite the bullet – you won’t want to miss some of these great camping adventures, especially if you plan your trip for the upcoming fall colors.

Jo Mary Campground is located in the Great North Woods of Maine, and is perfect for those who want to bond with nature. The campground features 70 campsites on the shores of Jo-Mary Lake. You’ll have a view of Mt. Katahdin, a boat launch, flush toilets, showers, Laundromat, a dumping station and more.

Enjoy boating, swimming, hiking and fishing for salmon, white perch, brook trout and lake trout. Once you register at the campground, you’ll have access to the Gulf Hagas, Gauntlet Falls, Appalachian Trail and about 70 remote lakes and ponds. Bangor is 67 miles away, and Mt. Katahdin and Baxter Park are about 50 miles north.

If you want to see Loretta Lynn in concert and have a great weekend – or spend a week at her home, reserve your spot at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch. The sites vary – there are some with full hookup and 50-amp service, some with water and electric with 30-amp service, and some primitive sites.

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Visit the Corning Museum of Glass

The Corning Museum of Glass, located in the Finger Lakes region of New York, has the distinction of owning the world’s largest collection and display of glass art.

The museum is home to over 3,500 years of glasswork art from all corners of the globe. The works range from art like mosaics, portraits, sculptures, and windows to glassware like chandeliers, pitchers, and cups.

The building itself is a work of architectural art with plenty of minimalist design cues, clean colors and lines, and tons of natural light (all the better to view the glass art work). The building is split into sections, each with its own theme, from contemporary and modern glass art to some of the oldest glass art in the world, including a glass portrait of an Egyptian Pharaoh from circa 1500 B.C.

The museum also serves as a center of learning in regards to glass, the glass industry, and how to make glass and work with the material. The museum is a work space for master glassblowers, who teach visitors and artists their techniques in practical demonstrations and exhibits.

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Stop by Jim’s RV Center this summer to get your RV checked over before you hit the road. You can also tour a new RV at Jim’s RV Center and find one that’s perfect for you.

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Guide for Camping with Kids

Camping with kids is a bit easier when you have an RV instead of roughing it in a tent, but it can still be trying unless you are prepared. If you pack right, you can take even the youngest on a camping trip and enjoy it.

If you are just starting a family and are planning on more than one child – and are planning on doing a lot of RVing, when you walk through floor plans at Jim’s RV Center, keep this in mind. The appropriate space will allow your family to grow with the RV and will make camping a dream.

If your kids are very young, you might want to purchase side rails for the bunks – or find an RV floor plan that has no upper bunks for kids to fall out of. You’ll also need plenty of space for toys and extra clothing. What kid doesn’t love to go out and play in the dirt? If you’re going for a weekend and figure on two or three changes of clothing for each person, add at least two more changes for you if you have babies. Double it for kids of any age. Babies may spill food and older children are going to be out playing.

Be sure to bring foods that everyone loves. While some families want to go for the healthy meals even when camping, you can make it more enjoyable for children if you have their favorites on hand.

Use milk crates for toy storage for the kids. While you are on the road, you can store them in the basement storage, and then bring them out when you get to your destination. To keep the area clean, put the toys back in the crates and slide them right back into the basement storage overnight. This keeps the area clean and keeps your kids’ toys in your possession instead of someone – or something – else’s possession.

Pack your kids’ favorite snacks in small baggies. This gives them something to eat between meals, and it also helps you with portion control. It also saves space as you don’t have a large package taking up space in the cabinets or the fridge.

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Road Tripping on a Budget

When you want take a road trip you have to figure out what it’s going to cost – from getting the RV ready to groceries to gas – and gas is going to be the biggest expense. If you can manage to cut some expenses out, you’ll have more money for gas so that you can get where you want to go instead of choosing a place you won’t enjoy.

Check your RV before you go – make sure everything is working properly. It is cheaper to make an appointment for repairs and service at Jim’s RV Center than it is to try to find a place on the road to get it fixed. Additional budget tips include:

  • Buy groceries before you go. Remove meats from their store packing and pack them into sealable baggies for the freezer. This will save you a lot of space, allowing you to pack more into the freezer. This way, you can buy the bulk family packs for less money.
  • Use dry goods you have at the house. Many people keep their RV stocked with dry goods they bought on sale; and then rotate them out with goods in the house before their expiration date. This works well since you can always find things on sale, whether the grocery store is offering BOGO or you have a coupon.
  • If you have a Walmart card, get your gas at Walmart – you can save significantly on a gallon of gas. In some cases, you can save up to $0.15 per gallon.
  • Check campground prices before you leave. If an area you are going to has more than one campground, you might choose the one with the lower price per night if it has the amenities you want, such as hiking, fishing, boating and swimming.
  • If your destination is more than a day’s drive away, camp overnight in a parking lot. Some places allow RVers to sleep overnight in their parking lots.
  • If you are boondocking, haul water once you get to your destination. A gallon weighs 8.34 pounds and 60 gallons of water really adds up. The heavier weight costs more in gas to haul to your destination.

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Be sure to stop by Jim’s RV Center before you leave so that you can pick up anything you might need or to get your RV checked before you head out on the road.

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Upstate New York’s Most Beautiful Places

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When you’re driving through upstate New York this summer in your RV, be sure to check out these exceptional places.

McGregor Vineyard

A vineyard? In New York?! Well, it’s located in the Finger Lakes region, so it’s actually not that strange. While not as well known as Napa Valley, Finger Lakes produces some pretty good wine in an arguably prettier setting. A prime example of this is McGregor Vineyard, which sits prominently on a bluff overlooking Keuka Lake. It’s a great place to grab a bottle of wine from the vineyard, set out a spread for a picnic, and simply enjoy the view.

Watkins Glen

Only 1.2 square miles in size, the park is known for its centerpiece attraction, the Rainbow Gorge. The narrow gorge is 400 feet deep and is cut through by Glen Creek, which feeds the gorgeous Rainbow Falls. The gorge offers a wholly unique and beautiful site. A geological wonder, Rainbow Gorge is worth the drive alone.

This is not to minimize the rest of the park, however, as Watkins Glen State Park packs a lot into a small package. There are also three trails, which are open from mid-May to early November. There are also numerous camping sites that offer picnic tables, pavilions, playgrounds, dump stations, and showers. There’s also a gift shop located onsite. Fishing and hiking are popular activities at the park.

Letchworth State Park

Known as the “Grand Canyon of the East,” Letchworth State Park offers views of tree-clad canyons, three spectacular waterfalls, 66 miles of trails, and even hot air balloon rides to see it all. The rock walls of the gorge rise up to heights of 550 feet in some places as the Genesee River cuts through it.

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How to Get the Best Internet While Traveling

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Staying connected while living the RV lifestyle may seem difficult at first. Campground WiFi is never as reliable as most travelers would like and emailing from coffee shops gets expensive quickly. However, many RV travelers have discovered how to stay connected with fast, wireless internet on the go. The following are a few tricks of the trade to help you get the best internet access while traveling.

Use a Hotspot

Using a wireless internet hotspot is the best way to stay connected anywhere that has cellular phone service. Hotspots can be created on most smartphones and tablets, then all you have to do is tether you computer to the hotspot. Verizon and AT&T both offer nationwide coverage that makes it easy to connect in some of the most remote places. Hotspots do chip away at your monthly data allotment, so it helps to speak with your provider about a data plan that will work for you.

Use a WiFi Booster

Many campgrounds across the country now offer free WiFi to campers. The only downfall is that the wireless internet access they provide is often weak and unreliable. A WiFi booster can improve the internet access at places with free WiFi, so you don’t have to use your phone’s data. The Wifi Ranger Elite Pack is an affordable option for boosting signals at places with unreliable internet.

Use the Wi-Fi Finder App

It seems like every place you visit offers free WiFi until you’re really in need. The Wi-Fi Finder app can help you locate places that offer free WiFi, so you don’t waste time or money at places that don’t offer internet access. If you’re not interested in using an app, a simple call to the campground, restaurant or other site you’ll be visiting can help you determine if it will be a place with reliable internet access.

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A Sweet Treat for the Road

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When you’re out on the road this summer and craving something sweet, look no further than this recipe for crumb cake. Perfect for a light snack with tea or for after dinner with coffee, this crumb cake is as versatile as it is delicious.

The Best New York Crumb Cake

Ingredients

  • butter and flour, for greasing the pan

Cake:

  • 1 + ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Topping:

  • 2 + ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 + ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup (16 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted and cooled to room temperature
  • confectioners’ sugar, for dusting

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325°. Butter and flour a 9×13-inch baking pan or line with parchment and lightly grease with non-stick baking spray.

Make the Cake:

  1. In a medium bowl sift the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt together.
  2. In a separate large mixing bowl whisk the egg, milk, oil, and vanilla together until well combined.
  3. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and gently fold in with a spatula or wooden spoon.
  4. Scrape the batter into the greased pan and spread evenly from corner to corner – it will be a very thin layer.

Make the Topping:

  1. In a medium bowl whisk the flour, brown sugar and cinnamon together. Pour the melted butter over it and toss together with a spoon until well combined.
  2. Use your hand to sprinkle the crumbs evenly over the top of the batter breaking the mixture apart into big crumbs.
  3. Bake 10 minutes and rotate the pan. Bake 10 – 12 minutes longer or until a toothpick comes out clean from center.
  4. Cool in pan on a wire rack.
  5. Dust the top generously with confectioners’ sugar and use a serrated knife to cut into squares or rectangles.
  6. Store tightly covered in a cool, dry place up to 4 days.

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Your Guide to Summer on Fire Island

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One of New York’s premier summer destinations is Fire Island. The 32-mile long, quarter-mile wide island is the longest of the four barrier islands that protect Long Island from the Atlantic. With miles of sandy beaches, several state parks and wilderness preserves, and quaint communities, it’s no wonder why. If you’re planning on heading to Fire Island this summer, check out this guide to learn about the various attractions available.

The Communities

The island is home to about 400 residents year round, but this number can swell to upwards of 20,000 during peak tourist season in the summer. There are a total of 17 communities that are located in the center of the island, all of them car-free and accessible by ferry only. Without vehicles available, the primary means of travel are bicycles, private boats, water taxis, golf carts, and wagons. The absence of cars makes for a small town feel to each community and the pace of life feels slower and more relaxed. Spending time in town offers tourists great dining and shopping options. Ocean Beach is the largest of these small villages and has the biggest downtown area, making it the unofficial capital of Fire Island.

The Beaches and Parks

The island features park facilities spanning most of the island’s length, from the Fire Island Lighthouse to the federal wilderness preserve at the opposite side. The Fire Island National Seashore maintains four main parks on the island; of these, Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness is probably the best, encompassing 8 miles of natural untouched beach. Another is Sunken Forest, an extremely rare 300-year-old maritime holly forest. All the beaches under the purview of FINS are lifeguarded.

There are numerous wildlife parks on the island, many of which offer swimming, fishing, marinas, picnicking, surfing, and camping opportunities.

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Visit Watkins Glen State Park

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Watkins Glen State Park is a lesser known park located in New York’s Finger Lakes region outside of the village of Watkins Glen, just south of Seneca Lake in Schuyler County.

The lower area of the park is near the village while the upper area is open forest.

In operation to the public since 1863, it operated as a resort under private ownership until 1906, at which time it was purchased by the state and managed by the Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation.

Only 1.2 square miles in size, the park is known for its centerpiece attraction, the Rainbow Gorge. The narrow gorge is 400 feet deep and is cut through by Glen Creek, which feeds the gorgeous Rainbow Falls. The gorge offers a wholly unique and beautiful site. A geological wonder, Rainbow Gorge is worth the drive alone.

This is not to minimize the rest of the park, however, as Watkins Glen State Park packs a lot into a small package. There are also three trails, which are open from mid-May to early November. There are also numerous camping sites that offer picnic tables, pavilions, playgrounds, dump stations, and showers. There’s also a gift shop located onsite. Fishing and hiking are popular activities at the park.

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Visit Jim’s RV Center in Nichols, NY, before you hit the road on your next RV road trip, whether to Watkins Glen State Park or anywhere else. Jim’s RV Center is your go-to store for RV sales, service, parts, and accessories.

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