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Oregon Getaways

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 19, 2020 5:11:31 PM / by Teresa Gaglio posted in Hiking, DIY, Fishing, Jayco, RVs, BlueDogRV, CraterLake, LakeOfTheWoods, EastRimDrive, CraterLakeNationalPark, HarrisStatePark, Boating

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Welcome back, Blue Dog RV friends and family! Are you just loving this beautiful weather?! Be careful, though! We always have one last frost before it is actually Spring!!  I am totally loving the sun and warmth, but a lot of crazy weather can happen during this time. However, all of this loveliness lets me know that it is time to start planning those RV outings!!  Don’t get left out of all the fun! Make sure you make reservations in advance before all the camping spots are gone.

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Flower Festivals Celebrate Spring!

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 19, 2020 4:17:46 PM / by Katie Clements posted in Camping, RV, Family, RVing, Cookies, Spring, Flowers, RVCamping, BlueDogRV, RVDestinations, FlowerFestivals, OregonTourism, WashingtonTourism, CampingDestinations, TravelTrailer, Blog, FamilyFriendly

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SPRING IS HERE! The daffodils and crocuses are blooming, tulips are budding, and trees are in full flower here in Troutdale. Hopefully, green things are popping up where you live, too. Spring is the season for wildflower hikes and flower festivals celebrating the return of warmer weather and glorious green growth. In this blog, I’ll be covering just some of the Pacific Northwest’s many flower festivals being held in the near future with helpful tips on proximate RV sites to ensure your trip is not only beautiful but comfortable, too! And, don’t forget: a free 12-month membership to Thousand Trails campsites is included with your purchase of any new RV from Blue Dog RV!

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Camping With Kids 101

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 19, 2020 2:34:17 PM / by Julie Hurlbert posted in Camping, RV, Family, Kids, Safety, Summer, RVCamping, FamilyFun, Skills, Marshmallows, Games, Hotdogs, Tent, MosquitoBites, S'mores

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When I was very young, my dad was working in Libby, Montana for the summer. We lived in Clarkston, Washington at the time. There were seven of us kids ranging from four to eleven years old (mixed family). We had a small travel trailer and a large tent. We headed to Libby for a two-week camp out in the mountains. Well, as it turned out it rained almost every day! My dad worked long hours, so when he got off work another challenge was to keep seven kids quiet so he could sleep. We didn’t seem to mind the rain too much because there was always fishing as we were right by a big creek. We spent many many hours in the big tent!  My sister and brother used to like to find little water snakes and chase me with them. It was awful but they thought it was the funniest thing ever! The big challenge was keeping all of us entertained. Big kudos go out to my stepmom for having the patience to handle all of us for that long! Back then we had Yahtzee and Monopoly. This made me realize when I was raising my two kids that I needed to be more creative providing activities for them while we were camping. We had our board and card games, horseshoe, and badminton. Now there is the Internet and its endless information and ideas on any topic; it would have been wonderful to have these ideas back then.

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Dream Landscapes Close to Las Vegas

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 19, 2020 1:57:30 PM / by Anna Lombardo posted in Camping, Adventure, RVing, Traveling, Vacation, DayTrip, LasVegas, Southwest, HappyCampers, RVDestinations, RoadTrip

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When we get into our RVs, sometimes we want to travel far and take road trips, and sometimes we want to travel somewhere a little closer to home. This article will tell you about nearby destinations for our Las Vegas area RV travelers. Happy and safe camping!

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Camping With A Dutch Oven

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 19, 2020 1:43:44 PM / by Amy Isaak posted in Breakfast, Camping Recipes, lunch time, Dinner, Camping, Cooking, Baking, BlueDogRV, DutchOven, Recipes, Briquettes, Cookouts, Coals, Meals, Roasting, Frying

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Camping is one of the most fun activities to do to get away from it all. Why not rough it a little by cooking some meals on the campfire in a dutch oven? Food that needs to be baked such as cakes, bread, and biscuits needs most of the heat on the top. Coals should be placed under the oven and on the lid at a 1 to 3 ratio. For roasting, the heat should be equal on the top as it is on the bottom. For frying, simmering, boiling, and stewing, heat should be on the bottom of the oven. To keep baked foods from burning on the bottom, remove the bottom heat after two-thirds of the total cooking time.

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Happy St. Patrick's Day from Blue Dog RV of Medford!

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 16, 2020 4:07:07 PM / by Teresa Gaglio posted in Camping, RV, BlueDogRV, Shamrock, LuckoftheIrish, Green, Leprechauns, Irish, CornedBeefandCabbage, SaintPatricksDay, SaintPatrick, Ireland, DNA, GreenChicagoRiver, FamilyTraditions

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Welcome back, Blue Dog RV friends and family!! As St. Patrick’s Day rolls around this year, I had the chance to get my DNA tested. To my surprise, I found out that I am 10% Irish!! This was a HUGE surprise, not only for me but for my entire family. A trait that tends to come in handy this time of year though!! However, for the last three generations, we have been saying that we are Mexican/Italians, which we are. Nevertheless, no one ever realized that we have Irish roots, as well!!  I am still trying to figure that part out which will become a blog one day! Another funny fact is that my son is more than half Irish but I am sure that has more to do with his dad than my little 10 percent.In case you missed my last blog, just click this link: What a Job!!

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Cleanse Your Mind, Body, and Soul...

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 16, 2020 3:40:07 PM / by Mariah Fietsam posted in RV, Oregon, California, Campgrounds, Arizona, RVLife, BlueDogRV, Sedona, MonumentValley, Utah, MindBodyandSoul, CraterLake, MountShasta, Cleanse

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It is said that going to absolutely stunning places can release your mind of negativity, allowing your body to release its stress and are places where your soul can be found again. I believe just going outside or camping can tremendously help this. I go into detail in a previous blog; I wrote about scientifically backed reasons to simply go outdoors. You can find this blog here: Science-backed Reasons You Should Spend More Time Outdoors. Whether you want to call these cleanses spiritual awakenings, electromagnetic field replenishment, vortex visits, or simply just taking a trip to some stunning landscape views, that's entirely up to you. 

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New to the Troutdale Blue Dog RV Family!

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 16, 2020 3:23:51 PM / by Katie Clements posted in Troutdale, RVing, SandyRiver, WorkFamily, BlueDogRV, Rainbows, 6GoingOn16, CampingUnderTheStars, BillionsandBillions, DartgunandtheVignettes, TheReverberations

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Hi! I’m Katie Clements, new Sales Receptionist here at the lovely Troutdale location with its view of majestic Mount Hood (weather allowing, of course). This picture was actually taken from our lot on Stark Street! Pretty impressive, don’t ya think?

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Camping with the Luck of the Irish!

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 16, 2020 2:12:48 PM / by Julie Hurlbert posted in Camping, RV, BlueDogRV, CornedBeef, Shepherd'sPie, ChocolatePretzels, Shamrock, St.Patty'sDay, GoGreen, LuckoftheIrish

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A Red Dog Rescue at Blue Dog RV!

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 16, 2020 12:39:33 PM / by Anna Lombardo posted in Camping, RV, BlueDogRV, safe, foxdog, Reddog, rescue, lostdog

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I was enjoying a beautiful, clear February day at Blue Dog RV in Las Vegas when all of a sudden I heard someone exclaim, “A dog is running around the lot!” Now, I love dogs, and all of us here have too big of a heart to let a terrified puppy run loose somewhere they might get hurt. There are a lot of moving vehicles on an RV lot! So, of course, I wanted to see this dog and make sure it was OK. Alex, our orientation specialist, and I went outside to check out what was going on and we saw this small red dog darting around the nearby RVs. I thought the dog looked like a fox! As we tried to get closer, making kissy noises and offering dog treats, the poor scared pup fled away from us. Then, we had a lucky break: the dog darted inside an open door and ran inside the building! Still scared, it ran away from our attempts to get closer.

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