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7 Things to Know Before Visiting Carlsbad, New Mexico

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7 Things to Know Before Visiting Carlsbad, New Mexico

There were several things I wish we had known about Carlsbad New Mexico and seeing Carlsbad Caverns and Guadaloupe Mountains National Parks.  First, although one is in Texas and the other in New Mexico, they are literally right across the border from each other, so it’s relatively easy to see both (plus Sitting Bull Falls) from the same campsite. We didn’t give much planning to our visit to Carlsbad which turned out to be a big mistake – we just wanted to see the cave and make a quick stop/look around in Guadaloupe Mountains...

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The Dark Side of Towing a Travel Trailer with a Toyota 4 Runner

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The Dark Side of Towing a Travel Trailer with a Toyota 4 Runner

We towed our Lance 1685 with our trusty little Toyota 4 Runner over 10,000 miles through the mountains, out west and back with no problems, but we might have just been lucky.  Read on for a tale of a totaled Lance 1885 being towed with a slightly heavier and more powerful (8 cyl) 4 Runner.  Thanks to Tom S. on the Lance Owners Forum (LOA) for sharing his experience towing a Lance 1885 (3700# dry) with an 8 cylinder Toyota 4 Runner. As Tom says … “So, lesson’s learned from all this?  I think the most valuable lesson is to...

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Best Campsite in Big Bend National Park

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Best Campsite in Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park offers three different campground opportunities as diverse as the park itself. Chisos Basin in the mountains, Rio Grande Village and Rio Grande RV Village on the far east side and Cottonwood Campground on the west side. So which is best?

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10 Fun FREE Things to Do in Big Bend National Park

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10 Fun FREE Things to Do in Big Bend National Park

It’s true! The best things in life are FREE! From the best place to catch a sunrise … or sunset …. to how to leave the country in a rowboat (OK, so this one is almost free…), don’t miss our Top 10 Fun FREE Things to do in Big Bend National Park!

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12 Essentials Before Visiting Big Bend National Park

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12 Essentials Before Visiting Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park is actually 3 parks in one, Chihuahuan Desert, Chisos Mountains and Rio Grande Oasis – in a remote west Texas location. A bit of extra planning and some essential tips to know before you go will make your adventure even more memorable!

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Visit a Dark Skies Park Before They’re All Gone!

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Visit a Dark Skies Park Before They’re All Gone!

Have you ever visited a dark skies park? Just like the glaciers, dark sky parks are vanishing at an alarming rate due to human light pollution. Visit now!

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Uncork & Unwind in Texas Hill Country

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Uncork & Unwind in Texas Hill Country

Full of pleasant surprises, from wildflowers to German food, to WINE! Texas Hill Country was our best “accidental” discovery as Winter Texans.

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When is a US Post Office Also a Dance Hall? Only in Luckenbach, Texas…

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When is a US Post Office Also a Dance Hall?  Only in Luckenbach, Texas…

Population 3. When is an US Post Office also a Dance Hall??? Meet Luchenbach, Texas!!!! Where everyone is somebody!

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Two Days in San Antonio

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Two Days in San Antonio

How to make the most of two outside days in San Antonio … not really long enough, but when our week’s weather turned rainy and cold, we managed to enjoy the two days of nice (if chilly) weather we were given.  So many things to do in San Antonio … so little time.  If you’re a foodie, you could really really OD!  Luckily, we’re not foodie’s, but we do have a couple of suggestions. Day 1 – Classic San Antonio:  The Alamo & Riverwalk Day 1 features what everyone comes to San Antonio for … the...

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Off to Big Bend Nat’l Park!

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Off to Big Bend Nat’l Park!

We’re “off the grid” for the next few weeks as we explore Davis Mountains State Park (and the McDonald Observatory Starry Nights Party!!!), Big Bend National Park & Guadeloupe Mountains National Park!  TrailerTraveler posts will resume as soon as I have a wifi or cell phone connection again!  Until then …. Cheers!  Jan No I did not take this photo …. yet.  Photo:  Courtesy of National Geographic.

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