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Exploring Smith Falls State Park

Exploring Smith Falls State Park Summertime is here and in full swing. If you’re not sure how to spend your time this summer, than we suggest you check out Nebraska’s Smith Falls State Park. Tucked away, 18 miles east of Valentine, is a gorgeous cascading waterfall, making it the highest waterfall in the state. This destination offers your perfect mix of beauty and adventure all in one place! Camping Smith Falls State Park offers great camping spots with tent camping, picnic sites, concession and pay showers. The camping site sits right along the Niobrara National Scenic River. Unfortunately there are no RV facilities available but you can still stop by the state park and explore . . . Read more

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RV’s – the Original Tiny Houses

RV’s – the Original Tiny Houses As an RV dealer, I have seen many fads in the camping industry come and go.  Recently however a show on HGTV caught my interest showing the new tiny houses phenomenon.  I watched a few episodes, and after hearing the prices on these tiny houses, I was in amazement that someone wouldn’t be looking into a nice travel trailer or fifth wheel instead.  So I went on a quest to answer all the questions that popped up in my mind some educated, some silly.  After doing some research, I found a lot of misleading information out there.  Several sites described RV pricing being an average of $125,000.  What that tells me is . . . Read more

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Nebraska Neighbors: Wyoming

When it comes to Wyoming, there isn’t a shortage of beautiful sites to see. Wyoming is the home to many national treasures such as Yellowstone, the Grand Tetons and the wondrous town of Jackson Hole. The tenth largest state in the United States, there are plenty of underrated sites for you to see! Granite Hot Springs  Wyoming has tons of hot springs that have been around for centuries. Native Americans used to settle along the hot springs of the North Platte River. In fact, they would even camp near rival tribes in order to be near the waters they believed to have healing powers. The most popular hot springs in Wyoming are probably the Thermopolis Hot Springs. If you want a more secluded . . . Read more

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How to Make Sure Your Camping Trip Doesn’t Inspire Another Scary Movie

Listen, we’ve all seen enough scary movies to understand what the worst possible scenario for camping at a sketchy campsite is. I’m looking at you Texas Chainsaw Massacre. In reality, you should really be more cautious of unsafe campsites than a hockey mask clad psycho killer chasing you through the woods. In this article we’ll go through a few tips to make sure that you’re extra prepared for your camping trip and your story doesn’t inspire another scary movie… In the states, most of the campsites you’ll come across are either state or government operated. But, as times are changing more and more private property owners are offering up their land for . . . Read more

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Top 3 Reasons to Visit Sand Hills Nebraska

Itching for a road trip? Time to set off on a 280 mile road trip through Sand Hills Nebraska. This unique area is a perfect opportunity for you to take some time and explore Nebraska from Aurora to North Platte. Sand Hills spans about 20,000 square miles and takes up nearly a fourth of the state of Nebraska. Spring is the perfect time for you to take off and experience some of the best views Nebraska has to offer.  1. Kearney Nebraska - this Nebraska town is home to Louie the Loper and the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Take some time off the road here and visit the Fort Kearney State Recreational Park.  Here you can partake in some of Nebraska’s finest fishing, swimming and . . . Read more

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RV’s and Sports – The Perfect Fit

PLAY BALL! As we enter into March Madness, I start thinking about all the sports opportunities that there are to use your RV, and I get a little carried away with all the possibilities.  Here in Nebraska, we may be known for our football, but our Sports/RV season really begins with baseball season.  Omaha has been home to the College World Series since 1950 which is an incredible 66 years.  It is as much a part of the fabric of Omaha as Warren Buffet is.  I always smile when I think about the series, all the greats who have played in the games, and all the varied people who travel hundreds if not thousands of miles to see their favorite teams. The original stadium was Rosenblatt, . . . Read more

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7 Camping Dangers in Nebraska

“Better to be safe than sorry” was the mantra I grew up hearing from both of my parents. While Mom typically said this in reference to packing shoes for every possible occasion, Dad found it more applicable in the context of being prepared for anything Mother Nature could throw at us. That said, consider this more of the latter-- a guide “better to be safe than sorry: Nebraska camping dangers edition”.   Water/ Drought Even though the heat of summer hasn’t quite rolled in yet, the sunny months can be brutal in amongst the sweeping plains of Nebraska. Though there are rolling hills, overhead treeshade can be hard to come by. The potential for drought and dehydration . . . Read more

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Games You’ve Got To Have

Need something to keep you busy during these chillier months? Here’s a list of board games that will keep you and your loved ones occupied for hours on end! Warning: things might get a little competitive, and will definitely get fun!   This is a collaborative card game where you and 2-3 other players will work together to try to construct an epic firework show before the fuse is out! This exciting card game requires strategy and quick memory as you try to build from scratch each firework color in the correct suit and order without looking at your own cards. It's challenging, to say the very least! In this game you take on the identity of a monster and compete against 5 other monsters . . . Read more

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