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Posts from June 2013

Summertime Vacation Plans for Chuck

Well, it's summer...and time to start making those vacation plans!  

I like creating memories with my kids, and It had been in my mind for some time to take the kids on a trip I did when I was very young.  They're both 'coming of age' as far as the early years go.  Charlie is 9, and Theresa is 7; they're becoming their own people...and so it was with that spirit I decided it was 'time' for the trip.  

Destination:  NIAGARA FALLS, NY  

When I was a kid, my Dad loaded us up in an old car with tents and blankets and we camped out near the falls.  Even though I was very young, I can still remember that sound.  You never forget it, the sound of millions of gallons of pristine water crashing to a misty wonder hundreds of feet below that creates one of the Wonders of the World.  

However, this time...older myself and having saved since 2008 for this trip, our journey will be slightly different.  Meet The Doud Family RV I have rented for a week this August. 

This is the C-Class RV...complete with 2 queen sized beds, 2 full sized beds, a galley, bathroom, shower, fridge, and microwave.  I asked them to take the TV out and they obliged. It's powered by a V10 gas engine (not diesel) and is capable of up to a week of "boondocking" with no campsite.  We however, rented a campsite with electric and water just to not have to ration water and electric supply when needed.  

This will be remembered as "THE TRIP"...and I'll keep you updated on the progress as things get closer.   

My eyes well up as I type this...I did it...a middle aged man's dream of creating a trip so unique in travel and experience that Clark W. Griswold would approve.  

Niagara...The Doud's are coming...See you this August!  


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Welcome to Hurricane and Mosquito Season!

Tis the season for those flying blood-sucking little bugs we love to hate....MOSQUITOS!!!!  RUN!!!  So what do you do?   Sure, ya can call an exterminator...and really, ya should before you go dousing your yard in ANY chemical.  However, you might not know...there are several readily available "all natural" and "non-toxic" ways you can keep those mosquitos under control in your back yard...

No, I am not paid to say this, I am a customer and wanted to share as this time of the year, I get a good amount of friends who know me as a guy who keeps his back-yard 'bug free' ask "what do I do for Mosquitoes?"

As far as environmentally friendly (I get nervous recommending anything chemical as you should consult a pro)...this product is something you spread on the lawn and it confuses the mosquitoes quite well with scents of lemon-grass, peppermint, and they can't smell YOU. Works well for parties and lasts about 2 weeks in my experience. Good for backyard camp-outs too. Hope that helps!

It doesn't kill just confuses a man in a shoe-store. ;)  

So check out some Dr. T's and follow the works great!

Enjoy your grilling, and back yard adventures...    --Chuck

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