Road Trip Games for the Kids

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As anyone who has traveled with children before can tell you, kids get antsy on the road, don’t have the patience for longer trips, and can make some pretty poor travel mates if they get bored. Road trip games can help alleviate boredom and keep the kids from fighting, which any parent will appreciate. The next time you hit the road with your kids in your RV, try out one or more of these classic road trip games to stave off your kid’s boredom.

Radio Game

Turn the radio off. Have each player choose a word. Turn the radio on. Listen carefully for your words. When you hear word – if you are the first person to hear your word – you are the winner.

The Question Game

Take turns asking questions just to see what kind of answers your family comes up with. For example, ask what three things would you take with you if you had to spend a year on a deserted island, ask who a person’s heroes are and why, if you had the chance to eat lunch with a famous person, who would the person choose?

Word Sequence

Choose a topic. It can be any topic from animals to fruit to places. Have one person start with anything in that category. The next person has to name something in that category that starts with the last letter of the named item. For example, if the first person chooses “rabbit,” the next person has to think of an animal that starts with a ‘T.’ You can’t use the same word twice unless the children are very young, in which case, they can have that handicap. They can also have three “passes” before getting dropped from the game.

The Rhyming Game

Have a person pick a word. The next person has to say a word that rhymes with the first person’s word. The game is played until a person cannot think of a rhyming word. You can give younger players hints.

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Try This Easy Potato Casserole in Your RV

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When you’re out on the road this summer and you’ve got some hungry mouths to feed, it’s great to have something easy and filling on your menu. Try this twice baked potato casserole to satisfy any hunger, even after you’ve spent a day out in the sun exploring.

Twice Baked Potato Casserole

Ingredients

  • 5 pounds of potatoes
  • 1 1/2 stick of butter
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 cup of sour cream
  • 1 ranch seasoning mix
  • 2 cups of shredded cheese (save some for toppings)
  • 1 bundle of green onions chopped
  • 4 slices of bacon cooked and crumbled

Directions

  1. Cut your potatoes into chunks. Leave the skin on.
  2. Place in the pressure cooker, adding 1 cup of water, the stick of butter, and the salt and pepper.
  3. Place the lid on top and seal, then set for 6 minutes.
  4. Add the rest of the butter butter and 1 cup of milk.
  5. Mix well with an electric hand mixer right in the pot or mash with a hand masher.
  6. Add in sour cream and ranch mix; mix well.
  7. Fold in shredded cheese and green onions.
  8. Place in a baking dish. Top with remaining cheese, chives, bacon.
  9. Baked in 350 degree oven for 20 minutes.

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Stock Up on Seasonal Produce from Local Farmers’ Markets

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Shopping at local farmers’ markets is one of the best ways to give back to your community and the communities you visit in your RV. Purchasing from local farmers and makers allows them to continue providing the tasty, fresh products you love.

However, finding the best produce at farmers’ markets around the country isn’t always easy. Fruits and vegetables are seasonal, and picking the wrong ones will make you feel less excited about the meals you create with them. Follow these simple tips for finding the best products at the next farmers’ market you visit.

1. Don’t Go at Peak Times

It’s best to head to a farmers’ market early or late, when it’s typically less crowded. The early morning hours offer the best produce, because the best goods go first. However, late arrivals at the farmers’ market usually get the best deals from farmers who are trying to liquidate produce. This less-common time to visit also means more opportunity to speak with the farmers about what to buy.

2. Research Before You Go

Certain fruits and vegetables are tastier at different times of year. Apples are best in the late summer and fall, while avocados and blueberries are tastiest in the summer months. Broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, and cauliflower are all best in the winter months, and some veggies, like carrots and collard greens, are harvested year-round. About.com’s guide to seasonal fruits and vegetables is an ideal list to reference before you hit the market each week.

3. Bring Cash and Reusable Bags

Make the purchasing process easier on yourself and the farmers by coming prepared. Many farmers’ markets and individual vendors are still cash-only. Bring plenty of cash, so you’re not left facing hefty ATM fees. Additionally, remember to bring your reusable market bags, because many vendors don’t bring their own bags to give away.

Shop and Dine With Your RV

Tasting fresh local produce at each of your RV destinations is one of the best ways to get to know the places you travel. Log online or stop in and see us at Capital RV Center to see our unbeatable deals on new and pre-owned RVs for the fall camping (and harvesting) season.

Tips to Keep in Mind Before Summer Boondocking

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Boondocking is camping without hookups and is also called “dry camping.” Usually, there are no fees to be paid. You can find amazing and beautiful scenery, some peace and quiet, and ample camping space in some out of the way places, but before you head out for that perfect place this summer, here are some things to remember while boondocking.

The more water that you can bring, the better. When you are dry camping, the longer you can conserve your water means the longer you can stay. Pick the right foods to travel with. Choose foods that have longer shelf lives and meals that don’t need a microwave. Many chili and casserole dishes are great and can also be stretched to last a few days.

Be mindful of your waste. When it comes to garbage, make sure you collect everything in large heavy black bags. Keep the bag where critters can’t get in it and make a mess. Just dump it at the next fuel stop or city waste dump. But always ask before dumping. You will find that after filling up your tank that most places are ok with allowing you to toss a few bags of garbage away.

When it comes to power, it can be provided by a generator or solar panel. Many avid boondockers will already have solar panels for energy.

Finding the perfect spot can be easy. Do some research in forums, blogs and camp directories. Pick a spot that isn’t too far away from a paved highway. What direction is the sun? If it’s cooler weather, you want the sun’s natural heat to come in through the windows.

Wind and rain in an area can be horribly harmful. You want to have your RV positioned for blocking wind so it’s enjoyable to be outside. Make sure you are not in a wash area when it rains. Sure, it’s safe now. But lots of rain could turn your quaint outdoor space into a raging river.

And as always, safety is the number one concern. If you’ve never boondocked before it can seem scary. The best thing to do is trust your gut and common sense about the feelings you get in an area. If neighbors are nearby, have a fast chat. Always make sure to tell someone where you’re going and when you will be back.

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Crock-Pot Chicken Tacos

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This recipe let’s you get some south-of-the-border flavor without a lot of work. Readily cooked in a crock-pot, you can start this early in the day before you head out for some outdoor recreation and have it ready for when you come back later in the day.

Crock-Pot Chicken Tacos

Ingredients

  • 5 boneless chicken breasts
  • 3 heaping tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 3/4 cup diced onion
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can Diced Fire Roasted Garlic Tomatoes
  • 1 (4.5 ounce) can diced green chilies, undrained
  • 1/2 cup chopped, fresh cilantro (optional)
  • Corn or flour tortillas
  • Vegetable oil (optional)
  • Toppings – cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, avocado, etc.

Directions

  1. Place chicken breasts in the bottom of the slow cooker. Sprinkle taco seasoning evenly over the chicken. Top with diced onion and then pour tomatoes over the top. Top with the undrained green chiles. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.
  2. Remove lid from slow cooker and shred the chicken with two forks. Add cilantro and mix to combine. Serve.
  3. Prepare the tortillas; for soft tacos, heat flour tortillas in a dry skillet over medium heat for about 30 seconds per side (just long enough to get them slightly toasted and warm); for crispy tacos, heat a generous amount of vegetable oil in a small frying pan over medium high heat. When the oil is good and hot, carefully add a corn tortilla. Only allow to cook about 1 minute per side then remove to paper towels to drain. Blot top of tortilla with paper towel to remove excess oil. Repeat with remaining tortillas.

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North Dakota’s Natural Oasis

While North Dakota’s terrain is by no means typical, it’s definitely got common elements that you can expect to see across the state. There’s a slice of North Dakota, however, that breaks the norm completely, a hidden oasis with a climate and foliage that are quite unlike anything else you’ll experience in the state.

Tucked within Icelandic State Park (near Cavalier), there’s a section named Gunlogson State Nature Preserve. Gunlogson is a marvel, its forests home to many native and rare plants and animal species. It’s a link to earlier climate conditions, a sort of time capsule that presents what some of the earliest settlers in North Dakota might have encountered. The climate is cool and humid, a condition that used to be more common before settling reduced this type of habitat.

Some of the rare species you can encounter include the piliated woodpecker, the western wood-pewee, the mourning warbler, and the finescale dace. Rare plants in the park are ladyfern, water arum, delicate sedge, small enchanter’s nightshade, showy lady’s slipper, bishop’s cap, and crested woodfern.

The park is a great place to explore, with many hiking trails that allow you to bird watch, view wildflowers, and keep an eye out for larger animals.

The Tongue River winds through the preserve, creating ponds and creeks along its course.

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What to Look for in an RV Park

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Part of RV traveling means stopping along the way to set up camp at a park just for RVs. And an important element of any park is comfort and convenience.

Choosing the right RV to make the trip with you is also an important factor in how smoothly your vacation plans flow. At Capital RV Center, we know a thing or two about matching customers with the RV of their dreams.

Once you’ve made your RV selection, there’s a list of things to consider when choosing a park to enhance your travel adventures.

Checklist

This short list is a good place to start in finding the park for you.

  • If you’re visiting a park for the first time, do your research regarding seasonal rates and availability.
  • Location is vital. You’ll want to be near to shopping, dining, fuel, and local attractions.
  • Find out what types of businesses surround the park. For example, be sure the park isn’t across the street from a garbage dump or sewage facility.
  • You’ll need water, electric and sewer hookups. Check with the park of choice regarding what they offer in terms of power ampage to accommodate your RV.
  • Is the site easily accessible and is it large enough for your RV especially if you have multiple slide outs.
  • Sites can be equipped with several items such as a picnic table, grill or fire pit while others may have only one or two of these amenities. Additional features may include WiFi access and cable hookups.
  • Does the park offer pull-through and back-in sites and is there additional room for more than one car or truck.
  • Does the park have an onsite store for supplies such as wood for fire pits.
  • If you plan to bring your pet, know what the pet policy is in terms of deposits, leash regulations, specific dog walking areas, etc.
  • Many parks and resorts have a variety of amenities including a pool, fitness and recreation center, hot tub, shuffleboard, horseshoes, canoe, kayak and bicycle rental. Some offer shuttle service to town as well as planned cookouts, events and activities.

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Fall in Love with Theodore Roosevelt National Park

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Named in honor of President Theodore Roosevelt, who founded our modern national park system, Theodore Roosevelt National Park is located in the badlands of North Dakota.

Teddy Roosevelt had an intimate relationship with the land that would one day bear his name. He came to the Dakota Territory in 1883 when he was a skinny young man and left a little older and a lot tougher. His adventures in the rugged landscape of North Dakota forever altered his life and, ultimately, the course of the nation.

The park offers visitors scenic drives, over 100 miles of foot and horse trails, wildlife viewing, and opportunities for back country hiking and camping. There are three developed campgrounds for use: Juniper Campground, Cottonwood Campground, and the Roundup Group Horse Campground.

Wildlife viewing is especially popular, as the park is home to many native species, including bison, coyotes, cougars, feral horses, badgers, elk, bighorn sheep, white-tailed deer, mule deer, prairie dogs, golden eagles, sharp-tailed grouse, and wild turkeys.

The park also preserves the history and artifacts of Roosevelt’s time there, including the cabin he lived in and the lands his ranch occupied.

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Make This Scrumptious Macaroni in Your RV

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When you’re out on the road this summer and you’ve got some hungry mouths to feed, it’s great to have something easy and filling on your menu. Try this four cheese bacon macaroni to satisfy any hunger, even after you’ve spent a day out in the sun exploring.

Four Cheese Bacon Mac

Ingredients

  • 1 lb cavatappi pasta
  • 6 slices bacon cooked and diced
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 lb sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1 cup colby-jack cheese shredded
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 6 slices Kraft American cheese

Directions

  1. Cook bacon as desired.
  2. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 3qt baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. Cook cavatappi pasta as directed on the package.
  4. In a medium saucepan, melt butter and flour together over medium heat.
  5. Slowly whisk in the milk, pouring in a thin stream and stirring constantly.
  6. Stir in onion powder, salt, and pepper.
  7. Allow milk mixture to come to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer two minutes.
  8. In a large bowl, toss together cheddar, colby-jack, and mozzarella.
  9. Whisk in sliced cheese and 1 1/4 cups of cheddar mixture. Remove from heat.
  10. Toss the bacon pieces in with remaining cheddar mixture.
  11. Combine pasta and cheese sauce, toss to coat.
  12. Pour half into prepared dish and sprinkle with a generous cup of the bacon-cheese mixture. Repeat layering.
  13. Bake for 20 minutes, until cheese is bubbly.

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Stop by Capital RV Center this summer to tour a new or used motorhome or travel trailer. Find one that’s perfect for your summer adventures and hit the road. If you’ve already got an RV, allow the service department at Capital RV Center to check it over and make sure it’s ready for extended travel.

Visit the Salt Cave Wellness Relaxation Center

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When you’re out in your RV this summer, you’ll likely pursue dozens of fun recreational sites, like parks, towns, and other attractions. But what if you just want to relax and refresh yourself? North Dakota has a unique destination in store for you: the Salt Cave Wellness Relaxation Center in Bismarck, North Dakota. Bismarck is also the home of Capital RV Center, so don’t forget to stop in and see us as well!

Renowned for its therapeutic properties, this style of spa is quickly gaining in popularity. The one in Bismarck may look like any old building from the outside, but inside is a whole other story. There’s a literal salt cave inside, a place to relax and rejuvenate. The cave is formed from pink Himalayan salt crystals that covers the entire space.

Spending just 45 minutes in one of the zero gravity chairs inside is the equivalent of spending 3 days sitting on the beach at seaside.

Salt therapy, otherwise known as halotherapy, is thought to be beneficial to anybody, from those with chronic allergies and asthma to those who simply wish to unwind and relieve stress. Yoga classes are also offered inside, adding more benefits than a standard yoga class.

You can even purchase items for your RV to take with you on the road so that you can enjoy the benefits of salt therapy anywhere you go!

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Before you hit the road this summer, be sure to stop by Capital RV Center in North Dakota. We’ll make sure that your RV is ready for travel and that everything is in order. If it’s time to shop for a new motorhome or travel trailer, Capital RV Center can help — simply stop in and tour any unit you’re interested in seeing.