Canada offers plenty of wide-open spaces with endless spectacular views. One area in British Columbia that offers both of those elements is Edgewater Hilltop Par 3 Golf & RV Park, located in the small farming community of Edgewater.
Set in the picturesque Columbia Valley, the family-owned and operated Edgewater Hilltop Par 3 Golf & RV Park is nestled between the Rocky Mountains and Purcell Mountain range and is a favorite of those who’ve been lucky enough to discover this hidden gem.
For the last 83 years, the Lautrup family has owned the property that now includes the nine-hole golf course and 12 site RV park. In 1994, 40 acres of the Lautrup farmland was converted into a golf course, and it’s been a popular draw ever since.
This bucolic track a few miles from Radium Hot Springs is a par 27 and a short 1,101 yards. A great place to practice your short game, the signature hole at Edgewater Hilltop Par 3 is the 83-yard, par 3, 7th. From an elevated tee box, your eye catches the pond on the right and the steep gully to the left.
Regardless of the outcome, you can’t help but enjoy the view! Walking the course takes about an hour-and-a-half, depending on how many photos you take!
In year’s past, the family owned and operated a small motel on the property. Keeping with that entrepreneurial spirit, current owners George and Jeannette Lautrup added a small RV park in 2015.
Seven of the sites offer full hookups that include 30 amp electrical, water, sewer, fire pits, and picnic tables. Other amenities include free Wi-Fi, newly-constructed washrooms with showers, and laundry facilities.
In addition to the golf course and fantastic scenery, Edgewater Hilltop Par 3 Golf & RV Park is also known by the locals as one of the best places to dine. Visitors soon discover that everything is made fresh, including the homemade pies baked daily.
As we trek back to Alabama from the Texas panhandle, Natchez seemed like an easy overnight stop with great amenities. This visitor center overlooks the Mississippi River and is only a mile from the heart of downtown. BUT, best of all, this site offers free electricity!
Date / Temp: We camped for just one night. It was overcast and 80 degrees. The clouds did clear for a beautiful sunset!
Amenities: This site offers tons of amenities. First, they have free 20 & 30 amp electric. There are only two 30A outlets, most are 20. They also offer water & dump. Inside the Visitor Center you can grab a free cup of coffee. Our favorite amenity (besides the electric) is its proximity to downtown.
Wifi / Cell: We received a 4G LTE signal with both AT&T and T-Mobile (using our WeBoost Cell Booster). The speeds were only ok. AT&T SPEEDS: 6.45Mbps down & 1.29Mbps up T-MOBILE SPEEDS: 5.9Mbps down & 0.72Mbps up
Noise: This site had a few other rigs. The road noise was noticeable, but not as load as an interstate.
Dog Friendly: This site is dog friendly. River had a lot of space to play and explore. They also offer free doggy waste bags.
Entertainment: We recommend walking downtown to explore the waterfront, dinning, shops and history. Take advantage of the two day stay limit here, and explore for two whole days!
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Achieving a life of independence is one of our biggest goals. To us that means; the freedom to travel, the freedom to be our own boss and the ability to do these two things with as little stress as possible. Finding remote work allowed us to make that dream a possibility.
Today we’re teaming up with remote-work expert, Camille Attell, to discuss five tips for finding the ideal remote job.
It may sound simple, but get in the right mindset before looking for that ideal job. There are countless remote work oppritunites available across tons of sectors. The key is knowing where to find those listings.
Have confidence that your remote job is waiting for you to find it!
Once you decide to find that awesome remote job, get your resume on board! Even if you haven’t worked remotely before, you may have experience that proves you’d be a great fit.
Have you completed online corses with success? Have you led a team to achieve a goal? Are you great at research? Do your self motivation and time management skills shine?
These are a few of the ways you can show a potential employer that you have what it takes to work remotely. So, give that resume a facelift and focus on your strong abilities and experiences that exemplify your best remote work qualities!
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To piggyback on the last tip, know what skills to nurture and share with employers during interviews.
Time management, independent thinker, self guided research: these can be a great strength when talking to potential employers.
Most remote work employers want to hire self motivated people that can solve problems on their own. Having to call or text questions often is not ideal!
Now that you’ve got your skill set & updated resume, let the search begin! There are lots of places online to find these jobs, but some are scattered with scams or unsavory positions.
We’ve found that many nomads like to use the site FlexJobs and we’ve met a few that had great success with the site! Camille recommends the site We Work Remotely because it is free to use and has quality listings.
Do you need to lose weight? No, I don’t mean go on a diet or start exercising more. I’m talking about trailer weight—you know, those extra pounds that stack up every time you buy a souvenir or invest in a new DVD player for your RV.
According to the RVSEF, about 60% of travel trailers exceed their maximum weight capacity. A couple extra pounds may seem like a minor problem, but the truth is that excessive trailer weight is responsible for the majority of RV safety issues. Keep reading to find out how to avoid these hazards and make your next trip a safe one.
How to find out if you’re overweight
The first step is to find out if your trailer actually is overweight. Check the GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating) and GCWR (Gross Combined Weight Rating) in your tow car’s manual to determine the maximum weight your vehicle can handle, including itself and its passengers. Also note your trailer’s GVWR, which is often found in the user manual or printed inside the trailer. When you have these numbers, you need to take your vehicle and trailer to a weighing station.
The most accurate method of weight measurement is wheel position weighing, which determines how much weight is resting on each of the vehicle’s wheels. This allows you to see if the trailer’s weight is unevenly distributed. Only a few companies offer wheel position weighing, but many of them travel the country. If you’re willing to pay the $75 for an accurate measurement, you can make an appointment online.
A cheaper and more convenient way to get a semi-accurate weight measurement is by using a certified CAT scale, found at many truck stops. These cost about $10 the first time you measure, and only a couple dollars each time afterward. CAT scales take an axle-by-axle reading, which still gives you a good idea of your trailer’s weight. Just make sure it falls far below your trailer’s GVWR. You can also use a CAT scale to weigh your tow vehicle and make sure that the weight of your car doesn’t exceed its limits. After weighing your vehicle and tow trailer, you can add the two weights together and compare it to your car’s GCWR. This will tell you if your vehicle is able to tow your trailer.
Dangers of traveling with an overweight trailer
If your trailer’s weight (including all cargo and passengers) does exceed its maximum capacity, driving with the trailer attached is a huge risk. Overweight trailers put more pressure on the wheels and axles than they are designed to handle, which can cause tire blowouts or trailer sway.
Excess weight causes tires to wear more quickly and makes it harder to stop the vehicle. If your vehicle is involved in an accident, you will be liable. Insurance companies will be less likely to help pay for damages. Police officers can also pull you over and give you a hefty fine if they suspect that your trailer is overweight. In other words, traveling with extra weight just isn’t worth the issues that it can cause.
How to lose weight
“So,” you may be asking, “now what?” The answer is simple—it’s time to lose some weight. Obviously, you can’t throw out large items like your mattress or toilet, but you might be surprised at how much you can downsize by paying attention to the small things in your trailer.
Every time you buy a souvenir, a decoration, or even a storage basket, you add weight to your trailer. These tiny amounts really add up, so consider getting rid of some of the extra stuff. Ask yourself which items you need to keep, and which ones you hardly ever use. This could be clothing, extra bedding, unnecessary dishes, or the camp stove you never cook with. Be frugal with what you decide to buy and keep the weight of your trailer in mind.
Top tips for trailer weight
Fill it up: Keep in mind that water, propane, and fuel add extra weight. Fill all your tanks before weighing for an accurate measurement.
Weigh in advance: Don’t wait until the day you start a long trip to weigh your trailer. Give yourself time to make adjustments and make an appointment at a weighing station if you need to.
Balance your weight: Even if your trailer falls within the weight limits, too much weight on one side can cause a serious accident. Rearrange your things to evenly distribute their weight.
Leave room to grow: Don’t go traveling with a trailer that falls just a pound or two under the weight limit. Leave as much room as possible in case you absolutely have to add something.
Weigh your stuff: When packing your trailer, consider stacking food, clothes, and anything else that you’re bringing in a cardboard box and weighing it on a bathroom scale. This can give you an idea of how many pounds you’re adding.
Overweight trailers may seem like a small problem, but surpassing your vehicle’s maximum capacity can be disastrous. Pay attention to your trailer’s weight and stay safe on the road.
Adjusting to RV life can be pretty hard at first. Making the choice to follow our dreams and live life on the road is one of the best decisions we’ve ever made, but it’s definitely got its own unique set of challenges.
It’s a major adjustment to leave behind the life you knew; You’re saying goodbye to your house, your friends and family members, and probably your old job too. You’re journeying into the unknown and that’s HUGE. If you’ve made this transition or plan to, you’re so very brave and you have a huge community out there to support you.
I wanted to share some things with you that have helped us in our journey. It can be difficult for some, especially in those first few months, but it gets so much easier and we’re here to help. It just takes a little while to find your bearings.
SET REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS
People refer to RV life as a “permanent vacation” and thats just not true. We still have to work, keep up the laundry, buy groceries, and pay bills. We’re not immune to stress and our problems don’t disappear. RV life has some amazing perks, like exploring beautiful landscapes and changing your backyard whenever you want, but we do regular people stuff too.
You could be on the go all the time and moving every couple days, but we’ve found that we need balance so we don’t burn ourselves out. Find that balance and a pace that works for you.
BE OPEN TO THE JOURNEY
Mindset is everything. If you approach things with a open heart, without expectations of what it “should” be you will save yourself a lot of grief. Almost nothing goes as planned when you want it to, so be flexible and learn to adapt.
Be open to changing plans. Not holding ourselves to strict schedules, has given us so much freedom. That doesn’t mean theres no planning involved, but we give ourselves some wiggle room. We can add a few days at or leave early if we want to. On actual travel days, we personally like to leave early and move no more than 200 miles. That may sound short, but it keeps us stress free and we still have the whole day ahead of us.
Sometimes you get a flat tire, or the campground is full or you get on the road later than expected… We like to have a lot of daylight to come up with a backup plan. No matter the obstacle, theres always a lesson to be learned from any situation. You just might end up learning a new skill, finding a great new camp spot, or making a new friend.
FIND YOUR TRIBE
We spent the first few months on the road navigating this new life by ourselves. We learned a lot in those months, but I can’t even describe how much we grew once we found our place in the RVing community.
We found our tribe with the Xscapers, we met like minded individuals, who understood the joys and struggles we faced. They helped us learn the ropes of boondocking, we learned about generators and solar and so much more. We shared stories, campfires and meals together and we still meet up every chance we get.
We had no idea how important this was to us, until we found it. We encourage you to find your tribe. Join a club, attend a rally, invite your neighbors over to your campfire. Just put yourself out there, you won’t regret it.
NURTURE YOUR RELATIONSHIP
This may not apply to you, but if it does its very important. Your partner is not your enemy. It will feel like it at times (ahem..backing up the trailer) but they are going to be your biggest support system. You’re a team and it requires both of you for the ship to run smoothly. It will take a while to figure out your individual jobs, but once you do you will be unstoppable!
We tend to take our frustrations out on the ones closest to us, so its very important to communicate openly with your partner. Improving our communication skills have been key to avoiding conflict in our tiny space.
Your confidence will grow day by day and the experiences you have will be priceless. RV Life is filled with beautiful natural wonders and the most kind hearted people. Enjoy the journey and know that you made it happen.
As you grow and learn, don’t be afraid to help out others who are just beginning. They may need advice or they may just need a friend, but it will mean the world. We had others show us the way and now its our duty to pass it on.
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Red Rocks Amphitheatre is a unique outdoor venue located in Morrison, Colorado (about 15 miles west of Denver). Red Rocks has hosted multitudes of world-class concerts where musicians take advantage of the natural acoustics from the surrounding rock formations.
The Beatles, Nat King Cole, U2, Jimi Hendrix, Radiohead, The Grateful Dead, Jethro Tull, John Denver, and more have performed at the venue over the years, making it one of the most well-known venues in the US.
1. The first concert held at Red Rocks was in 1906, hosted by John Walker, the visionary behind creating Red Rocks Amphitheatre.
Pietro Satriano and his 25-piece brass band played the first show. Walker eventually sold the venue to the City of Denver, and work began to build the open area park and amphitheater from Walker’s initial dream. The amphitheater was officially opened in 1941.
2. Surrounding the amphitheater are over 860 acres of open space including hiking and biking trails, the Trading Post, visitor center, and a restaurant called the Ship Rock Grille.
The Red Rocks Trail is a 6-mile loop through the rock formations with access to amazing scenic vistas. Access to the open space park is free and open year-round from sunrise to sunset. The amphitheater is closed to the public during concerts and events.
3. The spectacular red rock formations that make up Red Rocks are from the Fountain Formation, left behind by ancient river deposits.
These sediments were deposited between 340 and 290 million years ago. Many fossils can be found in different beds of the formations including plants, brachiopods, crinoids, and gastropods.
The reddish color is due to oxidized iron minerals, creating a “rust” hue. The rocks were deposited flat, then much later were thrust up into their tilted angles during the uplift that created the present Rocky Mountains. Some of the formations are nearly vertical, while others dip at less dramatic angles.
4. The Trading Post dates back to 1931 and was originally known as the Pueblo. Today the Trading Post sells unique Red Rocks souvenirs and memorabilia.
The views from the Trading Post are amazing. The backyard area can be rented for weddings or summer events.
Exhibits and artifacts encompassing the state’s musical history are open to the public to browse.
6. Following a riot during a 1971 Jethro Tull concert where tear gas had to be used to control the rowdy crowds, Denver Mayor William McNichols banned rock music at the amphitheater.
The ban was lifted five years later by concert promoter Barry Fey.
7. Many people take advantage of the amphitheater during non-event times as a fitness venue.
At an elevation of 6,000 feet, the venue includes two staircases on each side of the seating area, each with about 380 vertical steps to climb.
With the 69 rows of bleacher seats, a serpentine route through the bleachers equates to approximately 3 miles of ascent or descent.
8. During anniversary events commemorating the 9/11 tragedy, firefighters, EMTs, flight crews, and supporters do nine complete rounds of stair climbing to reflect the 110 stories of stairs climbed by emergency crews on September 11, 2001.
9. During the summer, usually on a Monday or Tuesday, Red Rocks features its Film on the Rocks series, showing favorite movies preceded by a live local concert or comedian.
This is a fantastic, affordable, family-friendly way to experience local talent and enjoy a favorite movie.
Although there is no camping within the Red Rocks park area, the park is a short distance from great campgrounds at either Bear Creek Lake Park or near Golden.
Now that you’re armed with all the resources and preliminary information you need, it’s time to put your nose to the grindstone and find your dream RV. You’ll need to ask yourself a few important questions during your research. Don’t worry – we’re here to help you answer them.
#1. Understanding Your Travel Style
In the previous article, we briefly covered a few different travel styles and how they may impact your decision. Now, it’s time to find your travel style, so you don’t get stuck with an RV that doesn’t work for you:
Would you rather tow a trailer or drive a motorhome? Towing can be a challenge and takes a great deal of practice, but it has the benefit of being able to leave your RV at the campground and take your tow vehicle into town. Driving a motorhome is a little easier, especially if you’re in a Class B or Class C, which is similar to driving an oversized van or truck.
How do you plan on camping? Do you have the funds to stay at high-end RV resorts, or would you rather save money and stay in basic campgrounds or dispersed campsites? Camping off the grid is free, fun, and rewarding, but you’ll want to make sure your RV is equipped to do so. Solar panels, large holding tanks, and energy-efficient appliances are a must. You can learn more about boondocking with this free guide fromRVshare.
Will you be spending most of your time outdoors, exploring, or does hanging out around the RV sound more like your cup of tea? If it’s the former, a basic, no-frills camper should suit you just fine. If you like entertaining, though, you might want to look for an RV with an outdoor kitchen or TV.
How much privacy does your family need? If you want a quiet space away from the rambunctious kiddos, look for RVs with versatile layouts. Fifth wheels and Class C motorhomes often have two distinct sleeping areas on opposite sides of the RV – kids and parents get their own separate bedrooms!
#2. New Vs. Used
Another critical decision is whether to buy new or used. A new RV will come with a warranty and the appeal of having very few miles on it – but you’ll need to pay a pretty penny for it. On the flipside, used RVs are more affordable, but they often don’t come with warranties or financing. Gone With the Wynns has an excellent blog post about their experience buying a new RV.
#3. Size Matters: Floor Plans and Layouts
Space is precious in an RV. Not only is it important how much space you have; it’s also important how the space is used. A poor layout can make even the most spacious RV feel claustrophobic. RV floor plans are diverse, so you’ll need to look at many different ones to find out which is best for you. One of the best ways to try out different floor plans in real life is to rent an RV for a few days. You can find a wealth of localRV rentals by owner online.
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No one likes to think about insurance. But whether you are heading out for a vacation or live in an RV full-time, insurance is something that you need to consider.
Many times people are tempted to just get the cheapest or quickest coverage just to get that task over with so they can move on to more fun travel plans, but having the wrong insurance or being underinsured for what you are wanting to do can lead to trouble if you end up needing to call on your insurance policy.
Recently I had the opportunity to ask my insurance agent some questions about RV insurance, and in particular what might be needed for full-time RVers. Although our particular insurance company does not cover full-time RVers, he offered some sage advice and things to consider when looking for an insurance policy.
Q: What is your number one piece of advice to give to someone looking for RV insurance?
A: Be honest and truthful about your plans, your needs, and what needs to be covered. An insurance agent can’t read your mind and has no idea if you plan to travel with that priceless piece of art, an expensive bike, or are going out of country.
Q: Is an RV considered a vehicle or a residence? Are contents covered or just the vehicle?
A: For many policies, the RV is covered off of the RV insurance and any personal property inside the RV would be extended from your home insurance policy. In the case you have no home or renters policy and the RV is your only home, you would want to talk with your insurance company to make sure they add personal property to your policy and that it would be covered if a loss occurred in your RV.
Q: What are some of the biggest mistakes you see people make in terms of RV/motorhome/camper insurance coverage?
A: Not checking with your insurance carrier to see how your policy works in the event of a claim. Not all insurers who cover RVs, camping trailers, or motorhomes are designed to cover them if they are your primary residence.
It is important to check with your carrier to find out if they provide personal liability coverage and coverage for your contents. Additional living expense (money to live somewhere else while your trailer/motorhome is being repaired) is another important consideration if this is your primary home.
Another important question to ask is, “What kind of towing/road service coverage does my policy provide?” A tow for an RV can become expensive quickly. A robust towing coverage can be a huge plus.
Q: What insurance considerations should you be thinking of if you are looking to sell your home and become a full-time RVer? How would typical “homeowner’s liability” work for something like a dog bite or a fire or theft?
A: Personal liability is an important (and usually relatively inexpensive) coverage that would want to continue carrying. This shouldn’t be confused with the automobile liability (bodily injury, property damage, uninsured, and underinsured motorist coverage) which you are required by law to carry in order to operate your vehicle on public roads.
Ideally, your liability limits would be greater than or equal to your net worth. Personal liability traditionally will cover defense costs and damages for dog bites. Though some policies exclude certain breeds and have a reduced limit for dog bite claims. This is another good reason to talk with your company to confirm what your policy will cover.
Q: How is full-time nomadic RV insurance affected as you move between states, or other countries (travel to Canada, for example)?
A: Again, it comes back to your policy. Insurance is regulated differently in each state and it will be up to your policy contract.
Q: What additional coverage should people consider that would not fall under a typical policy?
A: Most home insurance policies settle losses on a replacement cost basis. This means that if there is a loss, the insurance company will replace the item at today’s cost and not depreciate the item based on its age. Most auto insurance companies settle on an actual cash value basis. Actual cash value is not as desirable as the insurance company will pay what your “used” item was worth.
Some companies will settle trailers/motorhomes on a replacement cost basis. This coverage may only be available for the first several model years but it is worth asking about as it can make a significant difference at claim time.
For expensive items, such as jewelry, art, expensive bikes, ATVs, etc, you should disclose these items to your agent so they can determine if you might need additional insurance riders for these expensive items.
Q: What discounts might be available?
A: Depending on the type of policy, your credit rating and driving record are still major factors that determine the rate. In addition, discounts may be available for things like garaging location or multiple policy bundling (ie home, life, auto).
Q: How is liability handled for things like injuries resulting from someone tripping on the picnic table at your RV spot (that isn’t yours, but may or may not be part of a formal campground)? Bear damage?
A: This is another example of why you want to carry personal liability coverage. People can sue you for many reasons…even for things you don’t feel you are responsible for.
The job of your personal liability insurance is to defend you against lawsuits, frivolous or legitimate. Bear damage losses would be covered as long as you carry comprehensive coverage on your auto policy.
Q: If there is a total loss or someone steals your RV and it is your primary residence, what would be covered?
A: Again, this comes back to the type of policy you carry. As long as you carry comprehensive coverage, the theft of your RV would be covered. As long as you elected to include personal property on your policy, contents would be covered too.
Q: What other recommendations would you give to people when they are looking to find a policy for either a full-time RVer or recreational RVer?
A: Another “auto” related coverage is personal injury protection (PIP) or med pay (depending on your state). If you carry a high deductible on your health insurance plan, having increased medical payments coverage on your auto policy can be valuable. The medical payments coverage will only pay if there is an auto-related injury but is an option worth exploring.
Check with your insurance agent to ask about their coverage options for your RVing needs, or visit the consumer advocate website for a list of companies that offer insurance plans specifically for full-time RVers.