The Top Outdoor Sports for Your Life on the Road

The RV lifestyle isn’t always about cookouts and relaxing under the awning. It’s about adventures and new experiences, and taking up a new outdoor sport is one of the best ways to get out and explore the areas you visit. These four outdoor sports are some of the best for life on the road, and you don’t have to be an all-star athlete to enjoy them.

Mountain Biking

Mountain biking is known as an extreme sport, but it doesn’t always have to involve steep, death-defying terrain. Mountain biking can be as simple as grabbing your bike, strapping on your helmet and heading out onto park trails. Keeping a mountain bike onboard your RV is also handy for running to the store or exploring towns in a more personal way.

Disc Golf

Disc golf courses are littered throughout the country, so wherever you travel, it’s likely there’s one nearby. Similar to traditional golf, the goal of disc golf is to get your disc (shaped like a frisbee) to the goal in the lowest number of throws. The sport is fun, easy to learn, and the discs take up minimal space inside your RV.

Running (or Walking)

Running, or walking, is one of the best ways to get in touch with a new destination. You’ll see sites you never would have seen if you were flying past them in your vehicle or on a bike. Set out to explore your next travel destination on foot, whether you’re running or walking, and you’ll be amazed at how much more you see.

Cross-Country Skiing

Traveling to an area with snow on the ground may make you think you’ll be spending more time inside your RV, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Invest in a pair of cross-country skis, and you’ll be exploring the outdoors while getting exercise all winter long.

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Visit Medicine Park this Summer

Medicine Park is one of Oklahoma’s best small towns, though you wouldn’t guess so from the limited number of tourists that the town gets. It definitely flies under the radar and doesn’t get as much attention as some of Oklahoma’s flashier attractions.

Medicine Park is that unique combination of quaint and worldly. Right next door to the town is the stunning Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge, which is an awesome place to go after you’ve had your fill (or merely wish a break) of exploring Medicine Park.

At the center of Medicine Park is Cobblestone Row, which is probably the cutest main street you’re going to see in Oklahoma. It’s lined with shops and restaurants that lend their special something to the fabric of the town. You can easily burn an afternoon just exploring Cobblestone Row and the businesses that line it. The road is very charming due to the fact that every building features cobblestones in their construction.

The town is also ideal for hiking and biking. There are numerous trails that run along the picturesque Medicine Creek, which winds its way directly through Medicine Park.

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Italian Stuffed Peppers

Try this recipe for Italian Stuffed Peppers the next time you’re out on the road this summer. They’re great for lunch or dinner and as the main course or a side. You can also modify them to your heart’s desire, changing out the meat, cheese, and seasoning to suit your taste.

Italian Stuffed Peppers

Ingredients

  • 5 bell peppers
  • 2 TBSPs olive oil
  • 16 oz Italian Seasoned Ground Turkey
  • 8 oz microwave beef seasoned rice, cooked according to package instructions
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 TBSP dried parsley
  • 1/2 TBSP dried basil
  • 1 1/2 cups pasta sauce
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese, divided

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cut the tops off of the peppers, removed the ribs and seeds, and then dice the tops of the peppers.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium heat, add olive oil. Add the chopped bell peppers, and saute until soft, about five minutes.
  4. Add the Italian Seasoned Ground Turkey, and break up as you cook it. Season with garlic powder, onion powder, dried parsley, and dried basil. Cook until the meat is no longer pink. Remove the skillet from heat.
  5. Stir in the cooked rice, pasta sauce, and one cup of the mozzarella cheese. Divide the mixture between the five hollowed out bell peppers. Top with the remaining cheese. Bake uncovered for 25 minutes. Serve immediately.

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Water Parks in Oklahoma to Visit this Summer

The summer’s hot, so you need someplace to cool down. When you’re out in your RV this summer cruising through Oklahoma, stop in at one of these water parks, generally considered to be the best water parks that the state has to offer.

Wild West Water Works

A subsection of Frontier City in Oklahoma City, this section of the park is totally dedicated to water rides and pools, but retains the fun theme of the Old West. The centerpiece is a five-story tall structure that has a 1,000 gallon bucket of water, eight unique slides, and plenty of poolside lounge chairs for those wishing to soak up some sun.

Safari Joe’s H20 Waterpark

What used to be a Big Splash Waterpark is now a revamped and revitalized Safari Joe’s H20. Located in Tulsa, it has a lazy river, Oklahoma’s only water roller coaster, a wave pool, plenty of slides, and many other attractions. Spend the day exploring the park, enjoy the concessions at a picnic area, and soak up some sun before you hit the road again to your next destination.

Aqua Park

Jellystone Park’s Keystone Lake has a new Aqua Park that floats out in the middle of the lake. It’s a large floating compound that kids of all ages will love. It’s a great location, too, because you can turn around after having fun on the lake and hike the woods or cook some s’mores over a campfire.

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Great Reads While You’re on the Road

There’s nothing like kicking back and reading a good book on the road. And reading a captivating road trip story can get you even more excited about your RV adventures. These five books are some of our favorite stories about road trips and outdoor adventures across America.

On the Road — Jack Kerouac

It’s no secret that On the Road is one of the top road trip tales of all time. Adventure with Kerouac as he travels across America in the late 1940s defining the “Beat Generation.”

Travels With Charlie — John Steinbeck

Considering an RV road trip with your pup in tow? Travels with Charley depicts Steinbeck’s 1960 road trip across the United States with his standard poodle Charley in the passenger seat. Steinbeck chronicled the “new America” he witnessed and documented his 10,000-mile-long journey.

Into the Wild — Jon Krakauer

When you’re thirsting for adventure, Into the Wild offers the inspiration you need to get out exploring. The story follows Christopher Johnson McCandless as he leaves his well-to-do life to walk into the wilderness along. He gave all of his money to charity, sold his car, burned his cash and started an adventure to Alaska.

A Walk in the Woods — Bill Bryson

Considering an adventure to the Appalachian Mountains? A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail offers a gorgeously written tale of America’s incredible natural beauty. If you’ve lost your appreciation for your natural surroundings, this book will undoubtedly restore it.

William Least Heat-Moon — Blue Highways: A Journey Into America

The term “blue highways” comes form the non-interstate roads on old United States maps. Heat-Moon ventured on these roads to some of America’s lesser-known destinations like Why, Arizona,. and Remote, Oregon. Restore your lust for America’s small towns and unknown places with this unique tale.

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Visit this “Heaven in the Hills”

Lake Tenkiller State Park has been known by locals as “Heaven in the Hills” for decades now. If you visit in your RV this summer, you’ll see why it’s earned that nickname.

Located in the outer foothills of the Ozark Mountains and surrounded by lush Oklahoma woodland foliage, there’s plenty to see and do at Lake Tenkiller State Park, so pack up your Leisure Time RV and head there today.

The lake the park is built around, Tenkiller Ferry Lake, has over 130 miles of shoreline and 13000 square acres of land to explore, so there’s no shortage of nooks and crannies to discover.

Facilities include a scuba diving park, volleyball court, basketball court, shuffleboard court, horseshoe pit, amphitheater, playgrounds, community building, swimming pool nature center, picnic sites, swim beaches, fishing pond, paved hiking trails, and boat launches.

If you go in your RV, there are RV sites available with full hookups; just call ahead and ask about availability and reservations.

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Try This Easy Macaroni Salad Recipe in Your RV

Macaroni salad is a great summertime dish whether you serve it as a side or as a main dish. It’s light, cool, and refreshing, which is perfect for a hot day, especially around lunchtime when the sun is at its hottest.

Try this refreshing recipe the next time you’re at the RV park and the weather is heating up. It doesn’t take long to make, so you can whip it up fast and get back to doing what you love.

Classic Macaroni Salad

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. dry elbow macaroni
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup fat free or low fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp honey
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 steamed or hard boiled eggs, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1 cup matchstick carrots, roughly chopped
  • 3/4 cup diced celery
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1 Tbsp minced fresh parsley

Directions

  1. Cook macaroni in salted water according to directions on package. Drain and rinse with cold water until completely cool. Let drain very well.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl stir together mayonnaise, Greek yogurt, vinegar, mustard, honey, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Add well drained macaroni to a large mixing bowl along with eggs, bell pepper, carrots, celery and onion. Pour dressing over top, add in parsley and toss mixture to evenly coat. Serve or store in refrigerator up to 1 day.

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Oklahoma’s Most Scenic Drives

Have you ever heard the saying, “It’s the journey, not the destination”? Well these roads in Oklahoma reinforce that outlook. If you’re driving through Oklahoma this summer, no matter your destination, be sure to take one of these scenic routes in your RV. If you do, your journey might just be more of an experience than your destination.

Route 66

The section of the historic Route 66 that winds through Oklahoma is some of the best. Winding through 400 miles of Oklahoma countryside, Route 66 connects some of the state’s most interesting and diverse communities and showcases plenty of natural beauty along the way. The route connects Quapaw in the north to Texola in the south.

Talimena Scenic Byway

This one’s got “scenic” right in the name, so you know you’re in for some spectacular vistas. Winding through 54 miles of the Ouachita National Forest, the Talimena Scenic Byway traces the crest of Rich Mountain and Winding Stair Mountain. There are numerous viewpoints and attractions along the way. Although the route only takes a little over an hour to complete if you chug right through, you can spend all day enjoying the sights if you take your time.

Cherokee Hills Byway

Hitting up Sequoyah, Cherokee, Adair, and Delaware counties along its 88-miles of roadway, the Cherokee Hills Byway follows Highway 10 north of I-40 to U.S. Hwy 412. Along the way you’ll see Lake Tenkiller and the Illinois River as well as towering bluffs and verdant foliage.

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Keeping Your RV’s Bathroom and Kitchen Fresh

Your RV’s kitchen and bathroom can cause excess condensation to built up, which may make those rooms less than fresh. Condensation (the buildup of water on or inside your RV) can seem generally harmless, but if left uncontrolled it can lead to mold and rot in your RV. Humid places are going to naturally cause more condensation, but even in dry places it can be a problem, especially if you’re not on the lookout for it.

Find the Condensation’s Source

The first thing to do is to check your RV over for humidity issues. If you see undue condensation in or around your RV that seems to be a chronic issue, try to identify the problem at its source. You can’t eliminate the problem until you identify where to concentrate your efforts. Knowing the source will also help you to know which solution to apply.

Some common, non-environmental causes of excess condensation include drying clothes inside an RV and cooking without covering your pots with lids. This can make kitchens and bathrooms susceptible to mold damage, so check those areas first when you’re inspecting your rig for problems.

Prevent Condensation from Building Up

There are a number of steps you can take to help prevent condensation from building up inside your RV. You can start by upping the thermostat a bit; water tends to sit longer in a cold environment. You can also place a dehumidifier inside the RV to soak up extra moisture in the air. If you’re not in an especially humid campground, you can also open up windows more often to ventilate your RV and let excess condensation evaporate to the outdoors. As you go about your day, keep an eye out for sitting water, especially after cooking or taking a shower. If you see any, be sure to wipe it up as quickly as possible.

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Fantastical Spots in Oklahoma

Oklahoma’s full of natural wonder, but these locations really up the ante, blending the real with the fantastical. If you want to transport yourself to a fantasy world this summer, simply cruise through Oklahoma and stop in at one of these amazing places.

Philbrook Museum Gardens

The Philbrook Museum is an art museum in Tulsa with a world class reputation. While you should obviously check out the museum’s galleries when you stop by, it’s the gardens that are truly enchanting. Surrounding the museum are expansive and well-manicured gardens, which are reminiscent of Renaissance Italian gardens. When you’re strolling the gardens, you’ll feel as if you’re in another world, perhaps plotting court intrigue à la Game of Thrones.

Myriad Botanical Gardens

Like something out of a sci-fi novel, the Myriad Botanical Gardens are located in downtown Oklahoma City. Comprising over 17 acres of botanical gardens and interactive urban installations, the centerpiece is the whimsical and futuristic cylindrical entrance, which takes on a mystical appearance when it’s lit up at night.

Turner Falls and Collings Castle

Chances are you’re familiar with Turner Falls, which is Oklahoma’s oldest park and a perennial favorite among tourists. But did you know that there’s a castle in the middle of Turner Falls Park? Collings Castle was built in the middle of the forest during the Great Depression and it’s a sprawling complex of walls, crenelations, and towers. Step into the castle and you’ll feel as if you’ve been transported to another time altogether. It doesn’t hurt that it’s located in Turner Falls Park, so you get a day full of fun hiking and swimming as well.

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