Truth or Consequences, New Mexico

The oddly-named Truth or Consequences, New Mexico is a fair drive from the Leisure Time RV lot in Oklahoma, but well worth the trip as your inaugural RV adventure, or just a way to spend your week off from work.

The name comes from the radio quiz show of the same name. The producers of the show announced that they would be airing the show from any town that named itself Truth or Consequences, and the former Hot Springs, New Mexico took them up on the challenge.

Why was it called Hot Springs? Well, once you combine all of the hot springs that run throughout the town, you get 99 litres of hot water per second running through Truth or Consequences. These hot springs are a big part of the reason you should consider a visit to “T or C” as many New Mexicans call it.

Between the La Paloma springs, Indian Springs Bath House, Hay-Yo-Kay, and others, there are more hot springs in T or C than you can shake a stick at, and they all get the job done. You can feel your pores open up and your bones turn to liquid as you sink into the steamy pools of warm water. Step under a cold shower or jump in the river afterwards for a refreshing plunge.

Beyond the hot springs, K-Bob’s Steakhouse, the only location in the franchise actually owned by the Santa Fe company, can serve up a mean sirloin after you’ve spent the afternoon soaking.

T or C is a quiet, small town with a population of less than 7,000. If you’re looking for a relaxing weekend away from home or a pit stop to recharge your batteries on the way across the Southwest, Truth or Consequences will help to reenergize, rejuvenate, and refresh your body and mind.

If you’re looking to get into the RVing lifestyle, come by Leisure Time RV today to check our our inventory of new RVs!

Hannibal, Missouri

If you’ve lived in Oklahoma all your life, then a visit to Leisure Time RV isn’t just a simple shopping trip, but a step towards adventure, a way to live not only in one other state for a little while, but in several, because when you take on the RV lifestyle you make the road your home.

If that road takes you to Missouri, you’re going to find your hands full with cool stuff to do. Before you get overwhelmed, allow us to suggest a visit to Mark Twain’s old stomping grounds in Hannibal, MO.

Parking your RV in Nippers Park will give you a great view of the river where you can watch the boats go by. Mark Twain wrote about the Mississippi River quite a bit, and a visit here brings you right back to those times. Sitting on the riverbed looking at the passing boats, it almost feels like nothing has changed in a hundred years.

You can even take a ride on a riverboat if you like, but boatwatching is, in itself, a great way to kill an afternoon in Missouri.

While you’re here, you’ll want to grab a bite at Lula Belle’s, located in a former 1950’s bordello and serving fine dining from award winning chefs. This celebrated restaurant is a crown jewel in Hannibal.

The Mark Twain cave, which features in Tom Sawyer, offers hour long guided tours where you can experience Twain’s stories first hand. A spectacular, breath taking stop in Hannibal if you have the time and a good pair of hiking shoes to make the trek. The twisting, turning, labyrinthine cave is easy to get lost in, so we don’t suggest sneaking in after hours without a tour guide.

If you’re a fan of classic American literature or just Americana in general, give Hannibal a visit the next time you find yourself in the “Show Me State.”

Want to get into the RV lifestyle and visit Missouri, California, Florida, Texas, or wherever else the road can take you? Come by Leisure Time RV today to check out our extensive inventory of new and used RVs!

How Does Using an RV Compare to Tent Camping?

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If you are considering making a big investment in a top of the line model from Leisure Time RV, you may be wondering exactly why a camper is worth the cost. If you are a dedicated outdoors enthusiast, you may find tent camping fairly comfortable with the right equipment. However, it will only take one experience with RV camping to understand how this type of travel really stands out when it comes to comfort and luxury.

The Feeling Of Home

For many people, even the best air mattress leaves them feeling achy and sore. Spending a day canoeing around a lake or climbing a steep trail makes the soft and welcoming mattress of an RV very inviting and refreshing. There is no need to struggle with flimsy camp cook stoves for dinner or the hassle of going without a proper bathroom facility.

Traveling With Mobility Or Health Issues

RVs also stand out as the best option for people who are confined to a wheelchair or need medical support at night. Relying on an oxygen tank or a CPAP machine doesn’t have to stop you from seeing the country’s best sights in person. Make the most of your travel experiences without having to push yourself too hard. A whole range of upgrades are available for campers to keep them accessible for people with all levels of mobility.

Get As Close To Nature As You Like

Many camping lovers are afraid to switch to RVs because they enjoy the deep connection with nature that they feel when sleeping in a tent. However, using a camper doesn’t mean you can’t spend all of your time outdoors. Even a small fifth wheel serves as an ideal mobile kitchen and bathroom facility. Pop up a tent right beside the RV and stay outside if you like, but you will be glad to have the space available if a sudden storm arises or a bear visits camp.

Comfort For Pets and Children

Finally, many Oklahoma residents choose RVs to make travel easier on their youngest or smallest family members. You can easily travel with dogs, cats, or even parrots when you have enough space to keep them happy. Kids also enjoy being able to retreat into a controlled space during early camping experiences.

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Summer RV Recipes: Crispy Chicken Salad

At Leisure Time RV in Oklahoma, we know that traveling often means eating on the go. But, if you’re interested in a culinary masterpiece that can be prepared while you RV, why not try this dish?

Leisure Time RV chicken salad

Light and savory, a crispy chicken salad has everything you need to get your greens while eating protein. This dish is very easy to make, and you only need a few things on hand.

You’ll need:

  • Two crispy chicken breasts per person
  • Premade salad or…
  • One head of lettuce
  • Carrots
  • Cucumbers
  • Tomatoes
  • Salad dressing of your choice (honey mustard, ranch, thousand island, or blue cheese go well with this dish)

Now, to prepare this dish, you’ll need to place your premade salad in bowls, or, if you’re using homemade ingredients, grate two carrots per six people, cut up one cucumber for six people, slice two tomatoes for six people, and dice the lettuce head.

You can adjust those ingredients as necessary for your group.

Now, if you have a grill, you can crisp your chicken fingers. In an oven, they take approximately 17 to 20 minutes at 400 degrees. If you’re using a grill or stovetop, you’ll want to crisp them for approximately 7 minutes per side.

When the chicken is crispy and ready, you can either serve two chicken strips with each salad, or you can chop the strips into smaller, bite-sized pieces. Add the dressing you like, and you have a great, healthy meal for yourself and your group.

Optional toppings include cheese, bacon bits, croutons, or whatever else you may think of.

The great thing about this meal is that once the chicken has been cooked, you don’t need to heat up the leftovers. You can simply save the extra in a refrigerator and eat it cold, so you can easily have a quick snack ready at a moment’s notice.

This is just one of the great summertime recipes out there; let us know what you think. Do you have any recipes to share with us at Leisure Time RV? Send us a comment! If you’re in the market for a new RV, come see us today.

Geocaching in Oklahoma

Geocaching is a world-wide open-air game that is played by using GPS-enabled devices that help you find or hide containers called caches. All you need to partake in this amazing and educational hobby is a free basic membership from geocaching.com and an app downloaded right to your smartphone. With this, you will be well on your way to finding hundreds of caches hidden right in your home state of Oklahoma.

A large piece of history happened in Oklahoma territory during the 1880’s; the Land Rush. The day of April 22, 1889 saw 50,000 eager people waiting to stake their claim on a piece of land. There were only 12,000 lots to be claimed so you can imagine the disorderly conduct citizens were putting themselves through. By the end of the day, over 10,000 people settled into the newly budding capital of Guthrie.

Fast-forwarding time and you now have a chain of geocaches that have been placed along familiar paths during the Oklahoma Land Rush. This series runs east to west, much as the settlers did well over 100 years ago. All of the caches placed along this route are deliberately not invading anyone’s land, so do not trespass while searching for any of these caches.

Also throughout the state are caches placed along the old Route 66. This famous highway has been torn down and Interstate 40 has now replaced this charming and scenic road. There are still sections visible so keep your eyes peeled while you are out and about.

If you’re interested in this fun and entertaining hobby that carries you to places you have yet to discover, then load up your Oklahoma City RV and head out! There are dozens of new caches being placed all the time as well. Make sure to keep an eye out on geocaching.com for updates and information.

NASCAR

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It’s the time of year for camping out and racing. So why not do both? There are several racetracks during the NASCAR races that offer places to park your camper. If you’re a fan but never have been able to make it to a race, it can be a dream come true. But here are some helpful and friendly tips and advice to get your racing trip off on the right start this season.

There are 3 main factors you must remember before going to a race. Tickets, traveling and lodging. Make sure you have a ticket to get in before deciding to go. Sometimes you can get lucky and they will sell some at the gate. Some races sell out for a certain race years in advance. Know before you go.

It’s also important to know how you will get there. Obviously, here we are talking about traveling in your motorhome. But will you have another means of transportation once you are there? Or will you be content with your RV and have everything you need on site? Make sure you know you will be able to camp at the racetrack. As mentioned before, some of the big races sell out quickly as do the campsites. Either call or visit their websites to view openings and make a reservation.

The website at nascarthreesixty.com has a lot of good tips and pointers as well. They even have a printable checklist so you won’t forget anything for your trip. If planned correctly, you will have an amazing time with no issues. Isn’t that what we all aim for on a vacation or planned outing?

Of course, if you find that you need any part, service or accessories for your trip, stop by your local Oklahoma City RV dealer. Check out our huge selection of inventory as well.

Chickasaw National Recreational Area

 

Summer is in full swing. There are National Parks to see and campgrounds to visit. It’s time to take the fifth wheel out for an adventure! The Chickasaw National Recreation Area plays host to 6 different campground areas all around the Lake of the Arbuckles. This area has attracted people here since the Native American days. This quaint outdoor park has acted as a refuge for over a hundred years.

The Chickasaw National Recreation Area is home to many kinds of wildlife, plants and grasslands. Common trees in the area include hickory, eastern red cedar, oak and elm. Several varieties of animals roam the area including the white-tailed deer, nine-banded armadillo, flying squirrel and bull snakes. So bring the binoculars and keep a watchful eye for these marvelous creatures!

There are also many activities to do around the park such as boating, camping, hiking, fishing, bird watching, hunting and more. Chickasaw has dozens of scenic trails for hiking ranging from easy to moderate in difficulty. All trails are available year-round and the best viewing time for wildflowers is from March to October.

Speaking of camping, what campsites are nearby? As mentioned previously, there are a good few camping areas around for your fifth wheel. The largest one is the Buckhorn Campground which has 4 loops with a total of 134 sites. 42 of these sites have electric hookups which are $24 a night. The second largest campground is the Rock Creek Campground which hosts 105 campsites. A few of them can accommodate RVs, but are mainly for tent camping. The electric sites are at a nightly rate of $22.

For more information on other sites around the Chickasaw National Recreation Area, visit their website at http://www.nps.gov/chic/index.htm and click on the fees and reservations tab.

Remember to have your Oklahoma RV inspected and serviced before you head out on the open road. Let LeisureTime RV be your place for sales and service!

July Events

 

There is no shortage of fun events this July in OKC. Your Oklahoma City RV dealer has a long list of concerts, freebies and more to get you out and about. Some of them might even have you traveling in your camper to get to them. Here are some of the highlights.

The Myriad Botanical Gardens is not just a beautiful place to stroll through to observe the gorgeous landscaping. Last year, park officials began offering a free summer movie series that are family-friendly. It’s back this year and they are showing a wealth of wholesome movies every Wednesday through July and August. With movies like Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and Forrest Gump, it will surely please everyone. This is the perfect time to chill under the stars and spend time with family. There will be food vender trucks and others on site as well but an admission fee is never charged.

Everyone loves animals. Lions. Tigers. Bears. Oh my! Most major cities have at least one zoo so we can enjoy these breathtaking creatures anytime we want as well as protect them from endangerment. The OKC Zoo, which is the oldest zoo in the Southwest, is offering free admission on July 17th in honor of their Sales Tax Appreciation Day. Also on Wednesdays during July and August, you can take advantage of their “groovy retro” for only $1.

What about those of us who love the arts? Shakespeare in the Park is performing two different plays in July; Ring Round the Moon and King John. Both plays cost $15 per adult and $10 for students, seniors and military. Ring Round the Moon is a play about a brother who tries to help his twin’s loveless marriage. It is filled with wit and charm and will leave you with an unexpected happy ending. For more information on these wonderful plays, visit http://oklahomashakespeare.com/.

Alabaster Cavern State Park

 

Summer means vacationing to most people. Especially those with families who only have the summer for a much needed break. Why not take your motorhome for a trip across the state? Or even out of state? Below is a great idea of a wondrous place you can vacation to that is RV-friendly.

To the Northwest corner of Oklahoma is a not-so-little place called the Alabaster Caverns State Park. This 200-acre state park is the home of the largest natural gypsum caves in the world that is open to the public. There are several types of alabaster found here including white, pink and black which is the rarest. Black alabaster can only be found in three places in the world: Oklahoma, Italy and China.

These caves are home to 5 species of bat including Cave Myotis, Western Big Brown Bat, Eastern Pipistrelle, Western Big-eared Bat and the Mexican Free-tailed Bat. The Mexican Free-tailed Bat migrates to the cavern in the spring to bear their young. They return to Mexico in the fall. During late July, you can attend an event to watch over a million of these bats flying out into the night sky to feed on insects. The event price includes a dinner of hot dogs with all the fixings.

They hold tours of the caves from 9AM to 4PM on the hour. There are many activities to do here including hiking, camping, wild caving and picnicking. They have lantern tours on Saturday evenings as well that are $16 per person and limited to only 20 people per evening. For reservations for the caves, camping or more general information for these caves, call them at 580-621-3381.

Be sure to check out this majestic and rare corner of the world. Pack up your Oklahoma City RVand enjoy what you find!

Independence Day Recipes

 

Everyone loves celebrating the 4th of July. It means fireworks, great food and wonderful company. Listed here are a couple recipes that are sure the get things fired up this holiday.

Patriotic Pudding Cups

These are perfect for summer. If you love Oreo, you will love this sweet and colorful Patriotic dessert.

  • 3 packages of White Chocolate Pudding 3.3 ounces each
  • 5.5 Cups of milk
  • Blue Summertime Oreos (regulars are fine if you cant find these)
  • Clear Cups for serving
  • Red and Blue gel food coloring
  • Cool Whipped

Crush up your Oreos and spoon a couple of tablespoons into the bottom of your clear cups. Next, make your pudding in different bowls so your food coloring doesn’t mix together. Add your blue food coloring and red food coloring to your pudding mix. Using the gel food coloring makes your colors more vibrant. Add your blue layer of pudding mix over the layer of crushed Oreos. With your second layer, instead of mixing 2 cups of cold milk with your pudding only mix 1.5 cups and add 2 cups of cool whipped dessert topping. This will make your middle layer extra fluffy as well as make it whiter. Finish with your red layer and make as directed by the box. Garnish with more crushed Oreos and refrigerate.

Festive Fruit Parfaits

These are sure to make a bang at your camper this Independence Day!

  • Any of your favorite fresh fruits cut into small pieces
  • 1 package 8oz cream cheese softened
  • ½ cup of frozen limeade concrete thawed
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup cool whip

Clean and slice your favorite fruits such as strawberries and watermelon. In a medium bowl, mix together the cream cheese, limeade and powdered sugar until smooth. Next, fold in your whipped topping nice and slowly. In small glasses or even a bowl, layer your fruits and top with dressing. Serve this immediately or cover and keep it refrigerated up to two hours before serving.

Have a safe and happy July 4th from your Oklahoma City RV dealer!