RV ownership in the USA continues to increase with more than 10 million households now owning one according to a study commissioned by the RV Industry Association. While there is no rulebook that states how you should utilize your RV, there are few things that are quite as enjoyable as taking the family on an exciting All-American road trip. Despite it sounding like a recipe for disaster to have your entire family confined to the same vehicle, with some careful planning, an RV family vacation can turn out to be quite memorable.
Get the best RV for the job
If you already have a large-enough, comfortable RV sitting in the driveway, all you would need to do prior to your trip is give it a basic service and a good clean. If you do not own an RV, however, you will need to either purchase or rent one for your family road trip. It is vital to conduct some research prior to parting with any money. If you plan to use an RV on a regular basis, purchasing one may be more sensible than renting one every time you plan to take a trip. Weigh all your options and remember to look at both new and used vehicles as you may come across a beautiful, previously-loved RV at a very good price. If you have never driven an RV before, it may also be a good idea to get some practice in before taking to the open road as it is quite a bit different from driving a normal family car.
Plan your meals in advance
Food has the ability to either make or break a family vacation completely. While an RV will afford you most of the comforts from home, it will be on a much smaller scale. You can save yourself a lot of anguish by planning the meals for your trip well in advance. Calculate how many breakfasts, lunches, and dinners you need to cater to and make a shopping list accordingly. Take your fridge size and shelf space into consideration and try to incorporate as many shelf-stable items such as pasta, vegetables, bread, and soup into your menu. Keep your meal simple but varied and take along a few easy-to-serve items like cereal, peanut butter, and jelly for days that you don’t like cooking on the fire. Don’t forget to pack plenty of tin foil, paper towels, and paper plates as well as a trusted cast-iron pan to make your fire-side cooking substantially easier.
Prepare for the unexpected
Regardless of how well you plan your trip chances are you will encounter at least a few hiccups along the way. Make sure to pack back-up entertainment for the kids should the DVD player or mobile network decides to malfunction. Despite their natural resilience, children can go from being perfectly healthy to being under the weather in 5 seconds flat. Keep a well-stocked first-aid kit in the RV that will enable you to deal with any minor ailments and injuries that may present themselves along the way. It is also always a good idea to not draw up an itinerary that is too rigid so that you don’t have to cancel any stops or excursions if you find yourself running late for whatever reason.
Being able to go on a family vacation is without a doubt one of life’s greatest blessings. Even if your road trip does not go entirely as planned you are bound to make beautiful memories that will last a lifetime.
After months of planning, construction and testing, the new aquatic features at Glenwood Hot Springs Resort opened mid-summer for adventurers of all ages. The highly anticipated Sopris Splash Zone is the family-friendly resort’s newest addition to the hot springs, spa and lodge property in Glenwood Springs. It features a fast-moving adventure river for older kids and adults, and for younger children, a wade-in pool with waterfalls and a fountain designed for both play and show!
The wait is finally over! After months of watching construction crews build, refine and add landscaping, Shoshone Chutes—the exciting river ride that twists and turns, banks and swooshes, mimicking the thrill of a Colorado whitewater experience—is officially open. It is one of three new family-friendly play areas that comprise the Sopris Splash Zone at Glenwood Hot Springs Resort.
In addition to Shoshone Chutes, the other two zones are Hanging Lake, a wade-in waterfall-fed pool perfect for youngsters, which opened on July 3, and the Grand Fountain, a splash pad by day with water spraying seven feet in the air and an illuminated show fountain reaching heights of 17 feet after hours. A large, modern pergola with seating separates the two zones and provides additional shade at the west end of the hot springs property.
“We’re like little kids ourselves,” Chief Operations Officer and Vice President for Glenwood Hot Springs Resort, John Bosco, said. “We have been anticipating this opening just like everyone else—waiting, watching, seeing the progress day-by-day. It’s finally time to let people experience it for themselves. The Sopris Splash Zone will add a whole new dimension to what you can do at our hot springs. It’s a game-changer.”
Though construction started in January, the new aquatic features have been in the works for close to two years. The goal was to create water-centric attractions that appeal to today’s traveler, as well as fit the historic setting of the geothermal springs. Two consulting firms, along with local contractors, made it all come together.
Specializing in landscape architecture, urban planning and design, DHM Design, led by Project Manager Jen DiCuollo, created a masterplan to reflect Glenwood Hot Springs’ core identity which centers on the resort’s history of welcoming families and building multi-generational relationships. The firm was tasked with designing elements to enhance activities for children and families while maintaining a uniquely Colorado experience.
Working closely alongside DHM Design was Cloward H20’s Principal Allen Clawson and his team, who specialize in creating award-winning aquatics at resorts worldwide. Based on experience with similar river features at Atlantis Resorts and others in Asia, Cloward proposed a whitewater river experience as Glenwood Hot Springs’ newest visitor attraction. “Shoshone Chutes takes advantage of the slope in the North West corner of the property,” Clawson said. “This is a thrilling and exhilarating experience for a broad range of guests who will be able to ride on either single or double tubes along a waterway with as much as 32,000 gallons per minute of flow—that’s enough to fill an Olympic-sized pool in 15 minutes!”
Glenwood Hot Springs relied on talented local contractors, including S2M Construction, Gould Construction and Zancanella Engineering to carry out the design vision and get the Sopris Splash Zone ready for opening day. “We had an amazing team working on this project,” Glenwood Hot Springs Operations Manager Kevin Flohr said. “One of the things that surprised me was how much the adventure river sounds like actual whitewater. I can’t wait to see what people think the first time they ride down the Shoshone Chutes.”
“The Sopris Splash Zone is what Glenwood Hot Springs envisioned—a family-friendly resort experience with modern features that uniquely represent the Rocky Mountain West and complement our 130 years of rich history rooted in an authentic European hot springs spa tradition,” said Kjell Mitchell, Glenwood Hot Springs President and Chief Executive Officer.
The Sopris Splash Zone is now open daily through the summer and on weekends in September and October as weather permits. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. There is no additional fee to use the new attractions in the Sopris Splash Zone. A grand opening celebration will be announced.
School is back in, the leaves are already started to turn colors, pumpkin donuts are already in food lion and my heart happy! Fall is a warmly welcomed as we embrace cooler temperatures, eat yummy chili and soup, cheer on our favorite football team, pick out Halloween costumes for our kids and enjoy everything pumpkin spice (or not, it seems to be a love or hate thing). But above all my favorite thing about fall is the excitement of travelling and indulging in the everything spooky for Halloween.
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