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RV Park Texas Travel Tips for the Newbie from Mill Creek Ranch Resort

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If you’ve just bought an RV, we know you have visions of the open road, seeing the country, and all with your happy family right there with you in the ‘ol camper. And while it’s called “camping,” no tent setup is required at your favorite RV Park Texas, you don’t have to sleep on the ground, no carrying everything you need in a backpack that’s bigger than your oldest child, and going to the bathroom doesn’t require a shovel. You couldn’t be more excited.

However, there are a few rookie mistakes people make when taking their first few trips that can turn your fun family vacation into something that you need a vacation from. Here are a few tips for the newbies. Just because we’ve made these mistakes doesn’t mean you have to.

Plan your route ahead of time: Planning your route ahead of time and spending just a few minutes with google maps before you leave can help save you time on the road and help keep you from getting lost. Research which RV park Texas you’d like to stay at and book ahead; some of the really popular parks do fill up and it’s no fun to scramble for another place to go, especially if you already had a setback and get in late.

Time: It’s incredibly important to keep in mind that this is a vacation, not a race to the finish. Don’t schedule 7-8-9 hour drives, at least not for your maiden voyage, because seasoned RVers know that there can always be hangups along the way that will have you setting up camp in the dark, with no staff to help you orient yourself. Maybe you forgot something and need to stop at Wal-mart, then there’s always unexpected traffic, unexpected weather, unexpected “uh oh, where’s the dog?” Keep your driving days to 4-5 hours. Stop and take pictures along way, stop for a picnic or enjoy more time at the RV park Texas once you get there.

Become familiar with your equipment: This tip can really have an article all on its own. Make sure you know your RV, inside and out and this includes knowing how to drive it (this seems obvious, but you’d be surprised). It’s probably even worth the annoyance to give it a spin in the rain before embarking on your first road trip.

Be careful, have fun, and don’t forget to visit us at the best RV park Texas has, Mill Creek Ranch Resort.

RV Park Texas
Mill Creek Ranch Resort
2102 N Trade Days Blvd
Canton, Texas 75103
877-927-3439

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Another Great Texas RV Park Recipe!

What goes along with summer fun while vacationing with family at a Texas RV Park? Great food of course!  If you’ve done much camping at Texas RV parks maybe you’re already a pro at dutch oven cooking, or maybe you’ve always wanted to try your hand at it, but have been a bit too intimidated to get started.

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Roger L Beattie of the Backwoods Home Magazine describes dutch ovens: “squatting heavily in dank basements, drafty attics, and dusty, cluttered garages, these three-legged hulks from a bygone era wait impatiently to release their treasures.  Until then, they are pitted by time and tarnished by neglect.  For those who will uncover the mystery, their gaping caverns can once again be brimming with magic.

“From the birth of our nation, Dutch ovens have been an integral and versatile part of Americana.  Sadly today’s high-tech hustle-and-bustle lifestyle has all but forgotten the art of “leather-glove cuisine.”  The coal-black cast iron ovens appear outdated, unfriendly, and forbidding.  Interestingly however, with seven simple secrets revealed, the beginning camp cook and the consummate backyard chef can utilize these forgotten friends to produce a marvelous and unforgettable variety of succulent delicacies.”

Here is a helpful link for beginners and expert dutch oven cooks alike with Roger’s seven secrets of dutch oven cooking.

If the first thing that comes to mind when you think of dutch oven cooking is dump cake, think again!  Virtually anything you can cook in the oven, on the stove top, or in the microwave can be cooked in a dutch oven.  Dutch ovens are one of the most versatile pans you can own!  For those that are new to the art, here is a link to some handy tips from WikiHow on how to use a dutch oven.  

And for those of you who are ready for your next trip, take advantage of the RV specials  here at our beautiful RV resort, a top rated Good Sam Park for 2012 and who many call the best East Texas RV Park.  And while you’re doing your meal planning to decide what delicious food you’ll enjoy while you’re here, here’s a great dutch oven recipe for you to put on your menu list, Campfire Jambalaya, the grand-prize winning recipe from Scouting magazine’s national contest.  Complements of Kevin Young and Jim Brown, Scoutmaster and assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 44, in Heyburn, Idaho:

 

SEAFOOD JAMBALAYA

1 pound boneless chicken breast, cubed

1 pound mild Italian sausage, chunked

1 pound mixed seafood (shrimp, crab, crawfish)

1/3 cup oil

1 large onion, sliced and chopped

1/2 cup celery, chopped

2 small red or green peppers, quartered and sliced

2 medium tomatoes, coarsely chopped

1 14-oz. can chicken broth

3 cups okra, sliced

2 cups mushrooms, sliced

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon white pepper

1 teaspoon gumbo filé (powdered sassafras leaves)

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1/2 cup orange juice

2 to 3 cups long-grained white rice 

* Option: Replace cayenne with crushed and dried hot red peppers.

Cook in a deep, 14-inch Dutch oven. Heat chicken and Italian sausage until cooked through, but not browned. In a separate pot, steam seafood mixture until done (shrimp will turn pink).

In the Dutch-oven lid or another pan, sauté onions, celery, and red or green peppers until tender. Add the sautéed mixture, along with the tomatoes, broth, okra, and mushrooms to the chicken and sausage. Mix thoroughly.

Add dry peppers, gumbo filé, and rice. Mix thoroughly.

Cover and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Add Worcestershire sauce and orange juice. Add water as necessary to cook rice. Add steamed seafood mixture. Simmer for another 10 minutes.

 Serves 8 to 10.

Texas RV Park
Mill Creek Ranch Resort
2102 N. Trade Days Blvd
Canton, Texas 75103
877-927-3439

 

 

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Characteristics of a Great RV Park – part 2 | RV Camping Sites

Our last blog post discussed three of the top 7 things to look for in a good RV park.  Today we will be talking about the other four things to be aware of when finding that perfect rv camping site.

Utilities – We know that when choosing an RV camping site you want to make sure there are proper utilities to accommodate your RV.  At Mill Creek Ranch Resort our RV camping sites offer  level concrete pads with full hookups for water, sewer and electricity at 20, 30 and 50 amp service.  We also provide daily trash pickup at your RV camping site.

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Park Location – Nothing is worse than pulling into an RV park expecting some peace and quiet and then to be inundated with road noise.  At Mill Creek our RV resort is set back from the main road, and has trees to buffer any noise that may intrude on your peace.  We pride ourselves in offering our RV camping site guests a resort experience, and that includes allowing them the quiet and peace of the East Texas piney woods.

Restrooms – When you are on the road, you expect your rv camping site to have a shower and restroom that is clean and well maintained.  We provide extra clean restrooms, showers and laundry facilities.  We want you to be comfortable no matter where you are in our rv park.  Again, only the best for our rv resort guests at Mill Creek Ranch Resort!

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Internet Access – More and more rv camping site parks are upgrading their services to accommodate tech-savvy guests.  Mill Creek is no different!  We offer wi-fi and cable access to all of our rv camping sites.  Our friendly staff will help give you all the information you need to jump onto that information superhighway!

Please contact us next time you are looking for an RV camping site in Canton, TX at 903-567-6020 or make your reservation online today!

RV camping sites – Canton, TX
Mill Creek Ranch Resort
2102 N. Trade Days Blvd
Canton, Texas 75103
877-927-3439