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It’s OK to Quit

It’s OK to Quit

How old where you when you realized that quitting is a bad thing? Kids taunt one another with that derogatory word – Quitter! Parents tell their kids not to quit; that they can’t quit if they’ve committed to something. I’ve been guilty of it. But, is it OK to quit? Or, better yet, when is it OK to quit?

There’s a Turkish proverb that I recently read: “No matter how far you’ve gone down a wrong road, turn back.” Have you travelled down the wrong road? Have you stuck to your guns, persevered, made it work, or gutted it out? Was it miserable?

I’m sure you know someone who spent a lot of time and energy trying to make a marriage work, only to finally throw in the towel. I know many people (on both sides of a divorce) who say they hung on too long, tried too hard, knew it wasn’t the right thing. They made a commitment and they stuck with it. Couldn’t quit. Stayed miserable.

I’m not advocating divorce, or giving up too soon. But realistically, sometimes you just know you’re down the wrong road and, no matter how far you’ve traveled, it’s time to turn back.

Investors in businesses will sometimes talk about “throwing good money after bad”. They’re too far down a road (big investment) and keep throwing more money at it in hopes it will work out. When they know it probably won’t, the best option is to stop wasting money! Quit.

Have you ever committed to something – a committee, an organization, a neighborhood task or duty, etc. – only to realize that it was not at all what you thought it would be? You’re not enjoying it, or maybe you loathe it. But you’re not a quitter so you keep plodding along, dreading each meeting. Yuck!

When you say “yes” to something you don’t enjoy, you’re saying “no” to everything else. That’s “no” to family, working out, friends, reading, mowing the grass, napping – everything else! That’s time you’ll never get back. Why be miserable when you know it’s just not right for you?

Another amazing thing about staying with something when you’re not committed: You won’t be giving your best and others will know it. Rather than pretend, come clean. State your case and find a way to either get committed, or get out. It’s best for you and for the rest of the group – as well as the committed person who will follow you! Step aside, do what you want to do and let someone else have your spot. Everyone ends up a winner!

Check some of the roads you’re traveling. No matter how far you’ve gone if it’s not the right road for you, turn back. You quitter!…

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Spring Camping Destinations – RV Parks in Death Valley

Spring Camping Destinations – RV Parks in Death Valley

Spring is the time for many to take out their recreational vehicles and hit the roads. Americas offers numerous RV camping destinations for spring camping and Death Valley is one of them. Located in Eastern California, Death Valley lies within the Mojave Desert. It has driest, hottest and lowest locations of North America. This desert valley is in the Great Basin, near the border of the states of California and Nevada. In fact, it is on the eastern side of Sierra Nevada Mountains. Much of the Death Valley National Park comprised of Death Valley. The national park features three million acres of wilderness and it is the largest National Park in the contiguous United States. Death Valley is around two hours west of Las Vegas, Nevada. A popular RV camping destination, this desert valley features eight park-operated campgrounds. Five of these campground accommodate RV camping. Besides, there are two privately owned RV parks.

Park-operated RV campgrounds

Furnace Creek: This RV campground is centrally located in this national park. Apart from RV camping sites, tenting is also allowed here. Furnace Creek houses a bike path, an abandoned borax mine and hiking trails nearby. It is the only RV campground of Death Valley taking reservations. This facility has 136 campsites with picnic tables, drinking water, a dump station, and flush toilets. Each site comes with a campfire ring or grill. Campers with larger units can opt for the pull-through sites. It also has RV parking facility. Pets are allowed, but must be kept on leash. You need to pay an entrance fee, apart from the regular camping fee.

Texas Spring: This campground allows RV camping on upper level, and only tent camping on lower level. It has around 92 campsites. Each site includes a fire ring and a picnic table. Drinking water is also available. This RV campground is close to Furnace Creek Visitor center. Generators are not allowed in Texas Spring. It also has pull-through sites and can accommodate bigger rigs. Some of the nearby attractions of this facility include Scotty’s castle, Mesquite Springs Dunes, Ubehebe Crater, and the Charcoal Kilns. This is a first come first served camping facility with self-registration.

Mesquite Spring: Located at an elevation of 1,800 feet, this RV camping facility is 3 miles from Scotty’s Castle. Mesquite Spring campground features 30 sites with drinking water, picnic tables, fire ring, flush toilets, and a dump station. Pull-through sites are available, but it does not allow large vehicles. This RV campground allows no more than eight people and one recreational vehicle or two vehicles per campsite. Pets are allowed in Mesquite Spring; however, the maximum limit is four pets per campsite. The Scotty’s Castle and Ubehebe Crater are the only two nearby attractions. It is close to the north entrance and offers easy access to the Eureka Dunes.

Sunset Campground: This RV campground is 190 feet below sea level. Sunset Campground is centrally located to several popular attractions such as Harmony Borax Works, Artist’s Palette, Furnace Creek Golf Course, Artist’s Palette, Golden Canyon, Natural Bridge, Twenty Mule Team Canyon, and Badwater. This facility is open from October through April. There are 270 campsites with drinking water, flush toilets and a dumping station. Fires are not allowed in Sunset Campground. This facility is handicap accessible.

The best time to visit

The best time to visit these RV campgrounds is during the months of fall, spring and winter. It is recommended to avoid summers, as the temperatures are extreme in Death Valley. The RV campgrounds that remain open all-year are Furnace Creek and Mesquite Spring, while Texas Spring and Sunset are open from October through April.

RV camping tips:

Since it is a desert area, carry plenty of water for your recreational vehicle and camping group. Avoid summers, as you are likely to face weather hazards such as wind advisories, flash floods, and heat advisories.…

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It’s an Aquatic Adventure at Michigan’s Largest Indoor Waterpark

It’s an Aquatic Adventure at Michigan’s Largest Indoor Waterpark

Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark at Boyne Mountain aptly claims to be “Where Adventure Lives,” because that’s exactly what’s in store during a visit. All of the weatherproof aquatic action at Michigan’s largest indoor water park is available year-round. Inside is a truly gigantic theme park that spans an enormous 88,000 square feet of water fun for family members of all ages. The park boasts five rip-roaring waterslides, a kiddie pool for the tykes, a wet climbing wall for those seeking new heights, a lazy river, multiple hot tubs and spewing mountain water.

When you step into the water park, you’ll feel the urge to hike up your lederhosen as you meander through the themed Swiss-Austrian winter wonderland village. Even in the winter months, the park temperature sits at a comfortable 84 degrees.

Watch out for the 800-gallon water avalanche that erupts at the sound of a horn from Splasherhorn Mountain. Climb up and down the many bridges and take cover from the dumping buckets and water sprays. Surf’s up at the Rip Zone as you tackle the waves on your surfboard or body board. Slip and slide down the Vertigo Slide on tubes into the giant fish bowl. In the Kitz Pool, kids can enjoy light water fountains, a to-scale slide and basketball hoops.

Test your climbing skills as you attempt to ascend up the South Wall, fighting the gushing water coming down upon you from up top. When you’re done, float the day away on a lazy, relaxing ride down Boyne River. On the Downhill Mat Racer, you and three others compete for the fastest time down the slide. Grab a tube and twist and turn on the Super G tube slide for a splash of fun.

During your Boyne vacation, your kids will have a blast at Avalanche Bay. With lifeguards everywhere, they are in for a safe, rip-roaring time. Whether you are looking to climb, float, surf, or tube – park has it all! There truly is something for everyone at the place “where adventure lives!”…

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How Do You Create A Good Eco Policy?

How Do You Create A Good Eco Policy?

As someone who gives advice on travelling I think that it’s very important that I have a comprehensive, well thought and realistic eco policy. I just don’t know what it is yet.

It seems like the more I read the more confused I get – then I talk to someone else and I get even more confused. It seems that the whole eco debate is not black and white, but many, many shades of grey (or green I suppose?).

Take for example the supposed wisdom that we should shop close to home (preferably buying organic vegetables straight out of the ground, if we can’t grow our own.) So I was talking to a friend of a friend who works with African charities and I said to her “I feel bad buying lettuce from Ethiopia – isn’t that taking their food or water?”

Her reply? “No, it’s absolutely essential that you buy their produce as it supports their local economy.”

“But what about the carbon emissions from flying food to us here?”

“Well, think about it, if you grow salad in the UK, or in Europe, it’s probably grown in a greenhouse which has to be heated – so it’s probably even less eco friendly.”

So now, well I feel a lot happier about buying food from poorer countries, but I’m still not entirely sure that I’m doing the right thing. And there are similar debates about recycling and even cycling. I read a book this year written by a guy who was developing his own eco-lodge in India and his take on ecology really hurt my brain. He even said that people who cycle, but eat energy bars that may have ingredients from all over the world may actually be less eco-friendly than people driving cars – help!

Of course the same guy after stating 4 x 4s also then went on to justify extensively why he needed one to keep his children safe. (Isn’t that just the same argument as everyone else?) And of course this guy after proclaiming that air travel was extremely evil went on to talk about his eco holiday resort. (How does he think his guests are going to get to India?) So yes I did keep throwing down his book in disgust.

So far my thinking is this:

I love when airlines make it really easy to press a button at the bottom of a screen that lets me make my trip carbon neutral.

I think there are some carbon neutral schemes that are brilliant – for example the ones that create wells to save people from having to drive (or walk) long distances to get water – I mean that’s a great thing even without the carbon angle. So I might just start giving all my carbon neutral money to them, so I know that something good is coming out of it.

I understand that the biggest problem to affect global warming is not travel but the destruction of the rainforests – so maybe that should be our biggest priority?

I think that if tourism can save the rainforests, by helping people who live there to make a more profitable living from an intact forest than a palm oil plantation, then tourism could end up saving the world.

I think that responsible safari tourism – for people wanting to see tigers, leopards, polar bears, whales and dolphins can help protect those populations.

I think that people who live in fear; of starvation, violence, etc. probably don’t care that much about looking after the planet, they are just trying to look after their families. So the more people we can help to make a decent, safe living, the more people are able to become interested in wider, long term issues, like protecting their environment, for their own community and for everyone’s benefit.

So that’s my thinking so far – and hopefully once I’ve done some more research I can make this into that great eco policy I was talking about, hopefully with some nice way of you clicking onto a link that will help protect the world. But, if you have any suggestions or any easier ways for me to understand this stuff, then please, please let me know!…