The Secrets of Corpus Christi

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Whether you live in Corpus Christi or are just visiting, there’s more to the city than meets the eye. Here are some lesser known, even secret, attractions that you may not be aware of.

Whataburger!

Whataburger started making their legendary burgers in Corpus Christi back in the 1950s, which isn’t much of a secret and most any resident will tell you the same. But maybe you don’t know that there’s a statue of the founder, Harmon Dobson, on Shoreline Boulevard. You can also order from their secret menu if you know what’s on it. A few things you won’t see on the menu at the drive-thru include the Whataburger Hulk drink, grilled cheese, and chicken with pancakes.

Haunted Locales

These secrets are of the spooky variety. Corpus Christi has its fair share of ghostly residents.

The USS Lexington is a permanently docked aircraft carrier from WWII that now serves as a museum. Visitors have the option of spending the night aboard the ship in the old crew quarters. The ship is reportedly haunted by former crew members and even some later additions after the ship was decommissioned.

The Wilson Plaza was Corpus Christi’s first skyscraper and has been occupied for quite some time. It’s known to a few as being one of the most haunted places in the city. Tenants have reported feelings of being watched, glimpsing shadowy figures, and unexplained noises early in the morning and late at night.

There’s even a rumor that Selena’s spirit haunts the city. The legendary singer lived in Corpus Christi and she’s buried there. People have reported hearing singing from her gravesite around sunset on warm summer evenings and even her likeness walking along the beaches around the same time.

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While CCRV is no secret, if you’ve yet to stop in and see us, you’re missing out. With great deals, friendly service, and an RV inventory large enough to find exactly what you need, CCRV is your go-to RV dealership in Corpus Christi.

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Take a Weekend Trip to Fredericksburg, TX

CCRV recommends a Fredericksburg trip

Everybody in Texas talks about Austin, Dallas, and Houston, but what about Fredericksburg?

Look: Fredericksburg has a population of just ten thousand people, a thriving bed and breakfast industry, a strong German influence, and it’s in comfortable driving distance from CCRV in Corpus Christi. It’s really a perfect little place to visit if you’re looking to set your next adventure apart. Here are some neat things to know about Fredericksburg…

The Sister City of Montabaur, Germany

The German look of Fredericksburg isn’t just for the tourists, it’s the real thing, and Fredericksburg actually has a sister city in Germany. Fredericksburg is a little slice of Germany here in America. You’ve been to Chinatowns before, this is a Germantown.

The Movies

Fredericksburg has been the setting for a number of movies in the past, including Seven Days in Utopia, where the golf scenes with Robert Duvall were filmed here and in Utopia, Texas. If you’re a golfer, you may want to check this movie out to get an idea of what the greens look like out in Fredericksburg.

Cross Mountain

Germans love the mountains. This is true of little Germany here in Texas, and big Germany over in Europe, and Cross Mountain is an amazing one to visit if you find yourself RVing in the area and looking for a little bit of hiking or biking. With an elevation of 1,915 feet, the mountain was actually used as a beacon for Native Americans to signal one another of invaders in the territory.

Food and Shopping

Fredericksburg also has a thriving downtown, where you can spend the day eating at the local bistros, some of which offer a taste of Germany, and visiting the local shops. Want to get out of the RV for a night or two? Try one of the beds and breakfasts!

It’s hard to take an RV to Europe for a vacation, but with a trip to Fredericksburg, you can do the next best thing. The last thing you expect to see while traveling through the American Southwest is a little taste of Germany, but here it is, a European vacation for the price of one tank of gas. That’s how close Fredericksburg is to Corpus Christi and CCRV!

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This Taco Salad Will Be Your New Go-To Meal

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While there’s plenty of eating out while on the road, there are also many nights where you stay in and prepare a meal with your RV’s kitchen. While an RV kitchen is fully functional, the quarters do tend to be tighter, which means that simpler meals are usually better. If you’re an RV traveler who favors simple but delicious recipes, you’ll be all over this taco salad.

Doritos Taco Salad

Easy to make, minimal cooking involved, and something everyone will love to eat, this Doritos Taco Salad is set to be your family’s new favorite lunch or dinner recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 packet (1.25 oz) taco seasoning
  • 2 Romaine lettuce hearts, rinsed then chopped
  • 1 cup black beans, rinsed
  • 1 large tomato, seeded then chopped
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup nacho cheese Doritos, broke into bite sized pieces
  • 1 cup Catalina dressing

Directions

  1. Brown and crumble ground beef in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Drain grease. Add taco seasoning and water called for on packet. Stir until mixture comes to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let meat cool slightly.
  2. In a large salad bowl add chopped lettuce, black beans, tomato and cheese. Add slightly cooled ground beef and gently toss to combine everything. Serve now, or chill in refrigerator until ready to eat.
  3. When ready to serve, add Doritos chips and dressing to salad. Toss to coat. Serve.

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Spring Break in Key Largo

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There’s something about heading to a tropical paradise that makes spring break so much sweeter. But you don’t have to buy expensive plane tickets to see towering palm trees and turquoise waters this spring. Key Largo, the first island in Florida’s Keys, is easy to access, full of RV parks and the perfect place to enjoy an array of warm-weather outdoor activities. Whether you’re into fishing, paddle-boarding, beach-combing, boating, kayaking, bird watching or shopping, you’ll find exactly what you’re seeking in Key Largo.

A Close-By Tropical Paradise

It’s hard to believe that Key Largo has remained so affordable and uncrowded with such gorgeous surroundings. RV enthusiasts can park their RVs for the weekend and enjoy dolphin encounters, world-class diving and snorkeling, eco-tours, incredible fishing, golfing, breathtaking beaches, an array of dining options, spa treatments, parasailing and just about every activity you’d expect in much more expensive tropical destinations. Easy access to other islands, like nearby Islamorada, opens up an even bigger array of activities and tropical sights.

You Won’t Want to Leave the Campground

The Keys offer endless amounts of fun away from your campsite, but it may be tough to leave the campground when you have beaches, pools, hiking trails, bocce ball courts and tons of other amenities on site. The Key Largo Kampground and Marina offers RV enthusiasts water access, 40 acres of tropical foliage, two convenient beaches, a swimming pool, free WiFi and tons of on-site activities to keep you and your fellow campers busy from sun up to well beyond sun down.

A Perfect Place to Unwind

Key Largo is known for its laid-back atmosphere that immediately relaxes everyone who visits. There’s no better place to kick back at one of countless waterfront restaurants to enjoy live music, delicious seafood and tropical drinks. If you’re looking to let loose this spring break, Key Largo is ready to help you unwind.

Start at CCRV

Before you make the road trip to Florida this spring break, stop in and see us CCRV in Corpus Christi. We have all of the RV parts, accessories and camping supplies you need to enjoy the best spring break ever.

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Start the Day with a Breakfast Casserole

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While you may be trying to eat better and cut back on calories, sometimes it’s good to have a cheat day. For those of you not worried about such things, all we have to say is that this is one delicious and savory breakfast casserole. Be warned, however: this will fill you up well, but it may do that so well that instead of going on a hike afterwards, you’ll just crawl back into your cot to digest!

One thing’s for sure; you don’t need much in your RV to make it and it doesn’t take long at all to prepare. It’ll also satisfy the hungriest of travel companions, including teenagers.

Crunchy Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole

Ingredients

  • 2 lb. bacon
  • 1 (30-32 oz) bag of frozen tater tots
  • 1 (1 oz) package of Ranch dressing mix
  • 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 8 eggs
  • 2 cups of milk

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.In a large skillet, cook bacon. Chop cooked bacon into pieces.

In a large bowl, toss together tater tots, cooked bacon, and cheeses. Pour into a lightly greased 9×13-inch pan.

Whisk together eggs, Ranch mix and milk. Pour over tater tot mixture (cover and refrigerate at this point if baking later).

Bake for 40 – 50 minutes, or until eggs are set.

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Stargazing Tips for the Road

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One of the best parts of the camping lifestyle is gazing at the stars from all of the breathtaking places you visit across the country. And knowing what you’re looking at makes it even more enjoyable. The following are a few tips to help make your nights in the wilderness, looking at the sky, even more enjoyable.

Visit a Dark Sky Park

Where you are matters a lot when looking at the stars, and Dark Sky Parks are some of the best places in the world to admire them. Dark Sky Parks are parks or public lands around the world with exceptionally starry skies. They are places where the nighttime environment is carefully protected for stargazers. Log onto the International Dark Sky Association website to locate a park you can visit on your next road trip.

Use Your Technology

Don’t let your technology keep you inside at night, but the internet is a great way to locate a stargazing chart. Print out an easy-to-use, daily chart (like the ones at EarthSky.org) for your first adventures. As your stargazing skills advance, you can purchase more complicated charts at outdoors or science-related stores.

Pay Attention to Patterns

Patterns in the stars become noticeable when you gaze at them for a while. You can easily learn the constellations by paying close attention to patterns and the other patterns that are nearby. Start with the stars and patterns you know and advance to new ones as they become easier to identify. Look for straight lines, curves and triangle shapes in the stars.

Stargaze Often

Like most things, the only way to get better at stargazing is to practice. Head outside to watch the sky as often as possible, and you’ll notice your stargazing skills improving immediately.

Visit CCRV

The RV lifestyle is one that takes you to the most remote and beautiful places, and those are the best places for stargazing. Start your new camping lifestyle by visiting us at CCRV to tour any model or floorplan in the inventory and find your dream RV today.

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Enjoy a Sweet Cherry Treat

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It’s National Cherry Month. If you want to celebrate that (and why wouldn’t you?) here’s a great recipe that’s easy to make and delicious to eat. If you’ve got a bit of time to spend in your RV’s kitchen, whip these up and offer them to your family, travel companions, or RV park neighbors (or just keep them to yourself!).

Cherry Pie Bars

Ingredients

(for the bars)

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. almond extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 (21 oz.) cans cherry pie filling

(For the glaze)

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons milk

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°

In a large bowl, cream butter, sugar and salt until light and fluffy.

Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in extracts. Gradually add flour.

Spread 3 cups dough into a greased 15x10x1-inch baking pan. Spread with pie filling.

Drop remaining dough by teaspoonfuls over filling. Bake 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.

In a small bowl, mix confectioners’ sugar, extracts and enough milk to reach desired consistency; drizzle over top.

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Helpful Apps for RV Travel

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While you may just want to turn your phone off and enjoy the serenity of nature when you’re traveling in your RV, there are a variety of apps that can not only help you reach your destination quickly and safely, but they can help you get more out of your time at your destination too.

Oh Ranger! Park Finder

RV travelers who seek getaways in national, state and local parks will love the Oh Ranger! Park Finder app. Simply enter the city and state you’ll be visiting, and this free application will locate all of the area’s nearby parks. The app will also include the park’s amenities and the activities that are available, so you can choose your destination based on what you enjoy.

All Stays Truck and Travel

Google Maps can certainly show you the quickest route to your destination, but what it doesn’t tell RV travelers is where their big rigs won’t fit. The All Stays Truck and Travel app warns drivers of low clearance areas, convenient truck stops and travel centers for large RVs and tons of other information to help you get your RV to your destination without any hiccups.

RoadNinja

Looking for something a little different than McDonald’s for lunch? The Road Ninja app can help you locate restaurants, hotels, pharmacies, grocery stores, roadside attractions and gas stations near your current location, so you can enjoy a little more variety on your next road trip.

GPS CoPilot

Google Maps and other free GPS applications can guide you to your destination when you have excellent cellphone service, but what about those times when you have no service at all? The GPS CoPIlot app provides offline maps for those times you can’t find cell service — in remote areas or even other countries. The initial app is free, but if you want maps for foreign countries or turn-by-turn navigation, you may pay an additional fee.

Upgrade Your RV

Are you looking to upgrade your RV this camping season? Cruise down to CCRV — your South Texas RV dealer — and we’ll help you find a motorhome, travel trailer, fifth wheel or pop-up camper to make this RV season the best one yet.

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National Soup Month Recipe for Your RV

Chowder with Shrimp

January is National Soup Month, and there’s no better way to warm up on cool winter nights than with a hearty bowl of soup. This hearty and delicious shrimp and corn chowder is guaranteed to warm and wow everyone at your dinner table.

Corn and Shrimp Chowder

What you’ll need:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 stalk celery (chopped)
  • 3 medium carrots (chopped)
  • 1 large onion (chopped)
  • 2 cans chicken broth
  • 2 packages frozen whole-kernel corn
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 3/4 pounds medium shrimp
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • Fresh thyme leaves chopped for garnish

Cooking instructions:

  1. In a large sauce pot, melt the butter with the olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Stir in the celery, carrots, and onion, and cook until all of the vegetables are tender. Stir often.
  3. Set 1 1/2 cups of corn aside, and add the remainder to the pot.
  4. Stir in the chicken broth, thyme, pepper, sugar, and salt, and add 2 cups of water.
  5. Bring the entire combination to a boil.
  6. Reduce the heat, and allow your soup to simmer for roughly 20 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  7. Shell and devein roughly 20 shrimp, and set them aside for a garnish.
  8. Shell and devein all of the remaining shrimp, and cut them in half.
  9. In a 2-quart saucepan, boil roughly 2 inches of water. Stir in the 20 garnish shrimp, and continue heating until boiling. Reduce heat, and cook on low for roughly 1 minute. Drain the water, and keep the shrimp warm.
  10. In a blender, puree small batches of the soup until each batch is smooth.
  11. Return all of the soup to the large sauce pot, and stir in the half and half.
  12. When the soup is hot, stir in the sliced shrimp and allow the soup to cook on medium heat for roughly five more minutes.
  13. Separate the chowder into 10 bowls, and garnish them with fresh thyme and two whole shrimp.

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Winter is one of our favorite RV seasons here at CCRV in Corpus Christi. Don’t forget to stop in and see us this January for all of your winter and spring RV needs.

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Road Friendly Hobbies for the RVer

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January is National Hobby Month, and there’s no greater hobby than that of RV travel. However, the RV lifestyle can be paired with a long list of other hobbies to make every day in the great outdoors an exceptional one. The following are four hobbies that will work well with your life on the road.

Hiking 

Hiking is an outdoor hobby that’s ideal for all levels of athletes, from beginners to expert adventurers. It’s an activity that will encourage you to get outside and explore each place you visit. Start with short, flat trails and advance to more uneven trails and hills that will help you burn calories and stay fit on the road.

Learning a New Language

Convinced you need to go to school to learn a new language? Your RV can be your very own language school on wheels. There are a number of esteemed audio programs on the market to help you learn a new language, so you and your entire family can hone a new skill while cruising down the road or lounging at the campsite.

Geocaching

Geocaching is a somewhat new outdoors activity that has expanded to nearly all parts of the world. Wherever you travel, you can engage in unique scavenger hunts that guide you to special caches, or treasures. Geocaching is fun for kids and adults, so it’s an activity you can enjoy alone or with your entire family.

Blogging

Blogging is more than a way to keep track of your travels and inform your friends of where you’ve been. It’s a hobby that can even help you earn a living on the road. Choose a special niche, such as four-season RV travel or traveling in an RV with kids, and you may find yourself with a long list of followers, and ultimately, paid sponsors or advertisers.

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