A Recipe for National Salad Month

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Celebrate National Salad Month with this healthy quinoa salad recipe. It’s easy to make in your RV and makes for a good lunch if you’re looking for something light and refreshing. Make it in your RV before you embark on a hike and eat it on the trail when you get hungry!

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

Ingredients

  • 1½ cup dry quinoa
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed
  • ½ teaspoon dry basil, minced
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme, crushed between your fingers
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 cups arugula
  • 1 15 ounce can garbanzo beans, drained
  • ⅓ cup roasted red bell pepper, drained and chopped
  • ⅓ cup pitted kalamata olives, sliced
  • ⅓ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • ¼ cup basil, thinly slivered

Directions

  1. Cook the quinoa according to package directions with ½ teaspoon salt added to the water. Cool completely.
  2. Mix the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, pressed garlic, basil and thyme. Whisk until well combined. Season with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper and set aside.
  3. To a large serving bowl, add the quinoa, arugula, garbanzo beans, red bell pepper, kalamata olives, and feta cheese.
  4. Drizzle with the dressing and garnish with basil. Season to taste. Serve at room temperature.

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Sacramento’s Hidden Treasures

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Maybe you think you know everything there is to know about Sacramento, but perhaps there’s more to Sacramento than meets the eye. Think you’ve explored every inch of Sacramento? Then you must have been to…

Starbread

A tiny Filipino bakery in Natomas (there’s also a second location on Mack Road in South Sacramento), Starbread has, well, a star bread in its signature “senorita” bread. It’s a small roll made with bread dough, sugar, sweetened breadcrumbs, and lots of butter. Though simple, they’re highly addictive. For just $8, you can get twenty rolls. Take heed, the bakery has only one oven, so you may have to wait for a fresh batch. Though when it comes to bread, a fresh batch is never to be lamented!

Sand Cove Park Beach

It’s hard to find, but this is a list of hidden gems. Tucked behind an inconspicuous entrance along the Garden Highway, this 10-acre beach along the Sacramento River is a great place to go for those who want to relax, sunbathe, fish, and just have some fun. Parking and admission are free.

Jensen Botanical Garden

Check out this secret garden, which only has a single, small sign along Fair Oaks Boulevard to indicate its existence. Not really a place to go for BBQs or disc golf, this serene garden is more appropriate for introspection and quiet reflection. The 3.5-acre garden includes coastal redwoods, blackberry brambles, magnolias, tulips, day lilies, roses, and many more species of plants.

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Go Birdwatching in California!

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California is one of the best states in the country for birdwatching. The opportunity to birdwatch at some of America’s most stunning marine conservation areas means visitors can see thousands of sea birds and shorebirds that they wouldn’t see in other parts of the country or even the world. The following are three of the best places to birdwatch in the Golden State.

Point Reyes State Marine Reserve

Marin County’s Point Reyes State Marine Reserve is only 35 miles from San Francisco, but it feels light years away. The reserve is home to roughly 470 bird species, and although many are migrating, rare species can be seen year-round. Demonstrations, nature trails and group trips to other must-visit birdwatching destinations across Marin County make this reserve a must-visit place for outdoor enthusiasts.

Point St. George Reef Offshore State Marine Conservation Area

Cruise to Crescent City to admire some of California’s most dramatic scenery as well as a huge array of bird species. Birds tend to migrate and live around Lake Earl as well as the exposed rocks of St. George Reef. You must take a boat to the 14-acre marine conservation area, which is home to hundreds of thousands of seabirds each year.

Elkhorn Slough State Marine Reserve

The Elkhorn Slough State Marine Reserve in Moss Landing offers arguably the best birdwatching in the western U.S. The reserve, located on Monterey Bay, sees more than 340 species of birds that stop by the reserve or live on it year-round. Many of these birds are rare and endangered species. A wheelchair-accessible boardwalk, boat ramp and plenty of viewing areas make this an ideal destination for avid birdwatchers.

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An RV is one of the best ways to travel throughout the country to the best birdwatching destinations. Stop in and see us at Pan Pacific RV in French Camp, Morgan Hill or Sacramento to find your dream RV today.

Important RV Driving Habits

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Hitting the road in your new RV for the first time can be intimidating. However, that initial uneasiness shouldn’t keep you away from traveling. The following RV driving tips will help you hit the roads for the first time with confidence.

Make Yourself Comfortable

Comfort is one of the most important parts of driving your new RV. Be sure to adjust your driver’s seat and make sure you can comfortably reach all of the controls and pedals. Adjust your mirrors and become familiar with using your rear vision camera before you hit the road.

Maneuvering Your RV in High Winds

When crossing the U.S. in your RV, there’s a big chance you’ll encounter high winds at some point. The first big gust of wind to hit your RV can really get your heart pumping, but it’s easier to maintain control than you may think. Slow down to a speed where you can successfully control your RV — no matter how slow that speed may be. Avoid weaving through traffic, tailgating or making sudden lane changes.

If the winds are too high to comfortably maintain control of your RV, it’s time to pull over and take a break until the heavy winds pass.

Making Tight Turns and Driving in the City

Driving in the city, or congested traffic, with your new RV can be scary at first. It’s important to understand that turning your RV is different than turning your everyday vehicle. Advance your motorhome farther into the intersection before turning. This is necessary, because the front end of the vehicle is often extended beyond the front wheels. Similarly, you’ll need to turn into the left lane slightly before beginning your turn to the right. This maneuver allows the rear of your RV to make corners without traveling onto the curb.

One of the best steps you can take before hitting the road is to take an RV driving course. RV driving classes will provide you with the confidence you need to enjoy your RV lifestyle to the fullest.

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