11.20.2012

4 Thanksgiving "no-no's" for Pets


Many people that camp love their pets! (And so do many people that don't camp! LOL) So, here's a few tips about what NOT to feed your furry family member...

1. Anything with onions – Did you know that onions are toxic to dogs and cats (including garlic, leeks and chives).

2. Raw or garbage ready food  - Avoid potential messy accidents (from either end of your pet). Don't feed them the gizzard or anything you won't eat, especially if it is raw, or something that may have gone bad. You have enough to deal with over the holidays!

3. The Drumstick – or any thing that may contain bones. Bad boy. (Or girl.)

4. Dessert – It has little to do with the waistline and more to do with that digestive track! We all know not to feed them chocolate, but the fats in many desserts can give your little friend an upset stomach...or worse.

Finally, avoid the "treat-sneaking" guests. Even after you ask them to not give the dog table scraps, temptation may win out. So, keep your pet in another room while everyone is eating…who knows what is going on under the table?

Read more here:


10 Safety Tips for Pets During Thanksgiving Holiday

The top Thanksgiving foods…are they safe for pets?




 




11.16.2012

Celebrating the Holidays at the Beach

It’s time to get into the spirit of the season! If you are like many, every day life keeps you busy and sometimes it is difficult to get “merry.”

Myrtle Beach can assist with that problem. It is a great place to spend some time “away.” Listen to the ocean waves, feel the salt air, and just...breathe. Once you have experienced an oceanfront “re-boot,” you’ll be more prepared to enter the holiday state of mind!



Holiday Entertainment


Myrtle Beach can help get you in the mood for Christmas and the coming holiday celebrations! Our shows and attractions will have you humming all the classic holiday tunes. With so many great shows to choose from you may need to stay several nights.

The Carolina Opry Christmas Special is a Myrtle Beach holiday tradition for many locals and visitors alike. It is packed full of live Christmas classics and humor and runs through January 5, 2013.

You just might have a blue Christmas without Legends in Concert! Now through December 31st, you can bask in Legends’ Holiday Show featuring Elvis Presley (of course!), Celine Dion, Johnny Mathis, The Blues Brothers and Alan Jackson. In fact, they even offer some great dinner packages.

Opened in 2011, Pirates Voyage an “over the water” show continues to attract crowds. Christmas at Pirates Voyage Fun, Feast & Adventure takes you on a voyage with Captain Scrooge and the mystical Spirit of Christmas. Enjoy a four course feast with acrobatics overhead, pirate crews and live animals.

Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament features something for those young and old, boy or girl, with gorgeous horses, chivalrous knights, a princess and a “Battle of Champions.” Plan a Royal Holiday Outing for groups of 15 or more guests.

Ocean Lakes Family Campground also sells tickets to “The South’s Grandest Christmas Show” at the Alabama Theatre and “Christmas on Ice” at The Palace Theatre.
 

Holiday Attractions Sure to Please


Ripley’s Aquarium features the “Festival of Trees” through December 31st. An event that began in 2001, has more than 50 decorated trees on display throughout Ripley’s Aquarium. Adorned in unique ornaments, each Christmas tree represents the great diversity of the United States.

If you’d like to avoid the hustle an bustle and get back to nature, Brookgreen Gardens features the glorious “Night of a Thousand Candles” December 7, 8, 14, 15, 20, 21, and 22, 2012. Brookgreen Gardens comes to life amid the soft glow of more than 5,500 hand-lit candles and countless sparkling lights from 3 - 10 p.m. Walk the paths with a warm cup of cider, hear the sounds of hand bells ringing, carolers singing, and celebrate the season with family and friends.

Shop 'til you Drop!



Myrtle Beach has a zillion places to shop between outlets and malls and specialty boutiques you are sure to find that special gift for loved ones!


Please Chime In...
Have you joined any of these holiday celebrations? Please “chime in” with your experience and comment below!

11.07.2012

Heads up to NASCAR Race Fans (Internet Explorer 9 Version)

Version 2:  We apologize to those who only saw the title of this blog when originally posted on Nov. 2nd. After research we believe it was a conflict with Internet Explorer 9 - we hope you can see the post now!

It’s true! Many campers love auto racing…and in the Carolinas NASCAR rules the track. Ocean Lakes Family Campground has several great tracks in its “back yard” and we wanted guests to know about some upcoming race events.

The Myrtle Beach Speedway 


This historic track has a new owner and has gone through renovations. The 2012 events have proven successful catering to families with young children and race fans alike the with “Wheels of Destruction” and “Monster Trucks” to the upcoming Myrtle Beach 400.

Located 13 miles from Ocean Lakes, this half-mile semi-oval track is poised for success and has a seating capacity for more than 12,000 fans. The Myrtle Beach Speedway is sure to fill that capacity in two weeks with the 20th Annual Myrtle Beach 400 -the end of season showdown. This event features five exciting days of activities beginning on Wednesday, November 14th through Sunday, November 18th. Keeping families in mind, kids 12 and under are FREE!


The Charlotte Motor Speedway 

This superspeedway is located a few hours northwest of Myrtle Beach, 180 miles from Ocean Lakes, is the legendary 1.5-mile Charlotte Motor Speedway. (What’s better than enjoying a race, then relaxing on the beach?) If you are new to this track, they have a great “First Timer” web page.  This speedway hosts three premiere NASCAR events each year - the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, the Coca-Cola 600 and the Bank of America 500. A state of the art, 4/10 mile clay oval, The Dirt Track at Charlotte, sits across Highway 29 from the superspeedway. The zMAX Dragway is adjacent to The Dirt Track and features the world’s only four-lane all-concrete racing surface. Plus, located in the heart of NASCAR country, you’ll want to tour the Hall of Fame.

I recently took a tour of this racing mecca. Having been in the campground industry for years, I was amazed at speedway’s campground facility. Did you realize that you can camp there year round while in the Charlotte area? Whether you have a Class A motorhome and want full service hook-ups, or just a little grass space for your family's tent, they have it!


The Darlington Raceway 

…the track “Too Tough to Tame!” For 60 years, race fans have experienced this 1.25-mile legendary track. Only 85 miles from Ocean Lakes Family Campground, race fans can see the checkered flags and then check-in for oceanfront camping in Myrtle Beach! The track roars to life Mother’s Day Weekend with the NASCAR Nationwide 200 Series (May 10th) and the Bojangles’ Southern 500 (May 11th).  Perhaps you’d like to experience camping on the infield before the oceanfront, either way it will be an experience to remember!

11.02.2012

Heads up to NASCAR Race Fans in the Carolinas

It’s true! Many campers love auto racing…and in the Carolinas NASCAR rules the track. Ocean Lakes Family Campground has several great tracks in its “back yard” and we wanted guests to know about some upcoming race events.

The Myrtle BeachSpeedway 
This historic track has a new owner and has gone through renovations. The 2012 events have proven successful catering to families with young children and race fans alike the with “Wheels of Destruction” and “Monster Trucks” to the upcoming Myrtle Beach 400.

Located 13 miles from Ocean Lakes, this half-mile semi-oval track is poised for success and has a seating capacity for more than 12,000 fans. The Myrtle Beach Speedway is sure to fill that capacity in two weeks with the 20thAnnual Myrtle Beach 400-the end of season showdown. This event features five exciting days of activities beginning on Wednesday, November 14th through Sunday, November 18th. Keeping families in mind, kids 12 and under are FREE!

The Charlotte MotorSpeedway
This superspeedway is located a few hours northwest of Myrtle Beach, 180 miles from Ocean Lakes, is the legendary 1.5-mile Charlotte Motor Speedway. (What’s better than enjoying a race, then relaxing on the beach?) If you are new to this track, they have a great “First Timer” web page.  This speedway hosts three premiere NASCAR events each year - the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, the Coca-Cola 600 and the Bank of America 500. A state of the art, 4/10 mile clay oval, The Dirt Track at Charlotte, sits across Highway 29 from the superspeedway. The zMAX Dragway is adjacent to The Dirt Track and features the world’s only four-lane all-concrete racing surface. Plus, located in the heart of NASCAR country, you’ll want to tour the Hall of Fame.

I recently took a tour of this racing mecca. Having been in the campground industry for years, I was amazed at speedway’s campground facility. Did you realize that you can camp there year round while in the Charlotte area? Whether you have a Class A motorhome and want full service hook-ups, or just a little grass space for your family's tent, they have it!

The Darlington Raceway
…the track “Too Tough to Tame!” For 60 years, race fans have experienced this 1.25-mile legendary track. Only 85 miles from Ocean Lakes Family Campground, race fans can see the checkered flags and then check-in for oceanfront camping in Myrtle Beach! The track roars to life Mother’s Day Weekend with the NASCAR Nationwide 200 Series (May 10th) and the Bojangles’ Southern 500 (May 11th).  Perhaps you’d like to experience camping on the infield before the oceanfront, either way it will be an experience to remember!


10.25.2012

Try Carving a Rutabaga for Halloween…

Did you know that pumpkins are not a vegetable - they are a fruit! They are in the same family as gourds, squash, cucumbers, gherkins, and melons.

There seems to be a couple opinions on the origin of Halloween. Some think it is based on the Celtic holiday known as Samhain (pronounced "sow wan"), which means "summer's end". Others believe it is based on old Christian holidays of All Saints Day and All Souls Day.

Regardless, this magical night wouldn’t be the same with out the glowing jack-o-lanterns, today we know as carved pumpkins. But that wasn’t always the case. Jack-o-lanterns were originally carved from turnips or gourds probably more the size of a rutabaga. They were set on porches (guess some things never change) and in windows to welcome deceased loved ones, but also to act as protection against malevolent spirits. Early on they were lit with burning lumps of coal, later to be replaced by candles.

carved pumpkin at Ocean Lakes Family Campground
One winner of the Pumpkin Carving
When European settlers, particularly the Irish and Scottish, arrived in America they found the native pumpkin to be larger and easier to carve. So, the rutabaga was replaced with our beloved pumpkin!

The internet makes life easier when it comes to “how to,” so here’s a site that covers the Halloween pumpkin, from choosing your pumpkin, to using the right carving tools, and even how to extend the life of your pumpkin…to taking its picture.

Finally, we haven’t told you any stories here, but if you’re in the mood for a tall eerie tale “hear’s” a good place to start….

Happy Halloween! Hope to see you at one our Halloween Weekends....

10.12.2012

Golf Car Winter Maintenance

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By Greg Bender, Manager of Ocean Lakes Golf Cars Rentals, Sales & Service




Select the proper mode for storing your golf cart with this switch.
Tow/Run Switch

Battery maintenance is very critical when it comes to your golf car running efficiently. A lot of people have Electric Golf Cars that they use throughout the summer season and into the fall. Most people do not use their golf car in the winter months, they just leave it in their garage or in a storage facility for 3 - 4 months until spring; and then decide to charge it up and use it. By then the golf car will not take a charge because battery voltage has gotten too low. If you are storing your golf car for the winter make sure the water level is filled to the correct capacity and it is fully charged before storing it. Distilled water is recommended to use when watering batteries. If your golf car has a Tow/Run switch under the seat make sure you place the switch in the “Tow” mode when not using for a period of time (longer than a week). This will help prevent the batteries from discharging quicker than if left in the “Run” mode.
When storing use the Tow/Run Switch located under the seat.
The older the batteries are the quicker they will discharge in storage. Now, if you have access to your golf car in the winter it is recommended to charge it at least once a month. Most golf cars now have automatic chargers so they will shut off once the golf car is completely charged. Depending on the type of golf car you have, if you leave the charger hooked up all the time it will cycle every 2 - 3 weeks with a trickle charge to keep batteries topped off. It is not recommended to leave the charger hooked up if your golf car is not accessible all the time.
  

Remove corrosion.
Along with watering your batteries correctly, it is crucial to keep the tops of your batteries and terminals clean. This will allow you to get the best performance out of your batteries. If you have a lot of corrosion on terminal ends you can use a baking soda and water solution on top of the batteries (while the caps are secured down). This will help neutralize any acid on the top of the batteries and help remove any corrosion from the terminals.
Keep your battery terminals clean with baking soda & water.
Let the baking soda and water solution sit a couple minutes, then rinse thoroughly with water. Once the terminals are dry and free from corrosion, it is recommended to put on some type of terminal protectant.

If you follow all the steps above this will help increase the life of your batteries which is normally around 5 years for a lead acid deep cycle battery. 

For more information about golf cars visit www.OceanLakesGolfCars.com.

Greg Bender, Manager of Ocean Lakes Golf Cars in Myrtle Beach, SC.About the Writer…
Greg Bender has worked for Ocean Lakes Family Campground for 24 years with more than 20 years experience in the golf car industry. His introduction into the golf car industry began while working as an Ocean Lakes Golf Car Attendant in his teens. Bender’s career evolved from Golf Car Mechanic to his current position as Manager of Ocean Lakes Golf Cars, Laundry & Vending.

9.21.2012

Kooky, Creative, Crafty Halloween Ideas

Fall is in air! 

We are getting ready for two weekends of Halloween fun at Ocean Lakes. This week our team is focused on planning and décor. It’s fun to get online and brainstorm ideas for Halloween…nothing too scary, of course! 

We thought we’d share some quick links to get you in the Halloween mood:




Halloween is so much fun, full of family memories that last a lifetime. Ocean Lakes hopes to be part of your Halloween plans October 19th-21st and October 26th – 28th. See our Halloween events schedule here.