Saturday, December 30, 2006

Winter Hiking

Winter Hiking

Hiking In The Pristine Paradise of Winter
By John Grimes

When the year turns to the winter months, many people pack up their outdoors gear and wait for the warmer weather of spring. If this is your tack, you are missing out on the joys of winter hiking.

Hiking In The Pristine Paradise of Winter

The winter presents some excellent opportunities to get outside and discover a second side to places you commonly frequent. Most people, however, never take advantage of the opportunity. When the mercury drops in the thermometer, they hole up for the winter. If you do so, you will be missing out on a winter wonderland that is often stunning.

It is amazing how much a place can change with the seasons. I can guarantee you that a favorite hike is much different in winter than it is in summer. The air is crisper. The surroundings are blanketed in an almost dream like quietness. In many places, it may be blanketed in snow. Alas, this presents you with the opportunity to experience a serene, beautiful winter paradise. Without the hubbub of summer, it will seem like an entirely new scene.

Going hiking in the winter is obviously different than in the warmer months. First off, you need to use a bit of common sense. If you are going to head out on a trail, make sure you check the weather first so you know if anything is coming. There are plenty of places on the internet now where you can get accurate forecasts and actually see a radar image of your area. Check them! You do not want to be a couple of hours into your hike and face a snow or rain storm.

The second tip also involves common sense. Dress warmly! It is true that you will start to generate lots of body heat while hiking, but you should still over dress. Remember, you can always take clothing off if you get hot. Unless you are carrying your closet with you, however, it is hard to add clothing in the middle of your hike.

There are a couple of other things you should do differently for winter hikes. First, make sure to tell someone where you are going in case something happens. Second, take water with you because you will still need hydration. Third, wear sun protection and lip balm because the sun doesn’t care if it is hot or cold when it is beating down on your exposed face, neck and lips. Fourth, take a camera so you can take pictures of the stunning scenes around you.

Hiking in winter is definitely something you should consider doing if at all possible. It presents you with an opportunity to see your favorite haunts in an entirely new light.

John Grimes is with All Terrain - makers of natural products for the outdoors.

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Monday, December 18, 2006

Cold Weather Camping

Cold Weather Camping

Cold Weather Camping Tips
By Tim Dales

A number of my friends take their kids to the desert in December to go dirt biking and they complain about the cold camping. Well, here are a number of tips that I’ve used when cold weather camping that will make your campout more enjoyable.

The obvious first tip is to bring warm clothes. So why am I mentioning this? So, you’ll bring the right clothes! Bring gloves, ski jackets, wool hats, wool socks, long underwear, turtleneck shirts, sweat pants, sweaters and lots of extra clothes that you can layer. Unlike summer camping where you can get away with a couple of t-shirts and a pair of shorts. Plan to over pack during cold weather. As the old adage goes, “It’s easier to put on clothes you have than clothes you don’t have!”

Shelter – Find a place to shelter your tent from winds. I know it may be hard to do this in a desert, but try to make camp on the edge of a dry lakebed, not in the middle. If the wind seems to be coming from a particular direction, park your vehicle to block the wind.

During the day you keep warm by being active - hiking, dirt biking, etc. At night when it gets colder and sleep beacons you is when you need to be prepared.

Bedding – Make sure you bring lots of warm bedding. I usually take a 0° F rated sleeping bag, a sleeping pad, an extra blanket and a summer rated sleeping bag. Make sure you have lots of padding between your sleeping bag and the ground of your tent. If you don’t, the cold ground will suck all the heat out of your body while you sleep! Burrrrr!

Sleeping – Before you go to bed, put on your long underwear, wool socks and a wool hat. Your body loses lots of heat through an exposed head. If you wake up cold, put the extra blanket or summer sleeping bag on top of you or another layer of clothes such as: sweat pants and a sweat shirt. If you get too warm, vent your sleeping bag by opening the zipper, or vent yourself by taking off your wool hat or a layer of clothing. The key is to keep warm, but not to sweat. Perspiration will make you wet and cold. If this happens, peel off your wet clothes and put some dry clothes on and start again. Now aren’t you glad you brought lots of clothes! :-)

Warmth – A couple of tricks I use are to build a fire at night so everyone can sit around, chat and get toasty before going to bed. But, also while the fire is burning, put a pot of water on the fire, bring it not quite to a boil, pour it into a canteen or heavy-duty water bottle and take it to bed with you to warm the sleeping bag! Additionally, it’s always good to have some hot beverage – cocoa or tea prior to bed to put something warm in your body. But, you better rid yourself of the fluids before you go to bed. Nothing is worse than waking up in the middle of a cold night to the “call of nature.” :-(

Hopefully you will find these tips useful and feel comfortable enough to camp when the weather is cold. Try it! It’s quite a sense of accomplishment.

Tim Dales, author of “Discover the Secrets of Family Camping Without Breaking the Bank!” reveals the tips and techniques that he has learned from over 25 years of camping and hiking as a Boy Scout, camping with his own family and as a Scoutmaster, leading Scouts on campouts. This book is chock full of camping secrets that will make any campout a success. For more information go to:
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Sunday, December 17, 2006

Polarized Sunglasses

Polarized Sunglasses

The Pure Sporting Power of Polarized Sunglasses
By Angie Stocklin

Polarized sunglasses are taking the sporting world by storm! Although it may seem as though polarized sunglasses are new on the protective eyewear scene, they have actually been around for some time and used by fishermen and boaters alike.

The main benefit of wearing polarized lenses is to take the glare off of water, and other wet objects. Polarized lenses are great for anyone sitting on a lake, river, or ocean all day. Imagine looking out across a lake with a blinding glare. Polarized lenses actually make it possible for fishermen to see into the water, and allow them to see what they are catching. People who like to boat and fish always appreciate polarized lenses and their extra special protection from the sun and bright reflection.

It is just as easy to see why polarized lenses come in handy for folks who like to jog or ride a mountain bike. Polarized lenses cut the glare from the road so they can better see where they are going. Or take a golfer out on a bright morning in Florida, or a skier hitting the slopes on a crisp, clear afternoon at 10,000 feet. All of these sporting folks could use extra protection from the glare of the sun. Polarized lenses also help when driving by cutting the blinding reflection from other cars and shiny roads. Truck driver have also recently jumped on the polarized lens bandwagon and can appreciate their benefits everyday on the road.

Polarized lenses work by rather complex scientific principles that can be explained rather simply. (At least we’ll try to explain it rather simply!) As any physicist will tell you, light reflected off of water, snow, pavement, and other flat, smooth surfaces generally comes at your eyes at a horizontal polarization. However, polarized sunglass lenses are vertically polarized, meaning they block the horizontal light from coming through to your eyes.

Of course, nothing is perfect. World-class skiers sometimes say the polarized lenses don’t work as well in the snow as they do on the water. Skiers indicate polarized lenses make it harder for them to have good depth perception, which makes it hard for them to read the slope of the hill and the distance and size of moguls and other mounds of snow coming at them.

Although polarized lenses are great for reducing dangerous road glare, the may make it difficult for people to correctly read LCD displays for speed, mileage, radio broadcasting, and other dashboard devices. They are also less helpful when the sun is very high or very low in the sky.

So the next time you are spending a relaxing afternoon on the lake, or driving down the busy freeway during rush hour, grab a pair of polarized discount sunglasses to make your day a little more enjoyable.

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Thursday, November 30, 2006

Camping In Cabin Rentals

Camping In Cabin Rentals

Camping In Cabin Rentals
By: Jason Murphy

Camping is a cheaper vacation than, say, a Paris holiday or a Caribbean tour. This is also something that kids will enjoy and brag to their friends. Camping trips also make for funny camping anecdotes that can last you a lifetime.

Unfortunately, not everyone has the skill to peg in a tent upright or light an outdoor fire. In this case, log cabin rentals are good options. There are cabin rentals available year-round and in different locations.

There are wood cabins, fishing cabins, and hiking cabins. These cabins take the pressure of building that perfect tent and cooking on outdoor fires.

Most cabins also come with amenities like plumbing, stove, dining room, bedrooms, living room, and a bathroom. But not every cabin has electricity, and with this, no AC, no fridge, and definitely, no TV.

Given this situation, you must come prepared for battle when camping in one of those cabin rentals. Basically, there are three things you must bring to camp: clothing, food, and entertainment.

Even if you are bringing the kids, there's no need to bring a whole wardrobe. Instead, just bring the basics like underwear, T-shirts, jackets, boots, slippers, and trainers. Jeans are good bottoms because they are almost dirt-proof.

Since cabins feature running water, you can wash clothes by hand. Just bring your trusty detergent and fabric softener. Wash clothes every couple of days to avoid piling and running out of clothes. Throw in a couple of floaters, raincoats, and fresh towels for emergencies.

Food are divided in two categories, perishables and non-perishables. Fresh meat and leafy vegetables are not suitable during camping. If you are camping near fishing sites, you can fish for a dose of fresh food; otherwise, content yourself with canned food and hardy vegetables.

Corned beef, sardines, and beans are good choices. Throw in cans of asparagus, mushrooms, and soup for hearty meals. Packaged cakes, cookies, and bread are also good with a variety of spreads.

Most log cabin rentals provide campers with a vicinity map. Just look for the nearest greengrocer and load up on fresh vegetables and fruits. It is recommended to bring your own drinking water if you are squeamish about drinking camp water.

The goal of camping is to enjoy the outdoors and appreciate the beauty of nature. Log cabin rentals are usually located in areas with excellent flora and fauna so take lots of pictures.

However, no one can go exploring and gaping around nature all the time. To ensure that everybody will have a good time even when staying indoors, bring a load of entertainment.

This does not mean home theater. Good books, puzzles, playing cards, and board games bring back the fun in camping. Just remember that cabin rentals do not have electricity so have lots of batteries ready.

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Sunday, November 19, 2006

Adventure - Camping and Horse Back Riding

Adventure - Camping and Horse Back Riding

By Linda Meckler

When my children were young my husband and I purchased a membership in a real live cattle ranch in the mountains which had been re-created into a camp ground.

When my husband and I first visited the ranch we both fell in love with it for different reasons. I felt this was a wonderful place for our family to be together in a safe, outdoor camping atmosphere. My husband fell in love with the horses that were housed in the barn.

Of course before we could go camping we must have the correct camping equipment. We needed to purchase, two tents, four sleeping bags and various other camping gear.

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On our ranch there were three ways to camp. You could camp in a tent, or bunkhouse with eighteen rooms and two bathrooms with a complete kitchen, or if you owned a motor home you could leave it on the ranch.

We loaded up our car for the first time, we were all excited about our first trip to adventure. My husband and kids could not think of anything but horse back riding and fishing.

The ranch is vast and extends in every area. It consisted of a large playground for the kids, a pool, and tennis court. There were three man made lakes great for fishing. A few years later they added a three hole golf course.

I was raised in the city and had never ridden a horse. My kids had never ridden a horse either and they couldn’t wait to hop on and take off.

After our tents were set up and we had eaten it was pitch black. I had never been outside in the mountains at night and the feeling was eerie. I was sitting down resting when my husband said, “I want to show you something.”

We walked out into an open field and suddenly I was surrounded by five huge horses that towered over me. I really could not see the horses but could feel their presence. I was over come with fear. After all I had never been near a horse before let alone five in the pitch black in the middle of the open field in the mountains.

He said, “Open your hand.” I did and he placed some small pieces of carrots in my open palm. He instructed me to keep my hand open and the horses would eat the carrots right out of my hand. It was totally amazing. I even was able to pet them before we turned and walked very carefully out of the open field.

The next morning our family of four was the first to the barn to sign up for horse back riding. My husband jumped right up on the horse he was assigned. My son managed to mount his horse. My daughter managed to mount her horse also but I had to use the mounting stairs.

We were riding along (not to fast) I was really beginning to enjoy my first horse back ride. Suddenly, my horse changed gait and picked up speed. Totally surprised, I lost my balance and the next moment I was hanging from the horse with my head almost hitting the dirt only attached by one stirrup. I yelled, “HELP,” loud and clear and my husband came to my rescue.

That first camping trip will always stand out in my memory and I hope my kids remember it also.

We continued to camp out on weekends and holidays for many years. These are the memories that cement family relationships.

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Copyright 2006 Linda Meckler

Linda has wonderful memories of those wonderful years. Currently she is the author of "Ghost Kids Trilogy," three books in one book. CHRISTY 12, AND HER BROTHER BRAD, 16 MOVE INTO AN OLD HOUSE ON TOP OF A MOUNTAIN AND MEET TWO GHOST KIDS. Meet a Magical Blue Vase. Join Christy and Brad on a Pirates' Treasure Hunt. ADVENTURE/MYSTERY Love, Family Values and Charity burst off the pages.

Monday, October 23, 2006

How To Build A Campfire!"Robin's Adventures In Camping Equipment"

How To Build A Campfire!


Ahhhh!!! There's really nothing like standing around a blazing campfire on a cold morning, with a brisk north wind blowing in your face.
First you warm the front part of your body, and then you turn and scorch your backside. That's roughing it! This is the kind of outdoor living that men enjoyed a hundred years ago, before conditioned air and filtered water.

This is my kind of morning! Whether you are hiking, fishing, hunting or just camping, if you're going to spend the night, you have to have fire wood. While having a camp fire is not the necessity it used to be, it is one of those experiences that make an overnight stay in the woods memorable. Today there are very few places to build a campfire without being arrested for arson unless you go to state or national parks where they have camping facilities.

There are private camping compounds but usually they don't have the money to spend on upkeep that government owned facilities enjoy. Camp grounds can accommodate everything from enormously expensive motor homes, fifth wheelers, pop-ups or even pup tents.You can rough it in any manner you choose.

After you've set up the accommodations of your choice, unpacking all the necessary equipment for your stay, it's time to build a fire. First though, check the rules for camp fires. In dry seasons you may not have the luxury of a fire. Be safe!

First, pick your spot. Find an area away from dry grass, tree limbs or other campers. It's very easy for an errant breeze to float a spark, igniting a field of dry grass. A spark could also melt a hole in the synthetic fiber of some camper coverings. Use a fire ring. If a metal one is not provided, you can build one out of stone. The latter is more aesthetically pleasing, but both hold the ashes and keep the fire from spreading on the ground.

Hopefully, you have brought all the firewood you will need for your stay. If not, in most campgrounds you can locate a place that will sell you all you need, if you can afford it. Forget about trying to find leftover wood from previous campers. If there were campers there before you arrived, they will have scavenged any wood available.

Think small when you're about to build a fire! To start the fire you need tender; small sticks, dry leaves twisted newspaper, pine needles or anything that will easily catch fire. When you have a small flickering fire, then it's time to gradually add larger sticks of wood.

As the fire gets larger and hotter you can add even larger chunks of wood. You can lay the wood on the fire any way you like as long as there is enough air flow from the bottom of the coals to the top of the fire, to keep the logs burning.

Building a fire is just common sense. If you have a small fire, add enough wood, any way you like, to make it into a larger fire. After you have the larger fire, add more wood if you want it bigger.

Raging, blazing fires are not cool. There's too much of a chance that a spark will glide on the wind and set fire to someone's tent or camper, not to mention the fields and forests! Keep the fire at a reasonable level and have a safe, happy stay in the great outdoors!

Bob Alexander is the author and sole owner of this article. Bob is greatly experienced in the art of southern barbequing, the great outdoors and leisure activity. Visit his sites:

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Tips for Traveling with Children in Your RV

Tips for Traveling with Children in Your RV


A recreational vehicle can open up an exciting world of traveling possibilities for you and your family.
An RV represents an efficient, convenient way to have a roadside adventure. Yet, you might be wondering whether your children will travel well in an RV.

A Chance for Bonding

You should look at your RV as offering a chance for family bonding. For instance, while your husband is driving, you may be able to play games in the back with your children. Alternatively, when you take over the wheel, your husband may want to turn on the DVD player and watch a movie with the crew. Once in your campground, hook up your RV Satellite Internet and stream videos or movies with your kids. You can even take your family pet along to join in the fun.

Special Family Meals

An RV permits you to have special family meals together while you're on the road. Since you have your own kitchen on board, you should make the most of it. Plan unique lunches and dinners in your RV kitchen. Your children will enjoy the ritual, and it will provide them with memories to last a lifetime.

A Jam-Packed Toy Chest

With the extra room that an RV provides, you can afford to pack along a toy chest filled with your children's favorite games, dolls, puzzles, Dora The Explorer toys, and other favorite toys. In fact, you'll want a full complement of toys for the road. In addition, consider packing along a shelf worth of books—particularly joke books and puzzle books, which can keep your children occupied for extended periods of time.

Plan for Some Outdoor Time

While it might be tempting to spend a great deal of time huddled up in the RV, be sure to schedule some important outdoor time for your children. At a campground, you can find swimming pools, playgrounds, miniature golf, game rooms, and the opportunity to rent bikes and boats. The campsite might even have organized recreational activities for families. These activities allow your children the chance to interact with other children who may share their love of the road. So, sit back, relax, and remember—an RV vacation can be just as much fun for you as for the children!

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Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Rv Generators - Power On The Road

Rv Generators - Power On The Road

Whether you own a Recreational Vehicle, or intend to buy one, you will need a reliable source of power.

RV generators are designed to provide reliable power when you are out in the wilderness and to fit standard recreational vehicle configurations. Whether you are out in the boondocks, or at a campground without hookups, a quiet and stable power source can be a real plus.

RV class generators are specially built. They have approximately three times the horse power (HP) of ordinary models. They run at a comparatively lower speed, which enables the sound to be muffled. They are built for hours of continuous usage, to meet the unique power requirements of RV enthusiasts.

Honda RV Generators

Whichever RV you possess, a fifth wheel trailer, a class A or a class C motor home, or any other mobile vehicle, they all need a source of reliable electric power. Honda RV generators have earned global recognition for dependability, easy usability and ruggedness to meet all the demands of your vehicle.

Compact and fuel-efficient, these Honda generators can provide smooth, clean power to your motor coach. They meet all EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and CARB (California Air Resource Board) standards. Another plus, Honda has engineered comparatively quiet generators for RVs.

Before you buy an RV generator from Honda, you need to decide on a few things:
-- Do you need an electric start? Honda generators are known for their ease of starting. --

Though most models of generator are small and compact, do you need a wheel kit for easy movement? -- Calculate how much power you need for your RV. This will enable you to decide which model to select. --

How does the warranty measure up? -- Does the unit have accessible maintenance points?
Onan RV Generators

Onan, a subsidiary of Cummins Inc., has more than 80 years of power generation experience. Onan is known for its MicroLite RV Generators – that have noise level ratings below the standards set by the National Park Service.

The MicroLite 2500 LP model is considered easy to install, compact, quiet and features a completely enclosed muffler. This model is lightweight, making it well suited for campers, trailers and small Type Bs and Type Cs. It has been named the quietest generator for its size. This model offers single side service for maintenance, and is completely enclosed.

Tips For Selecting A Generator For Your RV

When purchasing one of these units, ensure the height of the equipment does not stick past its bed rails. Mounting the unit on the sound-absorbing thick rubber pads reduces noise level. Another way to reduce the noise level would be to supplement the motor's muffler with any large muffler or an automobile muffler.

These powerhouses are more expensive than normal generators. For this reason, some RV'ers use average portable generators. However, you have to place these items some distance away to avoid the loud noise they make.

Unless you have the largest portable generator on the market, you will not be able to use your A/C. Unloading and loading the powerhouse, plus a sizable length of heavy gauge extension cords long enough to reach your RV, are some of the other drawbacks of portable generators.

You have to walk up to the equipment every time you wish to start or stop it. There is a possibility of theft. If you intend to purchase a portable generator, go for one made for recreational vehicles.

Whatever avenue you use to find the right power supply for your RV, be sure to inspect the equipment carefully. Evaluate the warranty.

Those who travel into the wilderness for extended periods may even want to purchase two generators, one for backup, so they are never without power. If you are purchasing a used generator, find out how many hours it has been run, is any time left on the warranty, you might even consider having a mechanic check it out prior to making your purchase.

By Michelle O'Connor Satellite TV Internet for RV's

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

When Buying an RV, It is Worth it to Shop Around

When Buying an RV, It is Worth it to Shop Around

In Hollywood, the cross-country family trip is often used as an easy way to get laughs.

Most people chuckle when they picture Chevy Chase's poor family crammed into the metallic pea Griswold family station wagon from National Lampoon's Vacation, even as we sympathize.
After all, how many of us were forced to sit for hours "on the hump" in the back of the family sedan with two siblings complaining bitterly each time one of your legs crossed into "their space"?

And all of this in the guise of taking a fun family vacation!
Certainly, cars have continued to become more comfortable and luxurious with each passing year, and the number of SUVs available means it is no longer a necessity to take the family's compact car on vacation at all.

Let's be honest though, if you've ever sat in the back of an SUV (or any car) with two other people, it stops feeling comfortable after the first twenty minutes or so. For this reason along with countless others, many families choose to skip the driving experience entirely and schedule a flight instead.

However, with escalated airport security resulting in long delays, cramped seating on the planes, limits to what can be carried on the plane, and maybe even a touch of nostalgia for the car trips of our youth, the siren song of the open road begins to have increasing appeal.

If you are a parent who doesn't want to hear, "Mooooooommmm, he's touching me," for several hours straight or a retiree longing to take that dream cross country vacation at a leisurely pace, there is a clear choice, a RV.

Recreational vehicles, or what my family always referred to as motor homes, are no longer the gaudy rolling trailers with cheap fixtures and cramped spaces that many people picture.

Imagine those rolling luxury hotels that rock stars travel in with features like plush carpeting, ceramic tile, cabinets designated to store wineglasses, LCD televisions, retractable awnings, and even storage for motorcycles.

Many of them have a level of opulence so enthralling that you'll be tempted to live in it, even while it's parked in your driveway! The added bonus is that you never have to deal with the hassles of staying in a hotel, such as checkout times, missing reservations, or noisy people in the adjoining room.

Once you decide to purchase a RV, the next choice is the model. There are multiple manufacturers of motor homes including Gulf Stream, Fleetwood, Winnebego, Holiday Rambler and more.

With such a large array, it's important to do a lot of research into what features you want and the reliability of the various manufactures. Of course, nothing beats hands on experience, and websites like can help you locate an RV dealership close to you.

Now that you've found your dream vehicle, you are probably ready to jump right in and purchase it. After all, when you are buying something new, there can't be that much of a variation in price from dealership to dealership, right?

Surprisingly, the cost variance when comparing new motor homes with identical features can actually be more than the disparities you'd find when buying used recreational vehicles with vast mileage differences.

As an example, a 2006 Gulf Stream Crescendo Model 8386 found on was $186,360.00 in Oregon, but it was over $26,000.00 less at the Pennsylvania dealership, Martinsburg RV. You don't even have to drive across the country to find such vast price range.

The difference between the cost of a RV purchased in Ohio and Michigan can be anywhere from a few thousand dollars to over twenty thousand dollars. Even with the soaring cost of gas, it's well worth the trip to save that much money!

These price changes aren't limited to only the most expensive models either. The same Gulf Stream Independence model 8330LS that costs over $90,000.00 in Indiana can be found for $87,000.00 in North Carolina, $66,000.00 in Minnesota or $63,000.00 in Pennsylvania.

Certainly once you do some more in depth research, you may locate some options on the $90,000.00 model in Indiana that aren't on the $63,000.00 version in Pennsylvania, but there is little doubt that the dealership charging less would be able to get you the vehicle of your dreams without tacking on an additional $27,000.00 for similar options.

Realizing all of that, it makes perfect sense that your first family vacation in the new RV could be a cross country trip bringing it home from the dealership with the best price!

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Martinsburg RV is Gulf Stream's largest exclusive dealer in the United States. Located in central Pennsylvania, they will sell and deliver RVs nationwide. Visit to find RVs at a no-hassle price well below the MSRP.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Buying Your First LED Flashlight

Buying Your First LED Flashlight

Guy Scott

Light emitting diodes, or commonly known as LEDs, have been around in all sorts of devices.

You have seen them around in traffic lights, watches, remote controls, television sets, etc.
Only recently though, have dropping semiconductor prices allowed LEDs to gain popularity in everyday consumer lighting appliances, i.e. our common flashlight.

Unlike ordinary incandescent bulbs, LEDs are illuminated by the movement of electrons, and do not have a filament that will burn out. As a result, they do not heat up easily, but still last just as long, or even longer, than a standard bulb.

This difference contributes to the main advantage of LEDs: efficiency. The traditional process producing light of conventional incandescent bulbs involves heating up the filament until light is given out.

This process is highly inefficient, as it generates a lot of unnecessary heat. This heat does not produce any light, and the energy needed to produce that heat also drains your batteries.

LEDs, on the other hand, generate relatively little heat. More of the power from your batteries goes to producing actual light, which means you get to use smaller batteries, or enjoy longer battery life for your LED Flashlight.

The more compact LED is another advantage in that it allows for LED flashlights with smaller form factors. And unlike traditional flashlights, LED flashlights also do not force your eyes to re-adjust to the darkness every time you use them.

More advanced LED flashlights have also incorporated microchip controllers and multiple LEDs to increase the brightness of the light. Manufacturers like SureFire and Tektite have specialized LED flashlights that have extremely durable and powerful, and supply models to various military organizations worldwide.

LED flashlights are simply amazing. Small, lightweight, and powerful to the point of blinding, they are revolutionizing how we use flashlights.

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Monday, October 02, 2006

Is a GPS useful on vacation?"Robin's Adventures In Camping Equipment"

Here is a good article to help you find other useful ways of putting
your GPS to work while your on Vacation.

Is a GPS useful on vacation?

By Angela Carter

Vacations are times to relax and enjoy, not worry about finding your way around.
Are you flying, or driving? Are you going somewhere that you know well or somewhere totally new? Are you renting a car if you’re flying, or are you going to depend on taxis? If you are traveling by taxi do you know if a ‘shortcut’ the taxi driver suggests is really a shortcut or possibly are you being scammed to increase your rate.

What are your plans once you get to your destination? Are you going backpacking, hunting, or fishing, or do planning a trip to a resort and plan on lying by the pool and just relaxing? Wouldn’t it be nice not the have to worry about finding a location, or a good restaurant. Your visit would be much more enjoyable without this concern.

Is it possible that you will be off in your own airplane, with a GPS you can create your flight plans and get automatic calculations of headings, winds, time, and fuel or recalculate your heading. Are you driving or plan on renting a car once you get to your destination? Do you know the route well or is this a new adventure? Whether this is a trip that you frequently make or not a GPS can be indispensable.

What if you get detoured due to an accident or road construction, what if you run into a large traffic jam do you need to sit and wait, or is there possibly another route you could take? Have you ever wanted to get off the beaten path and explore somewhere new but were afraid of getting lost?

Wouldn’t it be nice just to take off to somewhere new without the fear of getting lost? Do you plan on going fishing? Wouldn’t it be nice to know where the fish are, so you can spend your time catching fish, instead of spending your whole vacation with the possibility of catching nothing?

Have you planned a trip to visit a foreign country but were afraid you have trouble getting around when street signs are in a different language? With a GPS you put in your destination and find the location that you would like to go to. There is also translation software which can be downloaded to your PCA.

Are you going backpacking, hiking or camping, or even plan on taking a bike ride, with a GPS you have the added security of knowing if you get lost you can find your way out. Is there an area you always wanted to explore, but was afraid of not finding your way back.

Vacations are too far apart (2-3 weeks a year?) and are planned, paid for and anxiously awaited for to have to worry about getting lost. Whether you plan on lying by the beach or pool all day, you might want to find a certain restaurant or shop, or hiking through the forest a GPS can take the worry out of traveling and allow you to enjoy your trip.

Copyright 2006 Angela Carter

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Geocaching Outdoor Recreation and Adventure

How was your summer? You get lots of camping done. We did a bit.
Did lots of travelling in Alberta. Wedding! Went to Banff National Park,
Lake Louise. It was all good. Let us know what you did over the summer. We have
some good info in stored for you here. So check it out. Let us know what you

Geocaching Outdoor Recreation and Adventure

By Robin Shortt

Geocaching, have you tried out this new high - tech hobby yet? Its getting,
very popular! What is it? Geocaching is a fun adventure game for GPS users.

The idea is to have different groups both individual and organized set caches up all over the world and then share the locations of these caches on the internet.

After finding the location coordinates GPS users can then locate the caches.
As caches are discovered, the finder will usually enjoy a variety of treasures.

Geocache Treasure or Rewards

The only thing the treasure finder is asked to do on finding a cache is to add something themselves.

All the visitor is asked to do is, if they get something they should try to leave something for the cache.

This sure is a great way to be outdoors and enjoy the adventure and thrill of the hunt!

What things might you find in a cache, all depends on its size,the log book, non-perishable food items, books, toys, cds.

Besides the rewards, caches most often contain a log book of sorts that the cache hunters can leave a log entry or note for those future cache hunters.

What Is GPS

The GPS letters stand for "Global Positioning System," there are a series of about two dozen satellites in a low earth orbit that constantly broadcasts their position.

The receivers then triangulate on these signals and determine where you are on the earth's surface. After selecting a cache, entering the coordinates into your GPS receiver, the receiver will then show you just how far away the cache is and in what direction it is in.

What Makes This So Exciting

The truth is getting to the cache is where most of the fun lies.

Just think about it, even if you know exactly how far and in what direction to go,
what obstigals lie before you. A forest, a highway, swamp, mountain and many other impassible barriers. The idea is you need to find your way around these obstigals.

Remembering to stay within the law, getting permission when necessary to cross private property. Most caches are accesssable throught public land anyway.

Whats The Cost

To participate in geocaching is completely free, although you will need a GPS receiver. They will generally run you around a hundred dollars and up to buy one.

Other than that its free. You should always remember to carry some extra cash, for
ovious things like gas for your car, parking, munchies, etc.

Did you know that on May 2nd, 2000 Dave Ulmer placed the first cache near Portland
Oregon. The birth of geocaching.

For more info on Geocaching

Camping Tip

Things you should carry in your first aid kit:
latex gloves will help you keep you keep hands clean when applying
first aid. Scissors, gause, band aids, tape, tweezers, tongue depressers as small splint,
anti- itch cream, cold packs, Epipen for be stings


Yummy Energy Bars
1/2 cup honey
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1-1/2 cups peanut butter
6 ounces mixed dried fruit bits
1 cup shredded coconut
4 cups whole grain cereal flakes


Using a saucepan, mix together the brown sugar and honey. Now bring it to a boil
stirring as you go. Take off the heat and add the peanut butter stirring until its
smooth. You can now add the coconut and the dried fruit bits to the mixture. Now stir in the whole grain cereal flakes.

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Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Outdoor Adventure In Family Fun

Make The Great Outdoors An Adventure In Family Fun

by Ben Franklin

Few family vacations can bring everyone together like a trip to the great outdoors. But before heading out and hitting the trails, a smart family makes sure they have all the outdoor gear necessary to make certain the trip's fun.

There are a lot of different ways to camp. A trip can be pretty basic, involving tents and sleeping bags. Or, it can be more of a "luxury" trip to the great outdoors, complete with a camper, electricity and more.

Actual outdoor gear will likely be more important to those who really want to get away from it all and rough it while they're out there. To ensure that everyone has fun and the things that need to get done do, a family must work as a team. This is great for building relationships with kids and can strengthen ties among spouses.

Here are some of the ups of camping for any family:

* A way to get away from it all - literally. The great outdoors does come with its own distractions, but a wild deer sighting is likely to be much more fun than 10 phone calls from solicitors during dinnertime. Without televisions, telephones and other electrical equipment readily available (unless you bring them), families can really get to know each other.

* Opportunities to explore new things. With hiking, fishing, biking, bird watching and more all available on a typical trip, there should never be a dull moment.

* Team building. A family can really build itself up by taking a camping trip. It takes everyone to get the site ready, meals cooked and things cleaned up so members can go back to enjoying the sights.

For those who want to "rough it," camping gear can be vitally important. Without the right gear the trip will be uncomfortable for everyone and the basic necessities of life might not be present. Typical gear includes:

* Tent - make sure this is big enough to house all family members unless the teens are staying in their own pup tent! Be certain you understand how to pitch it, too!

* Sleeping bags - these should be comfortable and durable and built for outdoor use. If you're going somewhere very cold, be certain the bags are rated for the cold weather.

* Lanterns - it gets dark in the great outdoors, very dark. Flashlights, too, are a good idea.

* Cooking equipment. Even if you plan to cook over an open fire, if you don't bring the pots and pans, you'll be in trouble. Don't forget to include utensils, plates and so on, too.

* Backpacks and canteens. If hiking is in your future, you'll want to be ready to hit the trail. This means water, food, first aid items and such should go along with you.

* Food. Don't leave home without it! Be certain to pack coolers with enough food to last the trip and also remember things to open cans and so on.

* Bug spray. Don't go into the woods without it!

Those who choose not to rough it and go with the camper will need a lot of these things, too. Pack smartly and try to keep some of the distractions of home at home. Good outdoor gear can make a camping trip a pleasure.

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Camping Recipe

Dutch Oven Beef Roast

1 6-8 lb roast
10-15 cloves of garlic whole
Itallian Seasoning
Salt and pepper
6 cloves of garlic diced
1 whole onion sliced
10 potatoes halved
2 lbs of carrots ( baby carrots will work, cut into 1-2 inch pieces

Take a sharp knife and poke holes into the roast inserting the garlic.
Now ad 3 tbs salt, your pepper with italian seasoning (rub it all over the roast.
Now place roast in center of dutch oven.
Now cover with half the onions
Ad potatoes and carrots around the roast
You can now ad the rest of the diced garlic and onions
Add about 1/2 cup of water
Now cover pot and place on hot coals. Place 10-20 coals on lid.
Let cook for about 2 hrs. Check to see if its all done. Allow to simmer
for another 20 minutes or so.

Camping Tip

I know when I go camping or travelling, I pack a cooler. I usually
start with frozen jell packs for cooling, but after a couple of days
I need to replace with ice cubes. Problem is, water gets into all my
open packages as the ice melts. Solution! I use large zip lock bags
to keep water out. Works great.


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Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Nasty Spring Camping Weather

I hope you've been enjoying these posts. How was your spring this year?
We've had a nice one. We tried to to go camping and
fishing on the long weekend in May. It was an 8hr trip to where
we were going to camp.

The weather turned cold and snowing with
strong North winds. Needless to say we loaded up the truck
and went South. I still say the worst day camping and fishing
is still better then the best day at work. It was still a fun

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Camping Recipe

BBQ Foiled Dinner

1 Potatoe
1 Onion
1 Whole Carrot
1 Chicken Breast
Salt and Pepper
BBQ Sauce 2 tbsp

Place chicken in foil,ad potatoes,onions and sliced
carrots around the chicken, add seasonings and BBQ
Sauce, then seal. Place foil pack near hot ambers of
the campfire and cook for about 20 minutes

Camping Tips

Here are some tips to keep away pesky bugs.

Try using coconut soap and coconut oil -

helps to repel mosquitoes.

Avoid using scented personal products.

Avoid wet areas and long grass.

Try wearing long sleeved pants and shirts,

that are light coloured.

Sweat attracts mosquitoes, try and stay cool.

Using citronella candles and oil will help keep

the mosquitoes away.

Mosquitoes Net Hats - do a good job at keeping

bugs away from your head and face.

I also use Vitamin B1, secretes through pours,

seems to help.

Of course there's your store bought products

with Deet.

A Few Tips for Camping Newbies

by: Donald Vanderlugt

A little forethought and organization will payoff in a great memorable adventure for that next outdoors excursion you may have planned.

* Depending upon your adventure [ hiking/canoeing/car camping ] don’t take along every thing including the kitchen sink, that’s why you go camping in the first place; to get away from it all !…….but always allow for the worst thing that could happen because sometimes it will; freezing cold, sick kids,pouring rain,insect pests,strong winds can all spoil a great time if you are not prepared for the worst and always take along the sunscreen/hat and mozzie repellent.

* If you need to travel light you may be better off carrying food types that don’t need to be cooked; the midday meal should be quick and easy for everybody especially with canoeing activities etc and keep the cooking for around the campfire or portable stove at night; try to minimize the eco impact and keep to the established cooking areas.[ be aware of fire bans ]

* Make sure you have all the requisites for a good nights sleep like a mosquito net,mosquito coils and a quick fill air mattress or pad, nothing worse than a bad nights sleep.

* Be eco friendly and take your rubbish away with you unless there are rubbish facilities available and when going to the toilet if you need to dig a hole, make it nice and deep and away from the beaten track;think of your fellow campers.

* Always be considerate of fellow campers,don’t smoke out your neighbours with your camp fire or camp too close and keep the noise down to a minimum as we all enjoy a quiet nights sleep and a little privacy , if you must use a generator for electricity be mindful of the eco impact of both noise and spillage of fuels and oils.

* At packup time your camp site should look as if you were never there;make sure your gear is packed correctly , nice and dry, otherwise you will need to dry it out when you get home , because any damp material gear will get smelly and mouldy and possibly rot away .

* Obviously these notes are only a very broad outline….but you have to start somewhere……..

About The Author
Donald Vanderlugt has many years experience trekking about as a keen bushman and a scouter and is the webmaster of where you will find a comprehensive selection of camping gear.


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Sunday, April 23, 2006

Bird Watching Made Easy"Robin's Adventures In Camping Equipment"

Bird Watching Tip:

Binoculars for bird watching need to be light, so you can carry
them for long periods. Also sturdy enough for many years of use.
Should be easy to hold and very steady. Need to be properly sealed
from dust and moisture.

They should be able to discern the most
delicate subtle colours and detail. Of course they need to be able to
focus on the entire picture if you where eyeglasses. Of course only
you will be able to determine how this works for you.

Bird Watching is a Recreation Anyone
Can Enjoy at Anytime of the Year

By Robert Benjamin

Do you ever have a day when you have nothing to do ?,
You know them times when your on the internet in some
chat room, and you type ' I'm bored ! ', or your
flipping through the TV channels, and you say to
yourself or out loud ' 250 channels, and nothing
good to watch ! ', yes, you know what I am talking
about. Now you have something you can do on them so
called boring days, go bird watching.

No matter where you live you probably have birds
of some kind, even folks in New York have central
park and other places where they can go bird watching.
There are three things you should have when bird
watching, these are a pair of binoculars, a notebook,
and a bird guide.

Binoculars can be purchased for under $60 at most
Kmart or Walmart stores. Binoculars with a magnification
of 10 x 50 are perfect for bird watching. Don't think
that a more powerful pair of binoculars like 20 x 60 or
30 x 80 are better, this is not the case. Stronger
binoculars are fine if you are into star gazing, but
they are horrible for bird watching. The higher powered
binoculars need a tripod to use them without shaking,
and even without a tripod, the powerful binoculars are
larger and can be very heavy to carry around, the 10 x
50 ones are perfect for every occasion.

A small tablet or notebook can be purchased at most
stores, don't get nothing expensive just a small spiral
one will do fine. Now the last thing is the most
important item when it comes to bird watching.
If you are truly going to watch birds, you should
know what type of birds you are looking at when you
spot a new one, so visit your local book store or look
in the birding section of an online bookstore, such as
amazon, at the end of this article I have a website
address that has some of Amazons best bird guides,
videos, binoculars and more.

Ok, so you have your binoculars, notebook and pencil,
and your bird guide, now let's go outside and go bird
watching. I am sure you won't have to walk very far
to spot a bird or two. I am lucky enough to currently
live here in the country, all I have to do is open my
door and I will hear the sounds of birds.

If I step outside my front door, I can often see
sparrows or finches, in the spring time the yard
always has a couple robins hopping around, and
crows flying around the nearby woods, high overhead
I often see turkey buzzards soaring against the
blue sky. One time I opened my front door and across
the road in the top of a large tree a horned owl
was sitting, it stayed there for about 10 minutes,
turning it's head often as it looked around.

If you have any grassy, wooded or open areas with
trees or bushes, you can usually find birds. One
of the best things about bird watching is anyone
can do it, even if your in a wheelchair, you can
sit and watch birds. It's a great recreation for
anyone that is alone, or for the whole family to
do together.

When you go out, remember to take your bird
watching items with you, your binoculars, notebook
and pencil, and bird guide. When you spot a bird
look in your binoculars too see all it's beauty in
close detail, if you do not recognize the species
of bird your seeing, get out your bird guide and
look it up. When you realize the type of bird you
see, write down in your notebook the following
information; ' the name of the bird, the area where
it was spotted, the date, and time '. The
information in your notebook, helps you understand
what types of birds frequent your area, it also is
pretty neet being able to read back and see when
you spotted a new or rare bird.

If you have a yard, tree or even a window you can
attract birds by installing a simple feeder. Bird
feeders are very inexpensive and they have feeders
that can hang on a tree branch, or fence, or even
stick to the outside of a window.

Attracting different species of birds often requires
different types of bird seed and other food.
Hummingbirds are attracted to red, pink and orange
flowers, they especially like trumpet vines or other
tubular-flowered plants, they are also very attracted
to hummingbird feeders filled with sugar water or
red sweetened kool-aid. Robins like mowed lawns, so
in the spring and summer if you want to see robins,
mow your grass, the birds come looking for bugs and
earthworms that are more easily accessible because
you cut the grass length. Goldfinches love thistle
seed, thistle is more expensive then most common
bird seed, but you cannot beat it if you want to
attract goldfinches.

Blue Jays are large and sometimes noisy, but if you
want to bring them, put out a feeder full of black
oil sunflower seeds. Cardinals are very neat looking,
there is nothing nicer than looking out the window
in the winter, and seeing a bright red cardinal
sitting on a nearby tree branch or feeder. Cardinals
are like Blue Jays, in that they both love a diet
of black oil sunflower seeds. If you want to attract
sparrows, a bag of plain mixed bird seed will do
just fine.

There is Computer Software that is made just for
'Bird Watching'. The software is called: 'Bird
Watcher Professional', you can read the details
and download a trial version of it for free at
this website address:

Here is a website address that has some of the
best Bird Guides (Books), Videos, Binoculars and
other birding equipment that Amazon sells:

By Robert W. Benjamin

Copyright © 2006

You may publish this article in your ezine,
newsletter or on your web site as long as
it is reprinted in its entirety and without
modification except for formatting needs or
grammar corrections.

Robert W. Benjamin has been in the software
business on the internet for over 5 years,
and has been producing low-cost software for
the past 25+ years. He first released
software on the AMIGA and C64 computer
systems in the late 1970's-80's.

RB59 Software
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Saturday, April 01, 2006

GOOSE DOWN or SYNTHETIC?"Robin's Adventures In Camping Equipment"

Camping Tip:

Need a pillow but don't need more bulky gear to carry. Try using a large ziplock bag filled with air.

How To Have a Comfortable Sleep When Camping!

by Trevor Kassulke

The last thing you want to happen when you're 20 miles into the woods is to find your sleeping bag is not warm enough. You will be facing a very long and restless night which can ruin your spirits and sap your strength for the next day.

So how do you make sure you've selected the right sleeping bag for your needs? There are several aspects to consider:


There are pros and cons to most of the options available in sleeping bags.

Goose down is very warm. It is lightweight to carry and can be easily compressed for travel and quickly regain form when shaken out. It is by far a better choice for backpackers who intend to carry the bag with them for extended trips because of the lighter weight and smaller packing. However, goose down is also more expensive and loses its insulating properties when wet - a consideration if sleeping outdoors or travelling in inclement weather.

Synthetic filled bags are cheaper than goose down and retain their warmth even in wet conditions. They dry faster than down and are good choices if travelling by boat or sleeping outdoors on the ground. However, synthetic bags are heavier and larger which can be a downside if you are hiking long distances with the bag.

For the average family camper synthetic bags are the least expensive and least affected by wet conditions. If travelling by car to a campground the size and weight of a synthetic bag should not be a problem.


As with the insulating materials, the shape of bag you choose will depend on your specific needs with pros and cons for each type.

Rectangle bags are most similar to bed sleeping and most familiar to the average user. They permit room for movement and you can easily zip two bags together for shared sleeping. However, rectangle bags are the biggest and not the best option for carrying on extended hikes.

Tapered bags are somewhat narrower towards the feet area of the sleeping bag. This shape provides less freedom of movement but more warmth because of the restricted space.

Mummy bags are the smallest and lightest to carry. They are very snug to the body (as the name suggests) with a hood that can be fitted around the head to conserve the greatest amount of body heat. While the average user may find the mummy bag uncomfortable to sleep in because of the restriction, they are the best choice for cold weather camping and long hikes because of their warmth and small size.


Sleeping bags will list the coldest temperature they are suitable for sleeping in. Depending on if you are camping in the summer or colder months you will need to choose a bag accordingly. Also take into consideration if you are normally cold or hot when sleeping and make the adjustments.

In most cases it is recommended to choose a warmer bag since you can always open it for venting if it is too warm. The temperature rating is based on using a sleeping pad under the sleeping bag which conserves body heat from the ground.


If you frequently camp out you may want to consider a liner for your bag which will increase its warmth and can be washed separately, saving your sleeping bag from extra wear and tear.

You can also purchase sleeping bag covers. Some of these can substitute for a warm weather sleeping bag and can extend an all season bag into a cold weather bag by increasing the warmth. They can also provide extra protection from wet conditions and are a good choice for protecting goose down sleeping bags.

How comfortable you are when you sleep will drastically affect your enjoyment of a camping or hiking trip. Saving five or ten dollars at the expense of a good nights sleep will not seem like a good idea when you are tired and cold out in the woods, so choose wisely.

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Dessert Recipe:

Foiled Banana's Again

bananas (as you need)

marshmallows (mini work best)

chocolate bars (1/2 for each banana)

Cooking instructions:

Peel back a piece of banana peel and scoop out about 1/3 of the banana. Put broken pieces of chocolate bar and some of the marshmallows inside and then cover with the banana peel and wrap in aluminum foil and place in fire while your main course is cooling down. Take out in about 30 min.

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Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Canoe Tripping Lots Of Fun"Robin's Adventures In Camping Equipment"

Canoe Tip:

You should be a good swimmer and have the ability to take care of things in moving water and
under the water. Also carry proper flotation jackets for each person in canoe.

The Perfect Canoe Trip Without the Hassle

by Charles Kassotis

The problem with a family camping trip is that it takes so much time, energy and money getting ready to go, and then you get home frazzled, broke and faced with the incredible chore of unpacking. It doesn't have to be like that. Take a look at some tips for vacations that are so easy you'll be ready to make every warm weekend a family vacation weekend.

The problem with many family camping trips is the tendency to want everything to be perfect. There's so much work involved that it outweighs the fun of the trip. With that in mind, scale down your plans and your expectations and get ready for the perfect camping trip.

Canoes are great for family outings. Think you can't canoe because you have smaller children or someone in the family who doesn't swim? The notion that all canoes tip over easily is a myth. You can find some very sturdy canoes that are stable in the water and resist tipping. They're lightweight so that a couple of adults can easily load them on top of a car and slide them into the water. They still have the canoe design so they're easy to paddle. You need nothing more than that canoe and a couple of paddles, much easier than loading up a big boat, pulling a trailer and dealing with gas cans for the motor.

Sound simple? That's because it is, and the rest of your camping trip can be almost as easy.

Just because you have several kids doesn't mean you have to have a huge family tent that takes up tons of space and requires all hands to help pitch it. Check out the simple pup tents from your local retailer. Pitch two or three tents and use them like bedrooms. Most kids will view the tents as an adventure and a flashlight will usually provide them with the needed sense of security.

While gas lanterns are okay, check out the battery-powered models. They turn on and off easily and you'll easily get a weekend from a single set of batteries. Or choose one that can be recharged on a cigarette lighter for extended use.

The companies producing camping supplies have met the demands for air mattresses. You'll find many options that can plug into the cigarette lighter to inflate very comfortable mattresses. If back pain isn't an issue, consider the cheap air mattresses used as floatation toys. Kids can play in the water during the day and dry them off for tent use at night.

One of the simultaneous joys and trials of camping is food. While food cooked over an open flame is great, keep it simple for the weekend retreat. Choose chili, pork and beans and other foods that can be warmed in the can by sitting it next to the campfire. Sandwiches and snacks that can be eaten cold means no one is responsible for cooking time. It's supposed to be vacation time for everyone - not everyone except mom.

About the Author

For more information about canoe trips, visit The Canoe Spot

Canoe Quick Snacks:

Bagels & Jam or
Jelly, Raisins,
trail mix, fresh fruit,
beef jerky, cookies,
Fruit Drink

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Monday, February 06, 2006

Hot Rock Sleeping Bag"Robin's Adventures In Camping Equipment"

Its good to bring you this info friend. I hope you're enjoying this info I've been
sharing with you. I hope its been helpful in helping you enjoy the camping
experience. If there is anything you would like to learn more about, please
comment it or email me @ .

Now check out this tip:

If your camping in cool or cold weather, a good way to warm up your sleeping
bag and keep warm is:

Heat up a good sized rock by your fire and when your ready
to call it a night, put the rock in a clean old pillow case and wrap the excess
around it. Put it at the bottom of you sleeping bag. This will keep keep your
footsies nice and toasty like a magic bag.

Camping Has Never Been Easier with Online Reservation Systems

by Pat Hogle

Are you planning a nice camping adventure but just don't know where to stay? This article will review two great websites you can access to search for campsites across the United States. Reserve America and Reserve USA are online reservations sites that you may visit and make reservations 24/7.

ReserveAmerica offers a Reservation Service for state parks and privately owned campgrounds throughout the United States. From this site, you can access 150,000 campsites throughout America. They offer camp sites, cabins, or day use facilities in 44 states. The online system allows you to search by state or campground name.

The National Recreation Reservation Service™ (NRRS™) - From this one site, you can make reservations for the USDA Forest Service, Army Corps of Engineers, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation outdoor recreation facilities and activities. With over 45,000 sites at over 1,700 locations, any camper will find a great place to relax and unwind. They offer camp sites, cabins, or day use facilities in 43 states. The online system allows you to search by state or campground, lake, or forest name.

Some of the functions of these websites include being able to search by state, campground, lake, or forest name. You can access maps of each campground to see the layout of the grounds and how close each site is to shower, bathrooms, playgrounds, beaches, etc... This feature is great because you may choose which site you would like to reserves and check for availability.

The next time you are planning on a great camping experience, don't let the hassle of choosing a campsite get you down. Visit one of these great websites. With the thousands of campgrounds from which to choose, there is bound to be a place that is perfect for you and your family.

About the Author

Pat Hogle is the owner of ACE Camp Gear: Ace Camp Gear is an online store with great camping equipment. Pat has been camping for 25 years and spends much time in the Adirondacks of New York.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Camping Mac and Chicken With Hiking Boots"Robin's Adventures In Camping Equipment"

Camper's Chicken and Mac Delight

1 cans chicken chunks
2 boxes Kraft macaroni dinner
1 cup powdered milk in zip-type bag
3 packets Cup-o-Soup, flavor of your choice
Salt, pepper and paprika

Using a large pot, heat 4 quarts of water to a rolling boil. Add the macaroni to water and constantly stir until water boils again. Stir to keep from sticking. Reduce heat to prevent boiling over. Cook 8-9 minutes until macaroni is tender.

Open chicken can and add to juice in pot. Break up the chunks of chicken with a spoon. Let cook for a minute or two to heat chicken.

Remove your pot from the stove (turn off heat) or fire. Use a cup or ladle to dip off excess water. Water that's remaining should be no more than to cover 1/4 of macaroni. You can save excess water for future use.

Add the powdered milk and cheese powder and a put a pinch or two of salt to the pot and stir well until cheese is melted and macaroni is well coated. If the macaroni is too thick, add some of the saved water.

Season as desired with pepper, salt to taste.


Hiking Shoes And Thin Socks - A Backpacking Winner
Steve Gillman

Hiking shoes versus hiking boots? Hiking shoes win. Okay, next issue? No, really. Hiking or running shoes are better for most backpacking trips, at least during late spring, summer and early fall. Boots are heavy, hot, stinky, and stay wet forever. A pound on your feet is like five on your back (some say six), so three-pound boots leave you much more tired at the end of the day.

Hiking Shoes And Ankle Support

You may have heard arguments for the necessity of ankle support, but throughout history people managed without stiff ankle-supporting boots. The problem is weak ankles, not a lack of support. You can solve this by walking a little each week on uneven ground (not in the mall).

Some may need boots, but be sure your ankle problems are not just due to a lack of exercise before you settle for backpacking in hiking boots. You may also need hiking boots if you carry more than thirty pounds when you backpack. Cut the weight down, though, and you\'ll be more comfortable anyhow.

Why Running Or Hiking Shoes?

Feet stay cooler in a good running shoes than in hiking boots. This means fewer blisters. After switching to running shoes and lightweight socks years ago, I stopped getting blisters. I don\'t mean fewer blisters. I mean haven\'t had one blister since I switched. Not even after a 110-mile 7-day trek in the Rockies, for example.

How To Choose Your Shoes

Try to keep below two pounds per pair, unless you have size 13 feet. If the weights are not shown in a catalog, you\'ll have to guess which hiking shoes are lighter based on the description and photo. Quality shoes have soles stitched to the uppers, so look under the insoles (a removable insole is another sign of quality shoes). You can usually find a good pair of running shoes that weighs less than 28 ounces for under $80, or half of that on closeouts.

There\'s nothing quite as liberating as ditching the heavy pack and heavy boots and hitiing the trail in running shoes. You get to go more miles, and in comfort. You get to run up a hill just to see what\'s there. I have yet to meet a person who has tried backpacking in hiking shoes or running shoes - and then returned to boots.

Steve Gillman is a long-time backpacker, and advocate of ultralight backpacking. His advice and stories can be found at

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