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.


For The Love Of The Outdoors

Robin and Val

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