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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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.