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Dec 29, 2010

Book Your Camp Trips HERE


Don't forget January 2nd is the first day to book your campsites for the month of July. If your going to a popular campground or want the ONE special site then don't delay and get ready to call first thing Sunday, January 2nd 2011. 

Here is a link to the website that books most campgrounds Reserve America in the USA. Here is the note they post online.


California State Park On-sale Begins January 2  

(Sunday 8AM PST)

Arrivals for July will be On-sale (Jul 1st through 31st)
Sign-in before 8:00AM PST for your best on-sale experience (10 minutes before is fine) 

You can also call:

Contact us by Phone

NRRS Federal Campgrounds
Toll Free 1-877-444-6777
International 518-885-3639
California State Campgrounds
Reservations 1-800-444-7275
Customer Service 1-800-695-2269
Colorado State Park Campgrounds
Reservations 1-800-678-2267
Local Number 1-303-470-1144
Connecticut State Campgrounds
Reservations 1-877-668-2267
Customer Service 1-877-612-1100
East Bay Regional Park District
Reservations 1-888-EBPARKS
TDD: 1-510-633-0460
Encore/ELS
Reservations 1-888-237-3204
Florida State Campgrounds
Reservations 1-800-326-3521
Customer Service 1-888-622-9190
Headquarters
ReserveAmerica

40 South Street
Ballston Spa, New York 12020-9904
USA
Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation
Reservations 1-888-922-6743
Customer Service 1-888-778-4520
Illinois State Parks
Customer Service: (800) 246-5082
Kentucky State Parks
Reservations 1-888-459-7275
Customer Service 1-888-778-5340
TDD* 1-888-778-5341
Larimer County Department of Natural Resources Campgrounds
Reservations 1-800-397-7795
Louisiana State Campgrounds
Reservations 1-877-226-7652
Maryland State Parks
Reservations: 1-888-432-2267
Customer Service: 1-888-432-2267
Massachusetts State Campgrounds
Reservations 1-877-422-6762
Customer Service 1-877-620-2267
Mississippi Wildlife Fisheries & Parks
Reservations 1-800-467-2757
Customer Service 1-866-393-4880
TDD* 1-866-386-5268
New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation
Reservations 1-877-647-2757
Customer Service 1-888-232-2593
New Mexico State Parks
EMail #WebSupportNM@infospherix.com
Reservations 1-877-664-7787
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation & Office of Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation
Reservations 1-800-456-CAMP (2267)
Customer Service 1-800-777-9644
TDD* 1-800-304-1265
Oregon State Parks
Reservations 1-800-452-5687
Local Number 503-731-3411
Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management
Reservations 1-877-742-2675
Customer Service 1-877-422-6757
TDD* 1-866-889-9316
Snohomish County Parks & Recreation
E-mail: scparksrec@gmail.com
Reservations: 425-388-6600
Customer Service: 425-388-6629
South Carolina State Campgrounds
Reservations 1-866-345-7275
Customer Service 1-888-275-9887
Utah State Parks and Recreation
Reservations 1-800-322-3770
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation
Reservations 1-800-933-7275
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Reservations 1-888-947-2757


Dec 15, 2010

Snow Camping


As we all venture out to our Holiday plans. I want to wish you all a the best. 

I came across an article that Tripleblaze published (cool site) about winter camping. Check it out. I would love to camp in Winter but haven't tackled that one yet. I came close this year with a power outage for a week (story to come soon). 

Via  tripleblaze then wintercampers.com then Salt Lake Tribune a good article has many links


Have you camped in snow?

Have A Happy And Joy Filled  Holiday 

    

Nov 29, 2010

Christmas Gifts For The Camper In Your Life

If I were on your Christmas, Kwanzaa or Hanukkah gift list this year this is what would I want, maybe the person on your list would too!


A GIFT CERTIFICATE TO REI, GSI or even SIERRA TRADING POST

GSI STAINLESS WINE GLASS $12.95

 WOMAN'S WINTER BOOTIE $75

 

CAMPING ORNAMENT SET $20

 

A set of GLACIER STAINLESS MARTINI GLASS $10 ea

For the man in your life maybe something like this?

GLACIER STAINLESS LEATHER FLASK $30.

For the kids:

 SAVE OUR SOULS FLIGHT SOCKS  $10

TURTLE FUR TASSEL HAT $14 

 Ahhh I love to virtual shop

       

Nov 17, 2010

Oprah and Gayle go Camping Yosemite

Did you watch the recent episode of Oprah who went camping with her good friend Gayle in Yosemite?

Shelton the park ranger in Yosemite National Park wrote to Oprah saying that he wished he saw more African Americans camping and visiting the great outdoors so she did a show on it.
 
I'm as white as they come by color that is but I must say I have wondered the very same thing. How come when I go camping I see mostly white and then many Latino families but after that the numbers go down especially African Americans. 



What are your thoughts ?
images from nps.gov


Here is the cocktail Oprah made on her trip: 

 
Servings: Serves 1
Ingredients
Moscow Mule Recipe
  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1 tsp. sugar syrup
  • Fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 cup ginger beer
  • 1 sprig fresh mint
  • 1 slice of lime
Directions
In a copper mug, pour vodka over ice. Add sugar syrup and lime juice. Top with ginger beer and stir. Garnish with mint sprig and lime slice.

Nov 10, 2010

Boudreaux and Thibodeaux Camping Joke

I was sent this joke by my friend from New Orleans. Our last name is Boudreaux and my husband is from New Orleans where these jokes go back and forth to see who is less intelligent. My feeling is it's Thibodeaux.

Sounds Like:
Boudreaux: Boo Drow
Thibodeaux: Tib E Dow
CAMPING JOKE:

 Boudreaux and Thibodeaux went camping in the desert.  After they got their tent all set up, both men fell sound asleep.  Some hours later, Thibodeaux woke Boudreaux and said, "Ma sha, look towards da sky, what you see?"

                 Boudreaux replied, "I see millions of stars."

                 "What dat tell you?" asked Thibodeaux.

                 Boudreaux pondered for a minute then said:  "Astronomically speaking, it tells me there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets. Astrologically, it tells me that Saturn is in Leo.  Time wise, it appears to be approximately a quarter past three in the morning.  Theologically, mother nature is all-powerful and we are small and insignificant. Meteorologically, it seems we will have a beautiful day tomorrow.
Whats' it tell you, Thibodeaux?"

                 Thibodeaux says: "Boudreaux, you dumber than cow shit.  It mean somebody done stole da tent!
image by The MAB Program USA

Oct 4, 2010

Expeditionary School Camping Trip

This is our dog Bravo who knows were camping but
doesn't understand he can't go this time, very sad dog
 

Recently our school, an expeditionary learning school, went on a group camping trip to a local campground. The whole thing made me very nervous. Camping with 45 kids and parents most of which I didn't know.................... yet. The children were between 5 and 7 years old, the adults between 25 and 60 just to paint a clear picture.

The objective is to build community and create bonding within' the group while learning by doing.

This was a non stop extravaganza............ singing, dancing, 9 crafts stations, skits, individual crew routines, building a watershed at the lake, lunch, play time, hiking and then more of everything listed above. Ending the day around the campfire singing songs to a guitar and roasting smoores. Needless to say EVERYONE was exhausted by the end of the day. 9pm to be exact. 

Just to give my next statement credentials:  I used to work in the film industry so producing large numbers of people all working towards the same goals on schedule is very familiar to me and I completely recognize what an amazing task it is to do well at.

Our lead teacher was off the chart with producing this event. She managed almost 100 people whom most have never met into some 20 activities including meal making, camp set up and fire building with out a single hitch. It was one of the best orchestrated events I have ever witnessed. She could be making the big bucks in Hollywood with her skills but joyfully she is my daughters teacher instead.

BASICS OF SETTING UP A LARGE GROUP CAMP TRIP:

FOUR LARGE TENTS: 
Women W/daughters
Women W/sons
Men W/daughters
Men W/sons

MEALS:  Simple precooked meals
Dinner
Pot of beans
Pot of ground meat
Vat of salsa
Grilled squash
Grated cheese
Large tortillas 
Wrap it up and call it a burrito

Breakfast
Bagels 
Cream cheese or peanut butter
Orange juice
Several percolators of coffee
Creamer (so thankful I brought my own 1/2 1/2)

Snack
Cheese sticks
Crackers
Pre cut apples

Large cooler w/ water for drinks and gallon jugs of milk

Every camper brought a sack lunch

My Two Cents Literally:

Now all that being said I have to admit in all it's amazingness I could still find ways to improve the experience for myself and others like me. Admittedly not many I'm sure.

PRIVATE TENT FOR TWO: A few campers pitched their own tents for two and ditched the master plan. Like myself I wasn't ready to share a big tent with my 5 year old who is not used to this. It was a slice of sanity amidst so much organized chaos. However I can see why they must have group tents with so many people. I was thankful for the parents who were more zen about the whole trip and went with the flow but I was also there for the whole trip while other parents came for half the time.

QUITE TIME: I would have more quiet time............... do you see a theme here with me. Have the adults go into the large tents and read books to smaller groups of children. I ended up pulling away from the group twice to do this with my child. Mostly to prevent a melt down. It worked. Also we went to bed earlier then the group, no surprises here for our family.
PARENT INVOLVED ONLY: I know that not all parents can do the overnight camping. But for this age I think it should be mandatory for a parent or adult to be with each child. Instead of having the parents who did go take more kids than their own. That way there could be more time for a quiet walk to observe nature really bond with our surroundings. It seemed that all the activities were scheduled back to back in order to keep the group contained. Some parents were in charge of four kids, only one being there own. It's a labor of love I know but it's also crazy from my perspective.

Either way this trip was impressive. A bit fast paced for me and even for some of the kids but they seemed to enjoy themselves and I couldn't have done it as well as the teachers did from our school.