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Mar 31, 2010

NOTE TO READERS


I L O V E camping and it makes me joyful to write about it.

You will notice that I've attached lot's of ways to find products that I recommend.
Check out the RESOURCE list (to the right of posts) to see vendors as well as Amazon links at the bottom of each page.

However you don't have to spend lots of money to camp, I am a regular at the thrift store to get most of my goods or you can use what you have from home.


I have posted "Reading Room" that has many wonderful book recommendations, I particularly love the children's books. I update the list as I discover more books, so check back in.
I am working on reshaping the site in the way it looks as well as having a theme each month and sending out one post per weekend (we'll see how that goes) on topics such as.............

  • Kids & Camping: how to camp with kids, ideas on what to do, make and cook with them, book lists, games .......
  • FUN FINDS: One unique item per post that is fun, interesting or odd but possibly useful
  • Glamping: How to glamp up your campsite without over doing it, tips and pictures
  • Locations: How to research, read, find and make reservation etc...
You see where I'm going with this. If you have any topics that are important to you, please let me know. Or if you would like to write a camping story and have it posted contact me.
The month of April will be about
  • Camp Cooking
  • Setting up a Camp Kitchen
  • Recipes
  • Gadgets and more
Thank you and enjoy Camping In (YOUR) Style.
Love,
Ruth

"Anyone can camp and it doesn‘t have to be grueling. Weather in your backyard or in a remote location you do NOT need to be uncomfortable, eat dry food or be an extreme outdoor enthusiast. I love being outdoors and even more I LOVE to live out doors. It’s good for my soul, heath and body! You CAN create the perfect outdoor living space to feed your soul too. During the best weather I go camping at campgrounds and when the days are less predictable we set up our camp at home"






Mar 29, 2010

FUN FIND - Game


Check out the Fun Find



CAMP TALK for $8
This little diddy has 50 questions for kids about camping. For ages 7 and up, this is a simple way to get the energy moving at camp. I think hiding this in their sleeping bag or backpack to find while setting up camp would be a Fun Find for them as well.
Around The Table Games has other topics as well. Like Family Talk, Buddy Talk, Teen Talk etc....
To see more go to Around The Table Games






Mar 18, 2010

Forest Service - National Parks - State Parks

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE
Forest Service: is part of the US Department of Agriculture and manages the national forests and grasslands, forestry research and cooperation with forest managers on state and private lands . The Forest Service is dedicated to multiple-use management for the sustained yield of renewable resources such as water, forage, wildlife, forest product and recreation. Multiple-use means managing resources under the best combination of uses to benefit the American people while ensuring the productivity of the land and protecting the quality of the environment.

National Park Service: is part of the US Department of Interior and focuses on preservation. They preserve, unimpaired, the natural and cultural resources and values of the national park system for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations.

State Parks: are similar to National Parks but are managed at the state level and can have fewer restrictions.

Mar 16, 2010

READING ROOM

This is a list of some EXCELLENT camping books. The first three are in my library and answer all the questions you will have about car camping and more.

The rest are also excellent and may be more suited to your specific STYLE of camping. At the very bottom I have attached the books through Amazon for you to review for yourself.


MUST HAVE BOOKS
  1. First off you will NEED a book by Tom Stienstra for your area/state or "The Best In Tent Camping" by Cindy Coloma & Bill Mai. Both of these authors give you camp ground ratings and are a great starting place for planning.
  2. Next IF your really new to camping, "Camping in Comfort" by Lynn Haney will give you all the basic information you need to decide what type of camping you want to do and what equipment you will need to make it happen. This is a great "overall" book that is easy to read and not very big.

ADDITIONAL READS THAT I LIKE / LOVE
Would You?: Questions to Challenge Your Beliefs by Evelyn McFarlane, James Saywel
Babes in the Woods: Hiking, Camping & Boating with Babies and Young Children by Jennifer Aist
If... (Questions For The Game of Life) by Evelyn McFarlane, James Saywell
Camp Cooking 100 Years by National Museum Of Forest Service History


BOOKS FOR KIDS
Birds, Nests & Eggs by Mel Boring
Camp Out!: The Ultimate Kids' Guide by Lynn Brunelle
Where Do Stars Come From, Nana? by Tina Perry
Kids Campfire Book, Official Book of Campfire Fun by Jane Drake, Ann Love
Kids Book of the Night Sky, by Ann Love, Jane Drake
The Kids' Summer Handbook by Ann Love, Jane Drake
Curious George Goes Camping by Margret Rey and H. A. Rey
S Is for S'mores: A Camping Alphabet by Helen Foster James and Lita Judge
A Camping Spree With Mr. Magee by Chris Van Dusen
About Birds: A Guide for Children by Cathryn P. Sill
Nature's Art Box by Laura C. Martin
How to Be an Explorer of the World by Keri Smith 
How to Build Treehouse, Huts and Forts by David Stiles
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Backyard Adventures by Nancy Worrell
Go Wild!: 101 Things to Do Outdoors Before You Grow Up by Fiona Dank

READING LINKS

updated 6/24/10









Mar 12, 2010

HISTORY of Cowboys & Bandanas




During long cattle drives or roundups, the cowboys needed a way to keep all the dust and dried grass from getting into their nose, mouth and throat. Hence, the bandana came about. The bad guys took opprtunity of the bandana and also used it to cover their face when doing their dirty tactics.
wiki.answers.com

A bandanna or bandana (from the Hindi: बन्धन bandhana, "to tie") is a type of large, usually colorful, kerchief, usually worn on the head.[3] Bandannas are frequently printed in a paisley pattern.
Bandanas are also traditionally used as handkerchiefs by manual laborers and outdoorsmen, since they more practically hide stains than a white handkerchief. Thus they come to symbolize social revolutions. Anarchists participating in a black bloc, as well as other protestors, may wear a bandana over their face to conceal their identity and provide some protection against tear gas and pepper spray.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bandana

Here is a fun Mister Freedom bandana by JCrew







Mar 4, 2010

LOCATION LOCATION

Where you camp DOES matter. Don't just call up and pick any 'ol site. Unless of course your using your incredable inner guide that has a history of picking out the best locals on a whim.

A few things to consider:

  • Call the Park Ranger ahead of time and ask them what sites they like base on your interest, close to water, quiet, shady etc... 
  • How far do you want to drive. Then circle around your area aprox. 35/50 miles X hours you want to travel. Or go to Reserve America and work from that site.
  • How many amenities do you want. Shower? Toilet? Water to Swim?None?
  • Sometimes on the campground map you can see how far the sites are from each other(not always true) so pick something with space around it.
  • Choose a space away from the bathroom or you will see allot of foot traffic through your site or see a bright light all night.
  • Unless your camping with a group avoid sites from the inner sections as they back up to other sites and can be cramped. While the outter rim sites often back up to the woods. 
  • I LOVE the books written by Tom Stienstra, he rates campgrounds. Two things to remember with his books. One he loves to fish and may rate a 10 site based on a few different requirements than you or I. And he only rates the overall campground so while the location may rate a 10 at it's best site many if not most of the other sites could easily be a 3 or 4 at best. However his books are a GREAT place to start. And I found quite a few 7’s for him are a 10 for me and visa vera. I try to go to 7’s and above.
  • See RCR Ruth's Campsite Ratings on this blogg for best site numbers at the parks I've been to.
  • I like State Parks and Parks that say they abide by the "quiet time". Mostly because these parks will have less of the "party" all night crowd. You may know the type that plays horrid music loudly as if everyone else wants to hear it too. Then comes the hoot and hallars. I like to see someone who works there come by and check out the campground. 
  • You are also going to want to pay attention to how many cars are allowed and the additional charge for extras.
  • Dog fees and rules. Be sure to ask where your dog IS allowed. See Dogs in this Blogg.
  • If you have a young kid you may want to find a park with a playground?
  • Reservations at some of the most popular sites begin on the first day 7 months prior. 
  • To make reservation at most parks in the USA go to http://www.reserveamerica.com/ 
  • Here is a site that has some park ratings online  http://camprate.com/
Camping Books To Help Listed Below
See Reading Room