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Apr 25, 2012

Bears Quick Tips



Bear Country Precautions



●    Keep a close watch on children and teach them what to do if they encounter a bear.
●    While hiking, make noise to avoid a surprise encounter with a bear.
●    Never keep food, gum, wet wipes etc...  in your tent.
●    Store food and toiletries in bear-proof containers or in an airtight container in the trunk of your vehicle. ONLY IF there is no bear box. Bears WILL break into cars. 
●    Keep a clean camp by cleaning up and storing food and garbage immediately after meals.
●    Use bear-proof garbage cans whenever possible or store your garbage in a secure location with your food.
●    Don't bury or burn excess food; bears will still be attracted to the residual smell.
●    Garbage should be packed out of camp if no trash receptacles are available.
●    Never approach a bear or pick up a bear cub, never go near a cub EVER. 
●    Do not attempt to attract a bear to your location; observe the animal and take pictures from afar.
●    If you encounter a bear, do not run; instead, face the animal, make noise and try to appear as large as possible.
●    If attacked, fight back.
●    If a bear harms a person in any way, immediately call 911. 

Apr 20, 2012

Happy Earth Day - Cloth Napkins

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Apr 14, 2012

SYRCL Wine & Beer Tasting Event

Wild for the Yuba


SYRCL’s 2nd Annual Wild for the Yuba, a Wild & Scenic event, featuring two dozen hand-picked wineries and breweries will delight your taste buds with their finest selections, along with scrumptious food by Emily’s Catering and Cakes on Saturday, April 21 at the Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Hall. Stroll the hall listening to the toe tapping sounds of Ragged But Right while bidding on the silent auction items such as getaways & adventures, feasting, art, garden goodies and practical items.

Date: April 21, 2012 6-9pm
Location: Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Hall
255 S. Auburn Street, Grass Valley, CA 95945
For more information:  530-265-5961 ext. 201

Tickets
Advance: $30 members; $35 general and $20 for designated drivers
At Door: $35 members; $40 general, and $20 for designated drivers
Tickets available at the SYRCL Office, or buy using our online form

Apr 8, 2012

Sugar Loaf Trail in Nevada City CA



A simple hike with friend takes us to a full view of Nevada City

If you can find it, it's sweet and simple
Nevada City, California



Click here to learn more about Sugar Loaf Mountain


Apr 7, 2012

Fun Find - Solar Radio


This Fun Find comes from X-Treme Geek $25



Whether you're camping, boating, or trying to get current news in a power outage, you can listen to AM/FM radio and the Weather Band with this hand/solar powered radio. Its 300 mah/2.4V Ni-MH battery charges via solar energy or by hand cranking. Easily power up, turn on, change frequencies, and tune to your favorite stations.
I like the simple retro design of this radio.

Apr 5, 2012

Instant Tent by Colman - 20% off sale

Coleman Instant Tents
Colman Instant Tent receives the Good Housekeeping Seal of approval

My friend had one of these and I was skeptical, now it's on my wish list because it truly is EASY. Prices start at $170 - $310 depending on size.



Do check the reviews, I noticed low rating on things that wouldn't bother me like rainfly?

California Department of Fish and Game News Release

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California Department of Fish and Game News Release
May 5, 2011

DFG Offers Tips on Staying Safe in Bear Country

The California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) reminds campers,
anglers and hikers enjoying the outdoors to take precautions to limit
black bear encounters. A key element to safe camping and recreating in
bear country is to limit food odors that attract bears.

“Bears are constantly in search of easily obtainable food sources,"
said Marc Kenyon, DFG statewide bear program coordinator. "A bear’s
fate is almost always sealed once it associates human activity with
potential food. It’s always unfortunate when a bear has to be killed
because people either haven’t learned how to appropriately store food
and trash, or simply don’t care."

California’s growing black bear population is now estimated at more
than 40,000. Black bears are located in most of the state where suitable
habitat exists and bear/human encounters are not isolated to wilderness
settings. For example, last year black bears stirred up trouble in one
of California’s premier tourist destinations, as DFG staff logged more
than 5,200 hours handling black bear nuisance issues in the Lake Tahoe
region alone.

DFG wardens and biologists also responded to numerous wildlife feeding
issues across the state, and bears obtaining human food is cited in the
majority of public safety incidents involving bears. Access to human
food or garbage, whether it is overflowing from a campground or
residential dumpster or in the form of snacks in a tent, is the primary
culprit in attracting bears. When wild animals are allowed to feed on
human food and garbage, they lose their natural ways - often resulting
in death for the animal.

Feeding wildlife or allowing wildlife access to human food provides
false food sources, habituates animals to humans and can change animal
behavior
from foraging for food in the wild to relying on human food
sources in or near urban areas, which can lead to bears breaking into
cars or houses to seek out food. 

DFG’s Keep Me Wild campaign was developed in part to address the
increasing number of conflicts between black bears and people. The
campaign provides important tips for living and recreating safely in
bear habitat, and advice on what to do if you encounter one of these
wild animals. Please visit www.dfg.ca.gov/keepmewild/bear.html for more
information.

Bear Country Precautions:

●    Keep a close watch on children and teach them what to do if they
encounter a bear.
●    While hiking, make noise to avoid a surprise encounter with a
bear.
●    Never keep food in your tent.
●    Store food and toiletries in bear-proof containers or in an
airtight container in the trunk of your vehicle.
●    Keep a clean camp by cleaning up and storing food and garbage
immediately after meals.
●    Use bear-proof garbage cans whenever possible or store your
garbage in a secure location with your food.
●    Don't bury or burn excess food; bears will still be attracted to
the residual smell.
●    Garbage should be packed out of camp if no trash receptacles are
available.
●    Never approach a bear or pick up a bear cub.
●    Do not attempt to attract a bear to your location; observe the
animal and take pictures from afar.
●    If you encounter a bear, do not run; instead, face the animal,
make noise and try to appear as large as possible.
●    If attacked, fight back.
●    If a bear harms a person in any way, immediately call 911.

Apr 4, 2012

Packing For A Camping Trip


WHAT CLOTHES TO BRING

For a two night camp trip in summer it should look something like this minimally

3 Pairs underwear
2 Short sleeve shirts
2 Pants:  1 jeans 1 fleece or sweat pant style
1 Pair of shorts
1 Tank top
2 Long sleeve shirts: one can be for sleeping
1 Swimsuit
1 Beach towel
1 Silky pants for sleeping (water wicking/bike or smooth exercise type work best so your legs don’t stick to your covers and you can put second layer soft pants over then in the morning)
1 Sandals, water shoes or flip flops for beach or shower
1 Ugg type boots or lined clogs for easy on off around campsite
1 Sweat shirt/fleece with hood
1 Light jacket (just in case)
1 Skirt or camp dress opt.
1 Bandanna & sun hat
1 Bath towel, hand towel & washrag
3 socks
1 Pair good of comfortable walking/hiking shoes
1 pair of gloves for cold or handling wood


Some sites have laundry facilities if that matters to you THEN take quarters and soap of your choosing they will probably sell some there as well.


CLICK HERE TO SEE CAMPING CHECKLIST


A Few Of My Favorite Camp Clothing Vendors

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Apr 1, 2012

Yosemite Camping Reservations

Arrival date First day
to make reservations
(7 am PT)
March 15 through April 14   November 15
April 15 through May 14 December 15
May 15 through June 14 January 15
June 15 through July 14 February 15
July 15 through August 14 March 15
August 15 through September 14 April 15
September 15 through October 14 May 15
October 15 through November 14 June 15
November 15 through December 14 July 15
Wawona Group site only:
December 15 through January 14
January 15 through February 14
February 15 through March 14

August 15
September 15
October 15
Yosemite National Park has 13 popular campgrounds, of which up to seven are on a reservation system. From April through September, reservations are essential and even the first-come, first-served campgrounds often fill by noon from May through September.


Make a campground reservation
  • Visit  www.recreation.gov (recommended)
  •  877/444-6777
    (or 877/833-6777 for TDD)
    (or 518/885-3639 from outside the US & Canada)
  • Reservations are not available by mail
Hours:
7 am to 7 pm Pacific time (November through February)
7 am to 9 pm Pacific time (March through October)
Note:
You may only make two reservations per phone call or website visit (you can call again or start over again to make additional reservations).

If you're unable to get a campground reservation, you may want to try a first-come, first-served campground.