Showing posts from April, 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 en…

Happy Earth Day - Cloth Napkins


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

Sugar Loaf Trail in Nevada City CA

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

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.

Instant Tent by Colman - 20% off sale

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? Click here for reviews and link to Amazon pricing

California Department of Fish and Game News Release

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 examp…

Packing For A Camping Trip

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.


Yosemite Camping Reservations

Arrival dateFirst day
to make reservations
(7 am PT)
March 15 through April 14  November 15April 15 through May 14December 15May 15 through June 14January 15June 15 through July 14February 15July 15 through August 14March 15August 15 through September 14April 15September 15 through October 14May 15October 15 through November 14June 15November 15 through December 14July 15Wawona 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 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…