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First Backpacking Adventure Continued…

November 14, 2012 by · 4 Comments 

First Backpacking Adventure Continued…

When I left off with our very first backpacking adventure, we were just turning in for the night.  Picking up where I left off… My family of four all slept in one queen-sized sleeping bag that night—not the best idea we ever had.  With the two adults on the ends and two little ones in between us, we didn’t keep each other warmer, as we had originally thought.  Instead, we just didn’t have enough room and were waking each other up all night, with even the smallest of movements.  The air inside the tent was so cold that any skin exposed (which was basically just our faces), was frostbitten.  Even sleeping with all of our snow clothes, hats, gloves, and jackets still on, inside the sleeping bag, we were still freezing! By morning, we were all a bit grumpy, tired, sore, and frozen-stiff.  While cooking our oatmeal, we got some hot dogs in a pan, ready to go on the stove next, with an inch of water just barely covering them.  By the time the oatmeal was cooked and ready... [Read more...]

Fabulous Fall Camping Activities–Part 3: The Wool Festival at Taos

November 14, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

Fabulous Fall Camping Activities–Part 3: The Wool Festival at Taos

I have been profiling fun festivals and celebrations to attend when out camping and enjoying the beautiful fall weather. Another event not to be missed when out enjoying the beautiful fall camping weather is the premier fall festival in Taos, NM, The Wool Festival at Taos. Attended by people from all over North America, this festival boasts the finest collection of wool and wool-related products around. Celebrating its 29th year in 2012, it has been described as an outstanding regional wool market, featuring juried vendors displaying their wool fiber, yarns, and artistic creations. Taos, NM is a town of about 7000 people but boasts a greater variety of fall festivals and celebrations than many much larger communities. The Taos Fall Arts Festival and Competition is one very popular event, but there are also the Art Studio Tours in Taos, Taos Canyon, nearby Pilar and numerous other surrounding communities. The Wool Festival is billed as the premier fall festival even among that competition. Terry... [Read more...]

Camping with Kids I

November 13, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Camping with Kids I

Camping with kids these days?  Where do you like to go? Adults with kids living in the home are more likely to go camping than those without kids, according to the 2012 American Camper Report http://www.outdoorfoundation.org/pdf/research.camping.2012.pdf.  This makes complete sense to me since having kids of our own; we try to go camping as much as we can each year.  We have always loved camping, even before kids we would go at least once a year.  But once we had kids, we realized just how important and fun it is to spend time outdoors, camping with our kids. Some of my very best memories as a kid are from the annual camping trips we took with my extended family.  Most of the families who went in those days had pop-up tent trailers and many came from LA and even further south so they usually wanted to escape the heat, crowds, and come to the beach; we always met up at Leo Carrillo State Beach (on the beach side).  The week we spent camping with the family always ended up being a solid... [Read more...]

Butterflied Turkey a la RV

November 13, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Last year we celebrated our first Thanksgiving in the RV and I knew I was going to fix a turkey no matter what.  We have a convection oven and I knew the only hurdle I would need to overcome was the size of the turkey.  So, if you’re new to RVing or have not tried cooking a turkey inside your RV, let me share how easy it is. I saw a recipe about butterflying a turkey and I knew that would work for us.  Butterflying would help reduce the height of the turkey allowing it to be on the rack in the convection oven.  I found that a 12 lb. turkey works well.  Once butterflied, the glaze goes on beautifully leaving us with a moist tender turkey. 12 lb. turkey 2 Tbls. salt 2 tsp. pepper 2 tsp. baking powder 2 onions Glaze: 3 cups apple juice 1 cup whole fresh cranberries ¾ cup Maple Syrup 1 Tbls. grated fresh ginger 1 Tbls. mustard Remove giblets and neck from turkey.  Rinse the inside of the turkey and pat dry.  Place the turkey breast side down on a non-slippery surface. With a sharp... [Read more...]

Backpacking, Check!

November 11, 2012 by · 8 Comments 

Backpacking, Check!

All 8 of Us! We did it!  We took the kids and all our gear and went backpacking yesterday for our very first time.  Between freezing temperatures and over 50-pound packs, I am surprised we had as much fun as we did! The kids had a ball and we enjoyed a moderate to easy hike (little elevation gain).  We set out for the East Fork on Lion Canyon Trail in Rose Valley, California, around one in the afternoon.  With lots of rest stops and frequent changes in our riders, we ended up just upstream from West Fork at the base of a waterfall by nightfall. The trek to East Fork normally entails a relatively easy 2.5 mile hike– with four kids who all needed to be carried (for most of the way), it was anything but easy.  On top of that, the camp spots were full since apparently a lot of other campers were out to enjoy a cool fall backpacking trip on their Veterans Day too.  Not only were there no spots left at East Fork, there was also no water (contrary to what we had heard).  So we had... [Read more...]

Thank You Veterans

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Thank You Veterans

This year on Veteran’s Day, my brother in law, Dennis, was visiting with us for the week. While Veteran’s Day had never meant too much to me as neither my husband nor I have served in the military, it meant a great deal to Dennis. A veteran of the Vietnam War, Dennis wears a cap proudly proclaiming his service most places he goes. Therefore, we thought it only appropriate that we should take him to visit this country’s first Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial during his visit. And, what better time to visit than ON Veteran’s Day. Dennis had no idea that such a memorial existed in our nearby little town of Angel Fire, New Mexico. In fact, most people have no idea this place exists. The memorial was constructed from 1969-1971 and opened in 1971 by Dr. Victor Westphall and his wife, Jeanne. The couple had purchased the 800 acre Val Verde Ranch in Angel Fire in the 1960’s with plans to build a resort there. Nestled in the lovely Moreno Valley between several mountains, it was a lovely location... [Read more...]

Flip, the Stranded Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle Returns to Texas

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Flip, the Stranded Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle Returns to Texas

A juvenile female Kemp’s ridley sea turtle named Flip by her rescuers will soon be returning home to the Texas coast. Flip will be transported by plane to Houston, Texas. After her arrival, SEA LIFE Dallas aquarists will transport Flip to ARK (Animal Rehabilitation Keep) in Port Arkansas, Texas. (Source: Sea Life Scheveningen Aquarium) Kemp’s ridley sea turtles are the smallest and rarest sea turtle species and one of the most critically endangered species. Flip was found injured and cold, stranded on the shores of Monster (near The Hague, Holland) by visitors to the beach, on December 10, 2011. She was weak, wounded, and had sand in her eyes. Animal Rescue transported Flip to SEA LIFE Aquarium Scheveningen to begin a long rehabilitation process. SEA LIFE aquarists treated her injuries and washed the sand out of her eyes. Flip started to swim later that day. She weighed 1.84kg (4 pounds). Flip was estimated to be two years old and she turned out to be female. On January 9, 2012, the... [Read more...]

All Active Duty Military:Free Good Sam Club Membership

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The Good Sam Club is honoring our active military personnel by providing complimentary memberships into the Club. It is our way of saluting and thanking our soldiers for the service  that they provide to our country. Active military personnel can activate their complimentary membership by showing their military ID at any Camping World SuperCenter nationwide. For more information, go to: http://www.goodsamclub.com/faq.aspx?faqcat=3&category=Military-Membership

Fabulous Fall Camping Activities–Part 2: Red River Oktoberfest

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Fabulous Fall Camping Activities–Part 2: Red River Oktoberfest

In honor of fall, I have been profiling a number of fall festivities to entertain you as you camp during one of the most beautiful times of the year. The first was one of two Oktoberfest celebrations in Taos Ski Valley. The second event we attended took place in early October in the small “wild west” town of Red River, NM. It was also a beautiful sunny day, though there was a tiny bit of a chill in the air as we toured the grounds. A much larger event, the Red River Oktoberfest was actually a three day affair. We only attended Saturday but felt we did all the celebrating we cared to in that amount of time. The second event was also replete with contests of all kinds. There was the Miss Oktoberfest Competition. The lovely ladies were required to don their finest Oktoberfest outfit “or dirndl,” and compete for the title. Competition events included an obstacle course and a “stein holding competition.” While we missed the actual competition as we were out hiking in the morning,... [Read more...]

First Time Backpacking

November 10, 2012 by · 5 Comments 

First Time Backpacking

I am about to embark on a whole new world of outdoor adventures.  As an avid runner, bicycle rider, and hiker, I have been fairly active for most of my life.  The one thing I haven’t tried thus far is backpacking.  I ran my first full marathon a year ago, which sadly left me injured for most of this last year.  Being unable to run, hike, or even bike has not been easy for me.  Just in the last few months, I have started back to biking, hiking, and even running short distances. My husband and I recently decided to go backpacking for a short 2.5 mile hike-in, camp overnight, followed by that same distance out.  Some friends of ours go on backpacking trips with their kids and invited us along with them.  I am not too worried since the distance seems doable for me.  It’s the weight we are carrying on our packs that is most troubling.  For one thing, we are carrying two kids and their stuff as well.  Our youngest weighs about 35 pounds and the other is 47 pounds.  So you can... [Read more...]

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