Archive for November, 2007

Arizona Official Visitors Guide

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

When people think of places to visit in Arizona, the Grand Canyon is probably the first place that comes to mind, and Grand Canyon river rafting is one of the most popular sports practiced in this area. And, while the Grand Canyon is breathtaking and is something everyone should make an effort to go see at least once (it is one of the seven natural wonders of the world), Arizona has a lot more to offer visitors.

A great way to learn about all the state has to offer is by browsing the official Arizona Visitors Guide. The guide is divided into 5 main sections: Phoenix and Central Arizona, Tucson and Southern Arizona, Northern Arizona, Arizona’s West Coast, North Central Arizona. Within each of those sections, there is a listing of
Side X Side Sale in the area along with the number of sites available at each one; amenities offered including whether or not there is Internet access; whether or not it is pet friendly; and contact information including a website if there is one.

There’s also a listing of the top events held each year in the state. One of the top events, The Wings over Wilcox Sandhill Crane Celebration, will be held January 17-20, 2008 (call 800.200.2272 for more information or visit their website).

Take your family on a camping trip to Arizona and visit one of the 300 ghost towns. Swansea, north of Parker, Arizona, is one of the state’s best preserved deserted ghost towns (some are still partially inhabited).

Or spend some time learning about the history of the area and about the ancient tribes that once called the area home. White Mountain Scenic Road (one of the National Scenic Byways in the United States) starts in Hon-Dah, Arizona and travels through the Fort Apache Indian Reservation. Mount Baldy, which is held sacred by the Apaches, can be seen along the way.

Crock Pot Spareribs Recipe

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

When I camp on campsites with electricity I like to take my crock pot along to make delicious no fuss meals. It’s pretty hard to find a sparerib I don’t like, but I have to admit I don’t always enjoy the time it takes to make really tender ones over a fire or on a grill (I’m impatient and don’t like to fuss). That’s why I enjoy these crock pot spareribs. The recipe goes together in a flash. Then it’s just a matter of leaving them be and letting them cook slowly until they are tender and falling off the bone – yum!

3-4 pounds pork spareribs (use as many as you need for the meal or as many as will fit comfortably in your crock pot or slow cooker. You may need to cut the racks of ribs in half or thirds to get them to fit. Plan for approximately ¾ to 1 rack of ribs per person)
1 large onion, sliced
Salt and pepper to taste
1 large bottle of your favorite barbecue sauce (Sweet Baby Ray’s original recommended)
¼ cup water

Pour water in the crock pot. Rub the ribs with salt and pepper. Add the ribs, onion, and barbecue sauce to the crock pot.

Cook on low for approximately 8 hours or until the ribs are tender.

Use Solar Lights In Your Campsite

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

Most of us know low level solar lighting is a great landscaping tool because lighting can be placed just about anywhere without having to consider if there is electrical access. But have you considered taking solar lighting with you when you go camping?

When I camp at a site right next to a bathroom, I can pretty much count on there being a “unplanned” path from my site to the bathroom that has been worn down by the many people who walked it before me. It’s a perfect place to stick in some solar lights to light that path at night to prevent tripping and falling.

Another example of a good use of solar lighting is when camping in a campsite that has a steep drop-off at the edge. Place solar lights along that side of the site as a reminder to not go any closer to the edge than the lights.

And, my favorite reason for using solar lighting – it’s pretty!

Here’s pictures of some of my favorites. Clicking on the picture will take you to the website for purchasing them if you would like, but they’re not affiliate links. I don’t make any money on the sale if you decide to buy them. I just put the pictures here to give you some idea of the choices available and ones that I think have a “camping” feel to them.
solar tiki solar wolf
solar light dragonfly basic solar light kit