Archive for November, 2015

How to Plan for a Family Wilderness Trip

Monday, November 30th, 2015

I have been a camper all my life and while I do like the luxury of camping at a already prepared campsite, nothing beats hitting the trail for some true primitive camping.  No, I am not talking about the kind that you find in a campground where you do not have electricity.  What I am really talking about is where you pop up your tent where ever you would like along the trail. Also one of my favorite parts about camping is fishing with the best fishing rod and reel combo for beginners and hunting with my daughter that started using rifles two months ago and she is amazing now. Want to know which is the best airsoft sniper rifle for beginners? Technomono has the best answers ! Check this one that I gave my daughter for her to learn. For a more experienced hunter, I highly recommend making practical and effective use of a 9mm silencer.

But……….being a parent this has been a challenge.  Many people thought I was crazy when I took my 8-year old twins on a weeklong backpacking trip.  While I sit back and wonder what I was thinking, the memories of that trip put a smile on my face and laughter in my voice.  If you are thinking about breaking away from modern life for awhile with your family on a camping/backpacking trip, take a look at my hints below.  These hints may allow you to keep your hair while creating lasting memories. Other than this if you need truck and other vehicle for your wild trip, you need to look for Flex Fleet Rental.


The first thing that you will need to do is to really know your family’s limits.  Frankly, my family has problems.  Bad backs, knees, and allergies can make camping and backpacking a problem.  When I planned our trip, I had a few weigh stations by which my husband would leave a few supplies.  This really lightened the load.  I also taught my twins the real meaning of want verses needs.  While this may seem a little drastic for 8 year olds, I did tell them that if they took toys and extras they would carry them.  Once they put their little packs on, they very quickly reevaluated their wants and needs.  This saved on the disagreements. I love going hunting when I go camping, but when I'm with my kids, I teach them with warriors archery bows how to shoot cans and trees.

When you're packing for a camping trip, you're typically thinking about convenience. You'll pack biodegradable soap, trash bags, lighter fluid and dozens of other items, but many campers accidentally forget to bring essential camping tools with them when they head out. Visit for more in-depth reviews of top hunting gear!

If you leave for a camping trip without packing these five items, you're in for a rough time.

There's no more classic symbol of camping than a tent. Pick up a quality tent with strong fabric, especially if you need protection from thunderstorms, snowstorms or other harsh weather.
Be sure to pick an appropriately sized tent for your trip. If you're going on a family vacation, you'll need a large tent with about 30 square feet of floor space for each person. If you're camping alone or with a family, you can probably get by on about 18 square feet per person.


You can use a knife to build a fire, prepare food, cut cords and handle dozens of other tasks. Multi-purpose knives are an excellent option for regular campers, but don't buy a cheap multi-purpose knife or you'll get frustrated the first time that you need to gut a fish or handle any other precision task.
Look for a high-quality knife designed specifically for camping and read plenty of user reviews before making your selection.

3. A Tomahawks

Your knife can't handle everything, and a good Tomahawks serves several purposes on a camping trip. You can use the Tomahawks to cut through wood to build a fire or to clear away brush during a hike, and you can use the blunt side of the Tomahawks when you're setting up your tent or handling any other task that requires a hammer.Again, don't skimp. Pay for a high-quality axe designed specifically for camping and make sure to put your axe away every night to avoid rust. Tomahawks were first used by the Native Americans as a hunting tool and to chop wood but now days we have a different purpose for our tomahawks, The hunting is one of the most popular hobby these days if you are a beginner in this activity you must keep the
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We use it to accomplish many different tasks like using it as a self-defense tool,combat tool, setting up a camp and how can I forget – slash some zombie heads off.Just Kidding! On a more serious note,it is commonly used by the military in Iraq and Afghanistan where it is a required object in a combatant’s arsenal of weapons where it is used both as a tool and as a weapon. However, finding the perfect tomahawk is tough, so we have put together this resource-a one stop-shop, all-inclusive guide dedicated to helping you to find the best place for
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You'll need to get around in the dark, and small pen lights won't provide enough illumination. Pack a good heavy-duty flashlight or headlamp and an extra set of batteries.
If you want a light that you can keep on for long periods of time without worrying about running down a battery, pick up an LED light. Battery-powered LED lamps can provide great illumination for 30 hours or more per charge. Have you ever gone snorkeling in key west? Check out this amazing place for you to go with your family.


Most campers bring their smartphones or other gadgets along for the trip. We recommend shutting off your phone to enjoy the camping experience, but there are some situations where a gadget could come in handy–most newer phones have global positioning systems, for instance, which come in handy during a hike. It's also a good idea to keep your phone around in case you need help in an emergency.

Unfortunately, smartphones have limited batteries that only last for 4-12 hours depending on usage. You can make sure that you're phone's ready for you when you need it by picking up a solar charger or a hand-cranked generator. Several companies offer generators with USB outputs, although you'll need to crank for about three minutes to get a minute of talk time, so don't plan on browsing the Internet from the comfort of your tent. Some generators also have built-in radios, flashlights, solar panels and other features that will make your camping trip a lot easier. However we all know how beautiful it is to keep memories con tape or photos. If you're camping and you need to know what is the best spotting scope tripod go to to learn more about tripods that can handle dirt, water and more.

Having said that though when having you kids carry gear for a backpacking trip, always make sure that the load is not too heavy.   

Next, practice the trip before you go all out.  What I mean by this is to take a few short trips before you spend a whole week camping and/or backpacking.  In my situation, we started off “hiking” to school.  I then extended it to our local state park and stayed a few nights there. 

To keep the kids going down the trail, we made snacks and played an assortment of games.  At the end of each of our little trips, the twins could earn stars for their camping chart.  Stars were earned for not complaining, helping out, and continuing down the trail.  These stars at the end of the camping season could be used to buy new camping and/or backpacking gear. 

Encouragement is a great tool when it comes to exploring the outdoors but do not be pushy.  Younger children will need to take frequent brakes not only to rest but to also explore their surroundings.  When in doubt about the length of a trip, always plan on the shorter end verses the longer.

While I did have the luxury of my husband meeting us along the trail with fresh supplies, always pack as light as possible.  Come up with a packing list with your kids and then cut that in half.  You always think that you need more than you actually do.  Believe it or not, you can wear jeans and a shirt for more than one day. 

Once you have packed lightly, choose the right trail.  While I can hike for several miles at a time, my young backpackers could not.  The trail needs to be a fun challenge for kids but not so long that it seems impossible.  To help my kids understand the length of our trip, we mapped it out on the streets around our home.  Every day we would walk part of the “street trail” and about a week before the trip we walked the whole thing with our packs on.  Once they could see that they could walk it, the trip was not as scary. 

Lastly, have fun.

Camp Fire Recipe: Bacon and Date Scones

Saturday, November 28th, 2015

Let me tell you about a dream that I had after watching a movie.  The movie was I Dream of Africa and reminded me of my opportunity to serve abroad through the Peace Corp.  One of my favorite parts of the movie was when the two main characters are primitive camping in the outback.  Primitive is really not what I would have called it because they had table clothes, fancy chairs, and a servant.  While primitive camping they did keep Victorian habits and one of those was tea time.  To keep in the theme of the movie and my desire to revisit a bygone era, I fix these scones very often and serve them on my fine china that is sitting on my linen table cloth and alongside the beast of the wild.

Camp Fire Recipe:  Bacon and Date Scones


Oil or non-stick spray

10 slices of thick cut bacon

2 cups of flour

½ cup of sugar plus extra to sprinkle on top

1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

¾ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

¾ cup chopped dates

½ cup or one stick of unsalted butter that is chilled

2/3 cup buttermilk


  1. Build fire and prepare coals.
  2. Place rack above fire and place a large skillet on top.  Put bacon in skillet and cook until tender but not crispy.
  3. Remove bacon from skillet and put on a paper towel.
  4. Pour bacon grease into a heat proof container and set aside.
  5. Once bacon is cool, chop and place in a bowl.
  6. In a bowl, add flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Stir.
  7. Place butter on a cutting board and cut into small pieces.
  8. Put butter pieces in the bowl with the flour mixture and mix butter into flour with two forks.  Continue to do this until the flour and butter mixture is nothing but crumbles. 
  9. To the flour mixture, add the chopped bacon and dates.  Mix.
  10. Pour buttermilk into the flour mixture and stir until combined.
  11. Take your 10-inch Dutch oven, and lightly brush it or spray it with oil or non-stick spray.
  12. Drop the dough by tablespoons into the greased Dutch oven.
  13. Brush the reserved bacon grease on top of the scones and sprinkle with sugar.
  14. Place the lid on.
  15. Remove the coals from the fire and set 10 on a heat resistant surface.
  16. Put Dutch oven on the coals.  Top the lid with 26 coals.
  17. Cook for 20 minutes.

Once the 20 minutes are up, remove the coals from the lid of the Dutch oven and lift the Dutch oven off the coals.  Allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Camp Fire Recipe: Dutch Oven Spiced Carrots

Thursday, November 26th, 2015

When my son was growing up, I could never keep carrots around.  As a matter of fact, he got into a fight when he was in school over baby carrots.  While he has somewhat outgrown the need to fight over carrots, he still requests this dish when he comes camping with us.  While this is an easy side dish to prepare, I would also like to bring to light that this dish is just as delicious as a snack.  Believe me, if you have this dish sitting around the camp site, it will not last long.

Camp Fire Recipe:  Dutch Oven Spiced Carrots


Olive oil

2 large garlic cloves

Granulated sugar

Ground cumin


Ground cinnamon

2 pounds of carrots or baby carrots


Fresh cilantro or parsley, optional

Fresh lemon



  1. Build the fire.
  2. While the fire is burning, begin to process your carrots by washing them first and then slicing into 1-inch pieces.  If you are using baby carrots, wash and slice as needed.  *Some individuals like to “peel” their carrots.  I do not but it is an option.
  3. Prepare your garlic by peeling the cloves and mincing them.  Set aside.
  4. Put 2 tablespoons of olive oil in your 12-inch Dutch oven.
  5. Add garlic, carrots, 1 tablespoon granulated sugar, 1 teaspoon of cumin, and ½ teaspoon of salt and cinnamon.
  6. Prepare 36 briquettes.
  7. Once the briquettes are hot, place 12 briquettes on a heat resistant surface.
  8. Place Dutch oven on top of hot coals.
  9. Put lid on Dutch oven and top with 24 hot coals.
  10. Cook for 35 minutes.  Once this time has passed, lift the lid and check the doneness of the carrots.  If you like to have a little “bite” to your carrots then this timeframe should work.  On the other hand, if you like your carrots softer then cook the carrots a bit longer.
  11. Once the carrots are done, remove the Dutch oven from the heat. 
  12. Stir in the raisins.
  13. Cut lemon in half and squeeze fresh lemon juice over the carrots.
  14. Stir to coat and top with freshly chopped parsley or cilantro.
  15. Serve and enjoy.

As delicious as this dish is, there are a few options available.  The first change is with the sugar.  If you want a savory dish, consider using honey or maple syrup.  Also, if you do not like raisin do not shrug off the dish.  Any dried fruit will work.