You’re done purchasing a camping tent and all the necessary kits and now, you’re off to your most-awaited weekend getaway. So what’s the next step? Before meeting the great outdoors, you should first learn how to pitch your tent correctly.
Pitching a tent is an essential skill that every camper and outdoor enthusiast should know. Maybe you’re thinking, “it’s darn easy to pitch a tent!”. If you’re a first-time camper and you plan to bring a huge tent, I’m telling you – IT IS NOT.
Aside from the fact that you’ll likely sweat profusely for a good 30 minutes to 1 hour of reading the instruction manual that comes with the tent and incessantly shifting from one corner of the tent to another, you’ll also be surprised (and disappointed) that the tent you worked so hard for isn’t sturdy enough and wouldn’t stand a chance against the wind.Continue reading
For the minimalist outdoor enthusiasts out there who are constantly in search of sheer and pristine nature, you can add the 21,106-acre Minnewaska State Park Preserve on your bucket list! The preserve opened just a few years back and currently, it continues to amaze tourists and campers from around the world.
The spectacular preservation area is a popular recreational place for New Yorkers. It features three major mountain lakes and is situated on the Shawangunk Mountain Ridge which stands at 2000 feet above sea level. It’s surrounded by a rugged terrain and dense forest.
Aside from the scenic views of the preserve, it also offers a hefty 50 miles of hiking trails, carriage roads for bikers, boating activities, deer hunting areas (seasonal), bird watching areas, diving and swimming areas, and recreational winter activities such as snowshoeing and skiing. The preserve is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts!Continue reading
Have you been to an enormously isolated lake surrounded by acres of dense woodlands where you can set your tent up, kill time with new activities or just be lazy all day? That’s what you’ll feel at the Cranberry Lake Campground in New York. Yes, it’s just around New York! The campground is located at Cranberry Lake Village in Adirondacks, North of New York. The lake is one of the largest remote areas remaining in the state.
The Cranberry Lake Campground is surprisingly just a portion of the whole Cranberry Lake. There’s the Cranberry Lake Wild Forest, the Five Pond Wilderness Area, the Clifton Town Beach, and finally, the Cranberry Lake Campground. All of these areas are accessible to tourists and locals. What sets the campground apart from its neighboring recreational areas are the cheap and clean amenities as well as the privacy it offers to its visitors.
If you’re one who loves to do aquatic leisure activities, the 55-mile shoreline the lake boasts is for you. You can spend your time swimming, fishing, canoeing, water skiing, sail boating, or just observing the graceful ducks migrating and inhabiting the lake all day long.
Not only is the place perfect for water activities, but it’s also an excellent area for hiking, biking, hunting, camping, and picnicking courtesy of the park’s unbroken and seemingly “forever wild” forest preserve.Continue reading
This article may be not the typical informative article you always find in this blog. However, the big issue we’ll tackle in a little while is something of utmost relevance to the nation, especially during this time.
Citizens must stand up for their rights, for the protection of the country, for the safety of people and its inhabitants, and for himself. It’s not true that citizens like us are no match against seemingly invulnerable oligarchs and abusive figures of authority because our combined sympathies and voices will overthrow any leader.
But what feasible thing can we do to voice out our opinions? One thing is to unite in a protest. Many do not believe in the power of protest. They even deem it as a waste of time. But when leaders and individuals occupying high positions take notice of the citizen’s outcries and struggles through protesters, everyone benefits. Always remember that real power lies within the hands of the citizens.Continue reading
If you’ve experienced camping out during a cold season, you know how difficult it is to keep warm. No matter how many layers you put on, it never seems to keep your body warm. Even eating outside the tent is somewhat burdening.
As a camper, we have to eat to replenish all the energy we’ve lost from our laborious day activities. Through decades of camping, I grew tired of the usual canned goods and sandwiches that we campers usually bring because they’re light and easy to cook.
Firstly, their taste is monotonous, and secondly, they can’t warm our bodies up. Why settle for readily available foods like that when you can make a truly satisfying, body-warming and tasty food like the Dutch Oven Chili Nachos?
Maybe you’re thinking “Why is this woman so obsessed with Mexican food?” because most of the recipes I posted on this blog are mostly Mexican (don’t worry I’ll create more non-Mexican camping recipes in the future).
Partly yes, I’m slightly obsessed, but when you’re camping, you‘ll realize how convenient it is to cook (or pre-cook) Mexican food. And one more thing... Mexican food’s great! Don’t you agree?Continue reading
Do deer make sounds? What sound does a deer make? I’m familiar with the different sounds and calls a deer makes due to years of accompanying my dad whenever he goes out to hunt. I may be familiar and experienced, but I’m not an absolute expert when it comes to “deer calling”. The content of this article is based on experience, research, and information from my fellow hunters.
Do deer make sounds? Definitely yes! In fact, deer are very vocal. We just don’t hear them because, in the presence of a predator (hunters like us and other wild beasts), they run like ghosts, not a single sound nor footstep.
In reality, bucks, does, and fawns use various sounds to threaten, communicate, call for help, and convey information to one another. We’re all too familiar with the grunting and snorting noises of deer, but most of us have heard very little of the other sounds they create. Have you listened to a fawn’s distress call? Or a buck’s mating call?Continue reading
The United States of America is a country sprawling with greenery, lush mountains, pristine waters, and montane forests. You’ll never run out of places to camp! ... except in New York City.
One such state that is rich in recreational areas would be Oregon. The first instinct of campers and nature lovers like us is to escape the city whenever we have a chance. Do you want to be transported to a magnificent nature paradise? Go to Oregon.
There are many campsites along the Rogue River in Oregon but if you’re looking for an excellent and uncrowded one, you should go to the Natural Bridge Campground in Oregon.
Oregon is a far from New York. If you look at the map, you’ll find them at the opposite ends. It’s a very diverse state because of the various nationalities and tribes that inhabited the land years ago.
Oregon was ranked as one of the most populated states in the US in the past decade, but its breath-taking landscapes are still as beautiful and untouched as when I first set foot in it when I was just a little girl.Continue reading
Good news for campers who are addicted to the Mexican quesadilla – finally, a quesadilla maker! So this quesadilla maker might be around for some time, but I only became aware of its existence just sometime last month, and I truly am ecstatic to try the thing.
With the quesadilla maker, I can always make a fresh quesadilla for my daily quesadilla fix or for pre-cooking a couple for my camping trips. No more taking out from the restaurant or messing up the entire kitchen, thank goodness.
There are so many perks that come with a quesadilla maker. First, you can have your Mexican lunch in less than 10 minutes. Secondly, you’ll never mess up your oven and cut foils ever again.Continue reading
Crispy tortilla, tons of melted cheese, oozing salsa, intense flavors, and a hefty serving of chicken meat – that’s what best describes a quesadilla, ladies and gentlemen. A trip to a Mexican restaurant translates to a lot of calories and saturated fat, but who cares? I care not.
Mexican food is the one type of food I could eat all my life. And I won’t let my little camping getaways to stop me from getting my quesadilla fix. Anyone here who feels the same?
So I got the brilliant idea of creating this particular food from Applebee’s quesadilla burger recipe which I’ve tried in their Brooklyn branch. Its delicious but it’s too oily and fattening so I decided to make a healthy recipe based from it for our fellow campers to enjoy.Continue reading
Yes! Another weekend camping session! Don’t you just love weekends spent with nature? It’s so refreshing. It’s a great way to unwind with your closest friends or family!
Sometimes I feel torn on where to spend my weekend. Should I spend it to rest, binge, and drink a couple of beers on the couch or go out and camp with friends? You know what? You can do both. Camping is not only meant to reconnect with nature, but also to unwind as well.
Personally, camping takes my stress and worries away, and it clears my mind of all things that we people deem as essential but is actually trivial to the core.
A night of drinking in the great outdoors is the normal picture when the sun sets on the campsite. A few barbecues and a great many cans of beer is all you’ll need to have a merry night. Of course, a few drinking card games will break the ice.Continue reading