Author: Bart

Harnessing The Sun On Adventures

Kirk and I have undertaken urban homesteading as (more than a) hobby the past few years. When we moved a little over 3 years ago to our current house, we finally had an open and very sunny area to work with. Recent projects the past three years have included water …

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New Gear and Food Finds

We’ve had some good items come across recently, from gear to food. NASAR (The National Association For Search And Rescue) has out two guides that are pack ready. Essential Knots and Basic Navigation, the guides are palm-sized and ultra light and most of all…..waterproof. The guides fold out similar to …

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Dog Fitness Tips — Staying Active on the Road

Dog fitness tips — keeping your pet in good shape during your RV travels. America’s dogs have a huge problem. More than half of them are overweight, according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention. Whether your dog carries extra pounds or not, RVing is a great way to keep …

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Redd Superfood Energy Bars: Review

Vitamins + caffeine = a better hike. Posted by: 50 Campfires in Camp Cooking, Snacks & Dessert Chocolate was tasty.   I have always been a fan of caffeine on a hike. If I have the time, it’s wonderful to sit down mid-hike and make a quick cup of instant …

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RV Bird-watching for Crows and Ravens

Bird watching RV tours are a great way to see North America’s flying creatures. This Halloween, keep an eye out for crows and ravens. These birds have been given a bad rap from scary stories, but the truth is more interesting than the myths. Ravens Can Make Revving Sounds The …

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Gold Canyon RV and Golf Resort Welcomes 55+ RVers

Phoenix area RV adventures await travelers. Gold Canyon RV and Golf Resort is located just outside of Phoenix and welcomes guests to a warm community of natural beauty. Situated amid the stunning surroundings of the Sonoran Desert, the resort has countless activities and amenities. This 55+ active adult retirement community …

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Padilla Bay Trail

A long time ago, maybe 17 years ago, I walked Padilla Bay Trail, when my oldest son was around 3 years old. It isn’t a long trail, but it’s a long haul to hike it. We were in the area yesterday, and I on an impulse decided the two younger …

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5 Ways To Lighten Your Backpack

[embedded content] Posted by: 50 Campfires in Camping Tips You can spend a lot of money on the latest ultralight gear to lighten your backpack, but some of the best tips don’t cost anything at all. I’ll cover five easy ways you can lighten your load on the trail. Mix …

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GoSun Sport Review

Functionality Portability Cooking Value Ultra-portable, no fuel, no flame outdoor cooking miracle! Summary : The GoSun Sport is designed to capture all available ultraviolet light, even if there isn’t direct sunlight. As long as you can see a defined shadow, you can cook! A couple of things come to mind …

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REI Activator Soft-Shell Winter Hiking Pants

REI’s Activator Soft Shell Pants are breathable winter hiking pants with a gusseted crotch and articulated knees for ease of movement Finding a good pair of winter hiking pants that will keep you warm while venting excess sweat is one of the more challenging pieces of clothing for winter hikers …

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White Mountain Guide 30th Edition Review

White Mountain Guide 30th Edition Completeness Ease of Use Currency Reliability Map Quality Excellent The Appalachian Mountain Club’s White Mountain Guide is the most comprehensive and in-depth guide to hiking and backpacking in New Hampshire’s White Mountain National Forest. The guide includes 6 topographic maps for planning hikes and includes …

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Backpacking a Hancock Notch Lollipop

Dramatic landslide debris in Hancock Notch When people visit the White Mountains, the two geographic features they remember the most are the mountains and the notches, which are giant mountains passes that link different regions of the area together. When you drive down the narrow two lane roads that snake …

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What is a Tent Vestibule?

The Hilleberg Akto Side Vestibule has plenty of gear storage space, but does not block the tent entrance. Tent vestibules are like mudrooms at the front of a tent or along its sides. They provide extra space to stash your gear out-of-the-way in a cramped multi-person tent, or a place …

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Naches Peak Loop

Wednesday night I was looking at the weather and Thursday was going to be hot down low. It also boded to be one of the last super nice days of the year (seriously, it was 84° at home!) The kind of weather where it’s balmy, sunny and the wind just …

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First Aid Kit: What Is In Mine

A long time ago I picked up this ditty bag from Outdoor Research, to use for my First Aid kit. While I was thinking 10 years ago, it’s probably more like 15. For a few years I quit carrying it and went to a quart freezer bags (during the minimalist …

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