#1) Pack sunblock. Normally, when I think of camping, I envision dense forests with ample shade. Last week, other than the Snake, we didn’t have much to cool us down or protect us from the sun. Needless to say, I may be uncharacteristically red as I type this.
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It appears Apple is attempting to broaden its target market by appealing to outdoor enthusiasts. Now, don’t get me wrong, I can embrace certain technological advances within the realms of camping and hiking — like LED light technology or new knife innovations – but accepting the Ipod as a potentially useful item in the outdoors went a little too far for me.
Apparently, Orange is the new “Green” — sort of. Orange, a subsidiary of the French Telecom Group, and American partner Kaleidoscope, are currently developing The Orange Solar Concept Tent, a solar-powered tent (left) that would allow campers to utilize electronic equipment in the Great Outdoors. Slightly counter-intuitive and somewhat defeating the purpose of camping, the concept is undeniably intriguing and “cool,” if you will.
The tent is based off two previous models, the Orange Solar Tent trialed at Glastonbury in 2003 and 2004’s Orange Text Me Home Dome.
This summer, with a failing economy and high unemployment rate, many people are 1) going to be working as much as they can, and two) not going to have a lot of extra money to spend on extravagant summer vacations. The solution: weekend camping.
It’s as easy as loading up all your camping gear in the car or minivan, leaving a little early from work, and hitting the road with enough daylight left to reach your destination and set up camp safely. It’s perfect, really. Retreating to a great location where there’s peace and quiet, and you won’t lose an arm and a leg in the process, is the perfect solution to vacations on a small budget.
Coast recently published an article called Simple Green Camping Tips in which they offer a number of great ideas to simplify — and “greenify” — your camping experience. Here’s a quick overview of what they recommend:
- Bring a Tent, Not an RV. Just think of the savings on power, fuel, and water…
- Pack Biodegradable. Specifically, find soaps and sanitizers that are safe for local wildlife and their habitats.
- Pack Reusable. Planning on using styrofoam or paper products? Don’t. Pack the real plates, cups, napkins, etc.
- LED Lights. LEDs are the innovation to beat these days. Brighter beams, longer life, and green, green, green.
- Leave No Trace. In other words, treat your campsite like you would a neighbor’s home — leave it better than how you found it.
Earlier this month, writer and adventurer Loreen Niewenhuis completed 250 miles of her 1,000 mile walk around Lake Michigan. She began her adventure in March on Chicago’s Navy Pier and has walked south from Chicago, east across the entire Indiana coastline, and north up the coast of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula to the city of Ludington.
“I’ve learned so much about the lake already,” Niewenhuis said, “and I can’t wait to get back to the shoreline. It’s the adventure of a lifetime.”
One of my favorite Memorial Day pastimes is camping. I think this is a given when you live in the Northwest. Who doesn’t love everything about summer camping? The tent, the campfire, the food? It’s all good. If you didn’t get a chance to experience the Great Outdoors this weekend, well, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to do so throughout the rest of the summer. And please do take advantage of our beautiful surroundings and three months of warmth and sunshine.