Posts Tagged ‘Camping’

Hiking Around Lake Michigan

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

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.”


Memorial Day: Camping Tips for Future Trips

Monday, May 25th, 2009

Memorial Day is here! Hopefully, you were able to get away and enjoy the fine Pacific Northwest weather this weekend. In fact, hopefully you’re still enjoying it…

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.


Private Campgrounds Thrive in Bad Times

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

There are about 8,000 privately owned or operated campgrounds in the U.S., and according to a recent article in Business Week, they may be some of the only businesses not suffering in a tattered economy

The article cites that the cost of a local camping vacation is far less than a trip that includes airplane tickets and hotel accommodations, one study showing that the average camping vacation is 21 to 67 percent cheaper than a fly-drive-hotel vacation. It makes the argument that private campgrounds have always done well when times get tough.


Teddy’s National Park

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Looking for a great place to take a summer vacation? Try North Dakota’s Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

As Montana native Rita Forsythe writes, “You should plan on visiting [the park] to explore its rich cultural history and biological diversity.” In her article, she continues to divulge a number of tips for visiting the national park.


Yellowstone: Wildlife Safety

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

Andrew Stanton, a Yellowstone National Park Examiner, has written some informative online articles concerning bear safety. He’s gathered his information from a number of websites and publications. He writes, “It is not my intention to be alarmist, but to give park visitors tips on avoiding confrontations with wildlife.”

Stanton has actually published two articles, the first containing a few general guidelines about hiking and camping in the wilderness, specifically regarding wildlife. Here’s a preview of some of the tips you’ll find in his first article: (more…)

If Tom Cruise can do it, so can you.

Monday, March 9th, 2009

According to an entertainment news web site, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes have made plans to take their young daughter, Suri, camping. Apparently, the couple intentionally planned the vacation away from luxury so Suri can experience what Cruise and Holmes did when they were kids. I guess that means no sunny beaches, five-star hotels, or exotic destinations for the two-year-old. This time.

While I’m often appalled at the attention we give celebrity news and gossip, I do find a bit of satisfaction in hearing a story like this one. It’s refreshing to know not everyone with fame and fortune lacks a fondness for simplicity and family values. Not to mention it makes me chuckle to think of fashion-obsessing movie stars clad in flannel, sporting bed head, and reeking of campfire.


How to Make a “Green” Campfire

Friday, February 27th, 2009

“If you’ve ever been frustrated trying to light a campfire you’ll appreciate these ingenious fire-starters. They are easy to make, portable, and work every time.”

That’s the way Pat Maitland starts her article on “How to Make the Perfect Campfire.  And not only are her fire-starters ingenious, they’re made by recycling used household materials too. Perfect for the environmentally conscious camper.


Article: How Camping Works

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

Sarah Winkler at How Stuff has written a fabulously thorough article on “How Camping Works.” She breaks her article into six sections.

Her first section is a basic introduction to camping. After giving a brief but interesting history, Winkler explains the popularity of camping today citing that more than 47 million Americans are camping each year