Posts Tagged ‘LED lantern’

LED Lights: Why Mosquitoes Aren’t Attracted to Them

Monday, June 20th, 2011

Mosquito and LightRemember the days before the invention of the LED lantern, when camping trips were underscored by the hiss of a propane lantern and the buzzing of mosquitoes around it? Things have changed a bit since then. Now you can turn on your LED lantern with the flip of a switch, no matches or pumping required, and mosquitoes don’t swarm you every time you light it up.

Wait, what?


Celebrating the Summer Solstice – June 21, 2011

Friday, June 17th, 2011

Summer SolsticeThe longest day and shortest night of the year is almost here. The summer solstice, or Midsummer, occurs June 21 and marks the point at which daylight is longest (north of the equator, that is) just before the nights begin gradually lengthening again.

But if you think all of that sunlight means you won’t have a reason to pull out your LED flashlight, think again! With a few friends and an LED lantern or flashlight, you can put a high-tech spin on this ancient holiday. Here’s a look at what the summer solstice is and how you can observe it at home or while camping.


3 Nighttime Picnic Spots in Portland

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

StarsA nighttime picnic is a great way to see the stars, get to know someone, or just enjoy a cool summer night. Fortunately, the Portland area offers many easily accessible spots for enjoying a nighttime picnic.

With the exception of an LED lantern and an extra blanket, nighttime picnics don’t require anything other than what you’d bring on a daytime picnic. So pack up your basket, grab a friend or lover, and head out to one of these great nighttime picnic destinations.


Get Prepared – the Big One is Coming

Monday, May 16th, 2011

Oregon beachLife as we know it in Oregon will end for weeks or even months when the Big One hits the Northwest, earthquake experts say. Long blackouts, food shortages and fuel outages are on the horizon, as well as bridge failures and landslides that could potentially cut off the Oregon coast.

The predictions are based on a study of Japan’s recent magnitude-9 quake, which caused worse damage than was reported despite the country’s high level of preparedness, a team of Oregon experts said. A similar earthquake here would be even more disastrous, given that we’re behind Japan in terms of preparation, they added.


Spring Razor Clam Season Open Now!

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

wdfwlogoThe Washington Department of Fish and Game (WDFW) has given the “go-ahead” for the March razor clam season to begin along Washington beaches.

“The results of marine toxin tests are in, confirming that clams are safe to eat, and clearing the way for the spring’s first razor-clam digs on ocean beaches,” reports WDFW. As a result, the season opened yesterday, March 26, and will continue through April 1 at various Washington beaches.


Different Earthquake, Same Question: Are You Ready?

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

Chile earthquakeWhen the Haiti earthquake struck in January, the incident was a wake-up call to the rest of the world, and we encouraged readers to prepare an earthquake emergency kit. Last week, a devastatingly large earthquake hit Chile — an 8.8 magnitude that has left near 1,000 dead. Today, we’re asking you the same question we did less than two months ago:

Are you ready yet?


Camping Gear: The Essentials

Saturday, February 27th, 2010

As I stare out the window this morning, taking in the gloriousness of a sunny day, I can’t help but feel like spring is here, and it’s time to break out the camping gear. Apparently, Marc Phillippe Babineau had the same thought — last week, he published an article entitled “Essential Tools for Camping”.

In his article, Babineau lists and describes a number of tools you shouldn’t leave home without. Among them are:


Three Things You Should Never Bring Camping

Monday, February 8th, 2010

Solar-Powered IpodEveryone always discusses what you need to pack on a camping trip, but when’s the last time you heard someone tell you what not to bring? Knowing what to leave at home can add just as much success to your trip as knowing what to bring with you. Below, you’ll find the three things I think shouldn’t grace your pack.

1) Portable electronic devices. Ipods, laptops, video games, cell phones — whatever. In my mind, the idea of camping is to get away from the complexities of life, and that includes technology. Nature has a plethora of sights, smells, and sounds that you won’t get to experience with earbuds crammed into your head or your eyes glued to an LCD screen. Instead, enjoy the Great Outdoors and the company of the people around you.