As We Listen to the Spirits We Will Learn the Way of the Yellowstone

The Yellowstone National Park is a beautiful place to visit, so beautiful in fact that when early explorers came back and tried to share their experiences with others, people would not believe their stories, newspapers would not report their findings. Even in 1807 when John Colter, a member of the Lewis and Clark expedition, returned…

The Yellowstone National Park is a beautiful place to visit, so beautiful in fact that when early explorers came back and tried to share their experiences with others, people would not believe their stories, newspapers would not report their findings. Even in 1807 when John Colter, a member of the Lewis and Clark expedition, returned from his extended trip people would not believe what he had seen. The first reported account of Yellowstone’s wonders was in a letter published in a Philadelphia newspaper in 1820 by Daniel Potts. It was not formally explored until 1869 by the Folsom-Cook-Peterson Expedition. After my last blog I became interested in the Native American perspective and I thought I would include this in my Yellowstone camping experience.

Planning a Trip? Here Are a Few Things You Should Consider

Do you love a bit of adventure or are you the odd boring type? Regardless of what kind you are, this article will definitely appeal to everyone that likes to travel. Whether you are the enthusiastic or not flexing your arms in the middle of picturesque nature is every person's dream. Work comes first, obviously,…

Do you love a bit of adventure or are you the odd boring type? Regardless of what kind you are, this article will definitely appeal to everyone that likes to travel. Whether you are the enthusiastic or not flexing your arms in the middle of picturesque nature is every person's dream. Work comes first, obviously, but there are other things in life which you should always cherish and such moments will never repeat themselves.

Every individual has a passion for something or the other, and if you are passionate about traveling, it's all the merrier. Over the years a lot has changed in the traveling sector; some say that that has diversified itself but it's only a natural progress. Places that were inaccessible a few decades ago have become a tourist hotspot. There is so much to see around that you will be spoiled for choice choosing the next destination.

All individuals are different, so are their traveling desires

The feeling of letting go of yourself and enjoying some quality time witnessing Mother Nature's creation is truly an exuberating feeling. But not individuals are the same and have the same mindset. Some like to travel on their own and some with a large gang. In any case, when you are looking to take a vacation, there are a few things you should consider like: –

• Cost: One of the most important aspects before traveling is the amount you are willing to spend on the vacation. It's a factor that can not be ignored as the money you spend will invariably be responsible for how lavish your holiday will be or not.

• Kind: There are so many kinds of vacation you could take ranging from gigantic mountains to white pristine beaches. You need to decide which kind of vacation you desire and then browse through the places in that category.

• Companion: Traveling without an appropriate companion is incomplete, unless you like a bit of solitude. It's different when you travel through organized tours as you will not be able to choose your co-passengers. But if you have the choice, choose wisely as you will be spending a lot of time with them.

• Transportation: With the way things are, you will find several ways to move around any place in the world. You usual planes and trains are always available but for those avid enthusiasts, caravans are probably the most attractive choice.

• Accommodation: After you have reached the destination, the next most important thing is finalizing an accommodation to stay. The best thing you could do is reserve it well beforehand so that you will not have to face any hassle.

After you have considered these factors, you can make the necessary reservations. Over the years, there has been an overwhelming trend of using multipurpose vehicles or RVs which is most definitely the best way to travel. So, if you are interested in buying one, act fast as these sell like hot cakes.

How Campervans Are Changing the Face of the Travel Industry

Every once in a while every person needs a holiday to relax and spend some quality time with their friends and family. Today, it’s not a surprise that the travelling industry is rapidly growing and will continue to do so as people’s urge to explore new territories will never diminish. There is so much to…

Every once in a while every person needs a holiday to relax and spend some quality time with their friends and family. Today, it’s not a surprise that the travelling industry is rapidly growing and will continue to do so as people’s urge to explore new territories will never diminish. There is so much to see in this world, and one lifetime is short to witnessing it all

The Close Encounter

I grew up in the Vietnam War era with Richard Nixon, Jane Fonda, and protests. I discovered while researching for this article that the history I remember from high school and the history that is truth were totally different. So, I will share with you some of the interesting facts I discovered.

I grew up in the Vietnam War era with Richard Nixon, Jane Fonda, and protests. I discovered while researching for this article that the history I remember from high school and the history that is truth were totally different. So, I will share with you some of the interesting facts I discovered.

The RV Trip We Will Never Forget

It was late in the summer, and early in tornado season. But being much more concerned with our entertainment than our safety, we decided to pack up the kids in the RV and head to the Smokey Mountains. Knowing we would only have a couple of days, we asked some friends if they knew of…

It was late in the summer, and early in tornado season. But being much more concerned with our entertainment than our safety, we decided to pack up the kids in the RV and head to the Smokey Mountains. Knowing we would only have a couple of days, we asked some friends if they knew of a nice place that wasn’t all the way up to the Blue Ridge Parkway. They told us about a little place near a stream that was only a few hours away. Friday afternoon we hit the road.

Understanding The Best Tents For Camping

Camping is a fun filled occasion that every adventurer looks forward to. Since how exited you are, you will not have a dandy time if you do not have the right camping tent. How to buy the right tent For you to buy the right camping tent you need to consider a number of factors:…

Camping is a fun filled occasion that every adventurer looks forward to. Since how exited you are, you will not have a dandy time if you do not have the right camping tent.

How to buy the right tent

For you to buy the right camping tent you need to consider a number of factors:

Rainfly : this is the tent's umbrella. The bigger it is the better. When making the purchase you should go for a tent with a fly that flows smoothly down the sides of the tent rather than across the top.

Tub floor : the floor protects from running water. For a great experience you should go for a tent with a floor made from a waterproof material. As rule of thumb you should ensure that the floor is a few inches up the sides before it gets to the walls. You should check the floor and ensure that there are no seams for water to see in.

Stake loops : you should ensure that your tent has loops at the base. There should also be loops at the center of each side. The loops are large enough to accommodate large plastic stakes. For durability, you should go for a tent with material stake loops. You should avoid plastic loops as they easily break when you hammer in the stakes.

Fabric : what material is the tent made from? The fabric determines the durability of the tent. For a long lasting tent you should go for one made from tough, waterproof canvas. In addition to being long lasting, a canvas tent is also breathable. You should avoid nylon or polyester tents. While the two are cheaper, they deteriorate fast.

Ease of use : a durable tent does not have to be difficult to use; it should be easy to use. For it to be easy to use it should have few poles and pegs to make set up easy.

Major types of camping tents

If you are interested in camping tents there are many types that you can go for. The most common ones are:

A-frame : they resemble the classic pup tent and have a triangular support on either end. If you look closely you will find that the tent resembles a triangular prism. There are other versions that have a ridgepole between the two end supports and a center hoop that creates a roomier interior.

Pyramid : from their name, they have a single central pole that supports the center of the tent. Although, having a pole at the center is cumbersome, the tent is light to carry. You can also easily set it up.

Dome : it's made up of four or more hoops that criss-cross over the middle of the tent. They are loved by people as they are very strong so can withstand harsh weather.

Conclusion

Camping tents are a must have for every fun loving individual. To buy the right tent you should be cautious and consider all the tips explained above. While there are many stores you can buy from, always buy from a reputable one, okay?

Benefits of Using a Camping Pad

Are you a camping enthusiast? After you have bought a sleeping bag and a tent, the next most important item you must consider is a camping pad. A comfortable cushioned mattress makes a difference between a good nights sleep where you wake refreshed in the morning, or, a rough night without sleep and waking up…

Are you a camping enthusiast? After you have bought a sleeping bag and a tent, the next most important item you must consider is a camping pad. A comfortable cushioned mattress makes a difference between a good nights sleep where you wake refreshed in the morning, or, a rough night without sleep and waking up tired and grumpy. Waking up refreshed makes a difference to how much you will enjoy the coming day …

Some people may consider a sleeping pad or an air mattress to be a necessity, while others still think they are an optional choice. For people who have used them, they say with certainty they are worth the expense and simply would not consider going camping without one.

What are the primary benefits of a camping pad:

  • they add a layer of installation against hard ground
  • add comfort
  • additional warmth
  • help to maintain body temperature
  • keep you dry

They are a useful add-on when you need comfort and keep warm. One of the largest risks when camping in cold temperatures is hypothermia. A camping pad ads an extra layer of insulation and cushioning to help the body maintain a comfortable temperature throughout the night.

When you start your search for a camping pad these two elements, cushioning and insulation are the number one factor to keep in mind when purchasing one. However there are other important features to keep in mind when you are aiming to make your purchase.

1) How much cushioning will you need? Are you a thin or larger person?

2) Take into account the size of your sleeping bag, the length and width

3) How much does the pad weigh and how well it does compress down?

4) Does the pad inflate or deflate quickly? Is it self inflating or do you need to pump it up?

When you start your search, these are a few of the questions you can ask yourself. The answers along with your research will absolutely help you select the right camping pad for your trip which in turn will influence your comfort and protection!

Types of Camping Pads

Air Mattresses

An inflatable air mattress provides a much greater degree of comfort and is much thicker than a foam pad. These are perfect car camping and are pretty close to a real bed. You can even take your regular sheets along and your favorite pillow … They are extremely comfortable and quick to inflate with a portable air pump. The downside is that they are bulky and heavy and lack good insulating properties, so they are suitable for mild conditions only.

Foam Pads

These are simply foam pads, featuring high density foam with tiny closed air cells. It is a perfect backpacking and are lightweight, durable, inexpensive and provide excellent insulation. Neither do they absorb water which is a bonus when camping. The only downside to using a foam pad when camping is not very comfortable.

Air Camping Pad

An air camping pad can either be self inflatable or manually inflated, some actual when you buy one that you get a self inflating pad, they are much easier to use.

They are lightweight and comfortable and provide a perfect solution for backpacking and camping. Many of these camping pads have integrated insulation or reflective materials to provide extra insulation benefits.

They deflate down and roll up to a small lightweight size and are generally stored in a stuff sack.The only downside to using an air pad is they can be ripped or punctured. Generally an emergency repair kit is included.

Camping Pad Length And Width

Make sure you fit on the pad. Your shoulders and hips need to fit on the pad. A regular sized pad is anywhere from 72 to 78 inches long and will help to keep your legs and feet warm which is a big plus on those chilly camping trips!

A three-quarter length or short camping pad is generally around 47 to 48 inches in length and inevitably packs down smaller and weighs less.

The majority of camping pads offer a standard width of 20 inches. You can get wider pads of 25 or 30 inches and whether or not you purchase one of these will depend on your size.

You can purchase rectangular or mummy shaped pads depending on your needs. Some camping pads will incorporate a textured surface to reduce the likelihood if you slipping around on the camping pad

What to Look For When Buying a Box Trailer

When talking about buying box trailers, everything comes down to the mechanical features. Those are the ones you should focus on. You certainly want the best for you, so if you are aiming that high, then you should concentrate all your attention on the features that are about to be presented in here. Trust us,…

When talking about buying box trailers, everything comes down to the mechanical features. Those are the ones you should focus on. You certainly want the best for you, so if you are aiming that high, then you should concentrate all your attention on the features that are about to be presented in here. Trust us, the next time when you are going to look for trailer boxes for sale, these tips will come in handy.

If this is a first for you, before going out and buying a box trailer, you should keep in mind a few principles:

• You will have it for many years
• You will overload it at least once
• You will borrow it to someone else who will haul it with God knows what
• You may encounter some problems with tailing and wiring if it is not made of iron

Knowing these, here are the main things you should be looking for:

1. The frame – This makes the difference. Box Tubing, Channel Iron or Angle Iron, these are all frames to choose from, but the best one is the first, since it has the ability to resist to many flexing and twisting activities.

2. The tongue length – This is an important feature that basically dictates the stability of the trailer. The longer this element is, the easier it will be for the vehicle to steer the box trailer. Backing is also easier when the tongue is longer and the weight is placed upon the box trailers, instead of placing it on the vehicle.

3. The couple – It's also an extremely important element to take into consideration. This is how the box trailer will be attached to the vehicle. Make sure it is not bent or twisted and that it can be easily attached. If it gets damaged, it will be harder to be replaced and it will also be more expensive.

4. Wiring – The wires that are attached to the trailer taillight should pass through the frame. Make sure that those wires will be protected from chafing onto metal by grommets. If they are not protected, then a short circuit is most likely to take place.

5. Taillights – They need to have an extra protection, or else they will be damaged. They are superior to the incandescent ones, as they are brighter and last longer.

6. Axle – Check and see if they are used. If they are, run away. Also, make sure that it is being attached to the suspension system and not just to the frame. Check the spindles. They should be equipped with a grease fitting for lubrication.

7. The wheels and tires – You should make sure that both the wheels and the tires have a combined capacity that is equal or even bigger than the GVWR of the trailer.

8. The fenders – Check them and see if they are being attached securely. Weight will be placed upon them, sooner or later, so they should be able to support it.

Why Choose Campervans Above the Other Modes of Travel?

Reasons to Choose Camervans over the rest Unlike living in hotels and leading a monotonous life, RVs allow people to live a life just the same way as they would live in the comfort of their homes. It allows people to move around from one place to the other along with the comfort of living…

Reasons to Choose Camervans over the rest

Unlike living in hotels and leading a monotonous life, RVs allow people to live a life just the same way as they would live in the comfort of their homes. It allows people to move around from one place to the other along with the comfort of living in a house with all the necessary amenities. These vehicles contain facilities for sleeping, cooking food, water supply, electricity, refrigerator, cabinets etc. and then contains several other amenities that the ones who are using would prefer.

An RV is something that allows a person or a group of individuals to travel to their desired destinations independently without a fixed Itinerary. It saves up on money spent on various modes of transport like Air tickets; Rail passes etc. and allows one to smoothly move from one place to the other. For those who like photography or natural sightseeing, the usage of a campervan is something that is the best option. Leading a life of leisure by being in a comfort zone of doing whatever one feels like is something an RV allows one to do. They are also feasible for those who intend to move to comfortable areas during extreme weather especially those who are elderly and can not end the harsh weather conditions.

RVs are typically modified or converted forms of large utility vehicles that are customized according to the needs of the one using it. They are modified according to the number of people who intend to use it and accordingly adjusted. There are several agencies that aid RVs and allow people to choose from the varied vehicles that they have in stock. These vehicles are accordingly modified and depending on the needs and the size of the vehicle is there determined. Multipurpose vehicles allow the users to choose from amongst the amenities like air conditioners, dining spaces, mini bars and other luxurious amenities that they intend to add.

How to find the right vehicle?

Apart from campervans, there are food trucks available as well in order to let people start a catering business of their own. Food trucks, too come loaded with all amenities that can help one to prepare food inside the truck right from scratch. Similar agencies provide such vehicles where according to the needs of the one purchasing or hiring it can be modified. In order to look for such companies providing such services, the Internet is the best place to obtain information. One can also know of the rates for purchase or hire and accordingly choose the one that fits their bill.

How to Choose a Sleeping Bag for Camping

Introduction Slipping into a warm and comfortable sleeping bag is one of the greatest pleasures of countryside camping. In order to keep the night chill at bay, you need to choose a sleeping bag of the right temperature rating, insulation and shape. Other factors to consider may include cost, roominess and features that add to…

Introduction

Slipping into a warm and comfortable sleeping bag is one of the greatest pleasures of countryside camping. In order to keep the night chill at bay, you need to choose a sleeping bag of the right temperature rating, insulation and shape. Other factors to consider may include cost, roominess and features that add to comfort and convenience.

Temperature rating

This is determined by the season when you are most likely to use the bag- summer, winter or when the temperatures are moderate. In most cases the bag's name gives an idea about its rating, for instance Marmot Plasma 15 bag is one rated to a temperature of + 15F. In case you like camping during winter, choose a bag rated at 0F while a bag is suitable for summer camping is rated + 35F and higher. Many people go for the 3-season bag with a temperature rating of + 10F to + 35F because it is suitable for varying seasons.

Type of insulation

The majority of sleeping bags come in three types of insulation – synthetic, down and the water-repellent down. Down bags are filled with duck and goose feathers. They are compressible, durable, light and breathable. However they are relatively expensive and can be allergic to users. Synthetic insulation is reliably cheaper, quick-drying, insulates even when wet, and has careful durability. However, synthetic insulation is not compressible and thus occupations larger room when packaged. The water-resistant down insulation holds insulation even when placed on wet ground.

Shape and loft

Loft is a key issue in determining a sleeping bag's warmth. It refers to the puffiness or the thickness of the bag (a measurement of the outer diameter of the bag). In case two bags have the same features, shape and type of fill, the one that has a higher loft is warmer. Sleeping bags come in three shapes-rectangular, mummy, and semi-rectangular. Mummy-shaped bags are tapered at one end in order to concentrate more warmth to the body. Rectangular sleeping bags offer greater room for a user to move their feet. The semi-rectangular bags combine the advantages of the other two and they are more preferable.

Other bag features

It is also good to check bags for zipper compatibility. In case two bags are to be zipped together one should look for a bag with a “right-hand” zipper and another one with a “left-hand” zipper. Other features you can look for include the availability of a built-in hood into which you can stuff clothes to form a pillow. You may also check for a draft tube that runs on the main zipper to increase insulation. It is advisable to check for the presence of a stash pocket into which you can put a watch, glasses, phone or any other small gadgets.

Conclusion

The choice of a sleeping bag is large dependent on the season in which it is meant to be used. Cost, weight, type of insulation, storage room and the shape are other critical factors that you should consider. Features such as a built-in hood and presence of a stash bag can add to your comfort and convenience.