Camping for Halloween

While performing the daily scroll of my Facebook news feed, the words “Trick-or-treat camping” caught my eye. Even though I’m a grown adult with no children, I still get excited about anything that has to do with candy. Plus, both camping and candy rank pretty high on my list of favorite things. Surprisingly, I’d never …

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Trail Review: Black Butte, Oregon

A long road trip brought us all the way from Central Florida to Central Oregon. Excited to do some hiking, we stopped by the ranger station in Sisters. We got a map of the Deschutes National Forest and asked about the nearby trails. Afterwards, we randomly talked with a local at the laundromat, while waiting …

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How To Really Rough It in a National Forest

Click here to read “Is Dispersed Camping Better Than Developed Camping?“ Dispersed camping requires a total sense of independence, basic survival skills, and a true desire to “rough it.” It may not be for everyone. If you’ve never been camping before, I suggest staying in some developed campgrounds first, to see if you enjoy it. If you’re …

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Hiking Inside Lava Tubes

It’s hard to get tired of hiking above-ground trails, but perhaps you’re ready for a new challenge! Lava tubes are a lot like caves, but they’re formed differently. Like caves, they’re underground passageways which sustain cool temperatures year-round. They can be a great way to escape from the summer heat without hiding indoors. The stairway …

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Is Dispersed Camping Better than Developed Camping?

There are two main types of car camping: dispersed camping and developed camping. But what exactly are the differences between the two? Developed camping is the type most people are familiar with. This is when you choose to stay at a “developed” campground, which is managed by a state or national park, state or national …

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7 Perfect Summertime Campgrounds

We’re halfway into the summer season and it’s already been a hot one: there’ve been record-breaking heat waves throughout the country. Hopefully by now most of you have had an opportunity to get outside and take advantage of the steamy conditions. Or maybe you’re still looking for that perfect place to spend a day (or …

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Camping in a Desert Environment

Where I’m from, we’re usually worried about about possible flooding when camping. Since traveling out west, I’ve encountered the opposite problem. From Colorado, to Utah, to Nevada, the challenge has been battling the dry dustiness and bringing along enough water to survive. First we stopped at a free campsite in Rabbit Valley Recreation Area in …

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How To Shower Outdoors

Camping is a very fun activity for people who enjoy spending time outdoors. You get to borrow an affordable piece of land where you can sleep outdoors, have a campfire, hang out with friends or family, and just relax. The only aspect of camping that I don’t particularly get excited about is the obvious lack …

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Michigan’s National Lakeshores

Most of us are familiar with at least a few of this country’s National Parks. The state of Michigan, however, doesn’t contain any of them. Instead, they have two National Lakeshores. After all, Michigan is famous for being surrounded by Great Lakes. There’s Lake Huron to the east, Lake Michigan to the west, and Lake …

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Makes Me Wanna Take A Back Road

The age old rumor isn’t true – There actually are some things in life that are truly free, with no strings attached. The road to the campsites Prior to arriving in the Ashville, NC area, we’d heard about some free campsites located on a gravel road in the Pisgah National Forest, just off the Blue …

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Stressed Out? Take a hike!

Let’s face it – life isn’t always all fun and games. As adults we are forced to deal with all kinds of responsibilities and decision making. Sometimes when these things pile on top of each other we can get really stressed out. Stress is a very serious illness and can be the underlying cause to …

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