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Tips for Desert Camping and Hiking in the Southwest Desert USA

Camping in the deserts of the southwest USA can be a unique and rewarding experience. The stark beauty of red rock mesas and mysterious hoodoos is enchanting. But the harsh climate and terrain that defines a desert requires a few adaptations when camping. Here are my tips for desert camping and hiking. Water is Life Several years ago a Scottish Scout troop came to Arizona, and as their American

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14Jun2019
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Camping as a Lifestyle

One February morning, high in the Colorado Rockies, not far from Aspen, I stared at the ceiling of my $500 per month bedroom that I rented in my friend's trailer. The room had no closet, no bedroom door and the temperature that morning, inside the room, was twenty degrees. It was time to bust a move! This is my experience on camping as a lifestyle. The Search for New Accommodation "I could live

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The Importance of Good Hiking Shoes

Quality hiking shoes or boots are one of the best things you can add to your arsenal of camping equipment and gear. I found out first-hand just how important they can be. Below I will share with you the importance of good hiking shoes. Hiking Boots are Called Hiking Boots for a Reason Some friends and I decided that we were going to do a day hike out to the bridge to nowhere in Azusa Canyon, Cal

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Louisiana Camping: Be Careful where you Drop your Fishing Line

It was beautiful summer morning and my family and I were in 3 mile Bayou Melville, Louisiana camping. I was enjoying being at our camp with all the kids, fishing off the pier.  It got too quiet, so I decided I had better check. I walked down to the bayou.  Everything looked great.  My oldest step-daughter and her brother and my son all were fishing.  The youngest, a six year old girl, was stan

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Camping in Maryland During Hurricane Season

My husband and I decided to go on an extended trip, camping in Maryland for vacation. We went camping near Upper Marlboro, Maryland, not realizing that it was hurricane season. My husband was informed by the camp office staff that there would be a hurricane passing through the area within the next few hours. They suggested that all campers in the higher ground area move their trailers to the local

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Should Camping be Free?

Should Camping Be Free? Benefits & Downsides of Free Campsites Every avid camper knows about those secret, free campsites. I am sure you know what I am talking about. When my girlfriend and I traveled through Australia we got a thrill out of spotting a nice free campsite somewhere. With a campervan it was easy to just ‘hide’ somewhere in a parking lot or some national park. Some state

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28May2019
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On the USA Border

In 2007, I had the pleasure of working for the Southwest Conservation Corps, based out of Tucson, Arizona USA. For three whole months I worked and camped throughout the Arizona desert on the USA border. Our small team of eight people would pitch tents for 12 day stints. We got to learn a lot about each other, ourselves, and the harsh, yet beautiful, desert during that time. Discarded Past, Hopes

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Toothless Campers and Domesticated Bunnies

Some national park campsites have long waiting lists for camping reservations. When you have to wait a year to sleep next to a tree, something is wrong. -George Carlin Getting Close to Nature May Get You Closer to the Unnatural I'm telling you, the county national park campsite we reserved for this weekend outside Portland, Oregon was the absolute worst campsite we've ever seen. We got site 1

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