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Two Books for Summer Camp and Hike Planning

We love to hike and to photograph nature on those hikes. I picked up two books that I am using for planning our 2013 trips. Continue reading “Two Books for Summer Camp and Hike Planning”

The Best Salsa Ever

Salsa Away from that Jarred Stuff

There is absolutely nothing particular about this recipe that has anything to do with camping, other than it is fantastic and eating it around the fire or around a picnic table playing games would absolutely be welcomed. There is this Mexican restaurant in Pittsburgh called Emiliano’s who serves salsa that tastes just like this. Where I usually jump at the cheese sauce to compliment the salsa and chips, you just simply don’t need it with salsa that tastes like this. You will swear off the store bought stuff forever! Continue reading “The Best Salsa Ever”

Aliner Use One: Hotel

Using the Aliner as a Hotel

When we bought the Aliner, a primary reason was to be able to take off quickly for a night or two away without much prep and without the clean-up that typically comes with camping. To do this, we took a look a how we may use this foldable room on wheels. We came up with three ways. The first is as a hotel.To use the Aliner as a hotel we made up one plastic storage container of essentials.

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“A” IS FOR ALINER

Columbia Northwest Aliner Classic

Well, we did it. We took a step towards organized camping by investing in a camper. After years of tent camping, we were reached a point where we wished we could go more often, but knew it was just not possible because it was just too much work. As two busy people with full-time jobs, a house, and just life in general, the process of cleaning-packing-camping-packing-cleaning-packing again, was just too much. We seemed to always have rain and when you have rain, you have to let things dry out, which can add another week of work before you can go back to life before camping. Continue reading ““A” IS FOR ALINER”

Campground Review: Shenango Recreation Area

Fall camping

We camped at Shenango Recreation Area in late September. Arriving on a Wednesday and planning on departing on Sunday, we weren’t even sure they were open when we arrived. No one was at the gate and after some fumbling around, we realized that it was the honor system until the weekend. We drove around and chose our spot (much of the park was closed and unavailable), then headed back to pay by sticking a check in an envelope and placing it in a lock box. The ranger did stop by later and check our site and the campground hosts were still there, so all was good.

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