Review: Glamping with Mary Jane

Glamping with Mary Jane by Mary Jane Butters Buy it here! This article contains affiliate links. Glamping with Mary Jane, the fun and sassy guide to girl glamping covers everything from trailer glamping to tent glamping and all things glamping in between.  This is a big, beautiful hardback that reads and feels like a combination scrapbook magazine and Mary Jane’s stunning rustic style shines throughout, … Continue reading Review: Glamping with Mary Jane

Basic Camping Terms

This article contains affiliate links. Attractant: Anything that can attract wildlife is considered an attractant. Hunters use urine and other animal scents to attract prey. Food, perfumes, scented bath products, and waste can also attract wild animals. Backcountry:  Backcountry areas are primitive and undeveloped portions of parks and wilderness areas.  Backcountry areas are generally remote and difficult to access. Backcountry camping:  Camping in a backcountry … Continue reading Basic Camping Terms

Campground Kitchen Basics

This article contains affiliate links. Keep It Simple! Unless you’re cooking a feast or a holiday dinner or plan to do nothing but sit around your campsite all day and eat, keep it as simple as possible.  The purpose of your campground kitchen is to sustain and support your camping activities, NOT consume your time and energy. Apply this concept to your planning and packing.  … Continue reading Campground Kitchen Basics

My Top 10 Camping Apps

1. Google Maps Free Android, iOS, Windows Google Maps has always been my go to navigation app since it replaced the archaic art form of printing out directions from Map Quest.  Google Maps is always my guide even if it’s a frequented route to a favorite destination, as its fairly reliable for keeping up-to-date with traffic delays and road closures.  2. Reserve America Free Android … Continue reading My Top 10 Camping Apps

Car Camping 101: Camping Etiquette

By following these guidelines, we ensure that our experience does not impose upon others or the natural habitat in which we are not only guests of, but caretakers. Rule No. 1 Leave No Trace Leave No Trace Ethics is a simple concept.  Leave absolutely no trace of your visit. Leave your campsite exactly as you found it, only cleaner.  Your family is just one of … Continue reading Car Camping 101: Camping Etiquette

Car Camping 101: Basic Concepts

What is Car Camping? Car camping is the act of loading a tent and other various gear into your vehicle then driving to a campground with the intention of spending a night, weekend, or even a week or more at a campsite where you park your vehicle and have access to various amenities and activities.   Unlike wilderness and backpack camping, car camping gives you the … Continue reading Car Camping 101: Basic Concepts

Tent Basics

This article contains affiliate links. Choosing the right tent can seem like a daunting task.  Over think it and your find yourself faced with five million options, but if you pick up the first impulse purchase, you could find yourself stuck with something that doesn’t meet your needs.  Tents have provided shelter for the human race since 10,000 years BCE.  So, it should come as … Continue reading Tent Basics

The Ultimate Car Camping Checklist

This list is intended as a guideline. Use it to create your own list. Each item will not be needed by every person. This article contains affiliate links. Gear Tools: Pliers, screwdrivers, Scissors Extra tent stakes Rubber mallet Claw Hammer Duct Tape Camp Hatchet Bungee Straps Pliers Screwdriver Set Bicycle Pump Tarps/Groundcloth Camp Chairs Headlamp Firewood: including kindling and tinder (Tinder: The smallest element to … Continue reading The Ultimate Car Camping Checklist

Canine Camping 101: Should I Take My Dog Camping?

To witness our dogs enjoy the great outdoors enriches our own experience. Exactly when and how the domestication of dogs occurred is a question of much debate.  Sometime around 20,000 and 40,000 years ago, either man chose to domesticate the dog or the dog chose to domesticate man.  One thing we do know for is for certain, it happened during a period when humans were still … Continue reading Canine Camping 101: Should I Take My Dog Camping?

McCormick’s Creek 2020

In the beginning of November, a brief but blistering Indian Summer hit and we were fortunate enough to be able to spend it at McCormick’s Creek State Park.    Our fist hike was to see the freshly restored fire tower which had been closed for renovation during our last visit.  We parked at the Canyon Inn and started at the end of Trail 4, making … Continue reading McCormick’s Creek 2020