Month: October 2017

Fiberglass or Polyethylene – Which Is Better for an Ice Box?

Cool boxes are certainly a convenient commodity to have when the weather is hot. Whether your ice chest is for keeping drinks cool or for ensuring foods such as meat and dairy products remain safe to eat, or even to prevent humidity building up within the delicate workings of expensive electronic gadgets, in the long run you are going to save money by using an ice box. Taking food and drink with you when you go out enables you to go further afield where fewer fast food chains flip burgers – in fact, you can take your own burgers in your cool box and flip your own for lunch.

A visit to the website of one Australian supplier has revealed the results of the tests they carried out under controlled conditions, showing that the ice boxes they tested would keep commercial party ice in a frozen condition from between 7 to 10 days in the four boxes they tested. Although this test wasn’t specifically designed to show whether fiberglass was more efficient than polyethylene or vice versa, one of the boxes tested was the 80 liter fiberglass box which was found to keep ice frozen until the end of the 10th day. The other ice boxes included in this test were plastic boxes around the same size.

Whether there is a large difference between fiberglass and polyethylene is debatable as the other cooler that kept ice frozen until the end of the 10th day was an 85 litre plastic polyethylene box. Meanwhile, the rest of the boxes kept the ice frozen until the end of the 7th day. This suggests that the efficiency might have more to do with the insulation than with the materials the box is manufactured from. There are certainly downsides to fiberglass ice chests, although benefits present themselves as well.

The most profound problem with fiberglass ice boxes is that they damage more easily than their polyethylene counterparts. Fiberglass is more brittle, making it more prone to crack, which may let water enter the insulation cavity. This will result in the box losing some of its insulating qualities. Another problem relating to reduced insulation is the lid which is often not constructed along the extra thick lines found in polyethylene lids. Having said that, however, fiberglass ice boxes are easier to clean and they look attractive. Many people would purchase a fiberglass cooler box for its appearance, as the gloss finish presents a smooth and aesthetic appeal which is often lacking in the polyethylene ice boxes.

Once you start looking for an ice box you will notice that, whether you look at modern polyethylene ice boxes or fiberglass ones, they are both attractively made. There is often a larger range of polyethylene boxes to choose from, with the fiberglass boxes usually available in a smaller range. Common sizes for fiberglass ice boxes are, 50 liters, 80 liters, and 110 liters. They are also available in a rectangular shape that is long enough to accommodate the length of those extra-long fish.

Modern boxes will usually keep ice frozen for up to 9 days. This is because insulation is paramount, with attention and detail given to the lid seal as well as to the quality of the latches, each of which are usually corrosion-proof and can be easily replaced. Another benefit found on many fiberglass ice boxes is the non-skid thermoplastic elastomer feet that have been designed to prevent the cool box from moving around. These elastomer feet have been designed so that they don’t mark the surface they are standing on. This is just another example of the modern cooler box manufacturer’s attention to detail.

Source by Alan Rich

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Some Examples Of Outdoor Camping Equipment

It is important to have the right outdoor camping equipment. People put together camping lists, so they are prepared, and have the best time camping. This is a good idea, because if you don’t plan your trip right, you are going to end up miserable and may have to cut your adventure short. This also means not only remembering things like flashlights and your first aid kit, but also preparing for the unexpected. It means having a warm sleeping bag, one that is rated for the climate you are going into. Camping in the mountains, while it may be warm when you get there, can get down right cold at night. Some higher elevations can get down into freezing levels, and having a sleeping bag that is not rated for these temperatures can mean waking up in the middle of the night cold and miserable.

When putting together camping lists, another important piece of outdoor camping equipment is the right tent. Don’t be fooled by cheap tents. These may be inexpensive, but you will regret buying them when you get rained on, have problems with the floors, and end up ripping zippers opening and closing them. You want to buy a quality tent, one that is at least fifty dollars or more, depending on the size. Here is another area where it is kind of tricky. Every tent will say how many people will fit in it, but this is just a rough guideline. If you look at the box, it will usually show the people so close to one another that they are touching. This is not the way it is in real life. You have to take into consideration your girlfriend or spouse, as well as the kids if you have a family. There needs to be space to move around. You also have to consider your gear, clothes, and other things that you want to protect from the weather. This means that if you are camping by yourself, you need at least a two man tent. If you are camping with your wife, then a four person tent is needed. If you have kids, then you may want to consider a modular tent, with separate areas for the kids, equipment, and yourselves.

Next on your camping lists should be your ice chest or cooler. If you are looking for this outdoor camping equipment, then you really have to look around. Look for coolers with double walled construction, that have secure lids and comfortable grip handles. Think about how many days you are planning to be out, you are going to need dinner meals, milk for breakfast, as well as lunch meat and condiments. This also doesn’t include any soft drinks or water. A thirty six quart chest is a good start for those short overnight or week end trips, but if you plan on staying out longer, nothing beats a fifty four quart or large chest. Just a couple of tips for ice chests. One of them is to remember to pack the ice chest where the last night’s food is on the very bottom, with the first days on the top. Some chests come with convenient tray inserts, and these are a good idea for keeping lunch meat and cheese up out of the water. It is also a good idea to buy dry ice along with regular ice. Put you last days meal on the bottom, layer of ice and dry ice, food, ice, etc. this will ensure that your last meals stays cold.

These are just a few examples of the right outdoor camping equipment. Make sure your camping lists also include things like extra batteries, a few extra pairs of warm socks, etc.

Source by Nicole Roberts

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Camping With the Elderly – Pointers to Remember

Camping is not only for young people. Even the elderly will surely enjoy going on this kind of vacation that will surround them with the beauty of nature and give them a relaxing quiet time. If your whole family is planning a camping trip anytime soon and you want to bring grandma or grandpa along, be sure to heed these practical pointers to ensure that the trip will be a success.

Plan Ahead

Proper planning and preparation are essential for any camping trip, more so if you are bringing elderly persons with you. For one, it would be smart to choose a location that is nearby. This way, you do not have to travel far to get to the campground. Select a campground that offers amenities that would make your stay more convenient and comfortable. Older people do not do well in long travels. Also, be prepared for unexpected scenarios like bad weather. Bring rain gear to protect everyone from catching a cold due to the rain.

Prepare Comfortable Sleeping Arrangements

While it is all right for you and the kids to sleep on the hard ground, the same setup may not be all right for an elderly, especially one who is suffering from health problems like arthritis and or one who has special needs. It would be a great idea to bring an outdoor air mattress. Air mattresses can ensure comfortable sleep and help prevent muscle and back pains.

Enlist the Help of a Caregiver

It would also be great if you can enlist the help of a professional caregiver during the camping trip so that grandma or grandpa will have company while you go on to do activities that they won’t be able to do like hiking, skiing, trekking, and so on. Aside from this, the caregiver can take care of all the elderly person’s needs from medications to nature calls so you do not have anything to worry about anymore.

Go RV Camping

Instead of going tent camping, it would be better to go to this trip in your RV. An RV offers more comfort and convenience. Not only that, there are many RV campgrounds all over the country that offer practical amenities to make your stay more worthwhile. Choose one that is located near your home and one that offers affordable rates.

Do not Rough it Too Much

When planning for activities to do during the trip, be sure to consider the fact that you have an elderly person with you. Even though you are not expecting grandpa to join you in the hiking adventure or grandma to partake in the fishing trip, you should still consider their needs. You cannot be gone for too long even if there is a caregiver watching over him or her.

Most of all, be patient. Bringing elderly people to your camping trip would mean extra work, effort, and preparation on your part. But once you see the delight on their faces when they see how beautiful the surroundings are, all your efforts will be worth it.

Source by D Coleman

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Your New Portable Kitchen – 12 Volt Travel Appliances

Now it’s easier than ever to prepare a fresh hot healthy meal in your car, truck, RV or anywhere you can find a 12V power source.

Folks have been using their 12 volt coolers as portable refrigerators for quite some time. There are many factors to consider when choosing a cooler/warmer that’s right for you. I say cooler/warmer because many 12 volt coolers can also keep stuff warm. The most common use has been mentioned, a portable refrigerator. Many of these coolers are intended to stand on end just like a real refrigerator and are capable of cooling up to 40 degrees below the ambient temperature. This means that you can be comfortable in your vehicle and not have to worry that your food might spoil. There are many sizes and styles available to choose from. You may also be considering a 12 volt rechargeable cooler. That’s a great choice for those who enjoy a day picnic or hiking trip. You may decide to purchase an AC to DC converter so that you may charge your cooler over the night before your trip in your house. Charging can take up to 5 hours depending on the model of cooler you choose.

I can’t start my day without a fresh hot cup of coffee and I do not like instant. Yuk! I’m a die hard perker so when I take a trip I’m sure to have my 12 volt coffee maker with me. There’s nothing to it. Just like a normal coffee maker in your kitchen, add water and coffee grounds and turn it on. These coffee makers plug directly into your 12 volt cigar lighter socket. There are many 12 volt coffee makers to choose from. I do not recommend using your coffee maker while operating your vehicle or while in a vehicle that’s in motion. Full hot pots of coffee at high speeds is never a great idea.

Are you a fresh fruit and vegetable drink fanatic? This can be just as rewarding as a big breakfast and a strong cup of coffee. Not the breakfast type? A power lunch might be on your menu once you begin looking at 12 volt blenders. Great for all of your common blender uses when preparing a meal or snack, the 12 volt blender is a great addition to your mobile kitchen. While you may not get the super fine juicing results of a real fruit/veggie juicer it is the next best thing. Home juicer owners may consider a 12V DC to 110V AC power inverter to opperate your juicer while traveling.

What’s next? Ahhh yes, time to cook up some of that great food you have been keeping cool in your 12 volt cooler. Once again there are many options and many factors to consider when choosing the 12 volt cooking accessories that are right for you. There are 12 volt frying pans w/lid, 12 volt sauce/popcorn pans w/lid, 12 volt stoves, 12 volt ovens and 12 volt slow cookers. There are even aluminum pans made just for use with the 12 volt ovens.

There are many 12 volt cigar lighter socket multipliers/multiplexers to choose from so you can have a socket for every one of your 12 volt kitchen items. Something that many people don’t think about or maybe they just don’t know about is power supply and safety. If you aren’t careful when hooking up all of your 12 volt stuff you could very well end up with a big problem. You must take into consideration the power requirements of each item you intend to power up. Most vehicle wiring is only rated for 20-30 amps. What does this mean for you? Well if you plug a few things in and blow a fuse when you turn them on you need more power. Installing a larger fuse may work but it may also help you to create a vehicle fire. You must ensure that the wire leading to and from the fuse can handle the power you will now be putting through it.

12 volt power recommendations. This is just a brief description about installing more 12 volt power options in your car, truck or RV. Some mechanical skills are required to perform this work. You should install a new 12 volt outlet for each appliance or device you intend to operate. This is a very simple task for most truckers and car travelers, RVs are just as easy but running your new wire may be a bit more time consuming. If you plan to install several new 12 volt power outlets in the same general area you may consider picking up a small automotive fuse block. In most cases running (from your vehicles positive battery terminal) a length of 8 gauge power wire. A car amplifier installation kit is a great way to pick up the desired 8 gauge wire. Do not connect the wire to the battery until EVERYTHING else is done. Run your new wire from the battery compartment to the area where you will install your new fuse block. Once your fuse block is all wired up and your new 12 volt sockets are installed and properly connected to your fuse block you can hook up your new power wire to your vehicle battery.

Source by JJ Martin

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Christmas – Unique Celebrations & Traditions in Alaska, Africa & Australia!

Christmas is a celebrated event in many countries world-wide. Here are three countries, Alaska, Africa and Australia all located in vastly different regions of the world and each has their own unique traditions and celebrations. Here are some of their fascinating traditions and celebrations.

Alaska – “Carrying the Star” is a traditional Christmas procession. Young and old carry elaborately decorated tinsel trimmed wheels with eight points, usually as big as umbrellas. They are highlighted with a centre picture of either an angel or the nativity scene. They are carried for three nights from January 7th over icy snow topped roads. The stars represent the angels who announced the birth of Christ. Families lovingly maintain the stars. Some are more than a hundred years old!

Africa – There are approximately 350 million Christians in Africa who celebrate Christmas. Emphasis is more on the religious celebrations of Christ’s birth rather than gift giving. Although the most common gift (if nothing else) is new clothes which will be worn to the church service. People in many countries of Africa such as Central African Republic (CAR), Uganda, Kenya and the Democratic Republic of Congo believe it is an absolute must to attend church on Christmas day, even if they never attend the rest of the year. An annual Christmas pageant as well as groups of carolers singing Christmas carols within villages is now part of the festivities.

Churches in Africa start intense preparations for Christmas many months prior. Nobody escapes the yuletide feeling as it has been said that it feels like the whole country is preparing for the birth of the baby Jesus with so much joyful and active community preparation taking place! The streets are alive with music as well as on the radio, television and just about where ever you look! People joyously visit their friends and relatives in the spirit of community celebration regardless of religious persuasion. It is usual to see brightly colored and decorated trucks, cars and buses as well as homes, schools, churches and neighborhoods often boasting creative festive displays made with colored crepe papers. Colorful and alive with joyous celebration is Africa! Ancient and spectacular masquerades locally called “Agugu” now play a major part in Christmas celebrations. Usually held after the Christmas Eve service is a joyous procession of dance and music through the streets lead by local bands with dancing masqueraders (usually young boys dressed in fancy and colorful costumes) and Christmas revelers. People parade with large intricately made lanterns called “fanals” usually in the shape of houses or boats.

In Ghana Christmas dinner is not complete without fufu (a thick dough like food) and okra soup and in Liberia rice, beef and biscuits are the order of the day. Zimbabwean’s make sure there’s plenty of bread, jam and tea to eat with their prized goat meat which is their traditional Christmas roast. On the west coast of Africa most homes have an oil palm for a Christmas tree.

Austria – St Nicholas is widely honored and appears on his feast day December 6th. In Austria this is a holiday separate from Christmas. He appears in his traditional dress of flowing robe and tall Bishop’s miter carrying a shepherd’s staff and a thick book. It is believed the good and bad deeds of children are recorded in his book! It was once tradition to hold an elaborate Christmas Eve ceremony where St Nicholas and the feared Ruprecht (demonic creature, who wears a hide, has glowing eyes and a long red tongue) both appear on Christmas Eve. Children gather together and sing a hymn to welcome the Saint. Then one by one the children join the Saint at a family table where he checks their lesson books then asks them to repeat a prayer he says. This ends with the children kissing his Bishops ring while he tells them to go place their shoes outside then look at them when the clock strikes ten! Ruprecht stands over the door watching the childrens every move! Before St Nicholas leaves he blesses the children as he sprinkles them with holy water then quietly and swiftly departs. The children with great excitement then hurriedly run to place their shoes outside their homes. At the stroke of ten children run outside to find their shoes filled with treats of apples and nuts!

Austria is a predominantly Catholic country renowned as the land of the sound of music and home of Mozart, Strauss and Schubert. Included in Christmas celebrations is the “Advent Concert Series” in Innsbruck. It features groups of family singers and instrumentalists similar to the famous “Trapp Family” from “The Sound of Music”. Another famous Christmas festivity is in Salzburg where the hottest ticket for the season is for the “Salburger Adventsingen”. It is a program of advent music and folk lore which began more than half a century ago. They get more than a 100,000 requests each year for the prized 30,000 tickets available for admission. The fish carp is served for the traditional Christmas dinner.

Austria is famous for its miniature crèche figures. Nearly all families have a crèche with miniature figures of the holy family and often a few animals are included. Many creches are hundreds of years old, treasured heirlooms handed down from one generation to the next!

Austria’s Epiphany celebrations – boys and Girls on the day of the Epiphany (which remembers the Three Wise Men from the east who were looking for the newly born Jesus) dress in oriental costumes and sing traditional songs. They move from house to house receiving small gifts including gifts of money. They carry a lantern referred to as the “lighted star of Bethlehem” to guide them on their way. It is popular to see people chalk the initials of the wise men “CMB” (Casper, Melchior, Balthasar) on the transoms of their doorways!

Austria’s fun Krampus Day tradition – in Salzburg December 5th is known as Krampus Day. Krampus is believed to be an evil spirit. He is usually clad in frightening fur, wearing deer horns, a mask with a long red tongue and bulging red eyes and carries a birchwood rod. He storms down the street with a loud racket using huge cowbells and rattling chains as he shouts menacingly at the onlookers. Thousands, including many children crowd the streets to watch the medieval event. With much laughter and merry making, whenever children and adults see Krampus, they throw snow balls at this menacing figure. In the city each year a “Krampus Run” is held with fun and much teasing, poking and laughter. It is said that the purpose of Krampus is to remind children to be good!

In recent times in some communities the Krampus actors have to wear a number so they can be identified under their masks in case they loose control. It has been known for some to get carried away after downing a few too many schnapps or beers. A prominent Austrian child psychiatrist has been arguing for a ban on Krampus. He suggests he’s “a jolly old fright” for children. However there have been few known cases of “Krampus trauma”!

Australia – Christmas falls in the middle of summer and the heat can be more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit. It is common for people to hold out-door barbecues for the main Christmas feast and often parks and beaches are alive with family feasting taking place. It is not uncommon to see thongs, shorts, a beer in hand and a Santa hat on the head chef (usually the father in a family) at the Christmas day BBQ which is almost always followed by Australia’s best loved desert “Pavlova”. It is as light and delicate as Anna Pavlova the famous Russian ballerina for which it is named after.

Australian Carols by Candlelight – an Australian Christmas Eve carol service started in 1937 by radio announcer Norman Banks. Famous performers gather to sing at “Carols by Candlelight” held in Melbourne each year. A hugely popular annual event televised throughout the nation. Carols are performed on a stage to a huge audience where thousands attend outdoors holding lit candles.

Beach visits Christmas Day in Australia – up to 40,000 people visit Bondi Beach in Sydney on Christmas day! It is the middle of summer in Australia and with soaring heat levels beach barbecue lunches and swimming is popular while waiting for Santa to arrive on a boat on Christmas day!

Source by Bernadette Dimitrov

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Camping – The Cure For Everything

I’m willing to bet that your camping experience is only as good as your tent is. Think about it. If you have a tent that leaks and you wake up with everything in the tent all wet from the rain—-then, most likely, you will not enjoy camping out. So, this article will let you in on some helpful hints about tents and camping. Though this article was written in 2005, this is the current update in 2015.

Back to Nature:

Camping is about one of the least expensive vacations that you can take –no matter where you live. And it can do, for you, something that hardly any other vacation can do for you and for your family It brings you back to nature, and lets you experience peace in your very present moment. That is camping. If you choose a state park or state forest as your camping location, you will see nature like you have never seen it before. You might see raccoons, all sorts of birds and little animals, chipmunks, rabbits and more. If you are not careful you might have your first bear experience and hopefully, you will come out of it okay. But you will, without a doubt be as close to nature as you ever will be.

There are different brand names for tents and different types of tents. Everyone has their own preferences.

First, I have to say, my happiest and best camping days have been while using a Eureka tent. They are just made with the camper in mind. Does your tent have a nice screen window with a plastic flap –for rain? If you choose your tent correctly, you will have an awesome camping experience. A large part of joy in camping is having fun setting up the tent. If you do not enjoy setting your tent up–you simply have the wrong kind of tent. You may have spent just a few dollars for your tent, you might have gotten a bargain but you will know your value as you take it out and set it up. I say this from experience, and from having put up all sorts of tents from solo tents, backpacking tents, individual tents, even family tents. Yes, I have put up a family-size tent, myself–with no assistance, and had fun doing it. And just one company makes this possible. Eureka! I absolutely love the Tetragon series of Eureka tents. You cannot go wrong with this tent. The Tetragon 9 is a beautiful tent that has side windows that are net. And the fly of the tent has plastic inserts that cover the side windows in case of rain. The beauty of a tent is being able to look outdoors from the inside and still be able to be dry in a downpour. Ahh, that special beauty of seeing the forest or the park through your tent windows as the rain is pouring down outside. That is Eureka! It is just a convenient, joyful, easy-to-assemble tent. The best Eureka was Eureka Tetragon 9 but the 8 is the one that is still available. If this is your very first camping experience, I suggest that you find someone to camp out with. Sharing an experience with someone does making camping out–more fun, and sometimes, easier.

Weather Decides Which Tent You Need:

When trying to decide which tent to purchase, the camper needs to first know where he will camp out, the time he will camp out, and the weather circumstances, and a few other things. For beginners, if you do not want to spend a few extra dollars buying a Eureka tent, you can opt for the cheaper versions of small tents just to see how you like camping. Try any tent. But I guarantee you, if you want an awesome experience, even as a beginner, you might do better with a Eureka. Here is an idea, instead of spending big bucks on an expensive tent of some other name, check out eBay or some other used-items stores and purchase your tent used instead of new. This way you can afford Eureka for your first tent and then you can upgrade later if you really insist on having a brand new tent.

Beginners’ Tents:

During my experimentation with many different kinds of tents, I’ve found that the best beginners’ tent is a very inexpensive one that is usually available, in season, at Target stores.The tent is called the Expedition Trail Authority tent. If you purchase this tent ‘off- season” you can pick it up for under nineteen dollars.The tent area on the floor is seven feet by seven feet, so that’s plenty space for one or two people.This tent is easily set up. You don’t need two people to set it up because the tent center height is at a reasonable height. All you do is assemble the shock-corded poles and install them. Stake your tent down. Add the tent fly, and you are ready to go. When using this tent, I use an inexpensive waterproof tarp under the tent, and another inexpensive waterproof tarp over the tent. Now, I’m set for all kinds of weather camping.

Leave Large Family Tents Home:

I’ve found that if you want to have a pleasant, non-working camping experience, you’ll need to leave the large tents and the family tents back at the house or in the garage. Those larger tents, though they afford more room and more center height, are not fun to put together. And, on a windy day, they are almost impossible for one person to put them together. So, the smaller you go, the better you’ll feel and the best and most carefree camping experience you’ll have. Use two or three smaller tents for the family and you will all have more fun and much nicer trip.

RAIN? Keep Your Camping Reservation:

Here is another camping tip. Never cancel a camping trip just because you hear that it will rain. The weather will probably be fine for at least some of your trip days. So keep your planned trip. Camp in all kinds of weather if you are physically able to do so. You will love the experience. The rain will always stop, and even if it does not, you will learn what camping is really all about. Camping is about bringing yourself out into nature and living there for a short while. You live there with what nature provides, and you take it all, sunshine, rain, storms and whatever other kind of weather happens. You go camping! The great thing about camping is that this is probably the one place that you can safely “do nothing”, and really enjoy doing that. Just sit outside the tent and take in all the birds, trees and nature all around you. Check out Hither Hills State Park if you like camping at the ocean. This is the most awesome place for going to sleep and waking up with the tide rushing. And this comes from one who does not know how to swim. I loved staying there for the night. Do you want the best tents? Here is what to do. Never buy online. First go to a store like REI or EMS and see the tents that they have in stock. This will give you a better idea, on which tent is best for you. Just a note, if you do camp at Hither Hills, bring Ziplocs with you. Put all your money or fragile items, like iPods etc, inside plastic bags and then put the plastic bags inside a beach bucket. This way everything will be dry in the morning. Just one last note, you need to register at least nine months in advance if you want to camp out at Hither Hills during a weekend or holiday time. What is your own camping experience? Leave a note Seriously, if you want to experience Heaven right here on earth, the way to go is to visit the Hither Hills State Park in New York State, USA.

Article update 2015. Original article 2005:

Source by Linda A. Perry

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The 10 Most Stupid Camping Mistakes In The World

What a great thing it is to be man, master of all we survey.

With the new camping season upon us today is just taking some time to reflect on some of the stupidest camping mistakes we have made and which we have heard about. If you would like to share some of your stories for our next book please email us from the web link below.

Remember, these are all actual things we have either done or seen done, they are not urban myths, which just goes to show how even the simple things in life like camping can be eye opening…

1. It is raining or windy outside so let’s start the fire inside the tent.

2. Pitching the tent or swag in a “dry” creek/river/gully bed with a storm coming.

3. Setting up camp below the high water mark on an ocean tidal riverbank. (That actually was pretty funny to wake up with waves washing through the swag).

4. Testing the pan toffee (liquid molten hot boiling sugar in a pan over an open fire, usually eaten AFTER it cools down and hardens) with a finger (I still can’t believe he did that) and the very next day putting an unopened can of baked beans in the fire to warm them up… Mental Note never go camping with this guy ever again.

5. Driving away from the campsite to get some supplies with the tent still set up and roped to the car.

6. Watching with no concern the kids go swimming at dusk, with dogs, in an ocean inlet next to where fishermen are cleaning fish and where signs are posted saying “beware shark infested waters” (When we told the local Police they just shook their head at the stupidity).

7. Leaving dinner meat out to defrost inside a tent in bear/crocodile country and expecting the animal to not tear the tent to pieces trying to get at the meat. At least it was in a plastic bag so the flies wouldn’t get at it.

8. Camping near the edge of a cliff, getting up in the middle of the night to go to the toilet, tripping over the tent rope and over the edge of the cliff.

9. Doing the dinner washing up in crocodile infested waters. Have these people no idea how fast those things are? They can drag grown horses into the water. Oh yeah and then that night going swimming in the same river. They must have had some serious angels watching over them.

10. Using petrol or gasoline to get that stubborn fire moving along nicely in wet weather. I knew it was stupid but thought I would be able to step back quick enough, gee that fireball moves fast!

I know we said 10 but can’t go past these last two…

11. trying to hand feed (take your pick we have heard them all) that cute looking possum, baby bear, fox, fruit bat. The claws people, what do you think the claws are for?

12. Too tired at the end of the camping birthday party to clean up the leftover food and woke up in the middle of the night to find every possum within about 30 miles having a fight over the leftover chocolate birthday cake. But wait here is the good bit, when I went outside (in my undies) with a broom to chase them away they ran at me, actually ran at me and tried to bite/attack/slash me!

I had gone from a warm cosy bed to being attacked by possums in my undies in the middle of the night, all to save some chocolate birthday cake.

On that note hope you had a good laugh and hope none of these things ever happen to you.

Another time we will post an article on some of the fishing misadventures we have had and seen and heard about. Please let us know your favourite stories for the new book…

Source by Steve Henry

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Camping – Best Way to Spend Your Vacation

It is hard to argue with fact that camping is one of the most popular recreational activity in the world. Whether it involves families, friends, couples or youths, everyone just loves a good camping outdoors. Connecting with nature is always considered to be one of the most fun ways to spend a vacation. Why spend your vacation in overpriced hotels when you can enjoy your time with your companions outdoors where it is closer to mother nature. Camping appeals to the inner subconscious of us human’s desire to connect with nature. The wilderness, trees, plants, wildlife, fresh air, humans in general find all of the above pleasant. There are many reasons why camping is very popular. It is because of the many benefits and advantages that camping brings.

Outdoor camping is a highly recommended way to spend time together with people who are dearest to you. Whether it is with your family or special someone, the times that you will be spending together outdoors will surely give all of you memories that you will all never forget. There are times that we always too preoccupied with something may it be work or school, so we don’t get to spend time with our loved one as much as we want to. So you want to make it up to them? Outdoor camping is the perfect answer in this sort of situation. Why? If you are camping, you will have no access to computers, cell phones or a television so it just your group and mother nature. So that means no more distractions and you got each other’s undivided attention.

Camping is also a great way to relieve your stress. If you are working long hours and are always tired then it is highly likely that you are stressed out. Relieve your stress by bonding with mother nature. Instead of breathing the usual polluted air of the city, by camping outdoors you will get to breathe cool and fresh air. And instead of filing an endless amount of paperwork or being in front of the computer the whole day, you get to enjoy activities like outdoor barbecue, fishing, swimming and other fun activities that could take your mind off work. Camping will surely have a positive effect on your stressed mind and body.

Going camping is also a very cheap way to spend your vacation. You do not have to spend ridiculous amount of money in plane tickets, hotel accommodations, land transportation, food and so on. It is indeed affordable but it doesn’t mean that you will have a shortage in terms of fun. Frolicking with nature is just as fun as any other expensive activities. In this case you only have to spend for your camping gear which you can still use in your subsequent trips.

When camping, you have to be sure that you address the issue of safety. So see to it that you are well prepared for the trip which means bringing things like a first aid kits just in case. So with your next incoming vacation, why don’t you consider going on a camping trip?

Source by Wanda Walker

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