How to Store Your Camping Gear

Properly storing your outdoor sporting equipment helps you keep it in tip-top condition so that it’s always ready for your next adventure. Sporting gear can represent a substantial financial investment, so it’s essential to protect it and support its longevity with appropriate care. Moreover, carefully maintaining your outdoor sports gear will ensure that it functionsContinue reading “How to Store Your Camping Gear”

Sequoia forest & National park

Starting at the southern entrance into the Sequoia we settled to quick camp along the Kern river for the weekend. Camp sites and portable bathrooms were made available all along the river. Some sites were closed but a lot were open. That was a surprise in comparison to what California had open the last timeContinue reading “Sequoia forest & National park”

Arizona & Las Vegas

After finishing up our time in southern Utah, we traveled through Arizona to check out the Grand Canyon. It wasn’t nearly as impressive as I thought it would be especially after already visiting Bryce Canyon and Zion national park! The place wasn’t as crowded as I assume it typically would be during the busy seasonContinue reading “Arizona & Las Vegas”

Moqui Cavern

I had originally confused the Moqui cavern with the Moqui cave which is just right up the road. While looking online I had seen pictures of the cavern on the Moqui cave page so we ended up going to the cave which requires a fee to get in and look around. The cave was notContinue reading “Moqui Cavern”

Yucca plant soap

You may have seen the Yucca plant somewhere at some point in your life. People confuse the two. Yucca, (not to be confused with the Yuca plant) which has only one “C”, is an ornamental plant. It’s pronounced (ya•kah). You can not eat this except for the flowers. The Yuca plant with one “C” isContinue reading “Yucca plant soap”

Crater Lake

We traveled to an unbelievable sight in Crescent, Oregon a few months ago. The Crater lake was formed from a 12,000 foot tall volcano called Mt. Mazama 7,700 years ago. When this volcano erupted, it eventually collapsed creating a 2,000 foot deep crater. As the snow melted over a course of seven millenia, it filledContinue reading “Crater Lake”

Leeds, Utah

Last month we settled into a nice little spot in the Dixie national forest in Leeds, Utah. We had visited the same spot before about 2 weeks prior but decided not to setup camp there because it seemed crowded and too close to the main road. At second glance about, we changed our minds andContinue reading “Leeds, Utah”

Foraging for edible mushrooms

History Mushrooms come in all shapes, colors and sizes and can be found everywhere in all parts of the world. Mushrooms are considered a vegetable but some are actually classified as fungi. People have been consuming mushrooms for ages. The first evidence that mushrooms were used as human food in prehistoric Europe is the recentContinue reading “Foraging for edible mushrooms”

Northern California

From snow to desert. Dry to wet. From no humidity to 100% humidity. From brown to green and everywhere in between. These last few months it seems as though we have experienced every type of weather there is to be seen! Our next stop brings us to Northern California by the Redwood forest. We leftContinue reading “Northern California”

Plumas national forest

It’s been a while since my last post, I know and I’m sorry. We’ve been traveling a lot trying to find a spot to land and I haven’t quite had a chance to catch my breath. Our cat Jackson is quite the traveler. He sits calmly in his kennel until we get to a campsiteContinue reading “Plumas national forest”

Arizona hot springs

Me and the kids went on a 5.9 mile hike to get to these amazing hot springs. The terrain was considered strenuous according to the website and it was! I can’t believe my just turned 3 year old held up with NO nap and walked there and back without being carried! There were not anyContinue reading “Arizona hot springs”

How to find wood to burn

I just love the crystal clear turquoise colored waters here and the huge rocks encompassing the shoreline makes for a gorgeous scenery. Mice had discovered our wood pile and was preparing to build some kind of… I don’t know what.. and they left this behind. I realized that this is the best kindling you couldContinue reading “How to find wood to burn”

Winter camping- the best time to camp

I used to be one of those people who only camped during the summer just like everyone else. I’d fight off the mosquitos, blister in the unforgiving sun, and constantly replace the ice for my coolers. I hardly had any energy to do the things I planned on doing during our trip. Trying to findContinue reading “Winter camping- the best time to camp”

How to keep warm in a tent

When we woke up this morning is was 2 degrees out! The wood burning stove we have gets hot fast but doesn’t maintain heat for very long. Someone had to get up throughout the night and keep adding wood. I had brought all my plants in the night before. They have been through so much.Continue reading “How to keep warm in a tent”

How to “read” Nature for survival

The soothing sound of a gentle stream running through the parted earth, the crashing ocean waves rolling to greet the sandy shore, squirrels shuffling through the dry crunchy leaves, the wind picking up and gusting though the trees as the crimson leaves shake, feathered friends singing their complex array of tunes, a bumble bee buzzingContinue reading “How to “read” Nature for survival”

Bucket showers

Most people don’t realize just how little water is needed to shower. I can get me and little one showered with just one 5-gal bucket with some to spare! Did you know the average person uses 20- gallons of water for a just a 10-minute shower? I fill the bucket up and heat half ofContinue reading “Bucket showers”

Pine sap- miracle medicine

After the first couple weeks of being here, we realized we were positioned on a popular trail that led to a beautiful lake. There was one man in particular that all of my kids took to especially my youngest. His name was Larry. He was a vet and had lived here all of his life.Continue reading “Pine sap- miracle medicine”

The beehive state-Utah

By the time we finally made it to Utah we were all pretty exhausted. I desperately needed a shower and my plants were showing stress from the frequent elevation change. No one told me that nose bleeds were common with high elevation. I started freaking out the first time one of the kids nose bled.Continue reading “The beehive state-Utah”

Passing through Colorado

We had been driving for a long time and had ended up in Pike and San Isabel National Forest in Colorado so we camped amongst the aspen trees. We still had a ways to go before we reached our destination. On the road again. The mountains were enormous and beautiful. They made you feel smallContinue reading “Passing through Colorado”

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