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Camping Water Safety: Fishing, Boating and More

The most popular activity people participate in during camping trips is hiking, but polls indicate that many campers enjoy recreational activities involving water such as boating and fishing. Here are a few insightful stats from a 2015 outdoor recreation trends report.

About 87 percent of campers participate in other outdoor activities while camping.
Number of campers participating in water-related activities: Fishing: 18 percent, Kayaking: 14 percent, Canoeing: 11 percent, Boating: 6 percent, Rafting: 5 percent, Wakeboarding: 3 percent.
Boating participation has increased, […]

Edible Plants in the Wilderness

Perhaps you embarked on a solo backpacking trip and only have a few granola bars and water with you. Somehow you’ve veered off your planned route and now you are hopelessly lost. You are hungry and scared, but you did your homework and know that the wilderness has a potentially abundant supply of food that doesn’t require hunting animals. Here is a short guide to edible wild plants, including tips for finding them. It is paramount to know how […]

How to Use and Make Natural Antiseptics

If you are a Baby Boomer or older, you may fondly remember having bright red liquid lovingly applied to your skinned knees by your mom or the school nurse. Mercurochrome, generically called merbromin, was used frequently back then to clean superficial wounds. In 1998, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration declared that it was “not generally recognized as safe and effective” as an over-the-counter antiseptic and banned its sale across state lines. While this bright red medicine is still […]

Prairie Home Companion: Making Tonics and Tinctures

The words tonic and tincture may conjure up images of life on the prairie, circa 1800s. Indeed, both Native Americans and early settlers made their share of medicinal products to help cure a wide range of maladies. The holistic medicine and back-to-nature movements have created new generations of consumers who swear by DYI remedies. Let’s start by looking at the difference between a tonic and tincture, by definition.
Tonic: A preparation of herbs that increases and supports health and well-being. […]

The Versatile Orange: Starting a Campfire and Other Uses

Oranges as we know them today harken back to about 314 BC in Southeast Asia. In Western countries, oranges were considered primarily a dessert fruit prior to 1920. These fruits not only pack a healthy dose of vitamin C, but have other uses that don’t involve eating the tasty flesh or drinking the juice. Here are five intriguing non-dietary uses for oranges.
Starting campfires: Orange peels make good kindling, so after your family eats the oranges as a snack, keep […]

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12 Campfire Critters: Harmless or Harmful?

If you are going camping or having a picnic in your local forest preserve, chances are you will encounter some pesky critters who call these environments home. In some cases, getting stung by an insect puts you at risk of insect-borne diseases or simply an itchy, painful bite, but for 1-3 percent of the population, a sting or bite from several little bugs can prove deadly due to allergies.
Common Outdoor Bugs

Mosquitoes: These nasty bugs can not only make you […]

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U.S. Earthquake Facts – What You Need to Know

The 7.8 magnitude quake that ravaged part of Ecuador’s Pacific coast on April 16 injured about 12,500 people and more than 650 people lost their lives. The power of that earthquake is a stark reminder of the dangers in the U.S. posed by the San Andreas Fault and others … in fact, scientists are continually predicting when the “Big One” will hit.
A fault is a fracture or zone of fractures between two blocks of rock, which enables the blocks […]

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Healthy & Easy to Make Campfire Recipes

There are several methods for cooking over a campfire, from placing food on a long stick to fancy camp stoves or grills. It’s important to keep in mind that the flames should not be bright orange and yellow – what you are aiming for is a bed of hot coals with very low flames.
Perhaps you are going camping for the first time and the reference you have in mind is a bunch of cowboys eating cooked pork and beans […]

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Beyond S’Mores: Sweet Treats to Cook on the Campfire

Yes, it’s true that s’mores are the perfect campfire treat, and in fact, have been enjoyed by millions of campers since 1927. There are many variations, but basic s’mores consist of roasted marshmallows and chocolate between graham crackers. You don’t need to stick to the classic recipe – but marshmallows still are a key ingredient in many campfire treats because they are delicious when roasted. If you are looking for something a little more adventurous, try one of these […]

Enjoy a Great Camping Experience: A Brief Guide & Bucket List

If you love camping and are looking for the perfect campground, you might not have to travel outside your own state—or you could opt for a long road trip. Perhaps you have been wanting to visit one of the many beautiful national parks and your dream vacation is to camp under the stars. The National Recreation Reservation Service (NRRS) offers more than 45,000 facilities at over 1,700 locations that you can reserve, but make sure you do so well […]