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A brief guide to flashlights & lanterns for camping

Adventure_Photo Anyone who's been camping knows how dark it gets out there at night; I have been to some campsites that I can hardly see my hand in front of my eyes. Lighting is an essential when out camping. I have been camping for over 26 years and have found that everyone should have their own flashlight and a lantern or two for the campsite itself. Nothing worse than tripping over a piece of wood for the fire and falling when you can't see a thing. I always have two or more flashlights…

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Camping amid nature around Pooler & Savannah, Georgia

Escaping into nature provides a series of family-friendly activities that help children to develop important skills that they will be able to use for the rest of their lives. And living in a region that makes it easy to explore wooded areas gives families the opportunity to visit remote places, campsites and recreational parks. These places are essential for kids, especially in the age of technology, as we humans tend to distance ourselves from nature, often overlooking the role that Mother…

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The best ways to purify water while camping

When you're backcountry camping in the woods away from the amenities and utilities of commercial camping resorts, food and water are both critical, of course, but you can survive longer without the former than without the latter, so after shelter, water may be the single most important factor on your outing. And if you're not carrying a sufficient amount with you (which for multiple days may get quite heavy and unwieldy to manage), you will need to purify the water you will find there. Water…

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7 gorgeous glamping destinations

How beautiful to imagine yourself in a camp locates in a glorious camp surrounded by beautiful environs. Singing and romancing on cold nights sitting around the fireside, staring on the stars in silent surroundings listening to the sounds of little creatures, basking on the lavish mattress, all that makes you dream to discover what camping in the glorious destinations of the world means. Morocco was the first place where I got the idea to experience the difference of international "glamping" -…

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    D. Manuel Gonçalves Cerejeira, after a trip to Christ Redentor in Rio de Janeiro (Brasil) in 1934 though on his construction, but only in 1949 started and ended in 1959, has a sign of gratitude to absence of Portugal in World War II . More information on Christ the King , clicking here .

     

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    Apr. 23, 2009 Camping for the Hotel Set, by Kate Pickert

    You get the city people who don't know how to make s'mores. Then there are the overconfident ones who think they can sleep soundly on the bare ground like Clint Eastwood. And let's not forget the twitchy types who are certain they will be eaten by bears. This is the world of first-time campers.

    Dave Sayler, a camping specialist at the Seattle flagship store of REI, one of the country's largest outdoor-gear companies, has fielded all manner of ridiculous questions from rookies. "I try to keep a straight face," he says. "I've been asked if a tent will keep bears out." (For the record, the answer is no.)

    Given the economy, chances are good that the level of anxiety will be higher than usual this summer at campgrounds across the country. One step above a staycation, camping is a cheap way to get your trip on. ReserveAmerica.com which works with more than 4,000 campgrounds nationwide, set a record in February, booking some 20,000 reservations in a single 24-hour period. And during these tightfisted times, companies like REI and Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) are reporting an uptick in the sale of family tents.

    But for those passing on a trip to a pricey theme park, the idea of sleeping outside can be daunting. For starters, there are the ever present bears, not to mention worries about staying warm, dry and comfortable. Plus, the cost of getting outfitted can quickly add up.

    Newbies in the know, however, can rent equipment from REI, EMS, locally owned camping stores or Lowergear.com which ships via UPS. As for comfort, outdoor stores are catering to first timers by stocking items like queen-size inflatable beds with a pump that plugs into a car's DC outlet. Modern family camping "isn't a canvas tent, mosquito bites, a cot and rain dripping on your head," says Ted Manning, EMS's general merchandise manager. Stores today have everything from self-inflatable pillows ($17-$40) to collapsible marshmallow-roasting sticks ($13).

    Meanwhile, Kampgrounds of America (KOA), the largest system of private campgrounds in the U.S., is cashing in on the spike in family camping by touting its array of cabins and lodges. And yes, there are still places to pitch a tent. The company reported that 21% of its campers last year were first-time KOAers, the highest percentage in 18 years. Its campgrounds, where cabins start at about $45 a night, offer amenities that might turn off purists hoping to commune with nature; on a recent Saturday at a KOA in Newburgh, N.Y., a hay wagon full of kids singing "Bingo Was His Name-O" cruised past two swimming pools, a video arcade, a mini-golf course and an on-site store that sells beer. Like most KOA campgrounds, Newburgh also provides free wi-fi.
    Carolyn Wright, the campground's "ambassador," was driving a golf cart, waving to campers she knew from years past and stopping to answer questions. "Camping is a cheap way for people with kids to explore new things," she said. "Kids have as much fun here as they do in Disneyland." At least the lines for the restrooms are shorter.

    www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1893513,00.html
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