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Desert sunset behind the Sierras

Handy tips for 4×4 camping in Death Valley

Here is my short list of important tips to help make your trip more of a fun adventure than an unpleasant ordeal. Carry TWO spare tires. Expect to have a ...
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Care bag for homeless campers

Camper Care Bags

Most of us who camp, do so because we enjoy being outdoors. However, there are those who find themselves homeless or transient, who must camp to survive. I will see ...
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Snow on Telescope Peak viewed from Trona Pinnacles

Trona Pinnacles

If you think the surreal sculptured spires of the Trona Pinnacles look like something right out of Star Trek – you’d be right because this “otherworldly” landscape is the actual ...
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Pacific Ocean from San Martin Top

Big Sur’s San Martin Top with vast ocean views

Fantastic views of the Pacific Ocean can be enjoyed from San Martin Top along the South Coast Ridge area in the southern Big Sur Wilderness. At an elevation of 3,098 ft., ...
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EZ jar opener

The EZ Off makes opening jars a cinch

Struggling to open up a jar while camp cooking is not conducive to relaxing in our beautiful surroundings! We discovered a simple gadget that opens jars with a twist of ...
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Dispersed camping by Huntington Lake

Dispersed camping by Huntington Lake

Hot weather is a great time to escape the heat and enjoy Huntington Lake in the Sierra Nevada mountain range of California. The lake sits at about 7,000 feet with ...
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Star gazing gear

Star gazing gear

Camping under the stars is one of the best perks about camping. The wilderness is far from city lights to enjoy seeing the Milky Way, passing meteors, or a shooting ...
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Hiking at the Pinnacles National Park

Hiking poles for balance and distance

These puppies make all the difference for hiking the backcountry, giving me stability while reducing fatigue on my knees and feet. I like to use poles with built-in shock absorbers, as ...
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Book by Patrick McManus

Pleasure reading books

No camping trip is complete without a good book to read! Here are some of my favorite titles to check out for your next camping trip. My favorite kind of ...
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Hair care clips while camping

Hair care clips while camping

Taming your tresses while camping can pose a challenge! Sweating under a hat, the wind blowing through your hair, or having to go for days without washing it, can all ...
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Scorpion queen

Scorpion queen

One of my most personal encounters with a scorpion was of all places at the checkout counter of a mini-mart/ gas station in Panamint Springs, California. Panamint Springs Resort is ...
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Hilarious book giveaway!

Book by Patrick McManus

I laughed until I cried, reading these witty tales of outdoor misadventures.

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