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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Portable shower tent for camping

Shower tent for camping

One of the challenges of camping can be privacy and the ability to take showers.  We found the Mount Rhino pop-up shower tent to be just what we need. It ...
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Mammoth double sleeping bag

Double sleeping bag review

Having a great sleeping bag is key for a good night's sleep while camping. Our favorite is a roomy, double size bag for two people, rated for zero degrees by ...
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Death Valley maps and guides

Death Valley maps and guides

Our favorite maps for exploring Death Valley: Maps are invaluable for trip planning and always knowing where you are in the backcountry. You cannot rely on cell reception for Google ...
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Oregon map area

Road and recreation atlas for U.S.A.

Benchmark Atlas offers its maps for each of the U.S. states. These book style maps offer more detail than a conventional paper state road map. I like to use these ...
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Smokey Joe portable barbecue

Portable BBQ grill review

Enhance your camp cooking with the simple art of grilling on this handy, portable Smokey Joe BBQ by Weber. Note there is no ash catcher. I like the containment of ashes kept ...
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Lumix digital camera review

Lumix digital camera review

If you are a shutterbug and prefer a “real” camera to your cell phone, then check out the Panasonic Lumix FZ300!  I love how this camera makes me look good as ...
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Coffee percolator

Percolator coffee pot review

Percolated coffee is a great way to enjoy a good cup of joe while camping out. We used an aluminum pot for years but decided it was better for our ...
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Burned forest in Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument

Camping after the California wildfires

The far-reaching vastness of the California wildfires was staggering as we camped in Northern California this May. Equally amazing was how many homes and ranches were saved by our heroic ...
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Wildflowers' beautiful perseverance

Wildflowers’ beautiful perseverance

Wildflowers inspire me with their perseverance. Despite their fragile appearance, these flowers are tough! Wildflowers adapt themselves to periods of drought by banking seeds when rain is scarce. This year ...
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Rock formation in The Indians

Camping at The Indians in Big Sur

The Indians Ranch area in Big Sur’s Ventana Wilderness is a great place for dispersed camping. Early spring is a great time to see the blooming wildflowers, majestic rock formations ...
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