Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Kayaking My New Passion

This past August a good friend and I decided to give Kayaking a go.  OMG I have fallen in love with kayaking. Kayaking is my new passion. I am super lucky because it is also Holly's! Holly is my camping partner. She also turned her SUV into a sleeping camper.

We rented kayaks from Rivers Edge Resort in Wisconsin Dells, WI. Rivers Edge is our favorite place to stay in the Dells!  Rooms clean - food tasty and 5 Star Customer Service! The resort is on the Wisconsin River. 

Our first kayaking trip was about 2.5 miles down the Wisconsin River. I don't think I have laughed that hard in years. My favorite statement was "I'm not trying to go this way!"   We had a fantastic time! By the end of the trip I was able to paddle in the correct directions!  A very successful first trip.

Since we had such a good time on our first trip we decided to tackle a 8 mile trip the next day ~ continuing our venture down the Wisconsin River.  The 8 mile trip was a handful! The wind was blowing in our face - hard enough to make white caps on the Wisconsin River.  We were able to get a few breaks from paddling - a few of the bends in the river got us out of the wind and we were able to let the current take us down the river. We had an amazing time. It was hard but worth every paddle. We were hooked! Kayaking was in our blood!!! 

This Black Friday I got a great deal on a Explorer 10.4 Kayak  at Dunham's. I bought myself a Blue Kayak.   I also bought myself a paddle. 

We plan to make kayak accessory shopping our February activity. Living in Wisconsin with our long cold winters...looking for kayak accessories in February will hopefully break the ho-hum of a long winter.

We will be purchasing life vest, dry bags, light, kayak cover and who knows what else. I am very interested in some wet/dry clothing for chiller weather. Wisconsin Spring weather can be very confusing - starts out 85 then within 3 hours it is 65. I will be writing post about the adventure of buying the kayak and the equipment. Make sure to check back.

I am also going to buy Diesel a life jacket - I want to get him used to kayaking. He can be our partner in crime while we kayak and camp. Training him to be in a kayak is going to be a WILD RIDE - he is crazy!!

  2017 is going to be an amazing 
Kayaking Adventure Year!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Cuisinart Gas Grill ~ Perfect Camping Grill

I love to cook on a camp fire - but I also like having a backup for meals  I purchased a small grill perfect for my kind of camping.

The Cusinart makes traveling with a grill easy.  I really like the fact that the legs fold under the grill and the top locks. I place the grill on the front passenger floor when heading to my camping adventure.  

I also like the fact that small propane bottles fuel this grill. Easy to buy at local shops and very easy to travel with.

Yes...another Amazon buy!

Cuisinart CGG-180TB Petit Gourmet Portable Tabletop Gas Grill, Black

Portable gas grill with 145-square-inch grilling area and foldaway legs

Cooks 8 burgers; 8 steaks; 6 to 10 chicken breasts; or 4 pounds of fish at once

Powerful 5;500 BTU stainless-steel burner and even-heating porcelain-enameled grate

Aluminum legs and stabilizing feet set up in seconds; integrated lid lock keeps lid secure

Pronounced briefcase-style carrying handle; weighs 13 pounds

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

How to Make Fire Starters

To get ready for Camping in 2017 I plan to take advantage of the winter months to get my Fire Starters made. 

I make my own Fire Starters using:

  • Paper Egg Cartons
  • Empty Toilet Paper Rolls
  • Dryer Lint 
  • Scrape Yarn
  • Used Scented Wax from my Electric Burners
I keep a plastic bag on my laundry shelf - I place all of my dryer lint in the baggie.  I save all used toilet paper rolls and paper egg cartons.  

I have two wax scent burners in my home. Once a week I place in new wax.  I use the old wax for my fire starters.

Easy to Make Egg Carton Fire Starters
  • Take a egg carton 
  • Place dryer lint in each egg slot 
  • Drizzle warm melted wax over the lint in the egg carton ~ then flip over toilet paper roll and pour more wax into the other end.  I pour wax from a burner into each side of the roll. 
Continue this process until the egg sections are full of lint and wax. It usually takes three times to fill my cartons to the top.  
When the egg carton sections are full - cut the sections apart. You will have one dozen fire starters from one egg carton.

Easy Toilet Paper Roll Fire Starters
  • Toilet paper roll
  • Lint from dryer
  • Wax from wax scent burner
  • Place toilet paper roll on it's end in lid of egg carton 
  • Fill with lint
  • Pour in one burner of wax
  • Flip roll over and pour in another burner wax
I then place the Fire Starters in a large sealed plastic bag.  They work perfect for starting fires.

Place a few of the Fire Starters in the fire pit - add your wood in a tepee design - with the Fire Starters in the middle of the tepee. As the fire grows - I add a few more starters to ensure the fire is set and ready to go. 

Fire Starters work great - the lint burns fast setting the carton and paper roll on fire..the wax keeps everything burning longer. 

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Trace Mississippi State Park

If you are in the Tupelo, Mississippi area - there is a fantastic State Park.   Trace State Park is a excellent place to relax and enjoy.  We stayed there for 3 nights in April. The weather was beautiful. The park is perfect for water sports - I wish I would of taken a kayak. The lake is perfect for kayaking. 

The sites are very large - as you can see from the pic the Jeep and my brothers camper fit perfect with lots of room on both sides.

The washrooms and showers are very nice and clean. In fact they are the nicest I have
found so far. 

Hard to beat the price for camping ~ $20 a night full hookup!




The campgrounds are good size & well maintained ~ total of 106 sites ~ 9 cabins ~ 17 Primitive Group ~ 24 Premium Campsites ~ 10 Primitive and 46 Standard Campsites.

Park Description

Trace State Park offers a quiet, natural retreat located just minutes from the excitement of Tupelo, one of Mississippi's fastest growing cities. Trace State Park offers a variety of outdoor activities ranging from fishing and water sports to exploring miles of secluded nature trails. A special arrangement with the Pontotoc Country Club allows Trace State Park guests to enjoy the club's 18-hole golf course without paying green fees.

Park Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • All Terrain Veh Riding
  • Barbeque, Briquette
  • Bath House
  • Biking
  • Bird Watching
  • Boat Launch Ramp
  • Cabins
  • Church Service
  • Comfort Station
  • Disk Golf
  • Dump Station
  • Fire Rings
  • Firewood Sales
  • First Aid Station
  • Fishing
  • Fishing Lake
  • Gift/Souvenir Shop
  • Handicap Access
  • Hiking
  • Hiking Difficult

  • Hiking Moderate
  • Ice Sales
  • Information Center 
  • Jet Skiing
  • Lake
  • Laundry
  • Pavilion
  • Photography
  • Picnic Tables
  • Pier Fishing
  • Playground
  • Powerboating
  • Ranger Station
  • Satellite TV
  • Trails, Horse
  • Trails, Mountain Bike
  • Walking
  • Water Skiing
  • Wildlife Viewing

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Camping Coffee Made Easy

I need coffee first thing every morning!  
Camping is no exception!!!

I found a perfect way to solve my coffee addiction issue!  I have a Keurig just for camping! I call him FRED!  
He sits perfectly in the front passenger floor of my Jeep.

The grab bar on the Jeep makes a great coffee kcup holder.

I pick up coffee cups at our local Dollar Tree.  I get a pack of 6 with lids for one buck. We reuse our cup - no need for a new cup every day.

I plug Fred into the surge outlet I use for my electric blanket. 

Perfect Coffee!!

Who said camping has to be difficult!