Friday, October 28, 2016

Camping at State Parks ~ Mirror Lake State Park ~ Wisconsin

Have you checked out State Parks for Camping? 

If not ~ you should give it a try. I have found that State Parks  not only have excellent camp sites but that the facilities are VERY clean.  I like to hike and they usually have great hiking trails in the park.

Location


Mirror State Park located just south of Wisconsin Dells is a great park for many activities.
There is a good selection of rustic sites - electric sites and even pull through for the Big Boys.   With my Jeep I like to stay in the electric site section close to the facilities.

The bathrooms are very clean - showers are a nice size and clean. The entire park is well kept - the park rangers do a great job keeping the park looking the best. 


Mirror Lake has a Camp Host for each campground in the park.  We purchased our wood from the Camp Host. The wood was dry and was easy to burn.


Photo: MIRROR LAKE STATE PARKHiking Trails - they were all groomed and made the hike a fun adventure.

The park concession stand near the boat launch sells ice and firewood and also rents boats, bicycles, canoes and kayaks in season - contact the park office for pricing. Great kayaking and boating.  


There are many waterways that make for a very pleasant boating trip. During Winter months there are Cross Country Ski Trails.


CLICK HERE for Park Map


CLICK HERE for Campgrounds Map

MIRROR LAKE STATE PARK CAMPING TIPS:


#1 - Make sure you keep your cooler with food inside your vehicle. We did not the 1st night! A very smart Raccoon ate everything in out cooler! Cooler in the vehicles from now on.


#2 - Some sites can not be reserved - they are  first come/first get basis.  Make sure to check out your site with the ranger. We called before our visit.

#3 - The sites with electricity are HUGE!!! The picnic table is not even in the pic - it is on the far left top corner in a separate area just for the table.


#4 - Wood cost $5.00 a bundle 


#5 - Walmart about 4 miles away ~ perfect for the odds and ends which can be forgotten when packing


#6 - October Camping can be chilly! October 12th & 13th - temps got down to 29 degrees at night - a bit chilly!


#7 - Each site has a very nice fire pit with a nice grid cooking surface.



Mailing Address:

MIRROR LAKE STATE PARK
E10320 FERN DELL RD.
BARABOO  WI  53913



Phone Number:

Information:  (608)254-2333

Excellent State Park ~ We will be visiting Mirror Lake again

Thursday, October 27, 2016

How to Turn Your SUV into a Sleeping Camper

Okay here goes …… How to Turn Your SUV into a Sleeping Camper!


It is easier than you think. I love to camp – but I hate pulling a camper plus not enough $$$ to buy myself a RV on wheels and my days of sleeping in a tent are over!

Loving to camp and kayak ~ I had to find a comfortable way to go camping. My 2008 Jeep Liberty was the answer.

By buying a few items I have been able to enjoy camping in a warm rain proof comfy bed.

You will need:
·         SUV Air Mattress – I ordered mine from Amazon
·         Mattress pump - car adapter useful
·         Mattress Pad - (helps keep moisture off of you while sleeping)
·         Sheets & Pillows - Flannel sheets are great for all temps of camping
·         Blanket - large enough to cover entire bed 
·         Electric blanket - a electric throw will work - In cold weather I bring 2 electric blankets - one for on top of the mattress and then one for on top of my blankets. - I have been able to keep warm to 29 degrees using two blankets. (also when the temps are cold - I warm up the Jeep right before I get into bed)
·         50’ Outside Extension Cord
·         Surge Plug - ordered Amazon 
·         Small Fan - ordered Amazon 
·         Zip Ties
·         Rain Guards on vehicle windows - ordered Amazon
·         Skeeter Beaters for Windows - easy to order online 
·         Windshield Cover - ordered a collapsible cover from Amazon
Yes, Amazon is my friend!  Why not let my fingers do the shopping instead of my Jeep and my legs!

After years of tent camping I learned that the secret to being comfortable is to keep the dew off of me.  By using a electric blanket on top of my blanket and sheets – I am able to stay comfy and dew free.  Keeping a window cracked no matter of the outside temperature is also very important. A open window keeps moisture down inside the vehicle.  Zip tie a small fan to the upper hand grip – I like to keep the fan on low – that way air is always moving – preventing moisture. (During cold weather 29 degress - I keep my window closed and the fan off) 
I use a electric surge plug to plug in the fan – electric blanket – and my cell phone.  I use the front seat for odds and ends.  I use the back passenger door as my entrance into my bed. This way I keep my shoes on the floor by the door and also my jackets in the area.

Check out the pics – my good friend also loves to camp – she too turned her SUV into a sleeping camper.
We both love Kayaking and Hiking. This way we are able to enjoy nature – enjoy a warn comfy bed with no worries of getting wet. 
If it is raining when I wake – I reached for my raincoat – sit by the passenger back door – put on my shoes and head outside.  

Mirror Lake Wiscosnin State Park - October 2016

Here we are enjoying Fall Camping and Hiking at Mirror Lake State Park near Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.  Being able to stay warm and comfy with 29 degree night temps makes for a Happy Camper.
KOA Wisconsin Dells May 2016
I will be posting many helpful camping tips & great parks - check back for 
more Camping Tips!

New Beginning for Green and Glassie

One year ago I made a major life changing decision. When I made that decision I totally uprooted myself and Diesel. We now live in a new home.  
Since I am a "NEW ME" ~ I decided that I also wanted 
Green and Glassie to 
join Diesel and I in our new adventures.


My new motto is 
"Life is a Adventure ~ Drive it till the Wheels Fall Off"


My vision for Green and Glassie will be focusing on Camping, Hiking, Kayaking, Traveling, Enjoying Life and making new Friends.  Adventures with friends and family make the best articles!

I will be posting about:
  • Campgrounds - State & Federal Park
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Camping Helpful Tips
  • Camping Recipes
  • Vacation Destinations
  • Must Visit Restraurants
  • Wineries
  • Traveling adventures - helpful hints and secrets I have learned along the way
My goals is to entertain and help make your life adventures the best they can be.


Please join me for a 
New Beginning 
for 
Green and Glassie. 

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Healthy Mattress

Did you know that the average person spends about 25 years of their life asleep? Sleep is vital to your waking life and greatly affects your productivity, mood and health, so it is essential to ensure that you are getting the best sleep possible. According to the National Sleep Foundation, insomnia is the most common sleep disorder, affecting over 40 million Americans per year. This means they have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep and returning to sleep after waking up. Chronic insomnia is a more serious condition and only affects about 6% of the population. For those without chronic insomnia, environmental factors can play a big role in a persons ability to fall asleep and stay asleep.
 
Some studies have shown that having a good mattress can greatly impact a persons ability to stay asleep by making them more comfortable. Healthyrestmattress.com offers a wide variety of comfortable mattresses with varying degrees of firmness and softness so that you can find the perfect fit for you.
Healthy Rest is committed to making eco-friendly, toxin-free mattresses from sustainable resources. Bamboo, aloe, castor and palm oils comprise a majority of the materials for these memory foam mattresses. 


The core of each mattress is made from bamboo charcoal. Bamboo is a highly renewable material and is also a natural odor eliminator. It offers up to 80% more heat dissipation than standard memory foam mattresses while increasing air circulation and breath-ability for a more comfortable night's sleep. Bamboo fibers woven into the ultra comfortable top layer of fabric help wick away moisture and add coolness and comfort no matter the season. Castor and palm oils replace petroleum based products that are traditionally used in memory foam, and Aloe Vera, a plant, helps make the material more dust mite resistant without harmful chemicals and pesticides. The mattresses are emissions tested, free from heavy metals and made of low VOC materials.


There are a variety of factors to consider when choosing a mattress, and it is important to do your research. Affordability is often the deciding factor for many consumers, and Healthy Rest offers healthy, quality mattresses in a variety of price points. You spend one-third of your life asleep and you owe it to yourself to have the healthiest rest possible.

5 Tips for Banishing Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are more than just a nuisance; they can be a legitimate health hazard when they carry viruses and diseases into your backyard. It's in the best interests of you, your family and your pets to get rid of mosquitoes as soon as you can. Here are just five ways to make it happen.


1. Eliminate Standing Water
Stagnant water is the preferred breeding ground of mosquitoes, so the first step of mosquito control is to get rid of any water or liquid-holding containers in your backyard. Cover up the bird baths; empty out the flowerpots and wheelbarrows; fix the leaky hose that creates puddles. Make your backyard a desert so that mosquitoes have nowhere to go.


2. Clean Up
Not only are messes more likely to attract mosquitoes in general, but they'll also provide camouflage as they land and breed. The easiest way to eliminate mosquitoes is to kill them on sight, and you can't do that if you can't see them. Make a habit of cleaning out your gutters and trash-bagging your leaf piles.


3. Use Lavender

Mosquitoes aren't fond of the smell of lavender, so while this measure won't kill them, it will make your home a less attractive place for them to land. Both the plant and the oil will do the trick, so if you can't plant real lavender in your garden, sprinkle lavender oil around your doors and windows.


4. Start a Garden
Speaking of gardens, now is the time to start digging. You won't need an elaborate greenhouse to discourage mosquitoes; all you have to do is plant a few particular flowers like citronella and marigolds. Once you have their scents spreading throughout your backyard, the mosquitoes will take one sniff and turn right back around.


5. Water Tablets
Mosquito tablets can be dropped into any amount of standing water to poison it against larvae development. Best of all, the water will remain safe for humans and plants, so you won't have to worry about your kids accidentally making contact with it. If the local mosquito population has gotten out of control, use mosquito water tablets to curb their numbers. 


These are just a few ways to eliminate mosquitoes from your house and yard. Remember, this is about more than bug bites and itchiness; it's about protecting your family from disease. Use these tips to become mosquito-free for good.

Monday, October 10, 2016

5 Essential Commands to Teach Your Puppy


Every puppy needs to be properly trained and socialized so she can grow up to be a confident, calm, and obedient adult. But there are certain commands that you should include in your puppy training routine, and they’re listed below. Remember to always approach this training with a firm but patient attitude, providing loads of positive reinforcement in the form of rewards and praise.


1. The “Sit” Command
One of the first tricks that most pet owners teach their dogs is the “sit” command. First, kneel down in front of the puppy and hold out a treat in front her nose. Then say the word “sit” as the treat is slowly lifted above your puppy’s head. As she lifts her head, she’ll likely end up sitting, but if she starts backing up, place your hand gently on her rump and guide her to a seated position. Provide praise and reward her with the treat.

2. The "Stay" Command
Once your dog has mastered “sit,” you can move on to teaching her how to “stay.” Start by telling your dog to sit down, and then open the palm of one hand in front of you and say the word “stay.” Move back a few steps and give your puppy a treat if she doesn’t move. Every time you teach this command, move a few steps further back, giving a treat every time she stays, even if it’s only for a couple of seconds.

3. The "Come" Command
Another important command to teach your dog is “come,” which will ensure that she’ll follow you when you want her to. Start by keeping a collar and leash on your puppy. Then get down to her level and state “come” as you pull on her leash gently. When she moves towards you, reward her. Once she has learned this command on her leash, take it off and practice in the same way off-leash, making sure you only do so when you’re in an enclosed and safe environment.

4. The "Down" Command
This command can be a bit harder for your puppy to learn, so be patient and keep things positive. Start by holding a treat in a closed hand, and hold it to your puppy’s nose. Then move your hand down to the floor so your dog will follow. Next, slide your hand so she keeps following, and once she’s in a down position, you say “down” and give her the treat.

5. The "Heel" Command
This is the command that will keep your puppy at your side as you walk together. Start by holding her leash in one hand and a noisy toy in the other. Place the toy above your puppy’s head and slightly in front of it. Say the word “heel,” and your puppy will follow the toy. After she’s followed for 20 seconds, give her the toy, and then take it and start again. Eventually you won’t need the toy because your puppy will walk near you all the time.

Regardless of what breed your puppy is, never use aggressive tactics in your training. Always remain positive and patient, even if you have to keep training sessions short.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

LEGO KIDS FEST #LEGOKidsFest

Davey and his friends had a fantastic time at LEGO KidsFest at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee Wisconsin.  

LEGO did an amazing job making the experience a wonderful memory for all.  The entire event was well planned - the kids got to participate in all of the events. 

If you live in the area of the upcoming events - I highly recommend the event for kids of all ages. 

Events have been selling out in prior cities ... get your tickets early!

LEGO Kids Fest schedule:
Houston, TX: Oct. 21-23 (NRG Center)
Cleveland, OH Nov 4-6 (IX Center)
Hartford, CT Dec 2-4 (CT Convention Ctr)





Pictures say 1000 words ~ check out this fun event!!!
 








The boys were very impressed by the Master Builder Lab.  Davey is seriously thinking about growing up and being a Master Lego Builder!
The LEGO KidsFest is a traveling LEGO extravaganza featuring millions of LEGO bricks and dozens of hands-on, educational, and fun building activities for all ages. It features dozens of life-sized LEGO models and displays, LEGO building areas, the Big Brick Pile, race ramps and more, all covering more than three acres of space. 

Five identical sessions are available. Tickets are $19 for the Friday and Sunday afternoon sessions, and $22 for both sessions on Saturday and the Sunday morning session. For more information and to purchase tickets,
CLICK HERE 


SOME ACTIVITIES / LIVE LINER COPY POINTS (activities are subject to change)

* LEGO Model Museum: dozens of life-sized models made entirely from LEGO bricks 
* Race Ramps: build a custom car, then race it down the ramp against friends and family 
* LEGO Star Wars: build and display a Star Wars model
* Creation Nation: build your own creation to add to a custom map of the U.S. 
* LEGO DUPLO: younger visitors can explore imagination through building
* LEGO Retail: purchase LEGO merchandise and official KidsFest tour goods
* Brick Pile: a gigantic pile full of LEGO bricks for creative play and enjoyment
* Monochromatic Builds: bricks of a single color to foster group creativity
* LEGO Friends: build for the five empowered friends from Heartlake City 
* LEGO Ninjago: spin the way to being a Spinjitzu member 
* LEGO Mindstorms: build and program robots and snakes 
* LEGO Technic: get hands-on with the cool, realistic vehicles at the booth
* LEGO Disney Princess: create a princess scene to add to a LEGO story book 

Wondering what was Davey's favorite Action Character?
It was the HULK!!!

Saturday, October 1, 2016

4 Tips for Buying a Golf Cart

The right golf cart can make or break your game. But what if you've never purchased one
before? How can you be sure you're getting a good product at a good price? Here are just a few tips for finding and selecting a golf cart.


1. Know What You Need
Some golf carts are electric. Others are gas-powered. Some are heavy, monstrous beasts designed to battle through even the toughest terrain; others are lighter and more fuel-efficient, but they're only meant for single games or small courses. There's no "one size fits all" golf cart, so decide what you're looking for before you go shopping to save yourself a lot of time and energy.


2. Look for a Reputable Brand
Once you've figured out what you need, it's time to decide where you're going to get it. Are you looking for the cheapest brand out there, or do you prioritize value over price? Would you prefer an older, more established company, or are you looking to support independent sellers? There's no right or wrong answer here; it all depends on your personal criteria. Again, the most important part is figuring things out before you swipe your credit card.


3. Think About the Future
No golf cart will last forever. There will come a time when it needs repairing or replacing, and if you buy a rare or expensive brand with lots of specialty parts, these replacement endeavors could wind up costing you big time. Make sure you look at the availability of parts when you purchase your golf cart. For example, if you're buying Yamaha, search for "Yamaha golf cart parts" and see what they look like and how much they'll cost you.


4. Get a Guarantee
Most golf carts come with a purchase warranty, but the terms of these warranties can differ drastically, so do your research before committing. The fine print might paint a different picture than the one you read on the label. You'll want to look at things like accidents, repairs, insurance and battery life quite closely.


These are just a few things to consider as you search for the perfect golf cart. Remember, your performance on the green can depend on how easily and conveniently you're able to travel it, so don't rush your decision when buying a golf cart. Take your time and find one that really speaks to you.