Google+

S’mores in the SnowS’mores in the Snow

 

 by Troutski

Camping is one of those traditional summer events that everyone looks forward to. The whole nature-loving family awaits the time when the warm weather will return, so they can pack up the RV and head into the outdoors. However…making those s’mores in the snow will also create some very cool camping memories.

 

Yes…the RV looks a lot nicer this time of year; heat is a luxury most people want. But there are still those diehard outdoorsmen and women who want to put up that tent, use the sleeping bag and wake up to a frosty morning with a snow-capped mountain hovering wcover them.

 

The words, ‘winter wonderland’ can mean a great many things. For kids, it’s that pristine yard where the snowballs will soon be flying and the sleds will be racing down the hills. But for the inner camper, the world is their winter fun-zone and they intend to enjoy it.

 

Just think, once the snow flies those pesky bugs and mosquitoes have said ‘so long’, which adds even more serenity to the trip. There are no crowds of campers to deal with who have a tendency to annoy you in the summer as they grow louder and louder when nighttime approaches. It’s just you, your family and the deer – what more could you ask for?

 

But there are some very important tips the amateur winter camper needs to remember before venturing into that beautiful, but still dangerous, winter wonderland. There are some people who are born to live in specific temperatures; they understand sleighs without being descendants of Old Saint Nick. They understand hoe to forage for food, and make sure that death by hypothermia won’t occur.

 

But the challenges loom for thee rest of us as the panning begins. Making sure to always remember that severe weather can happen in an instant out there is a must. And with shorter daylight hours, you have less time to face a challenge head-on and win.

 

Study is key when it comes to your planning stage. Make sure you have the maps, head to Google, or know the area where you’ll be wc2staking claim in order to know the ways out, the food available, if certain packs or animal herds may be roaming around, etc., to be as safe as possible.

 

Make sure you bring the gear needed for traveling in the heavy snow – from the snowshoes to the sleds to the ATV transports. Is there search and rescue nearby? Or, have you brought the gear necessary to get someone to safety if need be? Yes…these are not exactly happy things to think about when planning a vacation, but you’ll be a whole lot happier knowing you’ve dotted all i’s and crossed all t’s to make sure your safety is not in danger.

 

This may sound like a silly tip, but check the forecast. In some areas storms can crop up out of nowhere, but at least that meteorologist has some sense of what may be coming at you while you’re out there living off the ice-covered world. The Boy Scouts mantra of ‘Be Prepared’ works well when it comes to winter camping. Let’s face it, the most unexpected things in life come straight from Mother Nature.

 

Clothing should be layered upon leaving that warm house for the Great Outdoors. Insulation that’s waterproof is a must, and by utilizing layers, you always have the ability to take off various pieces if the sun comes out to say ‘hello’.

 

Not to mention, boots are made for trekking out there in the snow, so make sure your feet are covered with the waterproof and well insulated brands made just for the winter wonderland.

 

You want comfort and safety while you explore. And when you get back to camp, make sure you have the right elements needed to build that fire of yours. Not only will you keep warm but those s’mores (which are the best part of camping) will not cook themselves!

 

 

,

Entertainment

Dax Shepard and Michael Pena Co-Star in Raunchy Revival of Classic Cop Series

  Chips Film Review by Kam Williams Dax Shepard and Michael Pena Co-Star in Raunchy Revival of Classic Cop Series Whenever a classic television series is made into a movie, the buzz always seems to be about whether the screen version will be a creative variation on the theme or merely a campy, cornball, take-the-money-and-run ripoff trading in familiar formulas and shopworn cliches. After all, for every inspired adaptation like Batman … [Read More its Good for You.....]

Books

The President’s Kitchen Cabinet

  The President's Kitchen Cabinet The Story of the African-Americans Who Have Fed Our First Families, from the Washingtons to the Obamas by Adrian Miller University of North Carolina Press Hardcover, $30.00 292 pages, Illustrated ISBN: 978-1-4696-3253-7 Book Review by Kam Williams “[This opus] vividly tells the stories of the African-Americans who worked in the presidential food service as chefs, personal cooks, butlers, stewards … [Read More its Good for You...]

Art

The Day After the Day Of

  The Day After the Day Of by Paul Ilechko   The sky sheds its tears. This morning is the morning of the day after. The day of mourning, the day after the day of.  I beseech the sky to shed tears in order to wash away the tears on my face.   This is the first day of the time after. This is the beginning of a new time, the days of pain, the days of sorrow. We are in mourning. The sky looks down and sheds its tears for … [Read More its Good For You...]

Real Estate

History Being Sold to the Highest Bidder

  History Being Sold to the Highest Bidder by Amy Lignor   For the longest time, scientists and archaeologists have been confused and bemused by various discoveries they’ve unearthed that offer little or no explanation as to the who, what, and why of the people who created these things or left them behind. Even now, in 2017, there are discoveries being studied; stories that were once legends now have actual bits of proof being found that … [Read More its Good for You.....]

Lifestyle

2017 Hobbies That Bring You Serenity

  2017 Hobbies That Bring You Serenity by Amy Lignor   Origami. Memory albums. Quilting. What do these have in common? Well, at one point or another in time, they have represented the “hottest” hobbies in the United States. Taking up hobbies are not only a fun thing to do for the “artistic/creative” type, but they also help to reduce stress. Even the AMA has cited the fact that taking up a hobby can produce a calming environment … [Read More its Good for You...]

Outdoors

The Versatile Ballyhoo

  The Versatile Ballyhoo By Capt. Gus Cane When targeting reef and offshore gamefish, the versatile ballyhoo is an excellent bait choice. Fished whole or cut into chunks, ballyhoo will entice everything from snapper to dolphin to blue marlin. It’s readily available, either live or frozen, and can be rigged in a variety of ways. Although common in subtropical waters around the globe, the Florida Keys is where ballyhoo first made an … [Read More its Good for You...]

Sports

Will NASCAR Theatrics Bring Back Viewers?

  Will NASCAR Theatrics Bring Back Viewers? by Amy Lignor   For any of the millions who once watched ABC’s Wide World of Sports and heard the words “the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat,” they remember the footage of a skier’s crash when it came to the “agony” side of things. Everyone knew that sight was a fact – a video that was absolutely real. Nowadays, however, it seems that more and more sports are “making up” shots that … [Read More its Good for You...]

Business

How Are Retail Sales in 2017?

  How Are Retail Sales in 2017? E-Commerce Reigns by Amy Lignor   Despite consumer uncertainty, as well as a very sluggish beginning to 2017, the U.S. retail sales industry is projected to increase 4% this year. Headlines show that many retailers and companies posted “soft” holiday sales to end 2016, which caused some notable retailers to either cut jobs or close stores as a result. However, when it comes to 2017, the National … [Read More its Good for You...]

Travel

Where to Vacation? Go Big or Stay Home!

  Where to Vacation? Go Big or Stay Home! by Amy Lignor   We speak about luxury vacations, budget vacations, vacations that are fun for the kids, and many more areas of travel at this time of year. But there is also a category that many do not touch upon because they “assume” it is far too difficult for those on a budget to be able to enjoy these jaw-dropping wonders. However, whether you are a backpacker looking to “become a … [Read More its Good for You...]

Green Living

Creating the Perfect Vegetable Garden

  Creating the Perfect Vegetable Garden by Amy Lignor   Many are still dealing with that wintery mix Mother Nature just loves to toss down from the sky this time of year. Yet, that gardener living inside the soul – the one just dreaming of the sunny skies and lazy rainy days that are must-haves in order to grow the best vegetables possible – is already jotting down the facts, tricks and tips they need to know in order to make that … [Read More its Good for You...]