When I was a kid and my family went on a picnic to the mountains, we would load up our food in our trusty metal ice chest cooler. It was greenish, a little dented and scuffed from years of use. We had refined how to pack the most food possible into our beloved ice chest. […]

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Years ago, on a back-packing trip to the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico, we purchased a genuine, hand-made local hammock. We got the “matrimonial” size. Bill and I could both sleep in it — with our heads at opposite ends! It was cool and comfortable and easy to transport from one place to another. After¬† we […]

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We had packed our usual tent pegs for a recent camping trip. Usually we camp in forested areas, but this time we were headed for an open, sandy area next to a beautiful lake. Setting up our tent, we anchored it with our always-reliable-before flat-hooked pegs. We began to settle in for the evening. YIKES […]

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The campsite listed a grill-covered fire ring and plenty of on-site wood for meal preparations — no camp stove necessary. Exquisitely seasoned chicken cooked over open flames sounded wonderful, so we left our camp stove at home. The fire was quickly ignited and the food ready to cook — when the wind started. Not just […]

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