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May 31, 2011

"Long, Long Trailer" (1954) with Lucille Ball and Ricky Ricardo

Lucille Ball and Ricky Ricardo as newly weds learning how a camping honeymoon from the East Coast to Las Vegas can almost wreck a marriage.  Great comedy - it's hilarious. says my new camping buddy Linda.

May 25, 2011

Camp Coffee

Portable Propane Coffeemaker with Stainless Steel Carafe

  • •  Fantastic portable propane powered coffeemaker
  • •  No cords, stove, or percolator required
  • •  Operates on a single standard 16.4 oz propane cylinder
  • •  Easy to start - simply push the InstaStart™ auto ignition button to get the coffee brewing
  • •  Authentic stainless steel carafe
  • •  4,500 BTU for effective heating
  • •  Delivers fresh brewed coffee in 18 minutes
  • •  Easy to use, just like coffemaker at home
  • •  Water reservoir cover opens, filter basket removes for easy cleaning
The type of percolator I use

COMMENT: I wonder how this works in person, I prefer to use a peculator camping mostly because it feels so "camping". Out of the drip coffee makers I've seen I must say this Colman (top of page) one is really "COOL" looking.  

My small espresso maker for afternoon coffee boost

May 17, 2011

Memorial Day Camping

Taken last year in Lake Tahoe of our friends car and very cool trailer

Does anyone really go camping on Memorial Day? 

I stopped camping during Holidays when I hit my mid 30's. The crowds, traffic and hoo ha's drove me out of the Holiday Camping Crowd. Hey HCC camping!

Are you HCC or NOT HCC

May 14, 2011

FREE Apps For Campers - Part One

image of the new iPhone 4 in white
Free Camping Apps
In the Iphone and Android era there is much to explore using our phones/mini computers as a Camping In Style tool. I recently purchased an Iphone and it has been a love affair since. Here are a few apps I've tried. Please share your experiences too.  

FREE APP:  Coleman’s Cookout Cookbook and Meal Planner 

I actually surprised myself by liking this one. The choices of meals are good to great and the app allows you to plan with shopping list and directions for cooking right at the campsite. Check it out for sure.

FREE APP:  Bug Spray - Ultrasonic By Apptomic LLC

Ok the ratings are not high on this one. But just to be curios I'm going to try it. It claims to have a high frequency tone that has an effect of repelling insects. RIGHT?

Customer Reviews          
Hurts My Daughters Ears
by Mommy's itunes account
Be Careful! My 8 year-old daughter cried when we made this app active. Some children can hear this and it really hurts. This may, very well, be an effective bug deflector, but please be careful if you have young children.
by troy calandra
When I pressed go my pet bug blew up and made a mess

FREE APP: Let There be Light

I have this one and have used it several times over winter when we lost electricity. Wouldn't leave home without it. 

The App: Flashlight
The Details: Who knew that making shadow puppets with your smartphone could be so fun?  Also use this app to light your way to the potty for those late-night when nature calls moments. With multiple flashlight colors to choose from, how could you not want to light your path with this snazzy app.


Stings Attached

This one will be fun to use when we go camping for my daughter to use. Now that she's old enough to fallow the instructions. 
The App: Knots Free

The Details: No one likes a runaway campsite, so make sure all your tent and tarp strings are secured tightly to pegs and surrounding trees with this knotting app.


Be Like Survivorman
The App: SAS Survival Guide Lite
The Details: If your scout or girl guides lessons fail you when it counts, revert to the SAS Survival Guide to refresh your skookum survival skills. Remind yourself how to build a fire, navigate by the stars and send distress codes.

I have another post coming with many more apps. 


May 8, 2011

A Mother's Day Hike & Rainbow Lodge

 Happy Mothers Day to you and your Mother.
We spent our day with good friends taking a short hike on Independence Trail and then lunch at  Rainbow Lodge located in Soda Springs California.
My daughter didn't get much sleep last night so she reminded me all day of my role in her life.