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Outdoor Hiking – Nature Trails

April 1st, 2012 by ironcooker

Exploring Outdoor Trails

Exploring nature trails with your family can be a wonderful rewarding experience. Just seeing smiles on those little faces when they discover something hiking on nature trailnew is enough to make your day. But then you notice that the ones that were telling you that they didn’t have to take out trash or won’t clean their room; are now listening to every word your saying about something they are interested in. Just recently I came across a blog that hits points on this subject very well. It’s a man that enjoys taking time with his family on nature trails while taking nice quiet walks in wooded areas that are defined as hikes by this author. Taking in a part of history that takes readers back to a time when horses were the means of transportation to this area. He shares thoughts of walking with his dog while he defines differences between walking on city streets & a pleasant hike in a wooded area with fresh air in your lungs & sounds of blowing leaves.Nature Trail Trekking Poles
I have always enjoyed nature trails & hikes along lakeshores or wooded areas where I live. You may want to look into purchasing a trekking pole or two if this is something that appeals to you. There is many times when something as simple as a walking stick could have prevented a slip or a fall. There is price ranges for all with many different styles to choose from. If you are more inclined to take longer trails that involve all day adventures or even an overnight trip you are going to want to have proper gear for this also. There is many good one person tents that can be found online. One place I know has a good selection of tents is this outdoor tent store. You will also need a good set of lightweight cooking pans that will store in your backpack without weighting you down. These are just a few items you want to plan out for your nature trails hiking experience.

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Dutch Oven Recipes – Camping Recipes

March 21st, 2012 by ironcooker

Dutch Ovens for Camping

Dutch Oven over fire pitTo have some of the best tasting meals for camping that is low fat.
For camping feast that are delicious & fun to make you can’t beat a cast iron Dutch oven hanging on a tripod over hot coals on a hot summer night. When camping in parks or way back in a wild setting campers like to tell stories & trade camping recipes.  It’s a great time for children toDutch Oven Pizza learn Dutch oven cooking from older campers & to learn how to use them.  If you’re on a lone country trail or  trekking by a mountain lake;  join your fellow campers & share a good camping recipe with them.

Baja Seafood Stew

1/2 c Onion; Chopped, 1 Medium

1/2 c Green Chiles; Chopped

2 Cloves Garlic;Finely Chopped

1/4 c Olive Oil

2 c White Wine; Dry

1 tb Orange Peel; Grated

1 1/2 c Orange Juice

1 tb Sugar

1 tb Cilantro; Fresh, Snipped

1 ts Basil Leaves; Dried

1 ts Salt

1/2 ts Pepper

1/2 ts Oregano Leaves; Dried

28 oz Italian Plum Tomatoes; *

24 Soft-shell Clams; Scrubbed

1 1/2 lb Shrimp; Raw, Shelled, Med.

1 lb Fish; **

6 oz Crabmeat; Frozen, ***

Use 1 24oz can of Italian Plum Tomatoes that are undrained and cut in half. **

The following fish can be used: cod, sea bass, mahimahi or red snapper fillets that

are cut into 1-inch pieces.

*** Crabmeat should be thawed, drained and cartilage removed. Cook and stir

Onion, chilies, and garlic in oil in 6-quart Dutch oven until onion is tender. Stir in

Remaining ingredients except seafood. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer

uncovered for 15 minutes. Add clams; cover and simmer until clams open, 5 to 10

minutes. (Discard any clams that have not opened.) Carefully stir in shrimp, fish

and crabmeat. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer until shrimp are

pink and fish flakes easily with fork, 4 to 5 minutes.

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Outdoor Hiking – Outdoor Adventures

February 25th, 2012 by ironcooker

Wilderness Hiking 

Preparing for a hiking trip can be your most important task. Before anything else we must be sure we have a good supply of necessary equipment & supplies we will need for our  Outdoor Adventures Trekking Polesoutdoor adventures. Check them old hiking boots you have stored away in a box way back upon a shelf in your garage.
Little rodents have a way of finding things we thought was secure. One thing none of us want is to find out that we have to make a quick last minute run to buy boots because we did not check our gear a few days ahead of time. Check your  trekking poles for any repairs you may want to do to them, such as new tips, straps or even replacing them all together. If you are planning on a long hiking trip of more than a couple days you may want to plan ahead & leave heavy items such as cooking items at locations along your route. Cast Iron is great for cooking outdoors over an open fire but lugging these items over miles of wilderness is hard. You will want to plan ahead and leave items like cast iron skillets & heavy Dutch ovens at designated camping locations along your hiking path. A well planned trip is an enjoyable trip & one you will not regret. Food items take a little more time to prepare for & it all depends on how long you are going to be on your outdoor adventures. There are several camping stores that sell freeze dried items that are both lightweight & compact for hiking purposes. Water is something to really consider, you will want to carry at least enough water for one day with you or leave water bottles ahead on your trail with your cooking gear also. If you leave food items at locations make sure to protect these items from wild animals such as bears & raccoon or skunks. They will always be looking for a free meal from hikers & campers that have not taken precautions to put things out of their reach. If you are not taking a long trip of more than a few hours you may want to consider  carrying or pulling a small cart with items for yourOutdoor Adventure Trails Cookout camping kitchen with you. Where ever you decide to go or be sure to have a good plan for your outdoor adventure because an unprepared trip in a wilderness setting can be a disaster waiting to happen. Everything from clothing to preparing your meals can be a very rewarding experience that you will find other hikers & campers talking about on a regular basis. It is a great feeling knowing that you planned this outing & even some of the smallest details have made a big impact on how things have turned out on your trip into Mother Nature’s back yard. So get out & have fun, you will not regret a well planned wilderness vacation.

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Family Camping – Cabin Fever

March 4th, 2011 by ironcooker

Case of cabin fever

Serious Cabin FeverThere was a serious gleam in her eyes when the words camper came out of his mouth. With a straight face and a hard look he mentioned we need to pack things for camping. There is a serious case of cabin fever going on this time of year & we have discovered some great places close to home to cure the problem. Indoor camping this time of year is a great idea for cabin fever cure at this spring break refuge at Kalahari resort. Start with a great water park that will raise your excitement even on those cold winter days. If it’s mini golf you like, they have that for you too & a great fitness center. This refuge is loaded with many family activities for spring break & Easter specials. Of course what honest camper would take off thinking of spring without the camper?

That gleam was in her eye and that look on his face as they loaded all the gear in that old motor home. They can call it whatever they want, but we are going camping after all. Funny thing about a cabin fever is that you never really admit it until it’s here & set in. It’s been a long winter in this old house thinking about our Dutch oven recipes we will be cooking this summer. Those good old burnt hot dogs and marshmallows cooked over the fire put a smile on everyone’s face. While packing the trekking poles we stopped to think back on that trip last summer to an adventure we will never forget. So is it any wonder that we would be taking the camper to stay in this trip too? After all it just wouldn’t be camping without the gear we always take along.lonely Cabin Fever

We have that old motor home packed with all of our memories & will be heading down the road to that spring break retreat. We hope to see all you there; we will be the ones with the hot dogs and marshmallows!

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Outdoor Hiking – Outdoor Gear

October 10th, 2010 by ironcooker

Hiking in the outdoors can be a wonderful adventure

This article is focused on outdoor gear for the hiker

Hiking with outdoor gear If your young or old there is hiking trailes to fit your needs all over the country.
A few I have wrote about included trekking poles and a trip down mountain passes.

With fall in the air and winter on the way our needs in the outdoors change, This in mind
I have found a good outdoor gear store with items on sale for fall.
Check this outdoor outfitter for your hiking needs

One very nice hiking park  is Deer Creek Canyon Park.
In the beautiful state of Colorado.

It had its beginning as a campground for wandering bands of Ute & Arapaho Indians. two boys with hiking gear

The 1,881 acre park was first homesteaded in 1872,  by John Williamson.
At that time, Deer Creek’s rolling hills & fertile fields had attracted both farmers and miners.
John Williamson’s famed Couch and Clark Homesteads , as well as Glen Plym Ranch all sat within current park boundaries.

Deer Creek Canyon Park has many well maintained trail options to choose from.  All trails are very well marked

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Outdoor Hiking – Nature Trails

Sunday April 1st, 2012 in Outdoor Hiking | 1 Comment »

Dutch Oven Recipes – Camping Recipes

Wednesday March 21st, 2012 in Dutch Oven Recipes | 4 Comments »

Outdoor Hiking – Outdoor Adventures

Saturday February 25th, 2012 in Outdoor Hiking | 8 Comments »

Family Camping – Cabin Fever

Friday March 4th, 2011 in Family Camping | 6 Comments »

Outdoor Hiking – Outdoor Gear

Sunday October 10th, 2010 in Outdoor Hiking | 21 Comments »

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