Category Archives: Backpacking

Water Safety in Camp

I read two terrible news stories recently, of children drowning while their families were camping. In one, a child wandered away while his mother was cooking at their campsite. In the other, two children woke up early in the morning … Continue reading

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Camping in RV Parks–Yes, Even in a Tent!

You don’t have to own a recreational vehicle to camp in an RV park. Many such parks have sites where you can put up your own tent, and some have cabins, yurts, or even RVs that you can rent for … Continue reading

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TEN ESSENTIALS FOR BACKPACKING WITH BABIES AND SMALL CHILDREN

(I wrote the  following article for the July+August issue of WASHINGTON TRAILS, a Publication of the Washington Trails Association.) In keeping with the tradition of creating lists of ten essentials, I offer my own ten here. Preparation:  Set up your … Continue reading

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An International Menace, Firewood From Home

I used to tell campers to bring firewood from home, but I don’t do that anymore. I used  to say it would be less expensive to bring firewood than to buy it in or near camp, but that advice is … Continue reading

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How to Pee In The Woods

At many trailheads, the park or forest service or other authority has provided a toilet of some kind, because it’s a basic truth that many people feel the need to go before they start. But what if there isn’t any … Continue reading

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May is Fitness Month: My Program Is Weight Watchers and Jazzercise

I learned at my Jazzercise session this morning that May is National Fitness Month. For many years, I have been keeping fit with Jazzercise and Weight Watchers. With the camping season approaching, you may be thinking that you should start … Continue reading

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Rainy Days in Camp, Plan B, and C, and D…..

My son just made reservations for a three-generational camping trip to our favorite Oregon State Park, Jesse M. Honeyman, this summer. It made me think of another trip to Honeyman, many years ago, when it rained and rained. We didn’t … Continue reading

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Odor Beaters, Stinky Tents, and Urethane

We own three tents. In recent years, as backpackers, we have been using only two of them. (See the larger of the two, the red tent behind me in the picture at the About Goldie page, taken at Crystal Lakes … Continue reading

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National Parks Week–April 17 to 25

This came to me from the National Park Foundation Newsletter: “Each year we take time in April to celebrate what we all have inherited as Americans: 84 million acres of the world’s most spectacular scenery, historic landmarks and cultural treasures. … Continue reading

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A Camping Necessity: Blue (or any other color) Tarp

A blue tarp in place It won’t take up a lot of room in your camping gear, but a big tarp, a lot of rope, and a couple of extra tent poles can come in handy or possibly save the … Continue reading

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