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Camp Cooking

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Campsite cooking is probably our favourite thing about camping! We are always trying out recipes that are quick to prepare with minimal ingredients and easy clean up. Butter chicken is a classic Indian curry that is most often mild but very flavourful and quite hearty. Adjust the amount of ingredients to suit your number of guests. You can make your own

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We have a pop-up tent trailer, and like most models, it has vinyl windows with screen material on the outside. When the windows are unzipped and rolled down, vinyl straps that are sewn in at the top and attached with velcro tabs at the bottom keep the rolled material in place.   Last fall when we were camping, we were

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Today is a proud & poignant moment in the life of camping parents. Our youngest child has flown the camp nest and ventured out on her own adult camping trip.   The oldest of our three birdies has been camping since he was nearly a newborn and took up the cause on his own in his early 20s, traveling with

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Should you fill up your on-board water tank before pulling out of the driveway or wait until you get to the park and use their potable water supply. The answer involves both personal preference from your own experiences as well as some good old fashioned physics. Points to consider: The availability of water at your destination, your trailer & towing

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Shish kabobs are great for cooking over a campfire or portable grill. Small strips or cubes of meat cook quickly, saving time and fuel. You can marinate the meat ahead of time and transport it pre-cut in a zip-lock bag. You can use a variety of meats and veggies as well as marinades. Our faves are beef sirloin, pork loin,

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One of the great joys of camping is cooking outdoors, whether it be over a campfire, on a Coleman stove, or a portable grill. No matter where, cooking is an opportunity to engage all the senses… The smell of ingredients as they cook. The sound of sizzle on a grill. The sight of items browning and bubbling plus the warmth of

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As we settle into the middle of winter, we look expectantly ahead to spring. The trillium, Ontario’s official flower, is in the height of its bloom from mid-April through the end of May. They are also know as wake-robin because they open up their blossoms around the time that robins appear. Look for trillium in woodland areas where they provide a flowery carpet beneath

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There are numerous ways that camping in the great outdoors makes us mindful of conservation. The first several are pretty obvious. Camping involves conserving supplies, fuel, and waste. Whether it’s hiking into the backwoods, driving into a park with a tent & trailer, or enjoying full hookups in a motorhome, you have to think a lot about conservation. Limiting food and water is necessary to

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! May your 2017 be filled with Happy Travels!

Camping under the stars is truly a delight. Sometimes, however, you need a light a little brighter than the stars. Flashlights and headlamps are great for after-dark trips to the comfort station and lanterns are perfect for an evening by the campfire. Our pop-up trailer has indoor lights that run off the battery or shore power but they are blindingly bright. Occasionally

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