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Family camping is a great way to spend quality time with your kids. When camping with children you generally want to choose a larger, more durable tent that will stand up to rough use by your little ones, and have room to store all the extras traveling with children requires. It helps to keep things organized so you are not searching through a pile of clothes and sleeping gear every time you need something. Pay attention to details such as: Gear Lofts, Pockets and Loops - Most tents have built in pockets that are great for keeping flashlights handy for late night bathroom breaks,...

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Before we had our son, my husband and I camped all the time, often times deciding to go and packing the night before we left.  Our adventures these days require much more planning, and significantly more supplies. Here are some things we find helpful when camping with our son.  1.  TAKE THE PACK N PLAY I know its big.  I know its bulky.  But trust me, you want to take the pack n play.  There are goingto be be times when you need both hands free, to set up the tent, to cook, to build a fire, and you are going to need...

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Outdoor enthusiasts have long known that a weekend in the woods relieves anxiety and lifts the mood, and now there’s scientific evidence to back it up. University of Colorado Boulder has released a study showing injections of the soil bacterium Mycobacterium vaccae not only made mice more resilient to stress, but also reduced system wide inflammation.  The study has been found to be one of the “top ten advancements and breakthroughs” of 2016.  There have also been previous studies showing that M. vaccae increases serotonin in the prefrontal cortex, which modulates anxiety. Researches suspect the “hygiene hypothesis” is at play....

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My husband and I spend a lot of time in the woods.  There’s a large system of trails near our cabin that we have hiked many times over the years.   One such trail starts about 100 yards from our cabin door.  It’s an easy hike, there’s not much elevation change and it’s a relatively straight shot to the creek where we snack and play in the water.  One day last summer we started down the trail, thinking that we had plenty of time to get there and back before dinner.  Our son was two at the time, and we’ve been...

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Some of or favorites from from the Overland Expo 2016.  

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