Campfire Bacon

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Nothing rouses groggy campers from their beds quite like the succulent smell of sizzling campfire bacon. To make the most of your mornings in the great outdoors, check out these different methods for making delicious campfire bacon!


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Skewered

We cook marshmallows on sticks, why not bacon? To cook using this method, simply weave strips of uncooked bacon onto a skewer, leaving a small gap between weaves and a few inches empty on each end of the skewer. Put your skewered bacon over the flames and rotate it periodically until crispy. Because the bacon grease will just fall from the skewer into the fire rather than collect, this method is a healthier option…if that’s even possible when we’re talking about bacon.


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Skillet Cooked

Making bacon in an iron skillet is the most conventional method because it is simple and effective. To cook using this method, put you pan over the flames for a few minutes to heat up. Once hot, add your bacon strips, turning them occasionally. Once crispy, remove them from the heat. To avoid being left with half-cooked bacon, consider constructing a longer-lasting log cabin campfire to ensure that you get the job done.


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Cave Man Style

If you’re the type who likes to camp with nothing but the bare essentials, then the cave man style campfire bacon is for you! To cook using this method, find a relatively flat-surfaced rock that’s not too thick or heavy. Clean it off with a little bit of water and position it up against the fire. Drop some water on your rock and when you hear the water sizzle, you’re ready to lay your bacon strips down. Let them cook until they’re crispy and remove them from your all-natural cooking surface.


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Paper Bag Baked

Believe it or not, you can cook bacon over a campfire using just a paper bag. To attempt this interesting method, wait for the fire to begin dying out and then form a layer of bacon at the bottom of a paper bag. Then fold the bag closed and poke a sharp stick through the fold to keep it secure. Using your stick, dangle the bag over the hot coals, being careful not to let the paper bag combust. After about ten minutes your bacon should be done. If you want crispier strips, drape the bacon on your stick and hold it over the coals a bit longer.


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Smoke Infused –

Adding herbs and different types of wood to your fire gives off flavorful smoke that can enhance the taste of your campfire cuisines. Add some alder for a sweet flavor or spice up your food with some bay leaves. Click here to learn about some of these uncommon campfire cooking tips and discover how you can take your campfire bacon to the next level!

Pair your tasty bacon with some flame-cooked scalloped potatoes for a delicious campfire-cooked meal that the whole family will love!

Chalk Paint Your RV Fridge

Chalk Paint Your RV FridgeLooking for an inexpensive, easy, and creative way to add some flair to your RV’s interior? Chalk paint is a fun solution for a dramatic DIY upgrade that can completely transform the look of your RV. Revamp your plain, cookie-cutter RV refrigerator into a one-of-a-kind interactive grocery list, doodle pad, and message board. Read on to learn how to chalk paint your RV fridge.

Supplies

Materials for Chalk PaintingChalk Paint (you can find chalk paint at your local craft store or home improvement store)
Sponge Roller
Paint Tray
Painters Tape
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How To

  1. Once you have your supplies, your first step is to tape off the parts of your fridge that you don’t want painted with your blue painters tape. Ensure that you have a tight seal or you’ll risk paint leaking in under the tape.
  2. Wipe the surface of your fridge to clean off any dust and dirt. Shake and stir your paint.
  3. Now you’re ready to paint. It is recommended that you put down a drop cloth before you start to avoid spills, stains, or damage to your RVs interior. After your first coat is done, let it dry.
  4. One coat will likely not be enough. Typically, 3 coats does the job. Make sure to let each layer dry before applying your next coat.
  5. After you’re done painting, let it cure for around 48 hours.
  6. All that’s left to do now is grab your chalk and get artsy on your new RV fridge!

A few coats of chalk paint can give your kitchen a unique and creative feel that will make your RV stand out from the rest. Even after you chalk paint your RV fridge, it should still retain its magnetic properties, making it a fun and useful multi-purpose surface. Whether you are looking to cover imperfections, spice up the look of your RV, or get your hands dirty with a fun DIY project, chalk paint is a simple and fun solution.

Whittling Techniques and Tips

Whittling Techniques and TipsWhen you think of whittling, you might imagine an old man on a front porch in a rocking chair with wood shavings scattered at his feet, but whittling is a hobby that spans generations, genders, and skill levels. With relaxing motions and meditative effects, everyday new people are discovering just what is so additive about putting a blade to a block of wood. Whether you’re an avid carver or just curious about wood working, here are some whittling techniques and tips to keep in mind.


Wood

Best Wood for WhittlingSoft, straight-grain woods work best for whittling because they are easier to cut and carve. You want to avoid using wood with lots of knots, as they can be challenging to work around. Basswood is one of the most common beginner woods to work with but pine, aspen, and balsa are also good options. You can find wood for whittling at your local craft store or carving supply store.


Grain

WoodgrainGrain refers to the growth lines, or the pattern of the wood fibers. Being aware of grain is an important factor of whittling, and something you will want to pay attention to as you make your cuts. You always want to carve with the grain, meaning in the same direction as the grain, or across the grain, meaning perpendicular to the grain. If you notice your wood shavings are curling, this is a good indication that you are cutting in the right direction.


Tools

Best Tools for WhittlingBelieve it or not, you don’t need an extensive set of tools to be a master whittler. In fact, some purist carvers will tell you that using a simple pocket knife is the only genuine way to whittle, and they might not be wrong. Pocket knifes are portable and offer a variety of blade sizes, making them a great tool to carry with you. However, there are other options available out there. Fixed whittling knives don’t fold, but they are sturdier than traditional pocket knives and they feature a curved handle. The curved handled knives give you a more comfortable fit and are ideal for avoiding soreness and fatigue during those long whittling sessions. If you are more advance and are trying to achieve finer detail in your pieces, consider investing in a hooked knife. No matter what you are working with, remember that the sharpness of the tool is often far more important than the type of tool.


Basic Cuts

Basic Whittling CutsStraight Rough Cut – This is the cut that you will start out with when forming your piece. This cut is used to create the general shape you are trying to achieve.
Paring Cut – Also called the pull stroke or thumb cut, the paring cut looks similar to peeling a potato. This cut is the most used cut when whittling.
Levering Cut – Also called the push stroke or push-away cut, the levering cut is useful for those awkward positions that don’t allow for a paring cut.
V-Cut – This cut is great for adding detail to your wood, often used when creating the look of fur or hair. The V-Cut is also useful when cutting distinct lines to distinguish features.


Whittling Tips

Whittled Elephant Sculpture-Make sure the wood you are using is dry. Wet wood can warp or crack when dried.

-If you are having trouble achieving good detail because your wood is either too hard or too soft, try applying a 50/50 mix of rubbing alcohol and water.

-Consider wearing carving gloves to prevent injury and avoid getting blood on your creation. If you refuse to wear carving gloves, think about wearing a thumb pad. If you don’t want to wear a thumb pad, at least protect your thumb under some layers of duct tape.

-Don’t rush. Make controlled cuts and remove wood in thin layers or risk tearing the wood and leaving ugly marks behind.

-If you want to keep your hands free when whittling, use a device like a clamp or vice to affix the wood to a solid surface.

-Sharpen your knife regularly. If you notice that it is becoming more and more of a challenge to make your cuts, the problem is most likely that your blade needs to be honed.

-If you get a sliver, they can often be removed simply by placing a piece of duct tape over the area and gently pulling it off.

Don’t expect to pick this skill up overnight. Wood carving requires a lot of practice and patience. Good carving comes from experience and persistence, so don’t get discouraged if whittling doesn’t come to you as easily as you’d hoped. Continue working on your skills and before you know it, you too will be disappointed when its time to put down your knife and walk away from the wood.

Frankenmuth Oktoberfest

Frankenmuth Oktoberfest

Drink, dance, and eat the German way at Oktoberfest 2016 in the charming riverfront community of Frankenmuth, MI. Dubbed “Little Bavaria,” Frankenmuth is a festive town that knows how to take fun seriously. This is made apparent to the near 10,000 attendees who enjoy the long beer-infused weekend that takes place here annually.


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History of the Festival

Originally created in 1810 to celebrate the marriage of Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese, Oktoberfest continues in Munich today and is one of the largest festivals in the world. If a trip to Germany isn’t in your future, luckily you can still take part in this German tradition at Frankenmuth Oktoberfest in Heritage Park.

Frankenmuth Oktoberfest began in 1990 and was the first Oktoberfest to be sanctioned by the original Oktoberfest in Munich. The annual festival recreates the tradition as closely as possible to the original, even aligning the event to coincide with the Munich Octoberfest in Germany. The sight of attendees in their best bavarian attire and the sounds of yodeling, German polka, and cowbells successfully transform the Harvey Kern Pavilion in Heritage Park into a festive replica of Munich.


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Things to Do

At the Frankenmuth Oktoberfest there are plenty of ways to celebrate the heritage and culture of the festival’s birthplace. You can dance to German music, sample various German foods, and of course, drink authentic Hofbrauhaus Oktoberfest beer, the official beer sponsor of the event. Live music is provided along with a variety of other entertainment options, and vendors supply you with a selection of souvenirs to commemorate this historic festival.


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Wiener Dog Races

One event you’re not going to want to miss is the remarkable wiener dog races. Watch as 100 wiener dogs compete for the top prize of fastest dachshund. Ten dogs run at a time and the top ten dogs race for the first place title. For an equally adorable event, the festival also hosts a parade of wieners, with trophies given to the best dressed wiener, the smallest wiener, and the fattest wiener. At the parade you can also see the king and queen of the wieners dressed in traditional german attire. The wiener dog races take place on Saturday, September 17th with a $10 admission fee.

So put on your dirndl dresses and lederhosen, and come out to Frankenmuth’s 27th annual Ocktoberfest for a fun weekend of German music, cuisine, beer.

Frankenmuth Oktoberfest 2016 will be held Thursday September 15, starting at 3:00pm and closing at 10:00pm. Friday, Saturday and Sunday the event opens at noon, closing Friday and Saturday at Midnight. The festival comes to a close Sunday at 6:00pm. Tickets for the Frankenmuth Oktoberfest can be purchased at the gate. Shuttle service is available for a small fee and will be running continuously.

5 Signs You Need To Replace Your RV Awning

RV AwningAwnings are an important, and often overlooked, element of RV living. Whether it is sunny or rainy outside, awnings provide the shade and shelter necessary to comfortably enjoy the great outdoors. No matter how well you preserve your awning, it is eventually going to have to be replaced, and knowing when the time is right can be tricky. So to give you a better idea, here are 5 signs it’s time to replace your RV awning.


Opening and Closing your AwningYour awning won’t open and close properly

If you have to stress and sweat to close your RV’s awning, it is probably time to swap the old out with the new. Properly functioning awnings should smoothly open and close without resistance, so if you have to fight to get your awning in place, think about replacing it.


Noticeable Damage to your AwningThere’s noticeable damage to your awning’s structure

Don’t wait until you’re questioning the structural integrity of your awning before getting it replaced. You should routinely inspect your awning’s hardware for dents, bends, and any warping that can occur over time. Compromised awnings can collapse during use and cause serious injury, so if you notice visible damage replace your awning as soon as possible.


Can't Properly adjust AwningYou can’t properly adjust your awning

Being able to control and lock the pitch of your RV’s awning is essential to ensuring that rainwater flows properly off of it. If you find yourself forcing components into place when adjusting the pitch of your awning, you could be causing additional damage to your RV. Don’t underestimate or ignore what you think is a minor awning issues. Replace your old one and avoid any larger damage to your RV.


Nasty AwningThe fabric of your awning is unsightly

It is recommended that you clean your awning fabric at least once per year, but even with proper upkeep your awning’s material can still develop ugly mildew and mold stains, sun damage, and rot spots. If any of these eyesores look familiar, you might not need to get an entirely new awning, but you will want to replace your awning’s fabric before the problems worsen.


Awning Sun DamageYour awning shows signs of excessive wear

Mother nature can take a toll on your RV’s awning with excessive rain, sun damage, and possible snow build-up. Holes, tears, and fraying are all tell-tale signs of excessive wear letting you know that it’s time to replace your RV’s awning.
Awnings do more than just protect from the elements, they extend the living area of your RV to let you enjoy the outdoors under shelter and shade. Don’t overlook the importance of making sure your awning is performing properly. If you notice any of these 5 signs while evaluating your RV, invest in a new awning and enjoy your next adventure free from worry and uncertainty.

Great Trout Recipe

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Fishing is one of the most popular outdoor recreational activities in the United States! With over 50 million people taking part in some sort of fishing-related activity every year, it surpasses the number of Americans who play tennis and golf. As a sport, fishermen can compete in fishing tournaments around the country in hopes of snagging the biggest fish. Annually there are between 30,000-50,000 fishing competitions in the United States. People of all ages and abilities can take to the lakes, rivers, streams, and oceans with their fishing poles and bait and enjoy a relaxing afternoon of fishing. My boys have loved learning how to fish with their dad in our nearby lakes and streams, and I love it when they come home with a cooler filled with perch, salmon, and trout. Below I’ve shared a great trout recipe with you that my family loves!

As a member of the salmon family, trout is one of the healthiest fish you can consume, mainly due to the fact that it’s rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, EPAs, and DHAs. Omega-3s help lower your risk of developing heart disease and Alzheimer’s, and they are beneficial for people who suffer from arthritis. EPAs and DHAs are fats that are good for brain development and function, hormone healthy, fertility, and skin, hair, and nail growth. Trout also contains the minerals selenium and iron. Selenium fosters thyroid and fertility health, and iron helps with energy production and hair/nail health. By consuming trout twice a week, you’re doing something great for your health! And you’re undoubtedly enjoying one of the most delicious freshwater fish available. Lacking the pink hue that salmon is known for, trout has an earthy flavor that pairs well with strong flavors, such as bacon. Herbs like dill, terragon, and fennel also help bring out the savory flavor of a freshwater trout. Quick, easy, delicious, and healthy, what’s not to love about trout!


Great Trout Recipe

Makes 2 whole trout

Ingredients

FLOUR1/8 cup all-purpose flour

1 ½ tsp. paprika

rosemary½ tsp. dried rosemary

½ tsp. garlic powder

parsley½ tsp. dried parsley

½ tsp. dried dill weed

SALT-PEPPER¼ tsp. each of salt & pepper

2 whole trout (cleaned)

BUTTER1/8 C. butter (divided)

½ lemon (sliced thin)

almounds¼ C. slivered almonds (blanched)

4 slices of bacon


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Directions

  1. Combine the dry ingredients (flour through the pepper) in a small bowl. Stir them together to mix them up. Pour them into a Ziploc bag.
  2. Place one trout in the bag and seal the bag tightly. Shake it around inside the bag to fully coat it with the flour and herb mixture. Remove the trout from the bag and lay it flat on a piece of aluminum foil.
  3. Repeat for the other trout.
  4. Wrap two slices of bacon around each fish.
  5. Place a pat of butter, a lemon slice, and some slivered almonds inside each trout. Add more if desired. Top the fish with more lemon slices and almonds to taste. Sprinkle each fish with additional herbs if desired (paprika, rosemary, garlic powder, parsley, and dill).
  6. Place the fish on the foil onto a preheated grill (medium heat) or onto hot coals in a foil pouch (coated with cooking spray). Cook for about 8-9 minutes per side, or until the fish has browned nicely and the flesh flakes easily and looks opaque.

7 Survival Hacks

7 Survival HacksThese days many of us are very dependent on technology for pretty much everything! What do you do when you’re without technology and need to survive based on human abilities alone? Make sure to learn these 7 survival hacks to help keep you safe if you ever find yourself lost or stranded in the wilderness!

The main three areas you need to focus on to survive are food, water, and shelter. It may seem like a survival emergency to charge your iPhone, but you’ll live without it. Once you have yourself set up with these three elements, you’ll be much better off until you either find your way out, or a search party finds you.

Survival Hack 1: Soda Can Fishhooks

TTRV-7-Survival-Hacks-1After getting lost in the woods you’re probably getting pretty hungry. In order to fuel your body to make it back out, you’re going to need to find food! If you’re lost in an area that has lakes or streams you can try and catch some fish! If you don’t have a pole and hook handy, all you need is a knife, a soda can tab and some string. Using the knife cut an opening in the bottom hole (the wider of the two) on a slant. This is your hook. Cut away any extra you need to get enough space for a fish to bite it. You now have a homemade fishhook!


Survival Hack 2: Get your Bait

Survival Hack 2You could dig up some worms but if you want to catch a decent size fish, you should use those worms to catch real bait. To do this, all you need is a 2-liter bottle, some string, and a knife! Remove the cap, and just below where the bottle begins to slope up to the neck, cut all the way around. Turn the small piece around so that the top of the bottle is inserted into the rest of the bottle. Cut a small hole through both pieces on opposite sides. Use your string to tie the two pieces together on both sides with the holes you just made. Now put your worms down in the bottle and put the bottle in the water. Small minnows will swim in the bottle to get the worms but won’t be able to find their way back out. Then just untie one of the strings to open it up and get your bait. Now you’re ready for some real fishing!


Survival Hack 3: Getting the Fire Started Without Matches or a Lighter

Survival Hack 3Typically we use a lighter or matches to get a campfire going but if you’re lost in the woods you may not have either of these on hand. Hopefully you have either a pair of glasses, a mirror, or a round smooth water bottle. If you have any of these you’ll be able to get your fire going as long as the sun is out! All you need to do is use one of them to reflect the sun onto your tinder once it’s gathered. It will take a bit, but any of these 3 will concentrate the sun’s rays into a beam that will heat up the tinder enough to get a spark. Then you just gently blow on it to get it going.


Survival Hack 4: Cleaning your Water

Survival Hack 4After that delicious meal you’re probably going to be pretty thirsty. In fact, you can only go about 24 hours without water before your body begins to shut down. If you get lost in the woods, you will need to find and create clean drinking water to keep yourself alive. Not all water out there is safe to drink and since you won’t know about the area, it’s better to be safe and clean the water as best as you can. Giardia is just one risk you run when drinking water out there as it is a parasite that can get into the water from human and animal feces.

The first thing you want to do is filter out the dirt and grime from the water. You can do this by simply running the water through a t-shirt to strain out any solids that may be in it. It’s not as effective as a home water filter, but for when you’re lost and desperate, even sandy water will start to look good. Once you have your water filtered out, you want to boil it. This will kill bacteria and parasites such as giardia. You can use an empty soda can or a glass bottle to boil the water in a fire if you’re stranded without your cooking supplies.


Survival Hack 5: Tarp Shelter

Survival Hack 5Shelter is the next thing you’re going to need especially if it’s going to rain or you’re going to be stuck out in the woods at night. The easiest type to make is with a tarp and rope. Tie your rope between two trees at about the height of your head when you’re crouched down. You want to keep it somewhat low to the ground so there’s less space you need to heat with your body. Drape the tarp over the rope so that one side just touches the ground and the other folds under the tent shape you just made. This is your shelter base but you don’t want to have to just lay on the cold ground. To help insulate your shelter, find some leaves and grass to put under the bottom of the tarp so that it’s not just resting on the ground. Using some small sticks, peg down the corners of the part of the tarp that is on the ground. Then using more sticks and some rope, peg down the corners of the end that is hanging, so that it’s on a slant. You now have a waterproof shelter to keep you dry and somewhat warm.


Survival Hack 6: Leaf Hut

Survival Hack 6If you don’t have a tarp, don’t worry, there’s still and easy shelter you can build for yourself. First you need to find your beam and supports. You’ll want to find something long and sturdy that will hold the weight of your shelter without breaking. You need to prop one end up so look for a fork in a tree or a tall stump that will bring it up about 3 feet. You want to ensure it is secure and isn’t going to fall over on you because when you get done adding all the items to it, it’s going to be kind of heavy.

Next find yourself some branches and place them along both sides of the beam you just put up, close together. You want to be able to put leaves on them on the outside without them falling through. Once you have them all set up, start loading leaves and other vegetation on top. You want to get this layer approximately about 3 feet thick in order to keep you out of the elements and keep your body heat in. If there’s enough around, collect some slabs of bark and place them on the outside of this layer to help keep the rain out. Now all you have to do is find leaves and grass to insulate the bottom like with the tarp shelter!


Survival Hack 7: Quinzhee

Survival Hack 7What happens if you’re lost in the winter, when everything is covered in snow and it’s hard to find things like sticks and branches on the ground? Use that snow to build up a Quinzhee! This is basically just a shelter dug out of a pile of snow. First you want to start making a big pile of snow. As you add to your pile, pack it down a bit so that it sticks together. Once you have a pile about the size you want your shelter, let it sit for a bit so it can settle. Let it sit for at least an hour and a half and up to three hours. Go see what you can do to gather up some sticks. You’ll need a bunch that are about a foot long but the diameter can be pretty small. You’re just going to use them as a guide. Once it’s been sitting a while, you want to plunge the sticks down into the mound in random place, with about 2 inches still sticking up. Now you start digging out the door. If possible start to dig down a bit before you start going up into the mound. This dip down and then up into it will help trap your body heat inside with you. Once you have the door dug out, start carving out your snow cave. When hit the end of a stick, you want to stop. The sticks are there so you can ensure you don’t make the walls too thin. If they’re too thin they can fall in on you. Dig a trench around where you will sleep so that any snow that melts or condensation that builds up has somewhere to go and you don’t wake up soaked. To get fresh air in, you may want to put a couple fist sized holes in the walls near the top as vents.

Learning these 7 Survival Hacks will really help you if you ever find yourself lost without all the fancy things we’re used to! You can even have a bit of fun practicing these when you’re out on your camping trip so that you’re ready just in case. Either way, these hacks could potentially save your life, so if you plan to go anywhere that getting lost for a decent amount of time could be possible, keep these handy!

Sardines Game

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Camping is all about unplugging from technology, getting in tune with nature, and connecting with friends and loved ones. On your trip you want to try and find activities that will foster that. Playing the sardines game can give you a great tour of your surroundings and it bring the players close together. Sometimes really close depending on the hiding spot.


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How to Play

This is like hide and seek, only opposite in how many hide and how many seek! In the sardines game, there is only one person that hides! The rest of the group stays and counts. Once the hider is hidden and the group counts to the agreed upon number, everyone goes in search of the person hiding! If one of the searchers finds the hider, they then hide with them. Slowly one by one as the seekers find the hider, everyone hides together. They pack together in the hiding spot like sardines in a can! The last person left seeking is the next hider!

The sardines game is a fun game for kids and adults! You have to get creative with your hiding spots when you’re the hider. You want to find somewhere tucked out of the way where you won’t be easily spotted, but somewhere big enough that the others will be able to squeeze in with you! You will probably find the more of you hiding together, the easier it is to find you. Not only are you probably spilling out of the hiding place, but also this game tends to invoke a lot of giggles from the hiding spot.


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Tips and Variations of Play

Play the sardines game when it’s dark out, especially if you’re playing outside. Since the hiding spot needs to be big enough to fit more than one person, playing in the dark makes finding that spot easier for the hider and harder for the seeker.

Before playing there may be some prep you want to require of everyone. Ensure everyone has showered and is wearing deodorant. Furthermore, have them brush their teeth! The last thing you want is to have a bunch of people jammed into a small space with an unappealing odor. And since we’re in the topic of odors, make a no bean eating rule before the game.

One variation of this is called Fugitives. You dress in camo and hide in the woods. This makes your play area bigger and it’s harder to find someone in camo. You could even do this version when it’s light out!

Another fun version of hide and seek is Man Hunt. Everyone hides like in traditional hide and seek and you have one seeker. As the seeker finds those that are hiding, they join them in seeking. As they look, if the person that was previously hiding spots someone else that is hiding, but the seeker doesn’t see them, they wave to the other hider. The other hider then waves back and the first hider can then go hide again. The game is played until everyone is finally found and together.

Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint

Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic ViewpointThis stunning park offers jaw-dropping scenery for miles! Right on the ocean at Cape Cove, you will be hard pressed to get bored here. Not only is the park amazing, there are plenty of amazing things to see in the area! Take a trip to Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint and you wont be disappointed.

Heceta Head Lighthouse

Tour this picturesque lighthouse and see the engineering and construction of the 1800s. The Heceta Head Lighthouse stands 56 feet tall ad over looks the Oregon coast. The beam of light can be seen from up to 21 miles out on the ocean. On your tour you can see the outdoor base area of the lighthouse and the ground floor of the inside. The upper levels are currently being renovated and will reopen to the public for tours once complete.

Things to Do

Things to do at Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic ViewpointThere are plenty of things to check out at this park. The most fascinating is just walking around and taking in the sites! This is by far one of the most beautiful areas you will ever visit. Make sure you have plenty of batteries and space on your camera as you’re going to want to snap tons of photos!

Wild Life

Look around Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint for awesome wild life! Take a look over the rail if the lighthouse and you can see Common Murre possibly waiting for eggs to hatch. These birds look a little like a penguin and at time behave like them too. They dive up to 197 feet and are very agile in the water! While you’re looking out that way, watch for migrating gray whales as they can often be seen moving through the area especially in May. It’s been noted that you can also sometimes see sea lions sun bathing on the rocks and they even come here to give birth. Above your head you may be able to see a bald eagle soaring by or a brown pelicans passing through.

Hiking

You can hike from the parking lot of Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint, past the lighthouse and up to Carl G. Washburne Campground. During your hike you can explore caves as well as tide pools and the beach! Pack a picnic, as you will likely want to enjoy lunch in the surroundings of this great park. There are many picnic areas along the way that will allow you to kick back and take in all of what Mother Nature has to offer.

Beach

Kick back and soak up some rays on the beach. You can watch the waves lap the shore and hit the amazing rock formations. This is a great area to fly a kite, build sand castles, and take a walk or run. Depending on the weather and temperament of the ocean, there are lots of water sports that can be done here. Surfing, paddleboarding, and parasailing are just a few! There are plenty of places around that will rent out the equipment if you don’t have your own!

Geocaching

If you’re into geocaching, there is an Oregon State Park challenge out there waiting for you. You may be able to take part in the hunt at Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint. What’s Geocaching? It’s basically a super awesome scavenger hunt!


Near By

Near by Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic ViewpointAfter you’re done exploring this magnificent park, check out what the surrounding area has in store for you. There are plenty of marvelous things to see and do in the Florence area! Keep that camera handy!

Cape Creek Bridge

Conde McCullough is a known bridge engineer and has created some impressive structures! One of which is Cape Creek Bridge which runs right past Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint. The 619 foot long bridge runs the span of Cape Creek and looks much like a Roman aqueduct. See for yourself why this bridge attracts many people to its splendid architecture!

Sea Lion Caves

Located just north of Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint, Sea Lion Caves is a privately owned wildlife preserve where you can check out sea lions, birds, and whales! Located in a natural cavern, you will learn all about these great creatures and how they live! Get yourself ready because these sea lions are beyond adorable!

Thor’s Well

Head north of the park for a breathtaking view of a natural wonder! Thor’s Well is a sinkhole that developed in the rocks off the coast. You can watch, as the water seems to endlessly spill into it! Don’t get to close though! The waves can come in fast and if you fall in you will not likely survive. The water moves very fast and the well is made of all rock, which very unforgiving. So be sure that you view from a distance and use your zoom if you want to get a close up.

Sand Master Park

If you like snowboarding but not the cold, this is a great place to visit! Located just a few minutes south of Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint, you can take in some sandboarding! They have equipment rentals waiting for you so there’s no need to purchase gear if you don’t have it. They offer sandboarding, sand sledding, lessons, dune buggy tours, and even have sand sculpting clinics!


Camping

Camping Near Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic ViewpointCampground abound this area. With so many to choose from, where do you start? Here’s some info on a few that are close to Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint.

Carl G Washburne State Park Campground

Just up the trail from Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint, is Carl G Washburn State Park Campground. Here you will find close to 50 full hookup sites for the RVers and a few sites that have just electrical and water for the tent campers! They offer modern restrooms with showers and an RV dump station to clean your tanks on the way out!

Rock Creek Campground

Found just north of Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint, Rock Creek Campground is a bit more rustic. They have potable water and vault toilets available. You’ll enjoy berry picking, access to a creek, fishing, and use of grills at this campground.

Horse Creek Campground

Another more rustic campground, Horse Creek is located east of Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint. Horse Creek runs through the area giving you a relaxing view nestled in the trees. They offer potable water, a picnic area, and vault toilets. You can even get in some fishing while you’re here.

So what are you waiting for? Get out there and see Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint and make memories you won’t forget!

Winterizing Your RV

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It’s that time of year again. Summer is long gone and fall has turned the corner toward winter. The days and nights are too cold to enjoy camping, so it’s time to hang up your campfire tools and get ready to winterize your RV. Your RV has taken good care of you on your cross-country trips or your quick weekend getaways to your favorite campground, so now you can return the favor by properly preparing it for a restful winter’s nap. As you know, RVs can be complicated to own and take care of with all their many different parts and systems. So it’s probably not a surprise that winterizing your RV involves many steps to ensure that it’s done right. To avoid any weather-related damage to your RV, perform the following winterization steps to keep your RV safe and secure while it’s tucked away during the colder months.


Protecting Your RV’s Water System-

The most important thing you can do to prepare your RV for winter is to purge the entire water system of water. Any water that is left in your RV’s pipes, valves, tanks, and/or faucets can freeze, expand, and cause a lot of damage. And since most pipes are built into the walls of your RV, they are very costly to repair. Read the owner’s manual for specific instructions on how to best winterize your unit, but the basic supplies needed are:

  • RV antifreeze (non-toxic), about 2-3 gallons depending on the size of your RV
  • A water heater bypass kit (but only if your RV doesn’t already have one installed)
  • A black water holding tank cleaning wand (but only if your RV doesn’t have a built-in cleaning system)
  • A water pump converter kit
  • Tools to remove and install drain plugs

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Covering Your RV-

One of the best ways you can help protect your RV in the winter is by covering it. You can either buy a factory or custom-ordered cover specific to your brand and model, or you can use a tarp that you secure with straps. Either way, by keeping dust, dirt, snow, and ice off of your RV’s exterior, you’re protecting your RV from weather-related damage and helping it retain its value. If you use a tarp, make sure that it fits properly to prevent it from flapping in the wind and hitting the RV. Use bungee cords with plastic-coated hooks so that metal isn’t coming into contact with the sides of your RV.


Preparing Appliances-

Prop your refrigerator door open all winter long to prevent the growth of mold, mildew, and stale refrigerator smells. Tie one end of a bungee cord or rope to the door handle and the other end to something else to ensure that the door doesn’t close when it’s stored. A dry refrigerator is a non-stinky refrigerator. Check your owner’s manual for information on how to winterize your washing machine and ice maker as well.


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Preparing Your Generator-

If your RV has a generator, it’s very important to drain the fuel out of it during the winterization process. If you don’t, any fuel that is left in the generator will turn to a lacquer-like substance and will plug the jets of the carburetor.


Removing and/or Disconnecting the Batteries-

If your RV has one battery, remove it and store it in a warm place. Make sure the water level in the battery is sufficient before storing it. If your RV has more than one battery with a battery disconnect switch, simply turn off the disconnect and check the fluid levels of each one.


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Removing Food-

Do not store your RV with any food left in it, unless you want to feed hungry critters during the winter. Boxed and bagged foods are easy for them to break into. Keeping these in your RV will only attract unwelcome guests. Believe it or not, canned food can burst open if it freezes. So take your canned beans, corn, peaches, and more inside for the winter instead of leaving them in the RV to potentially freeze, break open, and create a big mess.


Inflating and Covering Tires-

Before walking away from your RV for the winter, make sure all of its tires are inflated to the proper tire pressure. This will help avoid any flat spots from developing on the tires due to your RV sitting on under-inflated tires over a long period of time. If flat spots do develop, the quality of your tires will be compromised. Also, tires take a beating from intense UV rays. They tend to dry out and can crack under the heat. RV tire covers go a long way in protecting the life of your tires. When shopping for an RV cover, it’s a good idea to invest in tire covers as well.


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Shading Your RV’s Interior-

To keep the intense UV rays from fading and discoloring your RV’s interior, make sure you close the blinds and shades inside the rig. We’ve all seen what can happen to sofas and chairs that sit in front of a window for a long period of time. The upholstery can fade and even take on a new color due to the sun’s harsh rays. Do your part to keep the sun out by simply pulling the blinds or shades closed and covering the large windshield.


Protecting Your Motorhome’s Drivetrain-

If your RV is a motorhome, then you need to be especially cautious of protecting its drivetrain. If you have diluted the engine coolant at all during your travels, you must replace it with engine coolant that will protect the engine to -30° F. Any water that you added during the summer will raise the temperature at which the coolant freezes, putting the engine at risk. Another good measure of prevention is having the oil changed shortly before storing the motorhome for the winter. Fresh oil will treat the engine much better over the winter than old oil that has started to break down. And top off the gas tank before you close it up and throw the cover on it. If the tank isn’t full, condensation can build up in the tank and cause corrosion and rust to form, which can wreak havoc on fuel systems and filters.