Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Indiana Edition

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Hiking & Camping

Finally, a First Frost

Literally, as these words are being pounded out on the keyboard, the first frost of the season is slowly melting off the dead-but-don’t-know-it-yet flowers in the yard. It looks to be a clear, still morning, the normal harbinger of frost in October. Everything within five feet of the ground is coated in a fuzzy white blanket. The first frost is always bittersweet. Even though it has occurred several weeks later than normal, the event is...

2017 Camping Etiquette Guide

It’s prime camping season and hordes of Hoosiers are heading to private campgrounds and state parks to enjoy all the healthy benefits of outdoor living: wholesome days of hiking, nights around the campfire, fellowship, outdoor beauty and Mick Jagger howling “I can’t get NO satisfaction”. Let me explain. I have been...

Tents and Rain are a Normal Combination

With the arrival of June, we have also hit prime camping season so we're going to talk about tents and rain. Trust that I have been officially designated as an Expert on this topic because I have repeatedly demonstrated the ability to break even a Level Four drought by...

Shopping For A Used RV – You’re Doing It Wrong

Shopping for a used RV? We've got tips! Shopping for a used RV can be exciting and frustrating. There are well maintained units available but there are many more that are poorly maintained or outright abused. Repairs can run into the thousands, or worse, cost more than the RV is...

The Portable Solar Panel is Part of the Outdoors

Times sure have changed. Merely a generation ago, people only made phone calls from a landline and there was no email, just the good old postman. When sportsmen headed into the bush, they carried a map and compass. In case of emergency, they had matches and maybe a flare. Nowadays...

Christmas Gifts for Campers and Hikers

While anglers and hunters get the attention as collectors of gear and gadgets, hikers and campers are similarly afflicted with the need to have the newest, coolest items for their time in the outdoors. Here are a few ideas for Christmas gifts for campers and hikers on your shopping...

How to Winterize an RV or Travel Trailer

It's a pain in the neck but failing to winterize an RV or travel trailer is far bigger headache (and costly) in the long run. What is the purpose of winterizing?  The primary reason is to keep the water lines, water tank, water heater, and water pump from freeze damage. ...

Trailer Lights 101

Almost everyone with a fishing boat has either gotten it wet already or will in the near future. But one of the most aggravating aspects of pulling a boat is the unreliability of trailer lights, especially when they are a necessary safety item. I have never owned a boat trailer,...

Wet Weather Tenting Tips

Let’s talk about tents and rain. As I can often work up a sizable drizzle by simply looking at a picture of a tent, I have practical experience. Those of you who are safely ensconced within your aluminum condominium-on-wheels simply roll over and go back to sleep upon hearing the...

Old Camper Makes Special Hunt Camp

The moment I laid eyes on that worn out old camper, I knew she had to be mine. Her beauty surely wasn’t apparent to...

Hunting Season….Beauty, Biscuits, and Beer!

I have to admit that I don’t do much of the traditional hunting. Oh I’ve participated in a few hunting activities when camping like...

How Not to Get Divorced When Backing Up

So you are taking advantage of the end of season RV sales, or thinking about February’s Boat/Sport/Travel show, or maybe you have struggled this...

Giant Tent Serves as Season Long Basecamp

Someday I hope to own a piece of hunting property on which I’ll build my dream cabin. I hope it’ll be home to countless...

Toasted Marshmallows: The Ultimate Fall Aperitif for the Young and the Young at Heart

Everyone enjoys a nightcap when camping and what better way to end a crisp fall evening at a Hoosier campground than with toasted marshmallows....

The RV Hall of Fame with a Side Order of French Toast

Photo above: the Author's husband Rob Kernodle at the RV Hall of Fame   Traveling through the campgrounds of Indiana, we’ve encountered quite a wide variety...

That First ‘Real’ Campout

I’ve reached another milestone in fatherhood. My son, who started kindergarten last week, is expressing interest in the great outdoors. Bursting with pride, I took...

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