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|evergladesdave on 7/7/2016 11:46am|
|Try an Everglades overnight kayak camping tour. Come kayak, explore and truly experience the REAL Everglades! You can find complete details on all of the trips at www.everglades-kayak.com. Let me know if you have any questions.|
|quincypair on 8/22/2013 8:59am|
|Our cook is getting on and standing up to cook is much easier than on one's knees. When kayak camping, we can't carry our canopy, and finally found at Piragis in Ely, Minnesota the perfect kayak tarp made in Minnesota. It's a 10 x 10, like our canopy, and weights only 1 1/2 pounds and can be set up in several ways with the center reinforced and looped for more conventional set-up with loops (better than grommets) along the sides. It comes with sealant for the seams which you have to put on yourself. Folds up in a compact bag which fits easily into the hatches. It's used on their outfitting trips into the Boundary Waters and we first saw it at the Outfitters on Apostle Islands -- they were packing the larger versions. |
We had been planning to make an escalating tent pole in varying diameters to fit into each other in the eventuality we found a lightweight tarp. That was before we hit Piragis -- they have a nesting pole 8 inches long which was just the ticket. Why don't we use our paddles? You can't stick one end of the paddle into the ground for more support and we don't want to chance breaking the paddle in a strong wind. www.piragis.com for catalog.
|quincypair on 3/26/2013 5:23am|
|If you're camping, comfort may be a paramount thing if you're expect to be looking forward to your next camping trip. And that can be done if car camping. If paddling and camping, particularly in a kayak, think backpacking. Water weighs 8 pounds per gallon and can't be dehydrated. On multi-day trips one has to reduce weight somewhere and that's on gear. Our camping,cooking and eating gear weight 25 pounds -- almost all backpacking gear with sleeping bags for 40 degrees. Add another 2 pounds for 20 degree sleeping bags. We have a backpacking tent with two openings (we value this more and more). As backup always carry a water filter (the best you can afford) for multiday trips. And SPOT, a satellite emergency device, is recommended if you wilderness camp and paddle a lot. Cell towers are not built where there are no people. And dehydrated food is better than freezed dried which is wayy to salty, even if your paddles are hot and sweaty. And just a little wafer of good chocolate (wedged where it can't melt and not recommended for hot days) makes a great dessert and it doesn't take any space. One of us now needs more caffeine than tea in the morning, so we buy 50 packet-size VIA Starbucks Coffee packets from Amazon. Nescafe also has these handy little coffee packets, but the Starbucks Via has such aroma and even the non-coffee drinking one loves its smell in the morning. Nestle has cappucino packets (about 10 times the size of the Via) which the other brings for cold mornings. The only decent tasting ones are European (Greek, preferably), which one can sometimes get from Amazon. The Mexican cappucino (Nestle has a multi-national consumer base) are too sweet and probably has less coffee and we used to be able to get it at Walmart until we discovered the made for the Greeks cappucino. The advantage of getting 50 packet sizes (if you camp a lot) is that you can get it in Italian Roast, non caffeinated Italian Roast,, Starbuck Blend and Colombian.|
|golf1here on 3/23/2013 11:44am|
|I http://i960.photobucket.com/albums/ae81/golf1here/Z_zpsbcd81206.jpglike to tent camp but like/need to be comfortable. I hate having to crawl in and out of a tent , struggle with tent poles, and not being able to stand up to get dressed. I found the perfect solution. It is called the Standing room 100 tent. I found it on Amazon. It hangs from one of those back yard shade canopies. It is 10x10 and has almost 9' of head room! It also has two doors so you can put two or more together. This tent is big enough for a queen size air mattress, a table, and two chairs with still enough room to walk around.|
|quincypair on 7/16/2012 1:14pm|
|We need to add that a canopy can make a tenting-car trip far more enjoyable. We were given a used canopy which was slightly damaged and it made our camping so much more comfortable: providing shade and rain protection for the picnic table, allowing one to add nonfood items on the picnic table during the whole camping trip. We then purchased a rapid shelter (from REI) using one of our discount coupons. We liked it so much that we bought another for a not-for-profit so their staff could have sun protection when they did outdoors presentations, displays, etc., gave another one to a son-in-law for a birthday gift. The first time he used it was at a family tent camping trip for our grandkids school. It rained -- the parents all congregated under the rapid shelter; I guess the kids all got wet. Rapid shelter cost more than many similar products, but it is exceedingly well supported and buttressed and it has withstood strong winds and strong rains. It is faster to set up our than our tents and sleeping gear -- about 5-7 minutes. After tents, sleeping bags, cooking stove, recommend getting a canopy.|
|quincypair on 3/6/2012 9:45am|
|If you're paddling and tent camping, you don't want a tent any heavier or any bigger than you need. |
A good, sturdy (what you pay is what you'll get) canopy for over the picnic table will save a lot of problems when it rains. You can buy separate side flaps (4 is not necessary -- driving rains usually come from one direction, 2 probably.) for side rain protection. A 10' x 10' covers the usual state parks picnic table and then some (folding chairs).
We don't like dry milk, but we buy individual size non-refrigerated milk cartons to use with our breakfast cereal. You can get them regular or organic, 2%, fat-free in the canned milk, dry milk section at Publix. Parmalat, in larger cartons, is also available. We used to buy the larger Parmalat, but when open it needs refrigeration, so we wasted a lot of milk.
Re: storing food stuff away at night. I'd add, keep a spot open in your car to store all the food items. Our last camp trip, when we realized that we had not stored the food away (even though in plastic carriers with tight lids), we decided that making room for those carriers in the mess we had left in the car was too much and left it to chance. We were awakened from deep sleep by the sound of rattling plastic cartons. The raccoon had eaten the hand of bananas, tried to take off with most of the oranges (in an open box) and was wrestling with the smaller of the plastic containers on the ground.