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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Camping: Low Cost Fun

          So, I bought a tent recently, set it up to make sure that it works and has no faults. I am getting excited about getting to use it this summer and later. I remember times with my family out and camping, from the Big Bend State Parks to Garner State Park in the Hill Country of Texas. I look back and realize those times are the ones I remember. My point here is as a family getting out can get expensive, especially for vacation, this can help those expensive hotels and make it fun. Here are some things that you can do that will make those times memorable.
          First, there are many campsites close to great places to go. Austin, San Antonio, Corpus Christi, Dallas, there are many camping areas that can make these trips fun, go just outside the area and see some great scenery and make for beautiful family pictures. Check in your local area by going to your local state Parks and Recreation Services, they will have listings of where to go, rates, contacts, maps and things to do while in the park. If you get adventurous, go to the people at some of the other campsites and meet them, you would be surprised who you will meet, bring some extra desert and I am sure people will be very friendly. 
          Second, some of the supplies you will need are not as specialized as it looks. You will at least need a tent, sleeping bag or blow up mattress and sheets, cooking gear (if needed), flashlight or lantern. Some of these things can be found at your local dollar store, they have great plastic ware that you can get for a few dollars and not have to spend a lot. You can also find pots and pans there for cheap. Also a can opener, a small hammer, a knife, and waterproof matches are some things that you will want to include. If you can't find or think that the waterproof matches are too expensive, you can get a candle, let the wax melt and lightly dip the ends in the wax. Also, a first aid kit is a good idea for anything that might happen while out and about. There are items that are designed for camping, they can be expensive though. you might want to make a checklist of things that you need to make sure that you don't forget anything. 
          Third and finally, Have fun, bring things that the family can do together, even a card game can be fun under the stars, s'mores are another fun thing to get, as well as just being together. Check the local weather where you are going to be staying and have fun. Bring a radio if any weather is around so you can listen to updates. 
          So, remember, make reservations, find places close by to camp, make sure you bring everything you need, and have fun. Camping can be fun if you know what to do and how to do it. There are so many family memories that can be made by simple expeditions and other exciting things. Explore the area and be careful if you are bringing the little ones. Hope to see everyone out and about. 

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

The Start

Well This is the start of my interesting thought and blog. This is going to be interesting in that I always have ideas, yet I tend to expand upon them and then have to change everything. This is an expansion of my other blog, yet I think this one will give more freedom to do what I want. Here it is in all its glory.
I am hoping to be doing some thoughts on what to do during the seasons, also where to go and how to save some money while doing things. Keep me in and posted. Feel free to comment and give ideas and subscribe to keep an eye on me.