SUMMER CAMP TO GET THE KIDS OUTSIDE

6-26-14 by: ADNIN

So what do you have lined up to keep the kids busy, off the t.v. / video games and outside this summer? Not the easiest thing to do. So when my kids were young (say between the ages of 8 and 12) I would send them to summer camp that was full of outdoor activity. These camps are all over the place and the kids can discover interests that you may never have the chance to expose them to. For example in my family we spent a lot of vacations camping (even taking a cross country camping trip) but we did not do any rock climbing, surfing, rafting, cannoning or anything like that. It was at a summer camp that my son discovered an interest in rock climbing and white water rafting.

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Here is an example of the kind of climbing that the kids can experience. You can sign up for some of these activities at http://www.rockventures.net in Rochester, N.Y. I would send my son to something like this when he was young and he just loved it. Sometime the kids are a little afraid getting started but usually by the end of the first day they can’t wait to go back.

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And how about letting them experience a nice peaceful canoe ride down a river or for something more exciting some white water rafting on a river with rapids. You just have to see what is in your area. For the younger kids it is usually some type of day camp where you drop them off about 8:00 and pick them up bout 4:30 or 5:00. So they are gone all day with other kids their age and doing something fun. Another benefit of something like this is that they are usually exhausted when they come home and ready for bed after dinner and a bath.

When they are teenagers of course there are camps that they can travel to and take a longer adventure like for a week. If they really discover something they love then a week long camp of climbing for example can be perfect. These of course can be very expensive especially if they have to travel and spend airfare.

And it goes without saying that you need to investigate the camp and make sure they are safe because if not run properly these activities can be dangerous. So anyway look for something exciting in your area and send them to do something they won’t forget.

CAMPING IDEAS WITH YOUNG CHILDREN

6-9-14 by: ADMIN

We took a lot of outdoor camping trips when our children were young and they always loved it. Of course for the parents it is more work than staying in a hotel but in many ways it is more relaxing and much cheaper. The most important thing is to be really prepared for the trip. I would recommend staying in a campground with some activates if the children are really young. Something like a KOA with a pool. Also the KOAs have Camping Cabins which we stayed in when we took a cross country trip. You can get information from this site http://koa.com/ .

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Of course there are many size cabins and we always stayed in ones smaller than this one but you get the idea. This is great if you are arriving late and are too tired to set up a tent. I would check into making a reservation because these do tend to fill up.

When our kids where older (say 4 and up) we would stay in national and state parks. One of our favorites was Leo Carrillo State Park in California. It was so much fun going to fall asleep listening to the waves and then waking up early to the same sound. We were just steps from the ocean and could swim and buggy board. The water there is a little rough and cold. So bring your wetsuit and always be careful. (By the way if you are from the east coast and have never been in the Pacific Ocean I would like to warn you that the Pacific Ocean is much colder than the Atlantic even in the summer. People who live in California tend to have wetsuits. And the best time of the year to buy a wetsuit is in the summer.) That was a little bit of a side track.

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When we were on this trip we had a popup tent trailer and they are much more comfortable than just a tent.

Tent Trailer Rentals in San Diego and Orange County

You can rent something like this from this website http://easyrentrv.com/Tent_Trailer_Rentals.html .

We thought this was pretty easy to set up and to tow. Some of them have a kitchen and can sleep up to 6 people so it does make camping easier. So if you are going to camp with your children try to use some of the convinces that are available and enjoy the trip. Don’t just think of it as being unconfutable in a tent because there are many options and the kids will have a great time.

CAMPING IN THE DESERT

5/17/14 by: ADMIN

It might be hard to believe but many people love to camp in the desert. You just do not want to do that in the summer; you might not survive. Why would anyone want to camp in the desert? Well if you have never done it you will find that it is beautiful. And as long as you follow some guidelines and just use common sense the desert really is a place you can get away from it all.

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Just image waking up to beautiful scenery on a crisp morning; or taking a hike and seeing beautiful desert flowers.

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In the spring flowers are everywhere and the temperature does not get to high. Fall is also a great time of the year for the desert but you will not have the flowers. Winter can be cold and needless to say the summer is just way too hot to even be safe.

Now for some advice from my experience with these types of trips. Always go to bed early because when the sun comes up you will start to cook in your tent so you will have to get up with the sun, and at night when you are sleeping it can get quite cool so have a good sleeping bag and some warm clothes. You can always take things off but you do not want to freeze all night.

Bring tons of water, way more than you think you will need. That is one thing you do not want to run out of. And bring plenty of sunscreen; make sure you put it on first thing in the morning even if it is not hot. Remember the sun is intense in the desert even when there are clouds. Bring a hat and sunglasses.

When you are hiking you want to stay on trails remember it is easy to get lost and there may not be any other people around for days so do not lose your campground. Go with a group and have more than one car in case a car breaks down you will still be able to get out.

So go for it and have a great time just be careful and use commonsense.

There is a lot of hiking and camping in the San Diego area. One of my favorites is the Lake Poway area which of course is near Poway, CA and just north of the city of San Diego.  You can boat and fish on the lake and have a picnic in a beautiful setting like the one in this picture. The kids will love everything about this and there are many hiking trails that are family friendly.  Check out the city of Poway website for further information, http://www.poway.org/Index.aspx?page=638.  Even if you are camping somewhere else in San Diego Lake Poway is worth a day trip.

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Maybe you can even set a record for catching the largest fish here. On the website you can check out the current records for the different types of fish and the record.

Another great place near San Diego is Palomar Mountain State Park. You can get all the information about this park by visiting http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=637. The scenery is beautiful and so is the view up there. It will snow in the winter so I think it is best to avoid camping there then. But if you live near Palomar Mountain it is a great place to take the kids when it snows for sledding.

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When I have taken my kids there we usually see deer and lots of wildlife. Also there are beautiful flowers in the spring when the weather starts to warm. It’s just a great place for an outdoor family day or for overnight camping.

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I SPY for road trips……Very cute, used when we went camping. I put these in a sheet protector and had dry erase markers. Marlee (5) was able to cross off quite a few of them!

June 24, 2014

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