5 Oregon State Parks That Offer Cabin and Yurt Camping

5 Oregon State Parks That Offer Cabin and Yurt Camping

Yurts & Cabins: A dilemma Portlanders face every winter is the desire to camp and spend time outdoors in cold weather. Frosty temperatures, substantial snowpack, and unpredictable weather conspire to keep us home. Fortunately, there are many cabins and yurts around Portland that offer an appealing alternative to pitching tents in rainstorms and wind gusts. Yurts are domed tents with electricity, wooden floors, locked doors, beds, tables, chairs, lighting, and a covered porch. Staples along the Oregon Coast, where numerous state parks rent yurts year-round. The structures can now also be found in Central and Eastern Oregon. Cabins, meanwhile, offer year-round camping in cozy, wooden structures, most with lights, electrical outlets, covered porches, beds, and dining tables. Yurts and cabins are popular among outdoors-loving Oregonians.

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RV Guide for New Travelers – Top Five

RV Guide for New Travelers - Top Five

RV Guide: RV Guide: Are you looking to hit the road and spend retirement enjoying the RV lifestyle? Maybe you want to rent an RV to take your family on the vacation they will never forget? Recreational vehicles are a great way to reconnect with nature while maintaining some of the luxuries of home. To help ensure your maiden voyage doesn’t end up like the Griswold’s, Jane from Outdoorsy.com shares five hacks for RV travelers. RV travel is one of the best ways to get out, see the world and experience it in a way that simply cannot be duplicated through more traditional travel options. Not only do you have the chance to travel wherever you want at your own pace, but you can also

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A Guide To Campfire Safety

A Guide To Campfire Safety

Campfire Safety: After two months of exceptional drought this fall, forests across the Southeast were like a tinderbox. “When the leaves started falling, we had no rain to wet them down,” said Tennessee State Park Ranger Stuart Carroll. “If we get periodic rain, the leaves capture the water and help the soil stay moist. But, this year, the rain just seemed to shut off, and we had this incredible load of leaves, limbs and brush.” Due to lighting strikes and blazes started by people, hundreds of forest fires ignited in November, burning 119,000 acres from Alabama to Virginia. In Gatlinburg, Tenn., fires claimed the lives of 14 people. Additionally, nearly 20,000 acres burned in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Several states, including Tennessee, issued burn

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Hot Cocktail Recipes for Warming Up Your Winter Adventures

Hot Cocktail Recipes for Warming Up Your Winter Adventures

Hot Cocktail Recipes: Getting quality outdoor time during the winter can come with a few sacrifices, but a delicious cocktail need not be one of them. That’s why we’ve hand-picked six hot cocktail recipes that can be made at home or in the outdoors. These drinks are sure to warm the fingertips and elevate the spirits of those who play in cold temperatures. We recruited professional NYC bartender with a General Certificate in Distilling, Ryan Herzog, to curate these recipes for a variety of winter adventures. 1. Italian Coffee The perfect powder day cocktail. Jenna Herzog A close cousin to Irish coffee, this Italian variation calls for bittersweet amaro to add depth and spirit to your daily brew. Try it: instead of your usual morning

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5 Ways to Beat the Cold on Winter Hikes

5 Ways to Beat the Cold on Winter Hikes

Winter Hikes: When winter arrives hiking and backpacking just get better. On high mountain trails, the bare trees allow you to see for miles, and the cold, clear air creates perfect conditions for brilliant sunsets. Plus, you don’t have to suffer the heat and mosquitoes that descend on trails in summer. Still, some people avoid trails in winter because they think cold temperatures will make them uncomfortable. But, if you take certain steps and follow the advice of seasoned hikers, you can beat the cold and remain warm, content and safe during cold weather. As you contemplate a winter outing, consider the following five tips offered by veteran hikers. 1. Layer Your Clothing The key to staying comfortable on the trail in winter is to

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5 Backpacking Skills to Master in the New Year

5 Backpacking Skills to Master in the New Year

Backpacking Skills: If you’re new to backpacking, you might be eager to try a more challenging hike. Maybe you want to do a longer trip and backpack for more than a week?Perhaps you’d like to explore a place that’s more remote and wild? If you’re going to go big, you need to improve your backpacking knowledge and skills. As you hike more miles, tackle tougher terrain, and move farther away from civilization, you’ll face more obstacles. You and your hiking partners will have to rely on your own know-how to overcome them. Make this the year that you take your backpacking skills to the next level. In our list of skills below, we begin with fitting and packing your pack. While those sound like simple

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10 Tips for a Successful Family Camping Trip

10 Tips for a Successful Family Camping Trip

Family Camping: For many of us, some of our fondest memories of growing up come from camping with our families. You just have to smile when you recall the fun of jumping into a cool lake on a hot summer day, chasing fireflies under a starry night sky, or making S’mores around an open campfire. Even if you’re not a hardcore outdoors person, you can make those same memories for your family. The key is to put some effort into planning your camping trip so that it will be memorable, fun for everyone, as stress-free as possible, and safe. Here are 10 tips for taking a successful family camping trip. 1. Make a Dry Run…or Two It can be a little frightening for children to

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Winter Camping: Pro Tips on Staying Warm and Savoring the Solitude

Winter Camping: Pro Tips on Staying Warm and Savoring the Solitude

Winter Camping Pro Tips: Winter doesn’t mean the camping season is over. With proper gear and planning, savvy outdoor lovers can immerse themselves in nature year-round—and savor the solitude and serenity of a winter landscape almost all to themselves. Cold weather camping is quiet and peaceful, and comes at slow, even introspective pace, since most other campers are long gone, but the sunsets are every bit as beautiful, and the campfires are even more comforting. Here’s how to do it, without dropping a bundle on gear. 1. Remove the Fear. Our instincts are a major obstacle to winter camping—and for good reason. Hypothermia and frostbite are very real threats for the ill prepared. Luckily, staying safe and comfortable does not require much beyond some solid

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Start a New Tradition with a Campfire Holiday Feast

Start a New Tradition with a Campfire Holiday Feast

Campfire Holiday Feast – We can all agree that tradition is one of the best parts of the holiday season. Sharing a tradition builds family bonds and provides the comfort of familiarity, but after a while the years can start to blur together until no one can remember what year Uncle Johnny lit the neighbor’s yard on fire deep frying a turkey, or when Grandma’s pecan pie won first prize in the county fair. And while carrying out the traditions themselves can be more cherished than the secret family recipe they are built around, every once in awhile, change can be a welcome breath of fresh air. We believe in the invigorating power of that fresh air, which is why we are proposing something a

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How to Elevate Your Backpacking and Camping Food Game

How to Elevate Your Backpacking and Camping Food Game

Elevate your camping food game – Food tastes better in the outdoors… we’re pretty sure it’s science. But no matter how delicious your favorite freeze-dried meal is, or how much you swear by tortillas and peanut butter, trying something new never hurts. It’s easy to enhance backcountry meals without much extra effort. Whether you’re car camping, out for a backcountry weekend, or in it for the long haul, here are a few ways to elevate your food game during your next trip. 1. Car Camping The sky’s the limit regarding weight/packability when car camping. Get a good cooler, bring a spare fuel canister, and stash a few extra garbage bags to pack out waste. Prep each meal as much as possible Prepping meals at home

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