• The Bobcat

    March 4, 2015 Comments (0) Fauna

    Bobcats (Lynx rufus) are the most numerous of wild cats in North America. Close relatives to the Lynx in Canada, Bobcats share the Lynx’s tufted ears and get their name for their short tails. From Canada to Mexico Bobcats make their homes in forest, swaps and desert- though you would hardly know it. Bobcats blend

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  • Camping with Cubs (kids) Part 1

    January 28, 2015 Comments (0) Do's & Don'ts

    In this series I will be talking about some tips and tricks to getting outside with your little critters.  Traveling with kids can be challenging and in this series I will discuss: equipment, sleeping arrangements, entertainment and helping around the camp. Part 1 – Littlest cubs:  ages 0-1 With my kids we took

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  • Vortex Solo 8X36 Monocular

    January 15, 2015 Comments (5) Gear Reviews

    A monocular offers particular advantages over binoculars due to their compactness and weight savings. Additionally, people that have less than stellar vision, who wear glasses or have astigmatism (or even the piratical types who wear an eyepatch) will actually get better performance looking through a single tube

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  • Axes & Tomahawks: Part 2

    December 10, 2014 Comments (0) Field Facts

    If I had to choose a single cutting tool to take with me into the backcountry, it would be a good straight handled tomahawk with a hammer-polled head. Easily replaceable handle, removable head for cutting and skinning, light weight, easy carry, the list goes on. The uses you get from a good hawk exceed almost …

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  • Chinese Pot Roast

    December 3, 2014 Comments (0) Camp Kitchen

    And I’m back with another episode of Camping Pressure Cooker Love! In a previous episode, you observed my method of Camping Boeuf Bourguignon and I return today with my take on a Chinese classic, Northern Chinese-Style Pot Roast. First off, I owe a debt of gratitude from many tasty meals to my wonderful

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  • Ezy Dose Pil Pouches

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    November 19, 2014 Comments (0) Gear Reviews

    For years now, I’ve been repackaging my own over the counter medications for my aid bags and first aid kits. I find that for ease of use and spacial considerations, it’s the way to go. Who wants to lug around multiple packages or bottles of medications? The only reasons I see to keep the packages …

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  • Off-Road Emergency Welding

    November 12, 2014 Comments (1) Field Craft

    You can feel the adventure and fun simmering away, ready to go to a full boil as you load up your rig for an off-road camping or over-landing journey: your tent, water, sleeping bag, stove, cooler, food, refreshments, and the miscellaneous basic necessities. You even check your spare tire, your jack, toss in a couple

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  • The Blue Belly Lizard

    November 5, 2014 Comments (15) Fauna

    The blue-belly lizard aka the Western Fence Lizard (Sceloporus occidentalis) is one of the most common of lizards found in California. They range from sea level to the mountains and only avoid open desert and wet forests probably due to the need for external temperature regulation. The blue-belly gets its nickname

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  • Salmon Ala Danger

    October 29, 2014 Comments (0) Camp Kitchen

    Salmon Ala Danger/ Fireside Salmon with Honey and Barley Ingredients: 4 (4-ounce) skinless salmon fillets (note: should be decent thickness, ask for center cut or steaks) Sauce: 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds, divided 3 tablespoons honey 1 1/2 teaspoons low-sodium soy sauce 1/4 cup toasted sesame oil 1/4 cup rice

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  • The Capybara

    October 24, 2014 Comments (0) Fauna

    Capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrocharis) holds the title as the largest rodent in the world and one of the oddest of any animal. A giant relative of the guinea pig, Capybaras can weigh over 100 pounds and despite their fur and boxy frame are aquatic, always living near fresh water in their habitats which ranges from

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