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Shopping For Camping Tents 101

Posted on May 28, 2018 in Uncategorized

Nowadays, camping has evolved from simply being an activity that involves temporary outdoor living to being a mode of living. Sleeping, eating, and working outdoors are more than just urges, they are thought to be biological characteristics of man. The “return to nature” movement has helped develop modern camping, designing it now to supplement modern living and provide opportunities for the development of outdoor skills. The camper employs a minimum of primitive but functional equipment that furnishes almost all of civilization’s basic conveniences. One such necessary equipment is the camping tent.

Factors to Consider

Standard tents used to be “two-party-affair” pup tents. For larger parties, taller and warmer wall tents, having floors and screening of suitable fabric to make them insect-proof, were readily available.

With the growth of organized camping, the industry that provides such equipment has steadily grown. And with more campers paying close attention to structural factors, tents should now be manageable, useful, made of sturdy materials, and uncomplicated to set-up and put away. The temperature ranges in which a camper will be camping also need to be considered when buying this equipment.

Keeping all these in mind, shopping for a tent isn’t easy. The marketing jargon for tents can also befuddle the neophyte camper. Conversely, camping tents can simply be classified as either 3-season or 4-season.

The 3-Season Tent

The average 3-season tent is functional in light to moderate weather conditions. The fact that it is built to hold up for temperature ranges in spring, summer and fall, and in almost any location, fittingly gives it the name 3-season tent. This type of tent is normally less expensive than a 4-season tent. 3-season tents also come in an infinite array of features and prices, and can be bought at specialty camping stores or from large merchandisers. Those of great quality let the air in, but keep the moisture out.

The 4-Season Tent

The pricier 4-season tent may or may not have a rugged “bathtub” floor which is merely an excellent waterproof floor that comes up to about six inches on most 4-season tents’ sides. These tents are suitable for year-round camping, and for whatever weather conditions there might be. They have a minimum of four aluminum poles for support, with some brands having more than that. Such specification is great for inclement winter weather. 4-season tents can also come in sleek outlines, are usually dark-colored to soak up heat better and are also lighter.

The 3-Season vis-à-vis the 4-Season

Most campers still prefer the 3-season tent because it makes for a great family camping tent. As long as it’s used in the seasons specified, it can still provide adequate protection from the elements. However, 3-season tents cannot withstand powerful snowfall, lashing rain and rough winds. They are not suitable for such wilderness outings as an Alaskan excursion in January.

Too much insulation can be a problem during the summer months for a 4-season tent. The heftier price tag of a 4-season could also sway a buyer towards a 3-season. But for the camper who plans to commune with nature in the wilderness and in stormy winter, the 4-season would be a better choice.

Happy Horses Make Disney World An Extra Special Place

Posted on May 22, 2018 in Uncategorized

Walt Disney himself was a big fan of horses. In fact his very first job as an artist was drawing his neighbor’s horse named Rupert. He earned the tidy sum of five cents for the job. But from small beginnings, big things come. And Walt’s love of drawing and horses grew through the years. If you think back, you can probably name several different Disney movies that feature horses – especially bearing princes. And that appreciation for horses can be seen even now throughout the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

Today Disney World normally keeps more than 75 horses at a time that serve in many capacities, from pulling Cinderella’s glass carriage for special wedding ceremonies to providing pony rides to excited little tots.

The home of the Disney horses, the Tri-Circle-D Ranch, is located in Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campgrounds. The Ranch is actually split into two different pieces. The first piece of the horse ranch is located just inside the campground entrance at the Outpost. Here you can make arrangements for a trail ride. The second piece of the ranch is located at the back of the campgrounds in the Settlement area. There is where the horse barn, blacksmith shop, ponies, and carriages are stored. It is also in the second area that you can see a huge red calliope on display.

Here are just a few of the ways you can interact with horses at Walt Disney World:

Ride the Trails

Take a leisurely 45 minute trail ride that leaves from the Outpost area of the Fort Wilderness Campgrounds. If you want to experience this attraction, you must be at least 4 feet tall and must weigh less than 250 pounds. You aren’t able to carry anything while riding. Fortunately, you can store your possessions in a locker for free. Most importantly, you must have closed toe shoes – no flip flops. You will get to enjoy the “real Florida” of unspoiled riding paths and meadows.

Ride the Ponies

Nearly all kids enjoy riding a pony, and they can do just that in the Settlement area of Fort Wilderness. Take a few minutes to visit the horse barn and blacksmith shop, and then those kids under four feet tall and 80 pounds can ride a pony around a small course. Parents are always nearby and actually guide the ponies.

Ride the Wagons

A few times each evening you can catch a horse drawn wagon for a tour around Fort Wilderness. The space on the wagon is limited and is first-come, first-served, so be sure to get there early.

Ride the Carriages

Away from the campgrounds you can ride in a carriage through the splendor of the old south that is Disney’s Port Orleans Resort. The carriages hold four adults or two adults and three kids.

All of these adventures are subject to change, so confirm availability and make advanced reservations by calling 407-WDW-PLAY. You can also check in with the Tri-Circle-D ranch when you arrive. You will be glad you did when you get to interact with these gentle giants, the Disney horses.

Alaskan Vacations – Something For Just About Everyone

Posted on May 16, 2018 in Uncategorized

Where do you start your ideas for Alaskan vacations? This state can offer the ideal vacation for the camera buff and sportsman alike. If you want culture next to nature, you need only visit the beautiful cities. For views of caribou and bear, take a trip inland. To catch a glimpse of whale and dolphin, catch a ride on a yacht. The hardest part is deciding where to get started.

For those that love nature, Alaskan vacations are perfect. For the camera buff, they will have the opportunity to view some of the towering mountains and the depths of the ocean within feet of each other. Meadows are graced with an abundance of wildflowers in the summer. They are home to bear and caribou as well. If you want to explore the heights, expect to catch glimpses of mountain goats and high flying eagles. The coast line is home to glaciers that run down into deep fjords. The ocean view is graced with ice bergs, dolphins and whales galore. Many photographers never need put the lens down in fear of missing the perfect picture.

For those that enjoy physical challenges, Alaskan vacations are ideal as well. The heights of Mt. McKinley and its sister mountains are waiting on the mountain climbers. If you want something a little closer to normal levels, white water rafting is available for family and expert alike. For a little tamer fun, golf courses are available in the Arctic Circle or near downtown Juneau. In the right time of year, you can enjoy a round at midnight. If you are a dedicated angler, you will never want to leave the state. Lakes and streams can give you the inland fishing that you desire. Rich with salmon and trout, supper is just waiting for you to catch it. For a deeper challenge, charters are available to take you out on the ocean. And all of this comes with views that will take your breath away.

Now, for those that want a bit less excitement, Alaskan vacations can accommodate you as well. Museums and shops abound in the cities of Anchorage and Fairbanks. Small villages dot the coast line for visits from a chartered yacht. Railroads pierce the heart of the Alaskan wilderness and airplanes take you up to soar with the eagles.