Camping Trips On A Budget: Tips To Save Money While Traveling

Travelling and camping are important for people who enjoy outdoor activities. But making a trip that runs several days can cost you a whole lot of money whether you are leaving the country or just travelling to another city.

Going on a camping trip does not have to be costly. There are several things you can do to cut down your travel expenses and still enjoy a great time camping. Below we share seven useful tips to help you save money when going on a camping trip:

1. Preparing A Travel Budget

When you decide to take a trip, you should ensure that you prepare a budget to avoid overspending. This enables you to stay on track with your budget by ensuring that you do not buy unnecessary stuff as you travel. Include snacks that you will need in your budget to buy ahead of your trip. This will save you lots of money that you would have otherwise spent on your way buying snacks in service stations and rest stops.

2. Rent An RV

Renting an RV has become extremely popular for budding travelers. The main reason why many are opting to rent is because it’s more affordable than buying an RV. When renting an RV it’s always best to compare rental companies to ensure you’re not only getting your money’s worth but their terms and conditions also cover the length of time you have the RV and how far you drive it. You can view websites like The Wandering RV to help guide you in this process of comparing companies.

3. Avoid Unnecessary Costs

If you are taking a flight to your camping location, you can save a significant amount of money by just avoiding unnecessary costs. For instance, avoid paying extra for priority boarding and seat selection as those can push your flight’s prices up. To ensure that you get a good seat, check into your flight in good time.

Extra luggage can incur unnecessary costs as well. Airlines will charge you more if the weight of your luggage exceeds the stipulated weight. Whether you are bringing a carry on or have bags that you need to check in, measure and weigh them before you get to the airport to ensure that they do not exceed the weight and size restrictions set by the airlines. This will go a long way in saving you money in extra charges.

4. Be Willing to Adjust Flights

Airlines charge different rates depending on the season. Peak seasons are more expensive while buying airline tickets during low seasons don’t cost much. If your schedule is not that tight, you can save more by being flexible with the day and time of your flight.

More importantly, be willing to take cheaper flights that will have several stops as opposed to expensive, direct flights if you want to save more. In the same way, be willing to take a non-priority seat as opposed to a priority seat. Also, look out for discounts and seat sales. Check the date where you intend to travel and be flexible to adjust it to take advantage of cheaper flights.

5. Avoid Expensive Camping Grounds

Most parks and camping sites charge campers for every night they stay. However, these charges vary widely depending on the season, location and facilities available. When looking for camping grounds, do extensive research to find free or low-cost camping sites. Most camping grounds have most of the amenities that you can access in your home including Wi-Fi and restaurants. However, camping on such grounds will cost more.

On the other hand, there are camping grounds that stay true to the natural environment and are less crowded. Most campers find such grounds interesting and they are either free or far less costly. When you are working with a minimal camping budget, this is an option you can consider. However, finding these kinds of grounds can be tricky. The best way to find them online, try joining camping groups and talk to people who are well versed in camping.

When planning your camping trip, consider fixing it during the week as most camping grounds charge lower fees per night during weekdays than they do during the weekend.

6. Volunteer in Exchange of Free Camping

If you are willing to offer some labor in exchange for a free camping site, you can save yourself money that you would otherwise pay for a camping ground. There are campsites that allow campers to volunteer. In exchange, campers are allowed to pitch their tents or park on the camping grounds for free. Before you enroll for such a program, check with the camping site to see the kind of jobs they offer volunteers.

Note that some of the jobs are not glamorous at all – janitor jobs tend to be more common. All in all, taking up a volunteering job can save you a significant amount of money and in some instances, enable you to make some extra cash. Better still, you will get a chance to interact with other people who enjoy outdoor activities and make friendships that you can tap during your next trip.

7. Take Advantage Of Free Activities

When planning a camping trip, it is important that you schedule your activities in advance so you know how much they’ll cost you and how long your trip will take. There are many activities you can engage in during camping depending on where you choose to camp. If your camping location has a waterfront, you can enjoy boat riding and kayaking.

Other outdoor activities that you will find in most campsites include hiking, bird watching, walking trails, bungee jumping, wildlife spotting, skiing, biking and fishing. However, some activities such as boat riding and kayaking are costly. Instead of paying for such activities, plan to engage in free activities like going on trails with other people, biking, hiking and you can bring your own fishing rod for fishing.

You can also enjoy watching sunsets and stargazing at the end of the day. Remember to plan for days when the weather might not be as favorable like when it rains. Consider carrying some board games in Cass the weather doesn’t permit outdoor activities.

8. Cook Your Own Food

When you go on a camping trip, you have the option of bringing pre-packaged food or cooking your food. While pre-packaged meals are convenient, they might cost more and might not taste good. On the other hand, making your own camping food will require some effort on your part but it will cost you much less and you will enjoy savory meals.

Instead of spending money buying prepackaged foods, opt to make your own food, and save more money. This does not necessarily mean that you invest in a portable burner or grill, though you can as well. To keep your costs low, opt for foods that you can make over a campfire. If you don’t have any ideas for a recipe, research ahead of your trip. There are numerous foil-wrapped recipes that you can explore during your camping trip that only require few ingredients to cook.

9. Carry A Reusable Water Bottle

Most campers spend a lot of money buying and carrying cases of bottled water to drink during camping. You can reduce your camping costs by avoiding bottled water and buying reusable water bottles instead. It’s better to bring a reusable water bottle that has a filter during your trip.

With such a bottle, you can get water from fountains or other clean water sources and filter it. You can also cut down on costs by opting to bring real dishes as opposed to disposable paper cups and plates. Real dishes are easier to use and will only take a few minutes to clean.

10. Cut Down On Long Travels

Getting to your camping site and back matters. The further your camping site is from your home, the more it will cost you. One of the best ways to save on travel costs is to find a camping ground that is close to your home and camp there.

If you choose to camp in a destination far away from your home, schedule your trip during off-peak seasons when there is less traffic and crowds. Most destinations are cheaper during off-peak seasons and it will help you save some cash.
11. Find a Way to Work as You Travel

An interesting way to manage your travel costs is to work as you travel. One way to do this is to find remote work that you can do while away. If you are a freelancer, you can use platforms for remote work to find gig opportunities.

If you are a professional photographer, you can spend time taking unique photos that other people would be willing to pay for. If you are a writer, you can use your time while travelling to find new ideas to write about. All these are great ways to make money as you travel.

Final Thoughts

Traveling can be quite expensive, but there are things you can do to bring the cost down. One is scheduling your travels during off season when flights are cheap and camping sites are not crowded. During such seasons, traffic is nonexistent in most places and most likely the camp sites will not be crowded.

Also, avoid camping sites that are located close to major tourist attraction sites because those will most likely be expensive. Save more money by applying the tips discussed above and keep your travel budget minimal the next time you decide to hit the road.

How to Cast a Spinning Rod: Fishing Techniques

Congrats, dear angling mate. You have bought a spinning rod, the most advanced and fun fish sporting tool. So, what do you do now? 

Well, it’s time you do some real practice before your get-go in the big water bodies and start fishing. But for that, you need one more thing, learn more.

And its…

Yes, know how to cast a spinning rod effectively so that you don’t damage the rod and reel and also catch your favorite fish without hassle. 

That’s the reason; we came up with this best spinning rod casting technique guideline. 

How to Cast a Spinning Rod Successfully 

Once you start understanding the fundamentals of how a spinning rod and reel work, the casting of a spinning rod will be a breeze. Yes, it’s more straightforward than you might imagine. 

So, without getting late, let’s jump on the point. 

Gripping the Rod:

The first thing you should learn about the spinning rod is to grip it properly. But don’t get panicked, it’s not rocket science. 

Just hold the spinning rod comfortably with your dominant hand. Make sure that your palm face inwards. Carefully find the connecting place between the rod and reel right on the handle. You need to wrap your hand on this spot. 

As you hold the rod, make sure the grip is loose enough so that you are facilitated with the grip action instead of turning your knuckle pale. 

Rotating the Wrist:

The spinning rod should be underneath your wrist. For this, you will have to turn the spinning rod on the downside. Keep rotating until you find that the reel mechanism is sitting perfectly underneath your pump. 

Now. With care, readjust the reel position so that you feel comfortable with it. 

Pulling the Line

As you pull the fishing line, you will have to release the index finger first from the pole. Now, around your knuckle, start hooking the fishing line. Do it carefully so that you don’t harm the knuckle. At this point, the fishing line should be resting at the top of your fingers pad. 

Now pull the fishing line against the rod. Once you hold on to the line against the rod, release it slowly. 

Reeling the Fishing Line

As you fish, you will have to reel your line at least 6-12 inches away from the top of the spinning rod. For this, you will have to turn the crank on the reel in the clockwise direction. You will have to perform the rotating until you reach the desired distance. 

This was the 1st part of using a spinning rod. Now let’s see how to cast the line with you already have a good grip over it. 

Casting the Spinning Rod Line 

Step 1: Picking the location

Now start looking for your fishing location. It will require you some time to know where to place the bait or lure. 

Once you find the right location, place yourself on a squared position of the targeted place. Now bend your knees slightly and cautiously move your dominant leg around 1-2 feet behind. It will help you generate more power while you line the rod. 

Step 2: Unlocking the line

The line is locked with the spool and bail. The bail connects with both sides of the fishing reel. To unlock the spool and bail, flip the position of the bail to open it. Now slowly lift your holding index finger above the line slightly to check whether the line has been unlocked or not. 

If you find that the line hasn’t released, move the bail on the other side. 

Step 3: Raising the rod 

Now slowly pull the rod over your shoulder. The end of the spinning rod should stay away from your body. It is necessary for safety precautions. 

Step 4:  Throwing the rod into the water

Now we come to the all-important section. Yes, the real casting of the spinning rod. To do this, you will have to use your elbow to propel the wrist towards the targeted location. 

If you want to cover more distance, drag the biceps down and add some force to your throwing hand. To avoid any fall off, keep your feet firm and line up your shoulder straight towards the target. 

Step 5: Releasing and casting your fishing line 

To release and cast the spinning rod and line, take away your index finger from the fishing line. Then, move it away from the rod also. As you release your index finger, it will lower down the tension from the line. 

Then the line will cast forward with the motion. As soon as the rig hits the target, slow down the release.

Note: Releasing the index finger is necessary to prevent any unwanted scratches. 

Setting the Fishing Line 

  • You must make sure that the line doesn’t float away too far away. For this, place your index finger once again on the line to hold a grip on it. Now use the thumb to pull the track backward. 
  • Unless you are an experienced angler, most likely, you won’t be able to hit the right location with your bait or lure. So, you will have to readjust the positioning.  You can do it with the clockwise or counterclockwise turning of the reel handle. 
  • Once you reach the targeted position, lock the fishing line with the bail. 

Now, start waiting for the fish bite. You will have to wait with patience. 

Wrapping Up 

A fishing rod is one of the most advanced and fashionable fishing techniques. Anglers, no wonder, love the spinning rod and reel to catch their favorite fishes both in freshwater and saltwater. 

But if you are a beginner, you should be ready to invest some time to learn it. You may practice it in small water bodies or grassland near your home. And once you master the skill, start showing it with some good catches. 

However, like a fish lover, I urge you not to get carried away. Instead, try the catch and release way to preserve the fishy beauties in the water. 

Camping Light for Photographers

The call of the great outdoors.  Now maybe like never before has the allure of getting away from civilization to lose yourself in nature been so strong. 

Whether you live in an area that has green lighted outdoor camping, or you are just looking forward to the day when you are free to flee again, now is the time to start planning your next trip.  And as a photographer, a little extra planning up front can mean the difference between capturing all of nature’s splendor by having the right equipment along for the trip – or not.

Every time I head out the door for a photo shoot, it feels like an internal tug of war.  On the one hand, I want to make sure I take everything I think I’ll need during the shoot – but on the other hand I don’t want to have so much stuff with me that I need to hire a pack mule to follow with all of my gear.

Here is a basic checklist to consider the next time you head out the door for the great outdoors.

Basics

  Obviously, you won’t be shooting without a few of the basics, but even these can be variable depending on the type of shoot you are going on.

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First consider the camera body(s).  My practice is to always carry two camera bodies in case something happens to one on the trip.  When balancing between having the extra weight or leaving yourself unprepared, consider taking a smaller point and shoot camera instead of a second DSLR body.

Next consider the number and type of lens.  I find that having two zoom lenses, one in the wide-angle range and one in the telephoto range will fill most of my outdoor shooting needs.  There are exceptions to this if you know there is a specific subject you will be shooting. 

For example, if you will be doing astrophotography, consider taking a fisheye or ultra-wide lens.  If there is a particular animal or bird you will want to shoot, think about your 500 mm prime lens.  Looking for unique textures, then throw in your Macro lens.  Do a little research about the region you will be in to help prepare for that possible once-in-a-lifetime shot.

Memory card in camera – Check to make sure that the card in the camera has the capacity to shoot what you have in mind – and then add 50% or more to that number.   At a minimum, check that there is a memory card in the camera!  Know if you want to shoot RAW and/or video when calculating how large a card to take, and then double it.  Memory cards are both cheap and light, and you can never have too many.

A flashlight is a good idea anyway when camping in the wild, and a headlamp that lets you use hands free when shooting at night can be a real lifesaver.

Harness/Strap/Backpack/Tote – Here it is important to balance easy access to camera versus easy ability to carry and maneuver with the camera.  I like using a harness when hiking or otherwise doing a lot of physical activity and having my extra gear in a backpack for easy access.

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Weather and maintenance

Weather can be unpredictable especially when it is just you and the elements.  At a minimum, plan on taking basic precautions to protect yourself and your gear.   Use small plastic bags to protect the camera from rain or excess and humidity as well as to store extra batteries and memory cards.  Add lens hoods to block out precipitation and harsh sunlight.  Depending on the climate and forecast, include a sensor cleaner and soft lens cloth to wipe away the elements as needed.

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Stabilization

I like to take some way to stabilize the camera on a location shoot.  Which type to will depend greatly on how much you want to carry versus how much stability you think you’ll require.  Small flexible gorilla pods give a lot of benefit of a tripod when a sturdy surface can be found.  It can also be handy to hook onto moving object when it’s impossible to hand hold.  Monopods can double as walking sticks when hiking or and they fold up nicely when not needed.  A tripod will be must for night shooting, video, or when you want to include yourself in the image.

Special considerations

You know how you like to shoot – so think about your unique needs when creating your camping checklists.  A few things to consider are a remote timer or release for bulb shooting or multi-frame images like star trails, camera manuals if you are unfamiliar with your gear, and model releases if you are looking to use the images in commercial applications.

Getting away from it all is the allure of going camping in the first place, so use a common sense checklist to help prevent you from taking it with you after all.

12 Ways to Use a Knife for Survival

Whenever we think about bushcraft, or wilderness skills, the first important thing that comes to our mind is a survival knife. This is the most versatile tool that you can apply during your outdoor ventures. You may have seen it in movies like Rambo or Expandables where heros show some best uses of this equipment.

Survival knives have wide ranges of variations, such as a boot knife, Kabar knife, Rambo knife, tactical knife, combat knife, military knife, and many more. The average cost of these knives ranges from 15 dollars to 100 dollars. Survival knives have more uses other than simple wood cutting. Let’s find the ways you can use it in outdoor expeditions.

1. Self Defense

When it comes to using a knife, remember one thing: a knife is one of the best weapons on this planet. You can use it against predators and people to save yourself. In most cases, they are light and easily portable for your safety. 

You will find hundreds of multi-purpose knives online at affordable prices. For self-defense, you can use any knife, but make sure it is considerably lightweight or else you may feel too tired to carry or weild it properly. 

2. Prepare Firewood

A quality knife is always an effective tool to cut firewood and split it into small pieces. Splitting logs or woods is never a big deal. Place the blade of your knife against the wood and whack it with another piece of wood or sturdy stick. 

In case of logs, blade down the grain just like you would an axe. Now smack it with another log or any stone pieces. Though it is not as efficient as an axe, it does the same job in extreme conditions. 

3. Whittle Tools

Instead of attaching a knife to a stick as a spear, sharpen the stick and break it down to pieces. This not only increases knife longevity but also makes the process easier for any users. 

By using this whittling technique, you can create four-pointed spears. These spears are effective in hunting fish and catching animals. Other than that, you can whittle traps or fish hooks with survival knives.

4. Digging

Though this is not the best use of a survival knife, you can use it in extreme conditions like finding bait, grubs, or a hole for an emergency toilet. A large knife can also perform the tasks of a shovel. You can use it to collect edible roots and tubers, curve SOS signals, make fire pits, or dispose wastes. Make sure you don’t use a knife solely for digging or else it can become dull and lose its sharpness. 

5. Makes Fire

How to Start a Fire with Rocks

This is one of the best uses of survival knives in wild expeditions. There could be situations where you forget to bring matches or lighter with you, but a knife can help to blaze hot sparks of hope in wild darkness.  

This famous technique is known as bow drill. In this method, you need to use the right type of wood like pine or oak. Next, cut it down to sticks and make a bow. Run that bow on hardwood and make fires with tinder bundles. This method needs some experience and some hard work to create fire. 

You can also strike a knife on stones to create sparks. If possible, use a bit of sand between the knife and stone and strike it hard. That will create fire from nowhere. 

6. Tapping Plant Sap 

Plant saps are often useful as antiseptics and anti-inflammatory products on wounds. Other than that, you can use plant sap as a waterproofing item, fire starter, or glue to join sticks together. To extract the best plant saps, you need to understand the biology of trees and have a sharp survival knife to tap it anytime. 

7. First Aid Support

Wilderness campfires can be harmful in some cases. A survival knife can help you in medical emergencies. It can cauterize your wound and lowers the risk of infection in harsh conditions. Also, it helps to cut clothes or cotton materials to improvise bandages. You can also burn the tip of the knife and sterilize it to remove splinters or bullets in accidental cases.  

8. Food Preparation

Whether to make fish fillets or chopping veggies or fruits, a knife is always an effective tool to use. In case you hunt something in the wild, you would require a knife to remove the skin from its flesh. Furthermore, a knife works as a good spreader to add spice to chunks of meat. You can also use a knife as a can opener for many containers.

9. Use As Hammer 

The buttof the knife, or pommel, is a great substitute for a hammer. You can also hammer pegs on the ground or woods with the blunt edge of a knife. In some models, you will find a point at the base of the pommel to break windows in case of emergencies. 

10. Make Ropes

In case you forgot to bring ropes on your expedition, your survival knife can help you to make one. All you need to do is cut long strips of barks from trees and cut them into thinner stripes so that you can weave them together to make ropes. These natural ropes are handy, and they can support building shelters and tie things together. 

11. Build Shelter

What if you forgot the tent and needed to build a shelter. You can use surviving knives to cut down branches and craft new shelter. Use green leaves to form the floor of your shelter and use logs or branches to make the columns and basic structures of the roof. Finally, you can use large leaves like palms, join them all together with ropes, and add them to your structure. 

12. Signaling Tool

You can use a surviving knife to signal in the mirror. This can catch the attention of people from long distances. Make sure your knife is clean to help signal others your way. This can be important if you are lost or trying to find help through SOS.  

Final Verdict

Knives are mostly used for chopping purposes, but they have dozens of other uses, too. A survival knife can be your best friend in outdoor expeditions. Let’s experience the diversity of knife uses and make this tool even more useful than ever before. 

Best Camp Spots in Big Sur

The California coast has many of the state’s most exhilarating images, but none offer the serenity quite like Big Sur. The region has become one of the world’s beloved tourist destinations

Instead of cruising through this near 90-mile stretch of natural beauty within a couple of hours, why not appreciate it to the fullest by pitching a tent? Explore the tranquil redwood forests, rugged Pacific coastline, and the steep Santa Lucia Mountains at a relaxed pace. 

Not sure where to start your camping adventure in Big Sur? Here are seven spectacular locations we recommend to bring your camping gear. Reaching this fabled landscape takes roughly a 2.5-hour drive from San Francisco, so plan ahead. If you’re flying into the area, considering storing your extra travel bags in SF so you can travel light the rest of the way.

1. Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

Primarily based around Big Sur River, Pfeiffer Big Sur Campground is one of Big Sur’s most popular campsites. There are 189 tent and RV sites, but it’s not uncommon for them to be sold out months in advance

Camping fees range from $35-$50 per night, and each campsite can have no more than eight occupants. If you hike or bike to the campground, you can stay a maximum of two consecutive nights for $5/night.

Hikers will have a field day trekking the numerous paths beside conifers, sycamores, and mighty redwoods. Don’t end your trip without tackling the Pfeiffer Falls Trail, which meanders through the forest to a majestic 60-foot waterfall. 

2. Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

Camping inside Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park is next to impossible, but securing a site here is a once in a lifetime opportunity. There are only two campsites in the park and both are usually booked months in advance. 

Pitching a tent here will cost you $30/night and no vehicle access is allowed at the campsites. Both sites greet you with a stellar cliffside view where the sand meets the sea. 

The panoramic views of the rugged Big Sur coastline are only a brisk walk from your campsite and the sound of the tumbling McWay Falls fills the airwaves.

And the added seclusion of the campsite makes this one of Big Sur’s most sought-after outdoor experiences. By nightfall, you can listen to nocturnal creatures and the crashing ocean waves while stargazing into the heavens. 

3. Kirk Creek Campground

Perched on a cliffside overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Kirk Creek Campground is a seaside utopia for beachgoers. Smell the salty ocean air while watching the waves crash against the sandy shores below. 

Campsites sleep upwards of six people and cost $35/night. You can bring two extra campers but it will cost $10 extra per person each night. Hikers and bikers can camp for $5/night but must not have a vehicle upon their arrival. 

Kirk Creek is ideal for families or anyone packing their schedule full of recreational activities. For a quick jaunt, follow the footpath from the campground to the nearest shoreline. 

Hikers can trek the mountainous trails of Los Padres National Forest and beachgoers can gaze at the sea stacks just offshore at Sand Dollar Beach. The beach is a popular spot for swimming, fishing, and sunbathing, and you can even walk your dog. 

4. Ventana Campground

Sleep in the shadows of redwoods while having all the needed amenities just a few minutes away. Ventana Campground is situated in a 40-acre redwood canyon, and you can have picnics amongst the ancient giants of this magical landscape. 

Only tent camping is permitted, but there are general stores, delis, and restaurants nearby to stock up on supplies. Camping fees range from $85-$105 per night and the campgrounds have two bathhouses with water faucets close to each campsite.

Although the site is pricier than most Big Sur campgrounds, the facilities are well maintained and are in a convenient location just off Highway 1. Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park is just a couple miles away, and you’ll be a short drive from beautiful hiking trails like Pfeiffer Falls Trail and Coast Ridge Trail. 

5. Andrew Molera State Park

Campers get a more rustic experience in this undeveloped landscape within the northern section of Big Sur. There are 24 first-come, first-serve campsites that only allow hikers and bikers. 

Since Andrew Molera State Park doesn’t take reservations, this could be the ideal camping spot for a spur of the moment trip. Camping fees are $25/night and no more than four campers are allowed at each site. 

You won’t find anything fancy at the campgrounds but each site comes with a picnic table, fire ring and a place to store your food. Hikers and beachgoers will have numerous trails to explore that meander along the beach, meadows, and scenic bluffs. 

Head down the Trail Camp Beach Trail just past the campground to find Cooper Cabin, the oldest structure in Big Sur dating back to the 1860s. The park also has some of the best Big Sur mountain biking trails and is a popular area for surfers

6. Fernwood Campground and Resort

Camp in comfort within the dense redwood forest and watch the peaceful Big Sur River course through the campground. You’ll have access to luxuries including hot showers, laundry facilities, and electric hookups. 

Campsites cost between $70-$100 per night and allow no more than six campers at each site. RV camping is permitted for vehicles no longer than 30 feet, and each RV site includes water and electricity. 

The campground has a general store, tavern, and a camping supply shop to provide anything you may have forgotten to pack for your trip. Find supplies such as sleeping bags, flashlights, cooking utensils, and maps. 

Fernwood Resort sits adjacent to Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park and there are plenty of hiking trails that venture into the park from your campsite. Popular nearby hikes include Buzzard’s Roost Trail, Pfeiffer Falls Trail, and Oak Grove Trail. 

Nights are filled with entertainment at Fernwood as bands frequently play at the tavern throughout the year. You can find a list of upcoming performances on the calendar of events page. 

7. Big Sur Campground & Cabins

Enjoy a wholesome family atmosphere in the coastal redwood forest at Big Sur Campground & Cabins. Fun-filled activities like inner tubing, hiking, sports, and sandy beaches are on site or just a few miles away. 

Camping fees range from $65-$80 per night depending on your arrival date and if your party wants a spot by the river. No more than five campers are allowed per site and there is a $15/night fee if you bring an extra vehicle.

Find any camping supplies you may have forgotten at the camp store and cool off with an ice cream cone during the summer. The store also has rental equipment to keep every age group in your party entertained. 

Spend your days relaxing on the Big Sur River, explore the nearby hiking trails, or discover the enormous sea stacks on Pfeiffer Beach. 

How To Clean and Maintain Your Handgun

Properly maintaining a handgun is a basic move for every gun owner, and it is absolutely important for maximum protection and performance! Maintenance is the best opportunity for the owner to check the weapon and its components for unnecessary damage like rust spots or any internal breakage. If you’re an expert at shooting and know things like holding a handgun, but doubtful about maintenance and cleaning, keep reading this article.

It’s important to remember that improperly handled or unmaintained weapons will end up becoming increasingly unsafe. This lack of reliability will have bad consequences if you need to fire your handgun in an emergency and it doesn’t work properly.

Step 1: Unload your gun

Hold your weapon safely. Keep the muzzle pointed away from you in a safe direction, treat the gun as if it were loaded, and keep your finger away from the trigger. Then, eject the magazine. Once you do this, empty the chamber thoroughly and take all the bullets out, keeping them in another room for safety reasons.

Step 2: Completely strip the gun

This is a fairly easy method if you have a modern handgun. De-cock the hammer (or striker) and press down the buttons. After pulling backwards towards the back of the frame, the slide should be able to slide and unclip freely off of the front of the gun. Please ensure your gun is unloaded before you start any of this. 

Now, make sure you know what it is that you’re going to be cleaning. There are four main components: the frame, barrel, slide and recoil spring. When you remove these, put them in a safe space so you can keep track of them.

Step 3: Start cleaning the gun

Wipe down all the components with some cloth rags, but note that a lint-free wipe is not required. Wipe off as much of the dense, caked-on carbon accumulation produced by friction and gunpowder as possible. Wipe off any old oil and residue of unburnt powder too. Then clean the inside of the magazine, the ejector, guide rails and the chamber floor.

Once you’ve done this, apply solvent all over the components. Make sure you use a solvent that is made specifically for your gun and nothing that contains acrid ingredients. Let the solvent sit for a while then wipe it off with the cloth you used earlier. Now, scrub the gun with a soft toothbrush to get out any soft debris or gunpowder and make sure everything is squeaky clean. 

Step 4: Reassemble the gun

Once you have thoroughly cleaned your gun inside out, start the reassembling process. Take all the components from where you separately kept them and start putting them together. Once the gun is reassembled, wipe it down with a separate, clean cloth to clean any excess oil and/or residue from the solvent. Lastly, swab the barrel with a dry cloth before you start target practice with your gun again. Stay safe and happy shooting!

Best Rooftop Tents 2020

Have you gone camping before? How was your experience? Ever tried using a rooftop tent before? If so, you can draw the line since you know which one is fantastic. Which among the two made your experience worth reliving? Setting up camping tents is pretty much tiring, especially if you are the one who is going to set it up. It requires a professional to set it up because they are more experienced. Rooftop tents are put on the top of the car, and you will have to choose the most appropriate one if you do not want to incur expenses after an amazing trip. The thought will leave you feeling down. They also require many hands to set it up; you cannot do it alone. When you want to own it, you will have to consider its price, comfortability alongside sophistication. You would want to maintain your elegance, especially if you are a lady, since men always go for something as long as their eyes like it. The points that follow show a guideline of the best rooftop tents in the year 2020.

Thule Tepui Low-Pro 2.

It has 105 pounds, which is quite light. A small car can sustain carrying it without rolling; hence this would be the right choice for anyone with a small car. That is not something to think twice about-get it! The Thule Tepui low-pro has a height of 8.5 inches. It is also recommended because it is the best when it comes to cheating the wind. Once you have set it up, you can open it with a telescoping ladder. The low-pro 2 has 2-inch foam mattresses and also a rainfly, which makes it not to need to flaunt its details. You can visit Tupui website for other tents and accessories.

Roofnest Condor.

This is suitable for an SUV owner who loves living large. The iKamper skycamp mini is very much similar to it in the sense that their lids pop and form one wall. In turn, the inside tends to look spacious, especially when it is opened since it becomes seven feet. Its hardshell lid gives the owner a chance to put things on it- for example, bicycles. It can sustain 135 to 160 pounds. Also, it has an interior weight of 50 inches. Do you love matters, the sky? Then this is the rooftop tent for you! You can unzip the tent and have a good look at the sky in the middle of the night! You can also open it in the morning to experience the sun rays as they penetrate in the tent or watch the sunrise and set too. That view would be beautiful and mind-blowing. We also like and recommend to the Roofnest Sparrow as another great option from this brand.

James Baroud Explorer.

Are you going to camp with your partner in an area with high temperatures? The Baroud explorer would do your trip justice. You do not want to feel like you are in an oven. It has screen-mesh windows all around it, which allow air-circulation to take its course undisturbed. You cannot forget that it has a solar-powered fan that drags all the hot air to the top. Unlike the low-pro 2, it has shorter mattresses 3-inches thicker. These mattresses are also not very wide. For breathing reasons, its walls are made of polyester. It is possible to store stuff on its top shell; however, it can only sustain small items like camp chairs. If you need to carry larger items, you will need to bring something else to put them. The interior height is 40 inches, and it also comes with LED lighting.

Before We Go.The above reviews show a few of the best types of rooftop tents of the year 2020. I did not review all the rooftop tents as that would be much too overwhelming for the reader. We only reviewed the brands we have tested and used. We hope you enjoyed the article and now have a better idea on which rooftop tent is right for you. There are some more excellent product reviews over at Rooftop Cruisers website.

4 Things You Shouldn’t Do on a Fishing Trip

Planning a trip to the sea is fun, but there are several things you need to consider before setting off. Since summer is here, you must plan for an exciting vacation with your family. Although a fishing trip sounds exciting, it can be very dangerous if you aren’t prepared for it. Especially when you don’t have hands-on experience of navigating a boat in the sea, it is best to seek professional help. If you go through most articles related to fishing, online, they will educate you about the things you must do and important equipment you should never forget. However, in this article, we will guide you through a few things you should never do on a fishing trip. Continue reading until the end:

1.  Don’t Drink Alcohol

Over 1 million people die from fishing accidents every year. The majority of cruises sink and crash because of the captain suspected of drinking. Not to forget, drinking alcohol while driving any vehicle is criminal negligence and can cause massive trouble. Especially when you’re out in the water with your family or any group of people, it is imperative to go the extra mile in terms of safety. Especially when you book an all in charters offer from a well reputable company, they will never allow you to carry alcohol.

2.  Don’t Set Off if The Weather is Stormy

Although blue water looks beautiful, it is not wise enough for you to venture out if the weather is rainy and not so friendly with the boats. In severe cases, boats often topple, and people drown. Install a weather forecast application on your phone to know about the climate of the place where you have traveled. Instead of risking yourself and your family, it is best to postpone your trip for a fine sunny day. Stormy weather can take a big toll, so it is best to make a plan wisely.

3.  Don’t Look For an Internet connection

Keep in mind, internet connections available on cruises are very expensive. You might have to pay a whopping $20 per hour to stay in touch with your friends in different parts of the globe. Now that you’ve decided to venture out in the water, it is best to go on a social detox and save money. Especially when you are on a tight budget, it is not wise enough to pay for expensive data connections. Not to forget, once you pay for the internet connection on a cruise, you won’t be refunded the money in case your device doesn’t receive any signals. Search for FKF charters online to know about the top-notch services they offer to clients.

4.  Don’t Swim While Fishing

Although it sounds weird, a lot of people make the big mistake of swimming while fishing. Not to forget, one is never sure about the species that can attack. So it is best to divide your mission into several stages. Once you’re done with swimming, you can choose a different spot for fishing. Getting attacked by sharks is one of the common reasons why people despise venturing out in the sea. Fishing entails a lot of effort, so it is best if you focus on it during your trip.

Everything you would want to know about trout fishing

One of the most popular outdoor activities for most households in summer is trout fishing. Some information regarding trout fishing, trout spinning reels, and other items you may need is important before you set out to go fishing. Whether you are fishing in a boat, along the shore, or sport fishing, with the right equipment and gear, you will enjoy the experience if you are prepared. You may go out fishing with friends, family, or colleagues, or even by yourself. Fishing is more enjoyable with a team that also enjoys fishing. Trout fish live in freshwater, and most people trout fish in rivers, freshwater lakes, and streams. They may also be found in areas with deep ice during winter since they travel off their habitats in areas of shallow depth looking for food. To have a great trout fishing experience, make sure that you are familiar with the fishing techniques, requirements, and knowledge of fish behaviour.

Here is everything you would want to know about trout fishing.

1.    Trout fishing rules

Before you start trout fishing, ensure that you understand the rules and regulations of the state, and comply. If you are participating in recreational fishing through various outdoor activities organizers, they know the rules and regulations, and they can guide you. In some states, it is illegal to fish during certain seasons, in other states, there is a set rule on the minimum size of fish you can catch, and the number as well. There are regulations regarding releasing trout after catching especially if they are the very young ones. Most of them die, and the states through such regulations ensure that proper procedures are followed. In some states, you also require a trout fishing license, especially when fishing wild trout in national lakes, rivers, and other natural water sources. But for fish ponds, one just requires professionalism or guidance from those with experience in fishing to ensure they do not fish or harm the fingerings which will interfere with the ecology. 

2.    Use the right tools and equipment

Before you go out fishing, you should carry all the necessary tools and equipment. Through reviews and expert advice from professional fishermen, you can get ideas on some of the important tools to carry. Through various companies that help beginners and people who love fishing for recreation, you will get guidelines too. But some of the important tools to invest in include the spinning reels, baits rods, and hooks. Consider investing in high-quality reels. You may review online some of the best reels so that you can enhance your fishing experience. It will also make it easier to catch fish. Sometimes especially, for beginners, it can be frustrating when you spend the whole day fishing and fail to catch any fish at all. Learning the basics and having all the tools including the lures will ensure that your fishing expedition is a success.

3.    Trout fishing location

Trout species are many hence attracting more anglers. You will find trout in all freshwater masses including streams, rivers, and lakes. You may opt to fish trout in fish ponds or opt for the wild trout in the rivers and lakes. To find more information about the places to go trout fishing, join various online platforms. You may also get information from local wildlife and fish authorities. Other trout fishing fans may also give your ideas on the best places to fish. Through various companies that deal with outdoor recreational services, you can also get ideas on the best places to go trout fishing. Fishing at the lakes gives you a greater chance of catching fish. It is a fulfilling experience when you spend some time trout fishing and go home with lots of fish.

4.    Storage

Fish is perishable and should remain in cold storage at all times. Immediately it is caught, ensure you put it in cold packaging or storage. That increases the chances of taking home fresh fish, especially when fishing during summer. Before you go fishing, ensure that you carry proper cold storage for the fish. You do not want to rush home early after catching the fish to prevent it from spoiling. In case you have to release the catch, especially if it’s not the right size, ensure that you do it immediately to reduce the mortality rate of young fish. Ensure that you clean the fish immediately and store it in cool storage.

Trout fishing is fun. Remember to follow the guidelines, and also carry all the necessary tools and equipment. Take time to identify a good fishing location, and remember to invite friends and family members for a more fulfilling fishing expedition.

The Best Sportfish Superyachts

Sportfishing is one of the most exciting and sought-after activities. If given a chance, everyone would like to experience this hobby by owning and riding on fleets and yachts, despite not everyone can afford to buy even the smallest and cheapest ones. So read on and check this out featuring the best sportfish superyachts.   

McMullen & Wing Yachts

 Founded in 1969, this New Zealand-based builder is famous for luxury vessels in advanced composite, and steel. Their prototype products were steel hull fishing boats. Eventually, their products are traditionally constructed with a combination of modern technology. They are behind the creation of superyachts like the Big Fish, Kelsey Lee, Koi, Mea Culpa, Nephele, Snowgoose, and Virgin Sea.

Viking Yachts

 Established by Bob and Bill Healey in 1964, Viking Yachts are renowned for their excellent reputation because of their distinctive engineering and world-class designs. This company is known for its convertibles and motorboats that are 90% manufactured in-house and semi-customized. Their units are usually made of semi-custom fiberglass, which is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities. More than that, their sport fishers are also operated by Viking-trained professionals to provide owners with convenience. Top-choice models of this company are the Viking 42 ST, Viking 55 C, Viking 37 Billfish, Viking 60, and Viking 75 Motor Yacht.  

Bertram Yachts

 Established in 1960, Bertram Yachts are known for spearheading deep-vee hull design boats, which were patented by C.Raymond. Its prototype model was used in a race. Currently, Bertram has been manufacturing models which are specialized in off-shore boating. This company has built a name in terms of rugged utility and long-lasting durability. These boats sustained only little damages after the onslaught of Hurricanes Andrew and Opal. The famous model units are the Bertram 35, Bertram 50, and Bertram 61.

Hatteras Yachts

 Another veteran in sportfishing is the Hatteras Yachts. This six-decade-old boat builder has been famous for blister-proof and high-speed running convertibles and superyacht that can run over 40 knots with a perfect balance for a smooth ride. Aside from high performance and speed, Hatteras yachts are incomparable when it comes to luxury aspects making these vessels suitable not just for family or recreational affairs but for business and professional events as well. Their standard model units are the Hatteras M90 Pancera, Hatteras 105 Raised Pilothouse, Hatteras M98 Panacera, and Hatteras GT 45x Flybridge.

Trinity Yachts

 Founded in the 1980s by Billy Smith and John Dane and presently owned by Harvey Gulf International. Trinity Yachts are branded as an elite known for using both steel and aluminum in the construction of custom-made and in-house manufactured fleets, a certified European quality. They have established a reputation for having a spacious interior, intricate designs on rooms which include the main deck, guest rooms, and sky lounge. Their exceptional products are the Mary P, Jules 35 Bleming 2016, Sterling 40 Bleming 2016, and Paris 55 Bleming. 

Yachting Development Yachts

 Despite being new in the boating industry, this other New Zealand-based boat builder is also known for manufacturing vessels that are high quality, with exceptional designs, and custom-made. With international recognition, their boats are also outstanding when it comes to architectural projects specializing in composite construction, creating all kinds of boats from family yachts to superyachts. The massive 38.7M Lanakai, 30 M Quintessential, and the 27.4M Satu are some of their finest products. 

Conclusion

 Generally, the collection of yachts is simply desirable. Each of the products owns exemplary features that may satisfy your luxurious ambition. Start drafting designs of your own custom-made dream superyacht now and display it in your room. Who knows, one of these days, you shall be owning and riding your dream superyacht.

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