Monthly Archives: June 2015

Camping fees

So, my best friend and I are planning on going on our first overnight car camping trip sometime soon.  As soon as we can find a weekend we’re both free anyway.  But I was wholly unprepared for the fact that reserving a campsite anywhere near us is going to be quite pricey.  Well, pricey in my limited experience.

We figured our first couple trips we’d go to a campsite on a lake very close to my house.  It’s close enough to home that if something went wrong, it’d be easy to get help.  We could pack food that doesn’t need cooking in case I don’t get the hang of my stove, and if all else failed we’d be in walking distance of my house (and not that far from hers either).

But even just a site to pitch a tent costs $28 a night.  This might be about average but I’ve stayed in cheaper hotels.  I started looking at other places, but there’s nowhere that’s also very close by, so that’s it for our beginning challenge.  There’s a few places a little further away (but still easy driving distance) that are a little cheaper, but rarely by much.

I guess I just didn’t think much about the cost of a campsite since well, I imagined them only being a patch of ground.  But they’ve all got a ton of amenities now too, which I’m sure I’ll appreciate later.

But for now we’ve just got to find a weekend to go and reserve our spot.

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Cooking at camp

440One thing I’ve been a bit worried about from the beginning has been cooking while I’m out on the trail.  I’m not a particularly good cook on a normal day with a full kitchen, and there’s also the fact that I’m a relatively picky eater as well.  Add that with heartburn/reflux issues and you’ve got a big mess to figure out really.

Which is part of why I opted for a slightly larger and more flexible stove option when I just bought my camp stove.  I talked to an employee at REI for a little while about it, and he pointed out that the Primus Yellowstone Classic Trail Stove is a heavier stove (by quite a bit actually) but that it is a little more able to do more than just boil a couple cups of water.  It’s got a larger surface area for putting different kinds of cookware on it.

So that’s what I decided to go with, I figure I’ll try to camp with it for a little while doing shorter hikes and if I end up at a point where I’m trying to carve out ounces then I’ll look at a slightly smaller stove.

Another consideration was that a lot of the other stoves I looked at came with a particular cup or pot that fitted onto it, which was nice but a little more expensive than getting this one and a small cookset for one.  I also like the cookset because it’s a little bit more useful than just an attached pot, and again can be used with more than one type of stove.  So if this one doesn’t work out, there’s an option for me to get a new stove.  Plus, I’m a sucker for things that stack together into smaller packaging, it’s very cool design.  Now one problem is that the GSI cookset is supposed to also store your stove and fuel canister, and I don’t think that both of those will fit with the Primus stove being a little larger than most.  But I figure I’ll work that out when it becomes an issue.

I’ve also tried a few different Mountain House food packages, and it’s been a mixed bag.  The reviews from other customers on REI have been very useful, now that I know to listen to them.  The first type I tried was terrible, and the reviews said so (I can’t remember what it was, some kind of Asian inspired noodle dish).  But the spaghetti and the biscuits with gravy that I tried later were both good.  The calorie counts are a bit high, but I figure all camp food is probably going to be that way and I’ll be working off a heck of a lot more calories than usual on those days anyway.  The biscuits and gravy were pretty salty though, just as a warning.  I think it was the sausage that was mixed in.

Now I just need to buy my fuel canister and a few more pouches of food to try actually out on the trail.  I’m looking forward to it.

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Fitness Blender 4 Week Low Impact Fat Loss Program: Day One

So I decided a week or so ago that I would stop sort of doing whichever Fitness Blender workout I felt like at the time and actually be a bit more structured.  So I decided to purchase one of their workout plans, the 4 Week Low Impact Fat Loss Program.  I thought starting on the 1st of the month seemed like a good idea.

One of the reasons I like Fitness Blender is that their video blogs and social media posts are all overwhelmingly positive and have a lot of great information.  I especially liked the video they linked for Day One of this program, How To Listen To Your Body.

Today wasn’t too bad in general, because it was mostly taken up with a physical fitness test.  I’m already tracking my walks with an app (and I’ll do a review of two of those later), so I just had to do the rest.  The problem is I’m still trying to figure out how to alter exercises to not overtax my knees and hips, because in the end my primary goal is stamina and endurance for long hikes.  But greater flexibility would be really nice too.

I liked the warm up for today, but the cool down incorporated yoga and kept going back to downward facing dog, a position I not only hate but quite frankly just can’t do, and I dislike it so much I don’t even care if I ever will.  So I wasn’t as big a fan of that.  I want to like yoga, so much about it seems so great, but I’m thinking it’s just not something I’m meant to do using videos at home, I can’t figure out the forms and half the things they say make no sense.  They say to roll your hips down and I just don’t know what they’re talking about and end up confused.

Anyway, the point of this is that I’m trying to expand my fitness plans from just walking to also include a few other types of workouts so tha

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