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Apolitically Correct – Camping During Earth Week at Yosemite Valley National Park

Apolitically Correct – Camping During Earth Week at Yosemite Valley National Park

For a couple of days during Earth Week (April 17 through 25) this year, we hiked and wandered the trails and meadows of Yosemite Valley. It was also National Park Week, so it seemed as if a social eclipse were occurring. The weather was perfect for hiking, with sunny days and temperatures from the high 50s to low 70s F. Nights dipped down to freezing, and there was still snow on the peaks and in the... [Read more]

Weather Tools to Know About When Camping

Weather Tools to Know About When Camping

Article Courtesy of Camping Life Magazine. Forecasting the weather is a combination of art, science and luck — which is why weather reporters always deal in percentages rather than absolutes. Even though the process isn’t perfect, it’s still wise to listen to the broadcasts and pay attention to the clues about what’s coming. At the same time, it’s also good to keep a “weather eye”... [Read more]

Outdoor Ethics: A Culture of Respect

By Stuart Bourdon, Camping Life Magazine. What are good outdoor ethics? There is no shortage of inspiration when considering the subject. A renowned scientist and scholar, exceptional teacher, philosopher and giant of environmental philosophy, Aldo Leopold (1887-1948) is considered by many to be the father of wildlife ecology. Leopold observes in his essay Round River that “the outstanding scientific... [Read more]

Desert Desserts – Traveling the Best American Deserts

Desert Desserts – Traveling the Best American Deserts

Far from being the desolate wastelands many imagine as they speed through them on the Interstate going to somewhere else, America’s deserts are thriving ecological communities. Article Courtesy Camping Life Magazine, Written by Stuart Bourdon. Tumble weeds and blowing sand. That’s the image most often used to portray the American deserts, but the truth is these arid ecosystems offer a diverse plant... [Read more]

How to Pick the Best Campsite: Tips to help you get the best site for your money

How to Pick the Best Campsite: Tips to help you get the best site for your money

Article Courtesy Camping Life Magazine, Written by Stuart Bourdon Having a wonderful camping experience is a combination of factors. Some of those are providential, and a few are completely out of your hands. Luckily, there are some you can control. It’s impossible to control the weather, but you can keep track of it and update your gear as conditions dictate. And the campground may not always offer... [Read more]