Tag Archives: Camping

Alpine Aire Snacks, Dips, and Smoothies – Initial Review

Various snacks, smoothie, and dips.

Few things can change how a trip in the backcountry is remembered more than food. Insufficient quantity or poor quality can dull the thrill of bagging a summit or ruin the satisfaction of a hard earned day on the trail.

Over the next month, I will be testing out some backcountry food products from Alpine Aire.

Click here to see my initial review on a variety of snacks, dips, and smoothie from Alpine Aire.

Kaleb R

gosh! Dripo Cold Brew Coffee System

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gosh! Dripo Cold Brew Coffee System

Let me start off by saying that my husband is the gear tester in our house. I’m NOT an outdoor person, and my idea of camping out involves room service! But I do like coffee, especially iced, cold-brew coffee, so when the opportunity to review a new cold brew system occurred, I strongly encouraged him to let me review it.  I will be looking at ease of use, flavor of coffee as well as the cost of using the system. Read on for my initial thoughts on the gosh! Dripo Cold Brew Coffee System.

GSI Outdoors Javamill

Review by Arnie P

GSI Outdoors Javamill

GSI Outdoors Javamill

GSI Outdoors provided the Javamill for review purposes.

GSI Outdoors Javamill

I have been using the GSI Outdoors Javamill for over a month with good results. I have been using it at least once in the morning and sometimes during the day. I only went to a coffee shop once this month.

The adjusting took several days since I was only making one cup a day most of the time. My criteria is the amount of coffee sediment at the bottom of my empty cup of coffee. My setting is coarser than the pre-ground I buy. I do that because the filter on a French mill is not as fine as a paper filter.  To read more please click here.

Hiking in Harold Parker State Forest

Article By Arnie P

Quarry site in Harold Parker Forest

Quarry site in Harold Parker Forest

Hiking in Harold Parker State Forest

Harold Parker consists of 3,300 acres with more than 35 miles of logging roads and hiking trails. The forest is almost all hardwood, hemlock, and pine. Ten ponds are available for the water enthusiast, using non-motorized boats.  To read more please click here. 

 

Juniper Springs Campground

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Juniper Springs Campground

Article by Arnie P

Juniper Springs campground is part of Ocala National Forest. This forest is in the state of Florida in the northern central part. The campground is located on route 40 which runs in an east west direction and is very straight. This campground was constructed in about 1935 and was updated a few years ago. The work was done by the civilian conservation corp more commonly known as the CCC. I believe the current facilities were reconstructed around 2010. They provide the same functions but, with improved materials. The functional differences are that the lights are only in the high ceilings and there are no electrical outlets. The showers are now equipped with water saving devices that when pushed turn on for a short time. The new facilities are very clean, allowing maximum use of the sun and provide shelter in case of a tornado or severe storm. I am a tent camper, but if I were in a camper I would feel safer in a shelter. We have all seen pictures of the aftermath of tornadoes and storms, they are scary.  To read more click here.

Can your knife cut it? Maybe this one can

Can your knife cut it? Maybe this one can.

Gerber Freescape Camp Kitchen Knife

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Freescape Camp Kitchen knife

The Freescape Camp Kitchen knife was provided by Gerber for review purposes.

The product I will be testing is the Gerber Camp Kitchen Knife. As the name implies I intend to do a lot of the testing in my kitchen. I have increased my use of vegetables in my diet as part of a weight loss program.  To read more.