Our End of the Year Celebration

Posted on May 25, 2017 By

I knew that I had to come up with something big for our family gathering that we have at the end of every school year. My three brothers, two sisters and myself have a combined 20 children, and we all live in the same area. We do something every year to celebrate the arrival of summer, and I wanted to do something special for the kids this past year. I finally hit on the best idea, which was a picnic at the park. Does that sound like a boring idea? Not when I arranged for transportation from www.diamondpartybus.ca.

I knew that none of the kids had ever been in a limo, and only one of my brother’s wives had been in one, but I remembered how much she said it made her feel like royalty. (more…)


Preparation For Hiking Trips

Posted on September 20, 2016 By


One of the most important parts for a hiking trip is the preparation. The proper and extensive preparation will give you successful and joyful hiking. There are some tips to make good preparations for your trip.

Master sufficient knowledge. You can easily find many information on the basics about hiking. Read the boots and they will show what to expect and how to do during the hiking. Also you can find all varieties of resources online that will give you useful tips and tricks about the activity. These useful tips include safety tips, first aid, survival skills and wilderness medicine, etc.

Keep fit. Hiking and backpacking are physical activities that need energy and strength. It is a bit hard but you really have to keep yourself in good shape. Do some excises such as bicycling, rowing, weight lifting, swimming, jogging, but it is not advisable to do too strong excises.

Some people have been living a sedentary life for most of their waking time, for most of people


Tips To The Best Hiking Trips

Posted on August 15, 2016 By


Here are a few tips that are essential to making a hiking trip successful and rewarding. It is important to remember that hiking is usually done away from civilization, so assistance is not at your disposal. This makes safety and planning an essential part of your hiking trip that should not be overlooked.

Mapping out your trip is the first and most important part of planning. This will be the foundation to build your itinerary and your supply list, especially if you are taking a long multi-day hike. It is good to stick to well traveled routes like the Appalachian Trail because they are easy to follow and there are many campsites along the way. When you choose a location to hike, do your research. Many trails have information online or you can call the local ranger station for more information about what to expect. Rangers also offer services that can make your trip easier and safer. Some rangers have stations that you can check in with along the trail, and if you do not check in they may be


The Joy of Hiking Trips

Posted on May 1, 2016 By

trHiking trips are an adventurous way to take a vacation or a little bit of time out to enjoy nature at its finest, up close. By taking a hiking trip you are also able to go to destinations that are remote or hard to get to, making your hiking trip an adventure that won’t easily be forgotten. Research the place that you are planning to visit on your hiking trip. Find out the best time of the year is to visit, as sometimes the weather conditions can be quite extreme at certain times of the year.

Although Trips hiking on your own can seem like an exiting adventure, it is a lot safer to go hiking in a group. The more people who are along for the hike, the more likely it is you will all return home safely. If there is an accident or mishap along the way, there will be more people to assist. Before going on a hike, it is also a good idea to take part in a basic first aid course.

Since you


Grand Canyon Backpacking Checklist

Posted on September 19, 2016 By

Do you remember the most embarrassing moment of your life?

I do.

I grew up at the Grand Canyon National Park and had hiked in and out many times. A friend of mine (who I happened to have a crush on) came to visit and I offered to take him on a hiking trip into the Canyon.

We planned everything, packed our bags and headed down the trail for a 3 day/2 night stay. We made it to Bright Angel Campground, set up our tents and started to prepare our well-deserved dinner.

The most embarrassing moment came when I realized that almost all of our meals were dehydrated and I had forgotten to bring the fuel canister for our stove! Oops.

We had to have snack food for dinner that night and cut our trip short by a whole day to hike out early the next morning.

At Least Remember the Important Stuff!

After that painfully embarrassing experience, I created a Grand Canyon backpacking checklist. I keep it in my backpack and refer to it before each trip I make.

Here’s the quick version of things I recommend taking with

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Taking A Backpack Hiking

Posted on September 18, 2016 By

A backpack hiking trip through Europe or any other area that you are unfamiliar with is a great adventure. Backpacking Italy with friends will leave you with pleasing memories that you’ll enjoy for a lifetime if you do it right.

Backpacking mountain terrain will provide you with breathtaking scenery in addition to all of the fun you can have. When you lay out your backpack hiking trip use careful planning to take exactly what you’ll need to be prepared for your exciting excursion.

The first thing to remember is that a backpack hiking trip is one without long stays in hotels with room service and porters to carry your bags. You will be responsible for carrying around your own backpacking mountain gear. While you want to have everything, you’re limited to how much gear you can realistically carry.

Pack as light as possible without leaving out anything important. After all, you’d hate to be backpacking Europe in the rain and realize that you’ve left your waterproof jacket behind because you wanted to make room for your favorite book!

The items that you bring with

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Follow These Tips Before You Head Out on That Next Hiking Trip

Posted on September 17, 2016 By

If you like to go hiking in the great outdoors then you already know how much it is and the great source of exercise it offers. Do you also know that not taking necessary precautions could also lead to unwanted circumstances that could have been avoided with some proper planning.

Here are some tips that I am offering up for your next hiking trip. Follow these before you get going and you will be ahead of the safety curve.

Dress Appropriately
Are you hiking in warm weather or cold? Is the temperature different where you are going then where you live? You should dress appropriately for where you will be going for that hike, not as to where you live. You should also pack some extra clothing in case it is colder than you thought.

Don’t forget t pack appropriate rain gear. Nothing ruins a good hike like getting soaked in the rain. You can fold away in your backpack a poncho or rain suit. Just make sure you have it packed. Rain can strike at any moment and when it does it doesn’t care if


Camping Hiking Equipment

Posted on August 16, 2016 By

Camping and hiking trips are meant to leave the worries and tensions of routine life behind and only having the fun and adventure. For enjoying the camping hiking trip in a fulfilling way, you need to take care of the proper camping hiking equipment before you leave for the trip and going to hiking.

The hiking trip would be of no use if there too you remain worried about not having proper food or shelter. Taking care of camping hiking equipment saves you from all these problems and instead of worrying about not having, something needed at the time; you can better concentrate upon enjoying your direct interaction with nature. Even if you want to travel light, still you need to have at least the necessary equipment that you may feel the need of during your journey that is where camping hiking gear really comes handy for the hiking.

The hiking equipment that you need to take with you includes tents, sleeping bags, water coolers, proper clothes, needle, and thread, frozen food, stove with fuel, matchbox and other such equipment that you might feel the need of. Some people prefer


The Benefits of One Day Hiking

Posted on August 14, 2016 By

Do you like to take one day hiking trips? Do you want to take
hiking trips on trails near your home? One day hiking trips
have a number of advantages. They are great for the
recreational hiker. Minimal hiking gear is required and you can
take pleasure in the fresh air and beautiful surroundings.
Short day hikes are also a beneficial form of exercise. You can
control your speed and terrain elevation. One day you can focus
on endurance over flat trails while another day can be spent
sprinting and climbing up steeper terrain.

One day hikes commonly take place on easily accessible trails in
your area. Therefore, you can discover hidden nature treasures
that are in your backyard. You can venture out for a day of
leisurely or extreme hiking. Instead of setting up camp for the
night, you can return to the comforts of your own home.

What hiking gear is necessary for a one day trip? It depends on
the weather, terrain, and experience level of the hikers.
However, there is basic hiking equipment that you will need.
When choosing a hiking backpack, opt for a smaller


Food For A Hiking

Posted on July 13, 2016 By

One thing fellow hikers and backpackers never can agree on is what food to take on a hiking trip. How many hikers, the length of the trail, the season and what facilities are available on the trail is often the biggest influence on deciding what to take.

Nutrition and ease of preparation should be kept in mind when deciding what foods you want to take with remembering also that you have to carry everything on your back, making the weight of your food an important factor as well.

Planning trail meals shouldn’t necessarily be difficult. A wide range of instant, dehydrated or freeze dried meals can be bought at most grocery stores. Although some people will not always like the taste of these products it can easily be improved by adding your own spices or herbs. Making these meals on the trail is very easy and quick. Some hikers prefer to prepare their own recipes.

Lightweight foods made especially for hiking can also be found at many outdoor stores and specialists. These meals are very tasty, very light, and in some cases no preparation or cooking is


How to Survive a Hiking Trip in the Grand Canyon

Posted on July 12, 2016 By

The Grand Canyon averages more rescues than any other national park in the world, and were it not for the swift response of the rescuers the death toll in the Canyon would be exorbitantly high. As it is, the Canyon’s steep drops, soaring summer temperatures, plummeting winter temperatures, lack of water, and sudden weather shifts account for more than 500 deaths since it was first explored by European descendants in the 19th century. Today the threats are every bit as real, and in some ways are sneakier because people descend into the Canyon feeling like they’ll be taken care of. It’s a national park after all, isn’t it? The bottom line is that to survive in the Canyon you must first decide you’re taking your life into your own hands, and from there follow these simple rules and you should be ok.

Number one is know your route. Whether you’re hiking, rafting, or doing some combination of both you must know your route. Water is scarce as are feasible hiking routes in or out of the Colorado River. You don’t want to be “somewhere” in the Canyon without a route down to the

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Your Next Hiking Trip

Posted on July 11, 2016 By

So you want to go hiking. Just itching to get out in the great outdoors and get away from the hustle of modern life. Excellent choice. Hiking is healthy for the body and a great way to reduce stress. But it can also be an adventure and all-round fun.

But to make your next trek a big success you need to be prepared. Plan in advance to bring everything you’re going to need by making a checklist. Below are a selection of the most common items you’ll be needing on your next hiking trip.

1. A good set of hiking boots or shoes. They need to have a good tread for gripping the terrain and avoid slipping as well as good support for the ankle and be comfortable enough to wear all day. You also need to bring extra socks. Make sure they are thick enough to protect your heel from blistering as this can occur if you are breaking in a new pair of hiking boots.

2. Planning to spend the night? A good tent, sleeping bag and lantern are essential.

3. Dress


How to Pack Your Backpack for a Hiking

Posted on July 9, 2016 By

Throwing all your gear into your pack and heading off isn’t the best practice for a comfy hiking experience. The way in which you pack your backpacking backpack will make a huge difference to how it feels on your back.

If you’ve never gone backpacking overnight before or haven’t done it in a while these simple and easy to follow guidelines really will make your trek more enjoyable.

First things first, lay out all your backpacking gear on the floor and organize it into piles. For example, cookware, toiletries, backpacking first aid kit, clothing, sleeping gear, food and anything else you are bringing along with you.

I highly recommend using zip lock bags or resealable bags that you can suck out all the air from. They help to save space and protect your gear from moisture, plus they really do help to keep your gear organized in your backpack.

Anything that you want easy and quick access to, especially while you are hiking should be placed in pockets that you can reach with your backpack on your back or in easy to reach spots


Planning for a Guided Hiking Trip

Posted on July 9, 2016 By

Getting out and making the most of the outdoors is a great way to bond with nature, and with your fellow family members.

Having a shared journey can really bring a family closer together.

Nonetheless, you also don’t want the family holiday to turn into something people recall with disgust.

If you do not have many years of hiking and camping experience, there is no reason you can’t still go out and enjoy an awesome hike. In this case, I would advise you hire a guide company to take you on a custom, guided hiking trip.

These hiking tours can be built around your personal or family interests. Your guide company will arrange the trip dates and location to suit your needs. They are glad to run Custom/Family trips in virtually any remote and wild corner you desire. In other words, feel free to fantasize about your ultimate dream trip…and they will arrange and run it for you!

Whether your interest is nature study, wildlife photography, fishing, scrambling to high summits, wilderness survival, navigation, relaxation, or perhaps an exceptionally rigorous expedition,


Important Foods to Take on Hiking

Posted on June 8, 2016 By

When you start packing for a hiking trip you should always consider what food you should take with you. You will need energy on long hikes and if you happen to get lost its important to have foods that will keep you going for a long period of time. High protein and hydrating foods are most important. Let’s look at a list of some important foods you should pack when preparing for a hiking trip.

1. Water-

Okay so water may not be a food, but it is the most important thing to pack when preparing to hike for any length of time. You should always take water with you if you are planning to hike over a mile you should take at least 2 quarts of water with you. You will want to drink about a cup of water ever 40 mins even if you do not feel thirsty.

2. Trail Mix

Just like the name implies trail mix is a great food to take with you hiking. It is full of protein and dried foods. It is packed it energy. Trail mix


Preparations That You Need to Make Before Going on a Hiking

Posted on June 7, 2016 By

If you an avid hiker and love to spend lots of time outdoors surrounded by the beauty of nature, why not get your kids involved as well? Going on hiking trips with your kids has lots of benefits. You wouldn’t feel lonely during the hike and you get to spend quality time together as a family doing something fun. It is also very affordable and you can get your kids to do something healthy outdoors instead of being glued to their computers or television the whole day. Here are some necessary steps and precautions that you need to take if you are planning to bring your kids along for hiking trips.

If this is the first time you are bringing your kids for a hiking trip, pick a shorter and easier trail that you are familiar with. Make sure that your kids are strong and fit enough to last the trip. You can start preparing them for the trip weeks ahead by taking them for jogs and playing outdoor sports to build up their stamina and fitness level.

Consider engaging the service of a guide if you are not a


Best Hiking Trips to Enjoy in Oregon

Posted on June 6, 2016 By

Oregon has some of the most beautiful hiking terrain in the country. Known for its wide topographical diversity, Oregon contains hiking trails through the desert, mountains, coasts, forests, and canyons. There’s probably no other state in the nation with as many hiking opportunities that boast the breathtaking scenery that can be found while hiking through Oregon.

Whetstone Ridge to Twin Lakes – found in Bull of the Woods Wilderness off of Oregon Highway 224, 26 miles southeast of Estacada
Walking through this western Cascade preserve, visitors will enjoy densely forested canyons, clear running streams, small lakes and view offering ridges. With over 27,400 acres of wilderness, hikers have a great chance of finding some privacy and quiet. The 9.2 mile round trip hike to Silver King Lake junction, or the 14.2 mile round trip hike to Upper Twin Lakes are both classified as moderate in difficulty. To reach Silver King Lake and return, hikers should reserve about four and a half hours. However, to make the trip to Upper Twin Lakes, travelers should schedule in about two days. The time to hike through the preserve is between late June and October although for

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Oregon Perfect Multi Day Hiking

Posted on June 5, 2016 By

Oregon’s Rogue River Trail: Nature’s Perfect Multi-day Hiking Trip Perfection often lies in the details and this Oregon lodge-to-lodge hiking trail adventure is a testament to getting the details “right.” The 4-day, 3-night hiking trip is a trekker’s dream in so many ways.

First, the trail. Moderately difficult, the trail takes hikers through beautiful fields of wildflowers, verdant “fairy-like” forests, and finally dry, desert-like conditions–all these extreme geographic changes can be viewed in the span of the approximately 45-mile, 4-day hike. Most days are around 9 miles in length. However, note that the second day’s hike is the longest–averaging around 15 miles.

Second, the lodges. The three rustic lodges that hikers retreat to each evening provide clean, private sleeping and bathroom accommodations. A hot shower and a soft bed make hiking each day even more pleasurable. What elevates this trip to the next level is that lodge staff serve steaming hot, home-cooked meals each evening and big, home-style breakfasts each morning. If hikers book with a local hiking outfitter, lunches are prepared and served riverside–hikers trek down to the river to snack and enjoy organic lunch food choices.

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Hiking Equipment Essentials for Your Hiking

Posted on May 4, 2016 By

What hiking equipment do I need? When you are planning your hiking trip an important aspect is having the right gear. Being unprepared or having the wrong equipment may result in disastrous consequences. However, it all depends on what type of trip you are going on.

Before you start going down to your local store and spending on what you think you might need, it all depends on what type of hiking trip you are planning. Common sense I know, but there is no need to buy an arctic jacket if you plan on a summer day hike.

Here are some of the basic essentials.

Hiking boots

In fact they are an essential part of your kit and should be at the top of the list. They will help to you protect your feet from blisters and keep them dry. With such a huge range available on the market, deciding on the best hiking boots for you will depend again on your trip.

Waterproof clothing

Another element is wearing suitable clothing especially if you are hiking in interchangeable weather conditions such as the UK. Even if you are just going on


Be Prepared For Your Next Hiking

Posted on May 3, 2016 By

Hiking trips are good if you wish to stay fit and discover new and excellent locations. To fully enjoy your trip you need to think about many things. The first thing you’ll need is to familiarize yourself with the location. You can do this by gathering maps for the area you are about to explore. You wouldn’t need to get lost, particularly in remote areas where things may turn hazardous. You can find thousands of resources online for organizing a hiking trip, locating known hiking trails, and downloading maps. Your next step is to go on 1 or 2 practice hikes. You can do this by going to the particular are where you intend to hike, or you can prep your body for the journey by walking through similar terrain.

It’s entertaining to plan for hiking trip, so use caution not to get too caught up and forget critical details. Being on the trail is such a ghastly time to find out you have forgotten something important. Before any preparations can begin, you should make a checklist of all the things you need to bring along with you. This could make sure you


Tips For Planning a Geocaching Hiking

Posted on May 2, 2016 By

Are you planning on spending the day or weekend hiking for geocaches? If you intend on taking a hike, you may want to start planning ahead of time and acknowledge a few important factors before heading out. These factors outlined below will help make your hiking adventure easier and will make your adventure, when the time comes, a much more memorable experience.

The primary factor you will want to take into consideration before planning a hiking trip is your health. If you have a previous or current medical condition it is best to consult your physician before making any plans. A hiking trip can be an exciting, but strenuous activity to participate in. It is advisable that you plan on hiking a trail designed for beginners to start off. Most people are able to go hiking without any health problems arising, but why take that chance?

Also, when planning a hike for geocaches, you need to factor in how long would you like to go hiking for, your physical limitations, and environmental conditions of the trail. While many people choose to go hiking just for a day, there are many