Hiking shoes vs Boots

Snake boots or hiking shoes for day outings? For years I swore I’d never venture out again without my snake boots. I live in Texas where most snakes do not hibernate. In additon, Texas is home to the following venomous snakes: the Copperhead, Cottonmouth, Rattlesnake, Western Diamondback Rattlesnake, Timber Rattlesnake, Mojave Rattlesnake, Blacktail Rattlesnake, Western Rattlesnake,…

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Teton Celsius Junior Sleeping Bag Review

Kid tested in the Ouachita Mountains The whole crew of kids just got new bags for a trip up Big Cedar Trail. We wanted to take them on their first backpacking trip, with nighttime temperatures expected to be in the thirties, their old bags just couldn’t cut it. Their old bags were standard kids sleeping…

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Camping Footwear Essentials

Few things can ruin your trip like foot issues. Over the course of our trips, we’ve learned some tips for keeping our feet happy. Keep your feet happy and you’ll be better prepared for anything and will enjoy your trip more. Over the last few months, we’ve been to Beavers Bend State Park, Colorado Bend State Park and Pedernales State…

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Our Amazing First Aid Kit

Do you know what’s in that prepackaged first aid kit? Really, do you truly know what is in a prepackaged first aid kit? I could guess, a bunch of random size band-aids, medical tape, antibiotic ointment, and gauze. That prepackaged kit, probably has nothing for crazy tick attacks, getting rest with a pulsing injury, headaches,…

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Klymit Sleeping Pad Review

After sleeping on the hard clay of Colorado Bend State Park and the hard gravel of Cossatot River State Park I was desperate to get sleeping pads. A quick search of sleeping pads brought up so many different options that we were overwhelmed with the choices. Should we go with a solid foam pad for it’s better…

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Sawyer Mini Filtration System Review

When making the transition from car camping, to backpacking, one of the major considerations is how you will get clean drinking water. With many filtration systems costing upwards of one hundred dollars, many feel like their only options are drinking water tablets. However, not only do many make the water taste bad, but they only kill bacteria,…

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Ozark Trail 45L Montpelier – review

Ozark Trail 45L Monteplier backpack I purchased this pack Friday for a weekend backpacking trip at Walmart for $47.  Jen and I wanted to explore Beavers Bend State Park in Oklahoma. For our previous trips I’ve used regular backpacks. However, after noticing how much more comfortable Jen’s pack was on hikes, along with it’s better storage and…

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