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Building a campfire

How to Light a Campfire Is there anything better than sitting and relaxing around a campfire? Whether it is your backyard, a local park in the city, or somewhere in the backcountry, a campfire brings people together and can provide that little escape we all need. How to Start a Fire When it comes to building and starting the campfire, I am sure we all have that one friend (typically male) who thinks they are the guardians of the fire world, and it is they who must be the master fire keeper. Not sure if it is the inner caveman coming out, or what, however anyone can get a good fire going with just a few tips. Campfire Safety Before...

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BEAR SAFETY

Bear Safety With the first bears having been spotted in mountains, ‘tis the season to refresh our bear safety skills. We’ve all heard the old adage, ‘you don’t have to be faster than the bear, just faster than the person you’re with’, but assuming you like the people you’re adventuring with (unless maybe it’s your ex), you’ll probably want a more concrete plan in the event of an encounter. Tips For Avoiding Encounters -Check trail reports, bear reports, and area restrictions before venturing out. -Remain alert and avoid wearing earbuds/headphones. -Shouting regularly or singing loudly is better than using bear bells...those bells are just annoying! -Watch for fresh signs of bear activity, such as tracks, scat, or digs. -If you...

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Winter Myths

1500 Popular Outdoor Myths: Winter Edition We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but not everything you’ve read on the Internet is true. This week we’re here to dispel some popular misconceptions about the great outdoors, so you can just go ahead and forget these ten common misbeliefs. Myth: Drinking alcohol will help you stay warm. Fact: We’re not here to ruin a good time, and consuming alcohol may make you feel warmer, but it actually decreases your body’s core temperature. Since alcohol is a vasodilator it causes the blood vessels just below your skin’s surface to dilate, creating that false sensation of warmth. So continue to enjoy those libations, but look for another method to stay warm...sleeping...

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Hot Flash Bash Booze List

    Hey campers! Your Booze Counsellor Karla has selected a few drinks to spice things up and cool you down. We will be tasting Alamos Oaked Chardonnay and a Jalepeno Margarita. If you can't find the Alamos Oaked Chardonany, pick up any oaked chardonnay.  Here's your shopping list for the Margarita:   Kosher salt Lime wedge to rim the glass and lime juice Ice 2 ounces silver tequila  1 tablespoon freshly squeezed orange juice  1 1/2 teaspoons light agave nectar  1/4 to 1/2 jalapeño pepper cut into thin, round slices (use more for more spice)      

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Leanne's Lemony Orzo Soup

Lemony Chicken Orzo Soup - Makes about 8 cups   1 TB olive oil 1-1/2 c. chopped onions 1 c. each: diced carrots and diced celery 1 tsp. minced garlic 1 tsp. dried thyme 1/2 tsp. each: dried marjoram and dried tarragon 1/4 tsp. ground turmeric 6 c. reduced-sodium chicken broth 1/4 c. freshly-squeezed lemon juice 2 bay leaves 2 tsp. grated lemon zest 1/2 tsp. sea salt 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper 1/2 c. uncooked orzo pasta (or rice for gluten-free) 2 c. chopped cooked chicken 1/4 c. fresh chopped parsley   Heat olive oil in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add onions, carrots, celery and garlic. Cook and stir until vegetables start to soften -...

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