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RV Camping at Casinos


There's nothing that will quicken the interest of RVers like the prospect of free overnight parking. Places such as Wal-Mart parking lots, and truck stops, are well known freebies, and if you are on the move in your RV, expanding the list of possible free overnight camping locations will broaden your options. What is especially encouraging is that Casinos as a whole are RV friendly.

The Royal Barge Procession ? Splendor on the Chao Phraya River


The Royal Barge Procession in Bangkok, conducted on very rare occasions, is a spectacular royal armada on the Chao Phraya River. This procession is normally conducted on the following occasions:

Mammoth Cave: One of the Most Beautiful in Our National Park System


Directly south of Louisville, just off Interstate 65 and not far from Cave City, Mammoth Cave National Park sits nestled in the rolling, wooded hills of west-central Kentucky. Cedar trees dominate the landscape around the park, broken only by grazing cattle, small tobacco fields, and immense limestone outcroppings.

Trekking in Jordan


1st day : Airport / Amman, O/NOur representative will meet clients at the Airport, arrange their Visa and transfer them to Amman, check in at one of Amman?s Hotels, dinner and overnight. ( L, D)

The American Picnic ? Make Yours Memorable


We love spending time outdoors and if you are expecting a large group; you need to be somewhere you can accommodate all of the people. A picnic can be anything you want it to be. There are a host of picnic ideas available, depending upon time of day and how formal or casual you want your picnic to be. If you are having a picnic for just your family; you might try to find some of the fun new gear available; such as a portable gas grill, picnic backpack, folding picnic table, fancy acrylic dishes and glasses, sleeping hammocks and more. If you are planning a picnic for a crowd there are more details and extra planning that are needed. The following are a few ideas for your picnics to help your next event be special:

Two Person Hammocks ? Snuggle With Your Beau in Style


How many of you take the time to just relax in a hammock? When I even think of a hammock, I just want to fall asleep. A single person hammock is great but two person hammocks are even better. Snuggle up with your beau and watch the clouds role by, or have a picnic included in your outdoor entertaining. The sophistication of a hammock today is like owning casual living furniture. The hammocks of today don?t have to be some knots tied together. Hammocks for two enable you to take a little mini-vacation anytime you want. Some styles of interest for this hot trend in casual furniture are:

Experience The Real Florida


Every year around 40 million visitors come to Florida for the sun, sea and attractions. Most visit the world famous theme parks or enjoy the fabulous palm-fringed sandy beaches.

Bird Watching Life Lists ? Keeping A Record


If you?re a birder, you want to keep a list of sightings when you bird watch. Your life lists should be kept in a bird watching journal.

Backcountry Safety ? An Essential 10-Point Checklist


The call of the wild can be seductive. The exquisite beauty of the wilderness, the incomparable solitude, the simplicity of life on the trail, and the rush of living a bit on the edge attract thousands of eager backcountry enthusiasts. Sometimes enthusiasm gets in the way of wisdom and adequate preparation. Hikers, campers and other nature lovers can find themselves lost, unprepared or badly hurt. Colorado?s Mountain Rescue Association reports its teams respond to more than 1,000 search and rescues per year. Victims often suffer from frostbite, dehydration, shock or severe trauma. Not all emergencies can be prevented, but many can. Poor preparation, poor judgment and hubris can be a dangerous combination that can lead to pure misery, injury or even death. Be wise and commit to the safety rules established by the experts. The following 10 rules are promoted by the officials of The Appalachian Club (www.outdoors.org) and the Colorado Mountain Club (www.cmc.org) :

Bird Watching Mecca ? 338 Species At Acadia National Park


When it comes to birding, Acadia National Park is a mecca for sightings. The Park has 338 bird species, which is a record for any national park in the United States. The list of species includes such rare birds as the bald eagle, 23 warbler variations and falcons by the bushel load. If you?re looking to fill out your life list, Acadia is the place to be.

How To Get The Most Out Of Your Trekking Poles


How to get the most out of your trekking poles is one of the biggest concerns while considering buying a new pair or using your existing trekking poles. To get most out of your trekking poles, you need to consider two things: First, various ?types of trekking poles? to suit your preference, style, ease of use and of course budget! Second, to know about various features of your trekking poles and how to use them effectively to get most out of them!

River Cruise in Bangkok ? Sightseeing on the Chao Phraya


A river cruise in Bangkok gives an insight to the community life on the Chao Phraya River and the legacies on this river of kings, a picture of stark contrasts.

Calculate Food Quantities for Camping and Outdoor Recreation


As the warmer weather approaches, we look forward to anotherseason of camping and enjoying the fun, relaxation, and beautythat the outdoor environment has to offer. I am anxious to get out on weekends to some of my favorite campsites around Kentuckyand Indiana. Of course I?ll have plenty of fishing gear to bring along in case some of my family or friends join in on the adventures that are sure to come with each outing. This is the most enjoyable thing for me when I see others having a great time hiking, fishing, throwing Frisbees?, or sitting around the campfire telling stories or singing campfire songs.There are several things I try to consider before I begin packing fora camping trip. First of course, is how long will I be gone? Howmuch time do I have to get away from the ?9 to 5?, unwind and getrefreshed by the fresh air, sunshine, and peaceful scenery that nature provides so abundantly? This summer, I?m going to try to get out more frequently on the weekends so I?ll talk a little about short outings that are not too distant from home. This will allow me more time for what I actually want to do, and that of course, is to camp. I don?t want to spend 5 hours going and 5 hours coming, using basically a whole day just for traveling. If I pick a place that's within a 100 mile radius, I should be able to find several dozen places to visit and spend less than 4 hours of total travel time.Ok, that sound great, I can think of a dozen places within 100 miles right of the top of my head. Lake Monroe, where my youngest son and I visited last year, is only 1 hour and 45 minutes from my home. That was a great weekend camping trip and my daughter and her friends at IU came from Bloomington to join in the fun. Several of the girls had not fished much at all, and I had more fun than they did watching them scream and holler as we caught over 70 bluegill. It was a great thrill for them to actually catch, clean, and eat fresh fish. Most of the panfish were a little on the small side, but I had them keep them for several reasons. One of course, is the fish sometimes swallow the hook and it?s nearly impossible to throw them back when this happens. Another reason I sometimes keep small bluegill, is that it helps other aquatic life to have more abundant food sources. Anyway, after we cleaned them all, they were absolutely delicious dipped in a bowl of egg and milk, rolled in cracker crumbs and cornmeal, and fried to a golden brown. And of course we had several bags to take home, which seemed like it made the camping trip last longer than just the weekend.But let?s get back to some of the essentials of planning your weekend camping trip. After you?ve decided on how much time you have, you will need to consider how many nature lovers are going camping. That?s usually the easy part. So if you?ve got 5 people going, and you?re going to be gone for two nights and two days, you?ll want to figure how many meals that will be. I?d say it will be in the neighborhood of 2 dinners, 2 breakfast, and 2 lunches, not including snack times. So we?ll need enough food for 10 people (5 x 2) for essentially one day. That should calculate to an average of 8-10 ounces of meat per person, 8-10 ounces of vegetables and fruit per person, and 8-10 servings of bread or grains per two persons. You can also use the 8-10 rule for your drinks for a total of 8-10, (8-10 oz. drinks) including water, per person per day. This may seem like a lot of liquid, but when you consider 3 meals a day and an additional drink in between, you are already at 6 drinks a day. Remember, dehydration is a major cause of heat stroke. If you?re going hiking, swimming, or playing any type of running sport, this will easily bring the drink count up an additional 3 or more for a total of 9 drinks a day. Let?s make an easy formula to go by.---------------------------------------------------------------------------FOOD QUANTITY FORMULA5 people for 2 days = (5 x 2 = 10)10 x 8-10 ounces = (80-100 ounces meat) or 5-6 lbs.10 x 8-10 ounces = (80-100 ounces fruits and veggies) or 5-6 lbs.8-10 servings bread or grain per (2) persons8-10 (8-10 oz. drinks) per person (per day)NOTE: Hard cheeses such as American and Swiss include in meat weight.Soft cheeses such as cultures add to fruits and vegetables weight.Eggs may be separate.---------------------------------------------------------------------------So that?s a pretty good rule of thumb to go by for your ?3 squares.? If you like to snack, which goes great with camping, bring along your chips, marshmallows, or no bake cookies and you?ll never go hungry. Don?t forget the milk if your bring chocolate.* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Block Island ? Memorable Vacations Are Made of This


Block Island is a seaside jewel lying 12 miles off the southern coast of Rhode Island. This is a place where nature clings to every pond, stone-walled trail, beach, and everything in between. It?s a paradise for cyclists, and a haven for those ready to leave the trappings and demands of the mainland behind.

How Are Minerals Formed?


HOW ARE MINERALS FORMED?

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