The Perfect Outdoor Bench

An outdoor bench is a very versatile way to add variety to a picturesque outdoor scene. An outdoor bench can be just for decoration, or it can provide a much-needed seat for rest. But no matter what kind of outdoor bench you are looking for, there is one thing that is the most important consideration to make. An outdoor bench must be extremely durable because it will sit through all of the changing weather patterns. Here’s how to make sure the outdoor bench you purchase will last a very long time. Ask about wood treatment If you have your heart set on a wooden bench, then one of the first things you should ask the retailer about is wood treatments. …

Choosing the Best Outdoor Equipment

We all love the outdoors and venturing out can be something that we take great delight in. If you are an outdoor lover, then you most definitely love hammocks. When you want to be up-close with nature and still have a cozy night’s sleep, then a hammock can actually be of great help. This is something that different scouting groups, campers and backpackers actually adore because of how convenient it is. You can get a lot from a well-designed hammock. You remain protected from the elements as well as all those pesky pests that we find outdoors and most especially at night. One of the things that should be done is to make sure that you actually choose a hammock …

MRE Meals To The Rescue For Emergency Situations

There are times when you think that disasters will never strike your area but that is when you’re at your most vulnerable. Many people who have experienced disasters may have also once thought this way much to their later regret. In order to properly prepare for a disaster, you need emergency food such as MRE (meals ready to eat). MRE meals are important in any disasters because it can sustain a family for many days due to its compact design and heavy duty packaging. The meals are formulated by top scientists and chefs of the government in order to give you the nutritional benefits that your body need. Every year, the menus of MRE meals are being replaced so that …

7 Probing Questions to Ask Yourself About Why You Are Painting

A logical person will agree with the first statement. Human survival doesn’t depend on Art. If you’re an artist, you’ll agree with the second statement. After all, you’re spending much of your limited time on Earth making Art. But are you clear in your own mind about why you’re doing it? Why paint rather than make art with words or stone or musical notes? What do you tell yourself and others about why you paint? Some answers may sound familiar. Let’s get to the most popular one right away. 1. To ‘express yourself.’ Unless your paintings evoke some response in others, give something of value to others, you may as well spend your time gazing in the mirror. The painter’s …

Why Topsoil Is Important To The Survival of the Planet

To put it simply: we need food. And except for seafood, we need good topsoil to grow nutritious food. We also need the topsoil to allow vegetation to remain stable and strong in its place. Thus the health of our topsoil is one of the most critical factors in keeping the health of our planet. This fertile upper part of the soil which we call topsoil is the upper surface of the Earth’s crust. And it’s not much topsoil that we’re talking about. It is no deeper than approximately eight inches (20 centimeters). Thus one good stroke with a shovel, or a pick, can put you to the depth of your topsoil. What is it that makes this thin layer …

Why You Should Create a Checklist for Your Next Hiking Trip

Are you in the mist of planning a hiking adventure for yourself, a group of your friends, or your family? If you are, have you made a hiking checklist for yourself? If you have yet to make a hiking checklist for yourself, you may want to think about doing so. Hiking checklists are ideal for those who are planning hiking trips, especially for the first time. One of the many reasons why you should take the time to create a hiking checklist for yourself is because a hiking checklist can help to improve your next hiking trip. Unfortunately, when it comes to taking a trip, even a hiking trip, there are many individuals who want or need to bring something, …

How to Choose the Right Boat Refrigerator

Some boat owners are looking for a cold drink on a hot afternoon of sailing. Others need a way to keep perishables fresh on longer voyages. No matter your need, selection of the proper boat refrigerator is central to a properly equipped galley. When shopping among different brands and models, there are a few things to consider that will help narrow your decision. Bigger is not always better You want a boat refrigerator with the capacity to hold all of your perishables, but you don’t want to waste space, money, or energy getting a unit that is too large. When looking at a marine refrigerator’s size, you will need to consider outside dimensions when judging the fit into your galley …

Survival Tips – How To Build The Best EDC Kit

How To Build The Best EDC Kit An Every Day Carry Kit, or EDC, is comprised of the everyday carry gear, including emergency items, that you might need to face challenges or dangers, that come between you and home. In the strictest sense, we all take an EDC kit with us each day. Our wallet or purse, keys, money, cell phone; these are the things we’ve decided we need each day to ensure that we can do what we need to do and get home safely. But is it everything you need? Identifying Your Everyday Carry Gear Needs If only we knew exactly what situations we would face on a given day, we would never leave our house unprepared. There …

Why I Do Not Use 4 Season Tents

There is no need to get 4 season tents for gentle summer camping. Even if there is a heavy downpour, the use of sleeping pads combined with adequate planning should keep everything fairly dry. The important thing is to not camp at the bottom of a hill, to make sure the rain fly is secure, and to take advantage of natural cover. But, a four season tent can be a nice thing to have for extreme conditions, and if you have the money to spend on one, it is a luxury that can really improve your camping experience. Basically, the difference between 4 season tents and regular tents is that a 4 season tent is tighter, with heavier outer walls. …

It’s Wildfire Season, Are You Ready?

It’s time to start thinking about wildfire season and getting prepared! On July 3, 2012 our family was headed to Warm River, Idaho, for a family reunion. Due to her work schedule our 18 year old daughter remained at home. Just after 2pm I received a frantic phone call from her saying she could see a large fire burning in the mountains behind our home and she wanted to know what she should do if she had to evacuate. My first reaction was, how bad could it be? She snapped a picture and sent it to me and yes her alarm was justified. This wildfire, known as the Quail Hollow fire, consumed almost 2900 acres and caused the evacuation of …