Automobile Emergency Kit, Winter Travel Life Saver or Waste of Money?

Most of us have experienced a flat tire, engine trouble, dead battery, or maybe even an accident. As untimely, and troublesome as these events can be, they are usually manageable. Can you image trying to deal with one of these events in the frigid cold of winter? Can you and your family deal with or even survive without an Automobile Emergency Kit in one of these situations? Have you ever considered how long it would be before help would arrive? An Automobile Emergency Kit is recommended by the Colorado Department of Transportation, and many others, to ensure you are prepared for the unexpected, especially during winter travel. According to a study by Daniel Eisenberg, PhD and Kenneth E. Warner, PhD, …

Winter Emergency Preparedness – Here’s Comes Suzy Snowflake!

It’s that time of year again!  Winter! It can be enjoyable with all the outdoor recreational opportunities it brings. It can also be dangerous when severe winter storms come roaring in bringing freezing temperatures, heavy snow, strong winds and poor visibility. Snowstorms occur regularly every winter throughout the northern hemisphere. Although the first snowfall can cover the world in a beautiful blanket of sparkling white, as little as two inches (5 cm.) of snow is enough to create serious problems for traffic. (Of course children absolutely love it when a “snow day” occurs and they are forced to stay home.) Blizzards, massive snowstorms with strong winds, make unplowed roads impassable and every winter many automobiles get stuck in the snow. …

"Just-In-Case" Info and Reminders for Winter Survival

We have heard a lot of stories about snow mishaps during winter. We have heard and read about winter survival. We feel and think like we’ve mastered the dangers in this weather, but accidents are accidents, no matter how careful we may be are inevitable. Unless we are in this situation we really would not know how prepared we actually are. But winter can be fun too. Winter hiking is a popular activity during this weather. So the best thing to do is continuously understand and be aware of all possible situations in a snow mishap. Here are trinkets of facts that are as important as the winter survival kit that you have packed on any winter trip: Hypothermia – …

Winter Camping Can Be Lots Of Fun

Camping is a fun adventure for the whole family. Every camping trip takes a little planning to be sure you have necessary supplies and safety equipment. However, camping during the winter has specific cautions that should be taken. Being prepared for anything is essential during the cold. Clothing is particularly important during the winter. Whether staying at the campsite or venturing out for a hike, it is important to maintain your body temperature and avoid ill effects of cold weather such as hypothermia. Always wear a hat. Up to eighty percent of your body heat can be lost through your head, so wearing a hat is essential. Dress in layers. Wear several layers of clothing and choose outer clothing that …

Camping Fun and Survival: Weather Prediction

When camping you are vulnerable to the elements, but don’t let that scare you off. You have all the tools in nature to predict upcoming bad weather, allowing you to be prepared at anything that mother nature throws in your direction. These survival tips are great for everyone, of all ages, and fun to learn. Predicting upcoming weather is not only a great skill when out living it up in the great outdoors, but it could save your life someday. Don’t worry if you don’t get it right the first time. Great weather predicting comes with experience. With time the subtle cues of your environment will be picked up by your subconscious awareness and you will be predicting without even …

The Differences Between Indoor and Outdoor Bonsai Trees

Bonsai trees are in essence miniaturized trees that are made this way by the powers of nature for the wild bonsai varieties, or have purposely been made this way by specific pruning of the crown and roots on a constant and regular basis. The size of these miniature trees also depend on the size of the container in which they are grown in as the size of their roots are constantly kept in check. Ordinarily the plants used for bonsai use are trees but most of the bigger shrubs and plants can also be used to make bonsai plants. Bonsai trees are indeed very beautiful works of art and have in many instances been manipulated to resemble some animals or …

Informative Weather Information: Read this article and become informed about the weather and ways the affects our everyday lives.

Weather is not the same as climate. Climate is the average condition of the weather, such as average temperatures, amounts of rain or snow, averages of sunshine, wind, and humidity, and the number of days when certain weather conditions may be expected in a month or year. Everybody is affected in mind and body by climate and changes in the weather. A long period of the same kind of weather may be depressing or irritating. The constant heat of the tropics is depressing, but an occasional hot day is not. Unless changes of weather are too severe, they are stimulating to mind and body. Human comfort depends largely on temperature, but also on air movement and moisture in the air. …

Hiking the Continental Divide in Winter Park, Colorado

600 miles of trails stretch throughout Winter Park and the Fraser Valley. Whether you choose to follow a babbling brook, stroll through a wildflower meadow, or climb up the side of a mountain, Winter Park offers hiking for every skill level. Winter Park Resort has 50 miles of trails that are accessible by chair lift. At the top of the lift you will find the Sunspot, which is a great place to get a bite to eat and enjoy the 360-degree views of surrounding mountains. Berthoud Pass also offers a high starting point, but you can get there by car instead of a chair lift. Hiking along the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail, which follows the Divide from Mexico to …