What You Need to Pack for a Weekend Camping Trip

Camping is one of the best ways to get away and reconnect with nature. Before you head off, make sure you pack these essential items for a relaxing trip.

Everybody loves a good camping trip. It’s one of the best ways to relax in nature and escape the daily grind. It’s important to go through the checklist and make sure you pack all the essentials to ensure that you have a good trip. Here’s what you need to pack for a weekend camping trip to get the most out of your getaway.

Tent (and Accessories)

Unless you plan on sleeping under the stars or building your own shelter, the first thing you want to pack is a tent. Before packing it, we recommend setting up the tent and checking for any damage. One of the most common forms of damage is dirt or debris causing problems with the zipper, so we recommend protecting your outdoor zippers and fixing any problems from home. Aside from the tent, ensure that you have stakes, poles, and other accessories.

Enough Clothes

Many people just pack enough clothes for the weekend. However, we suggest bringing at least one or two extra sets of clothes in case the items get wet or especially dirty. Extra socks might prove especially crucial.

First-Aid Kit

Something you always need to pack for a weekend camping trip is a proper first-aid kit. These kits are essential if there’s any accident or injury. Your first-aid kit should include bandages, splints, disinfectants, tweezers, gauze, and pain medication.

Flashlights and Lanterns

If you live in an area with many streetlights, you may forget how dark it can get at night. Make sure you always have a flashlight with you or a lantern to provide light when you don’t have a fire going. Make sure you bring enough batteries to last through the weekend.

Sleeping Bags and Pads

Remember to pack a sleeping bag and a cushion between you and the thin fabric of the tent if you want a good night’s rest. While some campers may choose just to bring a blanket and pillow, it feels more like real camping when you crawl into a sleeping bag for the night.

Necessary Tools

There are several tools that are handy to bring with you on any camping trip. You should always have some form of pocket or hunting knife in case you need to cut anything. Many campers bring a multi-tool or a small hand-axe to address any potential obstacles out in the woods.

Outdoor Activities To Consider as a Hobby

It’s important to spend your free time doing something worthwhile for you. Here are some outdoor activities to consider as a hobby this season.

While it isn’t the end of the world to be stuck indoors, most people prefer doing something progressive with their time instead of sitting around. Whether it’s an indoor or outdoor hobby, there are several things to consider with varying degrees of difficulty, depending on your preference. Check out these outdoor activities to consider as a hobby to help find your next passion.

Geocaching

If you love exploring in the style of a treasure hunt, then geocaching is worth trying out. All over the world, people have marked little packages in hidden areas while pinging them through a global positioning system. Participants then search for those caches to keep for themselves. While the prizes are often little knickknacks, this is a fun way to use your free time and have some fun.

Packrafting

Going out and enjoying watersports is great for pushing your body to the limit while exploring what nature offers. Packrafting is a full-body workout in terms of what it puts you through as you meander your way through different rivers with varying difficulties. From unpredictable currents to hidden obstacles, it’s worth knowing how to get in shape for packrafting before you start practicing.

Orienteering

Some people haven’t heard about orienteering, but it is a lot of fun, and it’s worth trying at least once. For those confident in their navigational skills, orienteering involves using a special map and compass to navigate your way to specified locations. Unlike geocaching, you are typically on unfamiliar terrain and are expected to move at a certain pace to get to the location on time.

Going out and testing your capabilities is half the fun of finding a new passion you’re trying for the first time. Depending on how challenging you want it to be, there is likely something to accommodate your needs. These outdoor activities to consider as a hobby are a great place to start when looking for something new to take up your time.

PIKES PEAK OR BUST

June 14, 2004 and we finally we are off to Colorado! Our route took us through Junction, Fort Stockton, and onward. Around Ft. Stockton, we noticed the engine was sputtering like water or trash in the gas as we had just filled up at Junction and had no earlier problem. We called Bill Cardell, with Flying Miata, and he helped track down part of the problem (and we did make it to his shop in Grand Junction). We were scared we would spend the night on the road but we made the first stop in Roswell, N.M.

When we finally made it to Bill’s Flying Miata shop he worked on it all day and found a bad connection on the 02 sensor. Very nice people and definitely came to our rescue.

Pikes Peak
Glen Coker at Pikes Peak

From Grand Junction, we drove to Glenwood Springs, took the cable car up to the top of the mountain, then spent a couple days around the area. The next night at Redstone, a tiny little town of one street we toured the Redstone Castle and took in some of the local cuisine. Great food!

From there, we took a scenic drive towards Crested Butte and ended up in Gunnison. Part of this drive was a bad decision on Glen’s part (who else?) as it was mostly meant for 4 wheelers. In Gunnison, we were offered free tickets to a Chuckwagon dinner complete with locals playing guitars and singing. It was definitely worth the price. The next night we went to a concert in the park.

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5 Tips To Prepare a Jeep for Long-Distance Driving

Traveling on the road is more enjoyable when you have the right planning with your vehicle. Learn five tips to prepare a Jeep for long-distance driving.

Taking a family vacation or traveling for the holidays is more enjoyable when your vehicle has the right elements and attachments to handle anything. Avoiding unwanted situations like accidents or delays will make your trip a better experience and more memorable for everyone.

Some vehicles are easier to handle on the road than others. These tips to prepare a Jeep for long-distance driving will give you different options on things you can do, attach, and check before hitting the road.

Get Specific Attachments

Jeeps have unique and useful attachments that enhance some of their special characteristics and features. While these elements may take up space, attachments like coolers, cushions, and smart screens will make travel more enjoyable for everyone.

Remove Objects From the Interior

Removing objects that don’t benefit your trip and take up space is ideal when you have restricted space inside a Jeep. Elements like spare tires, tools, emergency kits, and road assistance must always stay inside the vehicle, but they don’t have to take up room in the interior. Jeeps have wide trunks, which is the ideal space for these items and luggage. Arranging everything with precision will enhance the space and make it easier and more comfortable to travel.

Inspect Your Vehicle

Before traveling anywhere, inspecting your vehicle and everything that involves a safe ride is essential. Check oil levels and tire pressure, ensure no engine lights are on, and inspect the gas levels. It’s also important to do test runs in case strange noises come up; you must know your Jeep transmission to learn if something requires special and immediate attention.

Plan Your Route

Having an estimated arrival time and mapping out a route for your trip is a good way to stay safe and avoid delays or surprises. Luckily, your GPS will give you live updates and preferred routes to where you need to be. You can also take different routes with off-roading options to make your trip more adventurous and fun when appropriate.

Keep the System Updated

There is a unique situation with Jeeps called “death wobble,” where the steering system will start to shake. This will make the Jeep vibrate and shake uncontrollably when driving and could cause discomfort and increase accident probabilities. Preparing your Jeep for long-distance driving by checking on worn suspension parts will make a big difference and help you avoid the death wobble.

Hunting Dog Training; Hitting a Wall

Now, not every pup is perfect or easy to train. So, what do you do when you have a dog that hits a wall? What I mean by that is, at some point during training you might have a dog who stalls, hesitates, or refuses to complete the drill you’re trying to train. When this occurs, we take a step back. Remember, we always want to end a session on a good note. Some of these young pups can get overloaded sometimes and that is when you start to see them shut down. They express it by walking instead of running, not going when sent on a retrieve, or coming “HERE” when being called.

In this video, you can see the example of a dog not going when being sent and eventually walking back instead of running with excitement. At this point, we did end on a good note because the dog returned to us, so we quit. Now some could say, well that dog just doesn’t have what it takes, and that is true. But before we make that assumption, we have a small trick up our sleeve. We give the dog 4-5 days off just to be a puppy. We will let the dog out of the kennel several times a day one on one and play with them, or simply sit and love on them. This can act as a reset button for some and in a week can be right back into training with no problems. If the dog continues to show the same lack of drive or motivation, it is at that point we either contact the client and discuss, or if it is one of ours, we simply sale the pup as a family pet. I know what you’re thinking, but this is our family pet! That’s fine, keep the dog as a family pet and go get another hunting dog. I am a firm believer that you can make a family pet out of hunting dog, but you can’t make a family dog hunt. It does not make since in having a hunting dog that only wants to hunt when he/she wants too.

Every dog at some stage of training is going to have a hang up, or stumble on a drill for a few days in a row. Knowing when they have hit a wall and seeing the signs is key to helping them get over the hump or understanding they don’t have what it takes.

Bear, the last pup we had for sale this year has sold. He will enjoy the Hill Country life and be able to roam and play with the other family pets. We are currently waiting for one of our females to come into heat. She should be coming in soon, and we will have a repeat breeding. If all goes well, we will be looking to have a February 2023 litter. The pups would be ready to go home in April, and any of the hunting dogs we hold back for training will be trained to a Started Dog in time for the 2023/24 bird season.

Capt. Nathan Beabout

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4 Tips for Having Fun Off-Roading With Family

With the right plans and mindset, off-roading can be an adventure for the whole family. Use these four tips for having fun off-roading with your people.

If you’re looking for a fun way to enjoy the outdoors with your family, consider going off-roading. While this activity has a reputation for ruggedness, you can find plenty of trails that gently meander through nature. Use these four tips for having fun off-roading with your family.

1. Prepare Your Off-Road Vehicle

Before you head off on your great adventure, prepare your vehicle for the terrain. You won’t have any fun if you’re low on fluids, gas, or don’t have recovery gear to help you out when you get stuck.

Preparing your rig for off-roading takes extensive care, but it’s essential. And the more you know about your vehicle, the more you understand its limitations.

Check the engine, fluid levels, and tire pressure. Know the ground clearance and your tire type to make sure you can safely traverse the terrain. If you’re renting an off-road rig, talk to the rental company about how the vehicle is equipped for the trip.

2. Choose an Appropriate Trail

The next tip for having fun off-roading with family is to choose an appropriate trail. What’s appropriate depends on the driver’s experience and skill level, the rider’s ages and their preferences, and the vehicle’s capabilities. All these indicators will help you decide what level of difficulty to tackle.

Once you hit the trail, modify your driving based on people’s interests. When it comes to kids or people who haven’t gone off-roading much, it’s a good idea to have other activities planned to help break up the drive. Going on a hike, stopping to camp out, or just taking a break to picnic and admire the scenery will help you enjoy the outdoors even more.

3. Pack the Essentials

Pack essential items that keep people and rig in the best condition. For your vehicle, bring items such as a tire repair kit, a spare tire, a basic tool kit, tow strap, and tree saver.

You should also bring a fully stocked first aid kit and ample food and water. Other common camping equipment, such as insect repellant and thermal blankets, can work well too. Keep in mind the time of day and weather conditions so that you can stay comfortable.

If you’re going on a trip with other drivers, consider bringing a communication device such as a CB (citizens band) radio. You can share communications about needing to stop, ask questions, and point out fun things on the trail.

4. Follow Trail Etiquette

Finally, once you’re on the trail, follow off-roading trail etiquette for the well-being of yourself, the environment, and other off-roaders. While there are several things to keep in mind, they’re simple guidelines to follow.

Following trail etiquette makes your trip more fun by giving your off-road adventure some needed structure. For example, at some point you might cross paths with another vehicle while you’re on an incline. When both drivers know that the vehicle going up the incline should be the first to move past, that makes the experience safer and smoother for everyone.

Seadrift, TX. Fall Sight Casting; 11/3/22

Sight Casting before approaching fronts can be very successful. On Either normal tides or low tides, reds usually go on a more aggressive feed as these fronts get closer. Found many fish crushing surface mullet, and patrolling the banks for small perch and grass shrimp.

I guess the marsh had Halloween too. When the fog lifted this was revealed

Capt. Nathan Beabout

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Most Legendary High School Football Players From Texas

The most legendary high school football players from Texas made a significant impact in the NFL that led to Hall of Fame careers. But where did they start?

High school football is huge in many communities across the country, but it hits differently in Texas. It’s safe to say that Texas high school football games draw as many fans as some college football games. A handful of NFL talents got their start in the Lone Star State, proving to be the most legendary high school football players from Texas.

John Randle

There were very few players as intimidating as John Randle in the NFL. By covering his face in eye black like a wrestler, Randle was a dominant force for the Minnesota Vikings, eventually earning Hall of Fame honors. Although he was an elite interior defensive lineman as a professional, Randle didn’t receive the recognition as a high school player in Texas.

Due to his smaller size and inconsistent academic history, Randle had to begin at Trinity Valley Community College. After two years, Randle received a scholarship from Texas A&I Kingsville, accumulating 34 sacks and two conference titles in his two seasons.

Adrian Peterson

Adrian Peterson is the subject of a few NFL fun facts, such as the single-game rushing record of 296 yards and becoming the last non-quarterback to win the MVP award in 2013 after surpassing the illustrious 2,000-yard mark. But those numbers look pedestrian compared to his high school totals. The fifth all-time leading rusher was a three-sport superstar at Palestine High School, achieving great acclaim in track, basketball, and on the gridiron.

In his junior year, Peterson had 2,051 yards and 22 touchdowns, averaging an astonishing 8.3 yards per carry. Peterson didn’t suffer from senioritis because the numbers in his swan song were an unfathomable 2,960 yards, 32 touchdowns, and 11.7 yards per carry.

LaDainian Tomlinson

LaDainian Tomlinson will forever be a fantasy football legend for his 2006 campaign that saw him eclipse 2,300 yards from scrimmage and an NFL record of 31 scores. But he began his football career at University High School in Waco. Like Peterson, LT was an all-star athlete in various sports, including track, baseball, and basketball. Yet, nothing holds a candle to what he did on the football field.

In his final year, Tomlinson had 2,554 yards and reached paydirt 39 times. LT could have gone to any school in the country, but he settled on going to TCU, elevating their program from a laughingstock to a good squad.

Forrest Gregg

Unfortunately, football statistics weren’t prominent in the 1950s, so there’s no numerical evidence of Forrest Gregg’s greatness. However, we have tales from the past that encompass how dominating the Green Bay Packer Hall of Fame lineman was at Sulphur Springs. The best evidence we can offer is that Gregg’s opponents all had the same game plan of running away from him.

Drew Brees

If you look at the passing records in any NFL record book, you’ll find Brees’ name near the top of every category. Therefore, it makes sense that the state-champion quarterback from Westlake would have the pick of the litter to play college football. Brees only received two offers from Purdue and Kentucky because he was smaller than typical quarterbacks. Brees ultimately settled on the Boilermakers, becoming their most decorated signal caller.

The most legendary high school football players from Texas range in positions and eras. The one thing they do have in common is that they were some of the best to lace up their cleats and strut their stuff underneath the Friday night lights.

San Antonio Bay Winter Trout!

Been waiting for this weather for 8 months now. The day before this front hit, the water temp was 86 degrees. Today is ranged from 66-68, this always gets the better fish active. Timing is key, and knowing where they will be lying in wait is the most fun part to figure out.

The plan worked today while out doing homework for some upcoming trips. These fish were thumping Softdine XL’s and and baby Mirrodines.

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Accessories To Help You Get the Most Out of Your Truck

Driving a pickup truck offers you a lot of opportunities. Consider some of these useful accessories to get the most out of your pickup truck.

Trucks are some of the most versatile vehicles on the road. You can use your truck for hauling gear, off-road traveling, and even camping. The more you add to your truck, the more capabilities you can give it to perform more complex tasks. If you want to upgrade your rig, here are some accessories to help you get the most out of your truck.

Step Bars

Step bars are a useful tool for any truck and are often one of the first purchases truck owners make for their vehicles. Step bars provide an easy leg up to pull yourself into a higher truck or get easier access to the bed, and they give you a bit of buffer room. These bars stick out a little farther than the tires, meaning if you accidentally graze something, the step bar will be the first thing to come into contact with it. This protects your truck from potential damage.

Trailer Hitch

Trailer hitches are one of the best accessories to help you get the most out of your truck. If you ever need to load up materials, vehicles, or anything that won’t fit in the bed of your truck, rigging up a trailer can make things much easier. There are different types of trailer hitches, so you may want to know the tips for hauling trailers to make things easier for your truck. For example, you should know which trailers hook up to which hitches.

Tonneau Cover

Tonneau covers are lightweight, collapsible covers that go over the open area of your bed. These covers protect your truck bed from dirt, debris, and weather damage. They’re also easy to remove when you need to load up the bed with large cargo.

Not only do tonneau covers work for protecting your truck bed, but they help reduce drag when you’re driving at higher speeds. Reducing the amount of wind dragging your truck may increase fuel efficiency and help keep your truck working in the long run.

Accessories That Will Enhance Your Boating Experience

Next time you take your boat out on the water, bring one or more of these accessories with you to add a little extra fun and adventure to your day.

Spending time on your boat is a great way to bond with your friends and family. But if your days on the water have grown monotonous, shake things up with these accessories that are sure to enhance your boating experience. Make memories with your loved ones and have a blast on the water!

Underwater LED Light

Do you like to go boating at night? The evening hours are perfect for spending time on your boat with friends, laughing and enjoying one another’s company.

Boost your visibility—and safety—during nighttime boating excursions by attaching an LED light to your vessel’s drain plug. The water will glow brightly, creating an ambient experience aboard your boat while making it easier for other boaters to see you.

Marine Grill

For folks who love the cookout experience, a portable grill is an invaluable boating accessory. Choose a grill that you can mount securely to the side of your boat for extra stability; you’ll have loads of fun cooking up the fish you caught that day.

Top Tip:

There’s a major difference between using a boat grill, which is specifically engineered for marine use, and simply bringing your regular grill aboard the boat. Opt for the former to avoid spills, leaks, and other undue damage.

Paddleboard

Do you have any adventurous types in your boating party? Keep a stand-up paddleboard aboard your boat for friends and kids who want to get in the water.

Paddleboarding is an exciting way to get some exercise and be more in tune with nature. Take advantage of your closeness to the water by getting even closer; you and your boating party will have loads of fun paddling about and making new memories.

Non-Tipping Can Coolers

If you and your friends like to enjoy a beverage or two while on your ship, consider adding extra stability to those drinks. A non-tipping can cooler looks like a standard koozie from the outside, but features a strong suction cup on the bottom that can attach to surfaces in the vessel to prevent spillage.

Your friends will thank you for providing this bit of anti-spill technology, and your boat will be much easier to clean after the party is over.

Before you head out on your next boating adventure, stock up on these neat accessories that will enhance the boating experience for you and everyone else on board. Soon, you’ll wonder how you ever went boating without these add-ons!

How To Make Your Truck Safe for Overlanding

Put together the perfect plan to make your truck safe for overlanding using these easy and essential tips whether you’re driving across mud, snow, or beyond.

Overlanding is a big adventure, and the type of truck you drive is a significant part of that journey. Like traditional off-roading, overlanding requires traversing unconventional terrain that requires special precautions to handle properly. This list will introduce you to several ways you can take this long trip with both safety and adventure at the forefront of your plan. Learn how to make your truck safe for overlanding today so you can make every trip better.

Better Lighting, Better Visibility

The weather, terrain, and time of day all influence your visibility when overlanding. For instance, traversing across the terrain at night is dangerous if you don’t have strong lights because you need to be aware of any hazards around you. Of course, careful handling of your vehicle plays into safer nighttime driving, but better lighting provides you with the power to see dangers around you so you can react quickly.

Taking time to learn everything you need to know about overland truck lighting is crucial because you can easily optimize your truck if the lighting is insufficient. Trucks like the Toyota Tacoma can be successfully outfitted with aftermarket lights that help illuminate the area around you for a safer experience.

Promptly Replace Insufficient Tires

Learning how to make your truck safe for overlanding requires focusing on tires for multiple reasons. For example, a careful inspection before the trip will help you catch any issues such as low tire pressure, holes, wear, and other causes for replacement.

Likewise, tires come in many forms, so always ensure yours can handle the terrain you plan to endure on the trip. Whether you’re overlanding in snowy, mud, or another terrain entirely, you need tires that will help you remain stable and secure when driving.

Double-Check All Secured Cargo

Another detail to check before your trip is all the cargo. Whether you’re carrying a light or heavy load, everything should be firmly secured in place. Keeping belongings secure helps with any drive, but overlanding is an experience in which you will travel across bumpy, uneven terrain that can cause cargo to fall.

Whether it’s a suitcase or your entire truck camper, inspect all secured cargo to ensure nothing will fall and cause damage or injuries during your trip. Add these tips to your next overlanding trip checklist to ensure you don’t overlook any essential steps.