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If you're looking to venture outdoors than there's a high chance you're trying to escape from phones, computers, and other modern technologies. However, if you're heading out in the wild and still want some of the comforts of modern living, just take a look below. These apps will make your camping trip safe, fun, and enjoyable for everyone! First Aid One of those apps where you hope you never need it, but can be thankful you downloaded it in an emergency. St. John’s First Aid app doesn’t replace the benefits of learning first aid from a certified course, nor is it as...

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Hammocks provide a fun and relaxing experience, but precautions should always be taken whether using them in the backyard or on an overnight hike. Wherever your spot - these important tips can help provide a safe and responsible hammock experience.  Location Good campsites are found, not made. Avoid creating your own spot for the sake of convenience. Use pre-existing campsites to protect wildlife and undisturbed areas. Setting up your site at least 200 feet away from water sources helps prevent possible pollution of the water and protects the riparian areas along the river banks. If you’re camping or hiking in a state...

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Preparation Know before you go. Research the rules and conditions on the locations you’re planning to visit. If you’re headed to a campsite make sure dogs are allowed. Read the park guidelines before bringing them along. If you’re planning a long hike with your dog make sure you have enough food and water for the duration of the trip. Read up on the conditions of the trail and verify your dog can handle the environment. Your dog’s physical ability is as important as your own. Verify your dog is capable of enduring long hikes and multiple-day excursions. Your dog can’t...

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The Benefits of Hammock Camping What’s the best way to sleep on your camping trip? Air mattress, sleeping pad, cot...not sure which type of sleep system is best for you? Maybe it’s not a traditional setup at all, but something more elevated. Hammock camping has many benefits including health, comfort, weight, and more. Health  Hammocks are known for putting your body in the ideal sleeping position. The position in which you lay down plays a pivotal role in having a good night’s rest. According to an article by Janet Kionsian of Huffington Post: "Many doctors say it’s lying on one’s...

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On Monday, August 21st the U.S. will experience a total solar eclipse. It will start in Oregon and make its way across the contiguous United States for the first time in 99 years. The previous time a total solar eclipse was visible across the entire contiguous United States was during the June 8, 1918 eclipse. Anywhere in the country you’ll be able to see this phenomenon. However, only certain areas in the continental U.S. will be able to see the eclipse in full “totality” - the area completely blocked by the sun from the moon - which is only 70...

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