Sweet Camping Deal for Pirateland!

by saraha 8. October 2012 04:04

Good morning fellow campers!

I just wanted to let you know about an exciting deal from one of my favorite Myrtle Beach campgrounds--Pirateland! 

They are 2 specials for October and November that you don't want to miss. In October, they are having a Spooktacular camping special. If you book 3 nights between October 25 -October 28, you can get those 3 nights for the great price of $90 plus tax. A big discount which is helpful always.

They also have a November special for Thanksgiving along the same iines. if you book your stay November 19-November 22, you can stay for 4 nights for $90 plus tax. Just think of all the fun you could have camping and not waiting around for the turkey to roast.


Camp Out Carolina!

by saraha 1. October 2012 02:35

Who would enjoy an opprtunity to camp in the loveliness of North Carolina and maybe win prizes?

If you are waving your hands, jumping up and down like I am(but only metaphorically because someone needs to write this post), then you need to consider registering for Camp Out Carolina

What is Camp Out Carolina?

Basically, you camp anywhere in North Carolina during the weekend of October 12-14, 2012. Once you reserve your campsite, you can then proceed to registering at Camp Out Carolina on their website(see link above). They are giving away tickets to a music festival and camping gear from REI. Who doesn't want new camping gear?

But where should we camp in Carolina?

Since I live here and have camped a few places. These would be some fantastic places:

Stone Mountain State Park

Crosswinds at Jordan Lake

Hagan Stone State Park

Carolina Beach State Park

Where do you want to camp for Camp Out Carolina?

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US Flag Etiquette

by saraha 17. August 2012 01:39

US Flag Etiquette 

As I travel around, I have noticed that a lot people fly the flag incorrectly. Not patriotic campers but also businesses, TV shows, and governments office are failing to fly our country's flag properly. We took our kids to one of the state aquariums in North Carolina and my son, who just learned about the flag, noticed the state flag was flying higher than the US Flag. At the ticket counter, he told the worker that the flag was not flying correctly. It was corrected by the time we left the aquarium.

In order to help with these mistakes, here are the basic guidelines for flying our nation's flag.


  • When flying the flag, it should be the flown above any other flag unless the flag is of another country,  and then it should be flown at the same height.

  • No such flag or pennant may be placed above the flag of the United States or to the United States flag's right.

  • The flag should be raised quickly and lowered slowly.

  • When flying a flag at night,  it should be illuminated.

  • The flag should not be flown in bad weather unless it is an all-weather flag

  • When displayed either horizontally or vertically against a wall, the union should be uppermost and to the flag's own right, that is, to the observer's left.

  • When displayed in a window, the flag should be displayed in the same way, with the union or blue field to the left of the observer in the street. (I saw this one broken on a design show on HGTV).

This is not a complete list , the entire flag code is 17 pages and can be found here, http://www.senate.gov/reference/resources/pdf/RL30243.pdf.

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Tips and tricks

Upcoming Campgrounds

by saraha 15. August 2012 01:42

Good mornings campers!

Last weekend, we enjoyed a thunder stormed filled camping trip to Cypress Camping Resorts located in Myrtle Beach, SC. Now, I enjoy the plinking rain on the roof, but these were the "shake the whole camper" kind of storms. I do not enjoy those one bit. We relaxed on the beach, braved Broadway at the Beach on a Saturday evening(for ice cream, I will do almost anything for ice cream), and strolled leisurely through the campground...well, if one counts being dragging down the roadways by three hyper Springer Spaniels, then yes, it was leisurely. Like every good camper, we have one burning question:

Where are we going to camp next?

We have two more camping trips scheduled and two more campgrounds to explore and report back to y'all. First, we will be camping at the lovely Stone Mountain State Park in North Carolina. I have never been there, and I'm excited about checking out this campground. Already, I am pleased that the state parks offer pictures of the sites so we can make accurate decisions about choosing a site. And, I adore the mountains of North Carolina so I can't wait to see the rock face of Stone Mountain. Maybe, if I am brave, I shall hike a few trails.

Secondly, we will be camping at Crosswinds on the beautiful Jordan Lake in North Carolina. We have camped at Parker's Creek and Popular Pointe, but this will be the first time at Crosswinds. I love this area because the sites are shaded and several have waterfront access. For this trip, our site doesn't. This campground also offers pictures of its sites so we were able to make an informed choice.

Now, it is YOUR turn. In the comment section, tell us where your next camping trip will be? And if you can, share some pictures and a review on this site.

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Camping | Campgrounds

North Carolina's Beach Front Campgrounds

by saraha 3. August 2012 00:27

This summer, we have spent lots of time camping on the beach. Living in North Carolina, we have several great beach front campgrounds that offer a wide range of amenities or no amentities at all. As we approach Labor Day weekend. Here are some of the campgrounds we visited or drove through:

Holden Beach Pier and Family Campground: We stayed at this campground over Memorial Day weekend. It is beach front; however, this is not a super fancy campground. We had a campsite, full hook-ups, and that's all. I did have to call several times before anyone would take my reservation, but the staff were friendly and helpful. Since I have kids, this would be a good weekend trip not a full vacation location.

Camp Hatteras: We have camped here for three years, and we love it. Boasting  three pools(FYI: I watched the sun set into the sound from the outdoor pool. So cool!), beach front camping, picnic shelter, and clean facilities. The staff provided several activities such as crafts and an ice cream social to help entertain our kids.

KOA Cape Hatteras: We drove through this campground and were quite happy to see them rebuilding after Hurricane Irene. The sites looked small, but they did have covered picnic tables in most sites. The pool sported water slides, and it was located near a large playground and bounce area. They had several Kamping Kabins and were in the process of building more. 

Ocean Waves Campground: A smaller camground compared to Camp Hatteras and KOA Cape Hatteras. It does have SHADE which neither of the larger campgrounds can boast. This one has a small pool area, hook-ups, and the beach. But it is much cheaper than the larger campgrounds on Hatteras Island. It also books up very quickly.

North Beach Campground: This campground appears to be permanent sites, and it needs some TLC. But it is near the beach which is better than being far away from the beach.

Memorial Day in Holden Beach, NC

by saraha 24. May 2012 00:58

Who is ready for Memorial Day weekend? Raise your hands!

This year, we are headed to Holden Beach, NC for Memorial Day, and we are trying out a new campground--The Holden Beach Pier and Family Campground. I'm excited since this campground has a pier, a resturant, and the MOST IMPORTANT THING..it is BEACH FRONT!

Can you feel the sea breezes blowing, hear the gulls screeching? I can, and I cannot wait to head down and camp there. From the website, it is a very miminalistic campground. No pool, no real "amenities" besides hook-ups and the beach(all the more reason to go in my humble opinion). 

Since we will be in the area, what other campground are in Holden Beach, NC? Have you camped at one that you loved? What campground would you like to see on Campground Gallery?



Spring Camping Poll

by saraha 22. March 2012 02:04

Happy Spring!

We are so excited that it is warm, flowers blooming. Even better, we just spent last weekend camping!

Today, we would love to hear from you:

  1. When do you start camping?
  2. Where are you camping this year?

Let us know in the comment section of this post.

And Happy Camping!

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Beginner’s Guide to Tent Camping

by saraha 19. September 2011 03:12



Disclaimer: this is an opinion based on many years of camping both as a Boy Scout, Cub Master, Assistant Scout Master, and as a dad.

So you read about the types of camping, and you decided on tent camping. This is probably where most people start camping. Now, you have decided that you want to take your family camping so now what? First, you need to make a plan. Decide where you want to go, what gear do you need, what you want to do while you are there, and what you want to eat?

Where to go?

For tent camping, state and federal parks are great places to start. The campsites are usually have some privacy from the neighbors, have a tent pad or a fairly level site to place your tent, and you can drive up to the site. They also usually have a bathhouse, drinking water, and possibly electricity. Privately owned campground are also like this, but some of them like to see how many sites they can squeeze on to their property. This could mean you will be put between two monster RV's and listen to their AC's running all night. Where ever you go, be sure to come back to site and add your review and pictures to share with other readers.

What gear is needed?

The bare necessities are a tent, ground cloth, sleeping pad or mattress, sleeping bag or blankets, something to cook on and eat with, light to see at night, and food.


When choosing a tent I like to find a tent large enough to hold everybody camping with me but yet simple to setup. For camping with the Cub Scouts, I had a small 4 person tent that was a good size for my son and I. It had 2 poles that are held on by clips and two smaller poles in the rain fly. We could set this tent up in about a ¼ of time it took the people with the large tents. The rule of thumb when selecting a tent is to get one that is listed for more people than you are going. If you have a family of four look for a 6 to 8 person tent. This will allow you to spread out and not be sleeping on top of each other. My four person tent has room for two air mattress and our back packs between us. A feature I also like is a vestibule. This is a covered area outside the tent where you can keep shoes dry and not track in dirt into the tent. I am a very hot natured person so I also like a tent that has a lot of mesh either on the top or the sides of the tent. This helps to cool off the tent and also help to reduce condensation on the inside of the tent.

Whatever tent you decide on be sure to practice setting it up and taking it down before you actually go camping. Yes with practice the tent will go back into the bag that comes with it. When rolling it up go slow and be sure to get all of the air out. The easiest way is to kneel on the tent and then roll the tent to you.


Ground Cloth or foot print

This is one of the most important items to take with you. This sheet acts as a barrier to keep moisture from the ground seeping into your tent. There are several kinds of these. You can get your blue tarp, you can footprint made for tent, or a painter drop cloth and cut to size. The blue tarp is large, heavy, and usually overkill. The foot print made especially for the tents are nice and convenient but are usually overpriced. My preferred method is to buy the thickest painter drop cloth and cut it to size. For my backpacking tents I got 2 mil drop cloth and cut it to size for two tents. Cost $3.

Sleeping Gear

If you don’t have a good night sleep you are going to miserable. As a boy scout I always used a foam pad and a sleeping bag. When my son starting camping we started using two air mattresses. The air mattresses are good but I never slept very well on them. In the winter cold air will come through the air and make you colder. I have only used cots at summer camp and they do work well. My choice is either a foam pad or a thermarest type self inflating type pad these are much more expensive. For covers you can bring either sleeping bags or sheets and blankets. Whatever you do don’t leave home without your pillow!


There is a lot more than you can eat while camping beside marsh mellows and hot dogs on sticks. Don’t get me wrong it is fun to cook hotdogs and marsh mellows but they do get old after a while. Whatever you eat at home you can eat at camp unless you just eat microwave dinners. For cooking I have a grill, a Coleman stove, and a Dutch oven. A lot of campground have a grill there you can use but I have a nice portable one that uses gas and it easier than charcoal. This is just my preference. Dutch ovens are great. You can just drop them in coals from the fire and use like a pan on your stove. You can put coals on top and bottom and use like your home oven. With the Coleman stove you can also use that like your home cook top or use it with a percolator to make coffee.




Camping | Tips and tricks

From Backpacking to Glamping: Camping 101

by saraha 2. August 2011 01:59


Disclaimer: this is an opinion based on many years of camping both as a Boy Scout, Cub Master, Assistant Scout Master, and as a dad.

Just the Gear on Your Back:

Want to commune with nature? Then Backpacking maybe the ideal form of camping for you. This is where you really get to go back to nature. In this form of camping you carry everything with you and usually hike from the car to your camp site. The hike can be fairly short such or as long as many miles. Since you are carrying everything, you need on your back you want to look for small light weight gear. For example, you want to look for a small 2 or 3 person tent that is as light as your budget will allow. All food stuffs should be light, non-perishable. A backpacking stove is a must for hot meals and boiling water. As you begin backpacking, you should look for campgrounds that offer safe, clean water since boiling water and the chemicals to make water safe don't necessarily taste too good.

Loading up for Car Camping:

Maybe, you're not overly thrilled with the prospect of hiking miles, boiling water, and lack of restrooms. The next type of camping also known as tent, car, or family camping may be a good option for you. With this type of camping you are limited by the size of the trunk on your vehicle. You either cook over a fire, grill, or a larger Coleman stove. You can bring coolers of food and drinks. You can bring the deluxe 3 room cabin tent with a screen porch, air mattress or cots. Water is usually provided with a spigot in your campsite or one is shared by a couple of camp sites. Some campsites even have electricity. I guess this is why some tents now have places to put a window AC unit in.

Glamping It Up in the RV:

Welcome to the luxury side of camping. Of course, some camping purists would argue that RVing is not camping, but for our purposes, we are going to call RVng camping. Unlike backpacking and tent camping, RV camping does require a sizable upfront investment AKA buying the RV. Camping in an RV , you are still limited to what you can bring with you ,but it is also limited by the gross combined vehicle rating. This rating is the weight of both the toy vehicle and anything attached to it. With the comforts of home on wheels, RV campers can enjoy a real bed, kitchen, and bathroom without leaving the RV. Many campground offer hookups for power and water as well as sewer.

Questions: What camping styles do you enjoy the most? What questions do you have about camping?




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Tips and Tricks: Ziploc Bag Edition

by saraha 9. May 2011 01:58

I have a love/hate relationship with Ziploc bags!


Halloween Ziploc Bags?photo © 2010 Paul Swansen | more info (via: Wylio)

On the one hand, they are super useful. I can marinade meat or veggies, store food, but my love affair ends when trying to close the darn things. Does anyone else have trouble getting Ziploc bags to close? Please, tell me I'm not the only one...Please???


So, to make peace with my Ziploc bag issues, this week's  tips and tricks will feature Ziploc bags. 


Now, I think these bags work well camping. I love to marinade food that goes on the grill. Besides, these bags do save room in the fridge of a camper which is not spacious at all. If you are one of the lucky campers with a full size fridge, count your blessings!


But I want to hear from you--do you take Ziploc bags camping? What do you use them for most?

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