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The Best Apps For Star Gazing When Camping

arizona night sky gazingIf you’re going on a camping trip alone, with friends or family, there are many fun activities you can enjoy. Well, if you’re a fan of astronomy, you can always enjoy a little star gazing while you’re camping. Here are some of the best star gazing apps you can use to make your experience phenomenal.

SkyView
Created by Terminal Eleven, the app is free on both iOS and Android. The app uses your phone sensors and screen to create an augmented reality view of what’s actually in the sky. You can easily turn your tablets or smartphone into an AR viewfinder to identify planets, constellations and stars. You can also use the app to track any object in the sky and get more information on specific objects, satellites and planets. There’s also a time travel feature which you can use to view the sky in the past or in the future depending on the movement of each object.

Night Sky
Using the app, you can always view lots of stars, planets, satellites and constellations. If you connect the app to your Apple Watch, you can simply view the sky on your wrist. Hold up your watch to view any objects in the sky or view a celestial compass providing an overview of the objects available in the sky that particular night. There’s also a virtual view of the solar system where you can circle around to get the best view.

Sky Map
The app converts your smartphone or tablet into a mobile planetarium. The app uses the sensors on your mobile device to calculate your geographical position and use the information to display a detailed star map of where your device is pointed to the sky. The map provides useful information such as the constellations, names of planets and stars and much more.

We hope your Arizona camping night skies are filled with wonder and beauty and we look forward to seeing you around the RV park.

October 14, 2017 / by / in , , , ,
Staying Hydrated in the Arizona Heat

staying hydrated in AZLife in Arizona includes a wide variety of landscapes, activity, and elevations. One thing you can be sure of, however, no matter where you are in Az, is the sun. In warmer months and lower elevations, it is important to keep yourself hydrated. Visitors to the state often underestimate how quickly the Arizona heat can wick moisture from their bodies.

One way to assist in keeping your body hydrated is to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Not only do they contain vitamins and nutrients that are good for you, but they have a high water content which your body needs in such an environment.

Scheduling your outdoor work and activities to the morning hours will reduce the likelihood of the heat draining you of much-needed moisture. As the sun climbs in the sky, and temperatures rise, your skin will give off moisture at an increasing rate.

If you do go out during the mid-day hours, it helps to dress in lightweight, light colored clothing that covers your limbs. This will reduce the rate of evaporation as well as protect your skin from direct contact with the sun’s rays.

Drink water at a steady rate all day. Many of the liquids we tend to drink can add to our dehydration. Coffee, alcohol, and drinks that are high in sugar should be avoided. Your best defense is water. Some people like to add fruit slices to their water such as lemon, orange, or even berries. The flavors make their water more palatable and they find themselves drinking more water because of it.

There is so much to do and see when you are camping in AZ. You just need to take a few precautions to avoid too much exposure and loss of moisture. We hope your camping adventures are memorable ones and we look forward to hearing of your experiences. Be sure to make your reservations and Go Camping in Arizona.

 

July 29, 2017 / by / in , , , , ,
Caring For Your Camping Air Mattress

camping air mattressAir mattresses have been a staple of the camping checklist for years. They are inexpensive, compact for storing, and comfortable to sleep on. They do have their faults and you might find yourself sinking into the middle of the mattress during the night after a sharp rock pokes a hole in the vinyl, but all in all, they are worth having around.

Bringing along an air mattress on your camping trip should be easy. To properly prepare your air mattress for a journey, you have to open the valves of the mattress first and roll it up to squeeze out the air inside. To make sure that there is no more excess air inside your mattress, close the valve and roll it up again. Once ¾ of the mattress is already rolled up, you can now unblock the opening. You can repeat these two easy steps until you think that there is no more air inside. Remember to pack the pad carefully to avoid your mattress from getting punctured by a sharp thing.

After arriving at your destination, your first task is to set up your camp. If you have an air mattress, it is a must to inspect the area first before setting up your pad. There might be sharp rocks or other materials that damage your mattress. And last but not the least, it is recommended to store your mattress in a cold, dry and dark place away from any sharp objects.

You should consider carrying a patch kit along with you. You never know when you might need to patch a hole or tear in order to get a good night’s sleep and can’t wait until you return home.

An air mattress is a good option for hikers and campers who cannot afford to carry heavy bags while on their adventure. Being aware of these simple care tips will let you keep away from any trouble while camping. With proper usage and storage, your air mattress can be used for years.

July 1, 2017 / by / in , , , , ,
Capture Great Photos While Camping

camping photosThe second best part of an amazing camping trip is pouring over the photos once you’ve returned home. Even years later you can enjoy the experience again as you pull out old albums and laugh over antics made by members of your group. There are a couple of things you can do to make sure you get the best photos during your trip.

Camera Settings
First and foremost, ensure that the camera is set to the highest resolution as well as quality setting. Ideally, set the white balance in regards to the available light to ensure the ISO is set to the lowest available. If you have a top of the line smartphone, these settings will be automatic, so you don’t have much to worry about. However, if you still want great photos, you may want to keep the following in mind:

Get Close to Nature
Varying elements of nature are always pleasing. Try to fill your frame with things like flowers, water, rock, sand, foliage, etc. A macro shot of a flower can give an entirely different look.
Take Advantage of Dawn and Dusk
Dawn and dusk are by far the best moments to take great photos. Take pictures of sunrise and sunset. The color of the sky changes dramatically during this time and gives an opportunity for great photos. You can even take a picture of your family or friends against the backdrop of a rising or setting sun.
Capture Every Moment
It would be a waste to reserve your camera only when you arrive your camping site. It’s always a good idea to take random photographs throughout the journey. Take shots of you leaving home, in the car, setting up the site, cooking and even when fooling around or having a good time. All this make for memorable photos that tell a story.

The generations that follow you will benefit from your efforts at capturing the family as they bond over good time at an Arizona campsite. We wish you all the best in your camping adventures this year and in taking those photos to look back on in years to come.

June 24, 2017 / by / in , , , , , ,
Factors To Consider When Choosing A Screened Tent For Camping

screened tent for campingScreened tents can be used in so many ways that it can be hard to know what to look for in one or even where to start. Not only are they advantageous when it’s mosquito season, but they also can be used to protect camping furniture. These tents will shelter you from the sun on hot summer days and offer you shelter from the rain when it’s wet. However, shopping for one can become quite hectic if you are not careful.

With so many screened tent models to choose from, what exactly should one look for? The decision you make will mainly depend on the number of people going camping. If you plan on going as a group, you will probably need a tent that is big enough to house not only you but also your stuff.

Once you’ve determined the size of tent you want, take the time to consider the quality and integrity of the tent’s construction. When looking at different tent options, check each tent’s seams. Go for something that has tight seals with no gaps. Also, check all zippers and make sure that they are easy to use and that they do not snag or catch when using them.

Also, make sure that the tent’s mesh is small enough to deter insects from entering. Do not forget to grab some extra poles and stakes for emergencies. Another feature to consider when looking for a dependable screened tent is UV protection. Before settling for any tent, find out if its fabric is UV protected.

Cost is another factor to consider. Since there are plenty of models and brands in the market, tent costs will range from cheap to expensive. While your budget will mainly determine the option you go for, it is advisable that you get a tent that is relatively priced yet made of sturdy and quality material.

Camping is a great experience and having a tent you can rely on should keep you and your family happy, comfortable and safe during your stay. Therefore, take the time to consider the different aspects mentioned above to make a more informed decision when choosing a screened tent.

June 3, 2017 / by / in , , , , ,
Fun Flashlight Games To Play With Kids

There are a lot of fun flashlight games you can play with kids. These games are great to play if you are out in the wilderness while camping or even at home. You can find out more here if you want to get started on learning more.

One game you can play is telling scary stories. This is where one person has the flashlight and shines it under their chin as they tell the story. Just be careful, because some kids cannot handle scary stories. You have to make sure that you pick a story that is age appropriate for everyone because if you do not want kids to get scared and not want to camp any longer. If the kids are way too young then you may just want to do stories around the campfire that are a little lighter in subject matter.

If you have small kids you can play a game where they try to catch the light wherever you shine it. You could shine the light further into the area where you are at and get them to run after it and shut the light off right when they get to it. Then, you could shine it somewhere else so they could run and try to catch you again. This is, of course, something that would only be more fun for little kids. If you have all the kids you could let them join in on the fun and have them control the flashlight. Just make sure the children are not led to any areas that are dangerous this way.

The flashlight games to play with kids you were just taught about are fun for the whole family. Kids love to play new games, and you can make them a camping tradition. Just make sure that you bring enough batteries so the fun can go on if they run out!

May 6, 2017 / by / in , , , ,
Learning Through Play: Educational Board Games For Kids

kids playing checkers at campPlay time can be learning time as well. There are educational board games that kids enjoy and parents love. This article will review some of the board games on the market that fit into this category.

1. Monopoly

Monopoly has been around for a long time and it is a frequent selection on family game nights. In Monopoly, you learn a lot about money. For kids, that involves figuring out how to spend their money wisely and even budget their finances to ensure future success. Finally, Monopoly also teaches kids about the value of investments and how they can pay off in the long term.

2. Checkers

Checkers is a familiar game to most people. Chances are, you have played a game or two before. In Checkers, you are in charge of either the red pieces or the black pieces. You want to try and capture your opponent’s pieces so that you are the only player left on the board. Checkers teaches children critical thinking skills; they have to determine the ripple effect that any given move will have on the game.

3. Worst Case Scenario

In Worst Case Scenario, players are given a variety of situations that could turn out badly if the right choice is not made. Along with each situation, players are told they can select from several actions. They are suppose to choose the action that will most effectively (and safely) resolve the situation. If they select the right action, they advance in the game. Worst Case Scenario, then, teaches children about decision making.

Board games are a lot of fun, but they can also be a learning tool for parents. If you want play time to be educational as well, pick up these games for your next family game night. Your kids will enjoy playing and so will you!

April 18, 2017 / by / in , , , , , , ,