NBS Outdoor Fall Issue 2020

the trial run is the ideal time to get him used to the tent. Some pups are hesitant to go into the tent at first. Be patient and give him time. Our little French Brittany was a bit spooked by the way the tent popped up, but once we climbed inside she came right in. (She’s a happy camper now.) National forests. Camping spots range from commercial campgrounds to pay-per-site campgrounds in national forests, and national and state parks. These usually have flat, smooth areas for your tent, tables, firepits, grills, drinking water, and restrooms. (Keep in mind that campgrounds in many national forests are closed due to Covid, so call ahead before heading out.) National Forest Explorer is a U.S. Forest Service app that allows you to click on the forest you plan to visit to research specifics and learn of any restrictions. In Arizona right now, for example, all campfires and even charcoal fires are forbidden in all National Forests statewide. This is common during forest fire season. While it’s a bummer being unable to sit around a campfire at night, a Coleman propane stove or Camp Chef propane grill allows you to still enjoy a hot meal and your morning coffee. Canine campers. In addition to familiarizing your dog with a tent, common sense dictates when bringing your dog along. First, make sure dogs are allowed in the campground you’re considering. If your dog is noisy or aggressive, leave him home. Keep your dog leashed at all times; it’s the law in campgrounds, but even when camping remotely in a secluded setting, it’s best practice. You don’t want any encounters with skunks, bears, or porcupines. In this situation, string a rope between a couple of trees and connect the leash to that. This gives your dog room to run. Just

During your trial backyard-camping run, you should have determined what your pet needs to feel comfortable in the tent, whether that’s his crate or his dog bed. Kid campers. A major reason camping is so popular is that it’s family friendly fun for all ages. My dad was a Chippewa Indian and he started taking us camping almost as soon as we could walk. Some of my favorite memories are of sitting around the fire and taking turns telling stories. He viewed our camping trips as an opportunity to teach us valuable skills. You can teach your kids these same skills (map reading, survival skills, identifying plants and animal tracks, etc.) If you don’t know survival skills yourself, consider a family camping trip the ideal time to learn along with your kids. Map reading is a crucial skill that many people think is no longer necessary; after all, everything you need to know is on your phone, right? But phones die.

“ Map reading is a crucial skill that many people think

make sure your dog can’t reach the cooking area or knock down the tent. String his tether line up close to you but far enough away to avoid catastrophe. Never leave your dog unattended at your campsite, even if he is tied up or in a crate. If you decide to bring your dog along, you’ll need to make sure he’s a member of your pack wherever your pack goes. For obvious reasons, don’t leave your dog’s food out overnight. is no longer necessary ... everything you need to know is on your phone, right? ”

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