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Tips for the perfect camping trip

Tips for the perfect camping trip!

As Wayward Wanderers, we love camping! Camping in Maine is one of our favorite things to do. There’s something pretty spectacular about waking up next to the ocean. And since our daughter sometimes comes with us, we know that camping with a family requires additional planning. While researching camping info, we found this great interactive camping guide.

We want your family to be safe and well-prepared, so before you head out to camp, make sure you’re ready with these great common sense and expert tips!

Pitching Your Tent

Common Sense: Never set up a tent on rocky, sloping, or uneven ground.

Expert Tip:  Test the wind and orient the doors/vents so that the prevailing wind blows through them – this will change a stuffy tent into an airy outdoor paradise.

Fire Safety

Common Sense: Start a fire in an established stone ring and drown the fire when you are done. Keep dousing it until the ground is cool to the touch.

Expert Tip: Keep your eyes open. Look around your fire for low hanging branches, dry patches, and other flammable items. The Wind can blow leaves or trash in and out of the fire. Prevent a disaster by keeping all trash in a closed container.

Fishing

Common Sense: Cast your line in a clean and clear area where there’s no chance of getting your hook caught on a branch (or a friend). Also, make sure you have the proper licenses for the area you’re in.

Expert Tip: Fish tend to feed where there is more greenery. Try finding places of lush vegetation for a better day of casting.

Things to Bring

Common Sense: Bring more dry socks than you think you might need. As our military personnel knows, taking care of your feet is critical to survival.

Expert Tip: Fires can be difficult to keep going – have some newspaper on hand to use as kindling.

Having a great time camping can come down to simple preparedness. A little forethought and planning using solid tips from experienced campers will help you set out on the path less traveled with more confidence.

Wayward Wanderers go to… JAIL?

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View from The Liberty Hotel of the Charles RiverThat’s right! You read it right –  “Wayward Wanderers go to jail!” It’s okay though because we chose to go. In fact, welcomed the idea of it! We even gave it to ourselves as a CHRISTMAS PRESENT! Gotta love a good hotels.com deal… even if it lands you in jail. LOL. Have you ever heard of The Liberty Hotel on Charles Street in Boston? It used to be a jail. Phew, you can relax now… you aren’t reading tales about criminals. The Liberty Hotel is the location of the former Charles Street Jail.

The jail was built in 1851 and had many famous inmates like Malcolm X, Sacco and Vanzetti and protesters from when President Woodrow Wilson visited Boston in 1919! There were also prisoners of war from German submarines that were housed there. In 1990, due to overcrowding the prisoners were moved to Nashua Street Jail (No, not in Nashua, NH!). And in 2007, after renovations, The Liberty Hotel was opened.

The Liberty Hotel is a 4 star luxury hotel, but it’s also fun. It’s the only place I know of where you can get a glass of wine at check in and then go eat or sleep in a jail cell! Needless to say we loved this place and hope to go back! When we stayed, we got a great deal from Hotels.com for $200. It’s normally $400 or more a night! Keep Reading

Copley Square: Boston’s Originals

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BostonWe have really come to love Boston as our wanderings take us around to different parts of the city. This visit landed us in the middle of Copley Square, the Back Bay area of Boston. Surrounded by so much history and beauty, we found ourselves thinking we could be citizens of Boston. The more time we spend in the city, we start to put our internal maps together…

The walk on the Charles River Esplanade seemed like a private part of the city, miles away from anything but the river, but this journey helped us put it all in to perspective. As we viewed Boston from a bird’s eye view from the Skywalk Observatory, we recognized many attractions we have visited in the past. I think this dawning was special to both of us.

This trip to Boston was as different as the last. There’s always a new destination in mind. This time, we started out searching for Copley Place, a shopping center in Boston. I am so happy our bellies sent us in search of food before reaching the shopping center! Instead of shopping we found ourselves smack dab in Copley Square! And at Boloco… one word…

D.E.L.I.C.I.O.U.S!!!

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J Geils & Bob Seger at TD Garden: Ageless Rock and Roll

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Bob Segar at TD Garden in BostonWhen we saw Blues Traveler, Unkle Cracker, Smashmouth, and Sugar Ray rock it at the House of Blues over the summer, I thought I would never top it. And then we saw Edwin McCain at the Blue Ocean Music Hall in Salisbury and were blow away by the ambience and I thought, “Okay, now I’ve experienced it all.” Well, I’m done saying anything because it just keeps getting better and better! I never thought I’d see Bob Seger perform… let alone with the J Geils Band! What an incredible once in a lifetime show! Keep Reading

Monson New Hampshire: Ghost Village USA

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Window view MonsonWho knew there was an old ghost town in the middle of Milford and Hollis New Hampshire? We sure didn’t until Bill’s sister told us about it! What a cool place! And secluded. It took a bit for us to find the location. Trip Advisor had us on the right road (483 Federal Hill Road) but not at the actual destination. Luckily, there are still some helpful pedestrians around and a gentleman on his lawn mower volunteered directions to us. We never would have found it otherwise. It’s where the tar ends and the dirt begins on Federal Hill Road.

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“Fall”ing for Wayward Wanderers

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10710534_733942833327690_4885848943886999766_nFall is without a doubt our favorite time of year. I know many of you agree. The drop in temperature, the slowing of warm weather activities and the foliage all have our spirits high. This season we haven’t gone too far from home but we’ve seen a lot. We have been drinking in the scenery on our morning walks and our Sunday drives until we are full. The beauty is indescribable and the foliage, although fading now, is what has me writing this post this morning.

BREATHTAKING!

And I had do it justice…

 

Check out some of these beautiful pictures we’ve taken this fall along our travels and around our home:

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