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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. This list barely scrapes the surface. For even more, take a look at the extensive list of Camping Tips by My Open Country. They have outdone themselves!

Hampton Beach NH in the Off Season

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Robbie at Hampton Beach Wow! Did we pick the time to go to Hampton Beach in New Hampshire! Not only was it off season but it was the first snow of the year! Brrrr! But So. Much. Fun. If you haven’t stayed at the Ashworth by the Sea, DO IT! Some of the rooms, like the one we stayed in, are ocean side and the view is incredible, especially in the middle of a storm!

 

When we booked this room through Groupon, we were thinking, “The weather will still be warm so we’ll walk the beach, check out the few shops that will surely be open, swim in the pool and just relax…” Sure, great idea if Mother Nature hadn’t decided to interject. But she always has a way of shaping how our trips go. This was no different and I have to say…

 

It was even more fun than if we had done the predictable… Predictable is too boring for these Wayward Wanderers!
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Magical Moments on the Cape

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Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz at Sandwich, MA public libraryOne of the best things about traveling together is we can do what we want, when we want, and when it’s just the two of us, we are in our own romantic world. And together, we are unstoppable. This is how this last trip to Cape Cod was.

We have a lot of people ask us how we do it.

“How can you travel together and never fight?”

“How can you travel together, spend every minute together, and always have so much fun?”

It’s an easy answer. We GIVE as much as we take… actually we give more than we take. Our trips are never about our personal needs and when you put each other first, well, how could it go wrong?

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Portland Parks for my Birthday

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10681967_10203053736410237_1831223455_nPeople say once you reach 40 birthdays aren’t that special but honestly, my 41st birthday was one of my best ones yet! We started out with a loose plan that quickly changed in to something completely different. It worked out to be even better than expected! Like Sarah said, “we’re so lucky.” And finding ourselves in Portland Maine on my 41st birthday, exploring Back Cove and Deering Oaks Park was, indeed, completely lucky!

 

We started out in Andover for a lobster feed that was delicious. We gathered with family and had our fill. Is there such a thing as being full from lobster? LOL, it was the first time Sarah ever cleaned her own lobster. I’m hoping it’s not her last…

 

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Fall Leaves Rose Video Tutorial

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As you know Wayward Wanderers is a travel blog about Bill Walsh and Christina Gammon’s adventures! Concerts, waterfalls, trips, and anything else that looks interesting to us… BUT Fall has a special place in our hearts… so we are lending our YouTube channel to present our first ever video for Sisters Know Best. If you are looking for the pictures and step by step tutorial, visit Sisters Know Best. Below is the Fall Leaves Rose video tutorial:

We hope you enjoyed the video and we look forwarded to seeing your roses on the Sisters Know Best Facebook page! Heck, we’d even love to see them on Wayward Wanderers page!

5 Places in Provincetown to Avoid with your 83 Year Old Mother

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Lip Schtick on the main street in Provincetown MassProvincetown, MA, the furthest tip of Cape Cod is an awesome place to visit! SO MUCH to see and do and they really push the envelope there. Bill’s 83 year old mother is still digesting what she saw.

 

We were staying at another awesome house Bill’s sister found through VRBO.com in Orleans, MA, just about an hour from P-Town and on Saturday we set off for some excitement for our senses. What a difference between the smaller, sleepier Orleans to Provincetown! And with an 83 year old woman, well, my blushing was at an all time high. What a blast!

 

The ride in was a little slow as it’s the spot to go on the Cape and traffic was backed up but we snuck off the main Route 6 and opted for a prettier ride on 6A along the coast. FYI, it might not be faster in the summer but early Fall it’s ideal!

 

There is so much to see in Provincetown, but these are the 5 things you may want to avoid with children. Bill and I can’t wait to go back with less sensory…

 

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