Camping Activities

Camping may seem like a great way to bond, until the kids start hollering “I’m bored!” Don’t worry, every parent has been there. Here are a few kid friendly activities to help with connecting family and nature!

  1. Scavenger Hunt – Have the kids hike along with you to a new destination and pick up or find fascinating objects they find on the way! Whoever has the coolest by the end of the hike wins!
  2. Childhood Games – Show them the games you considered cool when growing up! It’s always fun learning how to play “Red Rover” or “Red Light Green Light”!
  3. Build a Fire – Children love being involved, teach them how to safely make and extinguish a fire!
  4. Charades – Who doesn’t love charades, it is the perfect around the campfire game for everyone!
  5. Setup/Pickup – Again, kids love to help, let them! Involve them in setting up the chairs, or build up the fire pit!

Campfire Recipe

Cowboy Breakfast Skillet

Looking for an easy way to start the day? Our Cowboy Skillet Breakfast recipe hits it out of the park! This can be made in the comforts of your travel trailer or right over your campsite fire. There are a few things you’ll need to make this breakfast recipe a success so we’ve listed them below!

  1. Cast Iron Skillet
  2. Diced breakfast sausage
  3. Diced ham
  4. Grated/diced potatoes (or frozen hash browns)
  5. Shredded cheese
  6. Egg(s)

Throw it all together and cook for 10 to 15 minutes until  ingredients are cooked. For vegan options you can substitute the meats for red or green bell pepper, onions, and even spinach. We hope to hear of you getting to try this recipe on your next camping trip!

Destination Travel

A hot spot to visit in Louisiana is Kisatchie National Forest! Nestled throughout Louisiana it holds many amazing amenities! It is one of Louisiana’s only national forests and boasts 604,000 acres to explore with friends and family!It is split into five districts and provides a number of recreational activities like biking, hiking, horse-back riding, ATV accessibility, fishing, boating, and hunting!

There are also a number of swimming spots scattered in each district. There are several swimming spots in creeks, bayous, and lakes all in Kisatchie National forest. Each district also has a spot designated for fishing and boating such as Caney Lake in the Caney Ranger District. Do not fret on where to camp out either, all of the districts within have tent and travel trailer availability for a weekend getaway or an extended stay!

Their website features a full list of rules and regulations, maps, hunting and fishing permit dates, trail statuses, and even a “Plan Your Own Adventure” tab! Check it out here! https://www.fs.usda.gov/kisatchie

 

Furry Friends Take on Camping

Camping with pets is always a fun way to involve your furry best friends in your love for outdoors! Whether you are traveling in a travel trailer, fifth wheel, or tent camping you can bring your pets along! A lot of us are big fans of traveling with our pets anywhere we go because then we do not have to worry about finding care for them while we are away and everything is a little more fun with our besties along for the ride! Keep in mind though there are a few things you need to know before setting off on a trip that involves our furry friends, so take a look below!

  • Have a trial run! Before setting off on an extended adventure, take a short trial run to see what you need. Make a list in preparation for your longer journey ahead to help make the process smoother!
  • Read up on rules! Read ahead of your campsites rules on pets. Take precaution is staying in noise restricted areas as well!
  • Be courteous of other campers! Be sure to keep noise at a moderate level if you have neighbors, pick up after your pet, and be respectful of boundaries of other campers who might be allergic or have fear of animals!
  • Extra hydration! Make sure as you’re on the go, that your pet is receiving extra hydration along the journey. A on the move home is a lot different than at home where a water bowl is in a permanent spot!
  • Remain with your pet! Try not to leave pets unattended. In a new environment with new smells, noises, and sights it’s easy for our pets to become overwhelmed. Just try and incorporate whatever you do with your pets too!

Are you lost?

The thought of being lost in the woods has probably crossed your mind once or twice. In today’s world there isn’t really a high chance of that with technology at our fingertips. However, if you for some reason have a dead device, or no way to get yourself back to base camp, here are some tips that may come in handy when finding yourself lost.

  1. Make yourself or travel known. Easily mark your journey by doing simple things like typing rope, writing you name on the ground, drawing arrows, etc. This shows where you’ve been for yourself, and for those who begin looking for you.
  2. Make noise occasionally. We know panic sets in and you may get quiet while concentrating, but stop every so often to call out a name of a friend who may be looking or “Help”. We also recommend carrying a whistle as this is good to use for noise making or sending out SOS signals.
  3. Stay calm and walk with purpose. Try and walk with a set sight in mind, do not aimlessly walk, even if you are marking where you’ve been. This creates more confusion and can cause panic.
  4. Look for familiar landmarks. Take note of familiar landmarks you pass, or stop at. This could help distinguish where you may be or a direction to walk that leads to a roadway.
  5. Make camp and stay safe. If lost after dark, don’t try and travel through the night. Set up camp to avoid direction changes and confusion you may have after dark. Make a fire and continue routine noise or whistling until you rest.

We hope no one experiences being lost anywhere, but we also want you to be prepared in case you ever are. Take a look at these tips, send them to someone who may benefit from them too! As always, enjoy yourself, stay safe, and be smart.

Campfire Recipes

Try out a new recipe the next time you’re camping! With the cooler weather coming, it’s time to start setting up those fires to sit around. More importantly we can look forward to using those fires to give us a great snack to enjoy while warming up! Today’s menu has “Campfire Cones” on it and we can’t wait to tell you what you need!

Ingredients:

  • Waffle Cones
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Campfire; Coals
  • Favorite add-ins (chocolate chips, marshmallows, M&M’s, graham crackers, etc.)

 How To:

  1. Start your campfire; or stir coals if using coals
  2. Insert your add-ins to your waffle cone(s)
  3. Wrap whole waffle cone with aluminum foil
  4. Toss on to of fire or coal, and rotate for a minute or two until all add-ins are melted
  5.  Enjoy

Destination Travel

South/North Toledo bend State Park: 120 Bald Eagle Road, Anacoco, La 71403

Nestled in Anacoco Louisiana is one of the beautiful sights northern Louisiana has to offer! Here you can find Toledo Bend State Park. It is split between two destinations, Toledo Bend South and Toledo Bend North! The Toledo Bend State park is located on bluffs over the Toledo Bend Reservoir and have an array of vantage points for amazing scenery!

It is ranked in the top places to bass fish today and hold several tournaments each year for fishing. However, if fishing isn’t your thing, no problem! Toledo Bend State Park also has the options of hiking, biking, outdoor recreational activities, and camping.

The park features two nature trails, OHV trails for ATV’s and other outdoor vehicles, observation deck, camping spots for tents and RV’s, and picnic areas for use of campers or guests! At Toledo Bend State Park you also have the option of boating, with several boat launches it’s easy to make your way into the water for cruising or taking out the jet skis!

Check out their site to schedule your next adventure today!

Lets Talk Survival Skills

There may come a time when you need to use your survival skills. Many problems can occur to where you are needing to know the basic set of survival skills. Knowing these rules can help in a number of ways, along with information on how to carry out these skills! Check out the detailed list below!

  • Food and Water- Always be well prepped on how to find food and water if you find yourself without!
  • Fire- Take the time to learn how to start a fire from numerous items you may have!
  • Shelter- Make sure you are aware of how to built or construct proper shelter in times of need!
  • First Aid- Basic research on how to care for injuries and keeping first aid supplies with you help a lot!
  • Signaling- Try and create all types of signaling methods you may know to signal for help or rescue!

We hope you never have to use these skills in a dire situation, but you’ll be prepared if you ever have to!

Camping Gear Must Haves

There are a few essentials you should bring camping. Whether you are tent camping, traveling by RV or Travel trailer – you’re going to need these top items for your trip. Some of these things will help with cooking, comfort, or just your overall experience on your adventure so we are here to help with a handy dandy list! Check out ours below, and if we missed anything, let us know!

  • Blankets                                                                                     Watch
  • Pillow                                                                                          Portable Power Box
  • Towels                                                                                        Lantern/Flashlights
  • Bug Spray                                                                                  First Aid Kit
  • Map                                                                                             Matches/Lighter

We really hope this helps on your future road trips!

Destination: Bogue Chitto State Park

Bogue Chitto State Park has a multitude of attractions, making it a great destination spot in Louisiana. It has over 1,786 acres of a variety of different landscapes from woodland areas, swamps, hardwood forestry, and small streams. Along with the expanses of nature Bogue Chitto State Park has even more activities to be enjoyed. They offer biking trails, bird watching, fishing, swimming, tubing, canoeing and kayaking, and an equestrian trail with guided tours!

Bogue Chitto offers tent camping, glamping locations, rv sites, and cabins overlooking the bluffs throughout the state park. They also accommodate to those with children with fun activities and their very own playground/water playground. The property has a cave on site as well – Frickes Cave- with boardwalks surrounding it to safely explore and sight see the natural beauty of the cave environment.

A few more things to enhance your visit to Bogue Chitto State Park!

  • Boating
  • Wildlife Tours
  • Equestrian Tours
  • Tennis
  • Disc Golfing

To book your stay or activities during your stay visit their website! https://www.lastateparks.com/parks-preserves/bogue-chitto-state-park