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.

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!

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!

Hidden Louisiana Gems

Ever been curious about the hidden gems of the camping world around you? I have. So, I did a little research on the coolest places in Louisiana for camping via tent or RV. I cannot wait to start planning my next few weekends out to head to these destinations. Which ones peak your interest?

Indian Creek – 100 Camp Ground Rd, Woodworth, LA 71485

Indian Creek features canoeing, swimming pools, the lake, and hiking. It also has nature trails to explore, playgrounds for the kiddos, and a game room for family fun indoors.

Visit their page for more information here! https://www.ldaf.state.la.us/about/indian-creek-recreation-area/

Grand Isle State Park – 108 Admiral Craik Dr, Grand Isle, LA 70358

Grand Isle provides access to an island channel that connects to the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico. You can enjoy swimming, crabbing, camping, hiking, bird watching, and sunbathing. They also have a variety of campsites, complete with spots along the water.

Take a look at their page here! https://www.lastateparks.com/parks-preserves/grand-isle-state-park

Poverty Point Reservoir State Park – 1500 Poverty Point Pkwy, Delhi, LA 71232

Poverty Reservoir State Park offers thousands of acres to explore by camping, hiking, swimming, fishing, and birdwatching. You are able to decide between tent camping, RV or Camper stays, family lodges, and cabins along the waterfront.

Visit their homepage here! https://www.lastateparks.com/parks-preserves/poverty-point-reservoir-state-park

Camping with Kids

Find yourself worrying about camping with your child(ren)  for the first time, or even the fifth time? No one wants to hear the dreaded words, “I’m bored” while trying to have a fun, family outing. To help out we put together a little list of all the cool ideas for kids to do while out in the great outdoors with you. Some may require a items, but most are easily done with just yourself!

  1. Capture the Flag – Divide into teams and use anything handy for your “flag”. Rock, paper, scissors for which team can hide the flag first. One person hides the flag and returns to base, and the first person to find the flag wins.
  2. Park Ranger – Think “Simon Says” only it’s “Park Ranger Says” now. One person is designated park ranger, last person standing after following Park Rangers Direction is the Park Ranger for next round.
  3. Bubble Station – An easy outdoor activity. Poor bubbles for everyone or set up a blower and enjoy the whimsical entertainment.
  4. Bean Bag Toss – This amusing activity has become quite popular in both children and adults. Usually you can find pre-made bean bag games at the store, or you can opt to make your own. Whoever makes it to your target score first, wins.
  5. Target Practice – For this game you might need the help of some Nerf guns or even slingshots. Set up a target with a paper/plastic plate and take aim. By the end of your trip you wont miss the target at all.

Destination Camping: Chicot State Park

Chicot State Park

3469 Chicot Park Road

Ville Platte, La 70586

Description:

Chicot State Park is located in South Central Louisiana on Lake Chicot. The State Park has about 6,400 acres of woodland and waterways. The park features all sorts of activities as well as 3 locations to relax and enjoy natures beauty. The first is the South Landing and includes cabins, picnic ares, playground, boat launch, fishing pier, and boat rentals. The second is the North Landing with campsites, boat launch, and a pier. The thrid is the East Landing which is more under developed but still has basic camping sites and a boat launch.

The park caters to all types of adventurists like campers, backpackers, cyclists, fishermen and fisher-women, and hikers. They also have a 20 mile hiking trail and an 8-mile canoe trail for those who are water lovers.

      • Cabins
      • Fishing
      • Boating
      • Hiking
      • Campsites

Information Credit: https://www.lastateparks.com/parks-preserves/chicot-state-park

Mind the Wildlife

When seeing the local wildlife, one of the many joys of camping, we have to remember that we must also show consideration for them. Many do not think about the disruption that our enjoyable times may be for the wildlife, so there are a few things you can remember to do your part in making a great experience for you, family, friends, and the wildlife too!

  • Safely store and contain food/food odors that attract unwanted wildlife
  • Give the wildlife lots of space once you encounter them
  • Do not try and trap or take home the wildlife that you see
  • Minimize changes to their habitat, or areas surrounding their habitat
  • Pick up supplies, extinguish fires, and and throw away all trash