Into every camping trip, a little rain must fall. This paraphrase of the popular idiom is both literal and metaphorical for all the unexpected things that can happen while camping. You may picture idyllic strolls in the forest, serene glides across sunset lakes and star-gazing around a fire, but something can go wrong every camping trip.
What can you pack to prepare for the unexpected?
Bad weather may pop up unexpectedly even if the weatherman forecasts sun. Tent users should pack extra tarps to keep the campsite dry. Bring rain ponchos Read the rest of this entry »
You can find a variety of edible plants along the Mississippi River banks such as pecans and berries. Pecan trees often grow along the Mississippi River banks because of the abundance of moisture. Pecan trees also love the warm climate that is found along the river. When you are looking for edible plants along the river, don’t forget to respect land that may belong to someone other than the state.
You should also respect the plant because some of them may be poisonous. Buy a guide to edible plants book Read the rest of this entry »
If you’re looking to get some fishing done on your canoe trip down the Mississippi River, beware of the White River Monster. While not quite as popular as Bigfoot or the Loch Ness monster, this lesser known creature has risen in popularity in recent years both on television and the internet. And whether it’s a special on directv or a site on the internet, people everywhere are talking about it.
The earliest reports of the Whiter River Monster were made in 1915 when farmers began noticing an enormous creature appearing off the banks of the White River. It was described as some kind of enormous catfish with a body as wide as a car and as long as a bus. How’s that for a fishing story?
In the 1970′s, the Arkansas State Legislator even went so far as to create the White River Monster Refuge to protect the creature, but, even to this day, no one can confirm the existence of this mythical fish. Nowadays, many scientists believe what was actually seen wasn’t an enormous fish at all but a great male elephant seal. However, where there’s smoke there is often, indeed, fire and if people say they’ve seen a giant fish, you may just want to think about that the next time you try to reel in that “big one.”
Make sure you follow the basic rules of hiking. Never hike alone. Always have someone else with you. You can never tell what will happen while hiking. When you need help and you are alone, you can never tell when the next person will come along. Be prepared with a complete map of the area that you want to hike. Know your area as to the kind of physical characters is out in the wilderness along the banks of the Mississippi River. Your Read the rest of this entry »
Fresh fish makes a tasty meal in the wild. Keep these tips in mind when preparing a fish feast.
Fish can be grilled directly on a grate or in a grill basket to get that smoky campfire flavor. It’s best to use a whole fish that has been gutted and scaled, with the bones remaining. Fillets are hard to grill directly over a fire because the flaky flesh falls apart easily. The bones help the meat stay together, which helps when flipping the fish over to create beautiful Read the rest of this entry »
When planning a family camping trip, some members of the family may not be as excited as others. By this I mean teenagers. Unless you have a teenager who is really into the outdoors and “roughing it,” he or she may be less than pleased about leaving civilization behind for a weekend. Below are some tips to keep the whole family happy when going to the great outdoors for a weekend.
1. Build a few marshmallow guns prior to the trip. Pack them away and when your teen is sitting around complaining that there is nothing to do, get one of the guns and begin shooting him or her. It may take a while, but eventually your teen will loosen up and be a kid again. You never know, he or she may actually start laughing as you are having your marshmallow fight. The whole family can join in and you can rest assured no one will be injured with one of the marshmallow “bullets.”
2. A great night time activity is stargazing. Invest a small amount in a used telescope and print some information about constellations off the internet prior to leaving for your trip. As the family is sitting around the campfire, ask your teen to find a certain constellation and bring out the telescope. This activity will be especially fun if you have a teen who enjoys learning about science related things.
Regardless of what types of family friendly activities you choose, persuading your teen to partake in the activity and actually have fun doing it can be a challenge. Give the teen some time and he or she will likely come around.
The Mississippi River runs from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico, winding and grinding over 2300 miles and shifting from a temperate northern climate zone to humid sub-tropical. Dams, diking and environmental pollution have all had an impact on the aquatic wildlife. In other words, you probably are not going to see what Mark Twain saw when he rode the same river in the mid 19th century.
The Upper Mississippi River is home to over 119 species of Read the rest of this entry »
You can learn a lot when you decide to canoe down the Mississippi River. At every bend you will find so much cultural and natural history. See in your mind-s eye the life of settlers who where here long ago. Watch above as the eagles soar or see the mink on the side of the river. The entire 2,350 miles on the Mississippi River has plenty of wildlife and high cliffs to keep you amazed. This is a magnificent river Read the rest of this entry »
Do you want to try something new? Maybe you are tired of the weekend backpacking trip with kids and ready to try something a little different, but still safe. A float trip down the Mississippi River could be the answer. Get the kids involved right from the beginning stages, it will not only make the trip more meaningful to them, they will learn how to someday plan their own trip.
Some people build their own rafts, but you might want to Read the rest of this entry »
Canoeing or kayaking on the Mississippi River is a totally different type of adventure. The Mississippi River begins at Lake Itasca and the water is shallow and sometimes the bottom of a boat will drag the bottom, so be careful to avoid rocks if possible. Canoeing or kayaking can be dangerous if you don’t pay attention to where you are going. There will be trees that have fallen across the river to avoid and also beaver dams along the way.
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