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Camping in a BMW X3 SUV

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Friday, November 16, 2018

Why Camp in an X3

The majority of my hiking is done at a local park. It has great views and some challenging parts and has a fairly extensive trail system and I can walk to it but it's nice to explore other trails in the New Jersey which is one of the reasons I like to go camping.

My normal car camping set up is pretty involved. I have a pop up canopy, large tent that can comfortably fit a queen sized air mattress with plenty of room to move around, hammock and extensive cooking gear plus other odds and ends. In addition I bring a lot of food for a 2 or 3 night trip. That all takes a lot of time to get out of storage, setup, pack up, clean out then store. I usually don't have all my gear back in storage for up to 3 days after a trip as I slowly take care of it here and there.

If I'm in the mood to change up my hiking trails or just need a break to be closer to nature, do a quick overnight trip to hit some new trails early in the morning, I wanted a quicker way to camp. If I'm camping by myself just for a night or two then I can significantly reduce what I bring.

Healthy Hash Brown Skillet Eggs Recipe

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Healthy Hash Brown Skillet Eggs PT2M PT12M PT14M Breafast eggs, healthy, breakfast, skillet, spinach
A healthy recipe to make skillet eggs with hash browns and spinach.

I've adapted this recipe from a few similar recipes I make. My main goal was to reduce fat and increase potassium intake. I wound up getting rid of the cheese that I would normally include as part of this easy breakfast recipe. Spinach was added for it's potassium among other things.

The healthy hash brown skillet eggs are very easy to make and quick enough to make every morning. Because they don't need a lot of attention.

Eureka Evanston Screened 6 Tent Review

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Review of the Evanston Screened 6 tent from Eureka is a roomy 6 person dome tent with a 5'8" center height that includes a screened in front room.

I've been camping more recently and wanted to upgrade from my old 4 person tent to something a bit roomier and more comfortable to stand in. After looking at many different tents on the market I decided to go with the Eureka Evanston Screened 6 Tent and I've been very happy with that decision.

Woods of Wenonah Trail

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018
The Woods of Wenonah Trail System consists of a number of different trails that total just under 6 miles in Wenonah, NJ that are maintained by the Wenonah Environmental Commission.

Trails are fairly easy to travel on but some get muddy or swampy though there are planks in most of these areas.

Along the trails you can see Wenonah Lake, Comey's Lake, Dilk's Pond, Monongahela Brook, Mantua Creek and a Tea House.

There are small loops of 1 mile or less around certain areas such as the lakes and Monongahela Brook but the longer trails of Break Back Run Trail, Mantua Creek Trail and Glen Trail are straight through trails.  By combining a few of the trails, in addition to some street walking, I was able to make a nice loop that began and ended at the parking lot for Wenonah Lake.

Tillman Ravine Trail Hike

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Thursday, August 2, 2018
Tillman Ravine Trail is a nice, fairly easy 1.8 mile, mainly out and back trail in the Tillman Ravine Natural Area within Stokes State forest in Walpack Township, NJ.

You'll be hiking through a ravine carved by Tillman Brook. Along the way you'll see some small waterfalls and cross some small bridges. The trail splits early on between an upper and lower route. I took the lower but I should have taken the upper on the way out and the lower on the way back.

India Brook Park Buttermilk Falls Hike

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Friday, July 27, 2018
India Brook Park in Mendham, NJ contains a number of hiking trails that loop around the park allowing you to decide if you want to take a short or longer hike.

The main feature of the park is Buttermilk Falls, small waterfall along the India Brook. It empties into a small pool area that I saw described as as swimming hole. It didn't look deep enough to actually swim in but it did look like you could maybe sit in it and cool off.

The trails are fairly easy. Not many hills or difficult passes. The views of the brook and the falls are beautiful and the trails in general are well maintained. It can get a bit muddy after rains. I found the trail system confusing and not well marked. Two trails both had yellow blazes and I did get off my intended path and have to find my way back on it at one point.

Pretzel Bagel Recipe

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Friday, June 1, 2018
Pretzel Bagels PT30M PT30M PT2H Breakfast bagels, breakfast, pretzels, sesame seeds, pretzel bagels
Here's my recipe for pretzel bagels. They're a mix between bagels and pretzels. They have that nice pretzel crust taste along with the soft chewy bagel inside. These were great for sandwiches.

I had always wanted to make bagels. A couple of weeks earlier I wound up making pretzels with my girlfriend's daughter who got the cooking bug. I realized the recipes and methods were fairly similar so I improvised this version so I could get the best of both worlds.

Baking isn't my strong point. This was the first time I tried to make something new without seeing if there were any recipes online. I'm quite happy with how they came out.

Can you use charcoal in a fire ring?

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I started camping again recently and I wanted to know if I could use charcoal instead of firewood to cook with in the park provided fire rings in my state parks.  The short answer is in my home state of NJ it's permissible to use charcoal instead of firewood in the fire rings provided there are no other restrictions on fires in general. For your own location you might want to confirm with your park rangers. The rest of this article will go over why and how to use charcoal in a fire ring instead of firewood.
 

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