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Posted by kentang123 at September 26, 2016

Category: Outdoors

Most often, when you think of a holiday to the UK, you picture going to see the sites of London or Stonehenge. Though these are the most traditional choices for UK holidays, there are many more options open to those wanting to see the countryside on their UK holidays.

The following are alternate methods for planning UK holidays:

1. Caravan Tours: By doing the right research, you would be able to sign up with a caravan tour that would visit many different parks and caravan sites across the country. There are varied rates depending on the time periods and budget that you are willing to spend. The caravan tours will include many of the stops along the countryside, but may still be within driving distance of some of the major attractions. You have to research the route that the tour will follow.

2. Camp Sites: You do not have to stay in a posh hotel to see the UK. There are plenty of lovely natural spots in which you can camp for a relatively reasonable rate, especially if you are flexible in the times when you when you want to go. Camping also requires being sure to know the hours of the campsite to ensure availability of exit and entry. If you want to make a short day trip to a larger area, you want to ensure you are back before you’re locked out of their site.

3. Small Inns and B&B: The English Countryside is literally covered in smaller inns or bed and breakfast establishments that are considered to be quaint ways to experience the country. Often, these places can be found with a short drive of the major sites as well as from the natural places that are tourist attractions. The rates of these establishments are often less than what you would pay for a traditional hotel, but would include some, if not more, comparable amenities. Usually, breakfast will be included and there are generally on-site options for cooking.

4. Cottages: There are many sites available that offer cottages. This may be a way to get the luxury of a hotel without the surroundings of the concrete jungle. As with camping or caravan, it is important to ensure the means of transportation to participate in the activities that you would like to experience. Similarly, cottages may also include amenities that are more geared toward a romantic getaway such as hot tub or certain spa amenities. Usually, locations with cottages will also have small kitchens to facilitate quaint dinners for two, overlooking the natural wonders of the area.

Whether you are looking to experience a simple vacation or a luxurious getaway on your UK holidays, it is not limited to the idea of staying in the city or in a hotel. There are many alternatives to personalize your UK holidays to visit and experience more of the country. From the natural wonders to the castles and architecture, you can make choices to find other means of transport for their stay. This will also allow for more interaction within the country on UK holidays and not so much about the same old experience.

Posted by kentang123 at September 26, 2016

Category: Outdoors

If you are planning for a holiday in UK and are looking for a good campsite, you wont be disappointed with your options. There are plenty of caravan sites and camping areas where people can spend some quality time while enjoying their holidays in UK. When organised well and with friends or family, camping is a truly memorable experience, which is why those who love it, usually end up doing it very often. Here are some reviews on the best caravan sites for camping during a holiday in the UK.

East Sussex

Wowo, Uckfield is a wonderful option for camping for many reasons. There are events such as superhero football that keep people entertained. How about more of wilderness activity too, with courses for fire craft and knife craft, demos for archery and workshops for yurt-building you will be able to develop your survival skills. More importantly, this is one area that is known for its music which is why you can club your camping experience with live acoustic shows in the barn on Fridays, and give yourself a rocking time. The charges for this campsite are very low at around 10 pounds a night.

North Yorkshire

If you are one of those people who are looking for a genuine camping experience with mystic moorland, dam building, rope swinging, winding river and good outdoor weather, Rosedale Abbey is one of the better places to pick for camping. In fact, you have two tent only fields where you might find other families camping around as well to reduce the eeriness factor a bit. There are some adventure activities to be enjoyed nearby. This is open between March and October, at a nominal price of around 14 pounds per family of four.

Dorset

Eweleaze farm on the coastal side includes a 1km stretch of the Jurassic Coast beach which is quite a favourite for campers who prefer the blue seas close by. Part of the reason is because it permits fossil hunting and swimming which could be fun. An even better reason is a huge camping field where large groups can build campfires and have fun until early in the morning on a gentle autumn night. There is an organic farm shop close by along with a pizza van and an organic kebab barn, if you ran low on your food supplies. You can also take an 8-mile hike to the Lulworth Cove. The only real issue could be timing as this farm is open only in the month of August.

Cornwall

Broad Meadow House in Charlestown is another campsite that you would love. May to September is perfect for a holiday in UK and this is when this campsite opens its doors for campers at a nominal price of around 9 pounds. Deluxe tents including breakfast are available at request for 20 pounds. Very close to the blue seas and the harbour, adjacent to golden wheat fields is this poetic place that provides true joy and sense of leisure and old world charm that some people look for. The freshly made smoothie and the breakfast is not something to be missed.

Posted by kentang123 at September 26, 2016

Category: Outdoors

I am turning the corner and I am only a few steps away from my regular early morning adventure. My imagination takes flight as I make my way through the overgrown forest trail, the vista opens up and I can see the mighty river take a slow turn around the bend. Suddenly I am no longer in the middle of suburbia but
Deep in the Amazon basin, in a premium spot, and my morning walk has now a changed to getting to the safe water hole.
It’s been raining heavily and the river is brown and loaded with what she has claimed hers along the way. The sweet smell of the forest floor fills my nostrils I am breathing heavily unlike a normal hike; doctor’s orders keep the heart rate up for 20-30 minutes 5 times a week. For now it’s not exercise it’s getting to a safe spot to set up tent for the night.

Down to the short strip along river there’s a steep cliff on the side catching the morning sun, I wonder if any on the locals are watching my adventure unfold from the cliff.
I feel that I am cheating myself with the brisk walk, not taking it all in almost rushing past the natural beauty. Doctor’s orders. Over the little creek that only gurgles after a good downpour spilling its precious load into the brown giant, the river gobbles up the creek’s offering.

It’s nearly over and I can feel my heart sink as I know that soon there will be a parking lot at the end of a cul-de-sac for those that choose to drive here. As I finish the last few steps in the wilderness I can see the familiar yellow road sign of a reindeer. Reindeer are not native around here and according to legend were introduced for hunting a century ago and some still remain post the urban sprawl. What a load of rubbish I have never seen or heard of anyone spotting reindeer.

Then I see him first, a young bull followed by about seven of his family. I slow down the doctor will have to understand this is not an everyday occurrence. They look at me with no sense of fear not shying away on my accord. They are moving towards my retreat I give them a wide berth, I know nothing about reindeer but having hiked through many areas with animals you always give them the necessary respect. I have had the privilege of hiking through Africa and seeing an abundance of animals, but this was in my backyard 10 minutes walk from where my home claims it’s cramped position next to other homes.

They make no attempt to look back as they amble past as if my existence bears no relevance to theirs. Will anyone believe me do I care? In 2 hours I will be at work reliving the moment maybe I will tell someone maybe I won’t.

I now have a hike in the morning yes it’s short not like a well deserved weekend or break when I can roll up the sleeping bag and escape the grindstone, but it recharges me for the day and keeps me going till the next adventure.

Where is your spot close to home? Surely there is green patch somewhere where you can unleash the hiker, if only for a half hour. When I open the door I am going for one of my outdoor adventures.

This made me think why aren’t more people hiking? I am not talking about hardened hikers tackling the Paria Canyon, but just what is within a half an hour drive of the average town or city. There are literally thousands of walking trails scattered around America some are easy as an afternoon walk, to trails that will challenge your survival skills and fitness. I have recently introduced another friend to the joys of hiking but selling it as morning stroll, before long we were having in depth conversation about the merits of putting in a bit more work to see more of Mother Nature.

It was the taste that got my friend and I would like to share a few tips to get started:

o Do a scout around your own area for a walking trail you will be surprised how easy it is. Ask at the local authorities or at the local library.
o Don’t attempt something to tough. Start with something that won’t take more than an hour (always tell someone where you are going)
o Don’t buy expensive gear use runners/trainers for the first few short walks if you don’t want to invest in hiking boots.
o Now that you have the taste. Hiking will give more rewards the more effort you put in so attempt longer trails. Now is a good time to look at some more sturdy foot support and some basic gear.

Some basic hiking gear: (for a day trip staying on a marked trail)

o Backpack
o Good thick socks
o Hiking boots (Light weight will do)
o Water Bottle (filled)
o Sun protection
o Insect repellent
o Wide Brim hat
o Some dry food (trail mix, energy bars etc.)
o First aid kit
o Whistle (for drawing attention)
o Knife
o Flash light
o Matches

Walk in your hiking boots with a couple of shorter walks first. For your first trail pick a trail that is marked and not isolated there are plenty of these and they offer plenty of reward in terms of natural beauty.
Stay on the trail there is plenty of time to work your way up to more challenging trails but the golden rule is be safe.
Make sure that you plan your hike most hikes have a timeframe for completion make sure that you leave yourself enough time with a couple of hours for contingencies.
Obey the rules and treat Mother Nature with kindness she will reward if you respect her but punish harshly otherwise.

This will get you started but we are only scratching the surface and soon you will be looking for further challenges.

Posted by kentang123 at September 26, 2016

Category: Outdoors

Beside the parties, hotel themes, shops, restaurants, parties, celebrities, and events in Las Vegas, the sin city has major tourist attractions. And, the Red Rock Canyon is one of the many attractions of Las Vegas.

Red Rock Canyon towers over the desert west of the Las Vegas Boulevard which is more commonly known as Las Vegas Strip. It is a major thoroughfare that stretches approximately 4.2 miles in the Clark County, Nevada. The canyon got the name, because the canyon is a series of large red rock formation in the National Conservation Area (NCA).

The United States assigns protected areas called National Conservation Area. The United States Bureau of Land Management of National Landscape Conservation System supervises the protected areas as the United States considers the land as crown jewels of the American West.

The Canyon stands so high and large. Looking at the west of the Las Vegas Strip, you cannot help but see the large red rock formations near the Hudson. If you want to go to the canyon, all you need to do is to aim at the mountain of red rocks.

Let us do our part to take care of such wonder of nature. The red sandstone part can easily break. Thus, it tempts every visitor to take home a piece as a souvenir. Let us try to leave the structure the way it is. So, we can enjoy such magnificent wonder for more generations to come.

La Madre Mountain is the tallest point of the canyon. The name is Spanish for The Mother Mountain. The tallest point is about 8,154 feet high (2 miles and half). Some formations shoot straight up. Hence, the formation challenges any hikers and climbers. Even if you are an advance hikers or climbers, you will be surprise with the challenge that it brings to you.

A big one way loop road allows tourists to view the entire canyon. There is some parking and rest areas along the thirteen mile road. That is why the cyclists frequent the road. It is a tough road for a family sedan car. An ATV or off road all wheel drive vehicle is more appropriate with this rugged terrain.

Besides the red rock formation and fun things to do, the canyon is a big part of the history of the Native Americans. Historically, the Native Americans believe the canyon is a way to go back to the year 900. Some say not only year 900. They can also go back before the year 900. In fact, the ancient pottery, fire pits, and petro glyphs still exist all around the canyon.

In the past, the Native Americans happily live around the canyon. There are native plants, animals, and water to survive on the tough terrain and extreme condition. Then, the Europeans settled on the canyon on the 1900s. With rapid expansion of the Europeans, the Native Americans were driven away from the canyon. Thanks to the Bureau of Land Management who reserved and protected the ten thousand acres of land. By the 1990, the canyon became part of the National Conservation Area.

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Posted by kentang123 at September 26, 2016

Category: Outdoors

Last weekend I was invited to one of my friend’s birthday party. It was actually a birthday and picnic party combination. The celebration started at 3pm on Saturday afternoon out in one of the nicest local parks. This particular park has a water play area for the kids, a playground, a small lake with ducks, geese and so many other birds.

Since it was a weekend there were a lot of people in the park. Many young mothers were walking around the lake with their children and pushing the strollers getting fresh air for themselves and their babies.

Most of the guests arrived on time, still there were some who came a little late still everyone got to the party one way or another. Late or not the host didn’t care, he started dinner as soon as the majority of the guests arrived.

The birthday girl’s husband received a brand new BBQ grill as a Christmas gift from his wife and was just ecstatic to show off his new toy. Since I knew ahead of time what his wife purchased for him for Christmas – she told me – and I also know they just love camping, hiking and picnicking, my present for the wife for her birthday was an absolutely stunning wicker picnic basket for 4 with all accessories included and a lovely picnic blanket. You could just see the glow and joy on her face when she opened that present.

Because they had a camping trip scheduled for the following month for their 15th anniversary, she promised me they were going to take their new picnic basket on that trip. They were both so excited to go on this trip because grandma would take care of the children, so they would be free as birds for a whole week. Imagine, just the two of them, alone on a romantic anniversary camping trip somewhere in the back country.

While our dinner was cooking, the grown ups were talking, some telling jokes and the children got to play games, run around in the grass, splashing water at each other in the water park, and they had too much fun jumping on the huge bouncer that was rented just for them.

I got so carried away talking about these wonderful holiday gift ideas like a wicker picnic basket for 4 and the fun we’ve had that I completely forgot to talk about the food. Dinner included marinated grilled chicken, Cesar salad, grilled giant shrimp, homemade potato salad, hamburgers on homemade buns, pies and so much more. All was so fresh and tasty, the meats were juicy and the pies. Oh my! The pies were yummy! My favorite was the banana cream pie with the whip cream on top. Our birthday girl’ mother must have worked all night on those pies.

Our birthday girl was given so many presents and her husband was such a sport about carrying all those gifts to their car while we helped with the cleanup and the leftovers. The party was scheduled for about four hours but because all the guests had a blast it lasted much longer and I’m glad to say, the park was left so much cleaner than it was before the event.

All in all it was fantastic! Everybody had an awesome time and the kids did not want to stop jumping on the bouncer even after the Sun went down. I am certain I will be back next year for this party if I get invited.