Category: Travel

6 Mountain Camping Tips for Success from an Experienced Camper/Backpacker

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Greetings Breezles,

We are planning on going camping this weekend and because I haven’t been camping for a while I thought I should speak to an expert camper to find out what tips he could give me before I went on my adventure in the woods.  The person I spoke to has been camping and backpacking his entire life and doesn’t go a year without doing both.  He has camped in many different types of terrains and has experienced almost every kind of weather while camping, so I thought he would be a great person to ask.  A list of his 6 mountain camping tips are below and I hope they help you on your next camping trip.

What camping tips do you have?

, E

Water– Most campgrounds offer potable water, but a 5 gallon jug sitting on a camp stool saves a lot of steps and you can place it anywhere you want. DO NOT drink from lakes or streams!!!

Wood– Most campgrounds do not offer firewood and it can be hard to find downfall nearby. Bring your own or unload the vehicle and drive a little to a wooded area to pick up all the downfall you want.  A tarp can minimize mess if you choose to do this.  Get branches small enough to break and leave the axe at home.  “White man build big fire, stand far away.  Indian build small fire, stand close”.

Shelter– Whether you prefer a tent or hard sided unit prepare for rain and varying temperatures. The weather specialists are not always right and the mountains make their own localized weather.  Remember, the more you are prepared for bad weather the less likely you will have it.  Look for trees before pitching your tent and place a tarp underneath.

Shelter Yourself– Bug spray (I like 30% DEET), sunscreen and a first aid kit including Benadryl can save an otherwise miserable trip. A rain coat is great for hanging around camp, but a poncho is better for hiking, especially with a pack.

Bedding– When looking for a sleeping bag remember too much can be as bad as too little. Go light and take a fleece blanket for a liner if needed.  It’s always great to have a couple blankets on had just in case you get cold at night.  Air mattresses rule!  There are so many to choose from and there are other things you can use instead of purchasing the fancy backpacking pads.  Pool floats/loungers work just as well or you can find an air mattress that can be pumped up by a car adapter air mattress pump. Take an extra if you are planning on using it in a lake as well.

Clothes– You will get dirty and wet, so make sure the clothes you pack are washable and you won’t be upset if they are ruined. It will get cold, so layer up and have backups just in case.

5 Tips On How To Make The Most Out Of The Sundance Film Festival From A Park City Local

Greetings Breezles,

The Sundance Film Festival kicks off this Thursday in Park City and lasts 10 amazing days.   As a local television host, business manager on Main Street and patron of the festival for almost 15 years I have definitely learned a thing or two about Sundance. Below are five tips I have to help you make the most out of your time dancing in the Sun.

Happy Sundancing!

, E

Dress the Part

I know it is shocking, but Park City is cold and wet during the month of January, so dress warmly.  So many times I have seen women in short skirts and stilettos shivering in the cold and holding onto whatever or whomever they can to not slip on the ice. When you are headed to an event it is best to dress in layers and wear the right shoes. This way you can be warm while you are on your way to your destination and you can strip down to your party attire once you get inside.  If you want to stand out it can be as easy as wearing a colorful coat and accessories instead of black or gray.  It seems like every year Main Street becomes a sea of black coats, so if you want to be noticed add some color to your wardrobe.

Visit Exhibits and Lounges That Are Open To The Public

Take a break from the cold and visit one of the many places open to the public.  Many offer charging stations, snacks and beverages as well as experiences you can’t find anywhere else.  One of the exhibits you won’t want to miss is New Frontier.  It is the 11 year anniversary for New Frontier and the program looks absolutely amazing.  If you are outdoorsy make sure to stop by The Eddie Bauer Adventure House to hear stories from your favorite Eddie Bauer adventurers, guides and athletes and have a photo experience on top of a glacier.  Chase Sapphire On Main will have Q and A’s with actors and filmmakers throughout the festival as well as a taste of Park City every day around noon.

See A Film or Two or Three

 If you didn’t buy tickets in advance there are other ways to see a film during the festival. You can still purchase tickets to a few films at sundance.org or you can register for the Sundance Film Festival eWaitlist at ewaitlist.sundance.org.  You aren’t guaranteed a seat for the movie if you register, but at least you have a chance.  Many of the films have a question and answer session at the end of the film. Don’t miss out on the chance to hear the cast and crew talk about the movie.  It really adds to the festival experience.

Work At A Private Lounge Or Event

If you don’t mind adding a little work into your playtime check out the local classifieds for any gigs available during the festival.  My friends and I have worked with different companies throughout the years and we have been able to be a part of some amazing private events that we wouldn’t have been able to attend without our hard work.  Whether you want to be on the waitstaff, a bar tender, help with set up and tear down, a runner or a model there is a job for everyone during the film festival.

Be Ready For Anything

You never know who you are going to meet or what event you are invited to.   Even if you are planning on just walking down Main Street you could be asked if you want to go to a private screening, concert, event or see your favorite celebrity.  Some nights are full of adventures and others are nice to stay in and prep for the next day.   No matter what your Sundance experience brings I hope you enjoy what the festival has to offer.

5 Glamping Destinations For Your Labor Day Weekend

Greetings Breezles,

  Labor Day is the unofficial end to summer, so rather than renting a hotel room this holiday weekend get outside and be one with nature before the warm weather comes to an end.  If you aren’t one for camping,  but want to sit around a campfire, sleep under the stars all while enjoying the sounds of nature then glamping could be what you are looking for. Below are 10 glamorous glamping destinations to help you relax and enjoy the outdoors this labor day weekend.

What are your plans for Labor Day weekend?

, E

The Resort at Paws Up in Greenough, MT

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Moab Under Canvas in Moab Utah

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Camp Orenda in Johnsburg, NY

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The Vail Collective Retreats in Vail, CO

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Sinya on Lone Man Creek in Wimberley, TX

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5 of the Best Firework Displays in the USA

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Greetings Breezles,

 No Fourth of July celebration is complete without fireworks.  I am a kid at heart and enjoy big firework shows (so much that I had them at our wedding), so I have always been interested in which cities have the biggest firework displays in the country.  After doing some research I found 5  of the best fireworks displays in the USA and the list is below.

What do you do to celebrate the 4th of July?

, E

1. New York City, NY

With over 40,000 fireworks the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks display is the largest in the country.  The fireworks are launched from the Brooklyn Bridge and several barges along the Hudson River, known as the Macy’s Golden Mile.  To add to the spectacular pyrotechnics the show is accompanied by the New York Pops Orchestra and Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

2. Washington D.C 

You can’t get any more patriotic than celebrating Independence Day in our nation’s Capitol. There are events all day and before the fireworks display there is a large concert with celebrities, big name rock stars and a grand finale featuring various military bands.   This is a celebration you won’t want to miss.

3. Boston, MA

When you go to The Boston Pops Concert Fireworks Spectacular you are going to see an amazing 20,000 pound pyrotechnic display accompanied by the legendary Boston Pops Orchestra.  The music starts with the national anthem and then breaks into the 1812 Overture with real canon fire.

4. Addison TX, other wise known as Kaboom Town

Although there are only 19,000 residents in Addison year round about 500,000 people come to celebrate on the 4th.  With live entertainment, an airshow and about 3,500 pounds of fireworks this party has been recognized by the American Pyrotechnic Association as one of the best firework displays in the country.

5. Philadelphia, PA

Why not celebrate our nations birthday in its birthplace?  The party starts with a week long celebration that includes, outdoor films, live music, and so much more.  It all ends with the largest free concert in the nation featuring some of today’s biggest artists and over 10,000 fireworks.

National Park Week

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Greetings Breezles,

There are so many ways to celebrate Mother Earth and the National Park Service is making it easier to enjoy the outdoors by offering free admission to everyone from April 16th-April 24th 2016.  They are doing this to celebrate their 100th birthday and they are calling it National Park Week.  In honor of National Park Week I put together a list of 5 facts you may not have known about our National Park Service.

What is your favorite National Park?

♥, E

  1.  There are 59 National Parks in the United States.
  2.  The National Park Service turns 100 this year! It was established by an act signed by President Woodrow Wilson on August 25, 1816.
  3. Yellowstone National Park was the nation’s first national park.  It was created by an act signed by President Ulysses S, Grant on March 1,1872.
  4. California has the most national parks (9), followed by Alaska (8) and then Utah (5).
  5. According to the National Park Service the top 10 most visited National Parks in 2015 were:
    1. Great Smoky Mountains National Park                                 10,712,674 Recreational Visits
    2. Grand Canyon National Park                                               5,520,736 Recreational Visits
    3. Rocky Mountain National Park                                                4,155,916 Recreational Visits
    4. Yosemite National Park                                                          4,150,217 Recreational Visits
    5. Yellowstone National Park                                                      4,097,710 Recreational Visits
    6. Zion National Park                                                                  3,648,846 Recreational Visits
    7. Olympic National Park                                                         3,263,761 Recreational Visits
    8. Grand Teton National Park                                                     3,149,921 Recreational Visits
    9. Acadia National Park                                                           2,811,184 Recreational Visits
    10. Glacier National Park                                                          2,366,056 Recreational Visits

5 Can’t Miss Shows at Coachella 2016

Greetings Breezles,

  Many of my friends are in the music industry and are headed to the desert to enjoy the Coachella Music Festival this weekend.  Most of them go every year and I like to hear which bands they are most excited to see.  A list of 5 of the can’t miss shows for Coachella 2016 they could all agree on are below.  If you can’t make it to Coachella or don’t want to be in the crowds you can still watch the majority of the shows on YouTube.  You Tube will start streaming Coachella performances on April 15 at 6:30 pm, so if you aren’t able to get to Palm Springs you can have your own dance party in the comforts of your own home.

Do you like to go to music festivals or would you rather watch them at home?

 ♥, E

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10 Spring Break Essentials For The Beach Bum

Greetings Breezles,

When I hear Spring Break I think of the beach, so I rounded up 10 essentials for the next time you get to relax by the water.

What are your beach day essentials?

♥, E

The Umbrella // The Beach Towel  // The Sunscreen // The Sunglasses // The Sandals // The Cover Up // The Sun Hat // The Bluetooth Speaker // The Bikini // The Beach Bag

10 Stylish Weekender Bags For Your Next Mini Vaca

Greetings Breezles,

When going on a weekend getaway I like to have a bag that’s large enough to hold my essentials, but is also stylish and efficient.  To help you find a great bag for your next long weekend I rounded up 10 bags perfect for a mini vaca.

What type of bag do you use when you are taking a short trip?

, E

Tumi Alexandra Soft Duffel // LeSportsac Large Weekender // Boconi Bryant Duffel Bag  // Herschel Supply Co. Lonsdale Duffle // Kate Spade Classic Nylon Lyla Weekender // Fossil Estate Framed Duffle // Filson Large Duffle Bag // Frye Logan Overnight // Will Leather Goods Oaxacan Duffle // Marc by Marc Jacobs Colorblock Weekend Bag

50 Items To Pack For Your Next Camping Trip

Greetings Breezles,

My husband and I are planning a camping trip, so camping is on my mind.  I like to be prepared and making lists helps me remember everything I need, so in order to make the right camping list I spoke to someone who has camped every year of his life.  He and I came up with this checklist of 50 camping essentials.  You can add or subtract from the list, but hopefully it helps when you are packing for a weekend in the woods and please let me know if we forgot anything.

 Happy Trails

, E

Festival of Colors

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Greetings Breezles,

  This weekend many communities will celebrate Holi by holding a festival of colors.   Holi is a celebration of good over evil as well as the beginning of Spring and harvests to come.   It is a festival of colors and happiness, so what better way to express yourself than with the vibrant colors of the rainbow?  There are many rituals of Holi, but the most fun is the throwing and applying of colors on friends and family. If you would like to attend the Festival of Colors you can visit   http://www.festivalofcolorsusa.com/category/when-where/ to find the closest one to you.

Have you ever attended a Festival of Colors?

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