How to Set up a Backyard Horseshoe Game

By admin | August 15, 2013

Backyard horseshoes can be a great way to have fun with the family and spend some quality time together. One of the best things you can do is to purchase a horseshoe game specifically designed for backyards. These kits often come with stacks that you can put into the ground that will then catch the horseshoes that you throw at them. Make sure that you put the stakes in a large enough area so that you and your loved ones are able to play comfortably without anything getting in the way. Read the rest of this entry »

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Preparing for Outdoor Adventures: Don’t Forget the Most Important Thing

By admin | June 10, 2013

Before you head off on a weekend camping trip or a white water rafting adventure, be sure to add this item to the top of your to-do list before anything else. And just what exactly is this item? Believe it or not, it’s one of the most overlooked and often forgotten details of trip. It’s making sure your home is secure before you take off on an exciting excursion. Just by locking your doors, this simple step will help ensure that you’ll return home with not only fantastic memories and stories to last a lifetime, but also to your home – just the way you left it.

In addition to properly securing your home before your trip, it’s always a good idea to check in with a trusted neighbor and let them know your plans and departure and arrival dates and times so they know when to expect you back, and so that they can keep an eye out for any suspicious activity at your home. While you’re out scaling a mountain or hiking one of the country’s many scenic trails, you can still get views of your home – right from your smartphone – with home automation technology from security providers like

With a combination of home security features and your due diligence when it comes to locking up your house, the only inconveniences you might run into while you’re out enjoying Mother Nature, would be nosy wildlife or a crazy jump off a huge rapid. So remember, dead bolting the doors, leaving a light on and having your neighbor pick up your mail are just as – if not more important – as bringing the right camping, hiking and white water rafting gear on your next outdoor adventure.

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Safety Tips for Your Family Kayaking Adventure

By admin | January 22, 2012

A family kayaking adventure can be a great way to spend quality time and relax with the ones you love. There are a number of state parks and recreational marinas throughout the country that offer families the ability to rent kayaks, life vests, and head protection gear to use on their lakes and waterways. Most important to this expereince is putting safety as the top priority for your family kayaking outing. Let’s explore some of the top safety considerations you Read the rest of this entry »

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Hiking and Camping

By | January 15, 2012

Hiking is a fantastic outdoor activity that serves as both a great chance to see nature and an excellent opportunity to stay in shape. And it doesn’t have to just be in the deep, wooded areas. You can hike on clearly marked trails and open areas, but everyone knows that the best places to hike are the places where you stop seeing traces of humanity – where you are surrounded by Mother Nature.

It’s the same way with camping – the absolute camping experience is one surrounded by the wilderness requiring endurance and just a little bit of courage. And when you involve the entire family there is no greater chance to bond then when you’re all working together to explore, build fires and make dinner. However, as fun as these activities can be, you’re going to want to take the necessary precautions.

Whether it’s a hike or a camping trip, you’ll want to make sure you have a fully-stocked first-aid kit and you need to make sure you bring enough clothes and clean water to survive. For a hike, a backpack (not too heavy) will do, but you may want to pack just a little more for camping. Also, as far as camping goes, if you’re going to be out for an extended period you’ll want to ask your neighbor to get your mail and newspaper for you. However, if you’re particularly nervous about your home it never hurts to look into a home security system and sites like can help.

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Instructions on How to Play Croquet

By admin | September 27, 2011

Croquet is a great fun game to play outside on a beautiful day. First you must divide all players into two teams. There is a “hot” and a “cool” team which refers to the color of the balls you will play with. Decide which team goes first and that team is the “cool” team which uses the blue and black balls. Place your ball three feet south of the first wicket and try getting your ball through the wicket. If you succeed then you get to go again, if not Read the rest of this entry »

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Types of Gear You Should Never be Without While Hiking

By admin | September 25, 2011

The importance of hiking preparedness should never be overestimated. Traveling far from civilization and the attendant safety nets it provides leaves hikers, backpackers and campers exposed to hazards that, in settled environments, can be addressed readily. Alone in the woods or mountains, however, simple problems can mount quickly, and hikers who are unprepared can face exhaustion, dehydration, injury and even death.

Proper gear can save lives. Hikers should never be without an adequate supply of water in quantities more than sufficient for Read the rest of this entry »

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Badminton Basics: How to Play the Game

By admin | September 24, 2011

Badminton is a fun family and friend game that has been around for years. The game resembles the game of tennis. Badminton can be played in singles or with teams of 2. The game uses a racquet similar to a tennis racquet but is much lighter built. The shuttlecock or “birdie” is plastic cone shape with a rubber balled tip. There is a net set up to separate the two sides.
Before starting the game you must decide who is going first. The easiest way to tell who will go first is by flipping a coin. The Read the rest of this entry »

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Important Things to Know When Water Skiing

By admin | September 21, 2011

Water Skiing can be an intensely challenging yet entertaining sport. Once you get the hang of it, you and others will enjoy attempts of jumps and flips and everything in between. However, there are a few important things to know to stay safe and to have fun while water skiing.

1. Be sure to have an excellent mode of communication between the skier, the spotter and the boat driver. Often the skier will give a type of hand motion to the spotter that indicates that they are ready for the driver to go. If this does not happen then the skier Read the rest of this entry »

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