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Issue: #1309
September 2013

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   Backcountry to Campground

Tent to Trailer


It might just be an age-related natural progression.  I see it all the time. In my experience, it seems to go something like this - sleeping outdoors on the ground, sleeping in a backpacking tent on the ground, sleeping in a family tent on a cot, and finally sleeping in a camping trailer.  Not everyone will follow this path, but many of us will. Sometimes it's a matter of choice, based on convenience and comfort. For others it may be a matter of necessity - when sleeping on the ground, or setting up a tent is no longer an option.

rolling home 2013

Last week we did something we hadn't done in awhile - camp in a campground.  Living in the west as we do, it is easy for us to take for granted that great backcountry camping is readily available, within just a few hours drive.  But this trip, we traveled to Ohio to join the Little Guy Rolling Home Rally at Atwood Lake State Park.  Little Guy Worldwide manufactures high quality teardrop and T@B trailers in their Amish factory in Sugar Creek, OH. They invited trailer owners to "Roll Home" for this annual event, and Little Guy owners came from as far away as Arizona and Canada to attend.


As we arrived at the Rally, we were struck by the beauty of the midwest - the lush green trees, and streams and creeks, and of course the campsites overlooking Lake Atwood.  We were also struck by the amazing amount of PahaQue tents and shelters scattered around in many of the campsites.  Seems the word got around that our some of gear is ideally suited for their style of camping.        


What was really impressive were the campsites, and the way in which everyone had their trailers, tents, and other gear set up.  It was clear that these folks have done this before.  The trailers themselves - each one customized to suit its owner fancies - were impressive.  So much livable, usable area in such small and easily towable trailers.  Some folks expand their livable area with our T@B Side Tent, others our Cottonwood Shade Shelters or Tepee tents.  Some had all three and more!  And these highly mobile campers are no lightweights.  When the wind and rain rolled through for a few hours, everyone just moved their chairs under their canopies and waited it out. No talk of packing it up and going home!


It was quite gratifying for us to see so much of our gear in action, and to meet so many of our customers all at one time!  We have always made customer input the number one force that drives our product development and designs, and boy did we come back with a notebook full of ideas, for campground and backcountry campers alike!


As we sat around the fire that night, one common theme seemed to dominate the conversations - where to go next.  For me, it was home and back to work.  To write this.  However many of them found themselves on the horns of a dilemma - go east along the Blue Ridge Parkway, or south to Texas and into the southwest?  Or maybe Florida?Or maybe all three.  I appreciated the carefree, exploring spirit of these folks.  And I was just a little jealous.


Do I see myself in a camping trailer, camping with friends in a campground.  Sure.  I'll always enjoy tent camping, in wide open and empty places.  But the ease of set up and a soft bed has me thinking trailer camping might just make short trips easier, and expand my camping season by making cold weather camping a bit more enjoyable. And of course my trailer would have a PahaQue tent attached to it!


Wherever we go, and wherever we camp, we always meet great people. We always learn a good deal about camping and the many ways folks enjoy the great outdoors - from the backcountry to campgrounds. Perhaps most importantly, we always learn ways to improve our products, and get ideas for new, great PahaQue designs! 


I hope to see you 'round the campfire soon!  

Jeff Sig

 Jeff Basford





 September is an ideal time for camping and stargazing.  With campgrounds less crowded, sunset coming earlier, and the sky generally clearer, September is an ideal time to plan a stargazing campout!
  • September 5 - New Moon. The Moon will be directly between the Earth and the Sun and will not be visible from Earth. This phase occurs at 11:36 UTC. This is the best time of the month to observe faint objects such as galaxies and star clusters because there is no moonlight to interfere.
  • September 8 - Conjunction of the Moon and Venus. The Moon will pass within about a half of a degree from the the planet Venus in the early evening sky. The thin crescent moon will be at magnitude -10.4 and Venus will be at magnitude -4.5. Look for both objects low in the western sky in the early evening. The pair will be visible in the evening sky for about 2 hours after sunset.
  • September 8 - Conjunction of the Venus and Saturn. The two planets 3 degrees of each other in the early evening sky. Venus will be at magnitude -4.6 and Saturn will be at magnitude -1.1. Look for both objects low in the western sky in the early evening. The pair will be visible in the evening sky for about 2 hours after sunset.
  • September 19 - Full Moon. The Moon will be directly opposite the Earth from the Sun and will be fully illuminated as seen from Earth. This phase occurs at 11:13 UTC. This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Corn Moon because the corn is harvested around this time of year. This moon is also known as the Harvest Moon. The Harvest Moon is the full moon that occurs closest to the September equinox each year.
  • September 22 - September Equinox. The September equinox occurs at 20:44 UTC. The Sun will shine directly on the equator and there will be nearly equal amounts of day and night throughout the world. This is also the first day of fall (autumnal equinox) in the Northern Hemisphere and the first day of spring (vernal equinox) in the Southern Hemisphere. 
excerpts from seasky.org and space.com

The Gear Doctor



How To Select A Campsite


The most important thing to look for when searching for an optimal campsite is flat ground because it could mean the difference between a good night's rest and waking up to nightmarish surroundings. You are more likely to achieve a comfortable night's sleep in areas strewn with pine needles, sand, grass or dirt, rather than littered with rocks and roots. Established campgrounds will typically maintain level and safe sites to pitch your tent, often times with streams or meadows as a scenic backdrop. When you find a large and comfortable area, large enough for your tent, use a small rake or similar tool to brush away any sticks, stones or tree branches that might poke you while you sleep. If you do not have a rake, you can use your foot to clean your site of debris. Prior to setting up your tent, assess the condition of the ground by laying your sleeping bag or mattress over the area and testing the comfort. 

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dutch oven


 Hey there, campers! Here is a quick and easy meal that is one of my favorite camp recipes. When camping, the rule of thumb for great recipes is to maximize taste and nutrition while minimizing preparation time and cleanup. The best camp cooking recipes allow you to do this with the limited resources available in the outdoors.  



1 lg. can sliced peaches

1 pkg. white or yellow cake mix
1/4 lb. butter (1 stick)
ground cinnamon, for dusting

Preparation: Rub the inside of the Dutch oven with cooking oil.
Place 8 pieces of charcoal under the oven and 20 pieces on top.

When the oven is hot, pour peaches and juice into the oven.
Add the dry cake mix on top of the peaches.
Cut the butter into pats (small chunks) and place on top of the cake mix.
Dust everything with cinnamon (lightly).
Put the lid back on the oven and bake for 40 minutes.
Check cake with a clean straw or knife. Do this by sticking the straw into
the cake mix. If the straw comes out clean, the cake is done. If not, add
charcoal to the oven and bake 10 more minutes. Check again.
Cooks Note: A double batch can be baked in a 14 inch Dutch oven. 2
cans of peaches makes a juicier cobbler


This is a quick and easy recipe and always a favorite in camp!


excerpt from cooks.com  

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