Camping with Kids 101: Picking a Tent

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So, because you’re cool, frugal, economical and efficient (and cool, too, did I mention that?), you’re looking into buying a tent for you and your family to camp in. Wonderful! You’ve now entered a world with literally hundreds of very different options from dozens of manufacturers, at prices from under $100 to $500 or more. Where do you start? How do you choose? In my experience, the best way to start choosing a tent is to ask yourself three questions; the answers to those questions will help to direct your purchases. Continue reading “Camping with Kids 101: Picking a Tent”

Camping Adventure #1 – Elk Island Resort

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Finally, it’s camping season!

For May Long, Finn & I packed up the car, and got the heck out of town! Just a little ways though, at least for this first trip. 🙂 After a mild snafu with our original campsite (note to self and others: the Lions Campground in Stony Plain, while nice and clean, is almost strictly parked RV’s and doesn’t permit campfires! OMGWTF!) we made a quick last-minute call to Elk Island Retreat, and they were lucky enough to have a tenting site available that we could have! It’s a great little private campground I discovered by accident on Google Maps a month or so ago. It’s about 20 minutes east of the city, just outside the west gate of Elk Island National Park, so it was close to the city while still offering a nice wilderness environment. They have an RV section, a gorgeous tenting area with nice big, private sites and lots of trees, and a couple of kilometers of trains through the wilderness to explore. There are also tipi sites, with a tipi set up on a platform so those without tents can still get out & camp, and some trappers cabins as well. It was just about perfect for us. Continue reading “Camping Adventure #1 – Elk Island Resort”