When the idea of stargazing, s'more toasting and campfire singalongs beckons, but time and money are in short supply, consider a backyard campout. Before the long, lazy days of summer are over, plan for a memorable evening out in your own backyard by using the following ideas.
About The Author: An Arizona freelance writer for the past decade, Claire is a regular contributor to the Arizona Republic's business, career builder and community sections and is also the author of a statewide restaurant guide, "Dining in Arizona - 101 Great Places to Eat." Claire has co-authored several cookbooks and is now a working chef and menu designer in Sun City, AZ.
This is how my husband and I are spending the Labor Day holiday. Instead of our own backyard, we are camping in his mom's backyard. She lives out in the country on 2 acres and has a basketball hoop, firepit, BBQ grill, etc. We used to camp at KOA, but Mom's yard is free!
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