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Removing Mold from Boat Seats

Removing Mold from Boat SeatsIt is not uncommon for boat seats to develop mold. There are things you can do to not only remove the mold but prevent it too. This is a page about removing mold from boat seats.


Cleaning a Pontoon Boat

Cleaning a Pontoon Boat?This is a page about cleaning a pontoon boat. Pontoon boats are great for enjoying a day out on the lake. As with any boat periodic cleaning will keep your boat looking nice for many years.


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Keeping Dough Ball on the Hook?I just recently started fishing, and I need suggestions on how to keep a doughball on the hook. I like to experiment with lots of different things: chicken livers, shrimp, cat food, tuna, etc. I use flour, bread crumbs, and I even tried mixing an egg in.


Camping Cooler

Camping Cooler Tips and TricksWhen roughing it, maintaining your food and beverage's temperature for safety and refreshment can be a challenge. This is a page about camping cooler tips and tricks.


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Using June Bugs for Fishing Bait?Are June bugs good for fishing with as bait?


Group having a picnic.

Church Picnic Theme Ideas?This page contains church picnic theme ideas. Sometimes we want to have a special subject for a picnic besides a summer holiday.


Sandy feet on a towel at the beach.

Cleaning Sand Off SkinThis is a page about cleaning sand off skin. A fun day at the beach generally ends with you trying to clean the sand off your skin.


Opal Creek

Visiting Opal Creek (Oregon)This is a page about visiting Opal Creek (Oregon). A natural wilderness area that is located east of Salem and contains thousands of acres of untouched old growth forest, with trees over 1,000 years old.


Backyard Campout

Planning a Backyard CampoutCreate a summer night to remember in your own backyard camping with the kids. This page is about planning a backyard campout.


A man putting a worm on a fish hook.

Find Worms for FishingDo you fish with worms but don't want to dig up the yard looking for them, and don't want to purchase them? Then get out your pitchfork, bury the tongs all the way in the ground by standing on the pitchfork.


A lantern in front of a stack of wood.

Saving Money on Camp LightingThere are a some great options for camp lighting, including solar lights and crank flashlights, in addition to the traditional battery powered ones.


A coffee cup in front of a campfire.

Frugal Camping TipsCamping is a great way for families and friends to gather in the great outdoors. It's easy to spend a mint on fancy supplies but that is not necessary. Planning and smart shopping can make camping the most frugal vacation for a strapped budget.



Several cockleburs on a jacket sleeve.

Beware of CocklebursCockleburs are a nuisance to remove from clothing and pet hair. It is exactly this trait, the hooked ends on their spines, that actually lead to the invention of VELCRO® hook and loop style fasteners. So as you are deburring your clothes and pet's fur, remember that they were inspirational to Swiss inventor George de Mestral, it may make the task a bit more fun.


A sports drink with a light behind it, making a lantern.

Emergency Light from a Sports DrinkAttach a regular light to a bright colored Gatorade or other energy drink to amplify it as an impromptu lantern. This is a page about making a emergency light from a sports drink.


Man out bow hunting at down

Bow Hunting Tips and TricksMany hunters prefer to use a bow instead of a rifle and pride themselves on accuracy. This is a page about bow hunting tips and tricks.


White Plastic Bucket

Using a Bucket as a Camping ToiletIf you camping in a primitive space, a bucket can easily be used as a toilet. This is a page about using a bucket as a camping toilet.


Campfire Chicken and Dumplings on Picnic Table

Campfire Chicken and Dumplings RecipeCamp outs are a perfect time to make this easy chicken and dumplings dinner for your hungry campers. This page contains campfire chicken and dumplings recipe.


A tall waterfall in the woods.

Visiting Anna Ruby Falls (Helen, GA)Anna Ruby Falls is a beautiful location to visit next time you are in Georgia. This is a page about nature walk at anna ruby falls (GA).


Lighting a fire with waterproof matches.

Homemade Waterproof MatchesWaterproof matches can be a handy thing to have, especially if you are out campaign or hiking. This is a page about homemade waterproof matches.


Lighting a match on a box of matches.

Lighting Matches in the WindEven a light breeze can make lighting a match a battle with nature, unless you come up with ways to shelter the flame. This is a page about lighting matches in breezy areas.


A pill keeper containing different spices.

Use Pill Minder for Camping SpicesWhile keeping the other 6 days closed, spoon in the spice of your choice. Once filled, making sure they are snapped closed, turn it over and mark your spice with a felt tip marker.


Easier S'mores

Making Two Ingredient S'moresWhen you use chocolate covered graham crackers or cookies, you won't need to buy the chocolate bars to still have delicious s'mores. This is a page about making two ingredient s'mores.


Carp fish hook with orange and yellow bait balls

Keeping Bait on Your Fish HookThis is a page about keeping bait on fish hook. Keeping the bait on your hook while fishing can sometimes be a challenge.


Camping Food Ideas

Camping Food IdeasThis is a page about camping food ideas. There are several things to consider when choosing the best foods to take on a camping trip.


Tealight candle burning in the dark

Camp Cooking With TealightsThis is a page about camp cooking with tealights. Depending on the type of camping you like to do, there may be several methods that work well for cooking your meals.


Emergency Aerobed Inflation

Inflating an AerobedAn inflatable airbed is convenient to use for camping, sleepovers, or out of town guests. This is a page about inflating ann Aerobed.


Inflating Pool Toys

Inflating Pool ToysThis is a page about inflating pool toys. With the arrival of summer comes the lung capacity test associated with blowing up all of your pool toys. Don't turn blue, there are much easier ways to do this seasonal task.



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Attire for a Wickie Wackie Golf Tournament?I've been invited to a golf tournament. The dress is: wacky chic. There is a prize for the wackiest ensemble.


four children in a swimming pool

Swimming PhotosThis is a page about swimming photos. Swimming is a fun activity for young and old alike. Photos allow us to capture those moments and enjoy them even years later.


two young girls choosing pumpkins

Visiting a Pumpkin PatchThis is a page about visiting a pumpkin patch. You can have a fun adventure and pick the perfect pumpkin for your jack-o-lantern, by visiting the farm where it is grown.


Camp Cooking with Tealights

Camp Cooking with TealightsToday I cooked scrambled egg on toast and coffee, using two "burners", and had it all piping hot and delicious at the same time. I used the top of my kettle to keep the buttered toast hot whilst I was cooking the scrambled egg.


Painted Rock Camp Craft

Games and Craft Ideas for Camp?This is a page about games and craft ideas for camp. There are many fun games and craft projects that are suitable for a camp experience.


a girl doing crafts outside

Craft Ideas for Camping?This is a page about craft ideas for camping. A variety of craft activities can be brought along on a camping trip.


A woman hiking.

Hiking TipsThis is a page about hiking tips. Hiking is an easy outdoor activity that most of us can inexpensively enjoy.


Ice Cubes

Making Ice Last LongerThis is a page about making ice last longer. The ice in the cooler you use for camping or picnics often seems to melt too quickly.


A man fishing.

Fishing for Sustainable SeafoodThis is a page about fishing for sustainable seafood. You want to make sure the seafood you eat is both safe and remains productive.


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Dryer Sheets To Deter MosquitoesTake a box of dryer sheets along with you camping. Tear the sheet neatly in half and hang within 10 feet of your sitting area. If you use four or five half sheets surrounding your area, you will be mosquito free!


Man Building Fire in the Forest

Wilderness Survival TipsThis is a page about wilderness survival tips. When camping, hiking, or enjoying other outdoor activities you can find yourself in unexpected circumstances. The more you know about how to stay warm and what you may eat can help you maintain until help arrives.


Collecting Rocks

Collecting RocksThis page is about collecting rocks. A fun hobby that teaches you a lot about surface of the earth, and what geological conditions create rocks.


Biggest Fish (Silver Lake, WA)

Biggest Fish (Silver Lake, WA)My son's biggest fish ever and reeled it in all by himself. Dad offered to help but he wanted to do it all by himself. He was sooo proud and so were we.


A pot of cooked crayfish.

Catching and Cooking Crayfish?This page is about catching and cooking crayfish. These fresh water relatives of the lobster are also known mudbugs or crawdads, and are enjoyed by many people.


Photo of a white fiberglass boat.

Removing Wax From a Boat?Maintenance is an important part of boat ownership. Waxing a boat can restore the luster and shine, help make future clean ups easier, and protect the boat from harmful UV rays. This page contains suggestions for removing wax from a boat.



Eating dinner at a campsite.

Washing Hands at the CampsiteThis is a page about washing hands at the campsite. While great fun, camping can require some ingenuity when it comes to providing a few of the comforts that you are used to at home.


Two raccoons find a cooler at a campsite.

Keeping Raccoons Out of a Campsite?This is a page about keeping raccoons out of a campsite. Getting away to the great outdoors for a camping trip does mean that the wildlife may visit your campsite, perhaps looking for a nice snack.


A pot cooking over a fire.

Camping RecipesThis page contains camping recipes. Good food is always appreciated when you are staying out of doors.


Ice Fishing

Ice Fishing Tips and PhotosThis is a page about ice fishing tips and photos. Ice fishing is a popular winter sport in northern climes.


Backyard fire pit.

Having a Backyard CampfireThis page is about having a backyard campfire. Be sure to follow all your local burning ordinances when planning a recreational fire in your yard.


family camp out

Preparing for Campouts?This page is about preparing for campouts. When you can anticipate everything you may need, it helps make your adventure a success.


A child eating smores at a camp site.

Camping Dessert IdeasEnjoy your camping trip even more with fun fire side treats. This page contains camping dessert ideas.


Using a Canoe

Using a CanoeThis page is about using a canoe. It's important to understand water safety before learning to use a canoe.


girl camping

Campout Ideas for Girls?This is a page about campout ideas for girls. Having a campout is great fun, whether it is in the back yard or a campground.


snow boots

Keeping Snow Out of BootsThis is a page about keeping snow out of boots. Even when wearing snow boots, you can get snow down inside them making your feet cold and wet.


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Steering a CanoeCanoeing is fun and a great way to explore hidden byways. First, you need to be proficient in steering. This is a page about steering a canoe.


A woman paddling a canoe alone.

Paddling a Canoe AloneThis is a page about paddling a canoe alone. It is not necessary to have a partner to enjoy canoeing. You can easily learn the technique needed to paddle a canoe alone.


Mesa Verde Nation Park

Camping at National ParksThis is a page about camping at national parks. Some of the most beautiful places for camping, in our country, are protected as part of the National Park system.


Two people at a picnic in Paris.

Keeping Bugs and Flies Away From Your PicnicThis page is about keeping bugs and flies away from your picnic. Eating a meal outside is most enjoyable when insect pests can be deterred from your food.


Family at Legoland

Saving Money on Theme ParksThis is a page about saving money on theme parks. While they are undoubtedly a fun destination, theme parks can be very expensive for the family to visit.


Camping With Pets

Camping With PetsThis page is about camping with pets. When bringing your pets with you on a camping trip, there are a number of things to keep in mind to make sure everyone is comfortable.


Frugal Romantic Vacations Ideas

Frugal Romantic Vacation Ideas?This page contains frugal romantic vacation ideas. It does not have to be expensive to have a meaningful, intimate get away.


Children Laughing in Campground

Camping with ChildrenThis is a page about camping with children. Camping can be a fun family activity, however, camping with children does require some extra planning and considerations.


Washing Clothes While Camping

Washing Clothes While CampingThis is a page about washing clothes while camping. When on an extended camping trip, in particular, it is often necessary to wash your clothes at your campsite.


Single use salve made from straws

Single Use Salve Packs for CampingIf you are camping and going to be hiking or even just traveling, these will come in handy. Place a straw over the opening of the ointment and squeeze a small amount of it, about one quarter of an inch.


Silver Falls State Park

Visiting State ParksThis page is about visiting state parks. There are many interesting state parks to visit for the day or for camping.


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Tips For Forgotten Camping ItemsIf you forgot the filters for your coffee pot, tear off a piece of paper towel or use a paper napkin in the bottom of the basket. Add the grounds, and water and go ahead with your normal coffee routine.


Scenery: Campfire in New Hampshire, at night

Starting A CampfireThis page is about starting a campfire. Whether your fire is for cooking or heat, getting your campfire established quickly makes your camping experience more enjoyable.


Cooking Over Camp Fire

Camping Cooking TipsThere are many ways to make simple, delicious meals on your adventure. This page contains camping cooking tips.


Fishing (Murphysboro, IL)

Fishing (Murphysboro, IL)This was my granddaughter, Natalie's, first time fishing and her daddy captured this shot. So cute! Natalie is almost 3 years old.


Beach Umbrella and Toys

Beach Tips And TricksThis is a page about beach tips and tricks. These helpful ideas for enjoying sand and surf will keep you frolicking in even the hottest weather.


picnic tips and tricks

Picnic Tips and TricksThis is a page about picnic tips and tricks. Whether it's an outing with the whole family or a romantic meal in the countryside, picnic are a fun frugal outing that everyone will enjoy.


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Use Wet Wipes Instead Of Toilet Paper When CampingWe go camping in our travel trailer almost every weekend during the summer at a place where it is parked in a remote area with no water hook-ups.


Learning How to Bowl, Mother and Daughter at Bowling Alley

Learning How to BowlThis is a page about learning how to bowl. Bowling is a favorite sport and hobby of many people. Learning the basics correctly will greatly improve your scores, make the game much more fun, and competitive.


Homemade Water Guns

Homemade Water GunsThis is a page about making homemade water guns. Water guns are a great toy to play with on hot summer days. You don't have to buy expensive ones at the store, look around your house for cheaper alternatives.


Saving Money on Fishing

Saving Money on FishingThis is a page about saving money on fishing. Fishing is a fun hobby for many people. However, it can get expensive if you are not careful to watch how much you are spending.


A row boat floating in the water.

Buying an Environmentally Friendly BoatThis is a page about buying an environmentally friendly boat. Owning a boat can be fun and you don't have to harm the environment to use it if you shop carefully.


Cleaning a Saltwater Boat

Cleaning a Saltwater Boat?This is a page about cleaning a saltwater boat. Boats that are utilized in salt water need to be cleaned regularly.


Cleaning a Fish. Fisherman on a Dock Scaling a Fish

Cleaning a FishThis is a page about cleaning a fish. If you are going to eat the fish you catch, you will need to clean it first.


Fishing Tips and Tricks. Father and Son Fishing Together

Fishing Tips and PhotosThis is a page about fishing tips and photos. Knowing the local tips and tricks will get you the best results when fishing.


Buying a Used Boat, A boat on a trailer.

Buying a Used Boat?This is a page about buying a used boat. Boats are an expensive investment. One way to save money is to buy a used boat. You can still get a good boat without paying full price.


A couple eating on a boat.

Boat Friendly Recipes?This page contains boat friendly recipes. Your ability to cook on a boat can be limited. Finding recipes that use the resources you have and are easy to prepare while on the water is helpful.


Girls roasting marshmallows over a campfire while camping.

More Frugal Camping TipsCamping can be an inexpensive and fun way to travel and spend time with family and friends. Check out all the money saving tips and tricks that have been sent in by our active members.


Orange camping tent pitched near a mountain lake.

Tent Camping TipsThis is a page about tent camping tips. Tent camping is a very different experience than motor-home or trailer camping. This more primitive camping choice can be made even more enjoyable by incorporating a few important camping tips.


A pile of yellow tennis balls.

Saving Money on Tennis BallsThis is a page about saving money on tennis balls. Whether you play tennis regularly or just like to have tennis balls for your dog or kids, their cost can really add up. Here are some ways to find tennis balls at discounted prices.


A baseball glove with a baseball.

Breaking in a Baseball GloveWhen you first get a new leather glove, it can be very stiff and hard to use. Here are tips to softening and breaking it in for use on the baseball diamond or just to play catch.


A row of camping tents.

Organizing Camping SuppliesThis is a page about organizing camping supplies. When you go camping, you need to bring all sorts of supplies that you take for granted when you are at home; like equipment for cooking and cleaning, first aid, sleeping and more.


A boy on a horse taking horseback riding lessons.

Learning to Ride a HorseThis is a page about learning to ride a horse. Whether you want to ride horses competitively or for fun it is important to learn to ride them properly. This will ensure not just your safety but the horse's as well.


Mom and 3 girls Camping in the Rain

Camping in the RainThis is a page on camping in the rain. Without the proper gear or preparation, camping in the rain can be miserable. Knowing the right gear to bring can make a rainy camping trip a fun get away.


Blue and Yellow Dome Tent

Buying a TentThis is a page to buying a tent. Purchasing a good tent is an important part of getting the most out of your camping adventures.


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Making a Folding Camp End Table?How do I make a folding camp end table?


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Bring Eye Wash CampingBring lots of eye wash when going camping! If you get something in your eyes, there really isn't anyway to rinse out the debris in the middle of nowhere.


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Print Topographical Maps as Alternative to GPSIf you like to hike, camp, or do outdoorsy things, but don't want to spend a lot of money on an expensive GPS system, you might want to try printing out a free topographic map online. has maps of the US that you can sort by city, county, or by feature.


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Use Film Canisters for SpicesWhen camping, place spices in empty film canisters. Once you get the campsite set up, poke holes in the lids for shaker tops if desired. Film canisters are also good for storing fish hooks, etc.


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Foil Pocket MealWhen camping in the summer, it is too hot to fire up the oven to cook when in a camper. I like to put my meat and veggies in a foil pocket and cook them over an outside grill.


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Camping HamburgersPlace a tablespoon of catchup on a piece of foil large enough to make into a bundle. Place a hamburger patty on top of catchup, then a slice of onion, some diced carrots and diced potato, salt and pepper.


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Check Unused Campsites for Fire WoodOnce we arrive and get our assigned campsite, my husband begins to unload and the kids and I go to nearby deserted (checked out) campsites and look for leftover firewood.



Wildlife: Speckled TroutMy son caught this speck last October! With all this oil drama going on, we're all wondering what this year's catch will be like? If there is even a catch!


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Join a Local Bird Watching GroupI recently signed up online with a group called BirdYak through the Audubon society. They get together and go on outings to various areas around here to watch and identify the many species of birds that live here year round and those who migrate through the area too.


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Prevent Backpack From Slipping When PackingTo help your Scout (Boy Scout or Girl Scout) keep his/her external frame backpack from sliding all over the floor while packing it, get a set of rubber chair-leg covers or crutch covers to put on the bottom of the "legs" of the pack.


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Girls Campout Ideas?I am looking for ideas for a girls campout.


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Designing a Portable Camp Kitchen for the Tent Camper?I like to tent camp and I like to cook. I have been thinking about a portable camp kitchen where all your essential stuff is self contained. The commercial ones are so expensive and I don't really care for fancy, just functional.


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Campfire Foiled Chicken DinnerThis is a favorite summer meal.


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Campgrounds in Saskatchewan?Has anyone been to a nice campground in Saskatchewan lately? We usually go to La Ronge but I would like to try something new. We like quiet, secluded campgrounds. Looking forward to hearing from you. Thanks.


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A small boy in a tent overlooking a valley.

Frugal Camping TipsMany plans for vacation travel and events have been cancelled this summer, causing a renewed interest in camping trips. Camping is seen as a cheap way to vacation but the costs can really add up if you are not careful and wind up buying forgotten items. Here are some tips to keep your camping trip affordable and enjoyable for all.


Tips for Steering A Canoe

Tips for Steering A CanoeCanoes have a natural tendency to drift to one side rather than move forward in a straight line. This can be incredibly frustrating to new paddlers who have never been given any basic instruction.


Helpful Picnic Tips

Helpful Picnic TipsUse two small coolers -- one for fruit and beverages, which will be opened frequently, and one for such perishables as meats, poultry, salads, sandwiches, and cheese.


Opal Pool

Hiking Opal Creek (Oregon)Last weekend, my family and I had the opportunity to hike in the Opal Creek Scenic Area and Wilderness. It is located east of Salem, in the Willamette National Forest. Opal Creek runs through thousands of acres of protected old growth forest, crisscrossed with over 30 miles of hiking trails.


Common Loon

A Guide to the Common LoonThe Common Loon, Gavia immer, makes its home primarily in North America, but can also be found in Greenland and Iceland, and occasionally in Europe and Asia


grilling meat

Using a Grill SheetIf you decide to grill while camping or at a local park, you may find that the grills are pretty gross. One way to avoid contaminating your food is to use a grill sheet.


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Romantic Birthday Trips Ideas?I am looking for a romantic weekend getaway for my girlfriend and myself. I don't make much money and she is a high powered Wall street executive in NYC. She loves history and antiques and fantastic food. We have done the Cape Cod trip and the Berkshires. It will be her 38th birthday.


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Fiberglass Boat Hull Cleaning?Can I clean my fiberglass boat hull with Snow Bowl toilet cleaner?


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Making a Portable Pop-up Privacy Curtain?I am planning a road trip out in the desert with a group that will include men and women. There is very little tree or shrub cover and the trip will be several days long with very little "civilization" for many hours at a time.


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Cleaning Pontoon Boat Seats?I just bought a pontoon boat and it needs a bit of cleaning, but otherwise it is in great shape. It was docked under oak trees and the owner said that it was sap on the tops and edges of the seats from the trees.


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Homemade Crawler Caller?How do I make my own "Crawler Caller"?


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Hammock Made from Six Pack Rings?A few years ago I saw a pattern for a special hammock out of six-pack rings.I have been collecting them. Now I can't find it. Can someone help me out? If so thanks in advanced.


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