Monday, January 30, 2012

Time to think about Camping?

Are you ready to think about camping?  It's definitely not that time of year yet, but camping is so popular that you really need to be planning ahead now.  Reservations for camp grounds fill up all over the Northwest very quickly.

If you don't have high confidence in your camping skills, or you've never been camping, there is a great program for you!

Let's Go Camping is a a program run by Oregon Parks & Recreation.  The cost is $20 for the weekend.  Every weekend June 16- August, there are 1 or two events at different camp grounds and sometimes at the beach. They provide tent, sleeping bags, mattress pads and even use of camp stoves if needed.  There are ranger led activities and volunteers around the clock.  Possible activities for each event are tide pooling, nature hikes, kayaking, and plenty of s'mores for everyone.  Rangers also teach classes like "Leave No Trace", "10 Essentials of Hiking", "Fire Building & Saftey", and "Dutch Oven Cooking".  What a fun idea to try out camping without purchasing all of the equipment.

21 State Parks are First-come, first-served camping.  These camp grounds do take reservations for cabins and yurts ahead of time. handles reservations for all Oregon state parks as well as many other private campgrounds.  Oregon has over 30 State Parks with camping facilities ranging from bring in your own water to rent a furnished and electrified cabin.  There are several hundred private campgrounds all across Oregon.  Reserve America lists 271!

Summer seems so so far away, but it will be here before we know it.  Don't get caught without a reservation this year!

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