It’s “Becoming an Outdoors-Woman” Time of Year

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**UPDATE** THE NEXT BOW WORKSHOP IS SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 3-5, 2017

Registration is scheduled to open January 4, 2017 @ 6PM.
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It’s that time of year again.  Just 3 weeks away from the Alabama – Becoming an Outdoors-Woman weekend event.  Twice a year the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) sponsored event takes place at the 4-H Center near Columbiana, Ala.  This year I get to go free, on a scholarship that I won at the event in March.  This will be my 4th trip and each time I love it!  If you want to know more please visit this LINK and start planning for March 2017.  Each event is limited to about 125 like minded women who enjoy the outdoors.
Archery I Class

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Archery I Class
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Shopping for Camping Gear on the Cheap – Worth It? #2

My second find online and a deal so far is an self inflatable camping/hiking pillow.  It compresses and rolls up to about the size of a large cantaloupe.  Those super duper OMG where did they grow those sizes.

I found it on AliExpress for $6.35 and with shipping it came out to $7.90.  The order was placed on August 9, and it arrived at my house on August 25.  Since I didn’t have a camping trip planned the wait wasn’t bad at all.  The exterior material is a polyester PVC type material with a foam interior.  Air valve is a screw type and is easy to inflate.  Since it is a “self inflating” pillow I decided to test that feature and see if it would fluff up a bit without assistance from my lungs.  When I opened the valve it did fill partially with air and with two little breaths it was full.  It weighs in at around 9.3 ounces without the stuff sack.  The size is 47x30x8cm (18.5″ x 11.8″ x 3.14″ inches).  I made sure to check the sizes since I didn’t want to get something the size of a Barbie doll pillow.  It’s been a while since I had to learn the metric system, and that didn’t stick; however, Google is your friend! If you’d like your own then you should check out AliExpress.
I have a trip planned in October so I’ll post an update once my camping trip is complete.  Also, I think I’ll make it a tiny pillow case to keep it clean.  Not that I drool, but well hiking makes me tired and I’d rather not slobber on my new pillow.
Inflatable Pillow Air Cushion for Hiking Backpacking Travel

Inflatable Pillow Air Cushion for Hiking Backpacking Travel 47x30x8cm

Inflatable Pillow Air Cushion for Hiking Backpacking Travel 47x30x8cm

Inflatable Pillow Air Cushion for Hiking Backpacking Travel 47x30x8cm

47x30x8 cm - lightly cushioned, nylon material. Easy to inflate and weighs in at 9.9 ounces - 9.3 ounces without the stuff sack.

Lightly cushioned, nylon material. Easy to inflate.  Green to match the down sleeping bag I got off E-Bay.

47x30x8 cm - lightly cushioned, nylon material. Easy to inflate and weighs in at 9.9 ounces - 9.3 ounces without the stuff sack.

Weighs in at 9.9 ounces – 9.3 ounces without the stuff sack

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Shopping for Camping Gear on the Cheap – Worth It? #1

So occasionally I get these ideas (Ok..it’s often I get these ideas) to see how I acquire a nice product, but save some cash while doing so.

Take this for example.  I’ve been thinking about getting a pack-able down sleeping bag that would work in cool weather (30-50F).  The problem is I’m not so sure I’d like to spend $150 to $500 for something I’m going to only use a couple times a year.  So I start looking around online and found something that seems a little too good to be true.  It’s advertised as a Autumn Adult Outdoor  Envelope Duck Down Sleeping bag.  Ok, I’m intrigued.  The brand is AndesMountain and it had free shipping from China.  It was a 1/4 the cost of several I looked at and it says it has 12.3 ounces of white duck down fill.  Hmmm, not sure how to gauge that part, but I’m still looking.  Well it did arrive all safe and sound and I am VERY impressed!  Overall the weight is 1 pound 13 ounces and that’s when it’s packed down in it’s little stuff sack.  It’s put together very well, has a nice feel to it, and looks like it would fluff up nice.  The zipper works great and the bag packs easily back into it’s stuff sack.  If anything it will be a great top quilt or something to use during weather that’s not too cold or for just hanging around the campfire.  The sleeping bag is rectangle which I like and it also has a cord that allows the top to be cinched down around your head if needed.  There are also two loops at the foot where it can be hung up to dry if needed.  I’m very impressed and look forward to using my new bag on a trip I have planned in October.  I’ll be bringing a separate bag…just in case the temps get too chilly!

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Can Cooking! – Conecuh Sausage and Veggies

Easy sausage and vegetable recipe for home, camping or tailgating! This easy recipe was completed by using a CanCooker Jr.  A CanCooker cooks things fast and there is only one pot to wash when dinner is ready.  Not sure what a CanCooker is?  Check here:

Ingredients: Spray the inside of the can with a non stick spray. Place 14oz water into the bottom of the cooker. Cut up vegetables into 1 inch chunks.

Red potatoes, carrots, Vidalia onion and sausage. Top with salt, pepper and Balsamic Vinaigrette Salad Dressing.

Red potatoes, carrots, Vidalia onion and sausage. Top with salt, pepper and Balsamic Vinaigrette Salad Dressing.

I used: Red skin potato (skin on), carrots, Vidalia onion. Cut up one link sausage (i.e. Conecuh if you can get it) and place on top of the veggies. Salt and pepper everything in the cooker. Pour over veggies and meat: 1/2 bottle Basic Vinaigrette Salad Dressing.

Put the cooker on the heat source (stove top, camp fire, etc). Heat until liquid is boiling and steam is coming out of the vent on the cooker. Reduce to med/high heat and let steam for 30 minutes.

CanCooker! Carefully open the cooker and watch for any steam that may want to escape.

CanCooker! Carefully open the cooker and watch for any steam that may want to escape.

Toss the veggies and sausage in the liquid that remained in the cooker.

Toss the veggies and sausage in the liquid that remained in the bottom of the cooker.

After 30 minutes remove from heat, and let stand for 5 minutes. Carefully open, and beware of any steam still in the cooker. Enjoy!

Quick and easy! Less mess!

Quick and easy! Less mess!

Just think. Now you can do all the veggie chopping at home before you head out for a weekend of camping. Bag everything up and when it’s time to prepare dinner just dump everything in the CanCooker, top with the dressing, add liquid of your choice to the bottom of the cooker and cook! Enjoy!

Daily Post: Creepy

Gunter Hill Park
Daily Post: Creepy – because we can’t take photos of rainbows every day.
The photo above was taken on a camping trip to Gunter Hill Campground just outside Montgomery Alabama. Fear not there was a warning sign that the walkway was closed. I’m not sure where the walkway lead, but I believe it was close to some areas where hunting was allowed. Beware!

Daily Post – Creepy