Great Family Camping Trips Make Excellent Traditions

Written by Valerie Giles

A wonderful way to invest in your familiesí treasure trove of memories is by spending time inrepparttar great outdoors. Camping trips can be an excellent tradition that your family will look forward to and in time, look back upon with fond memories.

Whether you plan to camp atrepparttar 144867 same place every year or seek out new places doesnít matter as camping is always filled with new adventures. Your family might have a favorite place you go to every year mixed with a new spot you select together for another weekend or extended holiday duringrepparttar 144868 year. There are so many national parks to explore; your options really are quite limitless.

Camping doesnít have to be an overly expensive expenditure. Again this all depends on how youíll be camping. Camping in a tent carries a completely different dynamic than camping in a fully equipped camper. Camping in a tent is also relatively inexpensive. Perhapsrepparttar 144869 camper is something youíll decide to invest in after a few years of tent camping, then again there are some who prefer to only go tent camping. Thereís something to be said aboutrepparttar 144870 rustic quality of sleeping in a tent, you can hike to far off remote spots where you couldnít get to with a camper in tow.

Regardless of how youíll be camping youíll want to haverepparttar 144871 proper camping gear and accessories. First off you want to haverepparttar 144872 best tent and sleeping bags you can possibly afford. As your tent will be your home away from home for your trip and your sleeping bag will keep you warm and covered for those long nights underrepparttar 144873 stars (there are tents available that have mesh roofs for star gazing, of coarse if it starts to rain, you can just cover it up with your tent fly), youíll want to be sure that both these items keep you appropriately covered so to speak.

Next youíll want to have proper camp accessories; a trustworthy camp stove, a lantern, flashlights, a first aid kit, tarp, cooking and eating utensils, a little axe (for chopping firewood, also doubles as a hammer for hammering in tent pegs), some rope (for clothes lines and securing tarp), and cooler. Along with your sleeping bag youíll want to remember comfy pillows (unless your backpacking then you might want a convenient inflatable pillow) and very importantly a good sleep pad. An uncomfortable sleep experience on hard ground may steer you off tent camping altogether, so come prepared, a good sleeping pad is worth its weight in gold. A good idea to help you remember all these items isrepparttar 144874 camping check list.

Itís a good idea to store your camp gear in some plastic containers. This way itís all in one place (with your camp list included), so when itís time to pack up and go camping you can go throughrepparttar 144875 containers making any necessary additions needed. Itís very important to check that all your equipment is properly maintained and cared for; there is nothing worse than getting to your destination and finding that your camp stove is not working. Youíll also want to be sure that your camp fuel supply is replenished and you have extra batteries (for flashlights, lanterns or radios).

One ofrepparttar 144876 best things aboutrepparttar 144877 whole camping experience isrepparttar 144878 food. Now depending on where youíre camping and what time of year it is, if youíre lucky youíll be able to do some of your cooking aroundrepparttar 144879 campfire. During dry seasons there may be fire restrictions due to forest fire concerns, if thatísrepparttar 144880 case youíll do all your cooking atop your camping stove. Every meal always seems to taste a bit better when youíre camping, it might have something to do with allrepparttar 144881 fresh air, or maybe allrepparttar 144882 fun activity builds up youíre appetite, either way youíll want to bring along some family favorites. For dinner maybe some grilling ofrepparttar 144883 families select choices, accompanied by some corn onrepparttar 144884 cob and potatoes wrapped in tin foil cooked onrepparttar 144885 coals with a nice salad and later for dessert smores (marshmallow and a slice of chocolate sandwiched between two graham wafers), add to that some hot chocolate before bed and thatís a night of food to dream about.

Diamond Promise rings Ė For When You Mean It.

Written by Peter Leigh

Diamond promise rings are quite common, but many are not all that sure what they are. What is a promise ring? And what does it mean?

Promise rings (all of them, not just diamond promise rings, I just love diamond ones) are a symbol of a promise made between 2 people that both intend to keep.

Not just any old promise, there are lots of those. But a really serious promise. One that is so important between two people that they are both prepared to make a public statement of their promise and intention to keep it byrepparttar wearing of a diamond promise ring.

They can also be known variously as a pre engagement ring, or a purity ring. Each is slightly different. Sometimes they are called a friendship ring, perhaps incorrectly.

A pre engagement ring is a symbol of an intention between 2 people to get engaged at some time inrepparttar 144866 future. A diamond promise ring of this type is a serious commitment. One not to be undertaken lightly. A statement to all who see it that these 2 people are committed to each other. That althoughrepparttar 144867 time is not right, for various reasons, to get engaged, they have both been prepared to make that serious commitment regardless.

A friendship ring is slightly different and may not be, strictly speaking, a promise ring. It is more commonly a symbol of a very strong friendship between 2 people. There is of course, nothing wrong with this at all, just that it is not strictly a symbol of a promise. Just a symbol of a special feeling. For example where 2 strong friends find that their lives take them to different parts ofrepparttar 144868 world they can exchange diamond promise rings to seal their continuing friendship.

A diamond purity ring, onrepparttar 144869 other hand, is a symbol of a very strong promise of a very serious nature between 2 people. This is perhapsrepparttar 144870 most well known and most serious type of diamond promise ring, and perhaps requiresrepparttar 144871 most thought, andrepparttar 144872 most commitment.

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