Last weekend, a good friend of my husbands came by to borrow some camping and first aid gear. He is taking his family into the outdoors for a few days next weekend and they want to be prepared. My husband is known amongst his friends as the go-to guy for these types of items and we were happy to lend things that could be useful.
Just recently, my husband was preparing a list of must-haves for a first aid kit and I was happy to contribute by getting him a Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor. He didn’t have one yet, but said it could be useful. My dad had just gotten one for his house a few years back and I too have had my blood pressure taken at doctor’s visits quite often recently.
I decided to look up what blood pressure indicates and found an insightful article: http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1948157-overview#a1. It talks about hypertension and also about prescribing medicine based one’s reading. My husband and I also just completed our earthquake preparedness course and I often saw EMT staff measuring blood pressure during video demonstrations of emergency situations. For this reason, I’m glad we now have our own monitor.
My husband and I spent a good portion of the year preparing our camping gear. We visit outdoor shops like REI about once a month and review items that we think could add to our outdoor experience. For months, he’s been wanting to get a manual coffee grinder so his beans can stay whole until the last minute.
This week, he got his wish and he LOVES it. He said it’s great quality and he can’t wait to use it. It’s so exciting to get a product that we love and are sure to enjoy. It makes us even more excited to go camping and that makes me happy.
Our time out in the woods is grounding for us as individuals and as a couple. I find we connect better when there are less distractions around us and it allows us to more easily come back to our basic values. Thus, whatever we can do to encourage us to go camping more often is a good thing. With our new grinder, we’re one step closer.
With summer approaching, my husband’s schedule gets busy and we have less time to go camping on the weekends. At the same time, I love getting outdoors and really miss our times in nature when we can’t get there. I’ve been thinking very often of our recent trips to Catalina lsland, Palm Springs/Joshua Tree National Park, and Malibu.
Even though we’re not sure when we’ll be going next, I’m still continuing to live like we may go again next weekend. I am looking for good camping products and searching for items that may be on sale.
For example, I got this cool new lantern, below, and we found the perfect sized soap yesterday to fit our camping soap dish. The cashier giggled at us when we so joyfully paid for a $2.00 item. To us, it promises more good times ahead and more than it’s weight in gold!
Although the weather doesn’t really change much throughout the year in LA, we do get stuck with two months of “June Gloom”. It means the mornings are often cloudy, overcast, and a little bit of rain. With Memorial Day weekend here, we know that summer is in sight and the gloom will soon go away.
Here is a shot of my recent camping trip with the June Gloom hitting our tent in the morning. I’m looking forward to many more days of relaxing in my hiking boots and using our paracord, but in the sun.
Last weekend we went camping for my 40th birthday and it was fantastic. We took a ferry to Catalina Island, hiked about .25 miles, and spent a lazy weekend in nature. My husband is very handy and is a great outdoors partner because he always knows the best tools. Over the weekend, he put up a tarp over our tent to protect us from the sun with just a few feet of paracord. He said it’s the key item when camping, working outside, or preparing for emergencies such as earthquakes.
When we were taking the ferry back home with all the other experienced campers and backpackers, I saw a guy with a great paracord bracelet. I thought that my husband must be right and in the know. Paracord saved us from the heat and may even save our life one day. Here’s a photo of our awesome tent!
Over the last few months, I have been hemming and hawing over what I’d like to do to celebrate my 40th birthday this year. In the past, I haven’t been one to make a big to-do about big birthdays, but somehow this year I felt it important. We don’t turn 40 often and it feels like a big milestone in some ways. Perhaps my dad articulated it the best when he said “I can’t believe I have a daughter who is 40.”. Where does the time go?
One of my favorite things to do these days is go camping with my husband. It’s great because it gets us out of town for a few days for a change of scenery, we get to spend time together with limited distractions, and we get out into nature where it’s peaceful. I’ve never camped before I met him, but we’ve gone 6-8 times over the past year.
Thus, for the big birthday, I decided that we should go camping and to a place that we haven’t been to yet. Normally, I make the reservations, but I want part of it to be a surprise and the place where we are going is also a little complicated to navigate so I thought it better to leave it up to him. I am very much looking forward to the trip.
Lastly, part of the trip, besides the planning, is getting all of our things together that we’ve collecting over the past few weeks for the trip. We have new gadgets to try out such as a great new lightweight shovel that collapses, as well as a new shirt that my mother-in-law got me from REI.
A few weekends ago, my husband and I went camping at a state campground near us called Leo Carrillo. I had heard about it and had seen how difficult it was to get reservations on-line, but I had no idea that I would find a small city of people, tents, and bikes when we arrived. Normally when we camp, it’s quiet and remote. This was the opposite. It was a half a mile from the road and there were tons of people squeezed onto each campsite with music, drinking games, and full kitchens set-up outside.
At first, I was taken aback. Could this centering and grounding like other camping experiences I’ve had where we get out into nature? Will this be fun? As soon as I saw all the kids riding around on their bikes at night with the glow in the dark wheels, I knew I was hooked. This was like an amusement park for outdoors people!
What I liked a lot about the atmosphere of Leo Carrillo is the social, friendly, and outgoing nature of it all. As soon as we pulled in, our neighbors greeted us and welcomed us to the site. The next day, they asked to meet our dog and were happy to chat for 20 minutes as they prepared breakfast. When I looked around, I noticed that everyone was friendly.
Because it’s so popular, we were only able to stay one night, but as soon as I got home, I put ourselves on a waitlist for a full weekend later this year. I can’t wait to go back. This time I am going to come with my lights for my bike and maybe even a party hat to go with my Patagonia heavy camping fleece.
For the past few months, I have gotten obsessed with camping and getting outdoors on the weekends. My husband is busy with work during the summer and winter months which only leaves us a few weekends in the spring and fall to get out of town. Thus, I started planning and booking weekends for every weekend I could, as I do like to travel.
This year, I have fallen in love again with our home state of California and have booked every campground within a 2-hour drive. We drive out Thursday afternoon and come home on Sunday. Sometimes we do car camping and sometimes we do some backpacking.
It has been AWESOME for our psyche, spirit, and health to spend all these hours outside. Every time we come home, I feel refreshed, healthy, and peaceful. Getting into nature seems to somehow calm the soul and allow us to get back to our roots. We check in with our priorities, we communicate on a variety of different topics, and we make decisions that often seem unclear when we leave town on Thursday.
Since we’ve gotten so much enjoyment out of these trips, we spend a good portion of our week preparing goods and food for the weekend. Whenever we get something new, we very often say “this would be great for camping!”. We get excited and either put it with our camping things or on a list of things to take. One of our latest gadgets are foldable water bottles that are made out of silicone, for example. They are light, BPA-free, and look cool.