Top 10 Things You Need To Know About the Little Brooklyn Lake Guard Station

The Little Brooklyn Guard Station. This iconic cabin in the Snowy Range is a place that you need to experience. I stayed at this cabin twice this winter and here are a few things that might help you plan a weekend there. Little Brooklyn Lake Guard Station from Just Trails / Hike Like A Woman Book the cabin early. You can book it up to 6 months in advance, if you're looking to reserve it for a special day then it might be worth it to get up at midnight to make your reservation. I'm not joking. Currently renting the cabin…

5 Ridiculous Camping Tips

When it comes to packing for a camping trip things get pretty silly around our house. Today we're sharing with you our most ridiculous camping tips. 1) Heat & Eat Meals In a Bag Freeze a meal, any meal (our favorites are chili, beef stew, lentil soup, chicken and salsa) in a foodsaver bag. When you're at camp make cooking a breeze by simply tossing your frozen meal in a pot of boiling water and letting it cook inside the bag. This is my favorite tip because instead of scrubbing food residue from an empty pot you can just throw the…

Camping Tips: An Interview With Dick Finke

I love to camp.  But I'll be the first to admit that we don't camp nearly as often as I'd like to. We could blame it on our young children but that wouldn't be fair. Just as I was doing some research and thinking about writing a blog post on camping, Dick with Tent Camping HQ shot me an email. I figured it was the perfect time to ask a guy who loves camping a bunch of questions about camping! As we've done with the interviews the past few weeks I'll let Dick take it away! Q1. One of our goals…

4 Rules to Pack What You Need (and Nothing More)

Today we welcome Stratton Lawrence to the blog as we continue with packing week here at Just Trails. Stratton is a freelance journalist and blogger for eBay.com, who writes a wide range of travel and outdoors related content based on his personal experience as a serial traveler and adventurer. We like adventure around here...but we'll let Stratton do the talking! When J.J. Cale first sang, "Travelin' light/ it's the only way to fly," he was certainly a man ahead of his time. In August, my now-wife and I flew to Scotland for our wedding. But even for a small family affair, the trip required…

How To Pack For Any Adventure

I have a confession. The contents of my daypack never look the same from day to day. Sure, I have the basics (food, water, first aid kit, map, GPS, diapers & wipes, knife, emergency fire starter kit, headlamp etc) but it evolves from there depending on a multitude of factors. Since we're talking about packing this week on the blog today we're sharing a checklist with you that we use when we pack for an adventure. Rather than go down a list (headlamp...check, food...check, socks...check) we try to put a lot of thought into where we're going, what we're going…

DIY Collapsible Camping Cup

Making things out of duct tape is all the rage today (...with 8 year olds) but that didn't stop me from trying to make this collapsible cup out of duct tape yesterday. After a duct tape cup that we made earlier this summer I had high hopes for this one. The result of this cup experiment was an epic failure but the fact that I now own penguin duct tape made it a small secret victory. Today's trail tip was inspired by this "pin." So, is making drinking devices out of duct tape a good idea or a bad idea?…

DIY Cheese Wax Candle

Today's trail tip is inspired by one of our favorite food items on the trails, cheese! And of course, this 'pin', this article at Backpacker Magazine, and this blog post over at the awesome site, Trail-Dad.com. Since my goal with trail tips is to use whatever I have on hand and whatever I have that might be in my pack I used several layers of dental floss all squished together as a wick. My dental floss wick didn't burn for very long. So overall, while it's fun to eat cheese and make your own candles with cheese wax this is…

DIY Cardboard Box Oven

Recently we tried our hand at cooking brownies using a homemade cardboard box oven, which was inspired by this 'pin.' While not really a trail tip, we do dig alternative cooking methods and thought this might be a fun one to try. But, since I don't even like cooking and baking in my own kitchen and we didn't have the right sized box for this oven I probably should have followed my gut and not tried to replicate this oven in my backyard. But, live and learn. Here's how our box oven (and the brownies we tried to bake in…