The 1st season of spring is "Muck"

The 3 Seasons Of Spring

by Bruce Watts

I'm not crazy (I know that's what all crazy people say).

I truly know there are 7 days in the week, 12 months in the year, and 24 hours in the day (except for Canadian metric time of course) but when it comes to the 4 seasons, I take some liberties. I have created several sub seasons to the traditional spring, summer, winter and fall.

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Many tents in the rain
Your tent protects you, so protect her!

Storing Your Tent

by Bruce Watts

You count on your tent for protection, so store her properly during the winter and ensure its longer life and continued performance. Take care of her, and she will take care of you!

The summer is over and the fall will quickly flash by. With much painful anguish you reluctantly realize it’s time to pack up your camping gear for the winter.  Let’s discuss the best ways to store your nylon gold for the season… that precious tent!

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Bruce showing a toad to Aubrey
Bruce showing a toad to Aubrey

Camping With Kids

by Bruce Watts

As a father I discovered something my father knew, ALL kids like nature and camping.

No matter how young,  children totally explode with joy when touching mud, splashing in ponds and absorbing the drama of a centipede crossing a leaf.

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the pee bottle will save you from bugs and frost
the pee bottle will save you from bugs and frost

Pee In Your Tent

by Bruce Watts

To pee or not to pee, that is the question.

Deep in the woods and you suddenly wake up to a subtile calling from your bladder, it's time to pee. You resist and try to go back to sleep. You don't want to leave the warmth and comfort of your cozy sleeping bag. It has taken some time to settle in and toast up the bag, and now you must leave it to wander into the cold, dark, bug infested night to pee. Every bone in you body resists, but your bladder is starting to create an uncomfortable pressure. Eventually you have no choice... nature calls and you must answer.

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There is a strong connection between mental and physical health with nature
a strong connection between mental and physical health with nature

Camping - Prescription to Health

by Bruce Watts

It’s not a surprise to campers… the great outdoors improves your health. More notably your mental health. Your family doctor will likely agree that your physical and mental health are connected.

The report entitled "The Nurture of Nature: Natural Settings and Their Mental Health Benefits" hosted at “Moodwalks.ca” identifies a strong connection between mental and physical health with nature.

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A “drip filter” is light and easy but the flavour is not as rich
A “drip filter” is light and easy but the flavour is not as rich

Camp Coffee

by Bruce Watts

Sipping on a cup of quality java deep in the backwoods will be one of the richest and most fullfilling experiences you can ever have! Almost biblical!

You are 20 hours from your car, or perhaps a 5 hour float plane flight from the closest electrical outlet, and despite this you are now savouring a mug of the best coffee consumed by any human…ever and anywhere!

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Rough it in Comfort ©

by Bruce Watts

There are those who believe wilderness camping is a rough and arduous pursuit. Not me!

These cynical camp-less folks often think camping should be an uncomfortable experience. Routinely I am lectured by some know-it-all city slicker - who hasn't camped a day in his life - about how camping is all about leaky tents, cold sleeping bags, and armies of biting insects. My short response ... he's WRONG

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Pond Terror
C Talk

Terror at Mill Pond

by Tracy Butler

As the Campologist wife, I sometimes feel pressured into the big outdoors. Don’t get me wrong… I love camping, backpacking, car camping, hotel camping… but I am not a paddler.  I prefer to have my feet moving under me with a grounded sense of getting somewhere.  When in a canoe I’m restless and often have a feeling that I have paddled for hours and really haven't got anywhere. When I tell people I don't like canoeing, I get raised eyebrows and the wispy sounds of "really" oozing from their judgemental mouths. I feel like there is something wrong with me.

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the pocket knife  - the "most" essential camping tool

The Pocket Knife

by Bruce Watts

There is something about a good pocket knife that somehow completes me. Perhaps it hard wired into all red blooded homo sapiens.  

The creation of the first knife, or more accurately described as a cutting tool, could in fact have been the evolutionary tipping point that began the human race’s eventual domination of the planet. 

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Campologist Talk

A blog for campers by campers. Bruce is the primary contributor, with regular posts from Tracy and friends.

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