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@Kosher Ham rent a cabin in a state or national forest? Some are basically swanky resorts. 

 

I don't hunt or fish but its just nice to gtf outdoors and away from the city. Tho these days if I want that I just go visit my folks in SW VA.

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The forest is my church.  My soul would whither and die if I couldn't get away from everyone now and then.

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On 5/29/2020 at 10:49 AM, No Excuses said:

After going through many trails in the area, I’ve come to really appreciate the smaller, off the beaten path trails. Less crowded, just as nice as the more popular ones. 
 

There are some really good trails off of Rockville Pike. We really enjoying walking our dog through the Beach Drive trails.

Yeah, we found a small park—old property that used to have a quarry, but there's a beautiful stream that winds through it. It's close and the kids just love it. It's an easy hike, you could do the loops and take about 2 hours. Nature is just great to get back to.

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I absolutely love nature and the outdoors. Unfortunately I'm not much of a camper, pitching a tent is not in my skill set. I could always learn. Usually I'll go on road trips and stay at a motel somewhere near whatever park I'm visiting.

 

My road trip to Yosemite last year was absolutely amazing. Most beautiful place I think I've ever been, and I've been fortunate to see a lot over the years. Arches National Park in Utah is also very special.

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We got back a bit ago. Had a great time camp was well maintained and incredibly clean. Everyone was respectful and kept a decent distance. 
 

Kids went swimming in the lake did a few trails and got to be somewhere other than home. 
 

 

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I spent most of the first 15 years I lived in Northern Utah,well,living,and not focused on just how amazing some of the places there were and are, Started hitting the road more and started to see more of it. Since moving to Northern Nevada,I've expanded on that love of the outdoors to much of West.  Camping is something I've loved to do and still do. Last big trip was 4 years ago. Wife and I toured 4 of the big 5 in Utah and then spent time in the Northern part of the state,(do not go to sleep on that part of the state. Wasatch/Cache National Forest is expansive and incredible. It's built for all kinds of camping with wide spots literally dug out in areas for some very basic camping).  Anyway. For Arches and Canyonlands,tough to beat the location of the BLM Campgrounds along the Colorado River just north of Moab. Close enough to get to both National Parks in decent time,(though Canyonlands is definitely further away), and not a bad trip along the Colorado either. It was getting to that hot time of the year there and got lucky to find one of the few shady spots out of all the BLM campgrounds there. We drove to every one of them in between trips to both Parks to make sure of this. Drinks Canyon Campground. Picture below. 2 pretty nice spots I circled. One on the right has good shade and room for a medium to large sized tent. One on the left not as much shade,but a great little path to a small flat spot on the shore of the river. Saw folks with lawn chairs set up there. Cool. The first night we were there,we had to drive to last BLM campground and it was quite the drive up there. No coverage,(shade),but man the views were amazing. Upper Onion Creek Campground.  Oh. Middle of the week is always a good time to go.  6 years ago,we did a camping trip in California. Camped at Patrick Point,Salt Point,and Avenue of the Giants. Pitching a tent under Redwoods is kind of cool. ;) 

 

 

 

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On 5/30/2020 at 10:27 AM, KAOSkins said:

When you get old and tired it damn sure is.  Happily there are no shortage of spots I can park my trailer that are far, far away from anyone else, where I live.  RV parks are not camping, we'll agree on that.

RV parks are basically half the campsites now in MD.  Some campgrounds don't even have trees

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I recommend staying away from the Siberian wilderness:

 

Apocalyptic swarm of deadly mutant ticks invade Russia with 2,125 children attacked

 

Russian Siberia has been rocked by an invasion of blood-sucking ticks that experts said included a new and deadly “mutant” variety.

 

The scale of the swarm left some hospitals – already stretched with rising coronavirus cases and deaths – without vaccines and medicine.

 

It has left some hospitals unable to cope with the onslaught of the mutant ticks.

 

In the Krasnoyarsk region, there are 428 times more ticks than usual – sparking fears of Lyme disease and illnesses that cause brain inflammation.

 

Medics in the region reported some 8,215 tick bites including 2,125 cases that involved children.

 

The suburbs of Krasnoyarsk city are infested with 214 ticks per square kilometre.

 

Normally, the “safe” figure is only 0.5.

 

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And here in the US, the ticks aren't great either:

 

Tick-borne illness similar to COVID makes resurgence

 

LAKE GEORGE — Anaplasmosis, a tick-borne illness with symptoms similar to COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, is on the rise in the Adirondacks and upstate New York.

 

It’s a concern for state health officials as more people go outside to fight cabin fever amid a wider focus on the pandemic. Some of the symptoms include fever, muscle aches and even respiratory failure, all similar signs of the infectious COVID-19 disease that has killed more than 100,000 people in the United States this year.

 

Anaplasmosis, if left untreated, can also be fatal. The carriers are usually the Ixodes scapularis, commonly known as the deer tick or black-legged tick.

 

“It’s a little challenging to cut through COVID (19) news,” said Byron Backenson, deputy director of the state Health Department’s Bureau of Communicable Disease Control. He and other officials are reminding healthcare providers about tick-borne illnesses, something that might get forgotten with coronavirus on everyone’s minds.

 

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We're heading out to Point Lookout State Park this afternoon for a few days. Should be a nice hot weekend to be by the bay. 

 

We also picked up some kayaks for the summer, I'm looking forward to being able to get outside more with the kids and explore. I hope everyone has a is able to get outside for a little, have a safe fun weekend. 

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My wife and I recently picked up kayaking. 

 

I drove 800 miles yesterday (round trip) to get two kayaks. 

This store was the only one within a thousand miles that had the boat I wanted and the people there were awesome so it was worth the trip.

I feel like a kid on Christmas morning waiting for this weekend to try it out.

 

I spent my entire childhood camping and fishing, literally almost every night of the summer I'd be on the river or in the woods.

 

My wife is more of a bug hating, girly girl so all our entertainment has always involved hotels, casinos and concert venues. 

This covid 19 may be the greatest blessing in disguise I've ever gotten.

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We picked ours up two days ago and have gotten out twice. It's awesome! 

 

I grew up on the water, used to do a lot of sailing. I've done local races, down the bay and some blue water. Worked in the marine industry for a long time, got burned out by always being around and talking boating.

 

I took a new job three years ago and have slowly been finding my love for the water again. Kayaking is so peaceful I can't see anyone not liking it if you remotely like the being on the water. 

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16 minutes ago, GoSkinsGo said:

Kayaking is so peaceful I can't see anyone not liking it if you remotely like the being on the water. 

I think everyone is discovering that too.

Between spring time and the pandemic the stores are baron.

We drove everywhere looking for kayaks and so many places were sold out and the bigger stores were picked thin.

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10 minutes ago, redskinss said:

I think everyone is discovering that too.

Between spring time and the pandemic the stores are baron.

We drove everywhere looking for kayaks and so many places were sold out and the bigger stores were picked thin.

 

It's crazy we ran into the same problem with the kayaks and other outdoor / fitness stuff. Glad you were able to find some. 

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11 minutes ago, GoSkinsGo said:

 

It's crazy we ran into the same problem with the kayaks and other outdoor / fitness stuff. Glad you were able to find some. 

My next mission is to go get some fishing gear for my new vessel. 

If I just wanted a kayak I could have found something serviceable locally but I found this hybrid between kind of a kayak and a job boat on the internet and I wanted one bad.

I wanted something super stable for fishing and something I could jump into the water for a swim and climb back onto without going to shore.

And also something that stores plenty of gear.

Its definitely not a kayak and it's kind of on the big side but it's got so many awesome features I had to have one.

 

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