If you want to be able to enjoy nature more often, you may want to consider taking up camping as a hobby. Camping allows you to get up close and personal with the sights and sounds in nature any time you choose. Use the guide that follows to learn about the three most common options available when you go camping.  Tents Are Ideal for Singles and Couples Sleeping in a tent when camping is an ideal option for couples. Setting up a tent takes some time and preparation, but small tents aren’t hard to handle. You will also need to clear the area where you plan to set up the tent to ensure that there are not pine cones or rocks under it. You then need to take the time to set it up and then put the air mattress or sleeping bags in it. This can be a daunting task for someone to do when they have children to look after as well. Pop-Up Campers Are Ideal for Couples and Small Children Pop-up campers are campers that can be pulled behind a truck or SUV easily. When you arrive at your camping destination, the lid to the camper can be raised to create two sleeping areas for your family to enjoy. When your children get older, they may not want to sleep in such tight quarters together, which could start a few fights over time. RV Campers Are Ideal for Families If you are looking for a home on wheels, an RV is more than likely the best option for your family. These provide your family with numerous sleeping options so that everyone can fit comfortably when sleeping. There are some RVs that have full kitchens and bathrooms built into them so that everyone can use the restroom and prepare food with ease. RV campers can also be hooked up to electricity to allow for air conditioning, lights and even televisions to be used inside of them when everyone wants to relax. You can contact a business like Pettibone Resort On The River to learn more about RV features. Take the time to consider all three options before investing in one particular option. You need to consider the places where you want to camp to ensure that the choice you make can easily get to the areas where you plan to camp. Also, you need to be sure to consider the price for the options that may be the best one for you. An RV can be an expensive investment, but if you think about how long an RV can last and how much fun you can have in...

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Fishing is a pretty expensive sport. It isn’t simply one rod/reel and a handful of baits. Once you really get into the sport, you’ll notice yourself buying a new rod/reel for every type of fishing, casting and bait you use (e.g. dock fishing with a worm for bass). There are quite a few other items the avid fisherman should have in their boat to have on hand when needed. To get your supply started, see below for the gear you need. Rain Suit There’s nothing worse than trying to catch your limit for the day in the rain – unless you’re trying to do it in the rain without a rain suit. Invest in a good rain suit that will hold up to the weather. Don’t look for a cheap poncho, as that isn’t going to cut it. Look for a lightweight rain jacket and pants to go with it or a jacket with overalls. These will not only keep you dry, as they’ll also keep you warm while still being a little breathable.  Life Jackets You can invest in a professional style life jacket (the one where you pull a tab to inflate it), or you can invest in a mid-grade life jacket that fits you well and isn’t too heavy. Be sure to have more than one on your boat, just in case you have someone with you fishing for the day. Rod Covers To help protect those expensive rods, look for rod covers to help protect the tips of your rods and cover the line/hooks from getting snagged on your other rod/reels.  Tackle Boxes When you begin purchasing different types of tackle, you’ll start to get a little overwhelmed, so be sure to stay organized with your tackle by investing in tackle boxes for each type of bait. You can put worms, jigs, hooks and weights in their own compartments. Label everything so you can find things easily and quickly on your boat in case you need to re-bait or re-line while fishing. Scissors/Pliers Lines and hooks can get caught up in just about anything. To help get your hooks or line out easily, be sure to bring a good pair of scissors or needle-nose pliers onto your boat in the event you need them.  Fish Scale/Measuring Board There may be a minimum size for keeping the fish you are fishing for, so you’ll want to be sure you have over that minimum size. Do this by keeping a scale and measuring board on your boat. You may want to have this as well so you can show off the size and weight of your large...

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Mini golf is an ideal game because virtually anyone can play it, even without having ever previously held a golf putter. If you’re playing with a newbie, whether it’s on a date, during a visit with work colleagues or any other scenario, it’s polite to offer a few words of wisdom to the beginner in the group — especially if he or she appears to find this sport a challenge. Don’t overdo it on the tips, though. The last thing anyone wants is to be lectured during this relaxing pastime. Instead, here are some helpful tips that you can share. Keep Your Feet Parallel Before a mini golfer attempts to take a shot, he or she should look down at his or her feet. A golfer’s feet should be parallel; while it’s often customary to stand with your heels slightly closer together than your toes, this posture isn’t ideal for mini putt. When the feet are parallel, there’s more chance that the golfer in your group will be able to hit the ball in the intended direction. Place The Ball In The Right Spot Another simple piece of advice that you can give is for the golfer to make sure that the ball is in the right spot between his or her feet. When a golfer approaches the ball to make a putt, it should typically sit equally between the front and back foot. This will permit the golfer to make contact with the ball when the putter’s club face is square. If the ball is too far forward or too far back, the contact will not be clean. For example, if the ball is aligned with the back foot, the putter will be on a downward plane as it makes contact with the ball, which will often produce a result that is less than desirable. Keep Your Head Over The Ball While many people take different approaches to playing mini golf, a useful tip to share is to stand so the head is over the ball. This means bending the knees and back enough to lean forward and look straight down at the ball before making contact. In this position, the new mini golfer in your group will have a better time looking at where he or she needs to send the ball and will be more apt to hit the ball on that trajectory. If the head isn’t over the ball, it’s easy to mishit the...

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Your shooting belt can be essential for allowing you to comfortably carry your gun and a limited amount of ammunition. Not surprisingly, leather is a common material for these belts due to comfort and aesthetics. Unfortunately, there are many gun enthusiasts who may not fully appreciate the type of care that these belts will require. You may be able to better care for this accessory after you consider the following few tips. Keep The Leather Conditioned Over the course of time, the natural oils in your leather gun belt will likely start to dry out. This can cause the leather to become excessively dry, which can lead to cracks forming. It can also make the belt less comfortable by taking the belt stiff and rigid. To help to minimize this risk, you should apply leather conditioner to the belt once every few months. However, if you spend a lot of time outside, it may be necessary for you to apply this condition more frequently as the sun can accelerate the drying out of these oils. Monitor The Humidity When Storing The Gun Belt When you are not using your leather gun belt, it is important for you to make sure that you are storing in an area with stable humidity. If the humidity drops too low, it can cause the leather to rapidly dry out and crack. When the humidity is allowed to set too high, it can cause condensation to form on the exterior of the leather, which can lead to discolorations and rot. Fortunately, this is a fairly simple issue to control because it is possible for you to use two-way humidity control packets. These packets will absorb moisture when it gets too high, and it can release moisture when the humidity drops too low. By placing one of the packets in the immediate vicinity of your gun belt, you can help ensure that it avoid this common type of damage. Prevent Dust From Gathering On The Gun Belt Dust can be another source of damage to your stored gun belt. In addition to being able to absorb the oils from the belt, the dust can also impart a foul odor to the belt, and it can make the belt appear dirty. To avoid this problem, you should always keep the belt covered when it is being stored. However, you should never use plastic for this task as it can allow condensation to get trapped. Rather, a simple piece of cloth can prevent dust from gathering without trapping moisture. For information on how to buy competition shooting belts, click here or do an online search. ...

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Are you planning your 2017 vacation? Are you a golf fan who loves to travel? Consider taking a trip to the 2017 Masters golf tournament. The Masters is held in Augusta, Georgia where you will see talented golfers compete for four days. If you want to go to the 2017 Masters, here are some tips for planning the ultimate trip: 1. Get a Masters Hospitality pass The mistake many golf fans make is underestimating the physical demands of the tournament. Even as a spectator you will walk a lot from course to course and sit outside in the sun. The refreshments served during the tournament are limited to sandwiches and a few cold beverages. With a Masters Hospitality pass, you get to relax and truly enjoy the tournament. Here are the benefits of Masters Hospitality: Dine in a fine restaurant on world class food and beverages for meals Shuttles to and from the courses Relaxation in a climate controlled environment 2. Get a Masters Package A Masters Package is the easiest and simplest way to book almost every aspect of your trip. This takes the hassle out of trying to buy your tickets, passes, and book your hotel separately. There are many 2017 Masters Packages to choose from, depending on your needs. Here is a list of what’s typically included in a package: Hotel accommodation for the length of your stay, from 1-4 nights Admission to the tournament, from 1-4 days Transportation Souvenir Hospitality pass 3. Pack correctly Knowing what to bring with you to the Masters Tournament is half the battle. There are certain items that aren’t permitted on the course. Here is a list of items that you need to leave in your hotel: Cell phones Cameras Food or beverage containers Purse or backpack larger than 10 inches Here are some items you can bring with you: Hat Sunglasses Sunscreen Binoculars Cushion or blanket 4. Schedule sightseeing Augusta, Georgia is a beautiful city rich in history and activities. When planning your Masters trip, don’t forget to pencil sightseeing into your itinerary and take advantage of everything Augusta offers. Here are some ideas: Book course time so you can golf yourself. Many courses sell out quickly during Masters, so book now. Have a passion for art? Tour Artists Row and see beautiful, handmade sculptures, jewelry, and paintings. Revisit history and go to the Augusta Museum of History, the home of President Wilson, or Magnolia Cemetery. With this guide you have the information you need to plan the ultimate Masters Tournament trip. Book your trip...

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