Archive for the ‘Camping’ category

It’s Summer!

Summer, it officially begins bright and early (6:51 a.m.) Saturday morning. To ensure that you’re prepared we’ve assembled a list of resources to help you figure out how to best capitalize on the solstice with the mostest. Paddling Rent a boat: Don’t have a canoe or kayak (or stand-up paddleboard)? No problem. We’ve found 52 places across North Carolina where you can rent a canoe, kayak or SUP — and…

This weekend, CampOut! Carolina

You’ve meant to go camping, and yet … . And yet for a variety of reasons you haven’t made it happen. When I ask people what outdoor activity they’ve wanted to try but haven’t, the most common response is camping. There’s always an excuse, usually built on speculation: I’m not sure about sleeping on the hard ground I can’t imagine going to bed dirty It seems like a lot of…

This weekend: Paddle through history or into the night

This weekend in North Carolina you can paddle into the Revolutionary past, you can paddle at night, or you can go camping a mile up. Coast Like a paddle with a little history? Thursday’s Moores Creek Kayaking History Adventure paddle on Moores Creek, which meanders through the Moores Creek National Battlefield, is just the ticket. The 88-acre park “commemorates the battle between Patriots and Loyalist militia on February 27, 1776,”…

90 Second Escape: Portsmouth Island

Monday — never an easy time for the outdoors enthusiast. After a weekend of adventure, returning to the humdrum work-a-day world can make one melancholy. To help ease the transition, every Monday we feature a 90 Second Escape — essentially, a 90-second video or slide show of a place you’d probably rather be: a trail, a park, a greenway, a lake … anywhere as long as it’s not under a…

A well-timed storm clears the air for a weekend of fun

For much of this week, North Carolina has been swathed in a blanket of green. An annoyance to some, a detriment to outdoor pursuits for others. We don’t care about the annoyed; we’re here to address our outdoor brothers and sisters who are afflicted with sensitive nasal passages. No doubt you were tempted by the first run of 80-degree-plus temperatures to get out and play. And no doubt you would…

It’s warming up, let us help you have a hot time

We’re finally catching up with the mail bag — and just in time for what appears to be the first warm weekend in a while. You write to us for a variety of reasons. To find out where to take visiting kin hiking. To see if we know what the latest bear situation is in the Smokies. To ask if you can optimize our visibility on the Web, for a…

Local campground, local escape

There are times when you flat-out need to sleep in a tent but don’t have time to get out of town. Like when the first warm days of the year present themselves and you realize it’s been … how long since you’ve been camping? Or when you realize the kids have been hibernating behind their screens all winter and need some fresh air. Or when you’ve had it with work…

Warm up to Winter car camping

Odds are you don’t do it in winter. Odds are equally good that you don’t have a good reason that you don’t. Go winter car camping, that is. There is no good reason not to camp in winter. You hate being cold when you sleep at night? Bad excuse for two reasons: One, sub-zero sleeping bags. Two, fleece blankets, layers and layers of fleece blankets. There is no better sleep…