Eating Healthy While Camping

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It can be very easy to slip on a diet while on vacation and for those who are still holding on to their New Year’s resolutions, the thought of eating healthy while on a camping trip may seem impossible. Typically we think hot dogs and smores when we think of camping food, but there are plenty of easy, healthy options to consider as well. Check out a few of our favorites!

 

No Bake Energy Balls

These are a super easy snack you can make a head of time that will last throughout your trip. They are also customizable so if you’re not a fan of coconut or have a peanut allergy, you can substitute ingredients.

Ingredients:

Combine all the ingredients into a bowl and place in the fridge for 10-20 minutes. Once chilled, take scoops of the combined mixture and roll into small balls, or press into flat squares if you’d rather make them into bars. Place the balls or bars into an airtight container and place back in the fridge. And that’s it! From there you can just bring them along on your trip and snack as you go. Its best to keep them chilled if possible so that the chocolate doesn’t melt.

 

Bear Toast

An easy breakfast option is bear toast. While its nice to have toasted bread (you can always toast ahead of time if you don’t have access to a toaster at the campsite), you can also use regular bread as well. Spread on some peanut butter, berries of your choice, a little bit of honey and sprinkle with nuts or seed if you desire. These can also be made ahead and stored in ziplock bags in a cooler, or made fresh at the campsite.

 

Foil Pack Dinners

A great and easy option is cooking in foil packs. By cooking individual packs you can ensure that everyone gets a taste of their own, especially if you’ve got any picky eaters with you. Foil packs can also be made a head of time by seasoning you meat and veggies and rolling up in the foil. If someone doesn’t like carrots, make their pack without them. Maybe two people want chicken and everyone else wants steak, no problem! The benefit of foil packs is that you can customize each meal.

 

Snacks

Easy bring along snacks also include bananas, oranges which can all last without the need to be refrigerated. Pretzels, pita chips or nuts are great healthy options opposed to snacking on endless amounts of potato chips and tuna packets with crackers can give you a little extra protein in between meals.

Don’t Let Allergies Ruin Your Trip

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Allergy season has been in full swing with pollen and cedar counts higher than normal in the Hill Country. For many, a day riddled with sneezing, itching eyes and sinus headaches can all but ruin your day and cause you to stay indoors. Here are some tips, aside from drowning in allergy medicine, to help make your camping trip bearable during allergy season.

 

Know the cause

If you’re typically outdoors, be in camping, hiking, or outdoor shopping, pay attention to what it is that’s triggering your allergies. Different trees, weeds and grasses can have different effects on your allergies so knowing where the root of your problems are can help you to find the right solution. If you’re unsure, a visit to an allergist can help you figure it out.

 

Pack Accordingly

If you already know that your allergies may give you problems, make sure to stock up on some over the counter allergy medicine in your first aid kit. If asthma is a typical problem, don’t forget your inhaler or any other prescription medicine you may need during your stay.

Organic honey is also known for helping with pollen allergies. Eating a spoonful of honey each day can help your body’s immune system to build up a tolerance so be sure to start a few days before your trip and bring some honey along with you.

A good tent can also make a huge difference. There are many hypoallergenic tents available on the market. Close up your tent entirely while you’re not using it so that less allergens can make their way inside and, depending on the severity of your allergies, you may consider keeping it closed while you sleep as well.

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Check the pollen counts in the area

If you’re planning your trip during a certain season, you may check out pollen.com or weather.com to check the pollen and cedar counts in certain areas. This will help you figure out the ideal time to plan your trip as well as the times of year its best not to camp outdoors.

 

Wash up

The fabric in your clothes can hold onto the pollen and things causing your allergies. While it’s easier to just toss your dirty clothes into a laundry basket and deal with it later, having that residual allergens on your clothes can still affect the air around you. If you’re able to, toss your dirty clothes immediately in the wash and then take a shower yourself, especially after a long day of hiking or being outside. Your body and hair can be a magnet to those allergens as well causing more irritation the longer you wait to wash off.

 

Make Those Last Summer Hours Count

Summer may be nearing it’s end but Texas weather doesn’t always get the memo. With temperatures staying in the 80-90s well into September (and sometimes even October,) now is the best time to take advantage of all the theme and water parks in the area. With kids back in school, parks are less crowded and lines much shorter than during peak summertime hours. Check out a few of our favorite nearby parks!

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SeaWorld San Antonio

Never seen a killer whale up close? Now is your chance! SeaWorld is most famous for its Shamu shows but there is so much more to the park. While sea creatures including whales, sea lions, otters and dolphins are the main attraction, the park also offers a few roller coaster and water rides for thrill seekers.

If that’s not up your alley, check out a different one: Alligator Alley! Or check out one of the park’s most popular attractions, Discovery Point. Here you can get up close and personal with sea lions, feed some otters and even splash around with dolphins!

At Sea World, there is something for everyone!

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Six Flags Fiesta Texas

A short drive away from SeaWorld lies one of Texas’ most famous theme parks: Six Flags Fiesta Texas. If roller coasters are your thing, this is the place for you. From 360 degree flips to 70 mph loops, Fiesta Texas has roller coasters for any thrill seeker to enjoy. However, there are also plenty of family fun and kid’s rides if upside down loops aren’t for you.

The park also offers plenty of live entertainment. On a regular day you can catch any of their local shows such as “From Memphis to Motown” or one of their 80’s themed shows full of live music and dancing.

If you’re in the area during October, be sure to check out Fright Fest when the park turns into a Halloween themed park full of haunted houses, spooky rides and all around a thrilling good time.

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Schlitterbahn

If you’re a lover of both the water and the roller coasters, then Schlitterbahn is a must-do park. More than just pools, Schlitterbahn offers rides such as The Black Knight which sends riders in an inner tube through a pitch black water slide, to the Skycoaster which allows you to literally fly over the park.

After an adventurous day, relax in the heated pool and take in the beautiful views of the hill country or grab a tube and float through the endless lazy river throughout the park. Either way, Schlitterbahn is a perfect mixture of adventure and relaxation.

6 Tips for camping with your dog

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Camping is a great way to spend time with family and friends so who better to bring along that man’s best friend: your dog! Dogs love the great outdoors and since the campsite is pet-friendly (dogs and cats only), why not bring your four legged pal along for the trip? But before you do, make sure you’re totally prepared with everything Rover may need during your stay.

Make sure all shots are up-to-date

First of all, be sure your dog’s shots are up to date. Being outdoors for so long can be dangerous to your pet if he’s not caught up on his flea, tick and heart worm prevention shots so a trip to the vet may be needed before you bring him along.

Bring plenty of food and water

Food and water are the most obvious essentials your dog will need. Make sure you bring along plenty as he may be more hungry or thirsty than normal with all the running around he’s sure to do. Don’t forget to bring some bowls and a water dispenser or a good pet travel kit. Another good thing to add to the kit is extra poop bags. You can never have too many of those guys!

Don’t forget the treats

Pets can also get easily stressed in new environments so to help ease your dogs stay, bring along some of his favorite treats or chew toys. Having some comforts of home will help the transition, especially if camping is new to him. You’ll also need to bring along his crate or bed so that both of you can get a good night’s rest.

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Make sure to have a good leash and collar 

While dogs are allowed at the camp, we do require they stay on leashes when out. A good suggestion is a 360-degree rotating leash that can easily be staked in the ground. This will prevent your dog from getting tangled up and creating a mess for the both of you. In case your furry friend does manage to break loose, be sure he’s got a good collar with up-to-date tags. Don’t forget a regular leash so he can join you on walks or hikes throughout the park.

Keep your fur-baby cool in this Texas heat

Texas weather can be crazy so your pet may not be used to drastically changing temperatures. A nice cooling bandana can help with the hot summer heat, while a doggie sweater is perfect for the cooler nights.

Invest in a good pet first-aid kit

Lastly, while the campsite is safe, you are outdoors and your pet can be vulnerable to accidents. A good first-aid kit consists of some pet sunscreen, anti-itch spray, flea and tick protection, any regular medications your pet may need as well as vet records, just in case.

Having your pet around is not only fun for you both, but it’s also good for your health. But as a pet owner, your priority should be making sure that you can safely travel with you furry friend and making sure he has everything he needs. We hope to meet some of your fur-babies around the site!

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The stars at night are big and bright

Deep in the heart of Texas, away from the city lights, the most wonderful sight is available year round: The sky. Located 60 miles away from the nearest major city and void of any light pollution, the park offers some of the most ideal conditions for taking in the view.

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On most clear nights you will be able to see the Moon, Venus and Jupiter line up fairly early, typically right after sunset. While the night sky is beautiful on its own, the universe puts on a few productions that are worth staying up for.

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The Perseid meteor shower is one of the most anticipated showers as, under the right conditions, it is possible to see over 200 meteors per hour. Astronomers predict an outburst occurring around August 11-12, but even the days before are said to be an amazing sight. You will have plenty of time to think up a few wishes as the best time to catch a falling star is late into the night and heading into early morning.

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In early October, be sure to catch the Draconids. Named for the nearby consellation Draco the Dragon, (just north of the Little Dipper) the Draconid shower is not quite as eventful as Perseid at usually only a few meteors per hour. However, staying up all night is not needed as this shower typically starts in the early evening rather than after midnight. Peak viewing dates for the Draconid shower are October 7-8.

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Grab an extra blanket and some hot chocolate for the annual mid-November Leonids shower. The shower, named so because it appears to emerge from the Leo constellation, is at its most visible on November 16-18th. With 10-15 meteors per hour on a dark night, the shower typically picks up some speed after midnight.

 

On a clear night, most showers are visible to the naked eye so telescopes and any other equipment are not necessary. We do recommend getting set up just before dusk and brining a few supplies, including some comfortable lawn chairs, a good blanket, some bug spray and maybe add in a little wine for a night of relaxation and dazzling views!