It was a plum assignment for a food, travel and fitness writer – go on a five day white water rafting and catered camping trip on the Rogue River in Oregon. Adventures on the water all day, new fitness challenges, abundant, cooked from scratch meals to feed a ravenous appetite, nights spent under the stars of the Northwest Pacific. All expenses paid, and a paid story assignment, to boot. The only catch? I’d be off the grid for five days. More
Yosemite National Park has issued an official warning to those who have visited the frequent family vacation spot since June. Visitors, espescially those who stayed in the “Curry Village” cabins, are at risk for hantavirus, a life-threatening disease that’s spread through rodents. So far, two people have died of hantavirus and there’s been one other confirmed case out of Yosemite. So with this mildly terrifying threat out there, we at Blisstree wanted to put together some facts so that vacationers can keep healthy and keep the fear at bay. More
For me, it just doesn’t feel like summer without at least one good, dirty-footed, campfire-stinking, vegan hot-dog-eating camping trip. But for those who maybe didn’t grow up pitching tents and splitting wood (like my fairly indoor and highly patient boyfriend, Adam), camping can seem like an intimidating, not-very-fun alternative to, say, a weekend spent in the comfort of a bustling city. Which is why I’ve put together a little list of the things I’ve learned to make camping for beginners not only tolerable, but actually fun and refreshing and lovely. More
I love to camp. I love, love, love to camp. But because I’m a vegetarian, most of the camping foods I grew up with are kind of out of the question. Hot dogs? Pass. Pork and beans? No, thanks. So what do you put in the cooler? What do you snack on? And so, I’ve put together a list of must-have vegan and vegetarian camping foods. More
If you’re getting ready to pack up and head to the great outdoors for Memorial Day, don’t forget the bug spray. But many commercial versions contain DEET and other eye-irritating, skin-bothering, toxic-when-swallowed ingredients that you may not want to slather on your skin. Instead, opt for a greener version with an easy-to-mix homemade insect repellent. More
It’s hard to believe May is already nearly upon us, but there it is—looming a week from today. It won’t be long before camping trips are in order, or at least hiking and backyard cookouts. But with spring’s bounty and the great outdoors come bugs, bears and bacteria. Ticks are one of the most pernicious of these woodland pests, spreading lyme disease and other nasty illnesses. Here are a few tips for outwitting these creepy little bloodsuckers and other things in the woods that might want to kill you. More
Everything I know about cooking around a campfire, I learned in Girl Scouts. Things never got too gourmet, but we did move beyond The Stick method of campfire meal preparation (not that there’s anything wrong with the stick, just that it’s usefulness is really limited to marshmallows and cased meats). When we weren’t participating in the dreaded “polar bear breakfast” — a bizarre form of Girl Scout camp torture in which you are required to jump into a pool full of freezing cold water at 7 a.m. in order to retrieve your ziplock-bag-protected cereal boxes and apples from the bottom of a pool — we did a lot of mess kit and pocket cooking. More
So we may have complained about the cold fall weather, but we do like fall. Seriously. And one of our favorite things about the next few months is taking outdoorsy weekend trips. We like apple-picking, leaf-peeping, fall hiking, and carving pumpkins that we’ve picked ourselves. Basically, if you can see a family doing it in an L.L. Bean catalog, we’re all over it. Unfortunately, not everything in L.L. Bean is super eco-friendly, so we found some of our favorite green gear to wear, pack, and keep comfortable with on your day trips for the next few weekends. More
Fall means foliage, and the province of Ontario is teeming with all the brilliant reds, oranges, and yellows leaf-peepers desire.
One of our many pristine places to view fall’s brightest colors is Algonquin Provincial Park, located in south-central Ontario. Daily during autumn, Aspens, Red Oaks, Tamaracks, and Sugar and Red Maples perform their spectacular outdoor show covering 2,946 sprawling square miles.
Hikers and bikers alike will love traversing among our impressive fall color explosions, while other visitors will enjoy camping, backcountry canoeing, and fishing for brook or lake trout. More
OK, so this thing doesn’t really exist yet, but Vena Microhydro System concept – a portable, water-powered personal charger – is the latest imaginary item on our “want list”. The concept product is a small underwater turbine device that’s designed … More
After a short week, the weekend came as a pleasant surprise to us here at Blisstree. But that doesn’t mean we don’t have a ton of things we want to fit in over the next few days: Have some chocolate. … More
Getting back to nature is one of the most eco-friendly things you can do in the summer, and even if you’re not the camping-type, a long day spent hiking and hanging out in at a National or State park is … More
You know the feeling: You’re hiking alone in the mountains, high on peyote, when you see a double rainbow. Crying, laughing, questioning what it all means — really pretty normal reactions, if you ask us. It’s a DOUBLE RAINBOW, people. … More
While it’s great to connect with nature and take a break from technology, camping definitely has its downsides. We’re not sure how you feel about peeing outside (or in your wedding dress), but we don’t find it liberating. If you … More