Move over Al Gore, Coleman's in town

by Kade 18. May 2009 23:56

I think my favorite "whoops" quote of all-time is from Al Gore, "During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet." Sure I've heard the claims that he wasn't saying he invented the Internet and I've even read's input on it, but he still said what he said and it makes me laugh. I'm not here to pick on slip ups of politicians though - we'd be here for years on that one - I'm here to discuss the great outdoors.

Coleman has a new campaign running with the slogan, "The Coleman Campsite. The original Social Networking Site." You can check it out here. The ad claims that they pretty much invented camping, and pretty much invented social networking because they've been helping people get together and socialize for years. I do have to admit that long before I ever used Facebook or MySpace, I was eating pancakes, bacon, and eggs at Canyon Campground in Yellowstone National Park.

Even though people camped LONG before Coleman was ever around, I do have to say this is a really fun campaign and it's worth watching the videos on it just to enjoy the ugly...I mean the old clothes and hairstyles.

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Camping | Gear | Yellowstone

A questionable prom date in a dark cave...

by Kade 11. May 2009 23:55

Saturday night I was doing some yard work. My next door neighbor was also outside planting his garden. He hollered over to me asking, "Have you ever been to the Ice Caves?" I asked, "Why?" He said his daughter and three other teens had gone on a prom date out to the Rexburg Ice Caves and that she was supposed to call him when they got out of the cave. He hadn't heard from her and was starting to get a little worried.

I asked him if he knew for sure if they went to the Ice Caves or if they went to the Civil Defense Caves? A lot of people get the two caves confused and claim they are the same thing, when in reality they are two totally different caves. He said he wasn't sure, but that he thought it was the ice caves. He then said that if he didn't hear from them within the next couple hours he'd give me a call. I told him I'd be more than willing to go caving.

About five minutes later, he received a text message from his daughter. She said the cell reception was bad in the area so she couldn't call, but her date lost his keys in the cave and they were locked out of the car.

Thankfully the night turned out good for all involved, but it's just a simple reminder that caving can be dangerous. Always let someone know where you are going, GPS coordinates of the cave location, and when you expect to be out when you go in to a cave. It may just save your life, but it won't save you from an upset dad when you bring his daughter home late from prom.



Mother's Day Eve

by Kade 8. May 2009 23:54

Tomorrow is Mother's Day Eve. You know what that means right? It means that you should be thinking (or panicking) about what to do this weekend.

This is the perfect time to give the Mother in your home a day off from cooking as well as show her some fun. Let's start with the fun part of Mother's Day. Mother's Day Eve is a great day to go outside and enjoy the back country. How about taking your mom to the local nature preserve to enjoy a relaxing afternoon listening to creeks, birds, well just nature in general. If she is the fishing type, go fishing. There is something relaxing about being outside for moms. Maybe it's the fact that they aren't looking at all the work that "needs" to be done in the house. The point I'm trying to make here about Mother's Day Eve is to get outside! It's Spring, everyone has been cooped up and Mother's Day Eve is kind of like a "get ready for Memorial Day" kind of weekend.

Okay, so now that we are done talking about what to do on Mother's Day Eve, let's discuss Mother's Day itself. Mother's Day is really secretly known among men as "Show Off Your Manliness Day." That's right, Mother's Day is secretly a day to show off your manliness. It's time to crack open the grills and make the neighbors jealous with the wonderful aroma's coming off your manly cooking machine. What an awesome weekend. We get to recognize the wonderful women in our lives AND we get to be manly about it. Who could ask for more?

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Camp Food | Family

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