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AZA Reciprocal Admissions - Another Great Discounted Access Program

AZA Reciprocal Admissions - Another Great Discounted Access Program

One of the benefits of becoming a member of your local AZA-accredited zoo or aquarium is discounted (typically 50%) or sometimes free admission to AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums that participate in the AZA Reciprocal Admissions Program.  There are hundreds of participating facilities across most of the USA.

Great for Homeschooling - The ASTC Travel Passport Program

Great for Homeschooling - The ASTC Travel Passport Program

If you're traveling with children for an extended period, as the parent, you're going to be looking after their ongoing education while you're away.  The ASTC Travel Passport Program provides free access to many great science centers and museums across the USA and a few overseas. What a blessing for those homeschooling.

Our Complete Camper Packing List

Our Complete Camper Packing List

Organization is not the only ingredient to successful camping, but it certainly helps to get you off to the right start. Whether you have a teardrop camper, tent, pop-up trailer, or small travel-trailer, storage space is at a premium. Over two and a half years, we've developed and modified our teardrop camping packing list to include just the things we need, having discarded many items we thought would be a good idea at the time.

Upgrading a Camper Fan

Upgrading a Camper Fan

Like many of you, we have found the Fan-Tastic vent installed in our Little Guy 5 Wide teardrop camper runs way too fast even on its lowest setting. Either we're forced to leave the fan off and rely on natural ventilation, or turn the fan to its lowest speed and deal with the gale blowing through the teardrop interior.  A simple solution is available to fix this issue.

Hike with A Purpose, Discover Great New Places

Hike with A Purpose, Discover Great New Places

Summits On The Air gave me a real purpose to my hiking. No longer could I just hike my favorite trails, now I had to find new ones, and in doing so I found new favorites I'd missed out on for the previous fifteen years of living in Southern California. 

Review of the yada Flex Mount Backup Camera

Review of the yada Flex Mount Backup Camera

The yada Flex Mount Backup cam - the box advertised it as battery powered, weather proof, offering night vision and supplied with three mounting options. The unit was not cheap at $130, but I've had a couple of close calls reversing our teardrop so if it saves me one bump it would be worth the money.

Five Helpful Items We've Added to Our Teardrop Camping List

Five Helpful Items We've Added to Our Teardrop Camping List

With two years of teardrop camping behind us, we've added a number of very helpful items to our camping list including walkie talkies, propane fire, and solar lights.