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Just a few thoughts on playing outdoors this summer and saving money at the same time….

Waterfront Camping

Waterfront Camping

 

 

With the high price of fuel last summer, my husband and I looked for ways to save fuel and still be able to enjoy weekends, camping in our Toy Hauler. 

 

He found a storage lot, that for a nominal fee, we were able to leave our RV close to our favorite destination. It was also with in a ½ hour drive to other places we liked to camp so we could still branch out and avoid the dreaded gas expense.

 

We soon discovered that there were additional advantages as well. Loading up supplies and hooking up our lightweight fishing boat took no time at all. It seemed so much easier to take everything to our destination and load it there, instead of going through the process at home and then heading out. We could take only 1 vehicle, instead of the 2 needed to haul both the RV and the boat.

 

My huband, my dog and our buddy Brian

My huband, my dog and our buddy Brian

 

A toy hauler is fun because of it’s versatility. 95% of our trips are dry camping and with a toy hauler we have a generator and extra water storage to accommodate the lack of amenities. But, like saving fuel towing the trailer, we needed to stay cool without over using the generator. We had the best summer ever, staying close to a lake that allowed us to park our trailer right on the water. Problem solved! Pick a place providing shade or a nice breeze and save even more.

 

Now, everyone is still looking for ways to cut expenses, even though the price of fuel has dropped astronomically. However, we are going to continue staging our RV during the summer because the savings of time and money made our camping trips that much more enjoyable!

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ctp-logo1There are times to blaze your own trails in life. Then, there are times to consult a specialist. When looking to invest in recreational, hunting or fishing properties, Outdoor and Resort Properties, LLC will be the final source for all of your needs.

 

Cebelas, known for quality in equipment and outdoor advice brings that excellence to the very land their customers enjoy. This joining of Cabela’s retail brand with Outdoor & Resort’s real estate brand, is a partnership to pursue future land stewardship in Northern Nevada.

 

Jeni Temen, owner of Outdoor and Resort Properties, has been a reputation in Northern Nevada for blazing her own trails. An outdoor enthusiast with experience locating, listing and selling the most remote locations, she has brought her company into partnership with Cabela’s Trophy Properties to expand those horizons. Bringing her clients a worldwide network of resources, Outdoor and Resort Properties is the specialist buyers and sellers in Northern Nevada need.

 

Recreational property is a major investment. Buyers and Sellers need to work with a Realtor who knows the land, not just the statistics and information provided by public records. They need a Realtor who isn’t afraid to get dirty investigating and uncovering all the potential of a recreational property.

 

Outdoor and Resort Properties partnership with Cabela’s Trophy Properties  

also brings Northern Nevada a connection to land mapping services as well as aquatic and habitat services. Every resource for your recreational property is available through Outdoor and Resort Properties.

 

For the souls that need the range, waterfront or the wildlife, there is a specialist to fill that desire. Contact Outdoor & Resort Properties today and start living that dream.

Jeni and her partner Paws

Jeni and her partner Paws

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color_geo300I was looking up geocache locations to see if more had been added to our mountain neighborhood. A couple of years ago, there weren’t many. Now? I’m thrilled I can walk out the back door and go searching! The closest to my house is only 3/4 mile away. Closer if I cut across the BLM land adjoining my back garden!

 

If you are not familiar, GeoCache is a network of hidden treasure that you find using clues and a GPS. You can get a free account at GeoCache and start searching your area. Then you return to the site and tell others about your hunt. This activity is enjoyed by people all over the world.color_citonotext150

 

In my opinion, this is the ultimate combination of technology and nature. Our family goes geocaching when we go camping all the time. Most of the caches we find in the desert are in old ammo boxes and usually contain a camera, logbook and various types of treasure. Our kids love to fill out the logbook and trade out the ‘treasure’.

 

If you haven’t heard of GeoCaching, logon and see what you have around you. If you plan to travel, this is a great adventure to add to your trip!

 

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Our boat in Alaska

Our boat in Alaska

 

I have also lived in Alaska. A land of beauty and cleanliness like so few places in the world. Urban living is relatively small. I can’t think of anyone who wasn’t aware of their subsistence advantages provided by living in a wilderness state. Subsistence fishing was common. We would stretch a net across a river, catch our limit of 25 of the best red salmon per family member, then take it home for processing.

 

We would brine about 1/3 of the catch in our refrigerator produce drawers for 24 hours in preparation for the smoker. My husband taught me how to can (jar) fish, so we processed about a 1/3 that way. The last was vacuum sealed. We’d developed quite the system for vacuum sealing but it allowed us to have fillets available until next season.

 

Vacuum sealing was hours of work but always worth it. We would clean all of our fish on the boat and bring it home to our kitchen assembly line. My husband and I would each take a station. The first being the person rinsing fillets, cutting into approximately 1 lb. Portions and wrapping tightly in plastic wrap. The second station was vacuum sealing and wrapping in butcher paper or newspaper. The plastic wrap prevented the moisture from being sucked out during the vacuum process. The butcher paper or newspaper at the end, protected the plastic from cracking during storage. We would load our deep freezer with milk crates of each type of meat for organization purposes; venison, elk, moose, salmon, halibut, etc. but they were still were knocked around. We’d suffered loss due to the vacuum bags getting too beaten up, so this was learned through experience.

 

When we smoke our fish, some would be fully smoked and vacuumed sealed as well. To extend my variety of stored fish, I would take some out after a couple of hours of smoking and can it. Canning our own fish gave us variety hard to come by in the lower 48. A major consideration was how healthy this was. I rolled fish fillets, skin and bones included, and put them in the jar. When I put them in the pressure cooker, the nutrients from the fish oil combined with the meat. For a dish like salmon salad, or a salmon log (like a cheese log) I pulled the skin off and combined the meat, bones and all in my Kitchenaid mixer. The bones would be cooked and easily mixed to give a concentration of calcium and there was no worry of choking. People today are taking supplements of fish oil, which we enjoyed in our daily diet without trying. There were years I never even missed tuna because I had the tastiest canned fish available, and I could do anything with it that I could do with canned tuna.

 

My favorite smoked fish is ‘squaw candy’. It might not be a politically correct name, but I know it by no other. Brine your fish in a sweet mix, smoke and vacuum seal. I had no desire for chocolate when this was easily accessible. I would literally have a fillet always ready in the fridge for when I needed a sweet treat!

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