Any season is a great time to visit Rocky Mountain National Park. However, if you visit between September and October you will be lucky to see fall colors and hundreds of elk. During the months of September and October you can hear the elk bugling. The bull elk make this sound during mating season. Usually it happens at night (video below is of the elk bugling, you can even here them moving around).
It has been over a year since you had a good job, or you hate your current job. Food prices are going up, travel seems expensive and gas is over $4 a gallon. All you can think about is getting away from it all. But last time you went camping you spent way too much on food and other expenses. You are now creating excuses why you can’t go camping. I don’t have some magic solution to make your life easier but I did discover a website that has made my life a little easier and reduced my food costs while camping. It has also made me better prepared for emergencies. The website is appropriately called www.beprepared.com. At Emergency Essentials they sell long-term food storage kits, emergency kits and many other items.
Camping is something I do for many reasons- to meditate, to see nature, to get away, to explore a new location, to spend time with friends, and most important to have fun. Why do you go camping? (Leave a comment below)
You could also say that camping is great for survival training, even car camping. It gets you in the practice of being prepared for anything and all types of weather.
There are other sites similar to Emergency Essentials (beprepared.com) but it is one of my favorites.
I recommend purchasing a 72 hour survival kit to keep in your vehicle at all times. The kit should include food, water, and first aid supplies. I purchased mine at www.essentialpacks.com for less than $40.
Your kit may contain survival bars (a brick like food bar that is 400-3600 calories) or other food. A 3600 calorie bar is nice to have in your kit but most survival bars taste gross. Your food storage does not have to be gross.
On most survival sites they sell a MRE (a meal ready to eat). These military style meals are actually quite tasty. The MRE is a great way to add to your food storage or camping kit. Meals are affordable at $1-$4 a meal. And additions like peanut butter or lemonade are priced at only 40-50 cents. Not quite surf and turf but for the price the meals are very delicious. The fudge brownie with chocolate chips and chili macaroni are my favorites.
Be prepared even sells items as low as 4 cents. Yes 4 cents! It may be a tongue depressor for 4 cents, a fingertip bandage for 15 cents, cheese spread for 75 cents, or a gauze pad for 11 cents, but where else can you buy anything for 4-75 cents? I had to buy a tiny bandage out of principle just for this reason.
So now that you bought your survival kit and some MREs or other food, you are ready for anything. Maybe you even bought some gold and silver just in case (see below for website). You are now ready for anything. You are free to take on the world. And best of all you spent less than a $100, and you even have cheese spread and a tiny bandage.
So stop worrying, be prepared, relax, and go explore the world. No excuses now. Do some camping! You deserve it.
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