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Camping and Horse Back Riding

When my children were young my husband and I purchased a membership in a real live cattle ranch in the mountains which had been re-created into a camp ground.

When my husband and I first visited the ranch we both fell in love with it for different reasons. I felt this was a wonderful place for our family to be together in a safe, outdoor camping atmosphere. My husband fell in love with the horses that were housed in the barn.

Of course before we could go camping we must have the correct camping equipment. We needed to purchase, two tents, four sleeping bags and various other camping gear.

On our ranch there were three ways to camp. You could camp in a tent, or bunkhouse with eighteen rooms and two bathrooms with a complete kitchen, or if you owned a motor home you could leave it on the ranch.

We loaded up our car for the first time, we were all excited about our first trip to adventure. My husband and kids could not think of anything but horse back riding and fishing.

The ranch is vast and extends in every area. It consisted of a large playground for the kids, a pool, and tennis court. There were three man made lakes great for fishing. A few years later they added a three hole golf course.

I was raised in the city and had never ridden a horse. My kids had never ridden a horse either and they couldn’t wait to hop on and take off.

After our tents were set up and we had eaten it was pitch black. I had never been outside in the mountains at night and the feeling was eerie. I was sitting down resting when my husband said, “I want to show you something.”

We walked out into an open field and suddenly I was surrounded by five huge horses that towered over me. I really could not see the horses but could feel their presence. I was over come with fear. After all I had never been near a horse before let alone five in the pitch black in the middle of the open field in the mountains.

He said, “Open your hand.” I did and he placed some small pieces of carrots in my open palm. He instructed me to keep my hand open and the horses would eat the carrots right out of my hand. It was totally amazing. I even was able to pet them before we turned and walked very carefully out of the open field.

The next morning our family of four was the first to the barn to sign up for horse back riding. My husband jumped right up on the horse he was assigned. My son managed to mount his horse. My daughter managed to mount her horse also but I had to use the mounting stairs.

We were riding along (not to fast) I was really beginning to enjoy my first horse back ride. Suddenly, my horse changed gait and picked up speed. Totally surprised, I lost my balance and the next moment I was hanging from the horse with my head almost hitting the dirt only attached by one stirrup. I yelled, “HELP,” loud and clear and my husband came to my rescue.

That first camping trip will always stand out in my memory and I hope my kids remember it also.

We continued to camp out on weekends and holidays for many years. These are the memories that cement family relationships.

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Everything To Plan For Your Adventure

Going to summer camp can be an entertaining learning experience for adolescents. They can attend a traditional summer camp where they can choose their favorite activities (such as outdoor recreation, arts, and crafts) from a list and spend as much or as little time on each activity as they choose. Teens having a certain interest can join specialized camps that target their instruction on one activity.

Participating in an adventure tour for teens is perfect for high school aged students that are interested in traveling and adventure. Nevertheless, a true adventure camp provides more than common activities like rock climbing, high rope courses, kayaking or mountain biking. Adventure camps give teens once-in-a-lifetime chances to learn something unique and could involve touring different states or countries.

Some adventure camps include scuba diving certifications, marine biology expeditions, sailing and perhaps even expeditions to tops of glaciers. Predictably, these kinds of activities demand specialized gear, so this kind of summer camp is more costly than just a traditional summer camp. Common cost is about $1000 to $2000 a week, and might not include transportation cost back and forth from the beginning and ending points.

Due to the cost, registering for an adventure tour for teens is simply not for everyone. Furthermore, there might be language skill requirements if the group will be visiting an area where English isn’t largely spoken. As an example, a summer camp in several Latin American countries such as Costa Rica requires participants to get at least one year Spanish study.

Adventure camps last anywhere between a couple weeks to almost a month and may take individuals to other states or countries, dependent upon the concentration of the camp. For instance, an adventure camp conducted in Alaska may target activities such as kayaking, backpacking, glacier ice climbing and whitewater rafting. An adventure camp trip to Australia is definitely exciting and features activities such as scuba diving, surfing, an outback ranch stay, ATV’s and whitewater rafting.

Besides the adventure and travel element, an adventure tour for teens helps teens develop values like self-sufficiency, leadership, resilience, adaptability and cooperation. A few programs integrate community service activities that contribute to the environment and towns visited. For instance, students are able to do volunteer work in preservation parks such as tree planting, eliminating unpleasant plant types and collecting seeds.

Safety is essential to coordinators of adventure camps, so applicants are screened before they are allowed to enter the program. They are interviewed to determine their level of commitment to find out if the program is the correct summer camp choice for them and matches them together with an appropriate summer program (based on age group). Individuals are often given a packet that contains information such as a detailed clothing list, reading list, medical form, insurance form and participation agreement to help them prepare.

Students who wish to join an adventure tour for teens need to research the different programs around before making a decision. They should go to websites, make inquiries and obtain feedback and recommendations. Due to the cost and time investment involved, you should select an adventure camp so that you can reap maximum benefits.

Adventure Camping Holidays

Camping is the best way to experience the natural attractions of Kenya. Most camps are sited in private conservation areas, where walking and night drives are accepted. In every safari, visitors are accompanied by staff members who assist in various fields. For instance, there is a trained cook who is in charge of all the meals in an open fire. Your holiday will not be complete without accompanying a tour guide familiar with the wilderness. There will be someone to wash your clothes and heat the water for shower. In most cases, visitors are requested to help in putting up and bringing down the tents.

Camping adventures are meant for persons who love nature, wildlife, birds and insects. In Kenya, there is room for group camping. Students who love adventure and camping chores such as tent pinching will have a golden opportunity to explore the Kenyan bush where they will share and learn about plants, trees, insects, wild animals, insects and the neighboring communities. All students are recommended to carry their International Identity Students Card. There is no limitation for the number of persons in a group. In fact, the bigger the group, the less the price for the safari. In most camps, The accommodation and transport fees are free to all group leaders. In addition to this, they are the only people allowed to communicate with the company on behalf of their group members.

For bike touring, camping in the wilderness will be a true adventure. You will ride in the most rocky parts of Kenya, and at the same time have plenty of time to view the various wild animals at a close range. Mountain biking in the Aberdare Ranges will give visitors a chance to view the wildlife in the rift valley floor. In this area, you will see many giraffes and buffalo at close distance as you ride along the ranges. The source of river Tana is in the Aberdare ranges. You will therefore have some time to go white-water rafting which will take you through a pineapple estate and large coffee plantations in the Central province of Kenya. You can combine your group with the local riders and have fantastic hiking and rappelling in the Hells Gate National Park, explore the caves and hike Mount Suswa. You could also go for game viewing in the Masai Mara Game Reserve.

Camping holidays on the Tiwi Beach in the coastline of Mombasa will allow group members to compete in various activities such as snorkeling, beach exploration, boat sailing and swimming. The tour guide will discuss with the group members on the activities to be carried out in order to save time and suit every member of the group.

For mountain climbers, camping holidays will be a great experience. You will climb Mt. Kenya which the highest peak in the country. You reach the peak using three routes namely; Naromoro, Chogoria and Sirimon. You could also climb the highest peak (Mt. Kilimanjaro) in Africa. If you make it to the peak, you will have a good view of the summit Kibo crater which is 1.5 miles across. At 5859m, Mt. Kilimanjaro is a snow cape mountain and still active. The lower levels of this mountain are ideal for watching various wild animals. There are five routes leading to the peak namely; Marangu, Rongai, Lemosho, Machame and Umbwe routes.