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Rest In Peace, Bandit: Remembering The Late, Great Burt Reynolds

On Thursday, September 6, 2018, the world lost another all-time great with the passing of Burt Reynolds at the age of 82.

He was one of the biggest movie stars in the world in the 70s and 80s and he continued to deliver fantastic performances all the way into the 21st century.

Let’s take a look back at the amazing life of one of the most beloved actors in American history. 

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3 Hammock Camping Tips for a Safe and Comfortable Experience

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Did you know that over 78 million households go camping every year in the USA?

Camping is a great way to sleep out under the stars and enjoy a vacation while safely socially distancing. 

If you find traditional camping uncomfortable, have you tried hammock camping? Hammock camping is a great way to enjoy a comfortable trip to the great outdoors.

Do you want to know how to do it successfully? Why not read on to find out?

1. Use an Under-Quilt

You might think that if you are sleeping in the air in a hammock, you will not need an under-quilt. While it is true that a hammock allows you to sleep away from the cold hard earth, an under-quilt is still a good idea. 

It is good to plan to have some insulation below your body. Otherwise, you will lose significant heat to the cool air that is passing beneath you. 

You might worry that a quilt or sleeping pad will shift during the night and possibly exit the hammock. If you find this to be true, try finding one that is small enough to fit inside your sleeping bag.

2. Hang Your Hammock Loosely

If you are a first-time hammock-camper, you could be tempted to hang your hammock as tightly as possible. After all, a taught hammock resembles a traditional bed right?

Actually, this may not be the most comfortable way to lie. This can cause your shoulders and back to squeeze together. It could cause you to wake in the morning with a stiff neck or back.

One of the most comfortable ways to hang your hammock is to allow it to sag or hang loosely. This is one of the most important things you can do to make your stay comfortable.

If you want to be able to create a comfortable hammock experience, you will need the right equipment. Why not try out these straps to see how you can create the ultimate comfortable hammock.

3. Don’t Forget Your Bug Net

In some locations, a simple hammock setup will not be enough to guarantee a good night’s rest. You will need to equip yourself with bug spray and a bug net to fend off the many curious little insects that come to visit. 

If you set it up correctly, you will not even notice that the bug net is there during the night. You will be able to sleep, read and relax without swatting mosquitos every 30 seconds.

Everything You Needed to Know About Hammock Camping and More

Hammock camping is a great way to sleep out under the stars and enjoy nature at its best. However, if you are considering getting away from it all and camping in the wilds, you need to be prepared. By applying the principles we have discussed today, you will be able to do so safely and comfortably. 

If you would like to learn more about these types of subjects, why not check out our blog page? We publish articles every week that we know you will enjoy. 

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Satisfy Your Wild Side With A Safari

There are many great safaris in the world, but these are six of the best… according to our experts. 

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     Everyone should experience a safari at least once in their lifetime. It’s one amazing adventure… But there are several wonderful options to pick from – so it may be hard to know which ones are worth considering.

Well, look no further! Here are the absolute six best safaris you can find from around the world.

SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK (TANZANIA)

The Serengeti is probably one of the most popular places to go on a safari, and it’s on the top of the list for a reason. On any given game drive you could encounter wildebeests, buffaloes, leopards, lions, rhinos, giraffes, and elephants within a couple of hours of each other. Not to mention Tanzania also offers gorgeous beaches.

VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK (RWANDA)

If you want to live like Jane Goodall on your next vacation, then a safari in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda is the place for you! There are gorillas (including plenty of babies) galore in Rwanda, aka “the land of a thousand hills.” And a guided trek through the jungles of Volcanoes National Park is a great option for those that like to take the path less traveled and get a proper nature experience under their belt.

KRUGER NATIONAL PARK (SOUTH AFRICA)

This is an ideal trip for the newlyweds and lovers out there. Kruger National Park is the most famous and popular park in South Africa, and there are multiple safari packages that equally value the love-struck couple and natural wildlife. You can even take a self-driving tour if you really want some privacy. And aside from the beautiful wildlife, this park also offers powerful rivers and beautiful lakes.

OKAVANGO DELTA (BOTSWANA)

If lions and zebras and elephants aren’t your thing, then head on over to the Okavango Delta in Botswana. Here you can take in a water safari on the swamps and rivers and catch a glimpse of some truly massive hippos. There are also plenty of luxurious and pamper-heavy accommodations in the area for you to get your relaxation on.

YALE NATIONAL PARK (SRI LANKA)

Yale National Park in Sri Lanka is a sneaky alternative to take in a great safari if, for whatever reason, you don’t want to go to Africa. But make no mistake, this beautiful park still offers views just as amazing and all the wildlife you can handle including leopards, elephants, deer, bears, and even adorable sloths! And similar to Tanzania, Sri Lanka also has many beautiful beaches that are ideal for a great vacation.

MAASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE (KENYA)

This breathtaking park is the final destination of over a million wildebeest every year that migrate there all the way from the Serengeti in Tanzania, a journey that is known as “The Great Migration.”

But what makes the end of their migration so compelling, is when they reach Maasai Mara National Reserve and the hippo and crocodile-infested Mara River. Not to mention the Hyenas and lions that are waiting for them on land. The migration happens between July and October every year and is definitely a must-see.


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Visiting The Very Best American Factory Tours

Factories are the backbone of America. More than likely, this beautiful country wouldn’t exist without them… And some of those factories have amazing tours!

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     There are thousands of American brands that we all know and love. You own and use all their great products but you rarely think about how or where they’re assembled. Visiting factories is a literal ton of fun and an activity many tourists never consider. Visiting a factory is a fantastic way to spend the day, enjoying some of your favorite items being crafted.

America was built through incredible factories which built amazing products. However, most people don’t realize that these factories are home to tantalizing tours as well. Here are some of our favorites:

GIBSON GUITARS

Memphis Tennessee has a rich musical history that has tourists flocking to the town to experience where some of their favorite musicians spent a lot of their time.  This is where Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, and many other music legends spent a lot of their time cranking out hit after hit. A lot of these amazing artists need guitars to make their music and when they reach for a guitar, odds are they reach for a Gibson.

The Gibson factory is where they craft these awesome guitars and you can take an awesome one hour tour of the place for only ten dollars. You will see guitar technicians put these guitars together from scratch and the end results are sure to blow your mind. If you like guitars then this is definitely the tour for you.

HARLEY-DAVIDSON

Cruising on your hog is a pleasurable experience that many people love to partake in when flying down the open road. If you love bikes then a tour of one of or all of the Harley Davidson factories is a must. You can find factories in York, Pennsylvania, Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin and Kansas City, Missouri.

See these bikes built from handlebars to seat and marvel at the beauty of the classic Harley Davidson motorcycle. Each factory focuses on a different model so if you’re looking for a specific Harley in your tour do your research first and make sure you’re hitting the right factory. 

CRAYOLA CRAYONS

If you got some kids on a trip then definitely hit the Crayola Crayons factory. See how they create colors like mac n cheese, Caribbean green, and celestial blue. This tour is great for adults and insanely fun for kids as well. There are 26 different attractions for kids to experience such as Melt & Mound, Drip Art, and Doodle in the Dark. With names like that do you expect anything but a colorfully good time? I don’t think so.

KOHLER

Sometimes you want to see something you use every day be made. If you have a lot of experience with something then it’s good to know how that thing is made so you have a better understanding of how it works and where it comes from. We all have a lot of experience with toilets, that is unless you live out in the woods somewhere.

So come see how toilets are built at the Kohler factory tour in Kohler, Wisconsin. They don’t only make toilets there, they make kitchen and tile products as well. The tours are completely free and you’ll have no problem taking a few bathroom breaks.


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