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3 amazing volcanic parks in the Pacific Northwest

By Erin L / July 19, 2016 / Comments Off on 3 amazing volcanic parks in the Pacific Northwest

Parks are more than picnic tables and trees. America is fortunate to have several amazing places where the word ‘park’ just doesn’t do enough to describe the eye candy you’ll find.  The US is home to several preserves with a truly interesting volcanic and geologic pedigree. The sights you see at volcanic National Parks and Monuments…

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Napier Sportz Truck-bed Tent Review

By Erin L / July 14, 2016 / Comments Off on Napier Sportz Truck-bed Tent Review

Getting out of the city, away from the job and into the outdoors can really make you feel relaxed. That’s why I love camping. I can turn off my mobile, light a fire, and sit and contemplate the stars. I’ve been a tenter from the beginning; no fancy RV’s for me! I’ve had a couple…

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Robot Lawn Mower from Husqvarna saves your summer: Review

By Erin L / July 9, 2016 / 3 Comments

Tired of yard work? How about getting a robot to do your lawn cutting? It’s possible today with a robomower from Husqvarna. I got to try it for the summer..

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3 Lamps and lights perfect for camping

By Erin L / July 9, 2016 / 30 Comments

Lighting is important when you’re out in the wilderness. Flashlights are a must, and headlamps are handy, but you need options that aren’t just burning-the-eyes-out bright. I tested three new lighting gadgets on a recent road trip through the northwestern US and found each of them handy. Brunton Lightwave Amp Speaker & Lantern When camping, you…

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Osram Lightify Smart LED Outdoor Lighting: Video Review

By Erin L / August 14, 2015 / Comments Off on Osram Lightify Smart LED Outdoor Lighting: Video Review

Want a great, easy way to jazz up your garden, yard, or walkway? Check out my installation and review of the Osram Lightify GardenSpot Mini outdoor lighting kit. Watch my 3 minute video!

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Can this gadget help your game? Arccos Golf Sensors Reviewed

By Erin L / July 27, 2015 / Comments Off on Can this gadget help your game? Arccos Golf Sensors Reviewed

I recently had a chance to test out the Arccos Golf trackers.  At $379, they’re not inexpensive, and may cost as much or more than a new driver.  So are they worth it, and what can you learn from them? I reviewed the kit over a couple rounds of golf for the Best Buy Plug…

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8 Great Gadgets & Toys for Camping

By Erin L / July 13, 2015 / Comments Off on 8 Great Gadgets & Toys for Camping

Summer is camping season, and there’s nothing better than getting out to the mountains, or the badlands. This month on Tech Talk on CTV, we’re showing you both high-tech and low-tech gadgets to make roughing it more enjoyable. Watch the Video by clicking here! I’ve blogged previously on each of these gadgets, but I’ll put…

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Cool New Camping Gear!

By Erin L / July 4, 2015 / Comments Off on Cool New Camping Gear!

You can usually find me testing out the latest gadgets and high tech gear.  But this time, some of the new gear I got that I’m most excited about isn’t as high-tech as I’m used to.  I love it nonetheless and want to share. First up, this awesome Stanley French Press Coffee Kit I got…

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Biolite Camp Stove: 2 minute Test & Review

By Erin L / May 27, 2015 / Comments Off on Biolite Camp Stove: 2 minute Test & Review

I recently got a chance to try out the Biolite camp stove.  While I’ll be putting it to the test on an upcoming camping trip and will write more in an upcoming blog, here’s the quick first impressions on how quickly it was able to boil water, and how it did powering gadgets via its…

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BioLite’s cooking and camping gear charges devices and may blow your mind

By Erin L / May 23, 2015 / 1 Comment

I’m forever sourcing out new camping gear. Every time I pack up, I realize how much duplication we have, how heavy or unwieldy some of our items are, or that we often bring things we just don’t need. So when I read about BioLite, I was intrigued. The company develops and manufactures what it dubs,…

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