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    Top 4 Camping Spots in the Pacific Northwest

    Top 4 Camping Spots in the Pacific Northwest

    REEL Lifestyle perused the Pacific Northwest to find the best camping spots. These are our top four locations we thought our REEL Lifestyle tribe would love. 

    Also, did you know that it’s National Trail Mix Day today, August 31, 2017? We know, it's a bit of a funky "holiday" but seems quite appropriate with Labor Day upon us, and trail mix does go hand-in-hand with hiking, camping and outdoor life in general. Recipe at the bottom for you to make your own.

    Deciding on these top picks was a tough task as narrowing down camping spots is hard when you can find a tremendous amount of gorgeous locations to camp out in the PNW. We took some different things into consideration and ultimately focused on these top four locations so that you can easily scope them out for yourself and each location has something unique the others do not.

     

    1. WASHINGTON

    First stop is the lovely state of Washington to the town of Zillah. This option is more “glamping” than camping, but we like to mix it up a bit. We found a very unique spot called Cherry Wood Bed, Breakfast and Barn. They offer horseback and winery rides (being in the Yakima Valley’s Wine Country doesn’t hurt either), and you can stay in teepees or even go on a cowboy limo winery tour (this includes a wagon tow through wineries by their "cowboy" guides). The teepee lodging experience is a mix of roughing it and luxury so you can get the best of both worlds. Click here for more info. Location: 3271 Roza Dr, Zillah, WA 98953. 

     

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    Photos from Cherry Wood Bed Breakfast and Barn

     

    1. NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

    Next, let’s get over to the breathtaking area that makes up the Point Reyes National Seashore so that we can do some beach camping. This is a fantastic area of coastline just north of San Francisco, CA in Marin County. The beaches here are to-die-for and the Point Reyes Lighthouse is a viewpoint where you can see migrating gray whales to-boot.

    The Point Reyes National Seashore offers backcountry camping, where you can hike, ride bikes or ride a horse into the campgrounds. You can even do boat-in camping which means you must arrive by boat, kayak, canoe or some other type of watercraft. Tomales Bay is the area that allows this to be done and there is a fee and permit for overnight camping. You can make reservations here and explore all it has to have offer here.


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    3.  NEVADA

    Desert scenery can be astounding, especially when you go into areas that put you directly into scenes from Wild West movies. We’re jumping over to the Atlatl Rock Campground which is in the Valley of Fire State Park located in Southern Nevada about 50 miles from Las Vegas. You’ll be able to see red rocks, petroglyphs (you remember learning about those in school, right?!), and you can take a hiking adventure through red rock pinnacles. You can explore their 44 campsites and the area of the Valley of Fire here.

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    Source: CampsitePhotos.com

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    Source: Hikespeak.com

     

    1. IDAHO

    Now we’re swooping over to Idaho where we’ve found a massive national forest that has lakes and streams all over so you can REEL Lifestyle it up easily here. Located in the Idaho Panhandle National Forests is the Avery Creek Cabin, which is 20 miles northeast of Kingston, Idaho. The cabin was built in the 1920’s but has been renovated and can be rented. It’s right by the Coeur d’Alene River so you have access by car and you can hike, fish for cutthroat or rainbow trout in the river, and bring a group as the cabin can fit up to 6. For more information, go here.

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    Source: USDA Forest Service


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    And, lastly, since it’s National Trail Mix Day, here’s a trail mix recipe you can make at home for your next hike or camping trip. These are Trail Mix Balls so they’re super easy to eat on your feet. From EatingWell.com:

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    Source: EatingWell.com

     

    • ⅓ cup honey
    • 2 tablespoons water
    • ⅓ cup peanut butter
    • ½ teaspoon vanilla
    • ¾ cup crisp rice cereal
    • ¾ cup rolled oats, toasted (see Tip)
    • ⅓ cup dried fruit bits
    • ¼ cup salted sunflower kernels
    • ¼ cup lightly salted peanuts
    • ¼ cup unsweetened large flake coconut
    • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds

     

    PREPARATION:

    1. In a small saucepan, combine honey and the water; cook and stir over low heat until the honey liquefies. Remove from heat. Add peanut butter and vanilla, whisking until peanut butter is melted and mixture is smooth.
    2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine rice cereal, toasted rolled oats, fruit bits, sunflower seed kernels, peanuts, coconut, and sesame seeds. Pour honey mixture over cereal mixture; stir to coat. Cover and chill for 1 to 2 hours or just until firm.
    3. Using your damp hands, shape mixture into 30 balls, each about 1- ¼ inches in diameter. Chill balls until ready to serve. Store in a tightly covered container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Makes 30 balls (2 balls per serving)
    • Test Kitchen Tip: To toast oats, place them in a dry medium skillet; cook over medium-high heat until lightly golden and fragrant, stirring frequently to prevent scorching.

     

     

     

    About Our REEL Lifestyle Girl Jenny Meeks

    About Our REEL Lifestyle Girl Jenny Meeks

    Jenny Meeks is from Sacramento, California!  We’re thrilled to have her as an ongoing REEL Lifestyle Tribe Member!
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    Here’s a little bit about her: 

    Hey, Jenny here! I am so happy to represent and be a part of the REEL Lifestyle tribe and I will be taking you on my adventures (taking over social for REEL Lifestyle, sharing pics, and more)!

    I grew up with an immense appreciation for the outdoors thanks to my parents.  We would often go camping in the Sierra Nevada Mountains or near the Pacific Ocean, and I have a huge appreciation for the wildlife and overall great outdoors throughout Northern California. 

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    Two years ago, I picked up my first fly fishing rod. I’d pass a sparkling stream or lake and wished I had a fly rod in hand so once I had that rod, I took to fishing really quickly.  Since then, I’m learning to perfect my craft of slinging bugs.  I go fly fishing a lot in the local rivers in Sacramento, as well as venturing to the Truckee River, the Eastern Sierra, and love Bozeman, Montana.  Fly fishing provides the perfect outlet to a stressful day and challenges me more and more.

    When I’m not fly fishing, you can find me camping in the Alabama Hills, Bishop Creek, or somewhere fantastic in Nevada.  There’s nothing like camping in the high desert with only the light of a campfire and a ceiling of radiant stars. I’m loving my career as a third grade teacher in the small community of Oak Park in Sacramento, but my true hope is to really inspire my students to appreciate the love for the outdoors like I do!   

    Follow Jenny on Instagram here!

    And, you'll be seeing her on our REEL_Lifestyle_Girl Instagram channel as well.

     

    Trevacy Outdoors and the REEL Lifestyle Team Up

    Trevacy Outdoors and the REEL Lifestyle Team Up

    Trevacy Outdoors + REEL Lifestyle 

    By: Trever Dorics of Trevacy Outdoors

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    The Trevacy Outdoors team is excited about recently becoming a part of the REEL Lifestyle Tribe officially. We wanted to share some background about who we are and why we are so in love with the water and great outdoors.

    The REEL Lifestyle tribe is inclusive of so many different things. The meaning of it to all of us here is that it's mostly about bringing people together who have a love and appreciation of the water and the outdoor life. For us, (we're a husband and wife duo, Tracy and Trever), this typically revolves around being on a boat, freshwater or saltwater, fishing, or just relaxing and enjoying each other’s company in the great outdoors. This is a time to relax, enjoy good company, share your adventures, create traditions, and give back to the waterways whenever you can so that future generations can enjoy them, just the same.

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    Living in Florida, you cannot help but be around the water! It’s the way of life around here. Even when we are not in Florida, we find ourselves pulled to the water somehow. In the mountains you can listen to the creeks and waterfalls and hear all of nature around you. There is something about the water that is so calming, so easy to see why the water is our go to relaxation spot! 

    Looking forward to this REEL LIfestyle + Trevacy Outdoors partnership!


    ABOUT TREVACY OUTDOORS

    Currently, we are an online retailer offering over 20,000 outdoor-related items (gear, carefully selected apparel partners like REEL Lifestyle, etc.) with many more that we can order should someone be looking for an item that we may not have listed on our site. Additionally, we are a part of some TV series where we share our adventures in fishing and hunting, as well as show our support for different charity events and organizations.

    Our vision for the future is grandiose, but one of our current goals is to open a brick and mortar store where we would be able to serve our customers face to face and help them start their own adventures and traditions in the wild outdoors. Additionally, we would love to start our own organization creating charity events, such as, Veterans, Law Enforcement, First Responders, our helping at-risk youth. We try to donate and/or participate in as many charity events as possible each year and give back to our communities, as well as those that put their lives on the line for us!

    Some of the REEL Lifestyle apparel is now available to our shoppers at TrevacyOutdoors.com!

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    Where To Travel This Summer

    Where To Travel This Summer

    Top 7 Summer Destination Spots for Outdoor Adventurers


    Choosing a summer travel destination that has a body of water included can ensure that you’ll be utilizing the full summer ensemble.

    That particular ensemble should include a bathing suit, hat, suntan lotion and some sunglasses (some of us should always add a cooler and drinks on the go, just saying). These are all key items that are all very important for the right kind of summer throw down.

    The challenge is choosing exactly where to go and what kind of water fun you want to have. The U.S. has plenty of adventurous, gorgeous places to go, so let’s explore some REEL Lifestyle options.


    Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

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    This resort town has sandy beaches, is a travel destination spot for golf lovers, and is a fantastic spot to hike through many meandering trails. The beautiful beaches are clean and even free of cars. You don’t have to drive anywhere as you can bike and walk as slow or as fast as you’d like all over Hilton Head. There’s a ton of water sport activities that you can do, like kayaking and canoeing, SUP (stand up paddleboarding), and even a Black Sparrow Pirate Ship adventure to set sail on. If you go in September, you can time it with Talk Like a Pirate Day which is on September 19, don’t forget! There are gorgeous hotels and tons of amazing spots to eat, drink and be merry. For more details check out Hilton Head’s site for more info.

    Pearl Lake State Park in Colorado

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    Located at the northern tip of Colorado, this is a great lake for outdoor adventurers. You can camp amid trees right on the water’s edge, go on calm, relaxing canoe rides, and the lake has really great cutthroat trout fishing. There are tons of trails to hike and explore, and there’s typically a light fog that will hang over the lake in the morning giving it a mysterious, meditative feel. Perfect to reclaim and reconnect with your higher self. Learn more about it on Colorado’s website.


    San Juan Islands, Washington

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    The Pacific Northwest’s beauty does not disappoint, ever. These islands are between the U.S. mainland and Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. The temperatures keep at about a nice even 70 degrees for a majority of the year so you don’t have to rush there during summer to take part in the warmth. San Juan Island, Orcas Island, Lopez Island and Shaw Island have the most things to do, and these islands also have the most hotel and food options to explore. Getting there is half the fun as you can take a ferry, or you can even take a small plane. Biking, hiking, and all kinds of outdoor adventures await. Visit the San Juan Islands’ site for more info.


    Lake Santeetlah, NC

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    This lake in North Carolina sits about 100 miles from Asheville (which is one of the coolest spots next to Charlotte to check out in North Carolina), and it’s a popular destination for people that want to explore via pontoon boats, ski boats or kayaks. The town of Lake Santeetlah is quaint and the surrounding area has a small population. You can camp, visit local farms like Wehrloom Honey Bee Farm,  and the clear water offers great fishing for bass, walleye, bluegill, crappie, bream, and lake trout. For more details check this site here.


    Lake Tahoe, CA

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    Lake Tahoe is near and dear to REEL Lifestyle’s heart (given that is the region where our brand was born), but it’s important to note that there’s really cool things you can do there year-round. This includes some really fantastic skiing, but summer provides some awesome things you must check out. You can camp, hike, paddleboard from King’s Beach to Crystal Bay on the North Shore side of the lake, mountain bike, or just throw back some cocktails at the fun at the Wet Woody (Riva Grill, really popular hang out for beach lovers). Here’s a great list of the top 50 things you can do this summer to get the most out of Tahoe.


    Block Island, Rhode Island

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    This island sits 12 miles off the coast of Rhode Island and one of the best things about it is that it isn’t a major destination so you shouldn’t have to fight of hoards of people. You can instead relax and just chill out in true summer vacation style. Activities include bike riding, hiking, horseback riding, snorkeling, fishing, parasailing, kayaking and sailing. The food experiences offer everything from five-star dining to some great seafood that’s served in a picnic style setting. There’s lots of events that go on in summer and here’s a good list to get you started to see if this spot should be your next summer stop.


    Catalina Island, California

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    Catalina Island is about 22 miles southwest of L.A. and you can travel there at anytime during the year as the weather is warm year-round.  So if you don’t have time to hit it this summer, you can make it a destination to get to some other time in the year. It’s an outdoor adventurer hotspot with tons of tours that you can do on land or via  boat. There’s great camping and boating adventures including boat-in campsites that means you can be totally secluded from just about everyone. See their site to check out everything this island has to offer.


    No matter where you go, enjoy your #REELSummer and make it a sweet one!

    New REEL Lifestyle Girl Traveling the Globe

    New REEL Lifestyle Girl Traveling the Globe

     

    The REEL Lifestyle in the Pacific Northwest Life with a Global Adventurer

     

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    Lindsey Ganahl is a native of the Pacific Northwest, and has embraced outdoor adventure as a way of life since she was a child. Professionally she's represented major outdoor gear retailers as a content marketer for five years. Her guiding philosophy is to live a life that you don't want to take a vacation from, and she achieves this by integrating microadventures into her daily life.

    Whether it's sailing on Puget Sound after work, paddle boarding on Lake Washington or camping by Alpine Lakes on sunny summer weekends, nature is not a place she visits, but is her home. She prefers spending more nights in her tent than in her house, and is frequently caught pulling "all nighters" during the week to photograph the Aurora borealis or the Milky Way.

    When she's not out adventuring she works in non-profit for a glass school founded by artist Dale Chihuly with the mission of helping artists return to nature to catalyze the creative process.

    Catch Lindsey on our REEL Lifestyle Girl Instagram channel! Follow us & our adventures: https://www.instagram.com/reel_lifestyle_girl/