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5 Beautiful Western Summer Camping Spots

Summer is upon us and the time to plan your next western summer camping trip has arrived! Camping is one of America’s favorite pastimes, and with such an assortment of beautiful places to visit it’s no wonder! National parks and State parks fill up months in advance for the summer months, and there’s just so many to choose from it’s often hard to decide what places to visit during summer vacation. We’ve assembled a few suggestions to kick off your summer adventure!

 

Western Summer Camping’s First Stop

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Joshua Tree National Park, photo courtesy of nps.gov

Start off your western summer camping trip at Joshua Tree National Park. It is home to not one, but two desert areas to explore! The Colorado desert and Mojave desert are both homes to unique ecosystems – the park even gets its name from the joshua trees that populate the Mojave desert part of the park. Desert camping can be a challenge, but those hot days give way to cool nights and clear skies. Hiking, rock climbing, backpacking and several types of guided tours are just a few things you can do at this great park. One of our Lost Campers campervans can get you there in no time, and provide some respite from the hot desert sun while you relax in between activities.

 

 

Crater Lake will take your breath away

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Crater Lake National Park, photo courtesy of nps.gov

Head up north to visit Crater Lake National Park for a drastic change in scenery. Crater Lake lies within a caldera- a volcano that collapsed in on itself when it erupted over 7,000 years ago. Crater Lake is a sight to behold- Mt. Mazama is rich with green forests and the lake itself is known for it’s beauty. There are plenty of things to do at Crater Lake, the park even has brochures that it puts out each season that can be found online. Hiking and backcountry camping are popular attractions, and the park even has the hiking trails divided up by difficulty in their brochure so there aren’t any surprises. Night sky lovers will also find that the view overhead is perfect for observing astronomical phenomena as well.

 

 

Sea or Forest? Why not both!

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Olympic National Park, photo courtesy of nps.gov

Continuing north, Olympic National Park in Washington is rich in green forests to lose yourself in. Detach from the business of everyday life in the city and get in touch with the rhythm of the forest in this beautiful park. If the forest isn’t for you, head on down to the beach and explore the tidepools! Backpacking, hiking, boating, and fishing are just some of the things you can enjoy at this National Park. A Lost Campers campervan can get you there and provide a nice warm place to wait out any summer rain that Washington might throw your way. Olympic National Park even has their own flickr, be sure to check out their amazing photos!

 

 

 

Idaho’s Sawtooth National Forest is Perfect Year-Round

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Sawtooth National Forest, photo courtesy of fs.usa.gov

Head southeast down to Sawtooth National Forest for a different kind of view. Sawtooth is home to the Greater Sage Grouse (among other unique animals) which is known for its peculiar courting ritual. Hiking, bicycling, nature viewing, and scenic drives are a few things that this park offers. Known for its all-season attractions, Sawtooth is sure to provide an amazing summer vacation for you and your friends and family. This western summer camping spot is sure to provide wonderful memories for you to treasure for years to come.

 

 

 

Visit the Crown of the Continent

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Glacier National Park, photo courtesy of nps.gov

Continuing to the east, Montana’s Glacier National Park is a must see. Glacier sits right along the USA-Canada border, and the water from the glacier melts here lead to the Pacific Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico, and to Hudson’s Bay. This earns the park the title “crown of the continent.” Since what happens in Glacier affects the water in a lot of places in the western US, Glacier’s water supply is monitored carefully. Hikers, fishers, photographers, and backcountry campers are bound to love what Glacier has to offer. Lost Campers can provide the perfect campervan to get you there and back while sticking to your summer budget.

 

 

 

Get your quote today! Our summer season books up fast- you definitely don’t want to miss out on your chance to experience nature with the flexibility of a Lost Campers campervan to take you wherever you want to go, whenever you want to go.

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6 Road Trip Hacks For Keeping It Easy

 6 Practical Road Trip Hacks 

To Keep It Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy 

 

Life hacks are awesome, right? We think so. There is that old saying to work smarter, not harder and we here at Lost Campers think that goes for how we play too! Play smarter, not….wait okay, we like to play hard, so I will just get to the point. Here are some great road trip hacks to help you play harder & smarter! 

 

 Getting there..wherever that is…

Take a screenshot of your directions and maps when you have wi-fi as to be able to access your maps and directions easily in low or no service areas along the way. Google Maps, if you are using this app, also has an option to download your directions to your phone for offline access. We are all about getting lost, but you know what we mean…road trip hacks

Charging your devices

Bring a portable USB power bank for charging devices on the go. These come in handy. Packable and rechargeable power banks are a great safety accessory to throw in your backpack for a long day hike or whatevs, and they are reasonably priced.Road Trip Hacks

Reducing Waste & Stay Organized 

Make a trash can out of an old cereal box or something similar to keep your campervan clean while you travel. Upcycling trash to stay organized! Genius right? Be sure to recycle too! A clean campervan & clean earth makes for happy campers.

On this note, travel with a packable reusable grocery bag. These are cheap, small and super handy for various things from grocery shopping & organizing to throwing together a beach bag. Rid yourself of the need for those awful plastic bags! The earth’s oceans thank you. 

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Entertainment

If you have a Netflix account for video streaming or a paid Spotify for music streaming you can download movies, TV shows and music to your smartphone through these accounts that you can use even when you are offline. Every road trip needs good tunes right? 

Safety Patrol

Pick up a first aid kit and organize a bag or basket with drinking water and snacks in case of an emergency. It is always good to be prepared, especially if your navigator is a bit clumsy. road trip hacks

 

We hope you find these road trip hacks useful! Practical tips from the people who rent practical campervans at practical prices! We are geeking out on practicalities! 

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3 Recipes For Healthy Cooking On The Road

3 Recipes for healthy cooking on the road

We all love road trips and camping, but many of us agree that eating out while on the road gets old and makes us feel “lumpy”.  So we here at Lost Campers are here to provide you with some outdoor kitchen inspiration with 3 recipes for healthy cooking on the road that have been staff tested & approved. We are even including some vegan and gluten-free stylings & we aim for fresh, non-processed foods.

 

Buttery Broccoli & Spinach with Fried Eggs | Gluten-free | Breakfast or Dinner | Serves 2-4

This recipe was created by Dr Mark Hyman and offers a protein punch with a side of greens, a great way to start a big day of exploration! Healthy cooking on the road is possible!

Photo Credit
Dr.Hyman.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:

8 oz of Broccoli  (A smaller head should do the trick)

1 Tbs of minced garlic or 2 cloves chopped

1/2 Yellow Onion

2 tbs of unsalted grass-fed butter or ghee

4 cups of Spinach (4 handfuls is a great way to eyeball it)

Pinch of sea salt

Pinch of black pepper

4 eggs

1-2 avocados (1 for 2 people, 2 for 4 people)

Directions:

Cut up your broccoli into bite-sized pieces. Chop up your onion & garlic. Slice up your avocado and set aside.

In a saucepan, boil your broccoli in water for  2-3 minutes until tender.

In a pot, melt 1/2 the butter on a low temperature and add your onion & cook until softened, 4-5 minutes. No add the garlic and saute until fragrant, about 30 seconds.  add in your spinach and cooked broccoli. Sprinkle with salt & pepper to taste.

In a frying pan melt the other half of the butter, once the butter begins foaming crack an egg into each section of the pan. Cook sunny side up or gently flip for an over easy or over medium egg. Sprinkle with salt & pepper to taste. 

Divide vegetable mixture onto 2-4 plates and top with an egg or two, garnish with sliced avocado.

Enjoy!

 

Buffalo Tempeh Salad | Vegan | Gluten-free | Great for Lunch or Dinner | Serves 2-3 

This is an Isa Chandra inspired dish, with my own simplifications for camping to keep it simple. If you are not familiar with Isa Chandra, well you need to get savvy as she is hands down one of the best vegan chefs in the world and she has a fantastic Vegan Restaurant called Modern Love in Omaha, NE. Worth a stop if you are ever visiting there! 

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Photo Credit IsaChandra.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:

For the Tempeh

1 8oz block of Tempeh, tear into bite-sized pieces 

2 tsp cooking oil (EVOO or avocado oil works fine, eyeball measurements are okay)

1/2 cup of Franks Red Hot hot sauce (use a small coffee mug to eyeball it)

2 Tbs. minced garlic or 3-4 cloves (I buy a small jar of minced garlic when I camp to keep it simple, and if you feel more garlic is better- you should add more!)

1/2 cup vegetable broth (use a small coffee mug to eyeball it)

2 tsp dried oregano (2 pinches works)

For the Salad

1 bottle of  Vegan Ranch such as Diaya or Primal Kitchen brands (or any bottled ranch you want if you are not strictly vegan/non-dairy/gluten-free, blue cheese dressing is also delicious here)

1 large head Romain Lettuce

3-4 Scallions

1/2 a cucumber sliced

1 Avocado halved 

6-8 cherry tomatoes or chopped tomato

Optional additions- radishes, peppers, pepperoncini’s or jalapenos if you are hardcore spicy 

Directions:

After you tear up the tempeh into bite-sized pieces, put it in a saucepan or pot add enough water to cover the tempeh, cover the pot with foil or a lid and set the temp to a med/high and bring it to a boil for 10-12 minutes.

While this is going on, chop the lettuce to your preferred size and put in a large bowl, then add some ranch (eyeball it as saucy as you like it) & give it a toss. Slice up your cucumbers, chop the scallions and slice the avocados while still in their half shell. Set veggies aside- cover with a kitchen towel to keep pests out of your food.

After 10-12 min, drain off any excess water from the tempeh, add the 1/2 the cooking oil & select a med/low temperature on the heat as to not cause the oil to smoke. Lightly brown the tempeh until it starts to look crispy on the outside about 7 -8 min, add more oil if it dries out. Now add the other half of the oil & the minced garlic and saute for a couple more minutes. 

Now add the hot sauce, vegetable broth & oregano to the tempeh & simmer it all together for 4-5 more minutes to allow the sauce to thicken and infuse the tempeh with more flavor.

While this is going on, divide your tossed salad on to two large plates or bowls and add your other veggies around the sides, giving each salad its own half of avocado slices & sprinkling your scallions over the entire salad or in a lovely decoration of your own making. 

Once the tempeh sauce has thickened, pull off the heat and all it to cool for 2 minutes, then top each salad with equal amounts of delicious buffalo tempeh!

Enjoy! 

 

Campfire Dinner-Hobo Fajitas | Gluten-free | Lunch or Dinner| Serves 4

The secret to a successful campfire dinner is how you wrap it. So grab a free local newspaper at the grocery store along with a roll of aluminium foil. Because you are going to learn something new today…

Ingredients: 

1 lb of pre-cut boneless chicken breast (or cut your own)

2 large onions chopped

1 red bell pepper cut into slices

1 yellow pepper cut into slices

1 green pepper cut into slices

1 8 oz package of pre-cut mushrooms (optional) use an extra pepper if you are not a shroomer

1 jalapeno chopped (optional)

4 cloves of garlic chopped or 2-3 tbs of minced garlic- or add more if you like

1 packet of fajita seasoning 

1/4 cup olive oil or avocado oil

2 lemons juiced/squeezed

Corn or Flour Tortillas

Toppers-

4-5 leaves of lettuce chopped

1 cup tomatoes diced

Salsa

Sour cream

Shredded Cheese

Directions: 

Build your campfire. Make sure to use loads of dry kindling. Stoke that puppy good! You are going to need bright, hot coals to cook on. I recommend getting your fire going strong about an hour before you are ready to start cooking so it has time to make some good coals for you.

After all of your vegetables are cut, put them in a large bowl or ziplock bag with the chicken, add olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, fajita seasoning with a pinch of salt & pepper and mix everything until coated. 

Layout 4 large pieces of aluminium foil and divide the mixture between them. Now fold foil over it each direction and roll the ends closed. Now get your newspaper and lay out 4 more large pieces of aluminium foil and place a large piece of newspaper on each piece of new foil. Now wrap each food bundle up in these extra layers, this is a tried and true method by “Paulovich” a true blue Lost Camper, and yes he has a campervan named after him. The newspaper will keep the food from burning and sticking to the foil. 

Now tend to the fire, move larger logs aside in the fire pit to expose an area of coals large enough to cook on. Now cook in the hot coals of the fire for 40-50 minutes, I like to turn the bundles halfway through to cook evenly. Let the bundles cool for 5 minutes once you pull them off and be cautious when opening them up as they will be hot and steamy! Chicken should be opaque in color & the veggies should be tender.  Top with any extra salt & pepper to taste, throw in a tortilla and add your toppers!

Enjoy!

Note to readers: Always follow safe & logical campfire practices and check for fire restrictions before starting a campfire.

We hope that you dig these 3 Recipes for healthy cooking on the road! Healthy campers are happy campers!

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