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Should You Bring Cooking Appliances on Camping Trips?

As you might be expecting, this is one of those “it depends” questions. Of course you don’t want to bring all your domestic appliances with you, but some small appliances might be handy. Unless you’re going camping for the full nature experience, it’s nice to have some residential comforts to keep you company. Not everyone enjoys collecting firewood. I have a microwave in my camper for those lazy days when I want a quick coffee without spending thirty minutes preparing everything the hard way.

Now you might ask “Is this the Canadian way, to bring a microwave camping?” Overall, I’d say the answer is no. I’m just unique. Most of my camping buddies actually laugh at me for doing this. But when they’re cold and grumpy in the night because it’s raining and they can’t keep the fire up to cook their tea, it’s my turn to laugh. Sometimes they ask to use my cooking appliances and I always jokingly say no before I let them.

Sometimes all you need to bring is a cooking stove or a BBQ. Depending on how long you’re camping for, you’ll need to bring a good supply of propane. I love camping in the interior of British Columbia where the wildlife is plentiful. I’m not much of a hunter, but I do love fishing, and to me there’s nothing quite like a barbecued fish.

When should you NOT bring cooking appliances on your camping trip?

If you’re going camping with a date or fiance, then I’d recommend you don’t bring cooking appliances because there’s something romantic about doing everything the pioneer way. If you’re a man, you get to show off your toughness by chopping firewood for your woman, and if you’re a woman you get to show off your innovation by cooking without kitchen equipment. If your man is anything like me, he’ll be highly attracted by seeing you in your overalls and mud boots gutting a fish. But not all men are like me. If you’re man is a dainty French prince then he might be turned away by such a sight.

Another good reason NOT to bring cooking appliances on your camping trip is to experience nature with all of its charms and struggles. Every once in a while, especially on shorter trips, I’ll bring nothing but an axe for chopping wood because it’s nice to get the full camping experience. For a shelter I’ll chop down limbs and make a hut, which usually takes most of the day. This is a lot tougher of course, but when you’re curled up by your fire at night eating the fish you cuaght you feel way more accomplished.

When SHOULD you bring cooking appliances on your camping trip?

If you’re going camping with children, especially an infant, it’s wise to have back up ways of cooking food, because these kids will be dependent on you. If something goes wrong, you’ll have a way to feed them. It’s nice to teach kids the old school ways of living in the forest, but it’s not fun to hear kids crying their lungs out because they can’t bear your burnt fish and seaweed soup. Bringing some urban food to cook for them will satisfy their cravings for normal food and save you a headache.

Another good reason for bringing cooking appliances is for an easy, relaxing experience. Not everyone wants to go through the hassle of working hard on their vacation. If all you want to do is relax and enjoy your time to the max, having a microwave in the RV might be a really good convenience. Some people even drive to a hotel at night and then come back to the campsite in the morning. If you’re bringing appliances for cooking on your trip, just make sure you bring a satellite phone in case you need an appliance service. If you’re not prepared and you rely on your appliances for sustenance, having your RV microwave break down might mean going home early. But if you have a means of calling an appliance repair company who’s willing to make the trek to your campsite, then you’re golden. Also a satellite phone can be handy for hundreds of other emergencies. It’s always wise to bring one.

Sometimes you can bring cooking appliances and only use them in emergencies. Whatever your choice is, I hope this post was able to help in some way. If you’re going camping for the first time it’s important to know these things. Some people even bring bathroom appliances like hairdryers to make camping what we call “glamping.” Whatever you bring though, no one can deny that you’re living in the woods. The main thing to remember is that you’re not at home, and it takes courage to do this.

So enjoy you’re camping trip! Thanks for reading West World Canada and check back soon for more interesting content! Bye for now!


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Saving Old Growth Forests for Future Medicinal Discoveries

Canada has the pleasure of containing many ancient forests with barely-studied plants and mushrooms. These mushrooms and fungi have the potential to reduce disease in populations around the world. For example Lion’s Mane is known to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia. Other rare, un-farmed mushrooms that have medicinal properties which can only be found in nature are becoming more rare by the year as old growth forests disappear under the hatchet of woodcutters.

The potential to discover new medicines dwindles every time a tree is cut down. Nature holds so many secrets waiting to be revealed and if we continue to chop away forests at the rate we’re doing today these secrets may never get discovered. All the drugs and medicines known to man today came from the grace of nature and this is how we pay her back?

This rant is for old people who may not understand the seriousness of this problem, but mostly it’s for young people growing up in this world who are seeking a calling. If saving the forests is the activity you wish to take up in this world, dear young person, you will be doing the most important service known to man. One of the factors why bee populations is decreasing is because of the lack of real old growth forests. And without the bees we’ll lose 70% of our food diversity, including honey, coffee, many fruits and vegetables. We as a species cannot afford to let these forests go away. If we do we will learn the lesson too late.

But it’s not too late. The reason why my blogging partner and I love to spend so much time in the forest is because we praise it as if it were a god. Jungles and wild growth give us everything we need to survive. Therefore without them we cannot survive. It’s that simple.

One of my favorite idles is Paul Stamets because he is an expert in mushrooms and is fighting hard to save the bees with powerful medicines derived from mushrooms. If we had more people like him in this world we wouldn’t need to worry about anything!

So one last time … if you’re a young person reading this and you’re not sure what career path to take, there are so many fields to enter that mankind desperately needs. We need scientists, forest keepers, rangers, survivalists and a host of others. I honestly believe one man who works hard to save the woodlands is more valuable to mankind than 100 lawyers, and that’s not supposed to be a funny joke. I’m serious. We really need to take action at this or soon this blog will have nothing to talk about…

Thanks for reading and please spread this important information!


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Our Plan for the Future of this Wilderness Living Blog

The members of this blog never see each other, because while one’s out fishing on the lakes of Ontario, the other’s visiting the city to catch up with family, and when the former reaches town to see his kids, the latter’s then out with the camper hitting the lakes herself. You see, we’re quite busy, but since we’re both never out in the wilderness at the same time, this blog will never be neglected, unless, of course, we get bored of it; but that’s not likely to happen any time soon as we’ve found a passion for writing about and sharing our live for wildlife, camping, fishing, et cetera.

We wanted to make our first post an introduction about what we plan to do here, for potential readers to get an idea of what we’re really about. My name is Alice Scott, and my partner wishes to stay anonymous as he already has a bit of fame in this field, and wishes to have a place where he can really express his true feelings without disappointing his fans.

Following this blog you can expect to read about cool survival tips, how to stoke a fire the right way, why fishing is the best family activity–you know–stuff like that. Personally I have more experience in camping than in outdoor surviving, compared to my blogging partner, who is an expert in survival, a former police officer. Most of all we’re doing this because we enjoy it, but we also hope to create a long-term foundation for creating a second source of income via advertising. We’re being wholly honest with you when we say it’s our dream to be able to make money off a blog while we’re camping. That would mean we can go camping more! But in order to accomplish this we really understand that we’ll need to provide a sincere service here, giving valuable information and doing all we can to make our wilderness outdoor living advice wholehearted and detailed. We dream of also running a magazine one day, as we have endless stuff to talk about when it comes to this topic.

So if you enjoy reading about Canadian outdoor living, then stick around and check back on us ever and anon, for we’ll be surely ranting ,rambling and giving this blog our whole hearts. Thanks for your interest!