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Local is awesome. It’s so neat to be able to have your neighbor plow your driveway, get your eggs and produce from someone down the road and know your firewood came from local trees. It’s such a good feeling to know that your decisions are helping local folks and supporting local businesses. It is also amazing when you see local businesses supporting local people.

Outdoor Gear Exchange in Burlington is an amazing outdoor store, locally owned and operated (if you have never been, get yourself there!) and I just read that they have combined efforts with the Vermont State Parks to offer brand new camping equipment for rental at designated Vermont state parks this season for free (yes, I said free – F.R.E.E.) The program is part of the Vermont Outdoor Recreation Economic Collaborative‘s work. The hope is that by offering essential camping equipment for rental for free at the designated five state parks, it will foster more folks and particularly families to get outside and enjoy all that Vermont has to offer in the great outdoors. The program will make stoves, lanterns, tents and sleeping pads available for loan to folks camping in the parks. Since the only missing item would be sleeping bags, which don’t really lend themselves well to being loaned out repeatedly – Outdoor Gear Exchange is working on getting low cost sleeping bags manufactured so they can be made available for purchase for campers to buy at a very reasonable price.  The idea is that your only “equipment” expense might be sleeping bags allowing you to borrow all the other necessary equipment from the park.

Mark Sherman, the owner of Outdoor Gear Exchange was the person responsible for this amazing brainstorm idea and has already gotten the support of several well known manufacturers, OGE deals with, like Kelty, Black Diamond, Mountainsmith and Jetboil to volunteer their goods to the cause. How amazing is that?

I totally understand that putting together all the necessary equipment to even get away for a weekend of camping can be financially daunting to a lot of families especially if it’s your first time out or your first experience bringing along the little ones. This is the best of both worlds, getting the family outside and getting to borrow new working equipment without having to beg and borrow from family and friends, who may not even be in the same state.

This is just another reason that if you are in need of some outdoor equipment, perhaps you should just bypass the big box outdoor folks and support local businesses like Outdoor Gear Exchange. They are trying to give back to the community with programs such as this, helping to make the outdoors more accessible for everyone.

Kudos to you, Mr. Sherman and your business, you will continue to have my support! You can read more about the program here.

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One of our projects was to build a fire ring in the yard up by the chairs. Besides keeping the bugs away, it is pretty relaxing. Last night was the inaugural fire –made me feel like we were camping.

Fire is so primitive and so great to photograph….I sat and played with the camera for quite a while as you can see.

 

And of course, the guy responsible for it all….

We rented a 29 foot travel trailer from Travel Rite RV Rentals in Williston. They were fantastic, the unit was great and afforded us a really fun week away.

Here is a photo of the rig we rented, which was perfect for the 5 of us. We had two bedrooms, a pullout couch and another bed if we wanted or needed to convert the dining area (which we didn’t need). We decided upon Wells Beach Resort Campground  as our destination (and especially since they had availability for our schedule). They were really nice and very together there. The campground was neat as a pin, well secured and provided plenty of fun…a mini golf course, heated pool and arcade as well as volleyball, basketball and playgrounds.  The campground was right on the trolley stop so we were able to take the trolley to the beach and out to dinner and sightseeing, eliminating the need to drive everywhere. I highly recommend the place and this comes from a girl who had here doubts about what I considered “old people camping”. My first foray into RV camping was a really good experience and considering we had some less than ideal weather during our stay, it was nice to have a dry place to stay that wasn’t a hotel room. 

The ocean was beautiful. I love the serenity offered by the sounds of waves crashing and being able to walk on the beach and smell the ocean air. 

 

The boys enjoyed the ocean, boogie boarding and catching some rays. It was just a really nice time for all of us.

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