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Interview With Wicked Tuna Captains Dave Carraro & Bill Monte

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Recently we were lucky enough to spend some time with Captain Dave Carraro and his first mate Sandro Maniaci of the Fv-Tuna.com as well as Captain Bill Monte of The Bounty Hunter. Kelly sat down and had a great interview and a great time with the guys. You can check out the whole video here! More videos from the 2014 Minneapolis...

Fun Camping Games To Play With Kids

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For our family, camping has been a great way to spend special time with our kids. When we are at home on the weekends it is easy to get lost in all the To-Do lists that run a mile long, but stepping away from the chores can be the best thing you can do for your family. We have...

How To Keep Bears Away From Camp

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One fear I have about traveling North towards Bear Country is the BEARS! In all my years of camping I have yet to spot any trace of a bear, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t near by. As I gather all my plans for a future Boundary Waters Canoe trip I have been trying my best to set...

Best State Park Camping

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64 State Parks • 55 State Forests • 2 State Wildlife Areas 548 State Wildlife Management Areas • 1 State Natural Area • 1 National Park 2 National Forests • 7 National Wildlife Refuges There are over 60 State Parks in the state of Minnesota. Hosting 4,239 campsites, 1,234 miles of trails and 33 beaches to soak up the sunshine. What makes my family love these wooded getaways? Staying at a State Park feels as though you have stepped into a forest filled with unexpected nature bliss....

Minneapolis RV Camping Vacation Show Is Missing Something

The hope of Spring is growing larger by the day. My family does better when there is a daily dose of sunshine, green grass under their feet and room to spread out. After being stuck in the house with crazy children for a couple of weeks I was beyond ready to take a trip to the convention center...

Portable Patio Set Comes In Handy – Review

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I can't count how many times we have been at a campground and thought it would be nice to have our own camping table. Most camping sites provide a picnic bench, but it is nice to have the extra space to put cooking items on, setting up the kids with coloring books and crayons or simply having more seating...

When My Family Travels – Rightline Cargo Bags

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When my family travels anywhere, even for just a few days, we always find a way to bring enough stuff to fill up every inch of space in our SUV. We don’t have a big vehicle, it’s a regular sized Chevy Trailblazer, but I thought it would be big enough for our family trips…I was wrong. So, we decided...

Where Are We Now and Where Are We Going

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Some of you may have been asking yourselves "Where are those MN campers and what are they going to do during the winter?". We have a plan for Beyond The Tent that we think will not only keep us busy, but it should be very useful for everyone camping in and around Minnesota. A Recap of Beyond The Tent We started...

End of Summer Camping Destinations

Sad, I know summer is coming to a close. However, the camping season itself isn't over quite yet. The official date range is mid October. Which is a beautiful time of year to get out and take in the many colors of the fall trees. Before there is a slight chill in the air make sure to check out...

Skagit Pontoon – Fun and Affordable Fishing & Rec Boat

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Recently I thought that getting a couple of kayaks for our family camping trips would be a blast (we do have a canoe & SUP already). We also have a great 78 acre lake within 4 blocks from our house and thought that we could get even more use out of the kayaks. While looking at kayaks...