user-avatarBMcCoy Joined: 04-01-2022
I have a lot of titles that I try to be good at. I am a wife, mom, nana, teacher and freelance writer. There is another title that I try be worthy of and fall short daily and that is a Christian
user-avatarBMcCoy/08-30-2022

Alone So full disclosure, My husband and I frequently watch survival reality shows. Each one has its own set of rules and expectations. Many learn to thrive, while others submit to failure pretty quickly.  I can tell you right now I am not spending 5 minutes naked in the wilderness with biting bugs. And I wouldn't do it for 30 seconds on national television. Sometimes you are left with others, and your survival depends on that dynamic. Other times you are all alone.  You have to be rea...

user-avatarBMcCoy/08-30-2022

Camping Etiquette I recently was scrolling through social media and found several people that were frustrated about the same thing.  Because I am a full-time RV’er, I am a member of several camping groups. I like to read about new tips and tricks. I also love to read about the best campgrounds. These groups do come with their share of drama.  On this occasion, Memorial Day weekend had just ended, and campers were returning home. Many chose the groups to air their anger. It is no secret...

user-avatarBMcCoy/08-30-2022

Frugal Facts of Camping So there is a meme floating around on social media that I wish to bust. It says something like camping is the only thing you spend a fortune on and live like you are homeless. Whoever wrote this was definitely not a truly experienced camper. Camping is a celebration of living simply. So here we go. Here are my tips for budget camping and loving it. When my husband and I started camping, we had a borrowed tent and an air mattress that barely fit inside. And guess what? We ...

user-avatarBMcCoy/08-11-2022

Camping Gear Must Haves: Disaster Survival Edition Natural disasters are happening around the world every day. Hurricanes, tornadoes, forest fires, floods, earthquakes, blizzards, volcanos, and mudslides bombard our daily news. We also have to consider those emergencies that are man-made also. Domestic and foreign acts of terrorism are on the rise. Plane crashes, trains derailed, vehicle accidents and random public shootings rob us of peace and security. How can we prepare? This week lives were ...

user-avatarBMcCoy/07-20-2022

Happy Camper The Modern Digital Nomad Trying to live in peace in today's fast-paced world is a constant fight. The stress of family, school, career, health, spirituality, humanity's identity crisis, world news, state news, local news, and even our virtual, digital life can weigh in. It all sounds good, and it is the American dream to have it all, right? But even after we get or reach whatever we are pursuing, we still need more.  Technology these days doesn't give us much of a chance to bec...

user-avatarBMcCoy/07-12-2022

Camping Hack Fails                                Common Christian Quips Fails When people are introduced to the great outdoors, there can be quite a bit of anxiety involved, especially if they have no experience. They may feel out of their element and uncomfortable with the unknown. Ok, so I may be describing myself about 30 years ago. See, I...

user-avatarBMcCoy/06-17-2022

Junior Campers Instilling the Love of the Outdoors in our Kids Growing up, I spent weekends camping by the river with my mother’s family. The facts are we spent a lot of time at the lake near our home also. On Sundays, after church, a few of us kids would hit the lake wide-open. We would swim, play and eat bologna sandwiches with chips inside the sandwich. Those are some of my favorite memories. Those kids grew up, and today, we love each other just the same as we did on those banks 30 years ago...

user-avatarBMcCoy/05-25-2022

There are some dangers that campers should beware of. Warnings that everyone needs to understand and heed. When choosing a camping site, you must investigate the area for potential hazards.  Everyone in the south knows the rhyme, “three leaves, beware of these.” Poison ivy, poison oak, and other poisonous plants have three leaves. It is also advised that you check your chosen camping area for other dangers also.  Claw marks on trees can mean bears. Rubbing marks on three can mean deer....

user-avatarBMcCoy/05-03-2022

Breaking Bread: Campfire Style One of my favorite things about camping is the food. My husband loves to cook over an open fire. And everything tastes better when cooked and eaten outside. We own several dutch ovens and iron skillets. They are perfect for outside cuisine. From pot roast to cobbler, we have honed our recipes and tricks. There is nothing like coming in from a day on the boat, kayaking, hiking or exploring, and eating a campfire meal. Those campfire meals are always better with fami...

user-avatarBMcCoy/04-19-2022

Be Still, Be Quiet and Breathe Psalm 46:10- He says, "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth." When I was a child, my extended family often met down by the river in Tennessee for family campouts. We would swim, water ski, fish all day, then cook over the fire and play music in the evening. I always enjoyed those trips with my grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. There is nothing like family voices singing in harmony by the campf...

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