Tips To Avoid Overheating Outdoors

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From beach getaways to camping trips, fireworks, and pool time, summer is full of exciting outdoor activities. But all of summer’s outdoor fun comes with the risk of illnesses caused by the sun, high temperatures and even those pesky summer bugs. So before you head outside with your family summer, make sure you’re prepared by following these simple but effective safety tips.

Prevent Heat Illness

Warm weather is usually a good thing in summertime, but sometimes that warmth turns to extreme heat that can cause damage to your health. To prevent heat illness or even heat stroke, keep yourself cool by staying indoors at the hottest time of the day and performing physical activities out in the heat. Always stay hydrated and never leave your kids or pets in a parked car.

Shield the Sun

Summertime is all about fun in the sun, but it’s important to protect your skin from sunburn before you go outside. Always use SPF 15 or greater and reapply it after swimming or every two hours. Protect your eyes and face by wearing a hat and sunglasses and always give yourself a shady place to retreat. The sun’s rays are strongest between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., so plan your outdoor activities before and after those times to ensure a safe and comfortable summer for your entire family.

Beat the Bugs

Always use insect repellents with 10 to 30-percent DEET on kids and adults older than 2 months. Repellents containing DEET can keep you and your family safe from insect-related illnesses like Lyme Disease or the West Nile Virus.

Swim Safely

Whenever your family is headed out for a day at the beach, pool, river or lake, plan to visit areas that have a lifeguard on duty. And even if there is a lifeguard on duty where you’ll be playing, keep an eye on your kids the entire time they’re in the water.

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Spice Up Your RV Menu

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Enjoy these tasty nachos on your next RV road trip. Super easy to make, these will delight you and your travel companions whenever you’re in the mood for something spicy.

Super Nachos

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 bags corn tortilla chips

For the Pico de Gallo Salsa:

  • 1 jalapeno pepper (seeded and chopped)
  • 4 vine ripe tomatoes (chopped)
  • 1 small onion (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves (finely chopped)
  • salt

For the Beef and Bean Topping:

  • 1 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic (chopped)
  • 1 small onion (chopped)
  • 1 pound ground sirloin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dark chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 jalapeno pepper (seeded and chopped)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper sauce
  • 1 can black beans (drained)

For the Cheese Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 pound pepper jack cheese (shredded)
  • 2 cups milk

Preparation instructions:

  1. Arrange the tortilla chips on a large platter.
  2. Combine the ingredients for the pico de gallo salsa in a bowl and set them aside.
  3. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, then stir in the oil, garlic, onions and peppers. Saute for 2 minutes.
  4. Stir in the meat and crumble it with a spatula or wooden spoon.
  5. Season the meat with cumin, chili powder and cayenne pepper sauce. Cook the meat for 5 minutes, then stir the beans into the mixture and reduce the heat to low.
  6. Melt the butter in a medium sauce pot and stir in the flour. Cook for 2 minutes, then whisk in the milk. Once milk begins to boil, stir in the cheese until it creates a creamy sauce. Remove from heat.
  7. Pour the cheese evenly over the chips and top with the beef, beans and pico de gallo.
  8. Serve hot.

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Explore the Ice Age National Scenic Trail

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The Ice Age National Scenic Trail winds its way through some of the most picturesque parts of Wisconsin, covering 1,200 miles.

Established in 1980, the trail is so named because it’s starting point is the terminal moraine, or stopping point, of a glacier from the last ice age before it ultimately melted about 15,000 years ago. The trail follows the general path this glacier took. The glaciers in Wisconsin are responsible for many of Wisconsin’s geographical features, including many lakes, river valleys, rolling hills, and ridges.

Along its route, the trail crosses numerous local parks, state parks and forests, state wildlife and natural areas, and the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

The trail is open primarily to hiking, although other activities are allowed where the trail follows other existing routes. Although the trail is divided into shorter segments, there are numerous opportunities for longer-distance backpacking trips, with camping opportunities including shelters in both units of the Kettle Moraine State Forest.

Primary attractions include topography left by glaciation in the Last Ice Age. Glacial features along the trail include kettles, potholes, eskers, and glacial erratics.

Numerous species of mammals can be seen along the trail, including red fox, American red squirrel, white-tailed deer, porcupine, black bear, and grey wolf. Birds seen along the southern part of the trail include the Acadian flycatcher, Henslow’s sparrow, red-hooded woodpecker, and hooded warbler. Further north, white-throated sparrows, ruffed grouse, and bald eagles are more common.

If you’re looking for a good mix of natural beauty, wildlife observation, hiking challenges, and learning more about glaciation, then the Ice Age National Scenic Trail is perfect for your summer road trip destination.

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5 Hot Dogs to Try This Summer

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Summer time, especially July here in the States, is prime time for hot dogs. While there are more recipes for hamburgers than you would believe, the humble hot dog is often overlooked. Just as customizable, you don’t have to stick to mustard and relish if you’re looking to change things up next time you throw some links on the grill.

Banh Mi Dog

Add an exotic Vietnamese twist to your hot dog with spicy mayo, sliced cucumber, shredded carrot, cilantro (or mint if you don’t care for cilantro), and pickled jalapeno peppers. Fresh and spicy come to mind when describing the taste of this dog. Cole slaw goes well with the Banh Mi Dog, as the coolness offsets the heat from the dog.

Steak House dog

Got some steak sauce but no steak? No problem. Just make the steak house dog. Tomatoes, grilled or fresh onions, and some steak sauce of your choice will set you up with this delectable dish. Grill some corn while you’re at it and you’ve got a meal everyone will love.

Cuban Dog

A Cuban sandwich without the sandwich. Just add sliced ham, Swiss cheese, pickles, and spicy mustard. Serve on a Cuban roll if you have one for extra authenticity points.

Mac and Cheese Dog

Kids will love the mac and cheese dog. Simply whip up a batch of your favorite mac and dole it out onto the dog. Add bacon if you want something extra savory. A side of potato chips goes well with this one.

Loaded Baked Potato Dog

This one’s out there. Load up a baked potato as you would normally with your preferred toppings, but don’t forget to add the hot dog. The potato serves in place of the bun!

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