Among the most unique gifts nature has bestowed upon us are the awe-inspiring beauty of the Grand Canyon and the majestic peaks of the Grand Tetons.
Both of these western wonders will be preserved for generations to come, thanks to their status as national parks. Today marks the anniversary for both of these natural treasures: Grand Canyon National Park was established on this date in 1919, with Grand Teton National Park following ten years later.
Within most of the national parks throughout the U.S., you can backpack to remote campsites, or drive to a campground in your RV and hook up to utilities. Whether you choose to rough it or have a more luxurious camping experience, we’re featuring some items to make your time more enjoyable.
This key-fob-sized GPS homing device provides an easy way to find your way back to your campsite after a hike. Pushing the “mark” button before you leave saves your current location and when it’s time to return, it displays a directional compass and the distance you need to travel. The advanced GPS receiver chipset is accurate to within five yards in cities or forested areas. This GPS is also a unique gift idea for those who can’t remember where they parked on city streets or in a mall parking lot.
For relaxing at the end of a day of outdoor activity, this dual hammock sets up easily on a trailer hitch. Two 600-denier polyester hammock chairs have hanging footrests, allowing campers to relax in a reclined position while keeping feet and legs elevated. The hammock chairs hang from a three-piece stand that assembles and attaches to a trailer hitch in just 10 minutes.
Camping lets you escape everyday cares, but not mosquitos. This portable tabletop mosquito repeller provides relief from airborne pests in any outdoor setting. Slightly larger than a soda can, the cordless device stands unobtrusively on a table or picnic bench and emits the safe, subtle floral scent of geranium, peppermint, and lemongrass, plant-derived essential oils that naturally repel mosquitoes, gnats, and midges across a 15′ x 15′ area for up to 18 hours.
While today is the anniversary of two truly grand parks, this August the National Park Service turns 100. If visiting any of this country’s national parks is on your bucket list – whether as a day trip or as a camping adventure – 2016 is a great year to do so!