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Take a guess at what this vintage camping themed flannel print was used for. The inside of a sleeping bag? Pajamas? The lining of a rugged vintage inspired tweed jacket?  You probably wouldn’t suspect that it is a 1980-something Ralph Lauren skirt that I found in the bottom of my fabric drawer. Perhaps I’ll wear it for fun this Thanksgiving  (with long sweater and a cinched leather belt at the waist and tall boots) and then repurpose it into balsam pillows. Anyone have any clever ideas for how to reuse the fabric?

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I bet that the baker who made these delightful camping themed cookies knows her way around a Coleman stove and a nesting pot set. She can probably start a fire by rubbing two sticks together and then belt out a rousing version of “The Logger Lover” while toasting marshmallows over it. Eat your heart out Martha!

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Summer’s winding down and the nights are cooler – perfect camping weather! I sure would love to pitch my tent in this spot. It goes without saying that I’d be stoked to drive the bug there too! Enjoy your weekend.

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I suppose that when you live on an island there is a greater tendency to use and reuse available materials to fashion new objects than when living on the mainland. This imaginative rolling fire pit that my husband and I encountered at the Whale Cove Campground on Digby Neck, Nova Scotia took first place in the reduce-reuse-recycle-made-us-smile department.

Every campsite had one. Discarded washing machine drums were mounted to old push lawn mower chassis’. It’s actually a pretty ingenious idea as you can roll them around to get out of the wind or to clean up the site. We found it made a terrific windscreen for our high tech stove. Unfortunately we were blasted by torrential rain and wind and didn’t get to enjoy an evening fire before packing up soggy gear and moving on the next morning.

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Vermont’s Long Trail is celebrating its 100th birthday this summer. The 273-mile hiking trail winds along the spine, and over the highest peaks of the Green Mountains between the Massachusetts and Canadian borders. It sparked the idea for the Appalachian Trail, in fact, the trails share one hundred miles in the southern part of the state.

The Green Mountain Club was founded by a group of enthusiastic outdoorsmen with plans to build “a footpath in the wilderness”, but it took three young women to put it firmly in the national limelight. Dubbed “The Three Musketeers” Hilda Kurth, Catherine Robbins, and Kathleen Norris donned high lace-up boots, knickers and bandanas, hoisted 25 pound packs and embarked on their successful end-to-end adventure during the summer of 1927.

Women traveling in the mountains alone, or in groups are common today, but it pushed the boundaries of the social norm of the 1920’s. According to Vermont Public Radio commentator, Tom Slayton, the story was very quickly splashed across the front pages of newspapers around the country. In bold type, The San Francisco Examiner’s headline gasped, “They Carried No Firearms and Had No Male Escort!” Other newspapers were similarly incredulous.

These spunky gals helped pave the way for generations of women to come. I sometimes think of The Three Musketeer’s route finding misadventures and bridgeless stream crossings when I’m hiking on the well blazed and mostly debris-free trail and thank them for their feminist trail blazing.  When the going got rough, Hilda Kurth would pull out her ukulele and belt out a lively song or two, spirits revived, they would continue up the trail.

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For more lively stories about The Three Musketeers click here.

In conjunction with the Long Trail’s 100th birthday celebration, the Green Mountain Club is holding an on-line raffle to send one lucky winner on an all expense paid trip to Nepal. The drawing is August 15th.

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Outdoor gear designers and manufacturers take note! There could be a design nugget for you in the Adam & Eve Interactive Sleeping Bag!
Pratt design grad Alyona Makeeva’s masters thesis was titled “Designing for a Better Marriage”. One of her thesis products was the Adam & Eve Interactive Sleeping Bag.
“My thesis explores the notion of marriage in today’s America, as it’s affected by social changes and cultural tradition, and how design can bring back the affinity and genuine communication into a family.
Inside the warm top cover of the sleeping bag are 12 Tyvek panels that can have multiple uses. You and your lover can write your special romantic memories, keep a running diary during a long romantic excursion, copy your favorite love poems, draw, use each panel for an individual theme, or use just one panel per trip to keep a shared “post-card” to record highlights of your times together.”
With slight modification in fabrics and insulations (I can’t quite imagine being cocooned in Tyvek) it could be converted into a functional bag and a real conversation starter.
How about solo bags with Adam or Eve screened on the inside for Lonely Hearts Club members?  It’s a silly idea, but there might just be something to it!

Outdoor gear designers and manufacturers take note! There could be a design nugget for you here with the Adam & Eve Interactive Sleeping Bag!

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Pratt design grad Alyona Makeeva‘s masters thesis was titled “Designing for a Better Marriage”. One of her thesis products was the Adam & Eve Interactive Sleeping Bag.

“My thesis explores the notion of marriage in today’s America, as it’s affected by social changes and cultural tradition, and how design can bring back the affinity and genuine communication into a family.

Inside the warm top cover of the sleeping bag are 12 Tyvek panels that can have multiple uses. You and your lover can write your special romantic memories, keep a running diary during a long romantic excursion, copy your favorite love poems, draw, use each panel for an individual theme, or use just one panel per trip to keep a shared “post-card” to record highlights of your times together.”

With slight modification in fabrics and insulations (I can’t quite imagine being cocooned in Tyvek) it could be converted into a functional bag and a real conversation starter.

How about solo bags with Adam or Eve screened on the inside for Lonely Hearts Club members? Some of the best ideas often start out as the silliest! Love to hear your comments!

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