Up, Up & Away!

Most of us all have a bucket list – whether it’s an actual written list, a mental list or a bucket with random items written in a row – we all have ideas of things we want to do in our lifetime. This last weekend I got to cross another fun one off my list – Hot Air Ballooning!IMG_20160725_063233413

I got a taste of it at the young, ripe age of 11 – and ever since, I’ve wanted to go back up and actually get to enjoy the champagne they serve. What’s better than some good bubbly, hundreds of feet off the ground!? And all while watching the beautiful sunrise at 5:30 AM. It was a most pleasant, serene morning activity that I got to share with my mother dearest. (Did I mention this was a birthday present from 2 years ago? Luckily if you hand me endless amount of champagne, I forget time easily!) Have I also mentioned that I am NOT a morning person?? And yet I would still get up at the ass-crack of dawn to do it again.

As we drove over to the meeting spot, it was as dark as night outside… cause well, it was still almost night time. Did you know there was a FOUR AM in the morning!? I though it was like Bigfoot – believed but not factual.

Needless to say, the trip was a blast! Our pilot, Chris, was a hoot and the champagne made you feel that much more “floaty” as you drifted aimlessly in the sky for an hour. I have to give balloon pilots a lot of props after learning from Chris about what it takes to fly, own and maintain one of those massive balloon beasts! (They’re like $300k to purchase! And they’re made in Spain!) Also, how every inch of the pilot’s arm hair isn’t singed off by now will always be a mystery! (because he’s constantly under the flame propelling thrower that “inflates” the balloon and all… Hence the name “hot air” balloon…) Just being near the bustling flame as it burst up into the balloon atmosphere made me shut up about the mere 100 degree weather we were living in that weekend. Temecula is HOT in the summer! Guess that’s how they get you to visit all their vineyards and drink lots of wine – hot weather brainwash!

If going up in a hot air balloon isn’t on your list – it should be! And if it IS, then I highly recommend Sunrise Balloons and you can usually get a deal through Groupon. And if you can choose your pilot, which you normally cannot – still ask for Chris! Now go outside and stop looking at your phone/computer/tablet!

[Over and Out. Campin’ Chix -W]

If Dr. Seuss Were a Camper…

“I’ve camped when it’s hot, I’ve camped on a cot, I’ve even camped in a hot, dusty parking lot.

I’ve camped in the rain, I’ve camped while in pain, I’ve camped next to a loud moving train.

I’ve camped with the bears, had to hike up steep stairs, and I’ve camped in a tent with  huge, open tears!

I’ve camped in the sand, I’ve camped on BLM land, and I’ve camped next to a canyon that’s grand.

I’ve camped in cars, beneath many a bright stars… Heck, I’d camp on frickin’ Mars…if I could.”

-Campin’ Chix [W]

Nature’s Gift

“Nature is the world’s most beautiful gift to us.

Tiny plants, big trees, giant boulders. Creeks, lakes, and oceans;

Mountain ranges, desert fields and vast open plains.

Love the earth. Keep it clean. And always stay in motion.”

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Written by: the Campin’ Chix — “leaving vanity behind in search of our sanity”

So ‘Tiny Tents’ are a real thing…

So, Tiny Tents are a real thing…

I’m all for fun, interesting and adventurous toys – but I couldn’t believe this was a real thing! Tiny Tents are “Real” miniature tents…Like real, down to all the details, real; Real tent like poles, real tent fabric, full setup, real zippers… everything! I sat here conversing with friends about these Tiny Tents and how I couldn’t understand how some product ideas become actual products that you can buy. And that people DO buy! I thought it was all a bit ridiculous… at first.

Anyways, Tiny Tents come in two sizes – Small and Large, or “barbie size” and “Cat/dog size” and in two colors: blue and green. Naturally as a cat person, I want a cat size Tiny Tent – and green, cause it matches my person size Coleman tent. I already sound like the crazy person I was first mocking.

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This is what I want to do!

I just imagine taking it camping with me, and lining it up with all the other tents, and taking our usual “this is our campsite!” photo. It would be so funny! Then, I thought, why not bring the cat along too… I know at least 1 cat that would probably like it. Camping that is – maybe not being stuck inside a zippered tent. But that’s why being the human, with bigger muscles and opposable thumbs is better than being a cat – I make the decisions. Usually. (No actual cats will be harmed.)

I basically went full circle from thinking Tiny Tents were a funny and ridiculous product to produce, to actually going to the kickstarter campaign and backing the project. Yup. I admit it. I pledged money for a small green tent. Good job Chris Clearman (concept designer of Tiny Tents)! You got me good!

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Here, you can read the article and see all of this awesomeness for yourself: https://gearjunkie.com/tiny-camping-tents

But then you HAVE to go to the Tiny Tent kick starter campaign and pledge money! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/499267624/tinytm-tents?token=b4bcc110

I say this cause now I really do want to see his idea go far. I find it quite amusing. And you’ll get the benefit of your own Tiny Tent, and many photos of Campin’ Chix Tiny Tent outings to come! It’s a Win-Win-Win!

Thank you Gear Junkie website for your articles that amuse me.
And thank you Chris Clearman for your Tiny Tent idea that I now want to so bad to succeed! I can’t wait to sew a Campin’ Chix patch on my tent!

|| 10-4. Over and Out.Wendy ||

Swag Prototypes!!

To start, I’d LOVE to show you some of our new prototypes for swag that will soon be available! That’s right  – you could have your very own official Campin’ Chix Hat, T-Shirt, Bumper Sticker, Gear Patch and so on! We have so many awesome ideas that we want to get accomplished, and the more help from our loyal friends, family and fans, the quicker we can get it all accomplished!

It’s all about spreading the word to get out, go camping and explore! As our motto promotes: leave behind your vanity in search of your sanity.

Here are 2 photos, 1 of me wearing our prototypes…                                                                            (no laughing at me… just kidding & laugh on!)

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Small Logo Shirt, and Hat

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Anyways, we are super excited, and if you’re feeling awesome and loving, help us spread the word! Share our blog with your friends, family, creepy neighbor, mailman – whomever! You can also share or follow our facebook page http://www.facebook.com/campinchix) or follow me on instagram @campinchix for LOTS more fun photos and adventure!

Lots of love from the Chix!

Campin’ Chix  – “leaving behind vanity in search of our sanity”