Posts Tagged ‘Camping’

Found The Perfect Little Coffee Maker | Cafflano Klassic

Friday, June 1st, 2018

 

I enjoy coffee in the morning, afternoon and the evening.  Living tiny, you want to reduce the amount of appliances and also give you portable options for when you are camping.  Cafflano Klassic is the world’s first portable pour-over coffee maker making all-in-one design.  This great little option from Cafflano is affordable and its light weight ensures maximum portability, removing hassle of packing.

This is what I’ve decided to use in my Tiny House for making coffee.

It consists of coffee grinder that has a foldaway conical burr ceramic hand-mill, dripping kettle, dripper, server, etched stainless filter and tumbler, and all of those components are integrated into a single assembling unit. Wherever you are,  all you need is some whole beans measured out in advanced and bagged and some hot water you can easily boil even on a trail with a single burner lightweight camping stove… you can easily and conveniently make fresh and tasty coffee at your camp.  It is neither battery-operated nor needs electricity, but totally environment-conscious with its permanent etched stainless filter.

[Cafflano Klassic – Unique Characteristics]

• Portability – a 470g (1 lb.) single constructible unit with full functionality
• Convenience – easy to brew, no multiple brewing kit, measuring cup nor scale are required
• Economical – 1/10th cost of coffee at shops and 60% cost of existing bulky brewing kit
• Eco-friendly – no electric power, disposable filters & cup are required
• Individuality – freedom of choosing any specialty coffee

In Canada you can pick up one at MEC in Toronto.

Travel | The Pursuit To Explore + Experience

Saturday, March 1st, 2014

1-20120103-DSC00972We live in a cool part of the world.  Yes… there are places with so much rich history and lifestyles that are far from what we experience here outside of Toronto, Canada.  There is so many places North that I have not discovered.

Camping, hiking, swimming, waterfalls, lakes, little towns, campfires at night by the water and the black sky with a million stars above you.

I would like to go two places.  I would like to go North and experience trees and streams and everything Canadian + I would also like to go South to see everything “City”

1-20120103-DSC00964These things are simple pleasures for me.  The goal with “living tiny” would to have more time + moo-la to travel places and “travel simple” with AirBnB, CouchSurfing and Camping.

It’s fun to appreciate the little things that go unnoticed.  I want to travel alone to discover myself, with friends, with a women that is in my life and with my Nephew Ray-Dizzle.

How To | Campfire Dinner | Date-Day

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Photographs by: Mikaela Hamilton

This feature focuses on a recipe many people call ‘the hobo meal’

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things you’ll need:

-firewood

-peppers, onions, mushrooms, potatoes, smoked sausage (and really any other vegetable you’d like)

-aluminum foil

-olive oil, salt, pepper, crushed red pepper, garlic

-knives + forks

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first, get a great fire going- the more coals the better.

then chop all of the vegetables + sausage & place on aluminum foil.  drizzle with oil + seasonings to taste.

bunch aluminum foil up into a big ball (I typically wrap an extra layer around the aluminum so nothing leaks out)

lay in the fire & let cook for around 15 minutes, depending on how hot your fire is (often I’ll rotate it halfway through to make sure everything is cooking fairly evenly)

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while you’re waiting for that to cook, keep warm with some coffee + bourbon cream.

14-411-'how-to' moakler-15806-'how-to' moakler-96after 15 minutes or so, take it out of the fire, add a few more seasonings, & eat your heart out.

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dessert:

s’mores, duh.  but why not get a little crazy & add a Reese’s?

things you’ll need:

– graham crackers, chocolate, Reese’s, marshmellows

– skewers

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I think it’s important to get outside with someone that you care about and explore.  Simple things.  A hike or a walk in a forest and why not pack a little lunch.  In this example… just packing some things in a car and visit a Provincial Park and day-camp and hang out for the day would be nice.  It’s easy to pack a cooler with some goodies to cook up.  Bring some cooked chicken in marinade and throw that in a another pouch.

Van Life > Sorry… Car Life | 2001 Toyota Echo Turned Into a Micro RV For RoadTrips & Camping

Monday, January 6th, 2014

Taken from: TinyHouseTalk.com

 

Man Turns his Toyota Car into Micro RV for Stealthy Car Camping

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Who would guess this unassuming Toyota Echo would be able to sleep 2 people comfortably (if a little cozily, you do have to like your traveling companion)?

I believe you’ll really be awed by the simplicity of this car conversion so I encourage you to read the rest of the story and tour the entire car camper below:

 

When we make cross country drives it can get expensive to stay in a motel every night.

So for less than the price of one night’s hotel stay I converted our little 2001 Toyota Echo into a stealth camper.

I already had some of the materials on hand so really all it cost was the price of a sheet of plywood and a 6′x8′ piece of indoor/outdoor carpet.

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Above is the back seat in it’s day-to-day mode. Those are camping pads strapped to the front of the seat. We very rarely use the back seat to transport passengers but it’s still possible although not very comfortable at this point. I plan to add some cushions soon.

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Above and below is the trunk area deck. There’s a cut out on the left to securely hold a 5 gallon water bottle in place.

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Under the deck there’s room to store a wooden folding table, camp stove, a laptop and a few other small things. A plastic dishpan will hold our kitchen stuff.

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Above and below the transformation to sleeping deck is taking place. Front seats are slid all the way forward and seat backs are tilted toward the front of the car. The bottom of the rear seat has come off and is placed securely over the transmission hump. Three pins along the edge of the seat will fit into corresponding holes on the underside of the deck so everything locks securely in place.

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Two views of the fully extended sleeping platform. Just over 6 feet of space with your feet extending into the trunk area. With the self-inflating sleeping pads it’s a comfy but firm bed.

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Notice the two white U-shaped things protruding just below the rear deck. They were there to hold the back of the original seat in place. One of my goals in designing this was not to permanently alter any part of the car so that everything can be put back to stock should we decide to sell it. So I built this little folding table that fits onto those things.

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Voila! With the addition of my laptop and a couple speakers the car is transformed into a media room to watch DVDs or listen to CDs.  I’m reclining on the back side of the forward tilted front seats. With a couple pillows it’s actually quite comfortable.

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And we even have a storage space for it, check it out below:

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Here’s the trunk fully loaded for a trip. With 2 of those super comfortable reclining outdoor chairs it’s a pretty nice camping rig if you like to spend time in the great outdoors. It takes us less than 5 minutes to pull everything out and set everything up. I still need to address having some kind of system for privacy though. I’m thinking that one of those old-fashioned roll up shades attached to the rear deck could pull over the entire sleeping area and no one would even know you are there.

 

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I discovered these great alternate compact camping chairs at Amazon. They hold 300 lbs. and fold into a 4″x4″x14″ case which will allow me to store them under the back deck and eliminate the large amount of space taken up by my current folding chairs (shown above). I plan to have all camping equipment in the car at all times so all we have to do is pack a bag of clothes and go.

Honda Element Camper Wanted | Explore + Everyday Vehicle

Saturday, January 4th, 2014

1-tiny ecamper-001Watch a video on YouTube here about it.

Would love to purchase a used Honda Element and then have the eCamper installed to make it great for camping with the kids.  Imagine using it for everyday commuting and you can easily pop the roof and sleep in the top in the Spring/Summer & Fall with proper sleeping bags.  It would be great for roadtrips anywhere or extended travel that gives you the option to save so much money by not even renting a campground for the night (or expensive lodging).  Use that money for food and adventures instead.

This company also makes one for the Jeep.