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  • Back To Nature

    Three of the best places to camp this Labor Day
  • Labor Day — summer's last hurrah. Time to take some time off from the daily drudgery. No more cubicles, no more meetings, no more tapping on Blackberries, no more chattering on cell phones. It's time to unplug. It's time to get your family in the car, packed with gear and tents and a cooler of treats. It's time for camping.
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    • All the bells and whistles - Camping Gadgetry
      Great, you've decided on a campground. The next question becomes - what to bring? Here are some new-fangled, or simply swell items, that you might want to take along.

      LITTLE RED CAMPFIRE
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      All the bells and whistles - Camping Gadgetry
      Great, you've decided on a campground. The next question becomes - what to bring? Here are some new-fangled, or simply swell items, that you might want to take along.

      LITTLE RED CAMPFIRE

      With burn bans in effect more and more often these days, campgrounds sometimes don't allow in-ground campfires in their sites. Disappointing, you're thinking. How am I going to make s'mores? How can we sing campfire songs without the requisite campfire? Fear not, Coleman's Little Red Campfire is a compact, portable campfire you can take anywhere. Complete with realistic log pieces and a full ring burner - toast those marshmallows, and sing those songs. Sells for around $130.

      CAMPER'S DREAM MEGA ICE CREAM MAKER

      Who doesn't like a big bowl of ice cream? Sadly, that proves challenging when you're camping in the wilds of the northwest. Enter the Camper's Dream Mega Ice Cream Maker. About the size of a basketball it can make a quart of ice cream. Simply load ice and rock salt in one end and ice cream ingredients in the other and, voila, homemade ice cream that'll make your camping neighbors jealous. Quite the deal for $35.

      COLEMAN INSTASTART CAMP OVEN

      What'll also make them jealous, their mouths salivating? The fresh-baked cookies you made at your picnic table. The Coleman Instastart Camp Oven can bake cookies, cakes, pies and breads with ease. It's large enough to hold a 9"x13"baking pan and runs on propane. No need to plug it in. And what do you get out of it? Ooey gooey freshly baked cookies, pies and other sweet treats. How about a pie with your homemade ice cream? Camping heaven for only about $100.
  • Labor Day — summer's last hurrah. Time to take some time off from the daily drudgery. No more cubicles, no more meetings, no more tapping on Blackberries, no more chattering on cell phones. It's time to unplug. It's time to get your family in the car, packed with gear and tents and a cooler of treats. It's time for camping.
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