Outbound Tent Review

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Backpack Tent features 2000 mm coated water-resistant fabricQuick and easy set up with 2-pole crossover designPolyester ripstop on fly/inner/floor7000 series aluminum poles; weight 8.2 lbs (3.72 kg)Front and back vestibule and doorsCapacity: sleeps 3 people Fly dimensions: 11’5″ L x 7’2″ W x 4′ H

I had purchased a new three season tent last year from Outbound. After a year of use it is still in pretty good shape. Unfortunately there is a lot of screen on the tent which can be easily ripped. We brought my cat camping and the little brat ripped it a couple of times (even though she knows it was bad)! Using a patch kit from Canadian Tire the holes were easily patched.

The tent is very light weight and it comfortable fits two people and a large dog with our gear. The tent is excellent in very nice weather, especially when it is not raining as you can take the fly off and sleep under the stars with no worries of bugs. This is one of my favourite things to do in the summertime. It handled exceptionally well in a rain storm. I found that the design allowed you to touch the edges of the tent without worry of any water coming in during the storms, which we have had issues with other tent designs.

I love the design of the tent as well, allowing more head room then the standard dome tent. The tent is made with two entrances and the fly allows a vestibule at the two sides which we found great for our muddy boots and shoes! The large doors make it easy for entering and exiting as well.

Another nice feature is the colour and reflectiveness of the tent making the tent easy to spot during the day and at night!

So far this is one of my favourite tents that I own and I can not wait to get it out for another summer of fun!

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Species Identification ~ Polyphemus Moth Caterpillar

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Last Summer I found this big guy just chilling on the railing of my front door steps. A Polyphemus Moth Caterpillar. Caterpillars are bright green with yellow stripes and red and silver spots. They also have a brown “v” on their rears. They grow up to 3 1/2 inches long.

They are quite a remarkable species and so very cool. I found the shape and colour of the caterpillar very fascinating and could have observed him all day long!

http://www.fcps.edu/islandcreekes/ecology/polyphemus_moth.htm

I Walk for Wildlife!

Canadian Wildlife Federation

Not only does walking help lower your risk of heart disease and other health issues, but now you can walk to help raise awareness and funds for the Canadian Wildlife Federation. As Canadians, we are so lucky to be surrounded by so much beautiful wild spaces and wonderful species. And I want to keep it that way, I do not want to see any of my favourite species go extinct or any species at all really.

I introduce you to the Walk for Wildlife, a national campaign that encourages Canadians to get outdoors and experience the wildlife that makes Canada what it is! The campaign runs from April 10 – May 31 and the theme for this year is Wild Migrations. The campaign raises money and awareness for the Canadian Species suffering from loss of habitat that can hinder their natural migrations. This campaign features 20 different species that are at risk. To find out more about these species and how you can help visit http://cwf-fcf.org/nww/en/about/

I Walk for Wildlife, will you?