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Buying a Digital Camera
12/16/2009 1:45:25 PM
You’ve decided to upgrade and get a digital camera to capture those special moments. But which one should you get? How much money should you spend? What about memory cards? Don’t worry, The Wacky Otter has your back!
First, it’s important to realize the advantages of digital cameras over regular ones. Digital cameras have the convenience of immediate viewing, ability to connect to a computer for editing and storage, and the fact there’s no film to develop. Some or all of these facts are probably reasons you are interested in a digital camera.
Now that you know why you want a digital camera, there are several things you need to keep in mind before you make your purchase. First, try to buy a camera with at least 2 to 3 megapixels resolution. If you plan on printing your pictures at home, then you should get a camera with even higher resolution. Also, make sure to get a camera with 100% glass lens and not a plastic one.
In regards to memory, you have two options. First, RAM is the internal memory within the camera. The higher the RAM, the more pictures you can store in your camera. To move pictures to your computer, you will need a special USB cable. Another option would be memory cards. Memory cards are inserted into the camera when taking pictures, and then can be removed and used to view the pictures with computers, TVs and other video equipment. Memory cards can even be taken to the store to develop pictures.
Other common features you should keep in mind when comparing cameras include zoom capabilities, battery time indicators, flash modes and viewfinders. Also, autofocus, shutter-release lag times, self-timers, voice memo and interchangeable lens could be other features you are interested in and should be compared. Finally, you may want to consider the different accessories the cameras come with such as USB cables, AC adapters, picture editing software and TV connection cables.
Choosing a digital camera can seem time consuming and frustrating. However, the benefits of using a digital camera over a regular one more than justifies this process. Just think of all those wasted pictures you’ll be saving. Feel free to email us at sales@wackyotter.com if you have any questions regarding our digital cameras.
Choosing a GPS Unit
12/11/2009 10:50:08 AM
If you know someone that travels a lot, a GPS is a perfect companion. In fact, GPS can be extremely handy, especially if you find yourself lost in concrete woods. GPS can help you avoid roads that have been closed for maintenance, or even find a quick way around work that is being performed along your route. Today GPSs are rich with features. Some of the top features to look for when purchasing a GPS are: Bluetooth, SD Card Expansion Slot, Large Point of Interest (POI) Database, Speedy Performance Record, Easy to use Interface, Built-in Maps, and Text to Speech (TTS). Also look for GPS with easy to use interface. Some of the top brands in GPS are TomTom, and Garmin. Check www.wackyotter.com for our great selection of Garmin and TomTom GPSs. Read full detailed description of the different features that these GPS have.
Wacky Otter Campfire Stories
10/28/2009 10:59:04 PM

Put on a Snuggie, grab some friends, light up the campfire, make some s'mores, and share some Wacky Otter Campfire Stories.  Below are some Wacky Otter Campfire Stories. Please feel free to add additional stories of your own.  

               On a dark and stormy night, Jennifer was on her way home from a party with her boyfriend Jack. Neither of them were tired, so Jack suggested that they take a little drive. Jennifer eagerly agreed and turned on the radio as they drove off into the darkness.

                They drove past isolated houses that disappeared behind them in the night. Eventually, Jack pulled over in a secluded area. He turned to Jennifer and smiled. He had waited all evening to be alone with her. Jennifer smiled back and reached over to turn off the radio. At that moment, a news bulletin interrupted the song. “Attention all listeners! A mentally disturbed man has broken out of Brady Mental Asylum. He is believed to be armed and extremely dangerous. Please remain inside with your doors locked. We will continue to bring news as it breaks.”

                “Did you hear that? We have to get outta here!” Jennifer proclaimed.

“It’s nothing. I’m sure the police have already found him. We have nothing to worry about.” Jack explained. However, Jennifer continued to insist on leaving and eventually Jack reluctantly agreed.

                “Alright, we’ll leave.” Jack said, “But I need to take a leak first.” Jennifer tried to persuade him, but nature called. “I promise I’ll be right back,” he reassured her. “Just lock the doors and stay here til I get back.”

                Ten minutes later Jennifer began to worry. After an hour came and went she wanted to go out to check on him. Then she remembered the radio’s warning. Eventually, Jennifer decided to get in the back seat and try to get some sleep. In the morning she would figure out what to do about Jack.

                Jennifer awoke hours later to a faint scratching sound on the roof of the car. She reasoned to herself that the noise was from the rainy and windy weather outside.

“It’s just a branch scratching the roof because of the wind,” she thought. Satisfied with her explanation, Jennifer fell back asleep.  A short time later she was awakened yet again. This time it was due to red and blue flashing lights.

“Great, the police are here! Maybe they can find Jack!” Jennifer thought as she sat up and looked out the back window.

                “You… In the car! Listen to me very carefully,” a voice from the police car instructed. “I want you to get out of the car and walk towards my voice. But whatever you do, do not turn around. Just walk toward me.”

                Jennifer was extremely confused. Still, she opened the car door as instructed. Upon stepping out of the car Jennifer again noticed the scratching noise.

                “That’s right, you’re doing good!” the voice encouraged. “Keep walking.”

Jennifer continued to nervously walk slowly toward the police car. With every step she took, she became more and more confused. The walk seemed to take an eternity to complete as suspicious thoughts were whirling around inside her head.

 “Why are they making me walk toward them? Where is Jack? Why can’t I turn around?” Her last question stuck with her and she couldn’t shake it.

                “Almost there!” the voice announced. “Don’t look back.”

Jennifer simply could not understand. “Don’t look back? Why not? What’s going on? Something’s not right,” she desperately wondered to herself.

                The police car was only a few steps away when Jennifer’s curiosity came over her. As she turned around the next moments of her life seemed to occur in slow motion. There in the tree next to the car was the source of the scratching noise… Jack!  He was hanging from a branch by his neck. As his body swung back and forth in the wind, his shoes were lifelessly scratching the roof of the car. Scratch.

 


.....more to come

Wacky Otter Camping Safety Series
10/27/2009 8:11:43 PM
Did you earn your Camping Merit Badge? If not, or if you need a little refresher on camping safety, check out the Wacky Otter Camping Safety series. Feel free to share your own tips.


1.   Before You Leave
a.     Tell someone where you will be camping.
b.     Packing
         *Emergency Kit- flashlight, batteries, cell phone (remember to program I.C.E on your phone), bottled water, map, compass, blanket, carbohydrate snack foods, and reflective clothing.
        *First Aid Kit – gauze, antihistamine, snake-bite kit, bandages, antiseptic wipes, tweezers, adhesive tape, first-aid instructions, and any prescription medication. An all-in-one kit can usually be purchased at your local pharmacy.  
 
2.   Campsite Safety
a.  If camping in the backcountry, secure a permit from the National Park Service ranger station.
     *Register at the trailhead and sign out when leaving.
b.  Camp in designated areas.
c.  Cook downwind from the tent.
d.  Stake the tent about 100 yards from water.           
    *Running w
ater is a watering hole for animals and stagnant water may breeds mosquitoes. 
e.  Prepare for animals.
    *Animals may range from raccoons to bears.
    *Bear canister may be advantagous to take on your trip.
f.  Protect your valuables.
    *Place valuables in your backpack and take them with you when you leave your campsite for the day.
g.  Be aware of your surroundings.
    *Keep a log in your mind of where you’re at at all time. 
h.  Have fun!
 
…more to follow
   
Wacky Otter Recipes
10/9/2009 2:23:46 PM
Going camping soon? Try out some of the Wacky Otter's delicious camping recipes. Feel free to share your favorite camping recipes with us.

Pizzas
Ingredients:
-Pie Iron
-Bread
-Pizza Sauce
-Butter
-Shredded Mozzarella
-Toppings (Pepperoni, Onions, Green Pepper, Etc.)
-Crushed Red Pepper (Optional)
 
Butter one slice of bread and put it buttered side down in the pie iron. Then spread pizza sauce and add the cheese and toppings to the other side. Finally, butter another slice of bread and place on top of the other with the buttered side facing up. Close the pie iron and set on top of warm coals for 10 minutes or until bread is toasted golden brown.
 
Breakfast Burritos
*These need to be made before the camping trip and keep in resealable bags on ice.
Ingredients:
-Large Tortillas
-Eggs
-Sausage
-Cheese
-Potatoes
-Other Ingredients (Onions, Green Peppers, Etc.)
 
Chop up the potatoes and boil them. Then cook the eggs scrambled style and fry the sausage. In a large bowl, mix the eggs, potatoes, sausage and any other ingredients (diced). Take the mixture from the bowl and add to the tortillas, topping them with cheese. Fold up the tortillas into burritos and then wrap each in aluminum foil. After them have cooled, place the wrapped burritos into resealable bags and keep them cool until they are used. To heat the burritos, simply place the foil wrapped burritos on warm coals for 10 minutes or until tortillas are golden brown.
 
Sheppard’s Mess
*The ground beef and potatoes will have to be cooked ahead of time.
Ingredients:
-Ground Beef (Cooked)
-Peas
-Onions (Diced)
-Corn
-Potatoes (Chopped and Boiled)
-Carrots (Chopped)
-Salt
-Pepper
 
Spread out a sheet of aluminum foil. Then add all the ingredients (ground beef, peas, onions, corn, potatoes and carrots). Fold up the foil with the ingredients and then place on warm coals from 10 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Unwrap the foil and serve. Salt and pepper to taste.
 
Peach Cobbler
Ingredients:
-Flour (2 cups)
-Sugar (2 cups)
-Peach Filling (2 30 oz cans)
-Butter (1 cup)
-Vanilla (1 tsp)
-Pecans (chopped)
 
 
Pour the peach filling into a Dutch oven and spread across the bottom. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, vanilla, butter and pecans. Spread this topping over the peach filling. Place the lid on the Dutch oven and set on top of warm coals and add some coals on top of the Dutch oven. Bake for about 45 minutes or until crust is golden brown.
Your Camping Story
9/11/2009 7:39:16 PM

Do you have a favorite camping story?  How about your most embarrasing camping story?  Share it with The Wacky Otter.

Wacky Otter Camping Supply Checklist
8/26/2009 2:19:46 PM
The Wacky Otter Camping Supply Checklist

Welcome to the first ever Otter Talk. We decided to kick things off by helping you get ready for your next camping trip. And what better way than a checklist? Feel free to print this off and check off the items as you pack.
 
Shelter
___Tent
___Ground tarp
___Stakes
___Mat
___Broom and dust pan
 
Bedding
___Air mattress
___Air pump
___Sleeping bag
___Blankets and sheets
___Pillows
 
Cooking
___Food
___Jugs of water
___Cooler
___Ice
___Propane stove
___Lighter or matches
___Firewood and paper
___Plates and bowls
___Silverware
___Cups
___Aluminum foil
___Paper towels
___Trash bags
___Dish soap
___Cooking oil or cooking spray
___Pots and pans
___Pot holders
___Dishwashing container
___Cooking utensils
___Grilling utensils
___Can opener
___Bottle opener
___Pie irons
___Roasting sticks
___Ziplock bags
___Sponges or dish rags
___Spices
___Condiments
 
Clothes
___Shoes and flip flops
___Pants and shorts
___Belts
___Shirts
___Socks
___Underwear
___Hats
___Sweatshirts or jackets
___Pajamas
___Swimsuit
___Towel
___Raincoat or poncho
 
Personal
___Soap and shampoo
___Toothbrush and toothpaste
___Deodorant
___Brush
___Razor
___Toilet paper
 
Miscellaneous
___Sunscreen and chapstick
___Lantern and flashlight
___Batteries
___GPS
___Bug spray
___Camera
___Books
___Knife
___Binoculars
___Bungi cords or straps
___Cards
___Pen and paper
___Map
___Tools
___Backpack
___Fishing gear
___Radio
___Camp chairs
___First aid kit
___Rope
___Saw or axe
___Tape
___Cell phone
___Bike
___Alarm clock
___Umbrella
___Scissors
 
Have a favorite camping item you'd like to add? Let us know...
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