There are few things more enjoyable at night in camp than staring at the fire and the night sky.  Now you can be an astrological expert and dazzle your camp mates with your night sky knowledge.  Here’s what is happening in March:

  • March 1 – New Moon. The Moon will be directly between the Earth and the Sun and will not be visible from Earth. This phase occurs at 08:00 UTC. This is the best time of the month to observe faint objects such as galaxies and star clusters because there is no moonlight to interfere.
  • March 16 – Full Moon. The Moon will be directly opposite the Earth from the Sun and will be fully illuminated as seen from Earth. This phase occurs at 17:08 UTC. This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Worm Moon because this was the time of year when the ground would begin to soften and the earthworms would reappear. This moon has also been known as the Full Crow Moon, the Full Crust Moon, and the Full Sap Moon.
  • March 20 – March Equinox. The March equinox occurs at 16:57 UTC. The Sun will shine directly on the equator and there will be nearly equal amounts of day and night throughout the world. This is also the first day of spring (vernal equinox) in the Northern Hemisphere and the first day of fall (autumnal equinox) in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • March 20 – Occultation of Regulus. An extremely rare event will take place on the morning of Thursday, March 20. An asteroid known as 163 Erigone will pass in front of the bright star Regulus in the constellation of Leo, causing the star to disappear. This event will be visible along a 45-mile-wide path and is predicted to begin at 2:07 a.m. EDT. The asteroid’s shadow will move on a southeast-to-northwest path that will extend from New York City to Oswego in New York State and continue northwest into Ontario, Canada. For those in the center of this path, the star will remain invisible for 12 seconds.
  • March 30 – New Moon. The Moon will be directly between the Earth and the Sun and will not be visible from Earth. This phase occurs at 18:45 UTC. This is the best time of the month to observe faint objects such as galaxies and star clusters because there is no moonlight to interfere.
 excerpt from seasky.org

Cooky Jason’s Camping Recipes

Cooky Jason’s World Famous Steak Fries

These are a constant favorite, winter or summer. Indoors or out. They’re perfect for the campsite and simple to make. There are, of course, countless variations. This is how I like to do them. Enjoy!

Major players:

  • 5 t0 6 large russet potatoes
  • 4 good-size rosemary sprigs, finely chopped
  • ½ cup finely chopped parsley
  • 1 Tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 Tbsp garlic/onion powder (I like to use a combination)
  • ½ tsp ground cayenne powder
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ½ cup flour
  • 1 cup yellow corn meal
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • salt and pepper to taste

Cut the potatoes in half length-wise then cut each half into 3 wedges. You should get 6 wedges per potato. Toss wedges in olive oil until well coated, set aside.

Next, combine flourcorn mealsaltrosemarygarlic/onion powder, and cayenne powder in a large bowl. Add potato wedges and toss until well covered. Bake at 375 for 20 to 25 minutes, until golden brown. If you are doing these on the grill, leave out the flour and cornmeal. On the grill, these will take about 20 minutes as well, turning 2 or 3 times to make sure each side of each wedge sees it’s fair share of the heat.

Remove to a large bowl and toss with the butterparsleycumin, and pepper (fresh ground is always preferred) We add the butter, parsley, cumin, and pepper at the end because those particular items don’t stand up well to dry heat, and adding them at the end when the wedges are still steaming releases the wonderful aromatic properties (the essential oils) of the parsley and cumin. Can’t beat ’em…

Questions/comments/requests? Feel free to drop me a line at jasonr@pahaque.com.

Will Winter Ever End?

Okay we admit it, here in the desert southwest, we’ve had a pretty mild winter.  Great for camping and spending time outdoors.  But after an especially grueling winter in most places north and east of us, we know many of you have camping fever big time!  And we’ve got some great new gear to make 2014 your best camping year ever!

From hammocks to new tent and shelter designs, we are growing and adding new high-quality products regularly.  This year we are introducing our new line of super-comfortable Single and Double size hammocks – perfect for overnight backpacking trips, or for just hanging around camp on a summers day.  Our Green Mountain 4 Tent has been so popular, that this year we added a Green Mountain 5 Tent, ideal for slightly larger groups or when more room is a must.


We’ve also improved our time-tested Perry Mesa and Pamo Valley tents in our continual quest to design the perfect tents.  These two tents, along with our Promontory tent, are the backbone of our high-end, high-performance tent designs, and have proven themselves time and again for over 15 years.  The new Green Mountain tents carry that tradition forward, while utilizing our new hybrid pole set, and offered at a lower price than our other tents.

We’ve also added a new yellow color model to our Shadow Mountain Cabana for this year.  The Shadow Mountain is ideal for the beach, backyard, or backcountry camp site – easy to set up and ideal when shade is a must.  Speaking of shade, our line of Cottonwood Shade Shelters are the best-selling shade canopies on the market – waterproof, super-easy to set up, and strong enough to withstand the nastiest weather you will encounter.

If you are a trailer camper, check out our custom built tents, canopies, covers, and more for a wide-range or towable camping trailers. These items are all built in our Poway, CA shop, and custom sizes, colors and designs are never a problem!

At PahaQue, we are all about Shelter – that’s what we do, and we do it well!  So if you’ve got camping plans for 2014, and can’t wait until the weather turns, now is a good time to think about updating your camping gear!

I hope to see you ’round the campfire soon!

Jeff Sig

Jeff Basford  President