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IBM’s Deep Blue beat Gary Kasparov at chess, the Dow closed above 7000 for the first time, Steve Jobs returned to Apple, and Tiger woods became the youngest golfer to win the Masters golf tournament. The year? 1997. It was also the year the PahaQue launched the Pamo Valley Tent as our first product. The Pamo Valley featured bathtub-style floors, all-mesh roofs, built-in awnings and 100% waterproof performance. Those features were innovative for the time, it was tough to find a family tent that had all those features. But eventually those all came to be standard on any family camping tent worth its salt.
In 1999 we released the PahaQue Teepee, a one of a kind privacy and shower tent. Nobody was making a similar product at the time, and we and practically invented the category of privacy and shower tents. We have been busy since then, and constantly moving, designing, and implementing new techniques and features. We’ve created innovative screen rooms, multi room tents, and an innovative hammock design. In that 21 years we’ve seen so many of our designs become industry standards, that it would be easy to get frustrated at copycats, but we believe imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and the industry has recognized our designs with countless awards. So we just keep pushing forward with new innovations in family camping tents.
While PahaQue Wilderness is old enough to vote, go to college, and buy a beer, PahaQue Custom is still is still a school kid.. It’s been less than a decade since we first used our design and manufacturing experience to create high quality tent awnings and covers for T@B and T@G teardrop trailers. We quickly became innovators in that space as well, and PahaQue Custom now makes covers, awnings, shades and tent rooms for all types of camping trailers, including Alto, R-Pod, and A frame campers. We’ve recently added fun patterns, and designs,, improved as well as improved attachment systems. We’ve even collaborated with the iconic Airstream brand, and helped them develop side and rear tents for their Basecamp trailers.
Our 21st year is turning out to be an exciting one. We’ll be introducing some new items, and improving our existing products. 21 also seems like a good year to introduce a new PahaQue website, so we’ll soon be pushing out a new site with a new look and streamlined ease of use. 21 years seems like a long time, but we feel like we are just getting started, and we look forward hitting 30 and beyond.
We’ve shared a few of our favorite Spring time camping spots, but so far we haven’t ventured east of the Mississippi. Our last two campgrounds have been great spots, with scenic vistas. Places where you can pull up your trailer and set up your side tent, and and have fun for a solid week. But want to make sure our East Coasters know about some of our favorite spots, without having to drive 2 days to get there. This next spot is a HUGE national forest, and this one is named for an American frontier Icon famous for wearing a coon skip cap( although some say he never wore such a hat).
The Daniel Boone National Forest in Kentucky is comprised of over 7000,000 acres of rugged terrain. The park is so big that it is split up into 4 separate ranger districts, There are over a dozen tent camping campgrounds where you can set up family tent and enjoy the great outdoors. There are 7 or 8 campgrounds that allow campers, including some fun group campgrounds that are great for big get-together. You’ll have so many options in the Daniel Boone National Forest, that you won’t know what to do with yourself. Our last two featured campsites where great, one was on the ocean, and one in the arid landscape of West Texas. So Daniel Boone National Forest is the first spot to feature fresh water recreation. With 4 lakes and 3 rivers, you’ll have plenty to choose from. Of course there is also mountain biking, fishing, OHV riding, horse riding and rock climbing. There is literally something for everyone at this park.
There are so many great camping spots, and so many fun activities, you should plan out your trip before you leave home. The US National Forest Service site is a great place to start. Once you’ve planned it all out, pack up your family camping tent, or your camper, head out and enjoy some of the best camping in the US.
Spring is here, and so is Spring break. In our last post, we shared our favorite West coast camping spot: Point Mugu Point Mugu is a great place to do some family camping, or to do some long hikes and escape the hustle and bustle. The 14,000 acre Point Mugu state Park is only 30 minutes from Malibu, and 2 hours from LAX, but you feel like you are a world away. But our next park is over 50 X as big as Point Mugu, and almost 300 miles from the nearest sizable town. Big Bend is named for the “big bend” in the Rio Grande river that forms a 1,000 mile border between Texas and Mexico.
Big Bend National Park is not only a giant park, it contains a wide diversity of plants and animal. In fact 1,200 species of plants, more than 450 species of birds, 56 species of reptiles, and 75 species of mammals call the park home. With a little luck, you’ll spot a golden eagle or a gray fox. If you are exceptionally lucky, you’ll see a cougar, or even a black bear, and you’ll almost definitely spot a javelina.
This large park contains an entire mountain range, and borders 118 miles of the Rio Grande river. The variety of terrain offers many options, and you can choose to river raft, fish, canoe, hike, off road, and more. This is a great park to escape crowds, as the distance from any sort of populations center ( 300 miles to El Paso, almost 400 to San Antonio) makes this one of the least visited national parks in the country. For much of the year, there are plenty of tent camping spots where you can set up your PahaQue Promontory for the family, and RV/Camper spots where you can roll up with your R-Pod or T@B trailer, set up your side tent, and settle in for a week of adventure. But In March and April, It’s best to plan ahead.You are probably too late to reserve a spot for this spring break, but you’ll also find camping at the nearby Big Bend State Park, as well as several private campgrounds near the park.
Within a couple of hours of the park, you can also check out the Marfa lights, the town of Lajitas, and you can even make your trip international by crossing the Rio Grande and having lunch in the Mexican town of Boquillas. Big Bend is a long way from anywhere, but it’s definitely worth the trip.
For us, march means Spring Break, and Spring Break means camping. So we wanted to share one of our favorite California camping spots: Point Mugu. Point Mugu is only 90 minutes from Donwtown Los Angeles, but it might as well be a world away. This secluded 14,000 acre state park is just off of Highway 1, and features over 60 miles of hiking trails, as well as mountains, beaches, and amazing sunsets. In the Winter and early Spring ( NOW!) you can sometimes catch views of migrating whales from your beach side campsite. Point Mugu is a great spot where you can pull a camper like your R-Pod or T@b trailer right out on to the beach, you can also tent camp on the beach sites or on more traditional parking pads. If the Point Mugu State Park is full, and you can’t find any camping spots there, an excellent backup is Leo Carrillo State Park, only 8 miles away. And you’ll find plenty of supplies, along with some of the best surf in SoCal only 14 miles away in Malibu.
PahaQue Custom has extensive experience designing, producing, and selling high quality side tents, awnings, visors, and accessories for T@B and T@G trailers, A-liner, R Pod, Little Guy, and more. So when the folks at Airstream needed help designing and producing tents for the new Airstream Basecamp, they knew exactly where to turn.
PahaQue Custom worked closely with Airstream beginning in 2015, before the first Airstream Basecamp rolled off the factory floor. Work even started before a prototype was available, so the design crew at PahaQue actually used CAD files from AirStream to build a full scale model of the Basecamp roof out of plywood. This allowed PahaQue to achieve almost perfect fit before the first prototype arrived, at which point final design changes and fit modifications were easy to make.
The Basecamp tent utilizes a unique attachment that makes it easy to set up and take down, while also keeping out the harshest elements. But the Basecamp tents are not just functional, they were designed to look great as well. Airstream campers have an iconic look, and it was important to maintain that visual aesthetic. “We’re pretty proud that we were able to design tents that complimented the cool geometry of the trailer itself.” said Jeff Basford, President of PahaQue. The Basecamp side and rear tents add a total of 120 square feet to camper, making the Basecamp even more versatile and useful.
So if you love PahaQue Custom and you love Airstream, you are in luck. You can get these tents along with your Airstream Basecamp trailer at any Airstream dealer, read more about the tents on the Basecamp on Airstream’s website here.
We love getting photos from our loyal customers. We love seeing our gear being used, and we love sharing those photos with the PahaQue community. We figured the best way to get those photos is via a photo contest, and to give away a $100 gift card. So here is what we need from you:
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and attach a photo of your PahaQue Custom or PahaQue Wilderness gear out in the real world. Include your Instagram handle if you have one. We love photos include people, and pets. In return for your lovely photo, you’ll get a chance at a $100 PahaQue Custom gift card, and a our everlasting appreciation. Be sure to read the full contest rules below, and send us your photo by February 28, 2018.
Photo Contest Rules: Entries should be submitted via email as a JPEG, PNG, GIF, or TIFF attachment Each photo should include photographer’s name, location, caption. Any photographs including identifiable images of people must include subject’s permission. The photographs must be your own original creations. You must be the sole owner of the copyright of any photograph(s) submitted.Your submission of each photograph is your guarantee that you are the author and copyright holder of such photograph. By entering, you also warrant that the image does not violate or infringe upon the copyright, trademark, rights of publicity, privacy, or any other intellectual property or other rights of any person or entity.By virtue of their entry, contestants agree that the PahaQue and PahaQue Custom may adapt, edit, and/or modify their photographs in any way and may also publish or otherwise use their photographs for promotional or other purposes . Your Submission constitutes agreement of this use without compensation, right to royalties, or any other compensation.
The gift that gives for 12 months, and only costs 80 bucks.
Let’s face it. A romantic dinner date for Valentine’s day is a bit amateur hour. Heading out for a fancy dinner is what almost everyone does for this winter holiday. But you and your valentine aren’t everyone. You prefer wildflowers over a bouquet of flowers, campfire stories over dining by candlelight, and cooking with a camp stove over being served by a waiter in a suit. So for less than the cost of a dinner date, give your sweetheart the gift that lets them know that you want more than just dinner and a movie. You want a lifetime of adventure together ( or at least 12 months of it). The America The Beautiful National Parks Pass is the ultimate Valentine’s day gift.
The last federal government shutdown was in 2013, and one of the immediate effects that was felt by campers was the shutdown of federal parks. It appears that most federal parks are being left open when possible, but no staff or resources will be available. So here are a few things you may consider if you plan on camping at a federal park during the shutdown:
The gate may or may not be open when you get there. Parks like Yosemite, and Big Bend National Parks are open right now, but but not every federal park is open, and those gates could be locked at any moment. The NPS is not offering much information right now, so keep your fingers crossed! NPS Twitter is inactive, but you may be able to search and find out what other users are reporting.
Your reserved site might not be ready. Park staff have all been furloughed, so there is nobody to guide you to your site, prep the site for you, or to help you if you need help. That includes rescue and emergency medical services, so stay safe and be prepared for the unexpected. Print out any maps or other information before you head out.
Guided tours, hikes, and the like are shut own until the federal government re-opens. So that park ranger guided hike that points out the nest of the elusive desert swallow is canceled until everything is back to normal
There is no trash pickup or toilet services. Make sure you bring extra garbage bags, and plan on hauling it all out with you. If you have a trailer or RV, you’ll have a toilet, but no dump station. Car campers might find the bathrooms locked, or in and “unpleasant” state. Make sure to bring your PahaQue TeePee for privacy as well as a portable camping toilet and your own paper.
Hopefully this will all be over soon, and we’ll be back to normal. Are you visiting federal parks during the shutdown? head on over to our Facebook page and tell us what you found.
Time for the first winter recipe of 2018: Much of the country is blanketed in a
winter wonderland right now, but the warming euphoria of the aroma of cinnamon, sage, pine, and other holiday staples is what really drives the fall/winter season mood in my opinion, and we’re going to use a couple of those here.
Boneless country style pork ribs are my personal favorite. They’re super tender and easy
to grill. But any cut of pork will work just great. If you’re using pork chops, make sure
they’re at least an inch thick. And this will be a double cooking process. Follow along…
3-4lbs preferred cut of pork
4-5 cloves garlic, crushed and finely minced/diced
½ cup chopped onion
½ cup finely shredded/chiffonade sage. Must be fresh sage; no dried stuff from plastic jars here.
1 cup dried cranberries, or 1 ½ cups fresh ones (roughly chopped)
Salt and pepper
1 Tbsp butter
½ cup chopped walnuts
Start by grilling the pork just until all sides are browned and you have some nice grill marks on all sides. Make sure you coat the pork in a little olive oil and salt and pepper first. You don’t need to cook it all the way through here. The second part of this is done in foil pouches. Pour a little olive oil on the foil and lay the pork down on top. Then simply add the garlic, onion, sage, cranberries, butter, and chopped walnuts over the pork. Seal it up but leave a slight opening for venting. Let it hang out over medium heat for 25 to 30 minutes. Remove the pork from the foil to a plate to cool, but don’t you dare throw all that wonderfulness in the foil away. No no no… Drizzle the contents over the pork and serve. Sagey goodness abounds.