Outdoor Adventure Blog

Finding the Heart of Paris

by Richard
08/10/2014 06:22:30 P.M.

When looking for green in Paris, there are many places to go, but only one that will change your life—one way or another. And that place is Bois de Boulogne. 

Established by Louis Napolean over 150 years ago, this park (which is over 2,000 acres) literally carries within it the unexpected. There you can find a hippodrome, two man-made lakes, a massive forest, the famed Roland Garros tennis facility, and much much more. 

In Bois de Boulogne, I breathed more deeply than I had for many months (near Lac Inferiour); I was tailed and almost robbed (in the wrong part of the forest); I met a life-for-life (walking through the grass), and lost a set of my hosts keys (near the amusement park). I journaled, napped, explored, and dreamed. That was all in a day's work, #becauseboisdeboulogne. I'll never forget that place.

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Searching for Green in London

by Richard
07/12/2014 05:36:14 P.M.

When I landed in London, I hoped that the largest swatch of land I was going to see would be bigger than the football pitch at White Hart Lane, but I had no need to worry. These four stunners, in particular, welcomed me to this 2,000-year-old city with open arms:

Greenwich Park—Home of the Prime Meridian and large patches of rolling green hills, interspersed with forests. I couldn't help but feel like Greenwich was older and more historied than many places I went in London. This was verified when I stumbled upon the marked ruins of a Roman Era structure. Go here if you like science, history, and beautiful scenery. (Bonus: you can tour a 150-year-old English clipper called the "Cutty Sark," though you have to pay to get in.)

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My Hiking Survival Kit

by Dirk
05/20/2014 10:16:33 P.M.

I've been planning a eries of solo hiking adventures by myself. I know that I'm breaking the golden rule of never hiking alone, but sue me—vacation allowances with friends don't always overlap and plans sometimes don't pan out. That's just life. With that in mind, I made myself a survival kit—an essential packet of goodies meant to aid me in the unlikely event of a dangerous situation while I'm all by my lonesome.

These are the items I personally deem as important, after much research, personal experience, and the recommendations of others:

1. Navigation tools. I carry a small compass (which works best when you have a map or already know which direction you are and need to travel).

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Exploring the Great (Lakes) State

by Richard
04/13/2014 10:40:01 P.M.

The massive lakes surrounding the state of Michigan are not the only things great about the fabulous state to the north.

Here are three of the reasons I love it so, and why you should probably consider visiting:

The Outdoors

The place is a veritable playground of wonderfulness.

Michigan has the longest freshwater shoreline of any political subdivision in the world, is the largest state—in terms of area—east of the Mississippi River, and has over 10,000 lakes (you're never more than 6 miles from an inland lake at anytime).

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My Five-Year Vibram Anniversary

by Richard
04/03/2014 10:12:04 P.M.

The five-year anniversary of having my feet in Vibram Fivefingers is right around the corner and I'm ready to celebrate. Those things have been with me for countless adventures. Running, hiking, tubing, gardening, travel, I could go on.

But to me, aside from all the reasons I enjoy the shoes, the thing that stands out the most about them to me now is that they've lasted as long as they have. It's pretty ridiculous, actually.

I don't wear them every day, but most of them I wear weekly. And all of them I've had more than 3 or 4 years.

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Shake Your Headlamp Yes

by Richard
03/17/2014 11:46:39 P.M.

I recently was given some amazing plants for free (for you green thumbs, yerba santa, yucca, chaya, and papaya). The problem was, I got each of them late in the day and they had to be planted in the ground as soon as possble. This meant I'd have to plant in the dark.

So, when I got home, I ran inside and immediately grabbed my Black Diamond Zenix headlamp. It's been so long since I've purchased it that I had no idea what the style name is (I looked it up), but who cares?, because it still works capitally. 

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Second Generation DryComp Ridge Sack

by Richard
02/18/2014 08:45:16 P.M.

When I moved to downtown Orlando, just over a year ago, there was one purchase that assisted me in both saving money and enjoying the city to the maximum: a bicycle. 

Forget gas; I'll pedal.

And if you know anything about Florida, you know that it rains. A lot. In the summer, it is fairly incessant. To ride, I need a bag that is waterproof to keep certain items dry. 

Previously, I had a DryComp Ridge Sack (primarily used around the water) that was a wonder, but the piping on the shoulder straps broke when one of my friends was borrowing it last year. The main reason I took exception to the breakage was because that piping held on the two pieces of chest strap that buckled in the middle. With the piping busted, if I cranked the straps tight, the plastic attachment on the chest straps would slide right off the piping and be rendered useless. 

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Holes in My Fivefingers

by Richard
01/07/2014 10:11:06 P.M.

Many people have asked the question "How long do Fivefingers last?" While I think this is a good question, in principle, it's much more difficult to explain than one might think.

And it starts with, "It depends..."

THE ISSUE//Frequency and Comparision to Running Shoes

This may sound obvious, but it's foundational to understanding how long you'll have you brand new toe shoes.

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Mapping Orlando City Parks (Part 4ŚWest & South)

by Richard
12/13/2013 08:20:34 A.M.

WESTSIDE

I lived on this side of town for approximately three years, and these parks were like a lifeline to me—as I knew needed green grass all the more when I moved to town and knew little about it. Particularly, one of the honorable mentions, which is a tiny little park, made a big difference for me because it was so close to my home. The other two, however, remain in my park reportoire even as I live on the other side of town.

Dr. Phillips Community Park—I’m still caught up on the fact that it has a water park that I can play in. Difficult to top that. But it also has some great fields and is relatively quiet—tucked away off the road.

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Mapping Orlando City Parks (Part 3ŚNorth of Downtown)

by Richard
11/27/2013 05:00:11 P.M.

COMMUNITIES NORTH OF DOWNTOWN

This is my favorite area of town, by far. It's close to many things in the city, yet it resists the temptation to be over-bearing. The communities are Florida old (i.e. I have a delightful 86-year old neighbor who remembers when there was only one house within a mile and half to the east of hers, only 70 years ago...yet, the houses all seem well-lived, in a charming sort of way) and have a lot to offer, particularly in the way of green space.

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