Outdoor Adventure Blog

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 4—West & South)

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


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 3—North of Downtown)

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


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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Mapping Orlando City Parks (Part 2—Maitland/Winter Park)

by Richard
11/11/2013 08:39:54 P.M.

Here's the next installment of my favorite parks in Orlando: 


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Mapping Orlando City Parks (Part 1—Downtown)

by Richard
10/29/2013 08:32:13 P.M.

Last month, at Creative Mornings, a Rollins College urban planner named Bruce Stevensen laid out some of his plans for making Orlando more awesome (which apparently means, 'a lot more like Portland').

He said that one of the big catalysts for healthy city development is the presence (and addition) of city parks.

That got me thinking about the current city parks in Orlando, and how vital they are to me, helping me slow down in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the expansive cityscape.  So, in honor of them, here is a list of some of the best city parks in the greater Orlando area:

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Trail Running and Biking Essential Accessories

by Alley
10/17/2013 07:45:11 P.M.

I have been in Virginia for 7 months now and have experienced the ins and outs of the trails here, both on bike and my own two feet. On a side note, there are hills everywhere! I used to live in Florida and we don't exactly have (m)any hills, but I must say, they're actually a fun challenge compared to what I was always used to. But regardless of locale, I want to talk about a couple essential items for day-to-day trail experiences (I could go on and on about how I like different options for trails shoes but you can check out my last post about that!)

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