Outdoor Adventure Blog

The Florida Springs

by Richard
03/12/2013 10:52:22 A.M.

Florida is pretty pretty.

But, Florida – at the same time – can be monotonous monotonous.

Central Florida, in particular, exhibits the classic Sunshine State redundancies that many of its residents show frustration with: it’s flat, humid, yet dry, less-verdant-than-you’d-think, has lakes that are sometimes too hot (watch out for amoebas) or too Gatory (it’s not fear, just a healthy respect) to entertain. There are, however, some beautiful locales.

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Go Outside for Life

by Richard
03/02/2013 07:32:02 P.M.

Technology is a web, spreading virtually everywhere. And so many of us take advantage of it. I’m no different.

When my alarm rings, it’s my iPhone. It plugs into my computer, which, in turn, plugs into the wall. Where lay the power for our home, it’s grid connects to the rest of Colonialtown, then Orlando, Florida, then US, and much of the world.

I rely so much on technology. So many of us do. It seems like almost everything we use for our lives plugs in, our phones, our computers and tv’s. Our microwaves, fridges, and ‘green’ cars. And I suppose this is all ok, as long as we don’t begin to plug in our hopes as well.

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MSR Hubba Hubba Tent

by Dirk
02/28/2013 10:54:44 A.M.

In early 2013, a friend and I left on what turned out to be a 5,000 mile road trip to California. Having traveled cross-country on several occasions, we decided to add a little more excitement to the trip – we were going camp every night (unless we found a free place to stay) in the middle of January. Both my friend and I took MSR Hubba’s with us - he had the one person Hubba and I had the two person Hubba Hubba. Both functioned amazingly, no matter where we slept.

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Visiting Puerto Rico

by Richard
02/25/2013 11:38:28 A.M.

Dave and I met in college and became fast friends. Despite a few distinctive differences, we’re quite similar…which is why we sometimes have gotten in fights. Not fist fights, mind you (though I’m secretly waiting for one, just to see what happens); but metaphorical knock-down, drag-out fights of reason.

Naturally – I was excited when he agreed to accept the wedding present I offered him: a trip for the two of us to Puerto Rico. One last bachelor hurrah before he wed, grew a beard, and started spending his free time making babies and joining the local PTA.

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Mayor's River Fest Paddle Series (Race 1)

by Jason
02/22/2013 11:32:39 A.M.

Big thanks to Eric Lumbert (w/ Paddleboard New Smyrna Beach) and Adam Berringer the Mayor of New Smyrna, for putting on such an awesome event. Over 60 people came out Saturday, February 16th @ 10am for the Mayor’s River Fest Paddle Series! The weather worked on our side for once. Light wind, not too cold and the current wasn’t very strong going through the river. Was a perfect day for the first of the series of 4 races.

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Paddleboard Racing Around New Smyrna Beach

by Jessica
02/21/2013 11:24:54 A.M.

The Mayor’s River Fest Paddle Race Series, hosted by Paddleboard New Smyrna Beach & Mayor Adam Barringer was created as part of a community wellness initiative focusing on fun & healthy living. The first “Friendly Flatwater Race” number 1 of 4 in the series, was held on Saturday, February 16th at 10 am and consisted of a 4 mile long course & a 2 mile short course with a total of 60 athletes.

The short course was held in a protected lagoon behind Paddleboard NSB’s storefront location. This course was designed for all levels, including first time stand up paddleboard racers. The participants in this course began just after the long course racers.

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Etowah Tarp Review

by Dirk
02/18/2013 11:20:23 A.M.

The typical school of thought when purchasing a shelter for the outdoors causes people to immediately go for a tent. For a very long time I shared this same point of view - it certainly has its place in the outdoors. For the most part a tent keeps you safe from the elements, and from small critters (but not bears, that is a myth). Until recently I was one of those guys who would always lug the tent around - all 4 pounds of it. Since that my mind has been recently changed  to believe that “lighter is better” I’ve fallen in love with a product that’s eliminated almost 3 pounds from my base weight just on its own - the Etowah Sil Nylon tarp.

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Hobie Review - Revolution 13' Kayak

by Spencer
02/08/2013 03:48:48 P.M.

Kayaks have very different purposes for different people, and for that very reason there are a multitude of options when it comes to picking out a kayak. For Florida, a sit-on-top is usually more versatile and well-rounded for our waterways.

Hobie revolutionized the kayaking world in the early 2000 when they launched the first Mirage Drive model. This kayak was propelled by fins, that were powered by the users' legs. The boats also came with a rudder for steering and were so easy to operate anyone could use one. Hobie still produces Mirage Drive kayaks but a lot has changed since then. There are six different models ranging from a 10 ft. single to a 13.5 ft. tandem.

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Canyoonering Zion, Part 2: Two Kinds of Safe

by Richard
02/05/2013 03:54:32 P.M.

Once we finally left the campsite, we made our way to the location just inside the Zion National Park boundary where we were to park our car – because we had to stash our car and the end of the hike and hitchhike to the trailhead. After waiting for just over an hour, in the middle of nowhere, for someone to give us a ride, we hopped into the back of a pickup truck of a kind local, excited to have the wind in our hair and the trail in our sights.

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Canyoonering Zion, Part 1: Two Kinds of Smart

by Richard
01/31/2013 03:48:04 P.M.

When we pulled into the campsite, the sun had already set – but it was our securities that were about to.

My trusty friend, Dave, and I were on the back-side of Zion National Park in the middle of the Utah wilderness. Three hours prior – we agreed to put our lives on the line by canyoneering through a backcountry slot canyon.

I did not tell my mother.

Aron Ralston had recently (2003) cut off his arm from being trapped under a boulder while canyoneering. The remembrance of that made it tough to sign the waiver – effectively turning my life over if something happens to me – but we each did so.

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