Outdoor Adventure Blog

Travel Country Employee Writes Hiking Book!

by Richard
06/03/2013 06:13:49 P.M.

In the fall of 2012, Wayne "KrispyKritter" Petrovich, asked me to read the first chapter of his book--The Tales and Trails of KrispyKritter--and tell him what I thought. After bringing the copy back full of red ink, he asked me to go ahead and edit the entire thing. Gladly, I accepted, and began a delightful journey through the life of my (old) friend. 

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Generational Hammocks

by Richard
05/14/2013 11:10:31 P.M.

Recently, I encouraged some friends - a family of four - to get some hammocks for them (the dad and the boys, at least...the mom's content with the comfy bed). Quickly, they fell in love with their new portable beds made by Eagle's Nest Outfitters (ENO).

Content being the hammock-father of the Drake family, I prepared to take a trip home to visit my parents in Michigan. Because of insightly baggage fees, I took only a medium-sized Base Camp Duffel by North Face and packed it full of important things. So, I first put my hammock in, and then bothered with other trifles like "clothes" and a copy of "The Bible."

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Getting to know Nick Dyroff, TravelCountry Pro Staff member

by Richard
05/07/2013 06:29:06 P.M.

How did you get into kayak fishing?

Once I came down to Florida when I was 16, I got my first canoe and my dad and I would go out into the Mosquito Lagoon system. The canoe is really what introduced me into the whole kayak world. Seeing how the canoe handled windy conditions and could get me into the places that I wanted to go, that is when I started to get into kayaks

What is your favorite sports team?

I grew up playing hockey my whole life, so I am excited the Solar Bears finally came back to Orlando. I am a season ticket holder, so I went to every game last year.

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Wilderness First Aid with the National Outdoor Leadership School

by Dirk
04/02/2013 11:57:22 A.M.

Safety is always a big concern of mine when traveling in the outdoors, but until recently I’ve felt that a general medical kit was all I needed to be safety conscious. Not anymore.

A few weeks ago I started applying to some adventure travel jobs and all of them had one thing in common. They each required a basic first aid and CPR certification, neither of which I possessed. After some research, I decided on doing a Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course with NOLS, and - without exaggeration - it changed my life.

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Mayor's River Fest Race #2!

by Jessica
03/21/2013 10:35:06 A.M.

The Mayor’s River Fest Paddle Race Series, hosted by Paddleboard New Smyrna Beach and Mayor Adam Barringer, sponsored by Landshark Lager, was created as part of a community wellness initiative focusing on fun & healthy living. Race #2 of 4 in the series, was held on Saturday, March 16th at 10 am. It was a considerably longer course than Race #1, with a 5 mile long course and a 2 mile short course. Race #2 also boasted an increase in attendance with a total of 80 paddlers, an additional Tandem SUP division, and the Mayor fulfilled his promise made at Race #1 to enter & paddle in Race #2’s short course!

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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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