The closest national park we have to Orlando is the gorgeous Canaveral National Seashore. But it's as flat as flat can be and I wanted some elevation change, so last month I went with three friends to the majestic Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains. Over the years, the government has added more and more land from that area to the public treasury, forming two massive parks adjacent to one another, forming one big super-park. Sequoia, interestingly, was the nations second-oldest national park, after only Yellowstone.
We followed our Big Green Eggspert, Gary, out to his house for him to show us his favorite Big Green Egg shortcuts and tips.
Make sure the thermometer is calibrated to the correct temperature. Each Big Green Egg will come with a thermometer that sits on the face of the egg. Before you assemble it, take a pot of boiling water and put two meat skewers along the pot. Set the needle of the thermometer into the boiling water to assure that it rises to 100*C, boiling temperature. If it doesn't, there is a nut on the back that controls the needle. Rotate it with some plyers until the thermometer shows 100*C in the water to calibrate the thermometer! You want to make sure it's showing the right temperature!
Gary, Travel Country Outfitters' resident Eggspert shares Eight Must-Have Accessories (aka Eggcessories) that each new Big Green Egg cook in Orlando should have.
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Are you looking at the Big Green Eggs and not sure which is best for you? Maybe you're in college, torn between the Mini and the MiniMax or you're not sure if your small family needs the Large or the XL
The Mini is the smallest of the Big Green Eggs. It's transportable and functions with most of the Eggcessories. Our Egg-spert (Expert of Eggs), Gary, recommends the Mini egg for someone who likes to go fishing in the Indian River Lagoon near Orlando, FL. The Mini Egg is ideal for cooking two succulent fish fillets. The Mini also works well as an additional Egg for either a sauce or a few vegetables.
I went snowboarding the winter of 2006 and then moved to Florida late summer of the following year. I knew Orlando was far from mountains I could ride, but I figured I’d get out to those places soon enough. I was wrong. I went once in the next decade and I thought I’d never get to ride regularly again until I moved elsewhere.
I’ve never had headphones that are good to work out in. And it’s not because I didn’t try. Either they were uncomfortable, didn’t stay in my ears well, the cords got tangled as I ran, or (if you really want to know) got sweaty in the Orlando humidity. (Thanks, Florida.)
Tooling around Orlando, Florida I typically don’t need a whole lot of backcountry gear, but one thing I always use is a backpack. I carry mine almost everywhere. And the Mystery Ranch Urban Assault is the most interesting, fun backpack I’ve ever owned. It’s extremely durable, fits the body well, has many compartments, and has the oddest (yet functional) zipper. Let’s break it down:
I’ve been using water filtration systems for almost two decades and I’ve seen pretty much everything in the market. Products from MSR, Katadyn, Platypus, and SteriPen and everything else Orlando's Travel Country has had to offer for the last decade plus. But finally there is something new and revolutionary. And boy is it shiny.
When you live in Orlando, Florida, you're always looking for a good pair of sandals. But, let's be honest, I want to wear sandals pretty much everywhere I go anyways, so I'm always looking. And I think I may've found an ideal pair. But first, a question:
Do you live in Orlando, FL, or another similar "flatland"? Apparently, there is a classification of information that might be considered 'Mountain Knowledge,' that isn't common knowledge to a Flatlanders. Here are some helpful tips for Floridians heading to the Mountains.