Elm Fork/Trinity River Kayaking Trip

For Dallas/Fort Worth Residents the Elm Fork of the Trinity River offers a great paddling trip in just a short one hour drive. We took advantage of the proximity of this beautiful natural area in June to do a kayaking trip down the river. Depending on river levels you can make this a leisurely day…

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Equinox 10.4 SI kayak review, the warranty

Warranties are designed to suck We purchased our two equinox kayaks about a month ago. A week later we unboxed the pair and loaded both carefully on top of our mini-van heading for the muddy waters of the Rio Grande. In the Rio Grande Valley and throughout the Santa Elana Canyon we battle tested our kayaks against…

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Lodging for Big Bend

Nearby Lodging We arrived in the Big Bend area late Monday afternoon and since we wouldn’t have time to kayak out to a campsite that day, we stayed at a motel in the nearby town of Alpine. We stayed at the Sunday House Inn which was average as far as motels go but had huge rooms…

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When you take your wife camping…

Some observations I’ve made along the way, when you take your wife camping… “man, she sure does kick it up a notch, living the life out of a backpack!” …you get to eat real food for dinner! Before Jen, I would have filled my pack with granola bars, trail mix, jerky, and water before setting…

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Moroccan Stew

The mix of savory and sweet flavors in this soup make it a great change from monotonous trail food. It also has a great nutritional profile for the active outdoors person, with lentils for protein, lots of vegetables, and energy sustaining carbs. As an added bonus it is gluten free and very easily made vegan…

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What Lasik Surgery is Like

Every time we are backpacking in the woods I am more thankful than ever that I had lasik surgery. I don’t have to worry about breaking my glasses and being half blind in the woods. I don’t have to find a way to keep my contacts clean and taken care of. Instead, I wake each…

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When You Can’t Get Away…

Sometimes life gets in the way and we have to go months without an excursion into the wilds. For us hardcore outdoor enthusiasts, this can make us feel like a robot in a rainstorm, ready to short-circuit. When we can’t get away we feel, on-edge, and not completely ourselves. So what can we do when…

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