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The Canary Islands are nothing if not a varied holiday destination, at once offering the horizontal tranquility of golden beaches and the rugged beauty of Lanzarote’s stark, volcanic landscapes. Therefore it’s no surprise that an excursion in this diverse corner of the world requires an eclectic range of kit.  Luckily for you, in this post, our friends from the island of Lanzarote, Optima Villas, will be providing some practical tips on what to take when embarking on an excursion to the Canary Islands – leaving you fully prepared for all these incredible islands have in store.   Invest in hardy footwear First things first, let’s talk footwear. While flip-flops may be your go-to choice for relaxing poolside at your luxury Lanzarote villa or heading to the beach, you’ll need something a little more robust on your feet if you want to experience the Canaries’ true beauty off the beaten track. From craggy cliff faces and rugged lunar landscapes to sandy deserts and lush forests, one thing your walking shoes will need to be prepared for is a varied terrain. Flimsy plimsolls and sports trainers won’t cut the mustard if you’re planning to explore on foot, so be sure to pack...
FlyLords Fly FishingFollow along with our friends at FLYLORDS as they embark upon a bucket-list worthy Alaskan fly-fishing adventure that dreams are made of! Pics by flylordsmag.com – see more fishing adventures on Instagram @flylords
Backpacking with dogsEveryone has their own preference when it comes to backpacking, some people love to go ultralight, some are more in it for comfort, and others want practical. For backpacking with a dog, being prepared without over packing is my main goal. Below, I have my list of items I consider essentials and would never leave the house without when backpacking with my dog Goose. 1.) Dog backpack I am aware not all dogs can carry a backpack either for size or age of the dog, but if your dog is healthy enough then I say take advantage of it! If you don’t know if your dog is ready for a backpack I recommend taking them to your vet and asking your vet to conduct a physical exam to determine if they are physically ready to wear a backpack. Ok so your dog can wear a backpack that’s great, just remember to not dive right into a backpack full of dog gear remember training is key to keep your dog happy and healthy. Start with short hikes and lightweight in the backpack and slowly increase the weight to the target weight. A maximum of 25 percent of your dog’s body weight is a rough estimate. But...
This past weekend I explored a new hike in Yosemite National Park! I hiked to two beautiful lookout spots off of Glacier Road: Sentinel Dome and Taft Point.
Iceland Van LivingI’m all about exploring unfamiliar places. I mean, I’m in the desert, so “yay” to seeing more than cactus and dirt. Iceland really didn’t make my list until earlier this year. I had a friend visit in late Fall, early winter, which looked like a wonderful time, but that snow life is not for me. Then after a quick Google search, I’m seeing waterfalls, mossy fields, glaciers, horses, sheep, volcanos- pretty much everything a Lord of the Rings fan could ask for, minus the elves. Iceland is an amazing place- there’s so much to see! In my opinion, the only way to really see this country for all its worth is to go the camper van route. This is exactly what I did, and you really should too! I had never camped in a van before, let alone car camped for 5 days straight. It was quite the experience, in a good way. I collected some “Oh I wish someone told me that” type thoughts throughout my trip and in an effort to make your life easier, I’m passing these down to you. You’re welcome. So here it is! My tips for surviving van life in Iceland. 1. Pick out...
Back To SchoolWhether you are excited or not, it’s that time of year again. A new school year is beginning.  Being prepared for a new semester is very important. You want to make sure you have everything you need so the transition from beach towels and bathing suits to books and calculators goes smoothly. These are my top 5 things that help me make the transition back to books and schedules a little bit less painful. Planner Okay, so as I embark on a new year, the first thing I buy is a planner. Planners help me stayed organized so when teachers bombard me with assignments and things I will need for class; I can make sure I have what I need to keep the transition back to the real world as easy as possible. Planners aren’t just good for the beginning of the year though, they help me stayed focused and organized throughout the entire year. It’s also a great way to look at the semester and find the best weekends for outdoor adventures.   Backpack The ENO Rothbury backpack was designed to make everyday life easier with its padded laptop sleeve, durable build and its many easy access storage compartments....
July 22nd is National Hammock Day and we’re kind of excited!!! Hammock culture is spreading like wildfire and hammockers are amazingly creative, adventurous, and definitely chill!
Info-Graphic by James Kaiser Make your voice heard! The Department of the Interior is currently seeking public comment on the proposed review of 27 national Monuments. The comment period closes July 9, 2017. Comment here: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=DOI-2017-0002-0001  
Asheville, NC – February 8, 2017 – Eagles Nest Outfitters (ENO), creators of ingeniously crafted camping hammocks and innovative outdoor accessories, is excited to release the recently introduced Nomad Hammock Stand.  The Nomad is the 4th offering in the growing line of hammock stands designed by ENO.  The portable, lightweight Nomad Hammock Stand is constructed of aluminum alloy and weighs only 15 lbs.  The Nomad’s sleek shock-corded construction makes set up simp le and efficient.  It is compatible with all ENO hammocks and effortlessly packs into its custom carrying case making it a cinch to take on any adventure.   “One of our most exciting new products is the Nomad Hammock Stand,” said Lane Nakaji, General Manager. “The Nomad’s lightweight aluminum design is streamlined and easy to assemble, and makes hammocking an option in locations lacking trees for suspension. Our goal is to take all of the challenges out of hammocking, making it simple to relax no matter where you are, or who you are.” Eagles Nest Outfitters is dedicated to creating the highest quality lifestyle products for adventure travelers. They continue to broaden their offerings with a full line of lifestyle product and accessories.  While hammocks and suspension straps are...

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