Fort Point – Golden Gate National Recreation Area

By / April 5, 2016 / Activities, National Parks

Fort Point is a free historical site that was originally built to protect the Golden Gate entry to San Francisco’s bay. They almost tore down the fort in 1933 when they built the Golden Gate Bridge, but instead Chief Engineer Joseph B. Strauss redesigned the bridge to save this massive brick Civil War-era structure, which has since been turned… [read more]

Crissy Field – Golden Gate National Recreation Area

By / April 4, 2016 / National Parks, Outdoors

Crissy Field is a beach-side park that I recommend to anyone visiting the San Francisco area. Crissy Field is within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, which encompasses a large area with many experiences, including the Presidio, Muir Woods, Acatraz, Fort Point, or more.     Crissy Field is an outdoor park that has a sandy beach, walking and biking paths, picnic tables,… [read more]

Nite Ize – Great Light for Dogs and More

By / April 3, 2016 / Gear

Nite Ize is a small light that is durable, glows brightly, and easily clips onto anything you need. The LED light is more like a lantern than a flash light, and for less than $5 can provide safety and utility. If you are looking for an inexpensive light for dogs, then the Nite Ize is definitely… [read more]

Best Camping Coffee Filter

By / April 2, 2016 / Gear

For coffee drinkers, camping can be brutal. Should you drive somewhere to find coffee in the morning? Do you make instant coffee to avoid bringing extra gear? Do you bring a french press from home? Even if you are car camping and weight is not an issue, it can be a pain to get coffee ready for… [read more]

NLand Surf Park – North America’s First Wavegarden

By / March 30, 2016 / Activities

I just heard about the new NLand Surf Park being built in Austin, Texas! That’s right, a surf park will open this spring located 150 miles from the ocean.   NLand Surf Park will be North America’s first inland surfing location. Built in conjunction with Wavegarden, a Spanish company, man made waves will be created in a closed lagoon so people can… [read more]

Travel Beer Drinking Internship

By / March 23, 2016 / Events

Did “Travel Beer Drinking Internship” get your attention? I just heard about an awesome internship today, so but you have to move quick because the application period ends March 26th!   World of Beer is hiring 3 “Drink it interns” to travel around the world to various breweries and taverns, trying beer, and sharing the stories…. [read more]

Convertible Pants

By / March 23, 2016 / Gear

I used to think Convertible Pants were only for nerdy dads. Then, I experienced waking up early for a hike in the 40’s, only to have it warm into the 70s by the afternoon. I quickly realized how great it can be to switch from pants to shorts, and anyone who travels very much can relate to… [read more]

Selfie Twirls from National Park Trip of Summer 2015

By / March 20, 2016 / Hikes, National Parks, Outdoors, State Parks

My selfie twirls compilation of last summer’s trip around American and Canadian National Parks is finished! Each of these videos was all taken between the end of June and the beginning of September, 2015. Check it out: The list of clips are as follows: #1)  Eleven Mile State Park, Colorado Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado #2)  Little… [read more]

Registration for Burning Man is Open

By / March 17, 2016 / Events

You already know that I am going to Burning Man this year, so if you want to join me, now is the time to Register!   Register in the next 24 hours (by 12 PST, Friday, 3/18/16) for the Main Sale, which will take place on Wednesday, March 23rd. Go here to register: https://profiles.burningman.org/ You must set up… [read more]

Ruffwear Makes The Best Dog Leash

By / March 14, 2016 / Gear

I recently came across the Ruffwear “Flat Out” Dog Leash, and have to say, it is the best dog leash I have ever personally come across. I do not own yet, but after getting to borrow one and use it myself, I fell in love with this leash (and have put in an order for one).   Ruffwear makes… [read more]

   
  • Glow in the Dark Water Bottle

    By / March 10, 2016 / Gear

    Some gear is a necessity for everyone who likes to spend time outdoors, and one example is a Refillable Water Bottle. Refilling your own water bottle saves money (spring water for $1?), is convenient (parks often have water fountains for refills), and is good for the environment (reusing is better than recycling).   So now that we have… [read more]

  • Texas State Parks App

    By / March 9, 2016 / State Parks, Travel Tips

    A Texas State Parks App just launched called “Texas State Parks Official Guide.” I really like how it is laid out and how efficiently the information is presented. This will be a great tool for anyone wanting to explore Texas Parks.   http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/app/ It is free (of course) and doesn’t require a bunch of permissions or anything like… [read more]

  • Anker Portable Chargers

    By / March 9, 2016 / Gear

    Since I like to pass on tips about gear that I recommend, I have to apologize for not talking about the Anker Portable Chargers sooner. These rechargeable battery packs can power a wide range of devices and they are very affordable, making them one of the best bang for the buck of any of my gear.  … [read more]

  • KAISR Original Inflatable Lounge

    By / March 8, 2016 / Gear

    A bunch of us saw the promo video for the Lamzac inflatable lounge bag (basically an inflatable love seat) and fell in love. Unfortunately, it is sold out, has been for months, and there is no estimate for when it will be back or for what price. So what is it that is so great?   The Lamzac is an… [read more]

  • Vice Guide to Austin

    By / March 4, 2016 / City Recap

    As some of you may know, I am based in Austin, Texas. Vice.com just came out with their Guide to Austin, just in time for SXSW. This is a pretty long read, but it really does a good job of describing the different areas and vibes around the city. That is all, I just wanted… [read more]

  • Things to Avoid at Burning Man

    By / February 27, 2016 / Events, Gear, Travel Tips

    Having already covered 6 needs for Burning Man, I thought it was appropriate to cover a few things you might want to Avoid at Burning Man. This is not a comprehensive list of banned items, because there are far too many of those for me. To see what is not allowed, check out the official… [read more]

  • 6 Items Every Burner Needs For Burning Man

    By / February 26, 2016 / Events, Travel Tips

    There are certain needs for Burning Man that everyone should consider, because it is a festival unlike any other. Self Reliance is a core principle, and you really need to prepare before going out into the Black Rock Desert for a week. Here are a few tips for the basic necessities you really need to bring… [read more]

  • Burning Man – Overview

    By / February 25, 2016 / Events

    I am officially headed to Burning Man 2016! After a week of elation that I actually get to go back home to the playa, I decided it was time to start writing down tips for others who will be joining me in Black Rock City. This post will just be a quick overview for those who are not familiar with… [read more]

  • iFLY

    By / October 17, 2015 / Activities

    Have you ever wanted to go skydiving, but jumping out of a perfectly good airplane just seems wrong? Enter iFLY, indoor skydiving!   iFLY is an indoor wind tunnel that simulates free fall by generating vertical wind at over 100 mph. Without the dangers of jumping out of airplanes, a much wider range of people can participate. The iFLY website… [read more]

  • Austin City Limits Music Festival

    By / October 16, 2015 / Events

    Austin City Limits Music Festival is a giant outdoor concert in Austin, Texas. Better known as ACL, the event has world famous bands and musicians performing on several stages over multiple days in early October.   Tickets In 2015, ACL had 8 stages of music over two weekends. Visitors can purchase single day passes for… [read more]

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