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The Outdoor Life signifies a culture of men and women whose souls are restless and ache for a glimpse of sunshine & fresh air, waiting and planning for that next adventure. I am an avid cyclist, kayaker, surfer, hiker, backpacker, camper, swimmer, equestrian, hunter, fisherman, and photographer. However, it's not about the activity but the adventures I experience during these activities. For me, The Outdoor Life is not something I do; it's something I live!

This website started as "My Life on Two Wheels," and as I progressed into different activities, I believe it is only fitting to give them the respect they deserve. With over 30 years of professional and recreational experience, I love being able to pass along information about great companies that fit into an outdoor lifestyle. I have hands-on experience with every product, service, and location I post here. Some companies send me products to test; others are products I buy that I feel can benefit my outdoor needs. However, it's not all about product or service reviews! You'll find information on different places to go, rides I have ridden, rivers I have floated, and my experiences at each. I'll show you how to get things done and on the cheap. You'll watch as I succeed and fail, laugh, and cry–but remember, it's about the adventure and the smile you come away with!

Thank you, Amanda, for putting up with my obsessed need to be free in the outdoors! You are the love of my life and will always be my 1st obsession!

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Outdoorsman Lab's new Premium Sleeping Pad is even cozier than before and offers you complete comfort without the heavy bulkiness. It's also the ultimate in regulating temperature, whether you're hiking snowy trails or enjoying the annual family summer camping trip.

Sleeping Pad: https://amzn.to/3GrhKO4
OMEALS Hashbrowns: https://amzn.to/2ZoDwSh 

It's generous in size - tall sleepers and those who like to stretch out alike are sure to love our 76" long, 26" wide sleeping pad. And with ultra-easy pump-bag-inflating technology, it's easy to enjoy by anyone at any time. You might even find yourself using it at home - in your yard, on your patio, or for kids' sleepovers.

When out camping, there is a choice one must make between taking a foam or an air pad for comfortable sleep outdoors. A sleeping pad's primary function is to provide both cushioning and insulation. Cushioning for your back support and insulating your body from cold surfaces allows you to sleep more comfortably and at ease. The question remains as to which one is better; a foam pad or an air pad.

Laying on the cold, hard ground can be pretty uncomfortable for many campers, especially those that already suffer from back conditions. Thankfully, camping sleeping pads were invented to allow those enjoying the great outdoors to be able to get a good night's sleep!

OMEALS  Hashbrowns Potatoes with Bacon, Onions, and Peppers. Smoked bacon, skillet-tossed potatoes, and sauteed bell peppers and onions make for a delicious, easy meal. Premium flavor that is sure to be a hit for the family every time, anywhere!

Outdoorsman Lab's new Premium Sleeping Pad is even cozier than before and offers you complete comfort without the heavy bulkiness. It's also the ultimate in regulating temperature, whether you're hiking snowy trails or enjoying the annual family summer camping trip.

Sleeping Pad: https://amzn.to/3GrhKO4
OMEALS Hashbrowns: https://amzn.to/2ZoDwSh

It's generous in size - tall sleepers and those who like to stretch out alike are sure to love our 76" long, 26" wide sleeping pad. And with ultra-easy pump-bag-inflating technology, it's easy to enjoy by anyone at any time. You might even find yourself using it at home - in your yard, on your patio, or for kids' sleepovers.

When out camping, there is a choice one must make between taking a foam or an air pad for comfortable sleep outdoors. A sleeping pad's primary function is to provide both cushioning and insulation. Cushioning for your back support and insulating your body from cold surfaces allows you to sleep more comfortably and at ease. The question remains as to which one is better; a foam pad or an air pad.

Laying on the cold, hard ground can be pretty uncomfortable for many campers, especially those that already suffer from back conditions. Thankfully, camping sleeping pads were invented to allow those enjoying the great outdoors to be able to get a good night's sleep!

OMEALS Hashbrowns Potatoes with Bacon, Onions, and Peppers. Smoked bacon, skillet-tossed potatoes, and sauteed bell peppers and onions make for a delicious, easy meal. Premium flavor that is sure to be a hit for the family every time, anywhere!

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Camping Sleeping Pad - Great for Side Sleepers!

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I was going to tell you how awesome this Portable Grill is, but that's evident in the video. So, instead, I am going to give you some awesome tips are grilling with Charcoal n the LifeDoo Floy!

The first Version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vpOeTQgMxw 
Version II on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3v1jbxu

Every Pitmaster knows the secret to a great grilled dish is the charcoal. Cooking with charcoal produces a very different result from cooking with propane. One of the most significant differences in the taste, as meats cooked on charcoal absorb many extra flavors that you don't get with propane. 

Most ordinary grillers never take the time to experiment with charcoal, which is a real shame since that is the one thing that can turn a good dish into a great one when grilling. To learn how to cook the best recipes with charcoal, consider these tips:

- Use hardwood over briquettes. Hardwood is easier to control, offers a higher heat, and gives your meat more flavor.

- Use woods chips for both aroma and flavor. Simply adding a handful of soaked hickory, cherry, or oak wood chips to your charcoal can make a big difference in how flavorful your meat will become

- Distribute burning coals evenly across the bottom of your grill. Direct heat is essential to the cooking process, so avoid uneven coals.

- Cook over ashen coals only. Trying to grill meat over live coals that feature a flame will end in disaster. This will cook the outside of the meat too quickly, leaving the inside undone. You know you're ready when you can't see any flame and all of the coals are glowing red. If you start cooking too soon, your food will have a robust smoky taste which is usually undesirable.

- Before you put the meat on your portable charcoal grill, cut a bit of fat off and run it along the grill lines. This is the equivalent of adding some oil and will allow your meat to sear very quickly, locking in the flavor and juices.

- To get the best-tasting steak, quickly sear the first side, flip once, and then allow it to cook, and then flip only once more. A steak should be turned no more than twice to keep in the best flavor.

By starting with these basics, you are well on your way to cooking the best recipes with charcoal. Of course, a little experimenting with marinades, meats, wood chips, and cooking times will only enhance your results, making you a true Grillmaster. Wonderful recipes have been discovered by experimenting. You can fine-tune even a simple recipe just by experimenting with it.

Great recipes, like great inventions, happen only with a lot of experiments. It would help if you never were afraid to experiment in cooking. Trying new methods, using fresh ingredients, increasing or reducing cooking time are some approaches to experimentation in cooking food.

I was going to tell you how awesome this Portable Grill is, but that's evident in the video. So, instead, I am going to give you some awesome tips are grilling with Charcoal n the LifeDoo Floy!

The first Version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vpOeTQgMxw
Version II on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3v1jbxu

Every Pitmaster knows the secret to a great grilled dish is the charcoal. Cooking with charcoal produces a very different result from cooking with propane. One of the most significant differences in the taste, as meats cooked on charcoal absorb many extra flavors that you don't get with propane.

Most ordinary grillers never take the time to experiment with charcoal, which is a real shame since that is the one thing that can turn a good dish into a great one when grilling. To learn how to cook the best recipes with charcoal, consider these tips:

- Use hardwood over briquettes. Hardwood is easier to control, offers a higher heat, and gives your meat more flavor.

- Use woods chips for both aroma and flavor. Simply adding a handful of soaked hickory, cherry, or oak wood chips to your charcoal can make a big difference in how flavorful your meat will become

- Distribute burning coals evenly across the bottom of your grill. Direct heat is essential to the cooking process, so avoid uneven coals.

- Cook over ashen coals only. Trying to grill meat over live coals that feature a flame will end in disaster. This will cook the outside of the meat too quickly, leaving the inside undone. You know you're ready when you can't see any flame and all of the coals are glowing red. If you start cooking too soon, your food will have a robust smoky taste which is usually undesirable.

- Before you put the meat on your portable charcoal grill, cut a bit of fat off and run it along the grill lines. This is the equivalent of adding some oil and will allow your meat to sear very quickly, locking in the flavor and juices.

- To get the best-tasting steak, quickly sear the first side, flip once, and then allow it to cook, and then flip only once more. A steak should be turned no more than twice to keep in the best flavor.

By starting with these basics, you are well on your way to cooking the best recipes with charcoal. Of course, a little experimenting with marinades, meats, wood chips, and cooking times will only enhance your results, making you a true Grillmaster. Wonderful recipes have been discovered by experimenting. You can fine-tune even a simple recipe just by experimenting with it.

Great recipes, like great inventions, happen only with a lot of experiments. It would help if you never were afraid to experiment in cooking. Trying new methods, using fresh ingredients, increasing or reducing cooking time are some approaches to experimentation in cooking food.

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Grilling with charcoal on the LifeDoo Floy Fire Version II

4.9K views October 11th

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