The Outdoor Life

The Outdoor Life

The Outdoor Life

The Outdoor Life

The Outdoor Life

The Outdoor Life

The Outdoor Life

The Outdoor Life

LIVING THE DREAM

LIVING THE DREAM

The Outdoor Life signifies a culture of men and women whose souls are restless and ache for a glimpse of sunshine & fresh air. I am the Average Joe living The Outdoor Life one day at a time. 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; it’s about 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 right 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 posted here. Companies send me products to test and others are products I feel can benefit my outdoors needs. However, it’s not all about product 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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Featured Videos

Cooking at the Barn: Episode 1

Cooking at the Barn

Episode I Dinner & Dessert

Elevate dehydrated meals with this simple technique.
Cooking at the Barn: Episode II Breakfast

Cooking at the Barn

Episode II Breakfast

with Mountain House, Toaks, JetBoil & Snow Peak

Most Recent Posts

Most Resent Posts

NRS Kinetic Water Shoes

NRS Kinetic Water Shoes

I have tried several inexpensive shoes, but they just didn’t work all that well out of the kayak. Enter the NRS Kinetic!

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Winter Cycling Pants

Winter Cycling Pants

Review: Sobike NENK Winter Cycling Pants With temps in the mid 20’s I had the opportunity to try out a pair of Sobike NENK Winter Cycling Pants. It is often I get goodies in the mail and I look at them and say, hmmm… I don’t think so? But not this time!

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Staying Dry in Your Tent

Staying Dry in Your Tent

While setting out to enjoy the outdoors, it is always a good idea to follow some simple camping tips – especially those that should guarantee that you stay dry during your camping trip. Being cold and wet are the two things that can ruin a camping trip!

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Kids Kayaking Solo

Kids Kayaking Solo

Kids Kayaking Solo Kids as young as 4 years old can kayak solo! Kayaking is an excellent outdoor activity that can be enjoyed as an adventure sport as well as a recreationally by people of all ages. This has caused a tremendous increase in the popularity of kayaking....

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Campfire Cinnamon Rolls

Campfire Cinnamon Rolls

Here is a simple, campfire food hack, Cinnamon Rolls! Instead of marshmallows, skewer a cinnamon roll from the tube!

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Winter Cycling

Winter Cycling

Hypothermia is brought on when your body loses heat faster than it can produce, causing a dangerously low body temperature.

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Indoor Bike Trainers

Indoor Bike Trainers

If you are serious about your cycling and don’t want the bad weather to break your routine, a great alternative is to buy an indoor bike trainer to be able to use your bike indoors.

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Buying A Used Bike

Buying A Used Bike

Looking to purchase a used bike, learn the tail-tell signs of an overly used bike are. Not knowing can cost you hundreds of dollars more in new components.

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What is Backpacking?

What is Backpacking?

Backpacking is a fun and exciting way to travel. To understand what backpacking really is, it’s best to look at what a backpacker is.

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Renting vs. Buying Equipment

Renting vs. Buying Equipment

When renting, there are no long conversations with your spouse about how much all that dust-collecting gear cost and where you’ll be storing it!

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Trekking Poles

Trekking Poles

When moving downhill, there is a large amount of pressure on the knees as they help the body slow its descent – Trekking Poles can effectively act as brakes.

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All Trails Lead to Riches!

All season long, I am outdoors testing new products and consider them for reviews, some I keep, many I don’t. For the ones I don’t keep, once reviewed and photographed, I give them away to followers of The Outdoor Life blog who have subscribed to my newsletter! Products are typically for Biking, Hiking, Backpacking, Kayaking, Camping, and other outdoor activities. Once I accumulate 3-4 items, I use an online random picker and select a name for each item, email you for your address and send it on its way. No strings attached!