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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Most Recent Posts

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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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Camping by Kayak, Bike or Backpack

Ideas, Examples, Lists and Considerations for your first overnight kayaking camping trip. There’s enough information to get your head wrapped around what you’ll need.

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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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How to Carry Your Kayak

My 14.5ft Touring Yak at 50 pounds is a beast to load. For that reason alone, I started looking for an alternate solution.

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The Journey Not the Destination

A true friend is one who overlooks your failures and tolerates your success! When reaching out beyond your limits, it is always best to do it with true friends. This trip was no exception…

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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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VSSL Flask & Flashlight

This is one of my favorite products that I have reviewed and the cool factor is off the charts. When I first got this flask, I was like “This thing is sweet!” Is it a Flashlight or a Flask? It goes both ways and can be used as either.

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Kayaking Through Tight Tunnels

Getting through tight tunnels. When going through small tight areas, caves or natural tunnels like the Mangrove, use only 1/2 your paddle like an oar. This makes it easy not to get all tangled up with a long paddle!

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Kayaking Shell Key Florida

Shell Key has been designated as one of the state’s most important areas for shorebird nesting and wintering and it serves as an important study area for these species.

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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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Multitools by Lever Gear

The Toolcard Pro & Bit Vault Two EDC tools to make everyday life a bit easier. The first thing to consider when looking to purchase a multitool is, do you want one that you will wear on your belt or are you looking for something more compact and light to just put...

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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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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, Il give them away to followers of The Outdoor Life who have subscribed to our 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!