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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Video: First Flight

Video: First Flight

Video: One of the best things about Outdoor Adventures is sharing them with others that may not be able to get out themselves.

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goTenna Mesh

goTenna Mesh

Review: When I first heard about the GTM, my initial thoughts were, this was a device that would allow me to get text messages out to the world when I didn’t have any cell service.

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Video: Oil Well Flats

Video: Oil Well Flats

Video: Located in the climate capital of Colorado, this new trail system is rideable year round. This trail system is comprised of fun singletrack trails with a variety of difficulty and terrain making it a great off-season destination when the rest of the front range is covered in snow, and you want a little variation from Pueblo Reservoir.

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Washing Your Bike

Washing Your Bike

Very often bikes come to me to be tuned and they are totally dirty. Washing your bike is essential – to keep things working as expected. When washing your bike, this is the time to pay attention to all your components and make sure they are tight, no cracks or anything is broken or worn and needing replaced.

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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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Kayaking Wildlife

Kayaking Wildlife

While it is uncommon for wildlife to bother kayakers, it is indeed possible that you might have encounters that make for great photo opportunities! Here is a photo tour while kayaking the Hillsborough River.

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Video: Adjusting the Rear Derailleur

Video: Adjusting the Rear Derailleur

There are many times when your drivetrain will start making weird noises or just not shift as smooth as you would like, but adjusting the rear derailleur has always been a bit intimidating.

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Kayaking Gum Slough Springs

Kayaking Gum Slough Springs

Kayaking Gum Slough Springs If you've done much paddling around Florida, chances are you've heard about Gum Slough. Located on the Withlacoochee River near Inverness, this is one of Florida's wildest spring runs. It's not hard to find, and isn't really considered a...

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Big Red 3.5 Gallon Parts Washer

Big Red 3.5 Gallon Parts Washer

This is often a job that you might outsource to a bike shop and is packaged as a “Tune-Up” and it’s usually the most expensive super deluxe tune-up on the list, ranging from $150 to over $250 bucks!

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Central Florida Cycling

Central Florida Cycling

In the past 30 years, I have ridden all over the US, from west coast beaches of San Diego, the deserts of Barstow/Joshua Tree in California, the Red Rocks of Nevada, all throughout the Rocky Mountains in Colorado and now the gator-filled preserves of Florida.

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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!