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

Understanding Ocean Tides & Current

Understanding Ocean Tides & Current

This is a must know for any kayaker thinking about heading out into the ocean! Knowing how tides & currents affect your ability to paddle can make your adventure an awesome one, or completely ruin your day, even put you into grave danger!

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Kayaking with Dogs

Kayaking with Dogs

Kayaking with Dogs Taking your canine companion with you on the water. Some may think these two can't be combined, but yes, it is absolutely possible to kayak with your dog. Not all dogs are going to want to go kayaking. Some dogs do not enjoy the water or may be...

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Paddle Boarding, wait, what?

Paddle Boarding, wait, what?

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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Get Out and Go Camping

Get Out and Go Camping

When was the last time you were camping? Been a while, right? Now that the world has shut down and we are told to “Social Distance” ourselves, what are we to do and what is the best way to do it…hmm…stay cooped in the house for the next 30 days binge-watching TV, I think NOT!

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Road ID: Who am I?

Road ID: Who am I?

RoadID is a simple identification you wear all day, giving you peace of mind for every adventure. Everyone adults, children, pets, cyclists, runners, swimmers, first responders, military, basically anyone the leaves the comfort of their couch will benefit from wearing one of these!

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Video: Replacing Your Chain

Video: Replacing Your Chain

Replacing your chain does not have to be difficult. In this short 3 minutes, I show you how to get the correct length every time!

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DIY Peanut Butter Energy Bars

DIY Peanut Butter Energy Bars

A competitive cyclist’s relationship with food can be summed up in one word: intense. Our love of food runs deep and plays a role in almost every aspect of cycling. A hearty meal is the reward for a long day in the saddle.

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Pepperoni Pizza Chaffles

Pepperoni Pizza Chaffles

Chaffles are a quick cooked egg and cheese batter made on a mini waffle maker that forms the basis for dozens of inspiration for meals and desserts!

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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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Video: Stans NoTubes Conversion

Video: Stans NoTubes Conversion

All in all, this is a very simple and painless process for going tubeless and I am always pleased with how everything goes with the NoTubes products.

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Converting to Tubeless

Converting to Tubeless

I ran into an issue recently with the new +Borealis Bikes Carbondale Rims and converting them to tubeless. I have seen this before – so I thought this would be a good post for those that run across the same issue.

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