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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QuadraPro Solar Charger & Power Bank

QuadraPro Solar Charger & Power Bank

Review: You pull out your iPhone to check your Instagram and Facebook accounts, and you see the dreaded RED BATTERY! “No, not now, I still have that awesome selfie that HAS to make it online TONIGHT or no one will believe I made it to the top!” you scream at the top of your lungs.

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Adjust-A-Grill

Adjust-A-Grill

Review: There are many times I have been camping and didn’t want to go through the hassle of bringing a portable propane grill and using just a grate over a campfire is always a pain.

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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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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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How to Carry Your Kayak

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

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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VSSL Flask & Flashlight

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 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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Why Bikepacking

Why Bikepacking

How can anyone with an ounce of adventure in them, not think this is an excellent idea?

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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!