JEEP LIFE AND THE GREAT OUTDOORS
"Not all those who wander are lost"
I recently came across this video. The more I watched it, the more I started to like it! We live in crazy days folks. If your comfortable with owning a gun, but want to assure gun safety...you have to see this!
Getting off the beaten path from time to time is like pushing the reset button on your stress level. There's just something about us and nature being in sync that is meant to be.
BUT...we grow up, get careers and responsibilities and before we know it, we're spending more time treading water to keep our head above water than anything else.
Welp, the way I see it we have two choices. You can quit your job, losing your house, car, and anything else you own. Oh, and your spouse and kids will probably leave you and of course they'll be taking your faithful, furry little pal dog, AND there's a good chance your family have you committed for clearly being out of your mind insane. ORRR...you can get out as much as possible and capture those wonderful moments on your drone to relive everyday instead of wanting to slam your head in the desk drawer just prove to yourself that you're still alive.
Ok, ok, I'll admit it...sometimes I'm a bit dramatic. That doesn't change the fact that Capturing your next adventure on a drone is a great idea!
There are plenty of choices out there, but after my own short eternity of research I would recommend the DJI Phantom 4 every time! It's easily the most idiot proof drone on the market today and trust me...I need that!
Wow! We sure live in a beautiful place that continues to amaze me. Today, I met up with a few of my Ragnar race runners and headed to the trails in Weir Canyon. Not knowing what to expect, I was thinking maybe I go a little longer when I heard it was only a 4 miler. But was I surprised to find that 4 miles was enough to get my heart racing and my blood pumping.
The trailhead started at the end of a road in the Hidden Canyon estates and all I could see was a hill in front of me. For the first half-mile we were moving upward on a dirt trail until when we finally get to the top. It was hard not to stop and take in the view. And we found ourselves doing this a few times on the run. The first few miles continued to climb upward and each time we rounded a corner, the view got even better. It went for miles and was absolutely stunning with rolling hills and large homes on the top looking over a lake. As we made our way around and moved downward, the switchbacks took us through a cooler route with trees along the side of the trail.
Whether you are a runner, hiker, horseback rider or mountain biker, these trails will give you whatever adventure you need. From steep climbs to fast drops, the trails have it all. You can traverse into many directions and go for miles, or simply take a loop and head back. For our team, the four-mile loop was just enough to get our first training run in for the upcoming Ragnar race in Hawaii.
There's a famous exploration saying that I love. Now, I'm definitely paraphrasing it here so bare with me...
"In order to use a map, one has to be made".
It's weird how we are expected to grow less curious and adventurous as we age. We are suppose to fall in line with some societal norm, right? Graduate school, get a job, bury yourself in responsility and debt, or something like that.
I'm in my mid 40's now and I'm still amazed at how many people think just because I love things like adventure, exploration and spending my life outside of the box I'm somehow a flake. Even crazier, that I don't take anything serious.
The truth is, somehow we have convinced ourselves that as we age we need to follow that plan of adulthood that has been taught to us from a very young age. We are in a sense domesticated to "fit in" and be "normal".
I here to say...look at that stats folks, normal is drug abuse and alcoholism. Normal is drowning in debt and losing ourselves in our careers. Normality sucks!
I vote, let's break the cycle of normality! Embrace that person you are on the inside and start being them on the outside too. Simplify life and become the perfectly imperfect person you were meant to be.
When it comes to adventure I love jumping in my Jeep and searching for a nice empty slice of nature far from the world. That however isn't always possible, or more importantly...isn't exactly what most folks call a vacation.
When that's the case, I say...Utah! A variety of State Parks and places that aren't as far off the beaten path as one might think when they see the open plains and awesome mountain ranges, Utah is a State full of American history and beauty.
The Mighty 5 they call it. Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef and Zion are all National Parks and all offer their own unique portrayal of the beauty and perspective of Utah. All an outdoors lover could want and every beautiful viewpoint your eyes take in is nothing short of absolutely humbling.
This Spring I'll be finishing my visits of The Mighty 5 and I couldn't be more excited. Utah has so many beautiful places to see and definitely stays on top of my list of greatest States in America.
If you are looking for an adventure, some quality family time outdoors or looking to do some soul searching for the next chapter of your life, you will be amazed what you type on connection you will find with nature, each other and yourselve when you take the time to slow down and appriciate just how big the world really is.
Hike, climb, bike, swim, walk, run, ride, drive, see...whatever it is that fuels you, you'll find it in Utah.
Ok, before we get into this let me just say, sorry about the dirty Jeep!
Lighting is one of those things that you don't know what you're missing out on until you're not missing out on anymore. It is absolutely wonderful to have a bright set of lights to help brighten up the trail when the sun starts to set.
There are so many choices out there, it's easy to find something you're going to love. Myself...I'm not really a light bar guy. Don't get me wrong, they definitely more than get job done, it's just something about that long rectangular look that I personally don't love. What I do love, pods! I love that pod look and you can fit them almost anywhere!
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I just had a small back and forth about how REI (the outdoor retailer) is anti-off-roading and because of that we should all boycott. Of course I'll look into the allegations and see what I find. Until then, REI is a membership co-op. The views represent it's members. That means there's an easy fix with a little unity and hard work on this one.
As I started looking into their stance, I found at the heart of any overall belief was the sentiment of being responsible. It's the "lack of" where the problems begin.
As I try and do with everything...I'll educate myself and hold myself accountable to being part of the solution first, then take a stance against any misconceptions of off-roading.
What does it mean to hit the trails responsibly? Well...there's don't down a case of beer then jump behind the wheel for some "trail fun" with your friends, don't light illegal campfires and burn down the mountain side, oh and of course NO shooting the local wildlife!
Let's all consider the conservation of nature while out there. Off-roading isn't just about charging it hard. It's about enjoying getting off the grid, hanging with friends and enjoying nature. Hitting the trails shouldn't mean showing the shrubs that they can't beat us, but instead us showing how we can be challenged, have fun, and soak in the beautiful backdrops nature has to offer, all while we responsibility take care of the resources given to us to take care of.
Almost every state has their version of an Adopt-a-Trail, plug in...don't just take from nature but give back. When we are out there, refrain from mowing down anything in front of us making our own trail when there is no need for one. How about grabbing a tree to plant on an occasional trip? These are all no brainer, easy to do things that change the perception (and often reality) of what's going on out there.
Remember, a "do as I do" approach will always be more effective thana "do as I say".
Gearing up properly is probably the most important thing you can do when exploring the world. I want to share the essentials for an outdoor adventure in hope that this will encourage some of you to get out there and see what you're missing.
When taking on an outdoor adventure you'll find it all. Anything you can dream up...it's out there. For the local stuff that gets you out for a few hours at a time, the gear is light. Just the basics needed.
As you get into more difficult, timely adventures, you're going to need to make sure you are prepared. Take a look at this list and make sure your gear bag at least has the essentials before you head out on your next adventure.
The Ten Essentials (for safety, survival and basic comfort)
Remember, there is no such thing as bad weather... Only bad gear. Gear up and see the world!!
There are all sorts of camping gear for us to love and use out there, but one thing is for sure... A good place to sleep can make your camping trip great or lousy!
Jeeps and camping go hand in hand. I love it all! To me...just getting out there is what's important. Friends, family, fun, and most importantly...the key to happiness, getting back to the basics! I am days away from my trailer restore, but for now...this is how I like to do things!