Tag Archives: lifestyle

The Blue Lakes Trail Colorado

This hike was one that I have been wanting to do for some time. It is a relatively easy 6.6 out and back hike with only the first mile or so being the most difficult. The pay off for this hike is three of the most beautiful blue glacier fed mountain lakes you can imagine. I only saw one of them and we also had a surprise visitor on the trail but I would recommend this hike to anyone.

 

You can watch the video here: Blue Lakes Trail

or you can watch below

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Road Trip Preparations: Cooking Food on the Road

For my upcoming trip, I wanted to make sure I was able to prepare my own foods while van camping. I also wanted to make sure whatever I chose did not take up a lot of space in my van. In this video, I demonstrate the portable butane single burner stove I found on Amazon

You can watch the video here: Cooking Food on the Road

or you can watch below

Road Trip Preparations: How to Keep Food Cold on the Road

Trying to find ways to keep food cold on the road is a challenge. There are many options for coolers and portable refrigerators out there but most of them are pretty pricey. In this video, I talk about my new cooler purchase and how it is a pretty good value for the money.

You can watch the video here: How to keep food cold on the road

or you can watch below

2016 Indianapolis Tiny House Roadshow

This past weekend, my friend Jen and I went exploring at the Indianapolis Tiny House Roadshow. There were over nine models there from amateur and professional builders. There were big crowds so unfortunately we did not get to spend a great deal of time in each but I tried to show the interiors of most of them. 

You can watch the video here: Indianapolis Tiny House Roadshow

Or you can watch below

Warrior Dash Indiana 2016

On September 10th, my daughter and I decided to go play in the mud until we were completely exhausted. We decided to try the Warrior Dash. We had a lot of fun although I lost my GoPro session so the only footage I was left was prior to the race and after the race. Luckily I was able to also find some pics of us online. I hope you enjoy this short video of our experience

You can watch the video here: Warrior Dash 2016

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Hike, Camp, Bike, Kayak. These Make Me Happy

A few years ago, shortly after my third divorce, I have to admit I was a lost soul. I had no idea what I wanted for my life or how to even begin to live it anymore. It was really a sad time for me, not because of the loss one feels after feeling like a failure at love for a third time, but also because I invested so much of my time, energy, money, and emotions into another human being to give me a sense of self.

Fast forward five years, and the person that I have become today as a means of trial and error is just so vastly different than who I was it is astounding. One of the things that helped me cure myself of doubt, and a directionless life was taking up an outdoor focused lifestyle.

Originally, I began hiking as a means of getting away from everything and everybody to reconnect with myself. I also needed to find something I could do physically that would help me get back into shape and feel better about my body.

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So I began slowly and have built up my mileage to the point where I am now more confident in my ability to not die on the trail. In 2014, I logged in about 30 hikes which is still small in number in comparison to some folks but then again I did not start it seriously until probably March of 2014. Now, I have added Kayaking to the equation and yesterday I bought a mountain bike as well.

I say all of this to show the progression of a depressed couch potato to someone who has a new outlook on life. I hope to inspire others to see that they can do the same and that this plugged in society we now live in does not have to dictate our self worth (he says as he types a blog on a computer lol)

Physically I am not where I want to be yet, but I have laid a good foundation in the changing of my mindset to a more active one. The next part of my journey will involve some hard work to lose weight and get into shape but in my mind, I now will enjoy the hard work versus dreading it.

I made this blog to share my journey with you the reader and sincerely hope to inspire you to get out and explore. Life is too short and time is too precious not to. Thanks for reading.

Final Hike of the Season???

This past Friday, I set out for some adventure on a hike in Southern Indiana. I went hiking in the Hoosier National Forest on the Oriole West Trail. You can see video of part one of the hike here, and part two here. They are also here.

  This is part one

  This is part two

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