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Best Water Flavor Enhancers For 2020

It is no secret that one of the best and cheapest ways of maintaining good health, strength, vitality, and even clear skin is by staying hydrated. As humans, a large percentage of our composition is water. Therefore, it is very important to drink water regularly. If you are going hiking or camping, it is very important to always stay hydrated. However, after drinking plenty of water on your trip, you might get bored by the lack of flavor. This is where the best water flavor enhancers come in. These enhancers add taste to the water, making it more pleasurable to drink. There are many types of water flavor enhancers on the market, and sadly, many of them are not good for your health. They might come with plenty of sugar and calories. How can you choose the best water flavor enhancers? That is the aim of this post. We have reviewed …

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Five Things You Need to Survive the Apocalypse

Whenever I think about the apocalypse, I can’t help but be reminded of the old joke about the new youth pastor who fell asleep in a meeting of the church board. Everyone grabbed some old clothes out of the lost and found, laid them out their chairs, and then blew a trumpet as they shut the door. There are many popular depictions of the apocalypse beyond the Biblical rapture, and most are horrific. Here are five things that you need to survive the apocalypse. Zombies, aliens, nuclear war, anarchists, politicians… you name it. It’s easy to scoff at these theories, but then you watch the news and it all seems a lot more real. Elements of society seem to be breaking down, and violence seems to erupt from every angle. That’s the reality we face right now. Things could turn south in a hurry. How will you get through it …

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Proper Preparation Could Save Your Life

On any given Saturday, hiking trails are brimming with the seasonal and accomplished hiker or the friend who was dragged along for “fresh air” and “exercise.” The wilderness doesn’t discriminate between the experienced outdoorsman and the weekend warrior on doctor’s orders to reduce blood pressure; it’ll be just as rewarding and unforgiving to both. Sadly, we hear more about the lack of preparation and the unforgiving side, as tales of lost hikers splash across headlines. Their stories either end in miracles or tragedy as they’re exposed to nature’s harshest realities. Surviving heat exposure in the elements boils down to one thing: preparation. Yes, that pack you spent hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars filling with survival blankets, first-aid kits, and tools are essential. However, preparation starts a little closer to the body; it starts with your clothing. The clothes you choose on every outing, in every season, could mean the …

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‘The Inner Coast’ Explores Our Vulnerability to Nature

In 1846, Henry David Thoreau ascended Maine’s Mount Katahdin and shouted, in a fit of exuberance, “Who are we? Where are we?” Author Donovan Hohn, in his new collection of essays, The Inner Coast, writes that those two questions are inseparable. We can’t truly know ourselves without knowing the world around us, and vice versa. The Inner Coast These interlocked questions, which animate much of Thoreau’s work, echo throughout The Inner Coast, Hohn’s second book of nonfiction. His method in these essays is to look outward and then inward, and his conclusion is that we’re mistaken when we see ourselves as separate from nature. When I called Hohn at his home in Ann Arbor, Michigan, he reflected on the human tendency “to pretend that we aren’t, in some extremely vulnerable and permeable way, profoundly connected to the natural world.” Hohn, who writes in a voice reminiscent of Annie Dillard or John McPhee, returns to this subject again and again as he dives …

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Who Needs Mars When You’ve Got Canyonlands?

Canyonlands was a trip of a lifetime. “This is a no-fall ride, so if you see something that looks intense, feel free to walk it,” our mountain-biking guide told our group. He’s a curly-headed outdoor addict who wanted everyone to have a good time. “Slickrock stair climbing on a bike is a uniquely Moab skill set,” he added. “There’s no need to push, dude.” It was my first-time mountain-biking intermediate trails. A canopy of diffuse, gray clouds hung high overhead and extended all the way to the snowcapped La Sal Mountains, in stark contrast with the burnt tangerine cliffs of Dead Horse Point State Park, which neighbors this Utah national park. We set off on an eight-mile loop skirting Canyonland National Park’s grounds, which afforded panoramic views of its expanse. The terrain was rugged and dotted with small junipers as we made our way across Big Chief Trail. Biking in …

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Backyard Cooking: Outdoor Summer Recipe Roundup

On a summer evening in Houston, few things are more satisfying than sitting down to a freshly grilled backyard dinner. So then, why restrict yourself to just grilling steaks? For example, a versatile grill like the Big Green Egg can cook everything from meat to vegetables and even pizza! Furthermore, try something new for dinner tonight and upgrade your backyard cooking!  Easy Summer Weeknight Dinners However, some of these recipes require a little prep ahead of time, but every single one is remarkably easy and quick to prepare. Whip up some smoky, tasty treats with one of these delicious recipes: Grilled oysters Beer glazed beef ribs Smoked chicken sandwich with chipotle mayo Grilled pizza Grilled tilapia with pineapple salsa Stuffed burgers Tequila lime grilled chicken Kabobs Honey soy grilled pork chops Grilled veggies 1) Grilled Oysters First, on the list, these savory, buttery oysters are sure to be a crowd-pleaser …

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What’s the Best Type of Grill for you?

Guest blog by BBQ Guys, provider of top-quality grilling, and outdoor living products since 1998. Specializing in grilling equipment, BBQ Guys has been recognized as one of the fastest growing online retailers for 11 consecutive years.   We’ve entered prime grilling season, with all the delicious meals — burgers, ribs, pizza — that come with it. So then, to make the most of summer’s BBQ bounty. However, it may be time to upgrade your grill. Most importantly, there’s never been a better selection of grills to choose from, so finding the perfect one for you is easier than ever. So then, to do that, it helps to know the pros and cons of the most popular types of grills to make an informed purchase. From classic charcoal grills to cutting-edge, WiFi-enabled pellet smokers, there’s something out there for everyone. A couple of general notes to keep in mind: First, think …

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Is Your Backyard Paradise Missing These 4 Elements?

Your newly refurbished backyard paradise may have all the room for parties and relaxation that you want, but something’s not quite finished yet. Anyone can renovate the yard. But why not make your backyard party space unique to you? Don’t settle for a simple renovation. Does your backyard paradise need a few finishing touches to make it personal? Find inspiration for outdoor decor here! #Creekstone #backyarddesign #outdoorlife  Personalized Accessories Brand-new appliances and shaded spots certainly add a lot to your backyard, but they can also feel a bit “standard” on their own. Every homeowner decorates their house’s interior with personal artwork and furniture–why not give the exterior the same treatment? Try personalizing your backyard with one of these ideas: Entertainment Outdoor pillows Firepit Decorative lighting 1) Entertainment What’s more fun than a movie night under the patio on a beautiful night? A patio cover with large enough walls provides the …

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A (Reluctant) Case for the Virtual Race

For many runners, 2020 will go down (in infamy) as the year of the “virtual race.” In late May, the Boston Athletic Association announced that the 2020 Boston Marathon would be a virtual-only event. The New York Road Runners had to cancel last month’s Brooklyn Half, but their virtual edition of the race still had over 8,000 finishers. In a novel take on the format, Millennium Running, an event company and brick and mortar running store based in Bedford, New Hampshire, has created a marked 5K course with a fully automated chip timing system. For ten dollars, entrants buy a chipped bib and can then run the course at any time, day or night. Only they must finish between May 16 through August 23. Necessity really is the mother of invention. Should runners actually do a virtual race? But is virtual racing something runners actually need? In the past, I …

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M1 Garand vs. M1A: Which is Better?

Russ Chastain   05.27.20 I happily admit that when I saw this video from Paul Harrell, I wondered as I clicked whether he’d pronounce “Garand” reasonably, or instead say it like Ian of Forgotten Weapons. And once the actual video presentation began about 1.5 minutes in, he made me laugh by not pronouncing it at all! M1 Garand… During the intro, he gets to the Garand and calls it “the M1 this word right here,” gesturing at a space where the word “Garand” appears. That was good for a nice guffaw out of me… and I was further pleased when he deigned to pronounce it in the way I happen to prefer. Getting down to brass tacks and the purpose of the video, we look at the M1A (7.62 NATO / 308 WIN) and the M1 Garand (30-06 Springfield). I have minimal experience with either of the rifles, but my father had …

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5 Clever Backyard Storage Ideas

One all-important aspect of home design is storage. We all need extra space to put tools, toys, supplies, and more in the backyard. And while it’s simple enough to just toss everything into buckets or set up cheap shelves, why not make your storage look like a natural part of the backyard? It’s easy and fun to find ways to incorporate your storage into your overall design. Have too much stuff to store in your yard? Try out these backyard storage ideas for design inspiration! Creative Outdoor Storage Why not get creative with your backyard storage? Find ways to integrate your storage naturally into your design scheme or make it subtler. Whatever you choose, the possibilities are nearly endless! Try one of these popular storage ideas: Firewood cubbies Hidden storage spaces Pool houses Outdoor bars Outdoor kitchen cabinets 1) Firewood Cubbies A new wood-burning fireplace or firepit requires a decent …

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Red RydAR lever-action AR Rifle

This one goes in the “You’ve got to be kidding me” file. Not only is it a lever-action AR-pattern rifle, but it’s also been decorated to appear more like a classic lever-action Red Ryder BB gun. Oh, the humanity… This gun was covered in some detail at our sister site TFB last October; here are some highlights and a video. The right side of the Red Ryd-AR lever-action AR rifle. The company, Brickwurx, is located in Louisville, Kentucky, and does work in graphics design, commercial art, and metal fabrication/prototyping of “everything ranging from firearms to custom motorcycles.” The company owner John Brickey said he has “a habit of modifying and creating new designs from existing works.” No kidding! It even has a lanyard loop with a leather lanyard. Classic Lever-Action AR-Pattern Red Ryder The lever-action aspect is in the patent process so we don’t get to learn a whole lot …

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Frontline Heroes get 20% off from 5.11 Tactical

A Sincere Thank you to all of the Frontline Heroes 5.11 Tactical is extending their gratitude and thanks to all of the frontline heroes keeping the country safe by offering them 20% off. They understand that in unprecedented times like now there are many unsung heroes keeping our nation moving forward. Their announced promotion specifically for frontline heroes and the Press Release which elaborates their thanks can be read below: “Dear 5.11 Friends: 5.11 was founded in serving those who serve. Now more than ever we want to recognize and honor all the heroes serving our communities. They are keeping us fed, safe, healthy and comforting those in need. It’s time to pull together and endure as one. While we may be in a state of disbelief during the COVID-19 pandemic, 5.11 believes in the unsung heroes who are essential to our survival. America’s, and the world’s, frontline workers have …

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Getting the Best AR-15 for Your Money

What to Look for to Ensure that you get the Best AR-15 for your Money The modern sporting rifle (MSR), based on Eugene Stoner’s Armalite Rifle, Model 15, is one of the most popular target and hunting rifles in the country. These adaptable, accurate and easy-to-maintain rifles work extremely well for bench rest, three-gun, and other target shooting practices, as well as predator, wild hog, and varmint hunting in smaller calibers, as deer and other bigger game in larger-caliber variants. With many, many versions of the AR-15 on the market, which one should you get? Here’s a little help in getting the best AR-15 for your money. There are two common variants of the MSR – the AR-15 platform and the AR-10 platform. Most AR-15 rifles fire some version of the 5.56mm round, such as the .223. There are other caliber offerings, like the .300 Blackout, .224 Valkyrie, .350 Legend, …

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Decompressing Your Outdoor Living Space

Want the Perfect Outdoor Living Space? The medical community widely acknowledges the adverse effects of stress on both physical and mental health. During this highly stressful time in our history, it is more important than ever to protect our health with activities that help reduce the effects stress can have on our overall wellbeing. Your outdoor living space can be the ideal place to turn off your mind, take a deep breath and at least temporarily let go of the stressful thoughts and activities that can weigh so heavily on us all. Create Your Personal Zen Space Whether on your patio, porch, deck, or out in the yard, choose a spot in your outdoor space to designate as your relaxation spot. For the overall look, think organic. Incorporate natural elements like wood, plants, stones, water features, and fire. Natural design elements will help you to connect with nature, decompress, and …

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Amazing Bone-in Pork Chop Recipe – Extra Juicy

Try this delicious bone-in pork chop recipe! When someone tells you they don’t like grilled pork chops, it’s likely because they’ve never had one cooked properly. Pork chops can dry out more quickly than just about any other type of meat — especially when cooked on the grill. Why? Pork loses a lot of moisture when it cooks (nearly 20% of its weight). This causes the proteins to clump together and make it more dense and fibrous. This effect is multiplied on the grill because the juices drip away from the meat, as opposed to cooking it in a pan or baking dish where the juices can collect around the meat. Be sure to bookmark this incredible bone-in pork chop recipe! The incredibly simple solution: brine. By soaking pork chops in a brine solution for several hours, additional moisture will be absorbed into the meat to prevent it from drying …

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8 Delicious Outdoor Grill Recipes

As social distancing measures continue and people are stuck at home, homeowners are coming up with more creative ways to pass the extra time they now have. Some are learning a new language or taking up a new hobby. Others are reviving old hobbies or trying to get better at them. If you’re looking for ways to pass the time, why not practice your outdoor cooking skills? Fire up the grill and give these flavorful recipes a try! An outdoor grilling session is a perfect way to pass time and get better at your cooking skills! Try out these recipes for a delicious dinner.  What’s on the Menu? The most commonly grilled dishes involve meat, especially beef, but your grill is far more versatile than that. You can serve up everything from standard beef dishes to seafood and even grilled desserts! Find your new favorite grilled dish here: Lemon grilled …

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RV Show & Full-time RV Living – Completely Satisfying

So it all started about three years ago when I decided to begin living in my motorhome full-time. To this day, it has been one of the best decisions that I’ve made. Most people love their possessions and afraid to downsize their belongings. I have to tell you, that was one of the most liberating experiences that I’ve ever had. My wife and I have always wanted to live a life of freedom on the open road; once we decided to do this full time, we haven’t looked back since! We had first become interested after accidentally stumbling across an RV Show while on a road trip and have been obsessed ever since! Freedom Being able to have only what we need and can fit in our motorhome has opened our eyes to what is truly important in our lives. Rather than being distracted by “stuff,” we can put our …

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