Mental Health Check Up – Let’s Talk!

If there is one thing that is critical for all of us to do, it’s to check up on your, or a friend or family member’s, mental health. It’s not always an easy topic to bring up, and many people prefer not talking about it. It’s important to notice any changes in their behavior or attitude. Sometimes a simple question can make a huge difference in their thought patterns. Try something like, “Hey, how are you doing?” It is a way to breach the conversation and let them know that you care. I’m in no way a psychologist or anything, but as a veteran, this is a topic that is more common than you’d think. You see, we all go through situations that are life-changing. Despite what those situations are, they affect us. Let’s discuss our mental health I’m a huge supporter of suicide awareness and prevention. I made a …

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Wilderness Survival Tips – Basics

I should preface this with, I am no Bear Grylls or Les Stroud, but I have had my survival skills put to the test a time or two. And I’m definitely not going to drink my urine, or anyone else’s for that matter! However, there are a few survival tips and things that you should be aware of when you set out on any outdoor excursion. Survival starts with preparation. Here we are discussing the best-case scenario. You’ve done your research on where you’re going, the weather, natural disasters, wildlife, etc. Being sure that you pack for the elements and environment that you’re going into. Being knowledgeable is critical when getting yourself out of a dangerous situation. Furthermore, if you have the right training and skills to back it up, you will be in a much better position. However, let’s discuss survival tips and techniques when you are far from …

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Fishing the Meramac River

Let me tell you about one of the many mishaps that I made on an outdoor excursion and the lesson that I learned. First, I need to give a little background. It was 2007, and I was attending some military training in Missouri. During the week, the class kept me overly busy, which often led to homework. So, when the weekends came around, I was ready to get out and enjoy some of the beautiful things offered in the “Show Me” State. On this particular weekend, I wanted some peace, so I did some searching and came across a fishing trip at the Meramac River. So, I was excited and bought a 4-hour float trip in a canoe. I was thinking to myself that it would be peaceful and fun to do some fishing and swimming. So, I started loading up my canoe around eight o’clock in the morning with …

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The Grand Canyon – Best Place to Visit in US

The Grand Canyon National Park is truly one place to put on your bucket list! There is so much to do, and the views are incredible. You can spend months in the park and not see everything. In some instances, you can sit in the same area from dawn to dusk and slowly watch the scenery change right before your eyes. The way that the sun shines through at different angles changes the colors of the rocks. You can’t help but let your mind wander to our perception of time and how we are living in just a blink of an eye in the grand scheme of the Universe. It’s tough to fathom the billions of years that glaciers and the Colorado River has been cutting into the Earth and slowly eroding the land into what you see today. Once you see it for yourself, you will see precisely why …

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Trail Running Tips in Exmoor National Park

To begin with, I need to kind of layout the scene so that you can get an excellent appreciation for the “misery” that I went through when I signed up for a 50K Ultra Marathon Trail Run. You can find the Exmoor National Park in the Bristol Bay area in the United Kingdom. Now, it’s essential to know the lay of the land here. These trail running courses encompass steep inclines and long slopes, open moorland, heavily wooded valleys, old historical ruins, massive cliffs, beautiful rivers, and MILES of some of the most fantastic coastline you could ever see. I know what you’re thinking, “what’s so miserable about this? It sounds great!” Keep on reading to hear my trail running tips! Look at the scenery The scenery is breathtaking, much like the ultra itself. I’ve always been an excellent runner. It’s something that has always come naturally for me, and …

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Public Safety Considerations – Outdoor Experience

There are so many different things to consider before heading out into the wilderness or taking any trip outdoors. Unfortunately, there are so many people that go hiking, camping, or hunting without giving any thought to their safety and will ultimately suffer the consequences. Throughout this article, I am going to cover several highly essential public safety considerations that you need to keep in mind so that you can have the Optimal Outdoor Experience! However, this is not an all-inclusive list because there are hundreds of public safety topics that we could discuss. So this is going to cover some of the essential things that could save your life. Let someone know where you are going. Firstly, be sure to let someone know what your plans are. Even if you are heading out for a quick day trip to hit a trail or going hunting in the morning, I cannot …

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Texas Bluebonnets are only in the Lone Star State

It’s that time of year where the Texas Bluebonnets are in full bloom. Late March and early April is the prime time to see the official state flower of Texas, the Bluebonnet. There is a myth that the Spaniards brought the flower with them when they began to expand and colonize what is now Mexico and Texas, but all signs pout to that being false. You see, Texas is the only place in the world that you can see the Bluebonnet. And what a sight they are to see! You can see fields of blue that stretch for miles. It’s truly an experience! Once you head out of the large metropolitan areas, you will be stunned just how beautiful Texas is. And the scent of the flower is so sweet and rich that you can’t help but to stop and smell the flowers. Another myth surrounding the Bluebonnet is that …

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Discovering Waterfalls in Iceland

Do you remember in 2010 when Iceland had that major volcanic eruption that caused massive disruption to air travel? Well, Mount Eyjafjallajökull is the volcano to blame for all of that, and the Skogafoss Waterfall is located very nearby. So naturally, I had to see the Skogafoss Waterfall. It is perhaps one of the most famous waterfalls in all of Iceland. If you’re ever going to take a trip there, you can find it Southern coastline near Skogar. I was fortunate enough to travel to Iceland in December 2015 and take a 10-day tour of the entire country. Out of all the magnificent sites the country has to offer, some of my favorite ones are the waterfalls. There is just something about the sound of the water hitting the rocks below that is soothing to hear. Skogafoss Falls is one of the tallest the country has to offer at nearly …

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Texas’ Big Bend National Park

If you happen to be passing through Texas, one of the most beautiful places to visit is the Big Bend, National Park. It’s tucked away in Western Texas right on the US/Mexico Border. Believe it or not, Big Bend has been a relatively unknown National Park until recently. However, it ranks #15 in size compared to other National Parks. In fact, since Texas, some of the most beautiful weather in the Winter and early Spring, which brings flocks of visitors to the park between January and April. So keep that in mind for your planning purposes if you prefer a bit more solitude. Look at how amazing the views are at Big Bend National Park Speaking of solitude, because Big Bend is located in such a “remote” area of Texas, you can escape all of the light pollution from the city. In turn, it will give you such a fantastic …

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Glacier National Park is so Peaceful

One of the most beautiful places that I have ever visited was Glacier National Park. Furthermore, it was my first time in the State of Montana, and I completely understand why they call it Big Sky Country! And I have to be honest, I absolutely despise cold weather, so naturally, I had a shred of hesitation hidden in my excitement for this trip. See, growing up in Nebraska, I’ve experienced some cold weather and have done everything in my adult life to stay in the South where it’s warm. Now, this was the first time in almost 20 years that I made a conscious decision to go and be cold.  I had a pretty good idea of what I needed to pack to be able to stay warm so that I could enjoy my time there. Of course, I packed all of the essentials, base layers, thermals, hats, gloves, neck …

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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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