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Glamping at the Outdoor Retail Show

We just returned home from Salt Lake City and the Outdoor Retail Show. We had a great time and saw tons of great new outdoor products!  One of the things we got to do while we were there was go Glamping!  Have you ever heard of or had a chance to go Glamping?  (It’s Glamorous Camping.) Barebones Tentsmade an offer to nearly 50 people to join them on a Glamping evening before the Outdoor Demo day at beautiful Pineview Reservoir about an hour from Salt Lake City. We were lucky enough to be chosen to join them.

We got a spacious tent with a comfy cot, sleeping bag and nice lighting. The best part was getting to talk with the other Glampers, great food and entertainment.
Inside BareBones Tent
We arrived early evening and there were several other people relaxing under a pop-up tent so we got a “cold one or two” and sat down with them and got to know each other and what business they were involved with. We met people from all over the country, Florida, Michigan, Ohio and even the Salt Lake City area.
Glamping Food - Bar B Q
Of course, the food was delicious: BBQ ribs, chicken wings and brisket along with delicious baked beans, cole slaw and cornbread. The evening wouldn’t have been complete without being able to make S’mores, but Glamping style, of course. There were the usual marshmallows and graham crackers, but there was a delicious dark chocolate. If you wanted to be adventurous you could make your s’more with one of the flavored marshmallows, orange, bourbon, or my favorite, key lime. If graham crackers seemed a bit dry, there were honey Stingers to take their place. I haven’t had a s’more in ages, and these are definitely going to be the ones any future s’mores are going to have to live up to!
Toasting Marshmallows
Once everyone had finished eating, the evening’s entertainment started, a duo with stand-up base and guitar. They didn’t get to finish playing however, as a thunderstorm came rolling into the area. The wind kicked up and we headed back to our tent to wait out the storm.
Glamping Entertainment
We stayed in the tent for only a short while, until we heard all the Ooooo’s and Aaaahhhh’s coming from outside as the lightning made a fantastic light show in the distance over the lake and mountains. Seeing that everyone seemed to still be outside, we went back outside and watched the “fireworks” until the rain finally made it to us. By that time it was getting late so we made our way back to our tent and just managed to get settled when the heavy downpour hit. By the way, the BareBones tents held up wonderfully throughout the wind and rain.
Lightning Over Pineview Resevoir
We had a good night’s sleep and woke early to a beautiful, sunny morning. And the best part was that we were already at the location for the demo day so we got an early start checking out the kayaks, SUP’s and other new products at demo day.
Pineview Resevoir
Overall, I guess things could have been a bit more “glamorous”, but the entire experience was worth checking out. If you ever get the chance to go Glamping … be sure to GO FOR IT!

Choosing The Right Paddle For Kayak Fishing

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We’ve featured quite a few articles on how to choose a kayak paddle but we haven’t touched on kayak fishing paddles, till now.
Fish & Lure
It’s true that almost every regular kayak paddle can be used when fishing from a kayak, however in today’s age of specialization, there are nuances that you should pay attention to for the optimum choice of a kayak fishing paddle.

Jeff Little, regional pro staff director for the Wilderness Systems Fishing Team, released a video that shows you the different designs and their pros and cons as well as discussing the quality levels of the paddles that are on the market.

Kayaking The Colorado River

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As you all know, the Colorado River runs through the Grand Canyon and it’s probably ‘the’ kayaking trip that’s on more ‘bucket lists’ than any other.

Colorado River Map
Here is a one minute look at some kayakers paddling down the river courtesy of the Grand Canyon National Park. If you haven’t had the chance to kayak the great river and take in these breathtaking views in person, I’m sure you’ll enjoy the video.

The Colorado River is 1,450 miles long and features flat water sections as well as whitewater. It’s considered to be endangered due to the heavy draw of water that’s taken from it to supply residents of the Southwestern US. It is a magnificent river and truly one of the great natural wonders in the world.

Kayaking To The Super Bowl In The Meadowlands

Super Bowl XLVIII will be played on February 2, 2014 at Met Life stadium in the Meadowlands in New Jersey. Many people don’t know that the area is actually a large swamp that’s been, in some cases, turned into accessible areas for people, vehicles and buildings.MeadowlandsStadium On the other hand, there is a list of failed or partially constructed projects that have been foiled by the great swamp.

A photographer and two other men, one a writer who wrote the “definitive” book about the Meadowlands, recently embarked on a kayaking trip to see if they could actually paddle to the stadium. I’m not sure if they just wanted a plan to miss out on the traffic jam or that they simply wanted to find out if it was possible.

The video they made is very entertaining as they discuss the area, it’s follies, failed projects and myths (Jimmy Hoffa’s final resting place). On the map, it looks like an easy paddle. Check out the video to see how it all turned out.

Whitewater Kayaking In Maine – Film

We’re always looking for great places to kayak and recently have been discussing a trip to the northeast. In the process of doing a little advance research, I ran across a video, actually a short film, that was posted on YouTube entitled “The Way We Live” that features whitewater kayaking in Maine, one of our potential kayaking destinations. SeaEagle380xWhitewater

Film editor Taylor Walker combined footage of many whitewater kayakers at various locations in Maine to demonstrate the variety of excellent rivers that span the state. The film was originally presented at the Maine Outdoor Film Festival and then uploaded online in September of 2013.

The scenery is nice and the action is fast and furious. And, even if you’re not a whitewater kayaker, you can see that Maine is a beautiful place to visit and, most likely, you’ll be able to find a beautiful section of water to dip your paddle in.

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