Now here’s something you don’t see every day, a rap battle about the best type of camping! I’m all for minimalist camping, but ever since my sons were born I’ve really learned to really appreciate glam-ping. It certainly doesn’t hurt that my girlfriend works at MEC and we have access to incredible camping gear!
I can still remember the excitement of going to summer camp when I was a child. I learned a lot about the outdoors and I think it really helped to shape my love of the wilderness. Today Tim Horton’s will be donating 100% of their proceeds on every coffee sold to the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation, which in turn will help disadvantaged kids go to camp. As if you needed an excuse to drink more coffee today.
On June 3rd, buy a coffee at Tim Hortons and you’ll be helping to send even more kids to camp this year. Restaurant owners will donate 100% of the proceeds from every coffee sold to the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation, which sends economically disadvantaged kids to one of our camps for the experience of a lifetime. This one day has the power to give thousands of kids from the community the chance to have an amazing opportunity.
You don’t drink coffee? Don’t worry, you can still donate here!
I just had one of the most epic adventures of my entire life. The day before Independence Day I set out for a four-day kayak fishing excursion to the Texas coast. I would end up pushing my limits to the max, having a brush with death, and catching some amazing fish in the process. This was an experience that I will remember for the rest of my life. Here is my story…
I loaded up the kayak and all of my fishing and camping gear and began the long journey from Dallas to Corpus Christi, TX. I arrived after dark and drove along the beach to my campsite. Straight off shore on the horizon I could see the blinking lights of my destination: the Mayan Princess oil rigs. I pitched my tent near the water and climbed in, thinking of nothing but the adventure that lied ahead.
When I awoke the conditions were ideal: the surf was flat, the wind was calm, and the water looked like glass beyond the breakers. I was amazed at the beauty of this place; it was not at all what I think of when I hear “Texas coast”. The sand was white, the water green and clear, and hardly any seaweed in sight. At around 7:00 AM the guys I was meeting began to arrive so we loaded up our kayaks and set off into the surf.
The three mile journey to the oil rigs could only be described as pleasant and serene. I saw a piece of trash floating in the water so I pedaled over to grab it and throw it in my kayak. My hand stopped inches above the bag when I realized it was not a bag but a huge Man o’ War. I looked up and realized they were everywhere. Needless to say, I elected not to go for a swim that day.
I was trolling on the journey out, and as I approached the first rig, BOOM one of my reels starts screaming as the line peels off the reel. I grabbed the rod, tightened the drag, and held on for the ride. The water clarity this far out was simply incredible. A half hour into the fight, I looked down and could see a beautiful shade of yellow and gray over 20 feet below me.
I had hooked into a gorgeous Jack Crevalle. This thing put up an incredible fight. I pulled it up into the boat and was grinning from ear to ear. I had landed my first deep-sea fish from the kayak, and it felt amazing.
Check out these two new product reviews we’ve just posted and stay tuned for more reviews already in the pipeline. As always if you make, sell, or just plain love a product and think we should review it, contact us and let us know!
Fishing Camp is an educational trivia-based board game for the whole family made by Education Outdoors. The game retails for $24.99 USD, supports up to eight players at once, and has challenging trivia questions for novices and experts alike. Education Outdoors also makes several other outdoor related games about camping, hunting, even cryptozoology, and donates a percentage of their profits to organizations geared toward educating children and families about the great outdoors.
The Swedish FireKnife is a tool that was given to us for review, and so I ran it through its paces on my previous trip to Algonquin Park. It’s a collaboration between Mora, a Swedish knife company, and Light My Fire, who primarily make flints and firestarters. This is a sturdy-looking knife, a practical size, has a solid sheath, and as a bonus has a flint in the handle. The Swedish FireKnife retails for about $30 USD and is available in four different colours.