Is Austin Stable

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Austin is a pretty stable place in which to live. No, I’m not referring to the economy, but weather and geology. No I’m not a meteorologist or geologist, but I do have some observation after having lived in the area for 18 years. The weather in Austin can be a bit toasty in the summer, […]


Family Tent Camping

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Camping in a tent is a fun and memorable experience for families. Camping vacations are great for relaxing and spending quality time with those you love. To ensure an enjoyable and comfortable outing, consider these tent camping tips. Always use a rainfly that provides full coverage of your tent. A rainfly is a tarp that […]


Essential Hiking Equipment 9 Things You Need Before Hitting The Trail

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There is nothing worse than getting miles away from civilization and encountering an emergency you are not prepared for. Whether you’re lost with no food, caught in an unexpected rain, or in pain from poor footwear, hiking without the right equipment is never a fun experience. Your gear will vary depending on what type of […]


Planning A Camping Trip When It S Raining

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Did you think all camping enthusiasts sat at home and bemoaned their fate during the rainy season? Nothing could be further than the truth! Veteran, hard-core campers don’t let a little or even a lot of rain dampen their adventurous spirit. Much like Gene Kelly who picked up his umbrella and went ‘Singing and Dancing […]


Email Marketing And Clean Windows

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Terri exits her vehicle and makes her way to her favorite shopping mall. Once inside she meets her best friend Carley and they stopped for one of those hot pretzels with dipping sauce while they catch up on their week. It starts to rain so the two spent more time in the mall while they […]


Email Marketing And Clean Windows

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Terri exits her vehicle and makes her way to her favorite shopping mall. Once inside she meets her best friend Carley and they stopped for one of those hot pretzels with dipping sauce while they catch up on their week. It starts to rain so the two spent more time in the mall while they […]


Ten Reasons For Visiting Costa Rica In The Rainy Season

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Most travellers to Costa Rica tend to come in the ‘dry’ season which runs from December to April, avoiding what is commonly known as the rainy season, from May to November. However their fears about the rain are frequently misguided as the ‘green’ season offers some distinct benefits to vacationers and eco tourists seeking to […]


Inspecting A Home S Sprinkler System Before You Buy

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Many homebuyers know to thoroughly inspect a home’s foundation, electrical system and plumbing before agreeing to buy a house. But experts say it’s important to check out what’s outside a home’s walls as well. For instance, taking a few steps to inspect a property’s sprinkler system could keep you from waking up to a problem […]


Your Essential Travel Companion

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Digital cameras are a household gadget nowadays. Everybody is slowly realizing the advantages of storing all their photos and videos digitally, rather than maintain a physical copy. With the advent of this new phenomenon, the next issue on everybody’s minds is to protect their gear. This calls for some research to find the right camera […]


Choose Life A Eulogy For My Mother

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After a long illness, my mother passed away in June 2006. Even though we all knew she had little time left, her death still came as a shock. My brothers helped me write the eulogy, and I delivered it. I almost made it through, maintaining my composure and humor right to the end. But, final […]


Have A Present Moment

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It was the 10th day of rain, and I walked into the pool locker room feeling a little soggy around the edges. I asked my pool friend, Laurie, how she was and she said, “Bright and cheery. It’s a wonderful day and I’m going to accomplish a lot of good things.” Laurie, who is recovering […]


Survival Clothing For Outdoor Emergencies

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Maybe you don’t need to learn about survival clothing. Maybe you always hike with a spare jacket. Perhaps you never go out into the wilderness overnight, but just for day hikes. Or you bring lots of warm clothing when you do go backpacking. Nonetheless, hundreds of people die or come close to dying every year […]


The Cheapest Hiking Clothes

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Hiking clothes and backpacking clothes need to function to a higher standard than everyday clothes. That’s why they’re often more expensive. Shop all the sales you want, and you will save money, but that extremely expensive waterproof/breathable coat will only be marked down to “very expensive.” Time for some more radical ways to find cheap […]


Montana Moccasin Ridge Adventure A Spring Training Hike Bonus

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In a light drizzle that chilly Sunday morning the Moccasin Ridge trek was underway. June hikes in Montana frequently offer the rain option and this was no exception. With hikes up that same route almost every weekend year round, a surprise on that familiar route would be…, well, surprising. The trail up Moccasin Ridge is […]


Why Vegetarianism Is Good For You And The Planet

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Even the Utah Beef Council admits, “Several epidemiological studies indicate that vegetarians have lower morbidity and mortality from chronic degenerative diseases.” Today, vegetarians only make up about two percent of the population, but everyday more and more people give up eating red meat or try their first bite of tofu. Aside from ethics, what are […]


Improvements In Robotic Lawn Mowers

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Robotic lawn mowers are creeping their way in to everyday American life. Like the dishwasher, they were really more trouble than they were worth in the beginning. But technological advances have made the robotic lawn mower practical. Robotic lawn mowers can now mow on a time schedule and return to the charging base all season […]


10 Reasons Why We Need To Clean Water

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If your clean water dilemma is how to clean water marks from glass vases, you’re just touching the tip of this iceberg. If your water is clean, should it leave water marks on glass vases? SECRET: You can clean water marks from glass vases. I don’t guarantee this will work on every vase, and urge […]