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There's not a single day that goes by that I don't have an audio book running through my head. About a decade ago, I came to the realization that by listening to music non-stop, I'm in fact wasting a good amount of time I could spend learning anything in the world I wanted. So, while I still amp up my speaker system daily to boost my mood, and to keep me grounded, I spend a whole lot more time with information flowing into my ears, ultimately spinning the wheels in my head. Why audio books? Well, why don't you let me explain...
There's something magical about books, about entertaining ideas and situations that may not be real, but can absolutely feel real. And that's where the magic lies, within the authors ability to weave imagery, meaning, anecdote and story through language. In today's modern hustle and bustle, it's nearly impossible to do a 40-hour work week and still have time to dedicate toward consistent reading of any great quantity, but with audio books, you can fill your moments with imagination and learning.

I've always hated the tedious things in life as I'm much more keen on moments that inspire thought and creativity, as well as spark the fire inside my mind that ultimately guides me on my path toward deeper truth and understanding. With too much time spent in the tedious, the more it feels like my soul is dying inside. But with the introduction of audio books into my daily diet, I've seen a marked change in my mind's abilities, in my understanding, in my creativity, and in my overall understanding and perception of reality and the world around us. Where when I was growing up I had felt lost and uncertain about everything, I know have a firm foundation of understanding and without being literary, that would not have been possible. Gaining the ability to read coherently and to think deeply isn't something that happens over night, but books are the right way to begin.
I've recently been working with AudioBooks.com's phone app and have downloaded a few books that have inspired my recent journey into natural medicine and writing, and that's a testament to the variety of literature available on their network. The AudioBooks app provides thousands of possibilities, from every scholarly subject to any sort of set, setting and story, and it's all within reach and only takes seconds to download straight to your phone.

All in all, I found AudioBooks.com to be a great resource for fiction, non-fiction, and educational materials. While they may not have as many choices as some other online audiobook services, they make it easy and keep it affordable to grow and learn everyday. And for that feature, I am grateful. The world needs more people to strive for knowledge and understanding, because without intellectualism, we will continue to have a blind, ego-led population who is easily manipulated and controlled. But with the fire of desire to learn comes freedom and understanding and a better tomorrow.

If you would like to learn more about AudioBooks.com, click here.

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Natural medicines and herbal remedies are seeing a tremendous slope upward, which is mainly due to the growing consciousness around the medical problem in the USA, which is spurred along by the pharmaceutical industry and their more-grey-than-white practices. Not only do they jack up the prices by thousands of a percent, they constantly market that they have a convenient little pill that will make everything better, for any and all conditions and symptoms of the human condition. What that does is create habitual users. And sure, of course that’s what’s good for business, for them, but it’s starting to have drastic and irreversible effects of people and our culture.
With time, the truth comes out, which has inspired renewed interest in the most ancient of practices. It’s become more and more well known that the pharmaceutical industry peddles prescription drugs that are more often than not more dangerous than their original intent. So when the list of side effects for a drug is longer than the cures and the cause is more harmful then the original condition… that’s what I call a problem. But do not fear, there are alternative options out there. One of which is that of herbalism.

Herbalism is the practice of employing plant remedies in our everyday lives. Plants or herbs have a wide variety of medicinal effects, and so modern herbalism is all about tapping into the ancient wisdom of plants, mixed with the new science that is driving this new momentum, to find what will work best for you. It’s somewhat common knowledge that lavender is great for sedation, insomnia, soothing nerves and anxiety, among a myriad of other benefits. The same is true for hundreds of plants, trees, roots, and even fungi. It is also becoming more well known that cannabis is useful for a huge range of ailments and is possibly one of the most therapeutic plants in the world. Although that fact is only now gaining traction around the world, thanks massively to the advent of the internet and its ability to be a resource for knowledge, we are still seeing a slow change in legality and availability of cannabis.

The latest movement is that of CBD. Surely you’ve heard about CBD prior to this article, or maybe have only seen a bottle on a shelf, and perhaps didn’t know what it was. Let me break down CBD for you… CBD is the non-psychotropic (which does not get you ‘high’) cannabinoid (or compound/chemical) found only in hemp, or Cannabis Sativa, that has proven to be effective for a wide range of ailments. There are in fact many different types of cannabinoids found in hemp, but there are only a few that we have been able to test and use as a medicine; like that of THC, the psychoactive compound found in the female flowers, and CBG, another healing and non-psychoactive compound.
CBD, specifically, is found in the male non-flowering plant and in the stalks of either gender, and has been found to have a stunning list of benefits and medicinal effects. CBD has been found to have anti-inflammatory as well as immunomodulatory effects, while also having sedating, hypnotic, anti-epileptic and anti-dystonic effects, among other healing attributes. CBD does not ‘get you high,’ as they say, but it can relax you, soothe pain, help regulate sleep patterns, control certain cancers, stimulate bone growth, and stop the growth of bacteria. This natural compound suppresses muscle spasms and convulsions, slows inflammation, reduces blood sugar levels, reduces the risk of artery obstructions, decreases pressure in the blood vessel walls, helps control epileptic seizures, reduces risk of nerve damage, and eases nausea. And that’s certainly not all.

CBD is essentially an oil or concentrate that can be extracted from the cannabis plant through various means, and when ingested or used topically it can be processed by your body, and from there it’s effects can range depending on the person and their ailment. The FDA has yet to create recommended dosage or daily intake suggestion, so dosage amounts have sort of been all over the place. Some CBD companies tell you to take a dropper full a day, but that’s not very helpful when you need to identify the exact milligram amount for yourself. I’ve used CBD for a few years since living in Colorado and have gained invaluable knowledge on its effects and how to spot the best companies. My goto is Dutch Natural Healing, who is a dedicated and honest plant nursery and CBD extract company based in the Netherlands, who focus on pure CBD with a non-nonsense mentality. The difference with Dutch Natural Healing versus most other CBD companies is that their products are unrefined, green and gritty, and authentic, and of course, super pure. The other difference is that on their labels, they break down how many mg of CBD is in every drop, which makes it much easier to adhere to a certain regimen.
To figure out what dosage amount works best for you, it’s ideal to consider your weight and then work up from there. For 86-150 lbs, try 8-12mg a day and then gradually increase your dosage from there, depending how you feel. For 151-240, try 15-28mg a day. For serious diseases and ailments, you will want to do further research online, as I’ve read that people suffering from epilepsy may have to take up to 200-300mg a day, however I do not know if that is a correct dosage amount. For internal use, you can either simply place drops on your tongue, or in a drink, or you can use a vaping application. For pets, you can simply put a drop or two on their tongues, but be sure to start quite small and to work up slowly from there, and as you see their energy change and their ability to move freely without issue, then you will know its working, especially for older dogs. Always consult a physician (or veterinarian), especially if you take prescription drugs or have other health issues or ailments.

For me, personally, I use Dutch Natural Healing’s CBD to assist me in several aspects of my life, like that of soothing my anxiety and easing stress, and allowing me to overcome my insomnia. I also employ CBD via a topical salve, which helps to relax my tense and painful muscles and joints. While I definitely feel the sedating effects from CBD when ingested internally, I prefer working with medicinal salves, because they can be used directly as a spot treatment. For topical CBD, my favorite company is Woodland Herbal Apothecary, because they marry organic herbs and potent essential oils with the cannabis and therefore create some of the most powerful topical ointments on the market. But I also like to make my own medicinals.
Making your own CBD-infused medicinals is easy, but to do it well, it does require many ingredients. But if you’re curious about making your own, here are some of my favorite recipes:

Icy Hot Rub
Melt beeswax into an oil base such as Olive oil, Hempseed oil or Coconut oil, before adding in CBD, menthol crystals and/or camphor crystals, along with some essential oils like Peppermint, Wintergreen, Camphor, Black Pepper and Ginger. These essential oils and crystals will combine to create a natural icy hot sensation, while the CBD works to ease inflammation and soothe pain. I prefer working with Dutch Natural Healing’s isolate crystals as they melt right in without issue every time.

Icy Hot recipe:
-Melt in double boiler.
3oz - Carrier oil
1oz - Beeswax
-Once melted, take off heat and stir in the following:
100mg - CBD oil or isolate crystals
1 tsp - Menthol crystals
1 tsp - Camphor crystals
Essential oils - Peppermint (10 drops), Wintergreen (5 drops), Camphor (5-10 drops, or if you used the crystals, then skip this one), Black Pepper (10 drops), Ginger (5-10 drops).
-Once all ingredients are melted together, stir then carefully pour hot mixture into a mason jar or similar container. Store in cool, dry and dark place. Topical should last a year with proper storage.
Instructions: Apply salve on sore muscles and joints and rub in until topical soaks in. This salve will be rather potent, so a little goes a long way. Keep out of eyes!

CBD Tincture
A tincture is an ingestible oil or alcohol extraction that is typically very potent and requires only a few drops to be effective. If you have a high concentrate CBD oil, you can add some to a dropper bottle and then fill it the rest of the way up with Olive oil, Grapeseed oil and/or Hempseed oil. By doing your own, you can manage how much CBD is in each drop.

Calming Tincture
A calming tincture is an extraction that includes herbs that help fight depression and soothe nerves, so if you suffer from stress, anxiety, or tension, this recipe could be effective for you. This will be a potent tincture, so a few drops should do the trick, but to test dosage, start small and log how you feel each day with each dosage.

Calming Tincture recipe:
-Fill a sterilized canning jar with a mix of herbs, then fill to top with vodka.
Important herbs for anxiety/stress relief - Lavender, Chamomile, Valerian Toot, St. John’s Wort, Skullcap.
Other herbs that can be used - Peppermint, Lemon Balm, Cinnamon, Licorice Root, Rose, Lemongrass, Green Tea.
-Close jar tight then shake vigorously. Leave in cool, dark place for 4-6 weeks. Be sure to shake every day for the first week, then once a week will do after that. When ready, strain extraction liquid through a cheesecloth.
-Fill 1oz-2oz dropper bottles with 1/3 of extracted liquid before combining with pure CBD oil. I’d suggest including 125mg per 1oz, but that’s up to you. Fill the rest of the tincture bottle with vodka, olive oil, grapeseed oil or food-safe vegetable glycerin.
-Shake well before each use.
A huge thank you to Dutch Natural Healing for their support and their fine work toward creating a better world. Herbal medicine may not be as quick acting as pharmaceutical drugs, but they are kinder, gentler, and can prove to be more effective over time.

If you would like to learn more about Dutch Natural Healing’s CBD, click here.







*This article is for entertainment use, and should not replace the diagnoses of any disease or the subscribing of any medication. Always consult with your doctor or a medical professional for any and all health-related advice.
(Main photo by jurassicblueberries via Flickr)
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It ’tis the time of the year for cold weather and hot cocoa, that white stuff people call snow, and the dreaded holiday shopping season. The internet has transformed how we shop for ourselves and loved ones during the Christmas season, and while the move has been swift and the effect beginning to be noticed in the closure of department stores all over the world, it allows the ability to shop for unique products from all over the world that otherwise would not be possible to buy locally.
I thought I used to love to go out and shop until about ten years ago when it started to wear on me, and so now I love to find dynamic companies from all over that specialize in one of a kind products. Plus, the anti-social part inside me rejoices for the opportunity to shop online rather than be surrounded by screaming babies and stressed, hurried shoppers.

This winter, I implore you to take some extra time when considering your gift giving for loved ones, as with a little extra effort, you can surprise and delight them so much more than by buying the typical big name brands and products that fit the basic norm. For my wife, I sought out a handmade pottery master and a shirt maker (and the only reason I’m telling you this is because I know she never reads my blog; at least I hope now… lol!) from across the world. Not only was the quality better than industrially-made products, the love and care they put into their work was evident, and of course, they put their own fresh take and style into my gifts for her, and I know she will love them. But it was the gift for my buddy that I am most proud of…
My friend is a sneaker fiend and loves the hottest, latest, sharpest shoe and so instead of waiting in line for a pair of overpriced Nike’s, I opted for one of Europe’s most impressive footwear makers. LOWA is a Slovakia company that specializes in handcrafted footwear that’s regularly among the best in the world. They offer a wide range of shoes and boots for both men and women (and they have a few pairs for children as well), for everyday wear to just about any outdoor endeavor, like that of mountaineering, hiking, trekking, backpacking, rock climbing, hunting, and more. Forbes has even called LOWA “the Rolls-Royce of hiking boots.”

​LOWA’s Serfaus GTX Mid Boots are made for cold weather use, but they are so much more than a winter boot as they take on a luxurious and uber stylish, while also being made to outlast much of the worst that winter has in store. The Serfaus winter sneaker-boot is made of embossed leather uppers and loren-style synthetic trim, and is outfitted with a thicker midsole that adds additional protection from the elements, while marrying together waterproof with breathability. They are lined with the industry standard GORE-TEX fabric that provides the breathable waterproofing.
Other materials included in these dynamic boots is a full grain leather, split grain leather, injected PU DynaPU Midsole, and is insulated by Panda Polyester. The final effect is a beautiful, eye-catching high ankle shoe that’s built like an all-terrain boot. The aesthetic is pure fire in my opinion, with a sleek grey look with a wool-like top and embossed leather exterior that has a whole lot of character, which is outlined by a white strip at the base. The X-pattern tread works really nicely at ensuring you have proper grip on rock and even when dealing with ice. The inside of the Serfaus is padded with warming insulation that I found to be very comfortable when I tried them on. Overall, I came away extremely impressed by the quality of the Serfaus boot, from the strong structural build to the brilliant creative design. I know my loved ones will be very happy with their gifts this year, so why not give it a little extra effort and search out something unique and wonderful.

If you would like to learn more about LOWA, click here.
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The chill has descended upon many of us in the northern areas of the world, and with it the snow is falling in great sheets of white crystal, and so it’s beginning to feel a lot like the holidays. But the holiday season have turned into a nightmare. Did that last sentence catch you off guard? Well, it’s true. When many families must save all year to afford a gift giving extravaganza or choose going in debt for much of the new year to be able to pull off Christmas, then the holiday is becoming more stressful than it should. Big business and marketing companies have a heyday making people think that it’s all about the gifts…
Truth is, that it’s not. The truth is that the holidays are for the time spent with loved ones, because life is too short, and these are the moments that matter most. While it’s easier to simply purchase a gift to show your love, it’s so much more powerful to be positive, loving, and supporting to your loved ones. So this holiday, I implore you to choose happy, choose to smile, and choose to love your family, but to also consider what might make the biggest difference in their lives. Do you notice they are unhappy in their current situation? Is it obvious they are spinning their wheels and need to get away for a while? Can you tell they need something new and exciting in their lives?

This holiday season, try giving your loved ones love and positivity, and new experiences. The most powerful gift I ever received was a chance to travel and see the world. If paying for an entire trip is out of the question, then simply plan a day trip and go with them so you both can share in a new experience. These types of memories are made quickly and go by in a flash, yet stay with your loved ones longer than trinkets, toys, or plastic crap. Think deeper this Christmas, and give more than something that will end up in a landfill in a month or two.

If you’d still like to see their face when they unwrap a gift from you, I’ve compiled a few travel-minded goodies that can really light up their face while giving them the opportunity to experience something new in life. Happy holidays, and remember, choose happy, choose love, and choose new experiences.
Patagonia Provisions Taste of Provisions Box
Patagonia Provisions specializes in quality foods with tastes from all around the world. Their Taste of Provisions Box includes a Wild Sockeye Salmon, Wild Pink Salmon, Red Bean Chili, Breakfast Grains, 3 Fruit+Almond Bars (Mango, Inca Berry and Apricot), Buffalo Jerky and Savory Sofrito Mussels. This variety box is a trip around the world of natural foods, and is packed full of deliciousness. The mango bars are the best, and you will want to keep eating them forever (believe me, I know the feeling), the salmon was surprisingly awesome, and the buffalo jerky was out of this world. So if you can’t afford to travel, at least bring some of the wild tastes from around the planet to you.
Conner Aztec Sun Hat
Made out of recycled plastic, the Aztec Sun Hat is a perfect choice for the new traveler as well as the aged adventurer, because it won’t fade, or shrink and it floats! Conner's Aztec Sun Hat packs flat, and can unpack and hold its shape, while also providing an internal pocket and breezy venting for blisteringly hot and humid days. It’s stylish, eye-catching, yet classy in its own right, with all of the great features of a high end safari hat. But even better than the price, is its ability to be lightweight, versatile and aiding in keeping you cool and comfortable, even when you find yourself in a new world with a stifling atmosphere.

 
(Main photo by grandia via Flickr)
Toad & Co Kennicott Shirt Jacket
When I travel, I like to come prepared, because not only have I learned from being ill-prepared, but I’ve also come to realize how to do it smart and efficiently. One of the best ways to do that is to pack smart, like choosing clothing that can bridge the gaps in temperature and weather. Toad & Co’s Kennicott Shirt Jacket is a shirt and a jacket that is a perfect balance between a bit cold and a bit warm, and so it works great to cancel out too many extra shirts as well as a bulky coat. The Kennicott Shirt Jac is made with a Prato Wool Blend that feels great, looks sharp, while providing warmth when I need it, without adding the bulkiness of a big winter coat to my pack. Plus, the shirt is designed so you can avoid the itchiness that most wool jackets can cause.
Zen Camera by David Ulrich
If travel is out of the question due to finances, give the eye and mind a chance to see the world differently, to see beauty where many see none, and to experience what nature and the greater world out there has to offer. Zen Camera is a guide that teaches creativity and self-expression, while walking you through the beauty of the world, inward and outward. From profound lessons in photography and life, to training your eye in photography and your mind in mindfulness, David Ulrich guides, unveils, and inspires in Zen Camera.
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​The best thing about New Zealand is that there are so many off-the-beaten-track places to explore. Divert off SH1 and you’ll find sights not seen anywhere else in the world, right in our own backyard.
​Waikawau Beach Tunnel

Not far from Waitomo Caves on the East Coast of NZ’s North Island, you’ll find a remote beach with a special secret. To get to this beach, you first walk through a hand-carved tunnel. Excavated in 1911, this tunnel allowed access to the beach for farmers moving stock to Nukuhakere Station. The high peak of this tunnel was to allow a horse and rider through. Three men created this, using only picks and shovels.

If you're looking into visiting these odd spots - it can be worth checking with State NZ for domestic travel insurance.

The Blue Pools, Haast

Take the track off Makaroa Road between Central Otago and the West Coast of the South Island to get to the Blue Pools of Haast. This isolated hidden gem is a series of startlingly clear pools of glacier-fed water. The water is an unusual colour due to the minerals from the glacier. The area itself has been nibbled away due to erosion over several centuries, leaving the area a geographer’s delight- and an Instagrammer’s dream.

Mokoia Island

This tiny Island is only accessible by boat. As a tapu site, the local Māori only allow small tours so make sure you plan well in advance. There are geothermal springs and an unusual rhyolite lava dome. On the island you can take a guided tour, watch local birdlife and try local traditional food.

Hamurana Springs

Another Rotorua treasure, take a short walk along the Hamurana trail to these natural springs. A tranquil spot, you’ll have to pay an entrance fee, but it’s worth it. Take a picnic and spend the day lazing beside these crystal clear turquoise waters. There’s a high-level viewing platform for those who enjoy additional stunning views.

The water is amazing- it takes 70 years to make its way to the surface through underground aquifers. The walk is easy, perfect for kids and prams.

Matapouri Bay

In the Far North of the North Island, there are many hidden gems, isolated beaches that only locals know about. Matapouri Bay is one of these. A horse-shoe shaped bay, white sand, and the gentle waves lap along the beach fringed by native bush. At low tide, you can access Mermaid Rock Pools, which are bursting with sea life. There is a takeaway shop within walking distance so grab your dinner and eat it on the beach while watching the fading rays of sun for a perfect end to your day.

Lake Quill

Hidden far from the reach of most tourists, Lake Quill is an incredibly beautiful spot on the Milford Track. High in the mountains, you’ll have to tramp there or take a flight- it’s not an easy journey. But it’s totally worth it, with the rugged rocky mountains dropping dramatically into this clear glacier-fed lake.

Okains Bay

On Banks Peninsula, about 1.5 hours drive from Christchurch in the South Island, you will find this small secluded bay. There’s a scattering of holiday homes with a relaxed bare-foot-and-windblown-hair feel to the place. Follow the beach road down to a great kids playground with a flying fox. Keep an eye out for local wildlife- as well as beautiful native birds, Okains Bay is also playground to seals.

Earnslaw Burn

A one hour drive from the tourist capital of New Zealand, Queenstown, leads to Glenorchy. A picturesque spot in itself, you’ll want to stay here for a few days. Follow the track to Earnslaw Burn, a glacier formed by waterfalls. Made famous by The Hobbit movie, this rugged spot is breath-taking. Ice tumbling 2000m down a sheer rock face is pretty impressive!

Karamea Moira Gate Arch

A short drive from Westport on the West Coast of the South Island, Karamea is the beginning of Kahurangi National Park. There is a huge range of activities in the area- tramping trails that take you to the wildest, rugged places on the ends of the earth.

Visit Moira Gate Arch, Honeycomb Hill Caves and Arch, or Oparara Arch. Take a few days to walk the Heaphy Track, or walk a short day walk- Fenian Track, Mt Stormy, or part of Wangapeka Track.

Curio Bay

One of the most Southernmost points of the South Island, Curio Bay is found in the Catlins in Southland. It’s a rocky beach- with a difference. The ‘beach’, is in fact a 180 million year old petrified forest. As you walk along the shore, you can see the trunks of the trees buried by volcanic mud-flows.

Curio Bay is often closed off as the area is where Hoiho, the native yellow-eyed penguin nests. This place is paradise for geology enthusiasts, nature lovers and for those seeking something you’ll find no where else in the world.
Article written by James
(Photo by chanc via Flickr)
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When nature calls, you must go. That sums up my life in six short words. I grew up living on a lake, far from the mountains, and not near enough to forests that had yet to be spoiled by man, yet something was never quite right. I always felt like I was searching for a place to belong. I did the 9 to 5, I owned my own business and had done well for myself early on, yet I had never found happiness. Always searching. Then I began to travel, I toured the cities in lands from where my ancestors had come from, and yet, something in me craved for more, desired something real. It wasn’t until I encountered the unspoiled forests and mountains of Colorado and Wyoming for me to feel a deep connection and a power, and belonging like nowhere else prior.
While out in the wilderness I found peace, I found respite from the anxieties of modern life and the chaos of the human city. I found truth in the wild and I’ve never looked back since. The dream is to live in and surrounded by the wild wood, but until that happens, I spend a lot of time in the forest and beneath the stars, because it’s where I feel at home. Although I’ve never had that fear that breeds in modern society, where fear of the unknown transforms the natural world into a scary and threatening place, I still respect her enough to always come prepared.

True wilderness, where you can no longer hear another human and no planes or cars, can be a place of deep connection and relaxation if viewed as such, but it can also be viewed as a scary, mysterious place, where you’re all alone and if something were to happen, you’re on your own. While that can be true, depending where you are and how far out you go, it’s always important to respect the balance in between, meaning that you must learn to appreciate the beauty of Mother Nature while preparing for her worst. I never go too far in without covering a few bases first, such as leaving my location with loved ones or a local ranger, as well as being prepared for the current and prospective weather changes, and I never venture in without a survival blade, water, and a few other pieces of survival gear.

​I recently had the opportunity to team up with Winkler Knives to test out their beastly survival blade, known as the WK Striker. When you’re looking into finding the right kind of survival blade, you want something built strong, that won’t break or rust, or fail you at the worst possible time. When you’re struggling in the wilderness, and stranded or lost, the one thing that can do the most to help you survive is just something you can’t make yourself. Sure, you might be able to find a somewhat sharp piece of rock that might be able to cut animal flesh, but odds are against you in most parts of the world. With a good blade, you are giving yourself a chance, even in the worst situation, because with a proper survival knife, you can not only fashion a fire or a structure to protect you, you can also hunt and also defend yourself.
After working with the WK Striker, I’ve fell in love with this blade, because it’s built as solid and strong as any knife I’ve had the pleasure of working with. Winkler Knives focuses on creating limited runs of diverse high performance edged tools, and they take great pride in creating something that will last, and that will outlast even you, and that workmanship comes through with the merest sight of the Striker. The Striker is a blade that was made custom by request from the Australian SAS Group, who needed a knife that had solid hammering capabilities. The WK Striker starts at an awesome 3/8th of an inch thick and has a full taper from the hammer to the point, and was designed with a skeletonized tang that helps to reduce weight while enhancing balance, all without negatively erecting the strength of the blade or its hammering performance.

The WK Striker is a versatile and powerful blade that is strong enough to withstand blunt hits at the end of the handle, while retaining a very sharp edge for longer than most other survival blades I’ve worked with. The blade steel is 80CrV2 in a black oxide matte finish, and measures a length of 5 1/4” with a thickness of 3/8”, which should tell you a lot about how thick this bad boy is. This is the kind of knife that will stay with you forever, and can aid in helping you to weather whatever storm the natural world can throw at you.

If you would like to learn more about Winkler Knives, click here.
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The football craze is real in the United States, as many regions around the country eat, breathe, and sleep college football, and while the professional teams of the NFL garner plenty of excitement, the craziest fans are college football fans. Blame it on local pride or Alumni status, the truth is that what makes Americans go wild is the dynamics of student athletes competing and striving their hardest to make a play. In the NFL, it’s widely commented that the athlete’s don’t play with the same fire and inspiration, since they’re paid millions of dollars to be there, something changes in them, but in college athletics, it’s that underdog story that lights the fire of fandom all across the 50 states.
Tailgating is among my favorite past times, as there’s few feelings better than gathering with your favorite people, family and friends, and join in rooting on your favorite team. Add in a pool in the summer, a grill in autumn and winter, and you’ve got a recipe for a damn good time. My family has made quite a tradition our of football Saturdays, by gathering in a horde at grandma’s, with plenty of food, drinks and deserts. We call every Saturday during football season a holiday, and we eat like it, every week, and we root along our Ohio State Buckeyes with extreme fervor, often cursing the refs, chanting the team songs and traditions, while riding the emotional rollercoaster that comes with college sports.

Many people gather around their team’s stadium, surrounded by other fanatics dressed in their team’s best jerseys, to join in singing their fight songs and anthems, while enjoying in camaraderie and games, and grilled foods, and drink, and it can be an amazing, energy-pumping time. These tailgaters bring the full regalia, by dressing up their vehicles, bringing their oversized campers, and setting up a party scene like little else, and when you have a friend who takes care of the expense and the setup, all you need is to bring a pack of beer, some meat to share, and a chair to sit on. Might I suggest the PICO Arm Chair by GCI Outdoors?
The PICO is my goto chair as of this season, because the design of this chair lends itself to the popup party lifestyle, as it folds down to 1/16th of its size and is transformed into a messenger-style like bag with padded shoulder strap. How cool is that?! The PICO has a patented telescoping system that allows it to break down easily and be carried at a fraction of the size. This outdoor director’s style chair comes with features like the chair back storage caddy, which is ideal for storing magazines, beverages, or sunglasses, etc.

The PICO Arm Chair by GCI Outdoor is made to be lightweight, yet sturdy, as it’s made of anodized aluminum and a powder-coated steal frame, making it a fantastic option for campers, RV’ers, fishing trip and of course, watching sports with your buddies. Additionally, the fabric of the chair is a breathable nylon mesh and polyester fabric, while the feet are made of a scratch-free nylon-coating. The PICO is rated to handle up to 250 lbs., and opens up to a size of 20.9”x21.7”x33.9” and folds to only 19.7”x3.9”x12.4”, and weighs a mere 9.7 lbs. Overall, I found the PICO Arm Chair to be the perfect chair for most outdoor ventures, as it opens and closes down with ease, is lightweight, and easy to find space for on most adventure trips. I think it’s the perfect companion for tailgating, camping, exploring, and simply basking in the beauty and splendor that is the natural world.

If you would like to learn more about GCI Outdoor, click here.

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There are many reasons you should acquire original equipment manufacturer parts when you need to repair your motorcycle. These parts are easy to order, come with reliable quality and come specific to the make and model you own. You can even find Honda bike parts that originally came from the manufacturer in numerous places, so you can continue receiving that Honda advantage.
Look at a Variety of Sources

There are a number of places you can find OEM components. Independent mechanics, garages and auto body shops frequently carry original Honda replacement parts. However, they may not have the precise part you need right then and there, causing you to wait days or weeks while your mechanic searches for what you need.

When you need OEM parts done right, you can find plenty of them from online shops. While many motorcycle enthusiasts prefer seeing the part in person first, the truth of the matter is that you can generally find a much larger selection of components.

Locate Schematics of the Parts You Need

Instead of searching for the part you need, making sure you use the precise wording, you may be able to locate schematics of bike parts to find precisely what you need. Even if you only need something relatively small, you may still prefer to get it directly from the manufacturer.

OEM parts are available for every portion of your Honda bike. You can locate OEM parts for the brakes, cooling system, suspension and basic frame. By finding a company that offers this service, you save yourself so much hassle when you want to repair your bike independently.

Buy These Parts Today

Finding the perfect Honda 4 wheeler parts is easier than ever before. Contact an online motorcycle part store today if you want to make sure you are getting the ideal part for your make and model of bike. ​

Article written by Ryan
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