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Birds Dive-Bombing You From Your Boat Canopy Cover? Here’s What You Need To Know

Posted by on May 9, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Birds Dive-Bombing You From Your Boat Canopy Cover? Here’s What You Need To Know

If a small bird or two dove at you while you were walking near your boat lift canopy, there’s no doubt you were ducking for cover—and not underneath the canopy. Barn swallows build nests anywhere there are covered ledges, including underneath boat lift canopies. They are very protective of their nests, which is why they dive-bomb anyone or anything that gets too close. In addition to worrying about an aerial attack every time you near your boat lift canopy, there are a few other things to be concerned about. Here’s what you need to know.  Know the Risks  Bird droppings are corrosive, which can lead to dangerous conditions on your boat. The white liquid contains uric acid, which can eat away at some of the materials on your boat and cause metals to corrode. If, by chance, you notice bird droppings directly on the motor, you’ll want to be sure to have a mechanic inspect the motor before you start your boat up, especially if it’s been a while since you’ve been in your boat.  Droppings also cause health problems. The slippery white goo can cause you to lose your footing if you aren’t careful and lead to slip-and-fall injuries. The droppings can also contain a fungus that can make you sick with histaplasmosis if you breathe the fungus into your lungs.  Get Rid of Droppings  To clean the droppings, simply swab the deck. Obviously, you’ll want to wear shoes with rubber soles to give you a good grip. Due to the health risks that are involved, you’ll want to cover your mouth with a mask so you don’t breathe in any fungal spores from the bird droppings while cleaning your boat.  Keep them Out  You can remove the nests from the canopy, but that will not keep the birds from returning to build new nests in the future. Instead, you’ll need to eliminate areas where the birds can perch and nest underneath the canopy. This can be done by attaching chicken wire to the canopy to close in any areas that create a ledge. Chicken wire is ideal for this because it will collapse when the canopy is closed up.  Another thing you can do is to place decoys of creatures that they will instinctively avoid, such as an owl and a snake. These can be as simple as plastic sculptures to robotic devices that replicate the movements of the creatures they resemble.  For more information and tips for your boat lift canopy itself, contact canopy companies, like Waterway Boat Lift...

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Creating A Bucket List? 4 Reasons To Add Skydiving

Posted by on Apr 9, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Creating A Bucket List? 4 Reasons To Add Skydiving

If you enjoy the feeling of adrenaline, you might have some of the greatest theme parks in the world on your bucket list, and for good reason. But, there is one activity that you should greatly consider doing and putting on your bucket list, which is skydiving. It might sound a lot scarier than roller coasters, but skydiving accidents happen at a lower percentage than car accident fatalities. Skydiving provides you with an experience that you cannot get anywhere else, making it worthy of your bucket list. Get a Unique View of the World Although you can look at the world from down below in an airplane, the view is just not the same. A small corner seat window is not the same as descending to earth with no obstructions to your view. Travel at Incredible Speeds It depends on what kind of life you live, but skydiving could be the fastest you will ever go. In most cases, it will certainly be the fastest that you go without an airplane, roller coaster, or vehicle propelling you forward. Although there are a number of variables that need to be considered to truly determine your speed in the air, you can expect to reach upwards of 120 to 200 miles per hour. Capture It All On Video With modern technology, you can capture the entire skydive on camera. It is possible to bring family or friends along to video tape you from the sky. Another option is to pay a professional to video tape you from the moment you jump out of the airplane to the moment you land on the ground. In addition to video footage, you can get high-definition photos to enjoy and share with others for the rest of your life. Take On Your Fears Some of the most common fears revolve around skydiving in flying and heights. If you do not have either of these fears, you can schedule a skydiving trip without having to take fear into consideration. But, if you are afraid of flying, heights, or both, you can take them on headfirst with skydiving. Going on this trip early on can help you overcome your fear, which could help you realize some of your other bucket list items. Skydiving is one of those activities that you do not have to plan for months in advance. It is at least worth one try just to see how you like it and to mark one item off of your bucket list. Click here for more information about skydiving...

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Know Before You Go: Things To Bring To Your Cabin Rental To Make It Feel Like Home

Posted by on Feb 17, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Know Before You Go: Things To Bring To Your Cabin Rental To Make It Feel Like Home

While many landlords will supply the basics, there are some things that you may sorely miss if you neglect to pack them for your stay at a rented cabin. Since every tenant is different, most cabins may only include the most basic of essentials, such as linens, some cookware, cutlery, and toilet paper. Before you head out to your cabin rental, be sure to take time to pack a few things that will make you feel more at home during your stay. For cooking: Even a “stocked” kitchen will be missing some items that you usually use at home; be sure to bring extra paper products, such as paper towels and napkins, since you will likely use a lot of these goods during your vacation. Some other things to bring are: Dish detergent. Cooking spatulas. Coffee and filters. A meat thermometer. A cutting board. Your chef’s knife. A colander. Aluminum foil. Favorite spices. For entertaining: If you plan on having guests during your stay, pack a few things to make entertaining easier, such as: Extra blankets or bedding for overnight guests. Charcoal, lighter fluid, and matches for the grill. A drink blender. Puzzles, games, or cards. A couple extra gallons of water. For lounging: If your idea of a vacation is curling up by the fire with a good book, then be sure to pack some things to make this feasible. Some must-haves are: Fire starter for a fireplace or wood stove. Task light for reading. A corkscrew or bottle opener. Your favorite beverage, such as tea bags or liquor. For the bath: Set up your cabin’s bathroom with a few things from home. This includes: Extra toilet paper. Beach towels. Soap and bathing products. Clothespins to hang up wet clothes. Laundry detergent. Just in case: There are always a couple things that you may not need, but that doesn’t hurt to bring along, just in case. Some of these things might be: A small fire extinguisher. An alarm clock. A flashlight or a headlamp. Pens and paper. A fan. A cast-iron skillet or pot that can be used on the grill or in a fire. Candles. A power strip. Make yourself at home in your rented cabin, without having to run to the nearest store multiple times during your stay. Take care to pack a few of these essential, though often overlooked items, to ensure your time away is all that you want it to be! Contact a cabin rental company, such as Sunburst Cabins, to find out the specific amenities your cabin will already...

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Fitness Classes For People Who Hate Exercise Machines

Posted by on Dec 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Fitness Classes For People Who Hate Exercise Machines

If you’re the type of person who hates running on a treadmill or doing squats in a smith machine, then you should consider a fitness class. These classes are excellent at creating excitement and variety in your workout. So, instead of the repetitive workout that consists of a treadmill, elliptical machine, cable machine and plate loaded cage, you can engage in a stimulating exercise class. This will have the added benefit of providing social interaction. Rather than exercising in isolation you will be part of a group activity. Here are 3 different classes to consider. Some of these are very intensive and focus on cardio, while others are gentle and deal with flexibility and core muscle development. American Style Kickboxing This class is great for people who want lots of high-energy exercise. It provides an amazing cardiovascular workout. An added benefit is that it will teach you self-defense skills. American style kickboxing is rooted in karate and boxing. There is very little in common with Muay Thai, though some people confuse the two. The main differences between the two involve the types of kicks and strikes. Muay Thai consists of low kicks, shin blocks, and elbow strikes. American kickboxing, on the other hand, features boxing style strikes, and the high kicks typically found in karate. Classes will include instruction on proper striking and kicking form. Students will also practice on heavy bags. Hot Yoga Hot yoga is a popular style of yoga where the studio is heated. The idea behind heating the studio is that it makes the muscles looser and also promotes sweat (which helps to eliminate toxins.) Those who attend a hot yoga class should bring bottled water, along with a towel and mat. There is a risk of dehydration during the class so drinking water is vital. Hot yoga is best suited for people who have already practiced yoga and are comfortable with the basic forms and are looking for a more strenuous workout. Hatha Yoga If you don’t fancy the idea of doing yoga in a sweltering hot room, then choose a studio that offers Hatha yoga. This is a very gentle form of yoga that is perfect for beginners. The class consists of the yoga instructor leading the class through a series of Asanas (yoga poses) and Pranayamas  (breathing exercises.) This type of class is great at developing core muscles and improving flexibility. In addition to improving muscle tone and flexibility, studies have shown that practicing yoga can reduce...

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Preparing For Your First Deep Sea Fishing Trip

Posted by on Oct 29, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Preparing For Your First Deep Sea Fishing Trip

When you have become confident in lake and river fishing, you might decide it’s time to take on a much greater challenge: deep sea fishing. But before you do so, you will need to take steps to protect yourself from seasickness, sunburn and anything else that can make your trip less enjoyable. Protect Yourself from Seasickness If you are prone to getting seasick, make sure that you take an appropriate medication before you get on the boat. Sometimes, the medication can take time to take affect. Make sure that you get plenty to eat and drink plenty of water before you begin deep sea fish diving, since this activity can be physically demanding. A lack of rest and hydration will increase the chances that you will suffer from seasickness. It is common to drink alcohol while fishing, but alternate between alcohol and water. Despite taking preventative measures, if you still get seasick, go to the center of the boat where you are less likely to experience the boat rocking. Drink plenty of water. Stay on deck so you can get more fresh air. Focus your eyes on the horizon, since it is more stable and will help you feel less sick. Get Physically Prepared for Deep Sea Fishing The fish you have to fight with when deep sea diving tend to be larger than fish found in shallower waters. Some fish might be 90 pounds. Therefore, you will need to stay in good shape if you expect to be successful. Wear the Right Clothes Wear clothing that can get wet without becoming damaged. Keep a towel with you to dry off periodically. Depending on what time of the day you fish and how cloudy it is, you may need to wear several layers of clothing. Leave anything that you would be concerned about losing, such as jewelry, behind. Get Sunscreen You will usually be out to sea for several hours, which means you will need to protect yourself from excessive sunlight exposure. Wear waterproof sunscreen. The safest way to engage in deep sea fishing is to contact a guide to charter a boat. These individuals will know how to take you on the best fishing experience possible and how to stay comfortable and avoid risks. While you are out on a charter with a guide, make sure to follow his or her instructions to have the best adventure possible. Also, verify that you will be able to keep the fish you catch. There might be restrictions based on whether the fish is in...

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Need To Get Away? Two Ways You Can Save Money On Accomodations

Posted by on Sep 9, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Need To Get Away? Two Ways You Can Save Money On Accomodations

Life can get stressful and sometimes this can greatly affect you. Take time to get away from it all with your family and do some fun recreational activities. When you are finished, you will feel much less stress, and will be able to get through the week much better. If you are on a budget, below are two ways you can save money on accommodations. Travel with an RV If you do not own an RV, you can rent one for you and your family. Traveling by RV is a fun way to get out on the road and enjoy the sights. This will save you a substantial amount of money on a hotel. Travel to a beach to spend the weekend swimming, or head to the mountains for some hiking. When looking for an RV rental, you have three classes to choose from: Class A, B, or C. A Class A RV is large and luxurious. This also means it will likely be more expensive. You can take this type of RV on a short trip, or you could even live in it. It will usually come equipped with things like a washer and dryer, king size beds, flat screen TVs, a complete kitchen, and a full size bathroom. A Class B RV is a van that has a raised roof. This type of RV is much smaller, and it is easier to drive. In most cases, you will find things like showers, a toilet, air conditioning, a sink, and a refrigerator. This RV is not large enough to live in, but it can give you a comfortable ride. A Class C RV is much like Class A RVs but on a smaller scale. It is built on a truck or van chassis. There is usually a lot of sleeping areas, which makes this RV perfect for a long family vacation or a short weekend trip. Do a Home Exchange If you own your own home, you can do a home exchange with another family. This is basically swapping homes with another family at the same time. This gives you almost cost free accommodations for your vacation. You can find home exchange networks that will give you many resources to help you set up your house swap. Because the other family is allowing you to use their home, they will likely take very good care of yours. You should always do your homework, however. Take time to check all references, talk with each other on the phone, and arrange to meet, if possible, before the house swap. If you still feel uneasy, do a background check on the family just to be safe. Saving money on your accommodations will allow you to spend more money on your actual vacation so you and your family can have an even better...

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Caring For Your Vinyl Hot Tub Cover

Posted by on Jul 27, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Caring For Your Vinyl Hot Tub Cover

Hot tubs come with covers for several reasons. They help maintain the temperature of the water, keep dirt and debris out and protect children from falling into the hot tub and drowning. These covers do require a little bit of care from time to time. So, what does it take to maintain the vinyl cover for your hot tub? Routinely Clean the Cover Taking the time to clean the cover every few weeks is a great way to preserve it. Routine cleaning consists of the following steps. Use your garden hose to spray the cover off. Use a small amount of non-foaming gentle cleaner mixed with water to scrub the cover. (Note: Avoid using dish soap, laundry detergent or harsh cleaners as they can remove the topcoat on the cover and cause it to deteriorate quickly.) Treat areas with tree sap with a dab of vegetable oil on a cleaning rag. After you have cleaned the cover, rinse it thoroughly to remove any cleaning agent residue and prevent discoloration. Seal the Cover Once a month, apply a coat of vinyl protectant sealer. This is easily applied using a microfiber or terry cloth. Don’t forget to apply this product to the underside of the cover. This will help prevent mildew growth from the steam building up on the underside of the cover. Manage the Mildew Mildew can quickly become a problem if you don’t manage it the minute that you notice it. You may not even see the mildew growing on the cover, but you may get a whiff of it from time to time. When this happens, follow these steps to put a stop to further growth immediately. Unzip the outer jacket of the cover and remove the foam inserts. Clean the outside of the jacket with a product that is specially formulated for battling mold on the cover using a soft-bristled cleaning brush. Clean the foam inserts with water and a very small amount of the same cleaning agent. Rinse the jacket and the inserts with your garden hose. Use a towel to dry everything as best you can. Lay the jacket out in the sun to dry them out fully. Position the inserts in a shady area with a nice breeze to dry them. Once everything is completely dry, reassemble the cover carefully. This may seem like a lot of work, but often, as long as you perform the routine cleaning as needed, you won’t need to manage the mildew and go through the lengthy process of disassembling the cover for a full cleaning. Talk with your local hot tub sales specialist to learn about the products that should be used to care for your vinyl hot tub cover. To find out more, contact a business like Ole’s Pool &...

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3 Types Of Tuna That You Can Catch During An Offshore Fishing Trip

Posted by on Jun 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Types Of Tuna That You Can Catch During An Offshore Fishing Trip

If you’ve never been offshore fishing before, you’re probably wondering what type of tuna you’ll be able to catch during your trip. Tuna are found in all of the world’s ocean except the Arctic and Antarctic Oceans. Following are the three main types caught during deep sea fishing expeditions. Bluefin Tuna According to the Smithsonian Magazine, bluefin tuna is a relative newcomer to the world culinary stage. Native to the Atlantic Ocean, it used to be caught strictly for fun by sports fishermen or used in the creation of cat food by commercial manufacturers. However, bluefin tuna has apparently become the Cinderella of the seafood industry and is now the most valuable fish in the world! Although bluefin tuna stocks are decreasing in numbers due to the demand for sushi, it’s still fished for sport off the coast of Massachusetts. Seafood connoisseurs are hoping that aquaculture ventures will increase to the point where they will meet the demand for sushi. Until then, bluefin tuna stocks may continue to dwindle — all the more reason to savor every morsel if you’re lucky enough to catch one. Yellowfin Tuna Yellowfin tuna is a type of warm water fish that can be found in the Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian Oceans and is fished for sport by vacationers as well as locals in the state of Hawaii. Unlike bluefin tuna, yellowfin populations are strong. When not served in sushi, yellowfin tuna is also served grilled, steamed, or broiled, and is often served seared in hot oil and left raw in the middle. You may see it on restaurant menus as “Ahi.” Yellowfin tuna are popular among sports fishermen because of the fight they put up, as well as their excellent taste and texture. Albacore Tuna Albacore tuna is found in the Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian Oceans as well as in the Mediterranean Sea. Many people are only familiar with it as a canned product found in the aisle of their local supermarket, but albacore tuna is also good when it’s grilled. It has a lighter flavor than yellowfin or bluefin, and is rarely, if ever, used for sushi. The Washington, Oregon, and California coasts are popular places to fish for albacore tuna, with California catching the majority of the albacore sports catch. As you can see, the type of tuna you’ll be able to catch when deep sea fishing will depend on where you’re going. There are several lesser types of tuna as well, so be sure to ask your guide what’s available in the waters where you’ll be...

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Bait And Tackle: What Fishermen Need To Get Started

Posted by on Apr 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Fishing is a sport that lets individuals relax and enjoy nature while trying to catch a fish or two.  Fishing is also a highly competitive sport that allows fishermen to compete with each other for the biggest catch.  The flexible nature of fishing makes it an appealing activity for many types of people, and, as a bonus, it does not require much in the way of equipment or preparation to get started. Tackle The term “tackle” has been used for centuries and applies to just about any equipment to do with fishing. Before buying a starting tackle kit, interested sportsmen should do a little research about what they actually need. Pole First on the list of necessities is the fishing rod.  Although a simple cane pole can work, most people want something a little more sophisticated. According to Angelfire.com, the type of pole needed depends on what fish the participants want to catch and where they plan to catch them.  Unless deep sea fishing is in the plans, most aspiring fishermen’s needs are simple: a short, flexible pole is considered the best bet for fishing near overhanging limbs. If a wooded lake is the destination, a short flexible pole will work just fine. Reel The number and types of reels available can be overwhelming, but but for those with modest fishing goals, a spin casting reel will work well. Most experts agree that it is the easiest type to operate, which is proven by its use on children’s poles.  The spin casting reel is enclosed and uses a simple release button to cast.  This style leads to fewer tangles and other mishaps. Other Needs The Old Farmer’s Almanac gives good advice on what is needed for basic fishing.  This site recommends the following: Extra fishing line Bobbers or floaters Sinkers Hooks A stringer They suggest even more equipment, but the above list contains the absolute essentials. What each fisherman wants in the tackle box is a highly personal decision. The Bait Finding the proper bait for fishing can include digging worms, catching insects, or buying sophisticated electronic lures from a site like http://www.wilcoxbaitandtackle.com/. For those who refuse to dig worms and thread them on the hook, plastic bait, the refuge of the squeamish, may be the best choice. Getting started or restarted fishing is not complicated or expensive.  Becoming proficient at the sport may take a while, but fishing practice is a great way to spend some...

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Choosing A Hiking Backpack And Sleeping Bag

Posted by on Mar 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you are in need of some backpacking and camping gear, head on down to your local military surplus store. They sell military quality gear at affordable prices. To get yourself started, you need to purchase a hiking backpack and a sleeping bag. Here is a guide to choosing the best ones for camping. Backpack If you want to really get the true feel of camping, you may want to consider backpacking. Backpacking is when you put all the gear you need in your backpack and you hike into a camping spot. You can take a short hike to a camping spot, or you can hike a multiple day trail where you set up camp every evening and take it down every morning. You are going to want to purchase a backpack that will be large enough for all your gear. Camping and hiking backpacks are a little different from the ones you used to take to school. These backpacks are larger. They can generally hold up to 70 liters worth of supplies. They are also built to carry camping gear. They are generally built to be water-proof. They also include a hydration area where you can easily store and access your water. Additionally, they also have a compartment just for your sleeping bag. In order to support all that weight while you are hiking, these backpacks also come equipped with well-padded shoulder straps and waist belts to help you balance your pack as you hike. Sleeping Bag When you go backpacking, you need a sleeping bag that is easy to stuff back into your bag, but that will also keep you warm at night. The best type of sleeping bag to take backpacking is a mummy bag. Mummy bags are small and made to wrap around your body. You can zip the bag all the up to your chin if needed. It is a snug fit, but you will be warm and secure while you sleep. If you want to take a pad with you, make sure that it is compact and easy to roll up. You should be able to find a foam sleeping bag at your military surplus store. If you know you will be camping somewhere cold, you may also want to consider a chill deflector camping pad. A chill deflector pad will not only make sleeping on the ground more comfortable, it will also keep you warmer. Make sure that you try out the backpack and see if the sleeping bag and pad you are interested in will fit inside of it. Once you have the gear you need, all you need to do is find a great camping site near where you...

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