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  • How Can I Be A Van Life Nomad?

    Have you ever wondered if it’s possible to quit your job, leave your ordinary life behind, and travel? Well, like they say, “anything is possible.” You can travel the country or even a lot of the world and live out of a van! I know it seems like it’s impossible, but it’s really simple.

    Some business ideas that allow you to do so could be to create a blog and market it, create a marketing agency, travel agency, and a great one that truly allows you to be free and enjoy your travels to the fullest would be photography or videography. Any  of these can be scaled to a massive size with just one laptop, WiFi, and some determination. I know its easy to say, “I don’t or won’t have time to learn all of this, let alone make it happen.” If you are traveling in a van you won’t have as many distractions as you would in an ordinary day in the life. We all have the same 24 hours in a day 7x. That’s a lot of time to learn something new. Other people can do it and are doing it, Why can’t you?

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    Maybe you’re not into the whole idea of freelancing or entreprenuership. That’s fine too! There are tons of jobs that allow you to work from home. Why not make “home” your van or RV? There are lots of business owners that even pay bonuses to an employee with a “Home office.” Take advantage!

    Life is too short to work more than half of your life away. You should strive for something bigger and better! Create a life where you are free! These work from home jobs are mostly choose your own hours, and if you choose to be a freelancer, you are the boss! Society is taught to go to school, get a job and work a 9-5 for the rest of your life, until one day you may be fortunate enough to retire and then if you are still in good health, and can afford it, then you can be free. At this point in life you will have a stack of excuses why you can’t do this. Family, funds, health, etc. Even though there is no excuse for living the life you desire, unfortunately, society says otherwise.

    Make sure whatever you do is something you truly enjoy. Maybe you aren’t cut out for life on the road and that’s fine! Still though, if you are spending more than half of your life doing something you dread every day, odds are you aren’t living your best life.

    There is no time like the present. If you have an idea, do it! Live your dreams. Live your best life, and don’t let anyone else influence your dreams. Remember this is your life, make it the best one. You never know what tomorrow brings, and you never know if you will even make it to tomorrow let alone retirement, so live every single day like your last. Follow your dreams!

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    Where can I camp when living on the road? – Van Life
    • Walmart
    • Campgrounds
    • Churches
    • Rest Areas and Truck Stops. – Lots of truck stops have showers too which you do have to pay about $12/shower.
    • Sealth Camping (Camping discretely in a parking lot or neighborhood) – look for other cars parked overnight to stay hidden in plain sight.
    • BLM (Bureau of Land Management) and USFS (United States Forest Service) – allows boondocking which is the act of remotely camping outside developed campgrounds. 
    • Make friends along the way or if you know friends in different areas, crash with them for a night or two.
    What to do if you get that dreaded midnight knock:
    • Stay calm and be honest. For the most part the officer or security gaurd is not looking for any trouble. He or she is just doing their job.
    • If they ask to search, remember as long as you are on U.S. soil, you have the right to decline.
    • If you are sure you are parked legally, you may want to keep quiet and play it out. Just remember to keep your doors locked.
    What happens if I break down far from a service area?
    • It is always a good idea to have your tools ready and spare parts.
    • Make sure you have your manual handy and try to troubleshoot.
    • Stay calm. Don’t freak out, and you should be able to get through it.
    • Always make sure your fluids are filled to the required amount by checking them regularly.
    • Make sure you have good tires and a good spare that is filled to the proper PSI.
    Where can I get Wifi?
    • Starbucks
    • Dunkin
    • Panera Bread
    • Mcdonalds
    • Gyms
    • Restaurants
    • Public WiFi areas and Parks
    • Hotels
    • Phone hotspot or WiFi hotspot, which you can purchase from your phone provider. You’ll pay around $200 for the device itself (or cheaper with a two-year contract, but then you are locked into paying a monthly fee for that time period)
  • Where in NC Can You Mountain Bike When It’s Raining?

    We want to ride, but it’s going to rain all weekend!

    So what?

    Pisgah National forest doesn’t care if its rainy, sunny, or snowy. We’re still gonna send it, and you should too! Mountain biking is a fun sport that should be enjoyed in all types of weather.

    Remember as a kid, playing in the mud? Well, now you can do it on a bike! Slipping and sliding through the chunk, splashing through the puddles just barely hangin’ on having a blast. What’s better than that? A sunny day? Nahh… its all on how you look at it. If you look at a rainy day thinking that you can’t ride or do anything outdoors, that’s exactly what the day will give you. If you look at it with a positive outlook though, can make it a day filled with fun and excitement!

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    To me, a rainy day is just as good if not better than a sunny day. Something about splashing through puddles, sliding through the mud, and getting filthy produces nothing but smiles and pure joy. When the adventure crew is out playing in the rain and mud, you can find us on our bikes in Pisgah giggling and smiling until our cheek muscles hurt.

    Pisgah

    Pisgah is located in the mountains of Western North Carolina and offers some of the gnarliest riding on the East Coast. Most of Pisgah is not a place for beginners but is a nice thrill if you know what you’re doing. With elevations over six thousand feet, you could say there is some elevation change. I will say if you like to shred a good downhill, this is the place. These runs seem to be never ending with nothing but smiles the whole way down.

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    It is becoming more and more of a struggle to find places to ride in the rain or even after it rains. Lots of open trails today seem to be so well manicured that they don’t allow you to ride them during or after the rain. This is great, but it is always a blast to ride some raw chunk, washouts, and natural terrain. Pisgah provides this for us and that is why it’s one of our favorites to ride. Our favorite thing actually is to ride all day, and then backpack the falls.

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    Every day has the potential to be a great day. It all depends on what you make of it! – Say Adventurous.

  • Tuck Fest 2019

    In March, we wrote to you about North Carolina’s US National Whitewater Center.  Knowing how the Tuck Fest event turned out last year, we had to get this information out to you. It was an amazing time for everyone involved. If you are in the Charlotte, North Carolina area, plan ahead because this event is one that you don’t want to miss.

    Tuck Fest

    Located in Charlotte North Carolina, the creatively designed USNWC ignites a love for outdoor adventure for both family as well as competitive sport enthusiasts.  This weekend, the USNWC will be hosting its annual Tuck Fest. From April 25-28, 2019, guests may observe or participate in competitions or clinics. Vendors will line the walkway surrounding the whitewater events while excitement fills the air.  The Tuck Fest celebrates the joy of the outdoors in this four-day, fun-filled event.

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    Be sure to plan ahead as the schedule of events is complete.  From marathon and mountain bike races to kayak and raft races, opportunities to challenge your skills are plenty.  As many will be attending, all athletes are encouraged to register early online. If clinics are your interest, the list abounds for learning as well.  Rock climbing, belaying, kayak polo and fishing, trail running, yoga and more are scheduled for clinics. There will even be a class on Wildlife Rescue! Each day packs a full schedule of events.  

    Visitors don’t need to participate in competitions or clinics to enjoy the experience.  The atmosphere created at Tuck Fest alone with music, food, family and friends is a win-win for all.

    Tuck Fest

    Inclusive Excursions will be one of the many outdoor industry vendors featured at Tuck Fest.  Keep your eye out for our tent and stop by. We are looking forward to meeting you all. We ar also raffling off a Strider Bike so the little ones can start riding early! All proceeds will be donated to the Altivas Canas Children’s Project in Peru. Mentionthis blog and get a 10% discount on apparel!Come out and enjoy the event.

    Thursday Line-up

    9PM

    The latest album from The Suitcase Junket, Mean Dog, Trampoline is populated by characters in various states of reverie: leaning on jukeboxes, loitering on dance floors, lying on the bottoms of empty swimming pools in the sun. Despite being deeply attuned to the chaos of the world, singer/songwriter/ multi-instrumentalist Matt Lorenz imbues those moments with joyful wonder, an endless infatuation with life’s most subtle mysteries. And as its songs alight on everything from Joan Jett to moonshine to runaway kites, Mean Dog, Trampoline makes an undeniable case for infinite curiosity as a potent antidote to jadedness and despair.

    7PM

    Friday Line-Up

    Heading into Destroyers of the Soft Life, the fourth LP by J. Roddy Walston and The Business, JRWATB pursued a brighter, more nuanced sound that teased out the band’s latent pop sensibilities without skimping on energy or attitude. As you press play on the opening track “You Know Me Better”, anthemic guitars scream out of buoyant, hooky lyrics as Walston’s chugging piano supplies a persistent heartbeat. The “bar band” sound of the past has been replaced by an aspirational, booming cacophony that could fill stadiums.

    Instead of the raucous bombast JRWATB manifested on their breakout hit album Essential Tremors, the band’s leader had certain rules he was determined to follow on Destroyers of the Soft Life. One was:“Speak/sing clearly, no hiding behind mumbles.” Another was, “D.I.Y. but hi-fi —record ourselves as much as possible but have it sound amazing and full.” The final, most important, rule was, “Nostalgia is a cancer —acknowledge that you are in the present.”

    9PM

    Marcus King has been writing songs, performing onstage for half his lifetime, and fronting his own groups for nearly a decade. Since he was a teenager, he’s been trading licks with famous fans and mentors, Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks, whenever their paths have crossed. Haynes was so blown away by the then-19-year-old’s artistic precocity that he signed King to his Evil Teen label, released the band’s debut album, Soul Insight, in 2015 and produced the band’s self-titled follow-up a year later.

    “Forgive me for I have sinned,” Marcus King implores, on the gorgeous, contemplative “Confessions,” an essential track from The Marcus King Band’s third full-length album, Carolina Confessions. “The pain that I put you through is killing me inside/Thought if I could make you leave/Then you would see/I ain’t worth a damn anyway.” This highly revealing moment from the multi-talented, confident 22-year old artist gets to the heart of the album’s fundamental themes, guilt and the quest for absolution. Carolina Confessions is confirmation of a preternaturally mature artist coming into his own; it’s a sprawling, scintillating work that affirms King as one of today’s most engaging, singular songwriters. He may be young, but King’s eloquent songs, expressive guitar playing, and ecstatically soulful singing mark this gifted, thoughtful young prodigy as a force to be reckoned with.

    7PM

    Sarah Shook & the Disarmers have moved from getting people’s attention to commanding it. Years–with its sharpened songwriting, unique perspective, deepened sound and roll-up-your-sleeves attitude–will grab you by the collar and put a defiant finger to your chest. It is resolute, blunt, and unflinching. Inspired by artists such as the Sex Pistols, Elliott Smith and Hank Williams, Sarah sings with confidence, control, and, at times, a hint of menace. The Disarmers match her on every track, coloring the tales of resilience and empathy with as much urgency as ever as well as a broader sonic sweep.

    5PM

    Saturday Line-Up

    Like many great Southern storytellers, singer-songwriter Tyler Childers has fallen in love with a place. The people, landmarks and legendary moments from his childhood home of Lawrence County, Kentucky, populate the 10 songs in his formidable debut, Purgatory, an album that’s simultaneously modern and as ancient as the Appalachian Mountains in which events unfold. “I was writing an album about being in the mountains,” Childers said. “I wanted it to have that gritty mountain sound. But at the same time, I wanted a more modern version of it that a younger generation can listen to — the people I grew up with, something I’d want to listen to.”

    9PM

    Caamp is a folk trio from Ohio, making beautiful noise. Started by boyhood friends Evan Westfall and Taylor Meier, Caamp came to life in Athens, Ohio. Taylor began penning and playing original songs at coffee shops around Athens in 2013. Evan moved down a couple of years later and together in a hazy attic, enjoying light beers, they would find the heartfelt sound that became Caamp. Since independently releasing their self-titled first record in 2016, they have climbed Spotify charts, headlined the US, purchased denim jackets and added a bass-playing buddy, Matt Vinson – who also enjoys light beers and denim. With their sophomore album Boys on the horizon, the Ohioan folk trio have high hopes and no reservations.

    7PM

    With gritty vocals over rock riffs and horns, The Commonheart delivers an emotion-packed, soulful sound that lights up any stage. Frontman Clinton Clegg is a powerhouse who commands full attention with his limitless onstage energy and vocal range. The new album Grown is a remarkable display of each member’s talent interlacing heavy blues, soul, and gospel influence across trumpet, saxophone, keys, guitar, and singers. The Commonheart’s sound is a true testament to the past while completely holding its own as one of today’s most promising acts.

    5PM

    Known for their progressive song writing and energetic live performances, Mo Lowda & The Humble’s beginnings were in the beer-soaked basements of Philadelphia. Following the release of their first full length album in 2013, the trio, consisting of Jordan Caiola, Shane Woods, and Nate Matulis began playing venues throughout the city. After experiencing the high of multiple sold out hometown shows, Mo Lowda took their act on the road and began consistently touring the country. Their 2016 sophomore release, Act Accordingly, was a short and sweet embodiment of the band’s natural progression; refining their already formidable sound. Following that release, Jeff Lucci stepped in as the new bassist, bringing his unique songwriting and tasteful use of effects pedals into the mix.

    3PM

    A grassroots following, now hundreds of thousands deep, has turned to Sean for a kind of musical exploration for almost 20 years. Tim McGraw, Martina McBride, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Meat Loaf, Jake Owen, Brothers Osborne, Christina Aguilera, Buddy Miller and more have all recorded his songs––a dizzying list that spans not just styles, but generations. Success shows no sign of slowing: Sean earned his first no. 1 single on country charts in early 2018 with breakout artist Brett Young’s delivery of “Mercy,” which the two co-wrote. As a performer, Sean packs listening rooms and quiets unruly bar crowds. His sound––a warm tenor painting vivid stories over acoustic guitar often cushioned by keys or other strings––has prompted a diverse range of music scenes from the storied Boston folk community to Texas’s defiantly self-sovereign camp to warmly claim Sean as one of their own.

    “My payoff is just making the music,” Sean says, then smiles. “Everything else is bonus.”

    At 34 year-old, Sean has the catalog of artists twice his age. He released his first album at just 15, and until his acclaimed eponymous record in 2015, he did it all independently. “Bootstrapping your own career, you get to build at an organic pace that allows you to grow with your music,” he says. “It teaches you how most musicians do it. Overnight success is not the rule––it’s the exception. Most of us are doing it the other way.”

    1PM

    Sunday Line-Up

    The Milk Carton Kids’ All the Things That I Did and All the Things That I Didn’t Do waltzes into disaster and its aftermath. Though they didn’t approach the new album conceptually, a theme of shattered realities began to emerge out of the songs that sparked to life. Recent events provided a bruising background for the record, yet the project is somehow bigger than any personal grief. Two-part harmonies ride acoustic guitars high above the haunting landscape created by the presence of the band, as if Americana went searching for a lost America.

    5PM

    Souvenirs. Drew Holcomb has collected many of them. A road warrior for more than a decade, he’s spent his adulthood onstage and on the road, traveling from place to place with a catalog of vibrant, honest songs that explore the full range of American roots music. He turned a new corner with 2017’s Souvenir, a highly-collaborative album that finds Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors focusing on the things that truly stick with you — including family and friends, music and memories, people and places — in a fast-moving world.

    3PM

    “It started with golf clubs and country clubs, but now it’s all rock clubs”, Liz says, giggling. She spent the majority of her life developing her golf skills, only to drop her college scholarship to move to Nashville and pursue music. “Writing songs and playing the guitar came as naturally to me as golf did. But music tickled my brain in a way nothing else ever could.”

    But, Liz didn’t know a soul in Nashville when she moved. So, she went and got a job at a familiar place: a country club. “Liz may not have known anyone when she moved here,” says the Stampede low-end provider Grant. “But now, I feel like she knows pretty much every person she walks past. She just doesn’t stop smiling, and people don’t stop smiling back.” Coincidentally — or not so coincidentally cuz, well, Nashville — some fellow co-workers at the country club also had a band. They called themselves Future Thieves, and they offered to record Liz’s first EP, Monsters. After that, Liz began writing songs as frequently as she smiles. She formed a band with Ky Baker on drums and Grant Prettyman on the weird long guitar, and they recorded the Live at the Silent Planet EP. And now, there’s enough new songs to record a full-length album. “The record we’re working on now is a combination of Liz’s darkly-lit, reclusive songwriting habits, and Grant and I’s Rolling Rock induced rock and roll” chimes Ky. “It’s about bringing our different styles together to create something that makes us all question what kind of music we even like anyways.”

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    For more information about daily schedules, race registration or to purchase tickets, go to www.tuckfest.usnwc.org.

     

  • Travel via Railroad

    train, explore, railroad, canada If you look back in time, the railroad was once the main source of transportation, but time has brought much change.  Replaced with planes, cars, and buses, the railroad has since become more associated with moving freight than people. Most may be unaware though, but traveling by railroad is still a great mode of transportation, and actually, it is one of the best ways to see the country.

    There are many railroads that are specifically designed for explorers to experience scenery that is otherwise inaccessible. Traveling by train allows a totally new perspective, providing views that those who choose cars, buses, or planes will never get to experience. Keep your options of travel open, and consider taking your next adventure by train.

    Fall is here, and what better way could there be to take in all the foliage. Any time of the year though, the railroad offers once in a lifetime experiences.  From sea to shining sea, coast to coast, the options are many. Spectacular views will take your breath away whether in West Virginia, the Smoky Mountains, the Rocky Mountains, Banff, America’s Heartland, the Colorado River Valley, the Grand Canyon, Mt. Rushmore or Niagara Falls.  There is even a Polar Express in Ontario.

    Contact your adventure agent to help narrow down and personalize your railroad experience. Book early for the best dates. You will be able to experience pristine forests, untamed rivers, and snow-capped mountains. Having so many route options, it sure makes it a hard choice, but the railroad is considered to be one of the best ways to soak it all in. Make sure you get the chance to do so.

     

  • Outdoor Market at the USNWC

    This weekend the USNWC kicks off its Outdoor Market! With so much to do at this great facility, it can be overwhelming to choose where to start. When the USNWC puts on an event, you can be ready sure there will be tons of activities for you to join. Luckily for you, they have everything scheduled so you can participate in a bit of everything! If you like adventure, this is the place for you. You’ve gotta come hang out with us and check out all the festivities!

    Friday October 19:  2:30 PM – 8:30 PM

    Saturday October 20:  8:00 AM – 9:00 PM

    Sunday October 21:  9:30 AM – 5:00 PM

    Outdoor Market offers a unique setting for guests to get hands-on experience with gear from top brands in the outdoor industry. Over three days, this festival offers guests the opportunity to demo bikes, trail running shoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, climbing gear and more throughout the 1,300 acre facility at the U.S. National Whitewater Center. During the festival, guests can also participate in group rides, runs, and paddles, as well as yoga practices and educational, participatory, and tech clinics. Opportunities to unwind from the festival’s active nature include live music, craft beer, food, and outdoor films.

    As with all USNWC Festivals, Outdoor Market is open to the public and does not require tickets. Majority of the clinics and workshops are free to participate in, however, a select few have spatial limitations or registration requirements. See each activity for specific details.

    GEAR DEMOS

    Outdoor Market provides you with a unique opportunity to demo the latest and greatest outdoor gear.  Exhibitors will be set up throughout the facility ready for you to give a good taste of their newest products on the market. Whether you want to try out a new mountain bike, pair of climbing shoes, trail runners, kayak, or stand-up paddleboard… it can all be done at the Outdoor Market.  These opportunities are available to entry level enthusiasts and experts alike. Exhibitors include industry leaders such as SpecializedNinerBlack DiamondLiquidlogicSalomonInov-8StriderHala GearLa Sportiva, and more.

    – U.S. National White Water Center

  • If today were your last day, would there be any regret?

    If you had one last day on Earth, what would you do; where would you go? Tomorrow is not always a guarantee. Don’t wait until it’s too late to check off your list of travels and adventures. Start planning your bucket list today!

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    Remember the movie The Bucket List with Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman?  Great movie…definitely worth seeing. The story though is one we can all relate to…having a bucket list of our own.

    Do you have a Bucket List?  Have you thought about what should be included on that list? Ideas may range from laughing until you cry to pushing your limits beyond what you thought possible. Bucket Lists will be individualized to each person, but the bottom line is that your list will have challenges to conquer.

    In the movie, the two stars brainstorm and write their lists.  That’s the best way to start a list of your own…just brainstorm. Outside of careers, what life experiences have you dreamed of accomplishing? Were they to go on a cruise to the Bahamas or to ride the wild rapids in Colorado? Were they to go on an African Safari or climb the pyramids in Mexico? Were they to explore the Amazon or ride a hot air balloon? Maybe your list includes trekking Machu Picchu or simply hiking to some waterfalls in Western North Carolina.

    Your bucket list should include all the places you’ve wanted to see and things you’d like to do. Inspire yourself. Be specific and hold yourself accountable, so that it’s not just a dream. Maybe get yourself an accountability partner as they did in the movie. This makes the possibility of you completing your list increase dramatically.

    For those of us who don’t take the time to write a Bucket List, or shall we say a list of goals we want to accomplish, too often our days go by like leaves in the wind with no destination.  The leaves land somewhere, but wouldn’t it be better to land with a plan. We can’t hit a target that we don’t have! Bucket Lists are goals for a better future. Having a Bucket List reminds us of what is important in our lives and helps us to maximize quality of life. Work to live, don’t live to work.

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    To get you started, answer these questions:

    • What countries have you wanted to see?
    • What accomplishments have you wanted to achieve?
    • What physical challenges have you wanted to overcome?
    • What experiences have you dreamed of pursuing?
    • What activities have you wanted to try?
    • What is it that intrigues you?  …inspires you?
    • What pushes your limits and puts you outside your comfort zone?
    • Answer these questions on your own….just start writing ideas to your list.

    Try not to pass this blog by, and continue on to scroll through social media. Grab a pen, and start jotting your list. You will thank us in the future.

    A Bucket List is customized to you and shouldn’t be limited to a certain age.  Begin your list now so that you can reach the goals you deserve. Be inspired. Make it happen today.

  • What is the best camera for adventure travel?

    Here are a few of the best cameras for adventure travel:

    There are so many amazing cameras out there today, how do you choose the right one?

    • Quality
    • Size
    • Price
    • Capabilities
    • And of course, settings

     

    If you travel frequently, you probably want to invest in a nice camera. The cameras these days are unreal! They shoot amazing quality without the bulk you used to have to lug around. Adventure Travel usually requires a good bit of physical activity. The last thing you want on a vacation is to be limited because of your camera. Slide it in your pocket and go!

    These cameras aren’t much bigger than the average point and shoot, except they offer huge 20x or 30x zoom lenses.

    Here are the top 10 cameras to travel with for 2018….

    
    

    #10: Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III

    • In-body 5-axis image stabilization for blur-free stills and smooth 4K video
    • 16 Megapixel Live MOS Sensor and TruePic VIII Image Processor
    • 4K 30P video plus HD 120 frames per second high-speed video
    • Timeless, easy to use body design. Compact & lightweight with 2 dials, arrow pad and a Shortcut button
    • 3.0″ tilting LCD monitor with intuitive touch screen operation and touch AF one step shutter release
    • Cost $699 with carrying bag
    • www.Amazon.com

    #9: Nikon D3400

    Nikon D3400 Digital SLR Camera Body, Black {24.2 M/P}

    • SnapBridge Bluetooth Connectivity
    • 24.2MP DX-Format CMOS Sensor
    • EXPEED 4 Image Processor
    • No Optical Low-Pass Filter. Bluetooth Specification Version 4.1. Wi-Fi Functionality-Eye-Fi Compatible
    • Native ISO 100-25600; 5 fps Shooting. Compatability information: C firmware v. 1.10 and later ( released August 31, 2016 )
    • Average cost: $446.95
    • www.Amazon.com

    #8: Sony Cyber-shot RX10 IVSony DSCRX10/B Cybershot 20.2 MP Digital Still Camera with 3-Inch LCD Screen

    • World’s Fastest AF acquisition speed of 0.03 sec. Optical image stabilisation technology developed by Sony is valuable for handheld still and movie shooting, especially in low light or at the ultra-telephoto end of the zoom range up to 600 mm
    • 315 phase-detection AF points covering Approx. 65% of the frame. Light Metering Mode- Multi Pattern, Centre Weighted, Spot (Standard/Large), Entire Screen Avg, Highlight
    • ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* 24-600mm3 f.2.4-F4 ultra-zoom Lens
    • 20.1MP 1″ back Illuminated Exmor RS stacked CMOS sensor w/ DRAM. Dimensions (W x H x D) (CIPA)-5 1/4 x 3 3/4 x 5 3/4 inches, 5 1/4 x 3 3/4 x 5 1/8 inches (from front of lens to monitor). Weight-2 pounds 6.7 ounce(Battery and SDXC Card included)/ Approx. 2 pounds 5.1 ounce) (Body Only)
    • 24 Fps4 continuous shooting up to 249 Frames5 with AF/AE tracking
    • Average price – $1698
    • www.Amazon.com

    #7: Canon PowerShot SX730 HS

    • 40x optical zoom with zoom framing assist
    • 20.3 Megapixel^ CMOS sensor
    • Digi 6 image processor
    • Average cost $379
    • www.Amazon.com

    #6: Panasonic Lumix ZS70 / TZ90

    • 20.3 Megapixel MOS sensor plus 30x Leica DC VARIO-ELMAR Lens (24-720mm), plus 5-axis Hybrid o.I.S. (Optical image stabilizer).
    • 0.2-Inch 1, 166k-dot EVF (electronic view Finder) with eye-sensor for easier viewing under sunny outdoor conditions. Shutter Speed [Still Image]: Artistic Nightscape (Approx. 30 sec)
    • 4K QFHD video recording (3840×2160), plus exclusive LUMIX 4K PHOTO and 4K Post Focus with internal Focus Stacking feature.
    • Lens barrel mounted control ring enables quick, intuitive operation of important functions.AC/USB travel charging port
    • Wi-Fi plus a 180 degree front flip-up touch feature-enabled screen simplifies selfie photography, and framing for unusual perspectives.
    • Average cost $397
    • www.Amazon.com

     

    #5: Sony Cyber-shot HX90V

    Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX80 Digital Camera

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    • LCD Screen Protector 3 Pack, Ultra-Compact Digital Camera Deluxe Carrying Case
    • 64GB SDXC Class 10 UHS-1 R40 Memory Card, Hi-Speed SD USB 2.0 Card Reader
    • Flexible Mini Table-top Tripod, NP-BX1 1600MAH Battery Pack
    • High Speed micro-HDMI to HDMI A/V Cable – 6 Feet, Micro Fiber Cloth
    • Average cost $269.91
    • www.Amazon.com

    #4: Panasonic Lumix ZS50 / TZ70

    PANASONIC LUMIX ZS50 Camera, 30X LEICA DC Vario-ELMAR Lens, 12.1 Megapixels, High Sensitivity Sensor, Eye Viewfinder, DMC-ZS50S (USA SILVER)

    • LUMIX 30X Travel Zoom Camera with Eye Viewfinder
    • Enhanced low-light sensitivity for improved sharpness even without a flash
    • Built-in eye viewfinder eliminates outdoor glare on sunny days
    • Intelligent Zoom 60x
    • Lens:12 elements in 9 groups
    • Average cost $199
    • www.Amazon.com

    #3: Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI

    • 24-200mm F2.8-F4.5 ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T lens
    • World’s fastest (0.03 sec) hybrid AF system (contrast + phase)
    • Battery life:Up to 330 shots / 165 minutes
    • In-the-box: Rechargeable Battery Pack NP-BX1, AC Adaptor, Micro USB cable, Wrist Strap, Strap Adapter
    • Average cost $1,198
    • www.Amazon.com

    #2: Panasonic Lumix ZS100 / TZ100

    • Large 1, 20 Megapixel sensor delivers brighter, more colorful photos with fewer image artifacts
    • 10x (25-250mm) LEICA DC Lens optical zoom performance with a wide F/2.8-5.9 aperture for impressive background defocus effects
    • 4K Ultra HD video recording plus exclusive LUMIX 4K PHOTO and 4K Post Focus photo capture features
    • Eye-level Electronic Viewfinder (EVF) and touch-enabled LCD for a wider viewing experience
    • Lens-mounted control ring brings DSLR-like exposure control to a compact point-and-shoot camera body
    • Average cost $547.99
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    #1: Panasonic Lumix ZS200 / TZ200

    • [Larger 1 Inch Sensor] 20.1 Megapixels large sensor for brighter and more colorful photos (12800 Max ISO).
    • [LEICA DC 15x Lens] Leading class optical zoom performance with a bright F3.3 – 6.4 aperture for soft defocus background effects. (24-360mm, 5 Axis Hybrid O.I.S.+)
    • [Creative Control] Scene modes, filter modes, adds creativity while traditional aperture and shutter priority modes allow for background defocus or eliminate sports motion blur.
    • [4K Features] 4K Video 30p, 4K PHOTO, and 4K Live Crop turn 4K frame capture into photography.
    • [Electronic Viewfinder] plus a touch-enabled LCD for greater control and easier image viewing.
    • Average cost $797.99
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  • Why is adventure travel the new trend?

    Adventure travel has been booming these past few years!  

    According to Russell Walters, regional director for the ATTA, Adventure Travel Trade Association, adventure travel has been steadily growing. In 2009, it was an $89 billion industry, and in 2017, it was a $683 billion industry (Travel Weekly June 2018). People are only beginning to tap into all the unexplored destinations. What’s stopping you?

     Adventure travel is a specialty and a niche market. With adventure taking over the market, many travel agents are hopping on the train. This is a red flag because the agent might not specialize in Adventure Travel, but still try to sell it. Not every travel agent can go out and say they are an Adventure Travel Expert. Sure, they might get you there, and they might send you on an adventure, but it most likely isn’t going to be the adventure that you would want. It’s like a plumber saying he can pave your driveway. Maybe he can do it, but will it be the best driveway you’ve ever seen? Probably not. This is why you want to use an adventure specialist or expert to send you on the adventure every enthusiast is chasing after.

    A good adventure expert knows all the ins and outs all over the world. Rather than trying to find the guides yourself or using a basic travel site, it makes it easier for the consumer. When booking your trip, it’s important that your agent gets to know your hobbies, skill set, and destination. A good agent will customize and tailor your trip to suit your individual style.

     

     What do you enjoy doing? Do you enjoy skiing, snowboarding, hiking, camping, climbing, whitewater rafting/kayaking, or a combination? Whatever your idea of adventure may be, you should consult with an Adventure Agent to see what destination is right for you. If you are a client looking to learn, or if you are an experienced client who has climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro or even Everest, odds are an adventure expert can still supply you with a new way to find that adrenaline pumping thrill that the adventure traveler seeks.

    Adventure is limited only to the individual. The most important consideration is how YOU describe adventure. Adventure Travel may be a cultural exchange, interaction with nature, physical activity, risk or thrill. Whether it’s off-roading through the desert in Utah, splashing down rivers in Patagonia, Mountain biking in Peru, taking a cruise through Alaska, taking a safari ride through South Africa, or everything in between; Adventure Travel is in. People like to have fun, and this is the most exhilarating way to do so. Experience the new way of travel. 

     

  • Killington, Vermont

    One of the most popular ski and snowboard resorts in the east coast is Killington, located in central Vermont. Killington has 155 trails, 21 lifts, and 1,509 acres. With the highest vertical drop at 3,050 feet, it has become known as the “Beast of the East.”  

    Trails range from beginner to expert with its double black diamond mogul trail Outer Limits to Juggernaut–a 6.2 mile beginner run, the longest trail on the east coast.  They haven’t overlooked the terrain parks either. With five separate parks throughout the mountain, you’ll be sure to get your money’s worth. Killington also has one of the east coast’s largest half pipes on Bear Mountain.

     

    Killington welcomes all. Killington has good vibes all Image result for killington.comthroughout the mountain. Vermont, in general, is known for its welcoming and friendly demographics. Killington – where skiers and snowboarders can be friends. With a mountain so big, you don’t have to worry about riding down the wrong trail and accidentally getting in the way at the terrain park. This is a mountain where everyone gets along. Ski together in the day, grab some drinks together at night. There is more than enough trails to go around. They don’t call Killington The Beast of the East for nothing!

    Killington offers some of the best riding for all skill levels, but if you like the terrain park, make sure you hit up The Stash. The Stash is an all wood park with natural features through the glades. If you’re like me and thought skiing through the trees couldn’t get any more fun, think again! Now you can shred the terrain park and the glades at the same time!!! In my opinion, this is without a doubt one of the most fun parks in the nation.

    Click HERE to view ski/stay packages.

     

    This premier ski resort in Southern Vermont has much to offer skiers and snowboarders, but it also serves as a great location for some of the gnarliest downhill mountain biking.  The Fox US Open is just one of the events to be held there this summer. Nearby hiking and running on the Appalachian and Long Trails through old-growth hardwoods also provide year-round adventures. Killington is also home to some of the best fly fishing, kayaking, and backpacking.

    What are you waiting for? Get out there and play! With so many activities available, Killington is for sure one of our top pick destinations for east coast adventurers. Killington Vermont is ranked one of the top destinations to travel in the east for outdoor recreation. 

     

  • Burning Can | Oskar Blues Brewery

    Oskar Blues Brewery Presents Burning Can Beerfest! Burning Can (Not Justa) Beer Fest is blazing toward us – coming up soon at the Reeb Ranch. It’s the ultimate craft beer party, complete with outdoor sports, a killer live music lineup, camping, and of course, craft beer as far as the eye can see.

    It’s almost here–a party for everyone who enjoys craft beer and the outdoors. On August 10-11, Oskar Blues Brewery will be celebrating craft beer in a can at the 2018 Burning Can Beerfest at Reeb Ranch in Hendersonville, NC.  A weekend of revelry, it will be the ultimate craft beer party with music, camping, running, bmx, mountain biking, hiking, and paddling. 55+ craft breweries, vendors, group trail rides and runs–it’s sure to be a great time.

    This year Inclusive Excursions will be leading the Paddle Ride down the French Broad River–the world’s third oldest river.  B.Y.O.B. (bring your own boat) or contact local paddle shops for rentals. We will meet at the Brewery, not the Ranch, 342 Mountain Industrial Drive in Brevard at 8:30am on Saturday, August 11th.

    Don’t miss this weekend. Go for a paddle, a hike, or a ride and come back to the ranch to see us. Look for our Inclusive Excursions Sprinter. We will have it set up in the chill zone displaying adventure videos, so feel free to kick back if you’ve had one too many. We will also have our tent set up in the vendor’s section. Join us for a time to remember! We’re looking forward to meeting you there!

    For tickets and more info, visit OscarBlues.com.