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Get Outside and Live Your Life

This is a video blog where I explain the joy that I get from riding my bike to work. There is so much beauty on the way, and it is a time for me to be completely in the moment, taking in the things around me, not thinking about work or anything else that doesn’t matter in that moment.

It’s my quiet time, a time when I can listen. I listen to my music or I listen to the wildlife around me. It’s a time for me to get energized for the day and also wind down after a day at work. I enjoy watching the flowers and animals as I pass. I don’t get to see this kind of stuff while I’m in my car driving to work. I also like watching my shadow from the sun, and saying hello to people who are going the opposite direction. All of these things add to make my mornings great when I ride in. It forces me to slow my life down, obviously because it’s slower and takes more time to get to work but allows me to actually think, and not just me in my automatic mindset where I move from one event or topic to the next.

I want you guys to find this joy for yourselves also. Get out there and do the things you love. Be completely in the moment when you are doing those things so that you can fully and completely enjoy it. Have a great summer and I’ll see you out there!

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Summer Project

This is a look into an outdoor project that I’ve been working on this summer. I love being outside doing activities, even if it is work. We are working on a patio that is right on the Truckee River. I didn’t lay the pavers but my job has been helping build the rock wall that is between the patio and the river.

What I would do is wade out into the river, find good size rocks and wade back to the shore to stack them and create a stability for the patio. It is hard work and takes a long time to see your progress, but it is also a great workout. We are building the wall up to protect the patio in the event of a flood.

The finished product, a patio to enjoy literally on the river has been so nice. The fire pit has been broken in and there isn’t a bad time of day to be down there. There is so much wildlife to see and watching the river is similar to watching fire, it is mesmerizing and entertaining. Now that it’s summer and people have more time for projects get outside and do something! It is cool to see your hard work go towards something you can enjoy. There is also no better time to be outside.

Go Explore Someone Else’s Backyard!

Now that summer is here and school is calm I have had a lot more time to explore. I’ve explored areas of Reno and Tahoe that I hadn’t been to, and I’ve explored activities that I hadn’t done yet (see blog on the RTO here). What I have enjoyed exploring the most though are areas that aren’t familiar to me, other people’s backyards.

Ok, so not other people’s backyards in a literal sense, but other places in this Reno/Tahoe area and country that I haven’t explored yet. I’ve gone down to Southern California in the last week exploring hot springs, beaches and other areas. First, we camped at a natural hot spring in Bishop, California.

The campground was exactly what we needed in order to car camp one night and get on the road down to Southern California the next day. We explored dirt roads and trails outside of the campground and found a little natural made hot spring pool. It was a neat and kind of gross experience. We were sitting in the hot spring enjoying a couple of beers when we noticed little red worms crawling all over us, so we were quick to finish our drinks and get out of there. However, I wouldn’t trade the experience exploring the area with my girlfriend, and we got to see the full moon rising over the red mountains in the area, it was pretty amazing.

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The camping trip was totally spur the moment, we had decided the night before to stop halfway through the drive and camp outside Bishop. This trip, that was whipped up in no time turned out to be quite the experience. It reminds me that it’s not always the destination that matters but the adventure along the way. Don’t get me wrong, the destination was absolutely perfect, we went to Huntington Beach and eventually Disneyland. The adventure to get there though was memorable as well.

Go explore a place you have yet to experience, come back here and tell me how it was!

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Outdoor Activity – Golf!

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Golf is a sport that’s increasing in popularity and is also a great way to get outside and see the natural beauty around us. I didn’t grow up golfing, but I got into it in high school. Golf is one of the most challenging sports out there because it requires excellent muscle memory as well as mental strength and endurance. The greatest golfers can start out playing great and end up totally messing up their round because of the mental aspect of the game.

The nice thing about the game of golf is that if you are beginning there is minimal equipment needed. Golf clubs and some nicer clothes are all you need. The cost of a round of golf can be pricey, but if you take advantage of “twilight hours” it can be affordable. Used golf clubs can be found at thrift stores, used sports equipment stores, and on Craigslist.

There are some great courses in the Reno Tahoe area that offer easier and more challenging courses. Carson Valley golf course in south Gardnerville is a great course to learn on. It is a little less challenging and it is also cheaper. Edgewood in South Lake Tahoe is one of the most beautiful courses. It is located along the lake shore for part of the course. Edgewood is more challenging and also more expensive, but the beauty of the lake is definitely worth it. Genoa lakes is my favorite golf course. I worked there for 2 summers so I am a little bias but in my honest opinion it offers everything. There are beautiful views of the Sierra Nevada mountains and Carson Valley. The course is also challenging and the price is competitive.

If you are not a golfer I challenge to go and play once. It is a great sport to learn and is a lot of fun! You may get frustrated if you aren’t playing well but just remember that’s its just a sport and you’re out there to have fun. I bet that when you are having fun is when you’ll play your best. Where is your favorite course? If you don’t have a favorite, then why do you love golf? Please share!
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Outdoor Activity – Trail Running

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Have you ever headed out to a nearby trail and ran? If you haven’t, I’ll paint a picture of my experience trail running. I usually like to run on trails in the mountains. I’ll pick one and jump in my car and drive. Once I get there, I lace up my shoes and plug in my music.

I enjoy trails that zig and zag through tall pine trees. You run through them and feel the coolness in the air from the elevation and the shade of the trees. My ideal trail run goes up and down in elevation as it zips through the forest. Eventually, my favorite trails end at a beautiful destination, such as a mountain lake, stream, or overlook of a valley. That’s why I’m out there, to enjoy the beauty. That why I work so hard to get there, because it is worth it.

In the Reno/Tahoe area, my favorite places to run are along the Tahoe Rim Trail. This trail goes all the way around the lake, and offers some of the best views of not only Lake Tahoe, but the valleys and areas on the other side of the mountain range that it follows.

I prefer trail running to street running because trail running usually offers more difficult terrain. There are more obstacles you have to look out for, always keeping your mind focused. It is also enjoyable for me to get out and get away from the city or places where lots of people are. It’s a great way for me to get out by myself and really have some good thinking time.

If you don’t trail run, I highly suggest you try it out! You can start hiking if you are more comfortable with that, it is a great way to see beautiful areas as well! What is your favorite trail run and why do you like it?

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Take a Picture, It Will Last Longer!

How many of you have sat staring at a landscape, or sunset, or award show and said to yourself “I’m going to remember this forever!” Think back on that moment, were you able to remember every detail of that moment that made it so special in the first place?

I’ve been filming and compiling all the photos I have regarding my value. I can tell you that without these photos and videos I would not remember things like I had the first time I experienced them.

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At first I didn’t understand why so many people had go pros. It’s a tiny camera that you can use to film whatever you are doing. I thought that only cool, professional people were qualified to use them, people who were doing backflips and things of that nature. Who would want to watch themselves only go down a groomed ski run?

But then I tried it. I am by no means a professional but I realized after watching my shots that not only do I enjoy watching myself do things but I was completely reliving that joy and experience. I felt like I was doing the action all over again. I would recommend everyone try it if you have the opportunity.

I think it is important that everyone remember what they love. Our minds know what they love, but a lot of times they can’t paint the same picture the way we see it after the fact. I have relived so many memories from looking at the photos for this assignment. Take pictures and videos to remember these things years from now. That way, years from now when you can’t remember everything about that sunrise you watched with your girlfriend or boyfriend, a picture will remind you.

Outdoor Activity – Beach Day!

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Now that we are really getting into some heat in Reno and Tahoe there are not as many cool weather or winter activities. The ski season is just about over, as backcountry stashes are melting away, but there is so much to do in the summer that it isn’t bad news! The warm temperatures of course give us the opportunity to ride bikes, hike, run, and camp, but there is another activity that hot weather allows us to do.

Ever since we could drive my friends and I would do beach days as much as possible. We loved driving up on the weekends and laying out in the sun, playing volleyball, swimming, and just being around our friends outside. The beach is a perfect place to do all these things.

When it gets a little too hot for comfort you run down to the water, and dive in to the freezing lake. Then you jump up because the cold water has taken your breath away and run back to the shore, refreshed and feeling good. Our group of friends would stay up at Tahoe all day until it started getting dark. Then we’d come home, eat dinner, wake up and do it again the next day.

When we were seniors in high school we had “early outs” so we would drive up to Zephyr Cove Beach during the week since it was 25 minutes away and hang out for the afternoon. We’d play doubles volleyball until the sun set and then stop for food on the way home. These are some of my favorite memories with my friends and being outside.

I encourage you to find a local beach and make some memories. Or I challenge you to find a new spot you haven’t explored yet. Just last weekend I was able to go to a different, new beach in Tahoe with a group of friends. The weather was perfect, it was about 80 degrees and felt hot since it hasn’t been that warm yet this season. We played bocci ball, frisbee, hung out and just relaxed. Not to mention, we were up in Tahoe, in one of the most beautiful places in the world. Could we be luckier?

The water was freezing! There is still some snowmelt running into the lake so it was about 57 degrees. I don’t think I’ve felt the lake that cold in a LONG time. My girlfriend, Johanna wanted to jump off the dock so we went out there as a group. I jumped in, felt my breath leave me, and my muscles go numb as I paddled back toward the surface. I had just gotten out when she said “your shorts aren’t even wet!” and pushed me back in again. Double the freezing, but it was totally worth it because I have memories that will last forever and couldn’t imagine spending a day any other way.

Get out there and share your favorite spots to hit the beach in the Reno/Tahoe area!

Here’s a list of beaches to get you started. Here are some photos of beaches in Lake Tahoe if you need a little more motivation.

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