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Ultimate Adventure-Mobiles

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Ultimate Adventure-Mobiles

 

The iconic Volkswagen Bus, vehicle of choice among wanderers for more than 60 years, was discontinued at the end of 2013. But that doesn’t mean the adventure is over. After all, you can convert anything with wheels into a tiny home—if you have the capital. Here are six of our favorite vehicles (and add-ons) to help you find freedom on the open road. Read more...

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A Weekend Cabin Option

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A Weekend Cabin Option

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So, you finally threw down for a plot of land and you want to set up a temporary shelter while you’re figuring out where to put that foundation. Yurts have a certain steezy Asian vibe that’s impossible to replicate, but they ain’t cheap. Barebones safari tents, created by the same folks who do Goal Zero solar generators and batteries, on the other hand, are closer within reach: $2,000 for a 120-square-foot, aluminum-framed nylon shelter.

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Some Adventure Trip Ideas for 2014

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Some Adventure Trip Ideas for 2014

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Chasing lightning in Venezuela

Between April and November, on any given night at Lake Maracaibo – a large brackish bay connected to the Gulf of Venezuela – lightning bolts, appearing 200 to a minute, draw great cracks across the sky illuminating the night. The lightning here is so intense and frequent that it has just won a place in The Guinness Book of World Records. You can travel here from Mérida, itself something of an adventure destination where thrill seekers will be able to experience the world's highest cable car when it opens later this year.

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Travel the Grand Canyon Railway

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Maura Daly Phinney writes about her experience on the Grand Canyon Railway.

I love trains in a childish, "here comes the choo-choo," gleeful sort of way. So ever since I heard that the Grand Canyon Railway had been resurrected, I've wanted to go on it. It took me 20 years, but finally I was on my way to Williams, Ariz., which is a quick 30-minute drive from Flagstaff. 

The Williams train depot is the hub of a complex that includes a hotel, restaurant, gift shop and "pet resort." Since I was traveling without any fluffy companions, I proceeded directly to the ticket window. There are four classes of service on the train, and I opted to go cheap on the northbound trip to the Grand Canyon with a $37.50 coach seat and then splurge on the return with a $70 first-class seat. If I had been feeling really flush, there was also the option of an $85 seat in the observation dome or a $95 ticket in the luxury parlor cars.



Read more: http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/archive/x1467743205/Travel-and-Adventure-Traveling-on-the-Grand-Canyon-Railway#ixzz2pHKFapHl 
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What is your Outdoor Checklist for 2014

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What is your Outdoor Checklist for 2014

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Terry Tomalin has a list of his outdoor checklist for 2014.  What is on yours?

• Sleep on the ground: I camp more than most, yet I still don't sleep in a tent nearly enough to suit my tastes. I probably spend a month out of each year under the stars, but I'd like to double that. Think I can log 60 days this year? Not if my wife has anything to say about it.

• See more sunrises: There's nothing I love more than being outside — hiking, paddling, fishing — when the sun comes up. I've got my kids trained. They think something is wrong if we don't leave the house when it's still dark. Now I've got the lads in my Boy Scout troop on campouts, up and raring to go, at 5:59 a.m. Be prepared. You're on Tomalin time.

• Simplify: I've got too much stuff. There are times I wish I could live in a tree like my hero Tarzan. All he needed was a sharp knife and a loin cloth, though I doubt the latter would complement my middle-age physique. But I can still probably get along with a lot less junk. After all, Lewis and Clark went to the Pacific and back with nothing more than a little beef jerky and a whole lot of attitude.

• Take it outside: Believe it or not, there are days when I don't leave the office. I stop by in the morning, start sending emails and answering phone calls, then next thing I know, it's time to pick up the kids and I've wasted another day inside. But this year, things will be different. No matter what, I am going to spend at least one hour a day outside, rain or shine. I suggest you do the same.

• Buy buckskin boots: I used to own a pair of knee-high moccasins just like another one of my role models, Davy Crockett, used to wear. Don't know what happened to them, though I have my suspicions that a certain you-know-who might have tossed them out. That's why I need another pair to go with my shorts and Hawaiian shirt.

• Follow more rivers: I've paddled from Georgia's Okefenokee Swamp to Bimini in the Bahamas chain of islands. I've traveled the length of the Withlacoochee, Apalachicola and Suwannee, but I have a dozen more waterways that I'd like to explore from beginning to end. How about a river a year until I die? I figure I've got 50 more on my list, so it looks like I'll be sticking around a while.

• Cook with cast iron: I took my Outdoor Leadership class from USF St. Petersburg down the Suwannee River in November. Our group of 25-strong ate out of two Dutch ovens for three days and everybody put on weight. Ditch your microwave and get yourself a 12-quart Lodge. It was good enough for the pioneers, it should be good enough for you.

• Throw a tomahawk: All of my 12-year-old son's classmates have smartphones, which cost a couple of hundred bucks. So I asked him, "Which would you rather have, a smartphone or a tomahawk, like Hawkeye in Last of the Mohicans?" The answer was obvious. Don't worry, we'll only practice in the woods, wearing our knee-high moccasins.

• Teach my daughter to shoot: I can't wait to put my 10-year-old through the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission's hunter safety class. I want her to know firearms and respect firearms, just in case she comes across a knucklehead who thinks he's an expert because he plays a lot of video games.

• Hug a tree: I've said it once and I'll say it again: I'm a tree hugger. Many outdoor enthusiasts are preoccupied with season lengths and bag limits. They think environmentalists are the enemy. But ask any biologist the No. 1 problem we face and they'll say, "Habitat, stupid." I love mangrove trees, and I would probably hug them if they weren't covered with those crabs. More mangroves mean more snook. Get the picture?

 

You can see it all here:  http://www.tampabay.com/sports/outdoors/outdoors-checklist-for-a-new-year/2159304

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