The Hit of the Beach – Ladder Golf

The night before we left California, we wanted to spend one last evening on Laguna Beach and what better way to enjoy the evening than playing beach games. We chose Ladder Golf since it’s our favorite beach game and it was a huge hit. Everyone that walked by either stopped to watch us play or ask us where we bought the game.  Continue reading

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“Darn Close to the Perfect Daypack for General Duty” – Gregory Z30

Backpacker Magazine claimed that the Gregory Z30 backpack was “Darn close to the perfect daypack for general duty”, and I knew I needed to check it out for myself. The Z30 is part of Gregory’s ‘Fast and Light’ series, which probably tells you everything you need to know. The company says the intention is to “strike a balance between low weight and durability without sacrificing performance”. The positives are endless: the suspension system is lightweight and the thin shoulder straps and hip-belt are wide enough to distribute pressure; the pockets are endless; and the single main compartment of the Z30 is long and wide enough to make loading easy. This ventilated hiking pack is ideal for light and fast overnights and daily hikes. Continue reading

Ultimate, Integrated Cooking & Eating Solution – The GSI Outdoors Pinnacle Camper

A camping trip to somewhere completely remote without computers, television, and cell
service would be right up my alley… a year ago. With the arrival of my bundle of joy came some limitations for now. A more current reality is camping where walking back to the car to get all the good for dinner is the only hiking involved. Maybe some of you are capable of hiking Everest with a baby strapped to your front and everything you need to survive for a month strapped to your back and all I have to say about that is more power to you. As for me, I’ll stick to my campsite twenty minutes away from home. One of the advantages to this is that I can bring more than I can personally carry, including cookware. There is no better way to end a day outdoors with my family than a proper meal, and the GSI Pinnacle Camper is the ultimate, integrated cooking and eating solution. Continue reading

Bucket List Item # 9 – Lose the “Baby Weight” (Giveaways Included)

Athena is now 6 weeks old and it’s time I start taking bucket list item #9, lose the baby weight, seriously. Just last year, I ran a marathon; now walking up three flights of stairs leaves me winded. I want to run again, I want to see muscle on my legs, arms, and stomach rather than fat, and more importantly, I want to be healthy and active so when my daughter is ready to play so am I. Continue reading

Skydiving Adventure Package Finalists – Vote Now

Today is the last day to vote for the Skydiving Adventure Package Finalists! Make all of your votes count and send one lucky reader on a tandem skydiving adventure with deluxe video and stills from Skydive San Diego.

Their tandem skydive adventure includes:

Pre-jump instructional class
One tandem jump harnessed to a professional Instructor
A scenic 5 to 7 minute parachute flight
A First Jump Certificate
Deluxe Video and Stills
The finalist with the most “likes”, “tweets” or other “mentions” under their profile by March 12th, 2012 at 5pm PST (GMT-8:00) will be the winner of the Skydiving Package.

Check out their profiles at Bucket List Publications and vote for your favorite contestant!

Good luck to all finalists from Bucket List Publications!

The contest closes at 5pm this evening and the votes will be tallied. 

The winner will be notified shortly after 5pm. 

Who Would have Thought that at 38 Weeks Pregnant Kayaking was Still an Option?

Being in your ninth month of pregnancy can be draining. You reach a point where you ask yourself, is it worth it to do ‘x’? and the answer is usually a big NO. With my husband working during the day and my energy levels at an all time low during the evenings, we are often left watching television or for a big hoorah going out to a movie or to dinner. Today, I felt an energy burst and I woke up with an excitement to get out and enjoy the beautiful, sunny California weather that brought us here in the first place. Since our favorite pastime of bodyboarding is not a viable option (I can’t exactly ride the waves with my huge belly against the board), we leaned toward kayaking, and I again found myself asking, is it worth it? Well, I thought it out logically…. Our AdveancedFrame Convertible Kayak by Advanced Elements is an easy to set up, fifteen foot, inflatable kayak that can be paddled solo or tandem. One person, Darren per se, can transfer the kayak from the car to the water, unfold, inflate, and attach the seats. Although we rigged it for tandem paddling it was most certainly going to be paddled solo; I really had little intention of doing even a quarter of the work. All I really needed to do was convince Darren that going kayaking was in fact a good idea considering he would be kayaking for three (or two and a half depending on how you look at it) and possibly carry the paddles and maybe the pump. This was all starting to sound really doable! I was more than capable of kayaking in my ninth month of pregnancy.  Continue reading

If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It! – Air Combat USA

What is the perfect gift for a man? No, what is the ultimate first anniversary gift for an amazing husband who has given me everything in life? My husband, Darren, and I just had our first anniversary and I wanted to come up with a unique, special gift that reflected our relationship. Surf lessons? Nah, I’m having way too much fun watching him getting his butt kicked by waves while we try to learn ourselves.  A new backpack or camping gear? Still not good enough. I wanted a different kind of present altogether: an experiential gift! I closed my eyes and imagined him scouring the skies in a real military aircraft, engaging in aerial combat, and returning to base VICTORIOUS! As a wife, I was capable of making my husband’s greatest dreams of being a fighter pilot come true with Air Combat USA. The price tag on the “Top Gun” experience offered by Air Combat USA in Fullerton is about $1,300, but the experience is priceless.  It was a worthy gift, symbolic of our first adventure-filled year together. Continue reading