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#91 Postby Mini Forklift Ⓥ » Wed Apr 11, 2012 2:04 am

Bode wrote:Let us know when you're planning out your NZ trip and I'm sure we can help you out! We talk funny too, so I'm sure we can help translate as well.

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#92 Postby Baby Hercules » Thu Apr 12, 2012 1:37 am

My goodness, I can hear the Kiwi from all the way over here! :lol:

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#93 Postby livefit2012 » Sun Apr 22, 2012 4:10 pm

LOVE the outdoors, ive been couped up on my weekends off working on new floors in the house and im about to go nuts. About to get a new mountain bike soon and start exploring.

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#94 Postby Mini Forklift Ⓥ » Mon Apr 23, 2012 7:46 pm

livefit2012 wrote:LOVE the outdoors, ive been couped up on my weekends off working on new floors in the house and im about to go nuts. About to get a new mountain bike soon and start exploring.

Have fun and take care on the downhills !!
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#95 Postby luvleiabs » Fri Apr 27, 2012 1:51 am

I love my share of the outdoors! My last adventure was in Maui where I hiked through sacred land with the most amazing trees with Tarzan like vines. I regret not climbing them.. boo. Walked into pitch black caves of the nothingness and time just stopped. So amazing.

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#96 Postby kuzmo » Tue May 01, 2012 5:17 am

I try to get outdoors as much as I can. We have a cycle path near where I live so I take the bike out or go inline skating.

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Re: Anybody here outdoorsy?

#97 Postby peacefulwarrior » Fri May 04, 2012 9:45 am

Nice work! Outdoorsy....you sound more like adventurous and daring, thrill seeking even. Yaknow the thing I liked about reading this was "fear factor"! None! Go up a mountain by yourself, see dangerous animals, climb gnarly routes...that's what I like to hear! Far to many poeple these days are run by the "safety police". That's crazy if you ask me.
The way I see it is, you are doing the best activities for sharpeing your senses, honing your servival skills(basic or otherwise), connecting with nature on a different level then just going for a hike, not to mention connecting with yourself on a deeper level, having time to think or not think. It's kind of like soul searching...anyways enough out of me....I envy you!

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#98 Postby Baby Hercules » Fri May 04, 2012 2:14 pm

peacefulwarrior wrote:Nice work! Outdoorsy....you sound more like adventurous and daring, thrill seeking even. Yaknow the thing I liked about reading this was "fear factor"! None! Go up a mountain by yourself, see dangerous animals, climb gnarly routes...that's what I like to hear! Far to many poeple these days are run by the "safety police". That's crazy if you ask me.
The way I see it is, you are doing the best activities for sharpeing your senses, honing your servival skills(basic or otherwise), connecting with nature on a different level then just going for a hike, not to mention connecting with yourself on a deeper level, having time to think or not think. It's kind of like soul searching...anyways enough out of me....I envy you!


No need to envy me, peacefulwarrior, sounds like you're hiking right alongside. You might be interested in the works of Richard Louv, who coined the term "Nature-Deficit Disorder." His theory (I call it hard fact) is that we as a society are spending more and more time indoors in stressful physical, emotional, and mental environments and not enough time outdoors in a relaxed state of mind. His book, "Last Child in the Woods," was a bestseller that started an international movement to reconnect kids and nature. I'm currently reading his latest, "The Nature Principle."

Just being around nature induces a meditative state in the brain that allows it to function at a higher level. There's an article in the current issue of Backpacker Magazine about a researcher who's taking people out into the wild on backpacking trips and testing their brain power with word games and puzzles as they go along. Conclusion: a 50% increase in smarts after only a few days away from a city. No surprise to us, right? We get all sorts of mental inspiration and solutions to problems as we hike along and let our mind wander and flow. The researcher wants to get his findings published but I say enjoy them NOW! Why wait for some stuffy scientists to proclaim that something is true if you're already livin' the results?

Case in point, I'm heading out as we speak to harvest hedera (invasive ivy vines) in our local Forest Park. I've learned to weave them into baskets by hand and it feels so good to simultaneously rid a native forest of weeds, get free supplies, and create functional art all in one fell swoop. But it's muddy as hell out there today. Gonna be one of those times where I shower AFTER the fun, not before. Yeah, I'm definitely an adrenaline junkie and this ain't quite it but at least I'll be out in the slugs, the muck, and the fresh spring leaves. Maybe I'll run into my friend, Sal Mander. :lachmal:

Fear factor? Safety police? I used to be a Forum Moderator and Event Organizer for one of the largest hiking/outdoor clubs here in Portland, Oregon. I left. I got real tired real fast of their ludicrous, ambiguous "safety" rules. For instance, they deleted posts by anyone who showed a waterfall climbing adventure (too dangerous for children, they might get ideas), a cross-country bushwhack (too dangerous for everybody else, they might get ideas), and lectured anybody who mentioned in their hiking report that they hiked alone, without a cell phone or GPS, and told no one where they were going. That would be me. That's MY idea. Been doing it all my life and my life is quite intact, thank you very much. As a matter of fact, the only time I ever got into any trouble was when I had other people along with me. Man, pick your hiking companions wisely, that's all I have to say. One of my favorites was a young pup named Alex, who is now living in New Zealand with his girlfriend. He and I laughed about our craziness on a few hiking podcasts, recorded prior to my falling out with and subsequent gleeful avoidance of the evil hiking club: http://allthoughtsworkoutdoors.wordpres ... ts/page/2/

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Re: Anybody here outdoorsy?

#99 Postby Mini Forklift Ⓥ » Fri May 11, 2012 4:18 pm

Nice writing Baby Hercules, I enjoyed reading through that. I definately agree that your brain is sharper from being outdoors!

I'm heading away this weekend, going to spend a few days at our holiday home. It's right on the lakefront, not much out there so very quiet and relaxing. Just a few quiet beers at night, a good long run followed by a massage and a swim or two in the lake with very little technology to distract me. Perfect.
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Re: Anybody here outdoorsy?

#100 Postby Baby Hercules » Mon May 14, 2012 9:07 pm

Mini Forklift Ⓥ wrote:I'm heading away this weekend, going to spend a few days at our holiday home. It's right on the lakefront, not much out there so very quiet and relaxing. Just a few quiet beers at night, a good long run followed by a massage and a swim or two in the lake with very little technology to distract me. Perfect.


No, perfect is when you email me the address and a plane ticket. :lol:

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Re: Anybody here outdoorsy?

#101 Postby KarakD. » Tue May 29, 2012 1:11 pm

Oh yeah! We hit the Civil War Battlefields last weekend from South Mountain to Antietam.
Did you know that 23,000 people were killed, missing or hurt on that day alone?
You can't feel the history from your car - you have to get out there &
sweat your butt off.

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Re: Anybody here outdoorsy?

#102 Postby Mini Forklift Ⓥ » Wed May 30, 2012 4:29 pm

Baby Hercules wrote:
Mini Forklift Ⓥ wrote:I'm heading away this weekend, going to spend a few days at our holiday home. It's right on the lakefront, not much out there so very quiet and relaxing. Just a few quiet beers at night, a good long run followed by a massage and a swim or two in the lake with very little technology to distract me. Perfect.


No, perfect is when you email me the address and a plane ticket. :lol:

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Re: Anybody here outdoorsy?

#103 Postby Baby Hercules » Mon Jun 11, 2012 12:45 pm

Yesterday, I went to commune with some out of the way waterfalls I know about and, well, one thing led to another and now here I stand with aching quads after a long hike on the Pacific Crest Trail at dusk. There ain't nothin' like the sun going down and no headlamp to keep your feet moving in bear-infested waters, let me tell you. Had that creepy I'm Not Alone Feeling the entire way. (shudder) Kind of disappointed I didn't see one, though. All I got was a Black-tailed deer and a Western Tanager. http://birdweb.org/birdweb/bird/western_tanager

Thank goodness there's 48 hours until leg day.

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#104 Postby Baby Hercules » Tue Jun 19, 2012 2:53 pm

I alternated between laughing my ass off and grimacing in disgust. http://videosift.com/video/The-Flextrek ... ial-Parody

I've hiked with people like this. http://videosift.com/video/Old-Spice-Ne ... anger-Zone

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Re: Anybody here outdoorsy?

#105 Postby vivalasvegans » Wed Jun 20, 2012 1:09 pm

Do you know of any good out of the way hikes close by? I wish your PMs were turned on. We need to talk :D
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