Outdoor Gear Review - Spring

SPRING 2016

OUTDOOR GEAR REVIEW

 

Spring won’t officially be sprung for another few weeks (March 20). But with daily temperatures reaching the mid-70s here in our home state of Georgia, our local parks are already packed with nature lovers every weekend. Here’s our extensive outdoor gear review for Spring 2016, featuring a range of products designed to enhance your hiking, biking, climbing, and camping experiences…

 

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Exploring South Georgia Island, Serengeti of the Southern Ocean

Exploring Grytviken, South Georgia Island

The Serengeti of the Southern Ocean

 

(The following is a a guest post by Donna L. Hull, who writes about active travel at My Itchy Travel Feet, The Baby Boomer’s Guide to Travel. You can also follow her on Facebook and Twitter. If you’re a travel blogger interested in guest posting on GGT, please email pitches to Bret Love [email protected] We do not accept guest posts from for-profit companies.)

 

In Cooper Bay on South Georgia Island, a beach teeming with life comes into view as our zodiac approaches the shore.

 

Baby fur seals cavort near their mothers. Up the beach, two hulking elephant seals sleep off a meal, oblivious to a line of king penguins waddling up and down the trail to a rookery. Sea birds fly overhead intermittently, darting in and out of the waves looking for a meal.

 

In a nearby cove, kayakers paddle toward a rock for a closer view of the quirky-looking Macaroni penguin, with its orange and yellow eyebrows. I feel as if the ship took a wrong turn and ended up in the wildlife-abundant Serengeti.

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How to Build a Permaculture Garden

GO GREEN TIP #114

How to Build a Permaculture Garden

 

permaculture garden differs from other modern farming techniques because its focus is on more than merely growing food.

 

Permaculture practitioners seek to find balances between the give and take of nature– animals included– and the needs of humanity. From sustainable homes and renewable energy sources to food forests, the permaculture movement is about much more than gardening.

 

However, creating your own permaculture garden is not a bad way to start down the road to sustainable living. It was how my wife Emma and I began, and how we like to introduce and share the practice.

 

So here, I’m going to walk you step b y step through the process and show you how you can start your own permaculture garden.

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Bret Love and Mary Gabbett in Tanzania's Ngorongoro Conservation Area

 Time In A Bottle: Exploring Tanzania’s

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

 

“When you live as if your days are numbered, you will gain a heart of wisdom.” –Andy Stanley

 

I think it’s the natural progression of things that the older we get, the more conscious we become of the passage of time.

 

As the years go on, our personal relationship with time changes. When we’re kids, we can’t wait to get older so that we can get a job, drive, drink and “be free.” But as we age, we yearn for the relative freedom of youth, and each year brings us another step closer to our own mortality.

 

The older we get, the more precious each year, each day, each moment becomes to us.

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Rare Sharks Worth Saving

Ornate Wobbegong by Richard Ling via CC

5 Rare Sharks Worth Saving

 

(The following is a guest post from Justin Carmack of True Nomads, which focuses on his diving adventures around the world. You can follow Justin on FacebookTwitter and Pinterest.  If you’re a blogger interested in guest posting, please email us [email protected])

 

Rare Sharks are beautiful and amazing to see in their own habitat. But, most importantly, they are apex predators, making them a vital link in the marine ecosystem’s food chain.

 

It’s the shark’s job to regulate populations of fish by preying on the weak, slow, and old among the schools. If these rare sharks were to disappear, it would begin a devastating domino effect.  The whole marine eco chain would collapse one layer at a time, eventually killing off humans.

 

Swimming With Whale Sharks in Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Whale Shark in Mexico, photographed by Bret Love

 

Without sharks to feed on them, fish populations would explode. If there are too many fish, the species they feed on would slowly disappear, eventually killing them off completely. This would eliminate another food source and kill off the rest of the fish in the food chain, all the way down to microorganisms, plankton and algae.

 

Did you know that plankton and algae are the number one producer of oxygen in the world? More than even the Amazon Rainforest! It’s also the biggest natural carbon-scrubber/eliminator/filter on the planet.

 

Starting to get the picture? Over time, if we were to let human greed and apathy kill off rare sharks, the chain reaction could be catastrophic, leading to more greenhouse gases, global warming, and possibly the end of mankind. The first step to stop this catastrophe is education, so here is a look at five rare shark species worth saving:

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