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Four Fun Water Activites To Enjoy At Your Lake Front Cottage Rental

Posted by on Jan 31, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Four Fun Water Activites To Enjoy At Your Lake Front Cottage Rental

If you and your family have scheduled a vacation to a lake front cottage this spring, then you should plan ahead for some fun activities to enjoy at the lake. While the person you are renting the cottage from might have a rowboat or a canoe, you should also consider bringing along some of your own accessories to enjoy. Of course, you probably don’t want to buy a big aluminum canoe or fiberglass kayak and attach it to the roof of your car just for a short vacation, so the ideas below are all geared for things you can store away in the trunk of your car. With that in mind, here are few cool things to bring along Tubing One of the best ways to enjoy the lake is by floating around and relaxing. You can bring your own inner tubes and pumps and inflate them when you get to the lake cottage. You can go retro and get the old fashioned tubes that are designed for one person, or you can get the larger, fancier designs (these are more like floating islands for multiple people). Some of the really big ones even had built in coolers to store beer and soda. Kayaking If you’re looking for a bit more of an active style of watercraft and want to be able to move around the lake instead of drift around, then get an inflatable kayak. These can be inflated using a pump once you get to the lake house, so they are much easier to move than the big fiberglass models. Plus, since you’re not going down rapids like with river rafting, you don’t really need the hard bottom that fiberglass kayaks have. The inflatable plastic kayaks are fine. Fly Fishing If you’re an avid fly fisherman, then you should take the opportunity to try still water fly fishing. While most people tend to fly fish in rivers and streams, bodies of still water such as lakes are interesting because of their unique geography. You will get a whole new experience. What you might want to do before you head out is do a bit of research on what type of sinkers and elevation you might want. Many people like to fly fish out of boats to get a bit of elevation over the water, but you might also find some nice shoreline at the lake which gives you adequate elevation to cover the surface of the water. Snorkeling Don’t forget to bring along your snorkeling gear if you have it. The bottom of a lake is super interesting. There will be fish, lake plants, and often turtles. One thing you will need, that you most often don’t need when you go salt water snorkeling, is a good underwater flashlight. Lakes tend to be darker the deeper you dive down, so you will want to bring along a nice light to be able to really explore the bottom. Plus, unless you’re vacationing at a cottage at one of the country’s really deep lakes, you can manage a very thorough exploration without SCUBA gear and can get the job done with just snorkeling. For more information, contact local professionals like Vacation...

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Improve On Snubnose Performance Through A Concealed Carry Class

Posted by on Dec 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Improve On Snubnose Performance Through A Concealed Carry Class

The sheer volume of concealed carry pistols available on the market is incredibly impressive. Newer and more streamlined automatic pistols are debuting at an incredible frequency. Has the semi-automatic pistol marked an end for the traditional revolver? Not really as snubnose revolvers are still very popular for concealed carry. Revolvers are, honestly, very easy to learn how to use and they are even easier to clean and care for. Revolvers do come with a few performance issues that could be smoothed out during a concealed carry course. Enrolling in the course before buying a gun might make things even less difficult for the soon-to-be concealed carrier. The Rental Option Someone who has not already purchased a snubnose revolver rent a revolver for the concealed carry course. Mostly all firing ranging rent firearms since rentals are perfect “test drives” for consumers. The rental option helps the student/buyer in several ways such as: Controlling the Recoil Snubnose revolvers are known for their recoil. Controlling the recoil is improved dramatically by properly holding the revolver and maintaining the right positioning with the arms and body. Still, there may be issues with the weight of the revolver. An instructor is sure to assist with posture, grip, and stance improvements. A light-framed .38 special still could kick dramatically. The instructor could recommend a heavier option such as a .357 and shooting compatible .38 special loads. Selecting Hammer or Hammerless The classic snubnose — while easy to use — does come with drawbacks. The hammer on the revolver may end up snagging on a pocket or part of a jacket. This ends up hampering the ability to draw the weapon. If the student is unable to properly draw the revolver, the instructor could lead him/her to purchase a streamlined model without a hammer. Hammerless revolvers have been around since at least the late 19th century and they are intended to provide a simple solution to drawing a snubnose. Of course, the instructor may be able to work out the issues contributing to the snags, a problem that might be due to a minor performance error on the part of the student.  Overcoming Accuracy Problems Not everyone has a budget for the perfect weapon. Perhaps the only option for these persons would be a very old revolver that comes with a low price tag. Old-time concealed carry revolvers from the early 20th century may still work, but their design is notorious for accuracy issues. A good instructor could work through some of those issues and help the shooter get the most out of an aged revolver. Enrolling in a concealed carry course, like one offered by Nebraska Personal Defense, could lead to performance improvements in many areas. That alone is a huge endorse for those who love the traditional snubnose...

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Tips For Cleaning And Storing Your Inflatable Boat

Posted by on Dec 12, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips For Cleaning And Storing Your Inflatable Boat

Having an inflatable boat is awesome because you don’t have to worry about getting a tow to lug it around, and it’s easy enough for a day trip without having to pay docking fees. However, summer doesn’t last forever, and there’s a good chance that you’re going to need to put your inflatable boat away and store it for a few months until the weather gets nice again. You want to be sure that when you take your boat out of storage that it is still in as good of shape that it was when you put it in. Here are some tips for cleaning and storing your inflatable boat. 1. Store Loosely The first thing that you have to do is commit to finding space in your home or garage where you can store your boat so that it is loosely rolled. This means that you are not going to be able to shove it away in the smallest place possible. The optimal solution is to not roll it up all the way and to simply let it sit, deflated. However, most people don’t have the space to do this. If this is your situation, consider simply rolling it very loosely and placing it somewhere. 2. Store Where It Can’t Be Invaded The next thing that you have to do is store where the boat cannot be invaded by rodents. These rodents like to burrow in inflatable boats and can cause catastrophic damage. In order to store your boat correctly, be sure that you roll it up loosely and put it in a plastic box that doesn’t have any holes in it. Then, take this box and place it above ground level, preferably on a shelf or other surface where it is difficult for rodents to climb. This will allow you to keep your boat hole-free. 3. Store It Out of Sunlight Your boat can be damaged and weakened by direct sunlight, which would likely result in holes that would ruin your first excursion of the year. Be sure that you store the box that has your inflatable boat in it out of direct sunlight. 4. Clean Before Putting It Away Finally, be sure that you clean your boat using a cleaner recommended by the manufacturer before putting it away for the winter so that you can remove any potential environmental debris that could cause damage. For more information, talk to a company that specializes in inflatable...

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3 Simple Tips To Properly Anchoring Your Small Boat

Posted by on Nov 7, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Simple Tips To Properly Anchoring Your Small Boat

In a larger water vessel, anchoring is a big deal, but smaller boats can definitely be further affected by changes in wind and waves; therefore, it is more important that you anchor your small boat properly. Many boaters see anchoring as a simple process of just tossing a weighted object over the hull of the boat to hold steady. However, anchoring a boat, especially a small boat, should take a little more consideration. Here is a quick look at a few simple tips you should be using to help you ensure your small boat is anchored the right way when you go out on the water.  1. Anchor in the right areas. Anchoring in areas where the floor beneath you is dense rock will be least likely to encourage stable anchoring. There will be nothing for the anchor itself to push against on a flat rock surface to maintain leverage. Try to move away from stone embankments enough that you are fairly certain the anchor can find a good resting position, such as in loose rocky areas or stable dirt. Likewise, super-soft sand will not give you a stable anchor because it will allow the heavy anchor to shift right through the lightweight, loose material.  2. Take your movement radius into consideration. It is highly unlikely that a vessel afloat on any body of water will remain perfectly steady without shifting or turning. Because of this, you need to make sure that where you anchor allows your boat ample space to turn in the water without bumping against other boats, rock walls, or docks. Think of the length of your boat as the hands of a clock and consider how much space those hands will need to move in a complete circle around a central point, which is your anchor.  3. Make sure your anchor line is ready to drop. There is a good reason why frequent boaters will spend just as much on a quality rope or chain for their anchoring system as they will the anchor itself. Quality ropes and chains are less likely to tangle when they are dropped from the vessel, even though the anchor is dropping at a high rate of speed, which means the holding line or chain must be free-moving. Before you drop the anchor after determining your position, take a quick peek at your line or chain to ensure it is ready to flow out...

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New To Kayaking? How To Fish & Kayak At The Same Time

Posted by on Oct 28, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on New To Kayaking? How To Fish & Kayak At The Same Time

If you want to fish by yourself, kayaks are a great way to do so. Kayaks are small enough for an individual to manipulate and manage on their own on a lake or river while fishing. Fishing can easily be done from a kayak if you know how to do it. Here are the basics of fishing and kayaking at the same time. Reeling In A Fish Reeling in a fish is a little different in a kayak than reeling in a fish when you are on a boat or fishing from the edge of the shore. In either of those situations, you can brace your body and use your leg strength, as well as your arm strength, to pull in the fish. However, inside of your kayak you are not going to be able to rely on your leg strength to real in a large fish, you are going to need to rely on your technique more than your body strength. Before you go fishing, make sure that you have lots of line on your reel. This will allow you to move with the fish and will help ensure that the fish doesn’t pull you around the water. When you cast the line into to the water when you go fishing, make sure that the line has some give to it and is not tight. By providing a little give in the line, you will have some time to react quickly and start reeling in the fish as soon as you feel it on your line. If your line is too tight, you will not have as much time to react. You are also going to want to use use the appropriate line strength. If you are trying to catch a fish that is under five pounds, use a line that is a few pounds heavier. If you are trying to catch fish that are at least twenty pounds, you are going to want to use a line that is just as heavy. Using the right type of line and the right technique will make it easier for you to pull in a fish with your kayak. Stowing The Fish Once you have caught a fish, you are going to need to store the fish inside of your kayak until you get back to land. You are going to need to make sure that you have the right supplies on your kayak for storing the type of fish that you are trying to catch. If you are trying to catch small fish, all you need is a really small cooler that is loaded up with some ice. If you are going to trying to catch more medium-sized fish, you are going to want to bring either a medium-sized cooler with you or a bag of ice that you can put the fish inside. If you are going after large fish, you’ll want to have netting to wrap the fish up in and then you’ll want to tie them down onto the deck of your kayak and put some ice over them. You can go fishing in your kayak; just start with trying to catch and reel in small fish until you get the hang of it, then work your way up to catching larger fish as you master...

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Learn How To Choose The Right Gun To Use When You Want To Conceal And Carry

Posted by on Sep 20, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Learn How To Choose The Right Gun To Use When You Want To Conceal And Carry

If you want to be able to protect yourself at all times, you may want to consider carrying a gun on a regular basis. If you have never concealed and carried a gun before, there are a few things that you need to take into consideration to ensure that you choose the right gun for you. The guide below walks you through a few factors to consider when buying your first gun to conceal and carry.  Consider Where You Plan to Carry the Gun The first thing you need to do is you need to decide where you want to carry the gun. Where you want to carry it will dictate how large or small of a gun you need to be considering. You can carry a larger gun at the small of your back or on your hip than you can carry hanging from a bra or in a shoulder holster.  Consider the Weight of the Gun You need to consider how heavy you want the gun to be before buying one. You need to be sure that you choose a gun that is light enough to carry comfortably at all times. There are guns available in many different weights, and you need to hold any guns you are considering in your hand to determine if they are of an appropriate weight. Consider the Safety Features When you buy a gun to carry, you need to consider if you want to have a manual safety built onto it or not. Women who choose to carry guns in their purses often choose guns with manual safeties just to make sure that the gun does not go off in their purse accidentally. A manual safety also gives some people peace of mind that they are in complete control of their gun at all times.  Consider the Caliber of the Gun When you buy a gun to carry on your person, you need to consider what caliber makes you feel the most comfortable. Some people feel that a .380 is ideal for women because they are lightweight and easy to fire because of their low recoil. Many men choose to carry 9 mm because they pack power without being overly heavy. You may want to visit a gun range and rent a few different guns to try them out and see which caliber is the right fit for you.  Be sure to get a conceal and carry permit before you start to carry your weapon on your person. There are some jurisdictions that allow you to carry without a permit if you are open carrying on your hip or in a shoulder holster. This is not the case everywhere, so getting a permit is often your best bet. When you’re ready to purchase your gun, or if you have more questions, check out a retailer like Wilcox Bait...

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3 Reasons To Consider A Fishing Charter Trip For Your Next Vacation

Posted by on Sep 2, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Reasons To Consider A Fishing Charter Trip For Your Next Vacation

One of the most interesting vacations that you can consider if you enjoy the outdoors or are a fan of fishing is a fishing charter trip. These trips typically consist of a guide taking you to a well-stocked fishing area or to a remote fishing spot that can contain fish that you are unlikely to catch in a typical fishing spot. Listed below are three reasons to consider a fishing charter trip. Arrangements Are Handled For You A nice aspect of utilizing a fishing charter trip is that all of the arrangements will be handled for you, with the only exception being your flight to the city or town where you will be meeting your guide or the charter service. This means that all lodging accommodations and meals will be arranged, even if you are going on a back country fishing trip. In that situation, the charter service will typically ensure that campgrounds are prepared in advance and that meals will be waiting for you when you arrive. In addition, all of the necessary licenses will be prepared in your name ahead of time. This means that you do not have to waste any time applying and paying for a fishing license when you arrive, you can simply start fishing immediately. There Are Multiple Fishing Charter Options Another reason to utilize a fishing charter service is that the service will offer many different types of fishing trips. For example, if you want a rustic and lengthy fishing trip, the service can provide a charter trip that will have a guide take you to multiple back country fishing spots where you will be camping out for the majority of the trip. Another option that is available is deep sea fishing if you want to try your hand at larger fish. This option will either have you staying on a large fishing boat or yacht for several days of non-stop fishing or returning to land every night in order to stay at a hotel. Prime Fishing Spots Are Available Finally, a fishing charter trip will give you the opportunity to experience fishing at prime fishing spots where you are more likely to catch impressive fish. This is often possible because the charter service will often take you to a lake, river, or pond that has been well-stocked in advance because the service will take you to remote fishing areas that are not being fished every often.  Contact a fishing charter service, such as Fintastic Fishing Charters, today in order to discuss the many types of fishing trips that they can offer you. These services can handle all of the necessary arrangements for your trip, provide a wide range of fishing charter options, and provide you with access to prime fishing...

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Love Yoga? Perform These Three Types To Get Your Whole Family Involved

Posted by on Aug 9, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Love Yoga? Perform These Three Types To Get Your Whole Family Involved

If you’re the type of person who enjoys visiting your local yoga studio to unwind and stay in shape, you might occasionally wish to include your family members in this activity. While you can always take a family member to a beginner’s yoga class, there are many types of specialized yoga that can appeal to family members of various experience levels. Depending on the areas of interest of your family members, here are three types of yoga that are worth signing up for. Partner Yoga Partner yoga, performed with your spouse or partner, is a fun way to connect and enjoy some quality time together. Partner yoga poses rely on two people to perform, and you’ll likely enjoy this new form of contact – and you’ll likely have a few laughs as you contort your bodies into different positions. In one pose, for example, you each sit upright with your legs crossed and your backs against each other. You then lock elbows and turn from side to side with each other. A beginner’s yoga class will introduce you to such basic poses, but if you and your partner enjoy this new activity, you can work your way up to the intermediate or advanced level, where the poses get more challenging. Baby Yoga If you have a newborn baby, baby yoga is an ideal way to include some activity in your day, get out of the house and meet some other mothers with newborns. Baby yoga is a fun way to connect with your son or daughter; while you perform poses on your mat, he or she lies beside or below you, and you’ll have plenty of opportunities to smile and laugh with each other. In some poses, you can even position the infant to lie on your chest or stomach, which can help to develop the bond with your child. Yoga For Athletes When you have a teenager who is active in any number of sports, taking a yoga class geared toward athletes is ideal. This type of class often works on accentuating each student’s core muscles – and developing a strong core is necessary for success in a wide range of sports, given that much of the body’s power comes from this area. It can occasionally be difficult to find common interests with teenagers, but if you’re both athletically inclined and open to this type of yoga, it can be something you look forward to each week. For more information, contact Mindful Yoga Tips or a similar...

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Packing For Your Chartered Boat Trip

Posted by on Jul 10, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Packing For Your Chartered Boat Trip

Spending time on the open sea can be a fun and unique way to spend your vacation. If you lack the sailing skills required to operate a sailboat on your own, you can still enjoy the vastness of the ocean by investing in a chartered boat. Knowing how to pack for a chartered boat trip can be challenging if you haven’t had the opportunity to spend much time on a ship, so here are three tips you can use to ensure you pack properly for your next open-water vacation. 1. Opt for a duffel bag instead of a suitcase. Storage space on a recreational vessel is extremely limited, so you must carefully consider the type of luggage you pack your belongings in as you prepare for a chartered boat trip. Instead of using a suitcase (which features a rigid frame), opt for a duffel bag. Once your belongings have been taken out of the bag and placed into a storage drawer, you can easily roll up a duffel bag so that it will not take up valuable storage space aboard your chartered boat. 2. Pack clothing that can serve dual purposes. Since you won’t be able to pack many outfits to take along on your chartered boat trip, it’s essential that the clothing you do pack has the ability to serve multiple purposes. It can be beneficial to invest in a swimsuit cover-up that is elegant enough to be worn into a beachside restaurant when your chartered boat docks for the night. Investing in a pair of solid-colored swim bottoms will allow you to mix and match your tops so that you can change your look without packing a lot of swimsuits. Ensuring that the clothing you pack for your chartered boat trip can serve multiple purposes will help you reduce the number of clothing items you take along on your open-sea boating trip. 3. Make sure the clothing items you pack will dry easily. When spending time aboard a chartered boat, you can plan on being exposed to the spray of the surf and possibly some inclement weather. Being stuck in wet clothing can be miserable, so it’s imperative that you pack clothing items that will dry easily. Rather than packing denim pants or shorts and cotton t-shirts (which can take a long time to dry and may wrinkle during the drying process), opt to include clothing items made from ocean-friendly materials like linen or nylon instead. Knowing how to pack for your chartered boat trip, such as with Chicago Watercraft. will help make your next open-ocean vacation memorable for all the right...

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Four Questions To Ask Before Signing Up For A Guided Fishing Trip

Posted by on Jun 6, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Four Questions To Ask Before Signing Up For A Guided Fishing Trip

If you enjoy fishing, but have never tried to fish for large fish before, you may want to consider a guided fishing trip. There are guided fishing trips available throughout the year that are very affordable and allow you to experience something new and exciting in a safe, fun way. If you are considering a guided fishing trip, use the guide below to know what things to ask before going on the trip. What Attire to Wear Ask the guide what attire you need to bring with you to wear on the boat. Some captains have restrictions about what people can and cannot wear on their boat. Sandals and flip flops are often prohibited on fishing vessels for safety reasons. A hook could easily get stuck in someone’s foot if they are not wearing protective shoes. If All of the Necessary Equipment Is Provided Many fishing trips include most of the equipment that you would need for the trip. You will not need to bring your rod, reel, or tackle box as it should all be included in the cost of the trip. You may need to bring a cooler to keep your portion of the fish that are caught cool on your way home. If Fish Cleaning Is Included When you go on a guided fishing trip you will be fishing with other people who have paid for the trip. All of the fish that is caught will be divided between all of you equally. Many guide companies offer fish cleaning and division when you arrive back at the dock after your trip. You need to be sure that the cost of the cleaning is included in the trip or that you know how much it will cost when you arrive back at the dock so that you can plan accordingly. If Accommodations Are Included If the trip is going to last a couple of days, you need to find out if accommodations are included in the cost of the trip or if you will need to pay for them separately. You want to be sure that you know exactly how much you will be spending on the trip before you sign up for it and taking the cost of where you will be staying at night is important. Once you know all of the information listed above, you will be ready to make an informed decision about which fishing trip is right for you. Be sure to book the fishing trip with a company like Rip Lips Fishing as soon as you can, as there are limited spots available on each...

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