All the Outdoor Gear You Need this Summer!
Summer 2021 is gearing up to be the summer of adventure. Of the great outdoors. Of camping under the stars. Of getting in the RV & taking off. Of hitting those Utah National Parks that have been on your bucket list forever….but that you just haven’t been to yet. If I think back on my fondest summer memories, almost all of them involve two ingredients: beautiful outdoor places + some kind of adventure ~ like hiking, paddle-boarding, roller-blading, or kayaking some of the gorgeous lakes in Oregon. Here’s all the outdoor gear you need this summer to feel like a kid again, & bring smiles to you & your loved ones.
Kayaks, Paddleboards, & Skis….Oh MY!
I just bought this two-person, inflatable yellow kayak from Amazon & ohhh boyyy am I excited to take my puppy out on the water with me this Memorial Day weekend! In Bend, we’ve got the Deschutes River to kayak on, as well as umpteen lakes up on the Cascade Lakes Highway. Inflatable paddle boards & kayaks are the way to go; all you have to do is give them a quick 5-minute pump & you’re good to go. Even back when I had an SUV ~ I still couldn’t fit my 10-foot long paddle board in my car! It was a total pain in the butt. Inflatables give you more flexibility, & it’s also easier to store them in the off-season.
Ever tried water-skiing & it was just too hard to get up? Or too hard for your kids to learn? Check out the newest water skis that have a wider design (similar to the new design of snow skis)~ making them more stable, & thus, easier to get up on.
Outdoor Gear Guide for Summer 2021
The great thing about mountain biking is that you can do it just about anywhere that’s got open space; even in hilly neighborhoods where your beach cruiser just won’t cut it. My favorite places to mountain bike on the West Coast include: Lake Tahoe, Boulder, Colorado, Mammoth, & of course, my (new) hometown of Bend. And if you’re road-tripping & need extra space, it’s pretty awesome to know that they have folding mountain bikes for less than $200.
Mountain biking in Bend (pictured here at Phil’s Trail) is one of the most heart-pumping, adrenaline-filled, socially-distant activities I can think of for this summer!
RAFTING!!! This is probably my favorite summertime activity to do with friends ~ whether it’s a heart-pounding white-water rafting trip in Maupin (one of Oregon’s primo whitewater spots), or even better….simply floating down the river in Bend on a two-person innertube. If you’ve got a bunch of friends in town, try getting a Fun Island 4-person floatie! You’ll have the time of your life. All the tubes I’ve linked in this article have drink holders on them because let’s face it….they’re essential ; )
And don’t forget your waterproof Action Cam to capture all that fun on the water.
Surf Gear + Rollerblades….
Is this the summer you’re finally going to learn how to surf? Komsurf has both long & short surfboards that are ideal for beginners & intermediates….kids & adults. Or how long has it been since you strapped on a pair of roller blades? I bought a pair last year, & though the first jaunt was a little shaky (it had been at least 10 years since I bladed!?), pretty soon I was rollerblading around the entire neighborhood ~ getting a hell of a butt & thigh workout. Nothing will make you feel like a kid again so swiftly as heading out for a roller blade or skate…
Outdoor Camping Gear for Summer 2021
Nothing celebrates the great outdoors quite like…..CAMPING!! Dust off your gear, & see if, like me ~ your tent is missing parts….or poles??!! If so, you made need to invest in a new tent (a good one can be had for around $100), If you’re traveling with your dog(s) & you’ll be paddling on lakes or rivers, consider picking up a doggie life jacket. And if you’ll be doing a good deal of hiking, it may be time to invest in a new pair of Columbia hiking boots ~ just break them in before a big hike! This two-liter, lightweight hydration backpack is a life-saver on those epic long hike days.
Outdoor Adventure Gear Guide 2021
I remember trying to buy an innertube last summer….right in the middle of summer ~ I checked Amazon, Walmart, Dick’s, all the major sporting goods stores: THEY WERE ALL SOLD OUT!!! Point is: get your gear now, before your favorite items sell out.
Then go on & get outside!
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