Have you you ever lost your power?

To many people, lighting is taken for granted.  After the humans race has been living with modern lighting like lamps and light bulbs, it is kind of hard to go back to something as “prehistoric” as candles and torches.  But at least once every few years it happens.  We get a big storm that knocks out the power.  Hopefully you are only left without power for a day or two at the most, but to most people, even this is too long.

It’s sallen lightingtrange to think that even one hundred years ago people lived all their days with candles and natural light.  I assume that you would get used to it, but after living in this modern world it’s hard to think like that.

A few months ago I essentially lost my power, even though it wasn’t through a storm.  I was redoing my lighting, and I had to switch off the circuit breakers so I could install some lights from Allenrothhq.com.  So I went down to the cellar, to go flip switch, and once I did there was a spark from the circuit breaker, and next thing I know, the electric system of my house was fried.

Apparently this can happen at anytime and I was just unlucky enough to experience it first hand.  Me and my family had to live a week without power, and especially without lights.  We tried to spend as much time as we could away from the house, but it was a little weird coming home at eight o clock at night and having it pitch black in the house.

But somehow, me and my family we’re able to “survive” the endeavor, and now we never take our lighting for granted!

Lighting is Key

How often do you take lighting for granted?  Be honest with yourself.  Just remember all the time the electricity goes out because of a thunderstorm or something like that.  You forget how useful lighting is until you don’t have it anymore.  That’s the funny thing with things now a days, you often take them for granted.

I know I used to be like that, but recently my outlook has changed a little bit.  I took a two week trip to Northern Canada.  This is the definition of the wilderness.  We stayed in a cabin which the next nearest house was probably twenty miles away.  It was really surreal.  And when I say cabin I mean it.  It was a one room cabin with six cots laid down across the floor.  And, of course it didn’t have any electricity in this cabin.  So we spent two weeks kicking it old school, and it was a lot to get used to.  But, it really did change my view on lights and other things we take for granted.

When I got home I really appreciated the allen roth lighting I found from allenrothlightinghq.com and it was neat to look at something that I allen lightingnormally see everyday, but this time I was seeing them in a completely different light.   It was nice to be able to enjoy even the little things I used to take for granted.

I guess the moral of the story is to once in a while just take a break from it all and get out and try something new.  before this, I had never even thought about going completely off the grid.  But, it was a great experience, and it gave me a new found outlook on everyday things.

Picking the Best Tactical Tomahawk!

Do you remember back in your high school or college days, back when you had a U.S. history class.  You learned all about the colonization of the new world, and the interactions with the native americans.  If you picture a native american in your head, what do you picture?  Most people will picture a dark man or woman with a tomahawk as a weapon!  I learned all the information I have from www.tomahawkhq.com and that tactical tomahawks are the way to go!

What is a tomahawk you might ask?  A tomahawk is a tool and a weapon where there is a handle with a double ended blade.  The front end of a tomahawk is generally a sharpened blade made for cutting and striking, and the back half can be a variety of things.  I have seen the backend being a hammer, or even a spike.  These backends are generally tools to help add to the general userality of the axe.

tomahawkEven though tomahawks were huge back in the precolonial days, the tomahawk didn’t die out when guns were becoming more prominent.  I found out some more history of tomahawks, and they actually were continued to be used as weapons and they are still being used in certain parts of the world.  In the Vietnam War, the U.S. marines actually carried tomahawks in some of their gear outs.  These were perfect for the jungles as you could cut through the foliage and it was also the perfect close combat weapon if the need arises.

How To Pick The Best Folding Knife

best folding knifeSimilar to my other post about knives, a folding knife can be a new life saver.  If you are interested in outdoors or hiking in general then you should probably listen to what I have to say about these knives.  When you are exploring the great outdoors you should always be prepared and this included packing the right tools that will make sure you are prepared and that you are safe on your trip.  Many people seem to skip this step but it is important!

So to get my best folding knife I decided to head over to REI.com and start searching.  I was lucky enough to be helped by an employee that was a survival expert.  He was an older guy that was former military and was very helpful.  You could tell that his guy just loved the outdoors.  But anyway, he pointed me in the direction of a few great knives.

I gradually browsed through their big selection of tools, and I finally picked out the knife in the picture above.   This knife is definitely going to be a great introduction to my tool belt, and I’m sure it will help me the next time i’m out in the wild!

Have You Ever Used A Camping Mattress?

My New Camping Mattress!

Hey Guys!  Hope your start to summer has been as good as mine has!  I’ve been a little busy and that’s why I haven’t been able to update my blog as much but, I’ll try to be better from now on!  So let’s just jump right into it!

So just around two weeks ago my summer officially started!  No more classes, no more studying, no more stress essentially!  So me and some of my friends decided to take yet again, another camping/hiking trip in the mountains.  As I said in my last blog post, I’m not the most experienced outdoorsman in the world, but I do really enjoy it, and I like that I’m getting more and more experienced each time I go and have some fun with my friends.  And let’s just say this trip I learned a valuable lesson that will help me achieve maximum comfort the next times I go camping.

Before leaving for my trip I decided to pick out the best air mattress for camping, this entailed me going to REI.com and looking through their selection of mattresses.  I finally found a pretty good one.

www.bestairmattresstoday.comThis may not look like too much, but boy did it save me and my back!  I was able to put this down on the ground in our camp site and actually have a good nights sleep.  I normally have trouble falling asleep when we go camping, but this mattress completely solved this!

Now I’m not saying this was as good as my bed at home, but it was the best nights sleep i’ve ever had while camping.  I suggest to take a look at purchasing one of these beds.

The Pocket Knife of Kings!

My Weekend in the Mountains!

I’m generally not too much of an outdoorsman.  I mean, sure I go camping every once in a while, but I’m not one of those gung ho, “Lets spend a week in the wild with nothing but our bare hands and an axe.”  But this past weekend, I got to spend two days up in the Appalachian mountains.   I went with some buddies, but before I left, I had to pick up some gear.  So I went to REI, and went through my checklist.

I already owned the bare essentials like a tent, a nice backpack, and stuff for cooking and eating.  But my friends said I was missing pocket knifesomething big!  I was missing a pocket knife.  When my friends said this I kinda thought it was a joke at first.  Like is a tiny little knife that important for camping?  But apparently it is.  So I searched the web for the best pocket knife.  I soon found a website that helped me make my decision.  I picked out a nice, and durable pocket knife that would suit all my needs for this trip.  Now I wasn’t expecting a knife that could help my fend off a bear, but boy does this pocket knife pack a punch!

I found this knife on this website called Google.  This site is pretty neat, it is all about pocket knives, and it has a nice comparison chart that just compares different pocket knives and the pros and cons of each.  I suggest checking it out if your interested!