Sunday, February 26, 2017

Five "Out of the Box" Spring Break Trips

Spring Break is just around the corner and if you’re looking to do something other than the usual “sit on the beach and drink all day,” check out these spots to plan your next adventure.

Moab, Utah

Moab has a little bit of everything; from river rafting to off-roading there’s something for every adventure lover. Although there are a wide variety of activities to do in Moab, Arches National Park is widely regarded as the top place to visit. To see all that Moab has to offer check out this website

The Grand Canyon, Arizona

One of the seven natural wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon is truly breathtaking. While hiking is the most common and affordable way to see the Grand Canyon, if your budget allows it a helicopter tour of the gorge would be well worth your while.

Summit County, Colorado

Summit County boasts some of the world’s best skiing featuring resorts like Keystone, Breckenridge and Copper Mountain. The mountainous county is skiers dream is a great place to visit in March to get in one last ski trip.

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

One of the most beautiful national parks in the United States, it would be wrong to exclude Yellowstone from an outdoor adventure list. Yellowstone has a little bit of everything. From wildlife like buffalo and elk, to gorgeous waterfalls and world famous hot springs like Old Faithful, the Castle Geyser and the Riverside Geyser.

Santa Cruz Island, California

Southern California is a great place to visit in March especially if it’s still cold where you’re living. While Santa Cruz has a lot to offer, a kayak through Santa Cruz Island is at the top of the list for outdoor lovers.  With hundreds of caves to explore, you can spend all day on the water and still have more to see the next day. Not only are there endless caves to explore, the Channel Islands also have a very diverse wildlife population with animals like pigs and foxes.

As you begin to plan your spring break trip, skip the booze filled parties and consider a vacation spent outdoors instead! And as always check out Low Valley Outfitters to gear up for your next adventure.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Five Ways to Enjoy the Pre-Spring Weather

The sun is starting to come out and the weather has started to turn. Although spring won’t officially be upon us for another five weeks the mild temperatures will be begging you to go outside after the cold winter you just endured. With that in mind here are five things you can do to enjoy the great outdoors.

1. Go on a Bike Ride

 Dust off the bicycle and air up the tires! There’s no feeling like feeling a cool breeze in your face after a long winter and a bike ride is a great way to do that. If you're new to cycling or looking for a different place to ride check out TrailLink to find bike trails in your area.
Weather still a little cold? Don't let that stop you. Check out our newest gloves at Low Valley Outfitters - perfect for cycling!

2. Frolf

You may not have heard of this one, but that's alright. Frolf, or frisbee golf, is a fun and easy way to get outside and enjoy the arrival of the nice weather. Unsure where your local frolf courses are? Give The Disc Golf Scene a visit to find out where the closest courses are to you. 
And you'll wand to look good on the course so go ahead and check out the Low Valley Outfitters outerwear line!

3. Take a Run

Or a walk if that suits you. Taking a run is a great way to escape the indoors and get some exercise. TrailLink (link above) is a great website for running trails too. Take a visit to Low Valley Outfitters to see our new running hats designed to wick sweat away from your head while still keeping your head warm. 

4. Play Catch

Whether it's with a football, a baseball or even a frisbee, playing catch is a great way to enjoy the outdoors with a friend. Live in the city and don't have a yard? That's no excuse! Find parks near you and get to playing catch!

5. Tennis

Tennis a great activity for people of all skill levels. Just like playing catch, tennis is a great way to spend some time with someone close to you. All you need is a racquet, a tennis ball and a place to play and you'll be outside enjoying the weather. While you're thinking about your next tennis match, give Low Valley's athletic page a peak where we have shorts that have pockets with tennis in mind - perfect for holding tennis balls during your match. 

Now that you have some activities to do outside, there's no reason you can't escape the outdoors after the long winter you've undergone. So get outside and enjoy the sunshine!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Planning Your Next Camping Trip

In last week's post we went over some of the benefits of getting outside; this week we will talk about one of the best ways to experience the great outdoors - camping! No matter where you want to go camping or how extreme you want your next trip to be there are a few guidelines you should always use when planning your trip.
As you begin to plan your camping trip one of the first things you should consider is the area you will be in. It is a good idea to get familiar with the area and you can do this in a few different ways. One of the best ways to get to know the land is to talk to locals - they will know a lot intricate details about the area that some websites might not. Another way to research the area before actually getting there is the internet - it is 2017! One of the best websites is All Trails. Simply enter the park or trail you plan to visit and it will give you a guide of that area.
Now that you know where you're traveling and what kind of terrain you will be experiencing you can start to plan what you will bring. Supplies will vary based on where you are going, but there are a few items you should have no matter where you're camping. Getting started you'll want a first aid kit, flashlights (and extra batteries), sunscreen, a pocket knife, something to carry water, a cooler, food that will be easy to prepare, and bug spray. While your list will be much more extensive once you decide where you want to go, this should help you get a good start on what you want to bring.
Another important step in planning your camping trip is checking the weather. While you want to be prepared for all types of (realistic) weather it is a good idea to look at the forecast for the days you will be camping to decide if you even want to be outdoors on the days you have planned; your trip might not be very enjoyable if it's raining every day of your trip. Once you know the weather pack accordingly!
Camping is a fun way to experience the great outdoors, but an enjoyable trip can go south in a hurry if you aren't prepared. Next time you're planning a camping trip, take a look at this guide to make the most out of your journey. And for all your camping supplies needs check out Low Valley Outfitters.