Saturday, April 29, 2017

Brevard County Earth Day 2017

Earth Day 2017 here in central Florida was full of outdoor activities. There was a sailing regatta held by the Melbourne Yacht Club on April 22nd and 23rd. Click Here for the Spring Regatta - Small Boats results.  And there was a boat show in Rockledge, Florida.  In additon, I had the opportunity to check out the Earth Day celebration at the Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands in Viera, Florida.  These wetlands are a very short two mile drive from the traffic circle just past the Viera Walmart at Wickham Road and Lake Andrew Drive.  Below is a photo of the wetlands layout and berm trails.  This is a great bird spotting location along the Great Birding Trail.

Click HERE for the Brevard County Natural Resources webpage to learn more about these wetlands. The Earth Day celebration was located at the parking lot for the wetlands.  Exhibitor tents lined the grassed area with a special tent where celebration visitors could sign up for a guided tour around the Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands.  With an overcast sky, the Earth Day celebration went off without a hitch.

On your next visit to Brevard County and the Space Coast do not miss a pleasurable walk around the Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands.

Until next time, be safe in the sun and have a great day in the great outdoors.

Friday, April 14, 2017

2017 Mountain Khakis Hell Yeah! Tour

As a member of LinkedIn, I am always looking for leads when I visit the Inside Outdoors Magazine Group page. Inside Outdoor Magazine had a shout out about Mountain Khakis not to long ago which turned me onto this clothing line.

Mountain Khakis is a mountain inspired lifestyle brand of clothes, shoes and gear ideally suited for your outdoor recreation trips to the mountains and flatlands across America.  The brand started in Jackson Hole, WY in 2003. According to Mountain Khakis the business idea was sketched on a napkin at the Shady Lady Saloon in 2001.  Since that time, Mountain Khakis has become a favorite purveyor of mountain inspired clothing.  Mountain Khakis has a great website and a Youtube Channel. Be sure to visit them both.

Hey gang, keep an eye out for the 2017 Mountain Khakis Hell Yeah! Tour visiting a location near you. The tour started at the Sweetwater Brewery in Washington, DC on April 10th.  Five months later the tour will end in Denver at the Great American Beer Festival. The Hell Yeah! Tour will visit 150 outdoor retailers, craft brewhouses, and outdoor lifestyle festivals.  Mountain Khakis is celebrating the intersection of the mountain lifestyle and craft beer. Sounds like a loads of fun especially when beer is mentioned. You know how I love my craft beer.  Be sure to post your photos of the Hell Yeah! Tour on Twitter using the hashtag #HellYeahTour.

Until next time be safe in the sun and have a great day in the great outdoors.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Ricky Carroll Surfboards Part and Customer Appreciation Day & Sale

On a bright sunny day in Rockledge, Florida, R&D Surf Inc. and Ricky Carroll Surfboards held their annual party, customer appreciation day and sale at their Gus Hipp Boulevard location.  The event started at 10:00 AM and lasted until the evening.

Event visitors were parking long Gus Hipp Boulevard because the limited parking in the front of the shop was full.  Vendor tents were lined up long one side of the shop.  The live music stage was set up under the shop canopy with folding chairs lined up in front of the stage in the grassed area.  There was food provided by Dusty Joe's Smokin Eats.  Click HERE for Dusty Joe's Facebook page.

One of Brevard County's mainstay at any outdoor surfing event like this is Captain Steve Bowman. Captain Steve is a master at carving amazing traditional surfing and marine necklaces from New Zealand bone and cast-off resins he gets from surf shops.  Click HERE for his Facebook page.  I am a proud owner of a few of his masterpieces.

The music while I was there was great.  It started with Karalyn and the Dawn Patrol (click HERE their webpage) and ended with Josh Miller (click HERE for his webpage).  Click HERE for my video from the 25th Ricky Carroll Surfboard Party, Customer Appreciation Day and Sale to hear their music  All and all this was a fun day for everyone who attended.  Here are some photos from the party.

Until next time, be safe in the sun and have a great day in the great outdoors.