The Treehugging Outdoorsman


I’ve Been Meaning To..
January 16, 2008, 9:37 pm
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digicamThanks to my ever reliable Canon, my almost weekly travel tales are now also picture-filled. Although I obviously don’t put photos in here aside from the fact that I am too lazy to do that, resizing and all that stuff. They’ll probably stay there in the comp until I get the enthusiasm or the strength needed to put them online, for how long, god knows when.

Anyway, I’m still learning and getting the hang of using a point and shoot camera. Mainly all I do is point and click. Don’t know much about angles, getting the best shot, using natural light to your advantage. Gotta read more on the manual but I’m too lazy to do that. I’ve been coming and going almost every week now I don’t exactly remember what I did and who I was with. Well, at least not all the time. I’ve been meaning to go on a hike but it seems that my plan doesn’t push through for reason unknown. Gosh, I miss walking on the trails and the smell of the trees and leaves crunching beneath my feet. Must go now.

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El Cheapo
December 9, 2007, 10:18 pm
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So my friends wanted to go outside (and I honestly do too cos I think I really need it and deserve it), so we were browsing the net to find a really cool beach for some really cheap vacations. We were arguing between driving to the south or the west and not having much luck because everyone has their own opinion and this or that but in the end, beach on the south won over west because it is nearer than going all the way to say California sunshine or Oregon.

So the next problem is: where in south exactly? When we say south, it is understood to be somewhere in Florida. Although it can be pretty crowded in there, Allen assured us that there are some areas where it isn’t that crowded. Especially in this season, he’s sure there won’t be too much people. So where did we end up after all the arguing and bickering? Destin. Funny.



Destin
November 19, 2007, 9:54 pm
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I do believe that we really got lucky! We were already in Destin when we found out that the place are frequently being visited by thunderstorms and rain showers. That will be such a bummer for a vacation good thing we didn’t encounter any during our stay in there. Hooray for us! We all hit the water and had so much fun playing with the waves we didn’t even notice that we haven’t eaten anything for lunch yet and it was almost two in the afternoon! So we walked over some of the shops to have a bite and after we visited the rest of the stuffs they have in each shop.

There were so much activities to do in Destin, aside from the water activities. We went fishing! It was my first time to actually do it. We rented the pole and I keep on asking the boys what to do and how to it right I hope I didn’t annoy them with all my funny questions. It was so much fun especially when you finally had your catch!! Did you know that there are some areas that are closed for some reason: alligator! Yes, a real life alligators.



Places To Stay In Montana

Whether you want to stay in a fancy bed and breakfast lodge, camping sites or cabin resorts, there are far too many choices to stay in Montana.They have everything from cheap lodges to expensive vacation homes or condos. There are a lot of directories in the websites to choose from. In South Central Montana, there’s Days Inn in Billings, conveniently located near Yellowstone National Park and Custer Battlefield. They offer complimentary breakfast to guests and pretty friendly staff to help you with your needs. Plus, the mall is just nearby with lots of restaurants and shops to choose from in case you need something refreshing to see.

If you have a more generous budget you can go ahead at the Holiday Inn located in Billings too. This hotels is probably near everything you want to see from the Big Splash Waterpark, Geyser Amusement Park, Zoo MOntana and the Little Bighorn National Battlefield. You will be surely pampered in your whole duration of stay in this posh hotel. But in my opinion, I’d rather experience the great outdoor when I visit Montana. I’d probably stay in a cheap lodge or experince camping near parks.



Camping At The Glacier National Park
September 21, 2007, 9:57 pm
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Glacier National ParkCamping in Glacier National Park can be very cold, close to freezing even! I had a hard time adjusting at first but eventually it all boils down to layering of clothes. It is because of the geographical location and elevation of our campground. Man, this is Rocky Mountain experience we’re speaking. Upon reading the camping guidelines, I found out that camping sites are permitted only in designated locations. Overflow or roadside campings are not allowed and there are actually limits on how many people can camp in one place. Neat.

The campsite’s pretty much okay as they provide drinking water and clean restrooms for everone, with flush toilets that actually works. One thing that I really found interesting in this camping is the collection of firewoods to be used in cooking. It was a cool experience, kinda like having the real outdoor thing, in none other than the Glacier National Park.



Heading To The Lake
July 27, 2007, 10:13 pm
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Yesterday, me and friends went to the lake to test the water, see if it’s cold enough to keep us refreshed but not cold enough to kill us. I swear, the heat is insane. I bet everyone in the block’s also finding ways to cool themselves. Going to the mall is always a bummer with so many skateboard kids and giggling girls that giggles too much for some unknown reason it gets really annoying. We were glad to know that upon closer inspection, we found that we got the place all to ourselves. Tres cool! So we threw in our bags with all the chips inside into the ground and head over to the water one by one, trying to outdone one another in making bigger splashes in the water.

Of course, Jack will always have the best somersault in water that not any os us can ever do. It’s so cool I wish we can also learn it but i’ve have too many hard hits in the water my back will kill me if I try another. Oh well, some kids are really born to do some stuffs. We did some more water jumps until our feet, backs and tummies can’t take it anymore and then proceeded in chomping down the chips everyone brought. What a nice way to cool off the Saturday.



Tree Planting? Done!
July 9, 2007, 9:25 pm
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seedlingI can still clearly remember when my Biology teacher told our class that there are only 3 things a man must do in order to tell that he has already lived his life completely. First is siring a son, second is writing a novel and the third one, being the simplest, is planting a tree. If he has done all these three stuffs, then that man is complete and has nothing more to ask in his life for he has already lived a good life.

So while we ponder that new ideas, I mentally noted that out of three, I’ve only done one thing. Obviously, it involves planting a tree. I’m not sure how many trees I have planted already and I’m not sure either if all of them lived to see the light of day. All I’m saying is, when it comes to tree planting section, I am not the one to be missing out. Even at early age, I’ve already been exposed and encouraged by my folks in this green stuff, add all the camps I went into and we’ll be talking more a lot greenies. Can’t hiking replace writing a novel instead? Just an idea. Ha!