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Welcome to the Bold Canyon Outdoors Blog!

Starting a blog is very much like going on an adventure in my Jeep.  The grand idea, with much preparation and careful planning usually culminates into a few hours of thinking, driving, travelling out to some remote trailhead, then leaving the pavement, driving further out into the unknown wilderness…aaaaaand…

I’m all alone.

Well, I’m having a great time, and now I just need to share it with someone.  Congratulations!  YOU are probably the very first reader of the Bold Canyon Outdoors blog.

I am a Jeep guy.  I’ve owned many, many Jeeps. Which means I like to modify Jeeps and play with my man-sized Lego toys.  I like to explore and be outdoors. I like to mountain bike and hike too.  This is where the Bold Canyon Outdoors blog makes sense to me, and hopefully to you.  Due to the constraints of being a very happily married father of two and gainfully employed man, I do not get to spend as much time outside as I’d like too.  My family is as adventurous as I am though…and the spare time that we do have after juggling jobs, school, piano, band, pets, friends and everything else is spent going on adventures.  We like to explore.  Whether on foot, two wheels or four, we explore…any chance we get.

We are from Washington State, and now we live in Arizona.  After many year exploring in Washington, we are very exited to be in a new land..albeit like standing on the face if the sun surrounded by plants and animals that want to kill you.  Everything has teeth and stingers and thorns in the desert! About a year ago, we decided to up and move out entire lives down here.  If you have never just said, “Hey, lets sell the house,move 1800 miles away and start over!” I thoroughly encourage you to do so.  It always seems that we find ourselves locked into life, and it goes something like this:

Go to school. Get out of school. Get a job. Get a spouse. Get a house.  Have 2.3 kids and a dog. Have no time. Pay bills. Eventually retire. Sit and wonder where the time went.

I get it.  I do it too. We have responsibilities.  I just want to make sure the second half of my life has some adventure in it.  I want to see stuff and go places and climb things and get lost!  Get lost. That can have a terrifying ring to it. I don’t mean it in the the way of a terrified child that has lost a parent at the county fair, or a dog wandering the streets cold and hungry.  I mean it as getting geared up, knowing which direction the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans are, and GOING! Now lets refer back to my opening comment…’much preparation and careful planning.’  When we go out on a day trip to the wild blue yonder, I think I secretly like to think that maybe, just maybe, I’ll get really lost out there!  That’s why I bring all kinds of gear with me, from a compass, to food and water, to toilet paper and fire starting capability.

I, being a man of sound mind and body, like to believe that I am ready for the Zombie Apocalypse.  I absolutely love packing for a worst case scenario.  the funny thing is, both my 13 year old son and I secretly want to get lost in the wild to put our survival skills to use!  Unfortunately, proper preparation, a well maintained vehicle or bike, and the voice of reason (played by my beautiful wife) always get in the way of a self-induced amateur version of Survivorman.  That, and the protest I got when I told my 10 year old daughter that we could just eat one of the dogs if we got lost in the desert, always keeps me on an even keel when it comes to exploring.

We love it. Whether we take a trip to the top if a mountain, or see ancient cave paintings, or just chase the sun for a day to see where it takes us, we love to get out an explore.  That is what this blog is about.  I want to take you on adventures with us.  I want to share my tips and tricks, Jeep and bike modifications, food ideas, travel spots, and the love of the next great adventure with you…the first reader of my new blog.

So here I am. And there you are.  Welcome to Bold Canyon Outdoors.  Where to next?

 

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