The Trail

On the Trail and On the Safer Side

TrailIs it the bumpy terrain or the test of will to ride your bicycle up a steep hill that gives you the much sought after thrill that you’ve searched all your life? Perhaps it is the fact that you’re in nature’s lap, allowing yourself to trust nature and find the perfect adventure that makes you want to hit trails on the roughest of terrains. As a mountain biker, it is important for you to have a high endurance and stay safe when out in the mountains.

Know your skills

It is always a bad idea to underestimate a trail or be full of overconfidence. When you look for a trail, you would find various kinds of trails. Right from rough and rocky trails to smooth and easy trails but in order to pick up the right trail, you need to analyze the train and your skills. If you’re a beginner, a flat trail with a few steep descents would do. If you have been on trails before, you can pick up trails with high climbs, steep drops, switchbacks and a lot of twist and turns. Begin on easier trails and practice hard before you take on tougher challenges. The first time you hit a tough trail, make sure that you are not alone and make sure that you are properly geared up. The right gear is equally important as your balance. If you ever had the opportunity to  ride one of the best balance bikes in your childhood, you would know how the weight of gear can change the way you balance your bike – it takes a few significant adjustments which you cannot afford to ignore and it comes with practice. Your gear is very important to keep you safe. Padded shorts, knee and elbow pads, gloves, waterproof jacket and a helmet are absolute musts for anyone looking to find the perfect ride. When you’re doing a physical task, it is important that your body feels comfortable while doing it.

Therefore you should be dressed for comfort and not for style. Get light shoes and ones that fir into your pedals’ cleats. Similarly a decent pair of sun glasses can help you a lot. Carry a few bandages and a small first aid kit with you. Practice is very important when it comes to mountain biking and in order to practice hard and keep your motivation levels up, you ought to work out on a regular basis to be fit. If you are not keen on working out, you can try out activities like yoga, tai chi or even martial arts to help you polishes your reflexes and give your body the flexibility and agility that make a prerequisite for a proper mountain biking. Similarly, you need to ensure that you eat light and keep yourself hydrated.

Biking And Fishing In The Beautiful Alaska

There are many places to fish in Alaska, but Homer is clearly among the best. For many years, people from all over the world have been descending on this part of the state to take part in its outdoor activities. No matter what type of fishing you are interested in, when you visit Homer Alaska you are sure to have the time of your life. Before you do anything else or begin to book your travel, you should learn as much as you can about Homer Alaska and all that they can do for you.

Looking At The Costfat-bikes-on-beach

Whether you decide to do a biking tour, trail or a fishing trip to Alaska, it is still the best place to go for an outdoor trip. If you are like most people, you want to know how much it is going to cost to hit the water once you make your way to Homer Alaska. Although you want to save as much money as you can, don’t skimp when you have the chance to fish in this part of the world. Simply put, Homer Alaska fishing is among the best of the best. Make sure you have enough money available for a great charter experience. You should consider hiring an Alaska fishing guide to take you around, as these guides know all the best fishing spots.

What Type Of Fish Are You After?

Think about the type of fish that you are hoping to catch. In most cases, you will be after salmon or halibut. Does either of these get you excited? If so, there are many fishing charters in Alaska that can help you chase after the biggest fish out there.

Homer Alaska is famous the world over for its halibut fishing. If you hit the water with the right guide, it is safe to say that you are going to have the time of your life. There are many Alaska fishing boats that can take you on a charter, but remember to do you research first as not all charters are the same.

How Long Will Your Trip Be?

No matter if you are interested in a full day trip in Skagway or a multi-day trip that covers Homer and many surrounding areas, you should be able to find a charter that suits your every need. Consider all your options, in terms of length, before making a final decision. For most people, more time on the water means more fun. Of course your budget will have the final say in how long you can enjoy the fishing trip. You can even plan a two-in-one trip so that you can hit the trails after the fishing trip. That way you can hit two birds with one stone. Remember to plan your trip properly to avoid unnecessary costs.boat500b03s

With all this information, it is easy to see why Homer Alaska fishing have become so popular over the years. If you want to chase after big fish, while having a lot of fun taking in the surroundings, you should head to Homer Alaska – you will not be disappointed with your experience.

Being Aware Of Poisonous Snakes While Biking

5019bac6329fa_bikeAs a biker, you need to be aware of all the different types of dangers out there on the trails. Nature in itself can be dangerous and building the necessary knowledge of the outdoors can benefit you extremely well. Some states are more dangerous than others when it comes to dangers like poisonous snakes. States like Florida, are less prone for these encounters though.

Are There Poisonous Snakes In Florida?

Some over 80 million people that visit the “Sunshine State” known as Florida, in any given year, you would think that with such a large number of people involved in everything from swimming, surfing, hiking, fishing, biking, boating or just walking along its 2,276 miles of shoreline, that the attacks from Florida poisonous snakes would be huge.

Statistics And Fatalities

But normally only an average of 120 or so people are bitten a year and usually with only one fatality. So the chances of you and your family encountering and being by bitten by Florida poisonous snakes are very slim. In actuality there are only four Florida poisonous snakes of the known 46 species that can be labeled as “hot” or venomous in the entire state.

If you have ever visited Florida or are planning an outdoor adventure to this great southern paradise, then you may want to discover how to identify the six Florida poisonous snakes as you never know when you can encounter them.

Florida Poisonous Snakes Countdown

  • The Copperhead, Highland Moccasin, Southern Copperhead, or nicknamed the “Chunkhead” can vary in color from red-tans to gold-tans. Most adults are anywhere from 18-36 inches (91 cm). Their most notable characteristic is colored bands on their bodies that appear in “hourglass” shaped. Typically non aggressive, the copperhead will freeze when scared and as such is often stepped on by accident. But the more lethal hatchlings are colored bright sulfur yellow that mellows into a sunny gold as they mature.
  • The Cottonmouth or Water Moccasin normally lives around the waters of lakes, steams or creeks. They have range in color form a dark tan, brown to a nearly black with darker bands across their bodies. The young ones have a yellow tail with much bolder banding. Cottonmouths are not aggressive as some other Florida poisonous snakes but will stand their ground go into attack mode when cornered or provoked.Snake-and-Bike-Wheel
  • Rattlesnakes are the largest venomous snake in the US. They can easily grow to over 6-8 feet and weigh up to 20 pounds. Known world wide for their thick triangle shaped heads and distinctive “hissing rattle” sounds they make with their tails when threatened. But what most people don’t know is that this Florida poisonous snake can accurately strike from a coiled position up to one-third their body length in under a second. There are three species of rattlers found on the Florida poisonous snakes’ hot list: The Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake, the Timber Rattlesnake and the Dusky Pygmy Rattlesnake or Ground Rattler.
  • unlike the other venomous snakes in Florida, poisonous snakes like the Coral snake do not have the large, wedge-shaped heads, nor the “cat-like” eyes or elliptical pupils. Coral snakes with their rounded heads and rounded pupils are often picked up by people who mistake them for their harmless look-alike the king snake. With similar red and yellow colored bands as a king snake, Southern people have long taught their children this little ditty, “If Red touches Yellow, don’t touch that Fellow”

Understanding how to quickly identify Florida’s poisonous snakes can keep a pleasant biking trail or tour in this natural and scenic wonderland from ending in a trip to the hospital. It is always good to know the different dangers out there. Precaution is the main goal.