For those who DO

As a fan of technology, photography and travel, there are dozens of things that inspire me. Sunsets, waterfalls and big puffy white clouds inspire me to travel. A great new camera inspires me to take more photos. A sleek new computer inspires me to try new projects. And my grandkids always inspire me to attend more of their games, concerts & performances. You get the idea.  There are gazillions of things that inspire people to DO more – each one in a different way. So, I’m asking a favor with this post.  To help us plan our upcoming editorial content, please leave a comment below that goes something like this: (Name) from (City, State...

Fishpond Blizzard So...

When we first saw this Fishpond Blizzard Soft Cooler at the Outdoor Retailer Show, I was immediately attracted by its good looks, by the color scheme and the fabric exterior.  What I didn’t realize was that not only is this a great looking small cooler, it also collapses when not in use....

Pakems – for w...

When you’re done with hiking, skiing, etc. and you want to get out of your boots and relax, now there’s a super lightweight packable shoe you can slip into called Pakems. Made to store in their own storage sack with a shoulder strap, they are easy to take along on any adventure. One pull...

Ravinia & Chicago Botanic Garden – two gems north of Chicago Sep24

Ravinia & Chicago Botanic Garden – two ...

If you’ve got an extra day to spend next time you are in Chicago, see if you can’t work in a trip, just 25 miles north of downtown.  Two of my favorite places will make your Chicago trip so much more memorable – the Chicago Botanic Gardens and Ravinia Festival. Chicago Botanic Gardens More than a million people come each year to wander and wonder at the 26 mature gardens and four raw, natural areas in the Garden.  With 385 acres, nine mini-islands and six miles of shoreline, there’s an abundance to see and to enjoy. With so many gardens, it seems they could have run out of names, but you’ll find them all here on this interactive map. For an...

Case Logic Reflexion...

The good folks at Case Logic let me try out one of their Reflexion DSLR +iPad Cross-Body Bags and I’ve been hauling it everywhere I went over the last four weeks.  This thing is great when you are out for the day and don’t want to pack tons of gear into a backpack.   Large enough to hold...

Nite Ize 12″ C...

When your gear starts piling atop each other in the corner of your van, your garage or your tent, it’s time to organize. There’s nothing like GearTies from NiteIze. They come in all sorts of sizes and are reusable over and over. They can hold just about anything that’s hangable. One of my...

New Adobe Elements 13 now available

Like their predecessors, Adobe Photoshop Elements 13 and Premiere Elements 13 maintain the right amount of robust organizational and editing tools that have made them extremely popular. These new versions further build on Adobe’s efforts to make their products relevant to the ever-growing number of photographers whose work is destined to be published online, particularly on social media.Photoshop Elements 13 provides the capability to create blended Facebook profile and cover photos for a more unique, more personalized, or simply more visually appealing profile page. For those who love the process of trying filters on their photos, the...

Hobie La Jolla Colle...

Hobie sunglasses are synonymous with outdoor fun.  We got our hands (eyes) on a pair of their La Jolla collection and already declare them a winner.  This is a premium nickel silver frame face with their patented Hydroclean polarized polycarbonate lenses. Adjustable silicone nose pads insure...

Tovatec Sport Tac 20...

If you prefer a handheld flashlight,  Tovatec makes an amazingly bright, 220 lumen zoom torch powered by mini USB and a rechargeable Li-ion battery. One switch cycles the Sports TAC2000 through 100% power, 30% power, strobe and off. Diving or out in a monsoon?  Take it with you. It’s...

Island Fun in Ohio, Georgia and Nova Scotia – ToDo Tuesday – 9/23/14 edition Sep23

Island Fun in Ohio, Georgia and Nova Scotia –...

Every few weeks, we scan our deluge of press releases and look for great travel opportunities, around Cleveland, around the country and around the world.  ToDo Tuesday’s wraps up some of the best reasons we’ve found this week to get off the couch, grab the camera and get outside to have some travel fun.  Hopefully we’ll maybe see you at one of these events.  If you’re coming, drop us a line. Add these to your calendar: October Fun on South Bass Island http://dbhas.info/1wXFmT4 Devour! The Food Film Festival http://dbhas.info/1uXnpSw Tybee Island Pirate Fest http://dbhas.info/XYMjnH   For these and all our events, check the...

16,800 mAh Battery P...

When you are off the grid, the first thing to go is your phone, followed by your lights.  Now, you can repower them all with this 16,800 mAh LifeCharge battery pack from Ontrion (#ONT-PWR-35607). Just about shirt pocket size, this light-weight dynamo packs more punch than I’ve ever...

Vim & Vigr Sock...

Vim & Vigr has a line of socks that you’ll want to check out if you plan on spending a lot of time on your feet each day.  All their socks have a graduated compression beginning at the ankle and increase circulation throughout your leg. With more blood flow, you’ll probably notice less...

French Press for cam...

Stanley Boiling Pot + French Press + Vacuum Bottle Can’t start the day without coffee, right?  And what’s better than French Press coffee, freshly brewed? Not much, you say.  I agree.  So, imagine my delight when I got the opportunity to try out the new 1.1 quart Stanley Mountain Vacuum...

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