Happy Holidays from TheMorningFresh.com

Things have been rather quiet around here for a few days – and I’m proud to admit that I’ve been enjoying some time disconnected from the digital realm and fully focused on connecting with friends and family down in Miami. I hope all you adventurers are enjoying the holidays as well, whether you’ve traveled back to your hometown to reconnect with family, or are spending Christmas out in Arizona with some fellow van-dwellers, like Beth and Forrest of 3 Up Adventures.

From myself, Niko, and the entire Boué family,

Happy Holidays!

Happy climber Christmas!

May your holiday be filled with lots of cheer and love, plenty of hot cocoas spiked with Baileys, homemade feasts, and outdoor adventures.
If you’re up north enjoying some snow this Christmas, eat a snowball in my honor!

This week’s #ATQA Adventure Travel chat recap – “Avoiding Thirst” with the Hydration Summit

During this special edition of Twitter’s only chat dedicated solely to outdoor adventure travel, we teamed up with the folks at the Hydration Summit for a discussion about staying hydrated while out on the trail. As an added bonus, Geigerrig generously donated a hydration pack to give away to one lucky chat participant.

From favored methods of carrying water while hiking to the best ways to keep water bottles clean, this weeks’ discussion dove into every aspect of staying hydrated while outdoors. We were joined some experts in the field, and everyone came away from the conversation with some new knowledge, and a few new items to add to our gear wish lists. Check it out:

Q1: How do you keep hydrated on the trail?

@JillianLaura: “A1: Well, thanks to a total lack of gear, I opted for bottles this past weekend. Even with rationing almost ran out! #atqa

@valinreallife: “A1: I’m always sucking down h20. Use a bladder to keep things easy, esp. for the little Camp Granolans. #ATQA

Q2: Take a side on the great hydration debate: bottle or bladder?

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This week’s #ATQA Adventure Travel twitter chat recap – “Technology on the Trail”

After requesting any suggestions that the Adventure Travel Q&A chat community may have, we received a great inquiry about discussing the relationship between technology and the outdoors from Adam Nutting. The result was a great Twitter chat that generated plenty of opinions about topics like taking technology on the trail, favorite gear, and the merits of knowing how to navigate by compass when your GPS fails. We also had a few great guest appearances by awesome outdoor technology brands like Goal Zero, Pocket Ranger, and Point6 Socks.

Check out the conversation recap, and add your answers to the comments section!

Q1: What’s the role of technology in the outdoors?

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This week’s #ATQA Adventure Travel chat recap – “Outdoor Dads”

As a special ode to all the wonderful fathers who love the outdoors, this week’s #ATQA Adventure Travel chat was a special “Father’s Day” edition. I won’t even try to deny that I got totally teary-eyed while crafting the recap; there are some truly touching tweets that were shared during the chat.

I was unable to perform my usual co-hosting duties as I was stuck at an airport awaiting a plane during the chat, but the wonderful David Croyle did an excellent job as guest co-host. Shoot, he did it so well, I may even be out of a job. Check out the tweets:

Q1: What’s your favorite outdoor memory with your dad?

@RamblinBears: “A1: My favorite outdoor memory was going to Yosemite with my Dad for the first time at age 16. #ATQA

@JoyfulShoehorn: “A1. Going hiking in Idaho with my dad & leaving my mom and sister back at the hotel to whine. #ATQA

Q2: What’s your favorite memory of time outdoors with your kids?

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Monday Motivation – let’s get back into the groove.

It has been quite a while since our last Monday Motivation, compliments of Marianne Curtis, but I’d say it’s high time to get back into the swing of things. Life has been throwing plenty of lemons in my direction, so a few inspirational words seem like a great reminder that there is always something positive to be gained from any situation.

Are you really that positive, or is it fake? My answer is simple: I truly believe it is way easier to live with a smile on your face than to spend one extra second of this precious life consumed with negative emotions. The only way we will ever reach our full potential is to shed the negativity.”

Hell, maybe we should go for a double-whammy twofer of Monday Motivation to really get our minds ticking. Enjoy:

“So here is the blueprint for success and happiness in life: When you get knocked down, stand back up. When you get knocked again, stand up again. And just when you think you can’t stand back up, smile, wipe the sweat off and stand up with just a little more authority in your step.”

 

Image of the Day: Diggin’ for pollen in Denver.

A classic shot from last year’s midwest road trip, and one of my all time favorite critter photos. I can’t recall if we were waiting for someone or just decided to stop, but our crew ended up spending quite some time exploring this charming community garden in Denver, Colorado.

There were bees swarming every blossom, and pudgy vegetables lined the soiled pathways. I’m no gardening expert, but the keepers of this little sliver of land certainly knew what they were doing by the looks of their blushing rhubarb and cautious signs that warned of recently planted seeds or particularly delicate plants. It made me want a garden, so very badly.

Monday Motivation – Get outta that funk!

Marianne’s weekly inspirational quote really struck a chord with me. Unfortunately, I’m the one in the funk – but I reckon that an afternoon lunch and pina coladas with my lady climber pal Ashley will pick me right up. That, and a little road trip for one to do a bit of soul searching.

“Pick someone up this week. If they are being negative, or in a funk, be the positive energy they need to pull them out of it. At that point, you are truly living. It’s when we get outside ourselves that life becomes a beautiful thing.” – Marianne Curtis

 

If you find yourself in a funk like mine, you need to get yourself out of your negative environment and discover what is going to make (and keep) you happy. You know what my advice will always be: GET OUTSIDE! Whether you’re climbing or sunbathing, fresh air and nature will always cure your blues. Enjoy your spring break, readers!

Monday Motivation – What are you thankful for?

Monday mornings are a love-hate event for me each week. That first half hour of being awake is always so difficult, and yet once I’m awake and out of bed, I am 100% ready to tackle the day.

Here’s a little Monday Motivation to get your gears grinding:

Start every morning with the following: “I am thankful for…”
I promise that your days will be just a little bit brighter.
– Marianne Curtis

What are you thankful for? On this damp morning, I am thankful for hot tea, and the chocolate parfait that Niko left in my fridge – and that Climbing Club is tonight!

Monday Motivation: Lady Luck!

Good morning, and good Monday! The weather may be dreary and our pant bottoms may be soggy, but our determination shall not waver during this second week of classes – or first, for all you lucky university kids with crazy winter schedules. Here’s your weekly dose of Monday Motivation to get the inspiration flowing as we charge towards another week of productivity and positivity!

“The funny thing about Lady Luck is that she likes to hang out with those who tend to work the hardest. The harder we work the ‘luckier’ we get. Let’s be great this week.”

Thank you Marianne Curtis, for supplying us with yet another wonderful quote to jump-start our week.

Monday Motivation – First of 2011!

Happy Monday, folks! It’s been a bright and early day for me, heading to Florida State University campus at 8:00 AM to escort Niko to his transfer orientation and visiting a slew of advisors. After three and a half years of hard work and studying, I have earned myself a breezy semester with only two classes before my spring graduation! I’ll be taking Spanish II and Intro to Hospitality – other than that, my life will revolve around writing, photography and working towards full-time employment at my job. Here’s a little Monday Motivation to get everyone aboard my train of positive vibes:

“Goals and resolutions are important in 2011. However, just remember that our success will ultimately turn on our ability to make continuous good decisions on the smaller things in life. In other words, each moment matters, so stay present.” – Marianne Curtis

Get ready to tackle the spring semester, students. Everyone else, have a beautiful week and remember to stay present in each little moment.