Posted on April 7, 2013
If you thought that fishing in the Great Lakes was fun wait until you get a load of deep-sea fishing off the coasts of Costa Rica. If the entire family isn’t big on fishing, perhaps they would like a more serene and peaceful location, such as that found in the rainforest. Of course they are all but peaceful with the birds, chattering monkeys and common assorted rain forest sounds, from other abundant natural creatures that reside there. The colors in and of themselves are worth the visit to the rain forest, so if you can take time out from your fishing expeditions, this is something you’re really going to want to make sure you catch, while you’re on your vacation.
Fishing and Other Water Sports
Whether you fish off of the shore or book a charter for deep-sea fishing, there is very little chance you’ll end up empty-handed. And, if fishing isn’t exactly what you came here for, but you love water sports, you’re still in the right place. There is kayaking, white water rafting, scuba diving and snorkeling, jet skiing and water skiing, sailing, yachting, and rides on horseback along the beach. Make sure that your sunscreen is waterproof, because you’re going to need it. This is the land of sun and fun, with a rainy season that only extends from December through May. Even if you go during the dry season, it is advisable that you bring a light rain jacket, for your visits to the rain forest. It only makes sense. That whole rain thing?
Fishing for Fun in Other Areas
You don’t need to go on a fishing expedition to find fun in Costa Rica, however. If adventure is your style and you want to take a thrill ride, try the zip line, which sends you flying across the top of the rainforest. And, if looking out your window at those smoking volcanoes isn’t enough, you can always take a walking tour in and amongst them. You probably have absolutely nothing to worry about as far as eruptions go. I’m told that almost never happens. Or so they say. I wouldn’t worry.
What? You wanted adventure!
Posted on February 20, 2013
Before we even get started here, let’s clarify something. A houseboat is not a floating home or a house barge. They may seem like the same species, but they are completely different animals. If you’re seriously considering living on a houseboat, you can usually do it with or without a motor, but many lakes will limit the number. And, if you’re taking a loan out for one, the bank may well insist that you own your own dock. in which to ‘park’ your house... boat. You may have more trouble than just that with a loan however, if your credit is less than desirable. Don’t despair completely, until you’ve checked out easy loans for bad credit because, you never know. Please keep in mind that different parts of the world have different rules and regulations governing various bodies of water. Some, all, or none of the following may apply to your situation.
Thinking That Houseboat Living Will Help You Keep Your Finances Afloat?
Houseboats complete with motors can be registered with the Coast Guard, in which case these apply:
- Cost comparisons to examine - if you rent you’ll need to consider your monthly rent and if you own you’ll need to consider your mortgage payment and put it up against the flat fee, for the rental of a slip and the additional costs per foot for your vessel.
- Much like automobile licensing fees, you will be expected to pay fees for your boating license but at least you won’t have to worry about property taxes anymore.
- If you’re happy to get rid of your renters or homeowners insurance get this: depending on how big your boat is you could pay up to $300 a month in boat insurance.
- Be sure to check out the sales tax on boat buying/sales in your area. Some can be as high as 9.5%.
Hoping That Houseboat Living Well Help You Financially Keep Your Head above Water?
Here are some extra considerations that you might not have thought about (some will cost money whereas others are a matter of inconvenience or lifestyle changes):
- Chances are good that you’re going to have to pay for a P.O. box; there is extremely limited availability, when comes to mailboxes.
- You are either going to have to pay to store all the stuff that you used to have in your house or apartment or get rid of everything and downsize in big way. Just a word of warning here, you’re not going to like the prices of storage units.
And, if you love your family pets and can’t imagine life without them, you’re going to have to make sure that in order to keep them, you are not registered as a ‘livaboard’.
Posted on January 14, 2013
For many years, people have been taking guided hunting and fishing tours/vacations, to Canada. Frequently, these guided tours have cabins or some other accommodations, making it unnecessary to shop around and book ahead of time for Banff hotel deals. But, if you decide to at least do the hunting or fishing on your own, and/or put this whole trip together on your own, be sure to plan far enough ahead, so that you can book affordable accommodations. This way you will have more money to spend, on fun. And there is plenty of fun to be had in Banff, Canada be it in the wilderness, the museums, or other local attractions.
Not Exactly A Fisherman?
If fishing simply sounds like fun or a good idea, but you’re not one of those people that does it on a regular basis, you actually might want to consider, either a guided fishing trip or inquiring about the Banff fleet, of charter fishing boats. Locating the fish won’t be a problem should you charter one of these boats, because they will have all the sonar and electronics, you’ll need to find out just exactly where those fish are hiding. Neither will you have to worry about tackle, reels, rods and other fishing equipment. Everything you need is going to be right there for you, all you have to do is drop your line and catch that fish. Come on, you didn’t think that they were going to do everything for you, did you? Check out the fishing excursion prices and available hours and days online, before booking your trip.
What About The Experienced Fisherman?
Already own everything you need to go fishing? Then you’re really in luck. The Canadian Rocky Mountains, Calgary, Canmore and Banff National Park offer exquisite fishing opportunities that are seemingly unrivaled. Whether you’re an expert at fly fishing or simply want to drop your line and wait, Banff has some of the best fishing locations you’ll ever find.
And don’t forget that man or woman, does not live by fish alone, so consider bringing your tent and hiking boots to make that fishing trip even more of a physically demanding experience. You won’t have to worry about working out at the gym, when you’re hiking and fishing in Banff.
Posted on October 20, 2012
Fishing is a favorite pastime of many. And packing food for your fishing trip can be a lot of fun, but needs to be done smartly. Since fishing requires most of your attention, having a bulky lunch is definitely out of the question. From not creating a big mess to being easy to eat, here are some of the best foods to bring when packing a picnic lunch for a fishing trip.
Main dish ideas
Whether you're fishing on a boat or on a riverbank, you'll want to make sure your main dish isn't too heavy and is easy to carry, and the good news is there are a lot of things you can pack in your cooler when readying your fishing picnic lunch. For starters, if you opt to pack sandwiches, which are always a crowd-pleaser, you'll want to have only minimal toppings on your sandwich so they don't fall off, create a mess, and worse - fall in the water and scare the fish away. Wraps are an easy-to-hold-sandwich that is perfect for fishing trips. And if a sandwich is too much to hold, cold sausages and rolls (pre-buttered, with condiments already on them), cold savory pies and cold chicken legs are other great main dish ideas.
It's really easy to bring sides with when packing for a fishing picnic lunch, as long as you pack them in little containers so they stay throughout the day. Some sides you can pack that you can pop you mouth are cherry tomatoes, nuts, olives, dried fruit and cheese sticks. You could also pack cold salads, which can stay all day, potato salad is always good, and macaroni salad is a great way to infuse some originality into your lunch. If you pack your macaroni salad into a Tupperware container, it will stay in your cooler all day. You can also pack dips for veggies, which is great on carrots and celery stalks and are easy to eat.
Whether you have lots of luck are no luck at all out on water, you'll at least have a satisfying lunch.
Posted on August 31, 2012
Outdoor fun in the sun is a favorite pastime for many people. There are many activities you can engage in to spend time enjoying the great outdoors. One of the most rewarding activities that you might want to explore is fishing. The joy of catching your own fish and cooking it either at your campsite or enjoying it later in a home cooked meal is a popular pastime. The lure of the bragging rights associated with the size of fish caught is only surpassed by the outstanding variety of flavors, textures and cooking methods available for cooking your catch.
Health Benefits of Fish
Fish is also a healthier alternative to meat and offers many diverse choices in the varieties of fish available. Healthy advantages include, lower blood pressure, and lower triglyceride levels, higher healthy omega 3-fatty acids and prevention and lowering of the incidences of coronary disease. There are also many methods of cooking to choose from when preparing fish. Grilling, baking, poaching and boiling are a few of the choices available, along with frying which is a less healthy, however often used choice.
Cooking and Seasoning Fresh Fish
Once you have mastered the skill of catching fish and cleaning and preparing it for cooking, you will want to explore the many cooking options and choose spices that will enhance the flavor of your catch. The many different flavor profiles available for you to choose from whether, fiery, zesty, pungent or fragrant can all be achieved by using spices. If you choose to order spices online you will have more choices than perhaps buying spices at your local supermarket. Online sources for your spices will provide a fresher source of dry spices which are better used within six months to a year of purchase. If you think a spice has been stored for a long time by simply shaking the container and smelling the spice you can tell if its time to replace the spice. Old spices will loose their strength and emit a dull, barely recognizable scent. Curry, one of the favorite spices used in Indian cooking, is one of the most popular spices used in cooking fish, a complex blend of cumin, coriander, tumeric, cinnamon and ginger and pepper make this a popular choice. A fish rub is a good way to season fish cooked on the grill, experiment with your favorite spices, trying different combinations depending on the method and type of fish you are cooking. The fun of catching fish and the joy of cooking your catch is a experience worth having.
Posted on August 20, 2012
In ancient times gypsum became a substitute for wood when necessary. It is also a finish utilized in ceilings and walls. Plasterboard and drywall are its aliases. It has even found its way into the world of medicine in casts and surgical splints.
What Happened To Old Fashioned Lumber Yards?
Not to worry, the old fashioned lumber yards you remember as a kid are still in existence. The smell of freshly cut wood and sawdust floating in the air still are necessary parts of American buildings and projects. You will in fact undoubtedly need to visit one in order to build yourself that shnazy boat house you saw in that magazine. This is not to say that you won’t want or even need to visit a Washington DC Gypsum Yard in order to complete your little project, but if you want to keep the old school look and feel to your boat house there’s nothing like good old hardwood. Different woods hold up better in damp environments so be sure to either discuss your choice of wood and stain or sealant with a lumber dealer you trust or do a little research on the internet first.
You’ll Be Online Anyhow
Since you’re going to be online doing a little research on that wood you might as well do a little shopping. Get prices from several sources before deciding on just who to buy from. Good deals are easier to find with the convenience of the internet—no more running around from yard to yard—no hitting store after store, wasting gas and valuable time. You’ve got one stop shopping at your finger tips. You’ve also got the ability to find building plans online. Try checking building plans and websites for boating and other property sites for ideas.
You may be surprised at what you can find online these days. I always say: there’s nothing you can’t find through the internet.
Posted on August 20, 2012
When people think of fishing, thoughts come to mind of spending long hours in a boat with lines dropped in the water as the sun burns their sweaty bodies; this sounds like fun right? Wrong. The average person would rather go to the dentist instead of going on a traditional, old school fishing trip; what’s the solution to the problem? It’s adventure fishing.
How To Plan An Adventure Fishing Trip
The first way to plan an adventure fishing trip is to contact one of the many adventure travel companies that are online today and plan your trip today but if you’re feeling more adventurous than that the next best thing to do is to pack your fishing rods in your car or truck and hit the road.
What to bring on your fishing trip:
- Fishing rods and reels
- Fishing tackle
- Fishing lures
- Fishing Nets
- Ice box
- Favorite adult beverage
- Mobile phone
- GPS Unit (always comes in handy)
- Digital camera (take pictures of those big fish before they get away)
Making Adventure Count
One of the biggest mistakes that people make while taking a fishing trip is driving as fast as possible to get to the lake or their fishing destination and during their trip they forget about one main thing; the adventure and making the journey count.
If you’re planning on taking a fishing trip soon you should give yourself at least two days to get to your destination and take time to enjoy the adventure by plotting a route that will give you the ability to visit interesting destinations along the way like out of the way restaurants, dusty old towns or friends that you haven’t seen in years, make the fishing trip about the journey instead of just the destination, you will have a very enjoyable trip that everyone will remember for years to come.
Posted on July 27, 2012
Thanks to today’s technology you don’t have to miss out on anything when you go fishing. Pretty much everything can be taken right along with you via your smart phone, iPad or laptop. There are even rechargers available with a hand crank on them if you don’t have a source of power.
Smart Phone Apps For Sports News
Personally, I am overjoyed at the fact that ESPN has an app for iPhones by which you can follow games by your favorite teams in your favorite sports 24/7. You can see everything that happens in a particular game or to a particular team. Mine is constantly set on… no surprise here… Football—specifically the NFL. Anything happens in the NFL I know about it immediately. As far as baseball is concerned I only follow the Brewers so I only have an alert setup to let me know when something happens during a Brewer game or if it is breaking news having to do with the Brewers. I never miss a thing.
Blow By Blow; Play By Play
Of course it’s not the same as having prime seats thanks to your season Denver Bronco Game Tickets; but there are apps that will allow you to view the progress of a game play by play; there are even videos that you can play to actually watch the action that took place. Not only are you not missing any of the game, you’re getting a ringside seat to the action. So go ahead and bait that hook; set that bobber at the proper depth; and cast out that line. You can sit back with a cold one, prop up that pole, and bring up the game ‘live’ for your complete and utter enjoyment.
Chances are in fact that you will probably know the results of a play before the crowd that is actually there even knows about it. You can’t ask for much more than that. (Except maybe a winning season from Peyton Manning and his new team.)
Posted on July 15, 2012
Many sports fans are anxious to watch the summer games in London. This exciting event takes place in a few weeks. It will definitely excite your inner patriotism and ignite a fire within. However, the Olympics tend to get boring when your team loses. If this happens, make sure to tune into another sporting event option to keep you entertained. There are several options to choose from.
One of the best summer sporting events to watch is baseball. Near the end of the summer, a lot happens in the baseball world. The race for the pennant gets more exciting. You never know. Your favorite team could turn their season around in a matter of weeks. If they do, you will be there to see it all transpire. In addition to the pennant race, you can also watch your favorite youngsters compete in the Little League World Series. This exciting sporting event happens every summer. It is a great opportunity for young kids and it is emotional and fun to watch.
During the summer, you can also catch up on fishing. There are many fishing websites online that can help you stay caught up with the sport. Online sportsbook sites are a great resource for your sporting needs. And many people utilize them at the office when they have downtime. This could help you get the latest information on the world of fishing. Plus, it is often more accurate than Wikipedia.
Finally, consider making the most of the summer by getting ready for football season. There are a lot of pre season games that you can watch. Plus you can spend time researching your favorite teams and athletes to help you succeed with your NFL football betting. After all, the more prepared you are, the better chance you have at winning big come football season.
If you get bored with the Olympics, change the channel. Watch baseball, fishing, or pre season football. These sports are great options for your summer entertainment. They happen daily and may be the sporting you choose to watch at all times. After all, the Olympics are not for everyone.
Posted on July 15, 2012
Nothing beats the excitement of stepping on to a shiny-clean boat and heading out for a day on the water. Some trips need more cleaning afterwards than others, but a good wash down and some spot cleaning should be routine with every return. Even if you leave your boat spotless and sitting on the slip, after a while it bound to need some attention.
Owners of metal boats can get away with a high pressure hosing and a scrub. For fiberglass boat owners shifting dirt, mold and bird residue can be more time consuming.
As ever, using the right equipment and cleaning materials will make the job easier. You’ll need a brush that is sturdy and long enough to give you leverage, but with soft enough bristles to prevent surface damage, and a scrubbing brush and bucket to fit. For marine use you should only use a biodegradable soap with a neutral pH factor. Some owners scrub their decks with bleach. Not a good idea. As well as being toxic bleach is also harmful to the environment. Use a Borax or Hydrogen Peroxide solution instead.
To avoid streaks and “spotting” dry the vessel immediately after its final rinse with micro-fiber clothes or chamois leathers.
It’s not necessary to wax a boat after every trip. The sun can really damage your gel coat over time and a good high gloss marine polish, applied two or three times a year, works as a conditioner that restores valuable oils to feed and nourish the fiberglass. Another benefit of polishing is that it removes much of the dirt and black streaks that simple washing won’t take off. The technique is simple: pour on the polish; take a clean, soft, cotton cloth, and rub. After the polish dries, use another cloth to wipe clean.
Don’t forget the interior. The carpeting on your boat is just as susceptible to damage. Prevent spills becoming stains by attending to spills quickly. Old or ground-in stains are best lifted with a handheld steam cleaner. It’s also a good idea ask sunbathers to lay a towel down before they place their lotioned bodies on the carpeting.