Over the last several months I’ve published a few blade reviews, focusing mostly on practical use when you find yourself in the wilderness, but today, I thought it would be interesting to feature a knife that is different from the typical survival or tactical blade. This knife is called the Kalinga, by their maker, the famous Buck Knives. The Kalinga is fashionable, and sleek, but so unique looking with its thick curved blade and very fine handle – it almost looks like something you might find in the Smithsonian museums.
A few years back, I spent four months road tripping around the United States, basically living in my car for ten to fifteen hours a day as my buddy and I trekked through over thirty states. The worst part wasn’t the lengthy trips, but the affect they had on my body. Not only was my back screaming within the first few weeks of being glued to uncomfortable bucket seats, but my body was beginning to feel and react differently. Apparently, I had thrown off the balance of my system. Because not only had fast food done quite a toll on me, but I was beginning to not sleep right. And I couldn’t use the restroom easily as I could before. With these problems came on a negativity within my mood and my perspective suffered for being unhealthy and unfit during this trip.
Reigniting the flow state: Reviewing Beyerdynamic’s DT 880 PRO Studio Headphones and how they help me write
As a writer on the move, there are a few items I always travel abroad with, like my laptop for instance; without it, I’d be lost. The same goes for a solid pair of headphones. Not only am I a huge music enthusiast, but I am also a mood writer. When the mood is right, the words flow like silky smooth water over a mossy brook. And when it’s not, I suffer as my words suffer. I’ve developed a ritual now that helps me refocus myself and assists when I’m feeling disjointed and unproductive.
Hills of green joined the moody gray and subtle blue of the sky mirroring in the still water of Lake Hope, creating a truly awe-inspiring scene before me. I drove deep into the forest before slowing to a stop. I decided to hike through to water’s edge. I slung a day pack over my shoulder and grabbed my beach chair with one hand. And as I trampled my way through the thick brush of spring, I realized there were no signs of other campers or hikers, or families stirring, only the sound of my footsteps, my breaths and my heart beating wild.
A quality pair of sunglasses is a must have for any traveler and every trip. The problem that I run into is the dilemma between packing a really nice pair that I’d worry of dropping, losing or getting stolen, versus packing a throwaway five dollar pair from one of those shopping mall kiosks. Sure, the nice pair looks great, accentuates my style and properly cares for my eyes, but the other pair can go through hell and I wouldn’t bat an eyelash. Over my nine month trip through Europe and Northern Africa, I went through four or five pairs of sunglasses, and went a few months of that time without, because I refused to ruin another set.
As with any style of travel, weight and volume matter a great deal when you’re packing your bags, especially if you’re a backpacker like me. One of the most popular items that travelers struggle with during travel is taking along a pair of quality headphones. One time, on my third trip to Europe, I thought I could get away with a big, bulky over-ear set of headphones, but after the first day of venturing around Barcelona, I had to mail them back home, because they took up way too much space, and I had to make a choice between my clothes and the headphones. So, throughout that trip I stuck with a cheap in-ear, wired set of earbuds. I prefer to be surrounded by sound and oozing bass, and no earbuds have ever truly pulled that off, until I heard the Byron BTA Wireless model by Beyerdynamic.
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