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    The REEL Outdoor Lifestyle — #REELSummer

    Top 4 Camping Spots in the Pacific Northwest

    Top 4 Camping Spots in the Pacific Northwest

    REEL Lifestyle perused the Pacific Northwest to find the best camping spots. These are our top four locations we thought our REEL Lifestyle tribe would love. 

    Also, did you know that it’s National Trail Mix Day today, August 31, 2017? We know, it's a bit of a funky "holiday" but seems quite appropriate with Labor Day upon us, and trail mix does go hand-in-hand with hiking, camping and outdoor life in general. Recipe at the bottom for you to make your own.

    Deciding on these top picks was a tough task as narrowing down camping spots is hard when you can find a tremendous amount of gorgeous locations to camp out in the PNW. We took some different things into consideration and ultimately focused on these top four locations so that you can easily scope them out for yourself and each location has something unique the others do not.



    First stop is the lovely state of Washington to the town of Zillah. This option is more “glamping” than camping, but we like to mix it up a bit. We found a very unique spot called Cherry Wood Bed, Breakfast and Barn. They offer horseback and winery rides (being in the Yakima Valley’s Wine Country doesn’t hurt either), and you can stay in teepees or even go on a cowboy limo winery tour (this includes a wagon tow through wineries by their "cowboy" guides). The teepee lodging experience is a mix of roughing it and luxury so you can get the best of both worlds. Click here for more info. Location: 3271 Roza Dr, Zillah, WA 98953. 



    Photos from Cherry Wood Bed Breakfast and Barn



    Next, let’s get over to the breathtaking area that makes up the Point Reyes National Seashore so that we can do some beach camping. This is a fantastic area of coastline just north of San Francisco, CA in Marin County. The beaches here are to-die-for and the Point Reyes Lighthouse is a viewpoint where you can see migrating gray whales to-boot.

    The Point Reyes National Seashore offers backcountry camping, where you can hike, ride bikes or ride a horse into the campgrounds. You can even do boat-in camping which means you must arrive by boat, kayak, canoe or some other type of watercraft. Tomales Bay is the area that allows this to be done and there is a fee and permit for overnight camping. You can make reservations here and explore all it has to have offer here.




    3.  NEVADA

    Desert scenery can be astounding, especially when you go into areas that put you directly into scenes from Wild West movies. We’re jumping over to the Atlatl Rock Campground which is in the Valley of Fire State Park located in Southern Nevada about 50 miles from Las Vegas. You’ll be able to see red rocks, petroglyphs (you remember learning about those in school, right?!), and you can take a hiking adventure through red rock pinnacles. You can explore their 44 campsites and the area of the Valley of Fire here.




    1. IDAHO

    Now we’re swooping over to Idaho where we’ve found a massive national forest that has lakes and streams all over so you can REEL Lifestyle it up easily here. Located in the Idaho Panhandle National Forests is the Avery Creek Cabin, which is 20 miles northeast of Kingston, Idaho. The cabin was built in the 1920’s but has been renovated and can be rented. It’s right by the Coeur d’Alene River so you have access by car and you can hike, fish for cutthroat or rainbow trout in the river, and bring a group as the cabin can fit up to 6. For more information, go here.

    Source: USDA Forest Service


    And, lastly, since it’s National Trail Mix Day, here’s a trail mix recipe you can make at home for your next hike or camping trip. These are Trail Mix Balls so they’re super easy to eat on your feet. From



    • ⅓ cup honey
    • 2 tablespoons water
    • ⅓ cup peanut butter
    • ½ teaspoon vanilla
    • ¾ cup crisp rice cereal
    • ¾ cup rolled oats, toasted (see Tip)
    • ⅓ cup dried fruit bits
    • ¼ cup salted sunflower kernels
    • ¼ cup lightly salted peanuts
    • ¼ cup unsweetened large flake coconut
    • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds



    1. In a small saucepan, combine honey and the water; cook and stir over low heat until the honey liquefies. Remove from heat. Add peanut butter and vanilla, whisking until peanut butter is melted and mixture is smooth.
    2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine rice cereal, toasted rolled oats, fruit bits, sunflower seed kernels, peanuts, coconut, and sesame seeds. Pour honey mixture over cereal mixture; stir to coat. Cover and chill for 1 to 2 hours or just until firm.
    3. Using your damp hands, shape mixture into 30 balls, each about 1- ¼ inches in diameter. Chill balls until ready to serve. Store in a tightly covered container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Makes 30 balls (2 balls per serving)
    • Test Kitchen Tip: To toast oats, place them in a dry medium skillet; cook over medium-high heat until lightly golden and fragrant, stirring frequently to prevent scorching.




    Top 4 Badass Kiteboarders in the World

    Top 4 Badass Kiteboarders in the World


    Latching on, harnessing the wind, taking a ride, flipping, jumping, catching the wind to go higher; this is all a part of a “day in the life of” a pro kiteboarder.

    Kiteboarding is a badass watersport, and it combines aspects of wakeboarding, snowboarding, surfing, gymnastics, and more into one sport. It's not to be totally confused with kitesurfing, which is a style of kiteboarding. The kitesurfing style is specific to riding the waves and uses a bit of a different board to do so.  There are different styles of kiteboarding like freestyle, downwinders, speed, course racing, wakestyle, jumping and kitesurfing. All of these require some different equipment to do it, but all of them require a fearless “take on the water and wind” kind of ‘tude.

    Here’s a great video showing some different styles from Rebel.TV

    If you’re a kiteboarder or you’ve tried to do it, then you know it’s a pretty amazing time and takes some mad skills to manipulate the wind and water to do your bidding. So in honor of the skills that it takes to become a pro at the sport, we’ve rounded up the top 4 male and female kiteboarders that are doing some serious REEL Lifestyle water action. We’ve included video so you catch their kiteboarding badassery in action! The ones we’ve listed here are also in the World Kiteboarding League’s (WKL) World Cup 2017.

    1) The top male kiteboarder ranked #1 in the world currently by the WKL is Liam Whaley. Liam is a 20-year old out of Spain that’s really owning that position, and seeing him in action you totally get why he’s holding the #1 ranking spot on the male side. Check out Instagram for Liam @LiamWhaley

    Liam in action: 


    2) The top female kiteboarder ranked #1 in the world by WKL is Bruna Kajiya. Bruna is out of Brazil and was the first woman to land the “Backside 315” move which is very difficult (totally earning that #1 spot)! Instagram for Bruna @brunakajiya

    Check her out! 

    3) Next on our list is male Carlos Mario, ranked #2 in the world by WKL. Also out of Brazil, this young kiteboarder (getting on this top list in 2016 and only 17 years old) is a ripper on the water and rivals his older companions!

    Instagram for Mario @carlosmariobebe Check him out: 

    4. The #2 ranked female in the world by the WKL is Annabel van Westerop and she’s out of Oranjestad, Aruba, and at 23 she is rocking the kiteboarding world. She’s mainly a freestyle elite kiteboarder, and coming up the ranks fast!

    Instagram for Annabel is @Annabelvw  See this rockin female in action: 


    Kiteboarding is a growing sport and to support this REEL Lifestyle kind of watersport action, follow the World Kiteboarding League here. 



    Top 9 Places To Catch BIG Fish

    Top 9 Places To Catch BIG Fish

    Top 9 Places Where You Can Catch the REALLY BIG Fish

     By: Denis Isbister of WIld Fish WIld Places


    It’s no secret that I love to catch the big fish.  And when it comes to finding big fish the WFWP crew is always traveling the globe in search of the biggest and the best.  But there are so many great places and species of fish, one scarcely knows where to start.  That’s why I decided to give you some ideas of where I recommend you go to find them.


    Here are some of my favorite big fish to catch and a few of the places I recommend going to be successful at catching them.

    Rainbow Trout


    Southern Patagonia and world-famous Lago Strobel aka Jurassic Lake is home to the most prolific and largest rainbow trout in the world.  We have taken a few trips there and have not been disappointed.  


    Peacock Bass


    Everyone has heard about chasing Peacock Bass in the Amazon jungle from Brazil but if you want the real big ones it's going to take a little more work. Camping in tents on a sandbar in the Colombian jungle where the headwaters of the Amazon start is where you find the REEL big ones. Bathing in piranha filled water at night, where you have to shuffle your feet to make sure the freshwater stingrays won't stab you, that is going to be your home for the week.  


    Vampire Fish or Payara


    There is only two ways into La Macarena, Colombia, by plane or by boat and it is still FARC controlled and dangerous to boat in. The river system that flows through this tiny Colombian town is the basecamp for some of the largest Vampire fish in South America.  Check out this guy’s teeth.  They were about 4” long and he weighed about 40lbs.


    King Salmon


    If you want to catch some awesome King Salmon, head to the NakNek river in King Salmon Alaska.  The Naknek is home to one of the largest runs of King Salmon with thousands of fish making their way up the river to spawn. If you want to catch King Salmon, the season there runs from the beginning of June till the end of July.


    Lake Trout


    Lake Athabasca in Northern Saskatchewan is home to some of the biggest lakes on the planet with fly in access only during the summer months, Lakers Unlimited is your fly in lodge that handles this trip. 30, 40, 50 and even 60-pound Lake Trout have come from this rich fishery




    While you're at Lake Athabasca you might as well catch the biggest Northern Pike of your life too! But don’t expect this monster to come easy. Even the smaller Pikes will give you a fight and you need to make sure you are using the right equipment to catch this fish.  Northern Pike spawn in early spring and right when the ice is thawed is the best time to catch them in shallow waters.


    Cutthroat Trout


    A world record Cutthroat Trout came from Pyramid Lake, Nevada and the fish have been getting bigger and bigger over the last 10 years. Nowadays a 10 pounder won’t even get a second glance with many fish over 20 pounds and a few rumors that fish as big as 30 lbs were caught last year



    If you are ready to take on going after this legendary silver king, there are a few spots that you may want to consider planning your next trip.  Boca Grande Pass, Key West, Miami, Puerto Rico and Southern Louisiana are all spots to chase after one of the most bad-ass fish in the world.  With weights of between 40 – 100 lbs totally common and some weighing over 200 lbs, catching this big guy is an experience you will love.




    If you like fishing for Salmon then you will love fishing for the strong, aggressive Sheefish from Alaska (aka: tarpon of the north_.  One of the best places to catch Sheefish is the Kobuk River in the Northern reaches of Alaska.  The river stretches 174 miles and houses some of the hottest fishing grounds in the state.  To make the most of any fishing trip to Alaska, be sure to use a fishing guide.


    Where To Travel This Summer

    Where To Travel This Summer

    Top 7 Summer Destination Spots for Outdoor Adventurers

    Choosing a summer travel destination that has a body of water included can ensure that you’ll be utilizing the full summer ensemble.

    That particular ensemble should include a bathing suit, hat, suntan lotion and some sunglasses (some of us should always add a cooler and drinks on the go, just saying). These are all key items that are all very important for the right kind of summer throw down.

    The challenge is choosing exactly where to go and what kind of water fun you want to have. The U.S. has plenty of adventurous, gorgeous places to go, so let’s explore some REEL Lifestyle options.

    Hilton Head Island, South Carolina


    This resort town has sandy beaches, is a travel destination spot for golf lovers, and is a fantastic spot to hike through many meandering trails. The beautiful beaches are clean and even free of cars. You don’t have to drive anywhere as you can bike and walk as slow or as fast as you’d like all over Hilton Head. There’s a ton of water sport activities that you can do, like kayaking and canoeing, SUP (stand up paddleboarding), and even a Black Sparrow Pirate Ship adventure to set sail on. If you go in September, you can time it with Talk Like a Pirate Day which is on September 19, don’t forget! There are gorgeous hotels and tons of amazing spots to eat, drink and be merry. For more details check out Hilton Head’s site for more info.

    Pearl Lake State Park in Colorado


    Located at the northern tip of Colorado, this is a great lake for outdoor adventurers. You can camp amid trees right on the water’s edge, go on calm, relaxing canoe rides, and the lake has really great cutthroat trout fishing. There are tons of trails to hike and explore, and there’s typically a light fog that will hang over the lake in the morning giving it a mysterious, meditative feel. Perfect to reclaim and reconnect with your higher self. Learn more about it on Colorado’s website.

    San Juan Islands, Washington


    The Pacific Northwest’s beauty does not disappoint, ever. These islands are between the U.S. mainland and Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. The temperatures keep at about a nice even 70 degrees for a majority of the year so you don’t have to rush there during summer to take part in the warmth. San Juan Island, Orcas Island, Lopez Island and Shaw Island have the most things to do, and these islands also have the most hotel and food options to explore. Getting there is half the fun as you can take a ferry, or you can even take a small plane. Biking, hiking, and all kinds of outdoor adventures await. Visit the San Juan Islands’ site for more info.

    Lake Santeetlah, NC


    This lake in North Carolina sits about 100 miles from Asheville (which is one of the coolest spots next to Charlotte to check out in North Carolina), and it’s a popular destination for people that want to explore via pontoon boats, ski boats or kayaks. The town of Lake Santeetlah is quaint and the surrounding area has a small population. You can camp, visit local farms like Wehrloom Honey Bee Farm,  and the clear water offers great fishing for bass, walleye, bluegill, crappie, bream, and lake trout. For more details check this site here.

    Lake Tahoe, CA


    Lake Tahoe is near and dear to REEL Lifestyle’s heart (given that is the region where our brand was born), but it’s important to note that there’s really cool things you can do there year-round. This includes some really fantastic skiing, but summer provides some awesome things you must check out. You can camp, hike, paddleboard from King’s Beach to Crystal Bay on the North Shore side of the lake, mountain bike, or just throw back some cocktails at the fun at the Wet Woody (Riva Grill, really popular hang out for beach lovers). Here’s a great list of the top 50 things you can do this summer to get the most out of Tahoe.

    Block Island, Rhode Island


    This island sits 12 miles off the coast of Rhode Island and one of the best things about it is that it isn’t a major destination so you shouldn’t have to fight of hoards of people. You can instead relax and just chill out in true summer vacation style. Activities include bike riding, hiking, horseback riding, snorkeling, fishing, parasailing, kayaking and sailing. The food experiences offer everything from five-star dining to some great seafood that’s served in a picnic style setting. There’s lots of events that go on in summer and here’s a good list to get you started to see if this spot should be your next summer stop.

    Catalina Island, California


    Catalina Island is about 22 miles southwest of L.A. and you can travel there at anytime during the year as the weather is warm year-round.  So if you don’t have time to hit it this summer, you can make it a destination to get to some other time in the year. It’s an outdoor adventurer hotspot with tons of tours that you can do on land or via  boat. There’s great camping and boating adventures including boat-in campsites that means you can be totally secluded from just about everyone. See their site to check out everything this island has to offer.

    No matter where you go, enjoy your #REELSummer and make it a sweet one!

    New REEL Lifestyle Girl Traveling the Globe

    New REEL Lifestyle Girl Traveling the Globe


    The REEL Lifestyle in the Pacific Northwest Life with a Global Adventurer





    Lindsey Ganahl is a native of the Pacific Northwest, and has embraced outdoor adventure as a way of life since she was a child. Professionally she's represented major outdoor gear retailers as a content marketer for five years. Her guiding philosophy is to live a life that you don't want to take a vacation from, and she achieves this by integrating microadventures into her daily life.

    Whether it's sailing on Puget Sound after work, paddle boarding on Lake Washington or camping by Alpine Lakes on sunny summer weekends, nature is not a place she visits, but is her home. She prefers spending more nights in her tent than in her house, and is frequently caught pulling "all nighters" during the week to photograph the Aurora borealis or the Milky Way.

    When she's not out adventuring she works in non-profit for a glass school founded by artist Dale Chihuly with the mission of helping artists return to nature to catalyze the creative process.

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