Tuesday, June 30, 2015

EWH Reviews Revant Elite Mirrorshields

Those folks at Revant, they never stop improving their products and who am I to stop them? I was a huge fan of their HC3 replacement lenses for my Oakleys so when they said they had a new Elite lens for me to try out, I jumped at the chance.

Don't get me wrong, Oakley lenses are pretty great but I like my Revant's better and their price point is far far less than what Oakley will get from ya. The clarity that these lenses give you, while not imposing a grey fog over everything is the real key. I don't feel like I am wearing sunglasses while using these lenses which I think is the biggest compliment I can pay them.

So how were the elites?

I used the Elites on the trail in Seattle, on a golf course darkened by redwoods and also while I was tooling around Seattle staring at the water and in each light condition they worked great! The lens is just as good or better as the HC3 which was pretty darn good to begin with. If you want to change things up with your Oakley (or your Ray Ban or your Smith or your, well you get the idea), then Revant is the way to go!

For more info on the lenses check it out here: https://www.revantoptics.com/

The Oakley shades were provided by Revant for review purposes. I get no benefit whether you buy Oakley products or shop at Revant, its life, make your own decisions. I try to review things as honestly as possible but it is the internet, take everything with a grain of salt, thanks.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Support the 52 Hike Challenge

A couple of years ago I got a notion in my head. What if I hike 366 trail miles in a year, basically one trail mile a day? Could I do it, why do it? These were all questions that I dealt with all year until finally in December, that lovely odometer rolled across and I made it!

So of course, when I found out about the 52 Hike Challenge, I had to promote it here on the site. As you can image, the goal of the 52 Week Challenge is to hike 52 times in 52 weeks.

Yes the mountains are beautiful and the air is fresh but if that doesn't get you off the couch you need other ways. There is something about lists and goals that help motivate people to get out there. The filmmakers of 52 Hike Challenge want to document that experience and bring another take to the outdoor space.

Check out their Kickstarter campaign and donate if you can to help getting a great documentary out there and hopefully inspiring more people to get outdoors!

For more info on the campaign, check out here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1196406193/52-hike-challenge-documentary

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

EWH Visits The Reninssance Faire!

What can I say? I always wanted to visit a Renaissance Faire (or RenFair or Pleasure Faireeeee if you will). I have always had a love of Shakespeare, the time of King Arthur and basically anything regarding the time period in-between.

That being said, I have never actually gotten to one of these things until recently when I visited one in Irwindale California.

Immediately upon entering the grounds, I knew I was in a different world. A world of Elizabethan times from the look of the dress. There were ladies is amazingly crafted hoop dresses, lords and pirates, several shareholders of the East India Trading Company and these guys:

It was fairy weekend at the Faire and there were numerous sprites, fish...people(?) and other spirits hanging out at the Faire. What was very apparent was how INTO it everyone was. I wore kinda a Faire hat along with jeans and a shirt but I was in the minority, most people were rocking period garb. Not even Elizabethan stuff but I saw numerous Musketeers, a lot of Scottish highlanders and yes, even a few Calise's.

In fact, I was surprised that Game of Thrones (a current cultural conundrum) wasn't more represented at the Faire but the current was kept to a minimum, well almost:

This Faire had it all, and it had a lot of "all". The Faire is huge, so many rows of vendors hawking their wares and stages set up for comedians, sword swallowers, bad pirate bands (but good in a bad way):

(seriously though, these guys have a song about how the skeletons of their enemies are going to have a drink with the skeletons of their friends in the afterlife, how can you not LOVE that?)

The big draw for me though was the joust. Jousting! In the 21st Century!

They have 3 jousts a day, warming up with jousting games (involving rings and some weirdo scoring system). They have both female and make jousters and the female jousters took it to the men on a bunch of passes. Then the main event, the two knights going head to head, all out in full armor.

Here they come....


You could feel the tension in the arena something about big horses running at each other at full speed gets you going.

In addition to all the shops, entertainment and jousting (did I mention the jousting), there was food. I have been on a diet recently but you better believe I wasn't going to do a Renaissance Faire without a bit hunkin' leg of meat:

(it was worth it)

There was also a lot of drinking and I encountered a pub crawl full of happy-go-lucky Gandolfs, knights and regular folks. Those who know me know I love pirates and next year the Faire is going to have a pirate weekend. Doing a pub crawl on pirate weekend seems like a great way to spend a day.

Aside from such future plans, I was surprised how much fun the Faire was, no matter what you are into. The people who run this Faire really go out of their way to be friendly, and make for a relaxed, easy going experience.

Fan of the Faire: http://renfair.com/socal/
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