Best Snowboarding Spots Around the World

Best Snowboarding Spots Around the World

Whistler, Canada 


There is a reason this place has constantly been rated the number one spot in North America. It hosted the 2010 winter Olympics along with Vancouver. The terrain is absolutely beautiful so when you combine that with the fact that it is extremely lose to Vancouver it makes it a must see destination. What makes it a great destination is that it has a lot to do for any people in your group who are not into snowboarding as well. But if you are it has 37 lifts that can reach over 8000 acres of varied and very challenging terrain for beginners as well as more advanced snow boarders. It has everything you could possibly want in bowls, steeps, a superpipe and much more.

Mammoth, California 


Mammoth is gorgeous and a great excuse for any snowboarder who has not been to California to come to the sunshine state. Because of the great snow it get’s some times it is even possible to snowboard all the way up until May at this great resort. The Village is located at the edge of town and that in itself is a huge tourist spot. Once again if you are vacationing with a group that may not be as excited about snowboarding as you they definitely give them something to do as well. But the main attraction is definitely snowboarding and with over 150 trails set on a dead volcano, Mammoth delivers.

Davos, Switzerland 


This is the best overall spot in Switzerland and it is not only a major snowboard resort it is also is a massive town and once again it offers things not just for snowboarders but the whole family as well. The deep powder, massive amount of trees, the big natural hits, half pipes and fun parks make this a must go to destination.


Surfing Destinations in the World for Beginners

4 Surfing Destinations in the World for Beginners

Best Spots to Surf for Beginners

With summer just a few months away, now is the best time to look for surfing destinations around the world. Whether you’re thinking about hitting the beach somewhere in the country or considering a surf-and-beach holiday abroad, there’s plenty to choose from when it comes to the best beaches for beginner surfers.

To help you get started, below are a few recommendations you might want to consider.

1. La Jolla Shores, California. Situated in the upscale town of San Diego, the mild waves at La Jolla Shores are perfect for newbie surfers. Plus, the beach is patrolled by trained lifeguards to ensure the safety of all beach goers enjoying the waters off the beach. And if you’re lucky, you’ll get to swim with dolphins. Surfing lessons are available.

2. Bali’s Legian Beach. With mellow waves breaking close to shore, this is the ideal out-of-country destination for beginner surfers. The beach offers a quieter counterpart to Bali’s popular tourist hotspot, Kuta, so you can enjoy your surfing lessons in a more private environment.

3. Clarke’s Beach, Byron Bay, Australia. Australia is famous for its surfing spots, with beaches offering waves of varying degrees for all levels of surfers. But for beginners, the recommended spot is Clarke’s Beach. Small waves at the beach are ideal for beginners who wish to practice. Lessons are also available.

4. Hanalei Town, Kauai, Hawaii. Last, but certainly not the least, is Hanalei Town. Surrounded by gorgeous beaches, the town is one of the most idyllic regions in Hawaii. For beginners, the Hanalei Pier is ideal. The swells are moderate and friendly for newbies.

There are various other surfing hotspots all over the world that are perfect for beginner surfers. It is recommended that you do a bit of research first before booking your holiday. And since you will be traveling in the summer, it’s best to plan ahead and make your reservations early on.



Mack Prioleau: South Africa Trip













I enjoyed writing my last list of animals you must see on safari, I decided to keep it going with another list and with more animals. Do not feel that you are limited to the animals you see on this list or any other list for that matter, part of going on safari is seeing animals in their natural environment so unlike the zoo there is no guarantee on what you will see but you will see something amazing that puts life in perspective for you.

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This one almost made it on my last list but there was just not enough room to fit it….pun very intended! In all seriousness this is the largest mammal on earth and the rare combination of beauty and size will definitely leave you in awe after you see this creature close up and in it’s natural habitat. The best things about these animals is that they are very peaceful when left alone but as you can imagine disturbing these creatures is not the way to go because having 12,000 lb’s of straight power charging you is probably not a good idea. Their size can reach over 14 feet and can be 30 feet wide and because of this as you can imagine they drink and eat 30-50 gallons of water and veggie every day.



The Giraffe may seem like a strange animal to put on this list for their lack of “excitement” as the other animals. But just like the elephant there is just something awe inspiring but the size and beauty of this animal. They have blue tongues (be honest we all turned our own tongues blue at one point with candy) they have 5 inch knobs in their hand and obviously incredibly long necks which makes them the tallest mammal on earth. This is a must see for any safari.

Mack Prioleau South Africa Trip

Having just recently visited South Africa, I thought I would include a blog about some of my favorite animals to see on safari as well as some others that I heard are a must see from fellow travelers, or in my research leading up to the trip.


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This should come as no surprise, whether you are a fan of Lion King or just want to see the true king of the jungle in it’s natural environment this is usually the main attraction to going on safari in South Africa. Since they sleep about twenty hours a day (what a life) you are most likely to see then snoozing then running about but nothing can replace seeing a lion in their natural habitat whether they are sleeping or not.


Mountain Gorilla

I wanted to add this one to the list because most people may overlook this animal as they can visit a gorilla in most zoo’s across the United States. But this is not a normal Gorilla this is an extremely rare one that only exist in a tiny area in East Africa and you actually have to take a special safari to see. If you  happen to be in East Africa this is definitely must see and will blow all your expectations out the water


Nile Crocodile 

This is one of the easiest animals to spot on safari as they can be found in almost every river across the continent. This is on the list because they have been around for over 200 million years and have that prehistoric look to it that I personally find so amazing. Not only that but the sheer size of them can be intimidating they can grow up to 18 feet. Because of their power they are actually responsible for a number of human fatalities so if you do see one be sure to proceed with extreme caution!

3 National Parks to Visit in 2016

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Yosemite National Park

This specific national park is probably one of the most well known across the country. It became even more famous last January when Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson were the first ones ever to do a free ascent of El Captian’s Dawn Wall. It is even more impressive when you take into account that the 3,000 foot smooth granite wall is considered one of the hardest, if now the hardest rock to climb on the planet. For us regular people who just want to go and look at El Captian’s Dawn Wall I recommend going to El Captian Meadow where you can get the best view of El Capitan.

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Grand Canyon National Park

This National Park is on my personal list of national parks, the 5,200 feet deep canyon is truly one of the most impressive displays of mother nature not just in the United States but the world as well. It should come as no surprise that this canyon is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. There are many things to do here but the idea that is recommended to me the most is rafting on the Grand Canyon’s 277 mile reach. I was surprised that the requirements for this make it accessible to pretty much any one over the age of twelve who has reasonably good health. The trip only takes six to seven days depending on the guide and does not require any padding experience. When I make my way to the Grand Canyon that is something I will do for sure.


Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park is known for its huge mountain peaks, gorgeous alpine lakes and its glaciers (as I am sure you put together by the name). Unlike the other national parks this one actually has an expiration date. As of today there are only twenty five glaciers of that original 150 that existed in 1850. Some estimates put that by 2030 there will be no more glaciers left. If there is one National Park that you plan to visit in the next year, this is it!

Hunting Tips: Upland Game & Waterfowl


We are back to discuss some new hunting tips and advice. As any good hunter is aware, the learning process is never ending. In this article, we will be discussing ways to improve your success hunting upland game or waterfowl. For more information, please check out Outdoor Life.Here are three great tips for when you are hunting for upland game or waterfowl.

1) Glassing For Ducks

When jump-shooting ducks along streams or potholes, use a good set of binocular to scan the area for distant ducks. If possible, make your observation while looking through brush. Ducks have great eyesight, so they will fly off if they spot you nearby.

2) Don’t Spook The Ringnecks

Wild pheasants are easily frightened by the sound of vehicles, dogs and voices. Most birds will start running or flying away at the first sign of humans in the area. To help prevent the birds from doing so, park as far as possible from where you expect to hunt and approach the area as quietly as possible.

3) Taking Down Grouse

As you are probably aware, ruffed grouse are masters at flying through tickets. Many hunters pass up shots if the birds are not in the clear. However, this is a big mistake. You should never pass up shots if you can see the blur of a grouse as it blasts through brush, but if you take this approach then you need to know exactly where the other members of your hunting group are at all times. If you continually pass up birds, you might never get a single shot all day.

Hunting Tips: Staying Warm


We are back to discuss some new hunting tips and advice. As any good hunter is aware, the learning process is never ending. In this article, we will be discussing ways to stay warm while you are are outside hunting on a colder day. For more information, please check out Outdoor Life. Here are four great tips to stay warm while hunting.

1) Don’t Sweat It

Perspiration is one of your biggest enemies on a cold day. Take every precaution that you can to keep dry. This means that if you need to take off layers of clothes as you walk in frigid temperatures to avoid sweating, you take off those layers. When you sit for any length of time outside, you will guarantee yourself that you will get chilled if you have worked up a sweat beforehand.

2) Sleep In Comfort

A cot in an unheated tent or cabin will keep you cold all night if you do not have a pad underneath your sleeping bag. If you do not have a pad, spread out your clothing to insulate you from the cold air under the cot. The loft in your bag is compressed from the weight of your body, offering little to no insulation when in contact with the thin fabric of a cot.

3) Cold-Weather Horsemanship

Riding a horse in the cold weather will make you colder much faster, especially if you end up sitting for long periods of time. Warm up by walking the horse downhill. This will help you get your blood moving, and it is certainly good horsemanship to give the animal a break every so often.

4) Bring Your Best Bag

During a cold-weather hunt, you will want to make sure you have your best sleeping bag by your side, even if you are staying in a hunt or cabin with a wood stove. The fire is bound to go out during the middle of the night, and the temperature inside will not be much better than the temperature outside. A lightweight summer bag is only practical for use in the summer.

Four New and Exciting Outdoor Adventures To Try


It’s always beneficial to get out of your house and enjoy the outdoors. On a regular day, the way to do this might be going for a walk, jog or bike ride. But sometimes it’s nice to really get out of the hustle and bustle. You may want to leave your hometown for a while to explore the great outdoors. It may seem intimidating at first, but immersing yourself in nature is a beautiful and exhilarating experience.

Spending some time in the rough of nature, regardless of what you’re doing, is a great way to truly sit back and appreciate life. When humans interact with nature, we gain a greater appreciation for the world around us. Don’t know what outdoor adventure is right for you? Here is a list of outdoor adventures that are bound to help you appreciate nature while also exercising and getting out of the usual routine.

1) Trail Running

You may be used to running on a treadmill or around your local neighborhood, but trail running creates an entirely different experience. When you run on a trail through nature, you never know what to expect. The unexpected nature of your surroundings truly allows you to be taken aback by just how incredible nature is. Not to mention, you’ll be exercising your mind by assessing the world around you while also exercising your body.

2) Whitewater Kayaking

Kayaking can seem dangerous, but with the proper instruction and gear, whitewater kayaking can be a lot of fun. Take an introductory class and make sure that you are travelling through Class I or Class II rapids when you are still a beginner. Kayaking is a great way to exercise and to immerse yourself into a new activity that revolves around nature. The best times to kayak are during the spring and the summer.

3) Slot Canyoneering

Canyons are some of the Earth’s most incredible structures. Explore them through slot canyoneering and it is sure to be an awe-inspiring experience. You’ll also be able to improve your abilities to travel through the wilderness. While some canyons are walkable, others require climbing, rappelling or scrambling. Always make sure you know what is required of a canyon before exploring it. Some of the most beautiful slot canyons are found in Utah, located in Zion National Park, the Paria Canyons region and more.

4) Peak Bagging

Have you ever seen a breathtaking photograph from the top of a large hill and wanted to see the view with your own eyes? You can if you go peak bagging! If you’re used to short hikes, consider taking your hikes to the next level and head up a larger hill. The terrain will be a bit hard to navigate, but this will make the experience all the more rewarding. It’s also a great way to get a cardio workout. At the end, stand atop your hill and look out at the beautiful view in front you. Once you see how incredible the view is, the experience will be well worth it and you’ll have a better connection with nature.

If you want to become one with the environment but don’t know how, why not try one of these activities? You will get a workout while also learning how to maneuver in nature. In the end, you will be happy you ventured out of your regular routine to take in the beauty of the world around you.

Hunting Tips: The Competition

Mack Prioleau Hunting Tips (2)We are back to discuss some new hunting tips and advice. As any good hunter is aware, the learning process is never ending. I would like to share some thoughts on the competition aspect of hunting. Like any sport, competition is an undeniable aspect. But it is important to not let the competition put anyone in danger or ruin the experience for anyone. For more information, please check out Outdoor Life.

Here are Four Essential Hunting Tips For The Competition:

1) Getting In First

Many roads are blocked to restrict vehicle access to the hunting areas. This means that you will only be able to access the area by foot or horse. Hunters will typically arrive at the gates early in the morning and hike up the roads. But you can beat everyone else by parking at the gate at night and sleep over. If you want to stake claim to the hunting area first, then consider taking a light sleeping back and searching for a clear area to camp out. You should position yourself in the back area in an elevated spot away from the road. Once you are settled, you can take a nap and wait for other hunters to push deer your way as the shooting hours approach.

2) Big-Game Honey Holes

If you are in big country and want to find a place where you have a high chance of finding big game, then you should look to find a heavily timbered canyon with no roads or major trails at the bottom. Most hunters will avoid descending into these spots because they know that they will need to climb back out. The idea of hauling a deer or elk out of the bottom is a double nightmare that will make hunters even more prone to avoiding these potentially game-rich spots. While this location will create more work for you, if you goal is to find the quality game, it will be worth the effort.

3) Drive Double-Dipping

If you are able to learn the drive of another group of hunters, then you may be able to use this information to your advantage. Find a location well away from the group in heavy cover where a scared deer might run after the other group frightens it away. This technique is ethically acceptable if you keep a reasonable distance from the party and do not interfere with the drive of the group.

4) Don’t Follow The Leader

If you are tracking a deer in the snow and discover that another hunter has come upon the same tracks (meaning they are in front of you), there is obviously no reason to keep following. You are better off making a  quick circle and attempting to ambush the deer. There is a good chance that the other hunter will keep pushing the deer ahead, hopefully to you. You will want to keep a considerable distance from where you think the hunter might be; this should be at least a half mile or more.

If you would like to learn more hunting tips, please check out my blog on hunting strategies and hunting tracking tips.

Essential Hunting Tips: Tracking


As any good hunter knows, the learning process never ends. There are always new strategies to try to make yourself a safer and more responsible hunter. Over the years, hunters have done a good job of sharing their experiences and successes. Last week I discussed some great hunting strategies to help you have a more effective hunt. This week I would like to share some essential tracking tips. For more information, please check out Outdoor Life.

Here are Six Essential Hunting Tips For Tracking:

1) How To Follow A Blood Trail

To properly follow a blood trail, you are going to need to move quietly as you track. Be on the lookout for quarry, which may be bedded just ahead of you. If you are out with other hunters, it is important that you all communicate with hand signals. Make sure that you are all familiar with the hand signals you will be using beforehand. Every time you see a spot of blood, mark it with a piece of toilet paper or flagging; please remember to remove these later.

2) Do Not Give Up

As any seasoned hunter knows, many times the blood trail that you followed a long way will peter out to absolutely nothing. That is not a good sign because it means the animal is still going strong. However, this does not mean that the animal was not already fatally wounded. You should not give up on your blood trail. Keep searching the area for tiny spots of blood; get on your hands and knees, if necessary, to try and find a sign.

3) Look Up For Blood

When you are tracking a wounded animal, do not focus only on the ground for signs of blood. You should also be actively looking for traces of blood higher up on the sides of trees, on grass heaps, and on stems of a bush. Sometimes we become so focused in on traces of blood on the forest floor that we completely miss vital clues off the ground.

4) Call The Spot

If you drop an animal at a long distance, especially in a brushy area where it is more difficult to see the land, remember to make a mental note of where the animal stood at the shot. It is extremely important to find the precise area so that you can pick up the blood trail easily and track down the animal as fast as possible.

5) Beware Of The Instant Drop

An animal that drops at the shot is actually more likely to run off than an animal that does not go down and instead runs some distance before falling. An animal that falls immediately may only be doing so because of shock. Once it recovers from the shock it will begin running. If you see an animal drop instantly, stay put and be prepared for a quick follow-up shot.

6) No Eye Pokes

If you watch hunting shows, you will often see hosts walk up to a fallen animal and prod it with the firearm muzzle to make sure that it’s dead. You should avoid this course of action at all costs. The last thing you want to do is poke the animal and have it leap up when you are so close that you cannot take action. Instead, you should toss a stone or branch in its direction and look for a reaction. If the animals eyes are closed, it is probably still alive. If there are any signs of life, shoot it in the throat under the chin to administer a humane coup de grâce and not waste meat.