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first_imgWeek 2 on the road and spirits are high.  We’ve been van’ing around the border of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia.  Neither of us has done any exploring here so everything is exciting!  Ride down a curvy road long enough and the Blue Ridge mountains fold out in front of you, lined up in color order.  The mountains here are far more gentle than in Colorado and seem to invite you in, instead of daring you to cross.  And oh the waterfalls!  The first week of van life was a crash course in remembering all your gear, slowing down, and finding showers. Week two has found us clean, organized (somewhat), and ready for adventure!  Below are just a few pieces of gear that we have been using to keep us moving.Mountain House (Chili Mac with Beef) – The struggle is real. Van life means we’re always trying to find delicious and affordable meals on the go. Few options are as fast, tasty, and filling as the Chili Mac with Beef from Mountain House. Freeze dried meals have come a long way since their inception. Mountain House has been cooking up and packing yummy goodness for nearly 50 years. The Chili Mac never lasts very long around us, but for those looking to stock up on meals for emergency preparedness, these meals have a taste guarantee for 30 years. Although Mountain House is confident that they will last much longer than that. The instructions are simple. Pour boiling water into the pouch, wait a few minutes, and chow down. The texture is just right and the beef has a spicy kick without setting your mouth on fire. Check out the full line from Mountain House for more delicious options.Crazy Creek Hex 2.0 – If you’re like us, you spend a good amount of time hiking and backpacking in the rain. On those cold (and sometimes wet) evenings after a long day on the trail, the last thing you want to do is sit your rear end down on the cold, wet ground. Enter the Crazy Creek Hex 2.0. This lightweight backcountry chair has us ditching those bulky foam pads for something a little more sensible. This chair has an outer shell made from bullet proof 210D coated ripstop nylon and will roll up to about the size of a Nalgene water bottle. In fact — we just stick it in the mesh water bottle holders on our packs. For the ultralight backpackers out there, this can double as a lightweight sleeping pad. It can be strange sitting around with a campfire at face level, but to our delight, the smoke went straight over our heads.  We use our Hex 2.0 for backpacking, but they’re also a great option for concerts, festivals, or a day at the park.LifeStraw Steel 2.0 – LifeStraw has been at the forefront of personal water filtration for many years now. The Steel 2.0 is a more durable and robust take on their classic LifeStraw water filter. This two stage water filter is ideal for hiking, backpacking, camping, and travel. When you’re on the road and out in nature as often as we are, it’s always important to have access to fresh drinking water. This straw has become a staple in our hiking packs and in the van. They are a great way to avoid carryingcopious amounts of drinking water when backpacking in the high country. The Steel has a slightly higher price point than the classic LifeStraw filter, but trust us, the extra durability is worth it. We tend to be hard on gear and we’ve put this thing through the ringer. They filter out virtually all bacteria and protozoa. The Steel 2.0 also has a carbon capsule which helps reduce chemicals such as chlorine, organic compounds, odor and bad taste. Perhaps best of all, when you buy a Lifestraw product you’re buying from a company that helps provide clean drinking water to African communities in need.___________________________________________________________Like the gear we’re rockin’ ?  Check out some of the brands featured in the images above that support this program! La Sportiva, Crazy Creek, Mountain House, and Lifestraw.last_img read more

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first_img“The risk factor has been greatly reduced,” he said, adding that there had been no sign of wider community spread of the virus, with most cases discovered through monitoring of high-risk communities.The announcement comes after Beijing lifted several localized lockdowns imposed after hundreds of new cases linked to a sprawling wholesale market were discovered in June, prompting fears of a virus resurgence.The capital tested more than 10 million people between June 11 and July 3, nearly half the city’s population, Beijing official Zhang Qiang said Friday.But nucleic acid tests have not been entirely foolproof, with multiple confirmed cases in the city returning negative days before testing positive in recent weeks.On Thursday, a woman was taken to hospital from a mall in Beijing’s Shijingshan district and 204 contacts put under quarantine after the woman’s fourth virus test in three weeks came back positive — despite her testing negative the previous day, city officials said Friday.China had largely brought the deadly outbreak under control before the new Beijing cluster was detected last month.The government has since also imposed a strict lockdown on nearly half a million people in neighboring Hebei province to contain a fresh cluster there, adopting the same strict measures imposed at the height of the pandemic in the epicenter of Wuhan city earlier this year.Topics : Beijing has contained transmission of a new coronavirus outbreak and will lift travel restrictions on most residents at midnight, city authorities said Friday, weeks after a new wave of infections broke out in the Chinese capital.All people living in areas of the city considered “low risk” may leave Beijing without a negative virus test result starting Saturday, the municipal public security bureau’s spokesman said at a press conference.The city’s massive track and trace campaign has “effectively cut off virus transmission channels” with fewer than three cases discovered each day in recent days, spokesman Pan Xuhong said.last_img read more

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first_imgWest Brom boss Steve Clarke insists new signings Diego Lugano and Matej Vydra can both challenge for the starting XI at Everton next weekend. Press Association He told the club’s official website: “I didn’t include Diego in the squad at all on Saturday after he travelled with Uruguay and went to Japan. “When he came in to the club he was a little bit behind us in his preparation. “Vydra – I have to be honest – I haven’t seen much of. He came in for his medical last week and then went away with the Czech Republic. “I thought he looked quite lively when he came on and I know he’s done a full pre-season with Udinese so I think Matej will pick up the pace quickly.” center_img Uruguay defender Lugano was left out of the squad that played Southampton on Saturday after making a long-haul international trip to Japan in mid-week. Vydra, the Czech striker who scored 20 goals for Watford last season, played only seven minutes against Saints and Clarke said he is looking forward to working with both players this week. last_img read more

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first_imgUPDATED: Oct. 11, 2017 at 6:53 p.m.In his five and a half years as a college football head coach, Dino Babers said he’s learned one thing about whether to go for it on fourth down: Trust your gut. This year, he’s done that more than any other coach in the country.“Based off of who you are playing and where it is in the game,” Babers said Wednesday morning, “I like to go with my gut intuition.”Halfway through the season, Syracuse (3-3, 1-1 Atlantic Coast) has gone for it on fourth down a total of 21 times, more than any other FBS team in the country. SU has converted 13 of those attempts, a 61.9 percent conversion rate that ranks 47th in the country. SU’s next opponent, the defending national champion No. 2 Clemson Tigers (6-0, 4-0), rank tied-fourth in the country with an 87.5 percent fourth-down conversion rate (7-for-8). Should SU fall behind the Tigers, success on fourth-down conversions could be one way the Orange fight back in the game. Over the last two and a half seasons, Syracuse has been a strong team on fourth downs, converting on 63 percent of chances a year ago (15th in the country) and 73 percent of chances in 2015 (eighth). In SU’s past two games, the Orange has gone 3-for-5 on fourth down. At then-No. 25 Louisiana State University, SU went 2-for-3. The Orange has attempted at least one fourth-down conversion every game this year.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAndy Mendes | Digital Design EditorCoaches traditionally punt or kick on fourth downs, though the modern college game has pushed some teams away from that. It’s a pass-happy league with a growing number of spread offenses that can zip up and down the field, easily gaining back the field position a punt may have afforded. There are many variables that influence the decision to go for it, including the fact that field goals are not automatic. A missed field goal can provide the opposition not only quality field position but momentum.“Sometimes you can tell how important the momentum is,” Babers said, “and keeping the momentum sometimes you realize, hey, this may not be a good time to do it because you may be giving momentum back to them and it could snowball on you from there.”Syracuse has one of the best punters in college football in redshirt sophomore Sterling Hofrichter, whose 45.1 yards-per-punt average ranks 14th. He’s landed 12 punts inside the 20-yard line. Even with him in Babers’ repertoire, Babers has leaned on the aggressive side more often than not. Down 16 at LSU on Sept. 23, Syracuse went for it on fourth down from the LSU 41. Senior slot receiver Ervin Philips ran for eight yards. Three plays later junior quarterback Eric Dungey ran it in for six points.In a 33-25 loss at North Carolina State on Sept. 30, Syracuse would have had a fourth-and-short opportunity. It didn’t happen because of a flag that pushed back SU 15 yards, forcing the Orange to settle for a Hofrichter field goal. If Syracuse center Aaron Servais hadn’t been called for a shove, Babers said he would have gone for it. A touchdown and extra point would have brought SU to within five of the Wolfpack. “Si,” Babers answered, in Spanish, when asked if he would have gone for it. On fourth down, Syracuse doesn’t just look for short runs or passes. Earlier against NC State, a Dungey-Ishmael connection on fourth down sparked a 13-0 Syracuse run to crawl back in the game. On fourth and two from the NC State 43, Dungey hit Ishmael with a 38-yard pass down field. Three plays later, Dungey ran it into the endzone for a score. Last Saturday, Syracuse took an 11-point lead in the fourth quarter thanks to a successful fourth-down conversion at the Pittsburgh 38-yard line. Dungey picked up two yards on a run to convert. Two plays later, he tossed a 35-yard touchdown to senior receiver Steve Ishmael to extend SU’s lead in a three-point victory that bumped SU to 3-3 ahead of the toughest part of its schedule. Additional notes from Wednesday’s ACC teleconferences:Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney: “We’ve got our hands full with a much improved and very well-coached Syracuse team.”Babers when describing Clemson’s defense, which ranks eighth in the country: “Their front four is O-M-G.”Babers on how to penetrate that defense: “I-D-K. You look at it, there’s no holes. There’s no weaknesses.”This post has been updated with appropriate style. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 11, 2017 at 2:11 pm Contact Matthew: [email protected] | @MatthewGut21last_img read more

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first_imgTropical Storm Isaac has gained Category 1 hurricane strength as it continued on its path to New Orleans, bringing with it torrential rain and winds and turning the party city into a ghost town.Seven years after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, Isaac will test the city’s USD$14.5 billion flood-control system and 26-foot high levees, which were closed on Tuesday. At the time of publishing, the centre of Isaac was nearing the coast of southeast Louisiana with storm surge flooding already reported and maximum sustained winds of 130 kilometres per hour. The port of New Orleans closed yesterday; making it the fourth embarkation port affected by Isaac and is scheduled to reopen on 30 August.President Barack Obama sent a warning to all residents of the Gulf Coast in a televised statement imploring all people in its path to follow directions.“I want to encourage all residents of the Gulf Coast to listen to your local officials and follow their directions, including if they tell you to evacuate,” President Obama said. “We’re dealing with a big storm and there could be significant flooding and other damage across a large area. Now is not the time to tempt fate. Now is not the time to dismiss official warnings. You need to take this seriously.”The Federal Emergency Management Agency has been in place since last week to assist local officials in Isaac’s path and to help communities with supplies and preparation. “I’ll continue to make sure that the federal government is doing everything possible to help the American people prepare for and recover from this dangerous storm,” President Obama said before promising to provide continuous updates on Isaac’s activity on both a local and national level. Hurricane Isaac has also affected several cruise ship itineraries, with lines including Royal Caribbean, Carnival, Norwegian and the American Queen Steamboat Company diverting and delaying voyages. Gallery Nine Forty in the New Orleans’ French Quarter is on “hurrication”. Picture: CNN/EPA/Landov Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Alast_img read more

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