We went to the Colorado Springs Boat and Outdoor Show today and had a great time. First we had to take our niece and her parent's to check out the new Colorado Springs Bass Pro Shops. This was the only photo that kind of turned out from the visit. I've decided when I can finally upgrade to a Smart Phone, I'm getting one with a good camera, but this point-and-shoot camera hates me.
Next, we headed over to the event center for the show. There were lots of booths including face painting (or arm painting for those who prefer to be able to look at their body art).
There were a LOT of boats to look at. Our niece made sure she looked at all of them...several times.
Gator Quen Liz from Swamp People was there but I was too shy to go talk to her or ask for a picture
There was a different seminar every hour, but we only went to see the "Understanding Crawfish and their Behaviors" by G. Wayne Byrd. We got so busy at all of the booths that we forgot about going back for the other seminars we wanted to see until they were over. I also lost my watch this morning so I wasn't watching the time very well.
This guy was looking at me the entire seminar.
There were minnow races, too. You'll notice Jordan (no antlers with a blue shirt) is watching his sister Brosia (antlers and white shirt) because his minnow when straight to the finish line while Brosia's minnow kept wanting to go back to the starting line no matter how much she tried to make it go the other way.
This is the reason for boat inspections. We don't want these in our waters. The camera wouldn't cooperate so it's really hard to tell that that is a shoe on the right covered in zebra muscles.
Jordan and Brosia did some target shooting in the Daisy shooting booth. They are both pretty good target shooters!
We got a bunch of brochures, cards, and I got a t-shirt from Slay Fest Fly Fishing Company.
The Colorado Springs Boat and Outdoor Show was a lot of fun. Thank you to all of our followers that came to hang out with us for the day! Maybe next year we'll set up a booth...
I am not very graceful. I can trip over my own feet, a pebble or even an imaginary pebble. I can also slip on a flat surface with good tread on my shoes. That is one of the reasons I was nervous about trying ice fishing. My husband told me he's get be a pair of ice cleats and I'd be fine. I didn't trust him because I'm the one that rolls my ankle on a nice flat even surface. He ordered some STABILicers Lite Walkers and on the package it says "STUDDED SNOW TIRES for your feet." They kind of do look like studded snow tires.
The studs are arranged both vertically and horizontally and they aren't pointy dangerous spikes like I thought they would be. There is also some different rubber gripping designs that also help with traction.
I was originally hoping for snow cleats that could be strapped onto my boots instead of stretched around my boot. I was worried the stretch style would be too tight and would pull my toes upward and my the end of the day my feet would be in a lot of pain from being squeezed and pulled on. STABILicers aren't like that at all! They are pretty easy to put on, they don't squeeze and pull my toes upwards and they aren't heavy or clunky at all. You can put them on while you're wearing your shoes or put them on your shoes then put them on your feet.
I love that my toes weren't squished and I forgot I was wearing them. They fit on my boots and also my tennis shoes.
The first time I put them on, it was a little weird at first walking in them but not uncomfortable and they weren't hard to walk in. During my first ice fishing trip, I watched other people sliding around and falling down and I didn't slide or slip once! I love my STABILicers Lite Walkers!! I went to their website (www.32north.com) and saw they have some strap on styles and the STABILicers Lite Walkers come in RED! I may have to get a second pair for daily use during the winter.
Since I don't have to worry about sliding, slipping or falling, I am able to enjoy the views while ice fishing.
STABILlicers did not pay for this post or give me their product for free. I purchased the product myself and fell in love with them without any influence from their company. If you need some good ice cleats for your winter activities, I HIGHLY recommend STABILicers
It's time for February's interview and I can't wait to share it! First, I need to announce we are going to be using the website for the blog instead of it being separate. That means we will be busy moving most of the old posts to the new blog so please be patient with our transition.
Now the fun! Here is February's interview! My questions and comments are in black and Ryan's answers are in red.
Name: Ryan Schade
Where Are You From: Price, Utah
What outdoor activities do you like to participate in?
I enjoy Hunting, Fishing (Open water and Ice Fishing), Camping, Shooting and just all around being outdoors.
How long have you been participating in these activities and who introduced you?
I have been doing these activities since I was just a little kid around 5 or 6 years old , I was introduced to it by my Father and Grandfather they introduced me by just getting me out and showing how things work.
Are you involved in any organizations, clubs or outdoor companies?
I am not currently involved in any clubs or organizations I do however own my own business Schadeycreek Lures. We are makers of custom Fishing Lures and Tackle Products. We currently have over 100 different designs of in-line spinners and all have consistently caught fish time and time again we also produce Ice Fishing Lures, jigs , Crawler Harnesses etc... I started this business 4 years ago because I was tired of going to the store and seeing the same old cheap junk all the time so I decided to try my hand at making them and it just caught my attention and spread like wildfire after that and now making patterns that entice fish into striking has become an obsession. Our website is www.schadeycreekoutdoors.com.
I love Schadeycreek Spinners! I want to thank you again for choosing me to be a Pro Staffer for your company.
Have you introduced any girls to the outdoors? If so, who and how?
Yes, I have I have introduced my Daughter Maygun to the outdoors. She has been hunting and fishing with me since she could walk and that is how I introduced her, just by taking her with me as much as possible. I also introduced my Fiance Melanie to the outdoors after she met me 3 years ago. When she came to me she was just a city slicker and had no idea that there was a whole other world out there and once I took her out a few times she was hooked. I am also working on Introducing some more girls to the outdoors just got to convince some of the ladies I work with that there is fun to be had in the Outdoors and all I want them to do is try it a couple of times lol.
How do you encourage your girls in the outdoors?
I try to answer all their questions and encourage everything they are willing to take on and try that involves the outdoors...within reason lol.
What is your favorite “I've created a monster” moment?
One of my favorite monster moments is when I was sitting at the work bench and my daughter Maygun picked up some new lure parts that had yet to be designed and she created 2 fish catching lures straight out of her head. That was a proud monster moment for me because it showed me that everything I have shown and taught her about the outdoors and business had really sunk in with her and that she had put her knowledge to the test.
Way to go Maygun!!!
Do you have any advice for others that would like to get their wife/girlfriend/sister/daughter/etc. involved in the outdoors?
Just to get them out as much as possible and make it fun and encourage them in everything outdoors that they are willing to try and above all have patience while they are learning what you are trying to show them.
I bolded and underlined the 2 most important words in that sentence. Great advice!
What outdoor activity do you wish your girl(s) would do with you?
None, they do everything outdoors with me side-by-side.
Do you have any frustrations getting your girl(s) involved? If so, what are they and how do you work through them?
I have a few once in a while sometimes they don't like to get up early to go so we don't make it out with me sometimes, I usually just send pictures of everything they are missing and that usually breaks them out of it.
Hmmmm, my husband's answer to this question was very similar.
What do you enjoy about having your girl(s) join you?
I enjoy being able to pass on my knowledge and skills and enjoy seeing them develop their own skills and techniques.
Is there anybody (living or dead) you wish you could hunt or fish with?
I would love to hunt with Ted Nugent and Fish with Jimmy Houston.
What are 3 things you always bring with you no matter what outdoor activity you are doing?
Fishing Poles and Schadeycreek Lures
Cameras - Video and Still
Binoculars and a Gun
I know that's 4 but I gotta bring the essentials.
That's ok, my list is longer than 3 items too.
Great interview Ryan!!! Thank you so much for doing the interview and also for your support for Girls In The Outdoors. Also, thank you for choosing me to be a Pro Staffer for Schadeycreek!!
I am having a lot of fun with these monthly interviews. If you would like to be interviewed, email Hilary at GirlsInTheOutdoors.com. We have a list of questions for men, women and even kids.