What the Heck is a Kurt Shirt?

Yep… you read that right, a Kurt Shirt. Why? Because I get bored sometimes, that’s why…. and, I can get these made and shipped by Amazon (Prime). So, if you like my site or my YouTube Channel and you want an awesome shirt to boot, then check these out. I will have more styles available as I can, but for now… here’s what I got. You can also find these by searching Amazon for Kurt Zitzelman Outdoors or from the Kurt Shirts link at the top of the page.

 

Go Outside and Do Something!

Get my Big Ol’ Dumb Face Logo on your back… this is for the true, die hard KZO fan! You’d have to be in order to be seen in this thing! Only $19.99 and processed by Amazon!
 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07B3M46JW

 

 

Solitude

Inspired by the sunrise on a recent trip to the Catskill Mountains during which I saw absolutely no one else on the trail for 3 days.  The new Solitude shirt has a lot less of the Big Ol’ Dumb Face logo and more… well… solitude! Only $19.99 and processed by Amazon!
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07B89KR5Y

Upgrading and Evolving

Creating. Those of us who blog and vlog or make music and art… we have a need to create. Doesn’t matter sometimes what it is, just as long as we make something. In this process we evolve and change, it’s inevitable. Over the past few years, I have found a lot of enjoyment creating video. I started messing with video years ago with a VHS camcorder… it was horrible, but I found ways to “produce” and “edit” on the fly. Since then I have tried my hand at video tech reviews and had a lot of fun doing them, but had more fun editing them. So I decided to merge my love of the outdoors with my new found enjoyment of video. It started with actual video about 7 or 8 years ago. Unfortunately, my computer at the time couldn’t handle the processing so I did the next best thing. I merged outdoors, video and photography and started making video slide shows of sorts, eventually mixing in short video clips.

At the beginning of 2016 I decided to dive back in to full video for my outdoor adventures and immediately realized it was way different than recording in an indoor setting. For the last 2 years I have struggled to find a balance between, good stable video and good audio. I’ve had cameras with good microphones and no image stabilization, ones with stabilization and poor microphones,  decently stable with good mics but render horribly… you name it. On top of trying to find that right balance, also trying to improve my filming and editing skills. And yet, it’s never gotten me down… frustrated occasionally yes, but not down. Now let’s see what my new recording setup does. I’m now using my GoPro Hero 5 Black on the Karma Grip for stable recording and my Tascam DR-05 portable audio recorder with a lavaliere mic. Below is my test of the new setup. What do you think?

 

No Swimming Bears, but There Were Eagles!

Seems like an odd title, I know… but I have seem a swimming bear at this week’s destination before. Shohola Marsh Reservoir in Pike County PA is a 595 acre (accessible size … over 1,100 acres if you include the restricted waterfowl propagation areas) man-made lake. I have kayaked here five or six times and every time I see at least one Bald Eagle. Today’s visit was no exception with at least five Eagle sightings. One thing that was a little unexpected was that, even though it’s only August 12th, the trees already appear to be showing some fall color! Not much yet, but this is earlier than I can remember in recent years.

No Plans… No Problem

Sometimes it’s tough to find new places in your local area. Over the past 3 years I’ve kayaked in most of the accessible lakes and ponds in my area, besides the extremely busy places. So, I occasionally have a hard time figuring out what I going to do on the weekends. Last weekend was one of those times.

I decided, fairly early on Saturday (like 5am early) that I was going to start the day at Prompton State Park, but I had no plans for after that. After spending 3 hours kayaking at Prompton I went home and searched the PA Fish and Boat Commission page – http://fishandboat.com  and found Stevens Lake, a smal lake about 45 minutes from home that I had never been to before. (more after video)

 

As I found this new spot to kayak I decided to also stop at Lackawanna State Park for a sunset paddle, which turned out to be a beautiful night. Considering I started the day with no plans… 14 hours of kayaking and exploring was a nice surprise. It just goes to show, that you can always find something to do as long as you try.

Return to Bradys Lake

Bradys Lake was drawn down and had it’s dam repaired in the early 2000’s, during that time remnants of old structures that were used for hauling ice in the 1800’s. Now, the lake is used for recreation. Fishing and kayaking are popular as is hiking along he trails around the water and in to the surrounding state game lands. Check out the video to get a look at this secluded lake in the Poconos.

Sunrise Kayaking at Bradys Lake

It seems like every weekend this year, we’ve had rain… but not just rain… thunderstorms. So, after keeping an eye on the weather all day yesterday I knew I had a slim window to get out and do something. I got up around 4am and loaded up my kayak and headed to Bradys Lake in Monroe County.  Once I got home we got hit with some pretty good sized storms, so I’m glad I got out when I did.

Scouting Shenandoah

img_20170105_113821My 2017 started with me working… boring. However, working on New Years Day earned me a floating day off which I took last Thursday (my weekends are Friday & Saturday) giving me a 3 day weekend. I wanted my first weekend of 2017 to be a trip instead of just a hike. I figured, since it was January… heading south would be the best course of action. Turned out I was wrong.

Having less than 24 hours to come up with a plan I decided to drive the roughly 4 1/2 hours south to Shenandoah National Park. At first I thought I would grab my hammock and winter quilts and do a 2 night backpacking trip. In what would turn out to be a fortunate turn of events… Continue reading

2016 Wrap Up

The end of the year is always so hectic, with holidays and weather pecking away at spare time. It feels like I just posted about returning to Overlook Mountain last week.. but it was in October! So, here is what I’ve been up to.

Another Maine Road Trip

In 2015 I did a solo October New England road trip, and loved every second of it. In 2016 I wanted to return to Maine and spend more time in Acadia National Park. At first, I planned on going with a friend of mine. Continue reading

Happy 100th Birthday National Park Service!!

What is known as “America’s Best Idea” turns 100 today! The National Parks Service was created August, 25 1916 and now oversees more than 400 sites, including reserves, preserves, historic sites and parks. I’ve been fortunate enough to visit some of these great sites like Acadia National Park and Assateague Island National Seashore. To celebrate the National Parks Service’s centennial I decided to share a some of my favorite photos. Enjoy!

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Gettysburg National Military Park

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