2017: 101

2017: 101

It is pretty well known by the locals that Lubbock is a great place to work but a terrible place to have a weeekend. What is there to do in this town to fill your time anyway? There are plenty of restaurants to eat at but not too many mom and pop joints for the local foodie to explore. Another option that the grade school students heavily emplore is a visit to one of the movie theaters in town. The only issue with that is, depending on which weekend it is, the list of movies to watch may not match with your acquired cinema tastes. Lubbock definitely has more than enough shopping with South Plains Mall and the many local centers and plazas around town. People from hundreds of miles around even travel to our city for the consumer amenities that we offer. This is fantastic and the Lubbock natives love to have guests in their city but we’ve done these things every weekend since our eldest high school friend obtained their drivers permit. So the question remains, what else is there to do in the Hub City? If you’re willing to commit to following us throughout this year then hopefully we can finally answer this age old question. We are going to see what an everyday adventurer like you can do with our slice of West Texas. The only things you’ll need access to are moderate transportation, a map, and your local outdoor outfitter to get going. We are going to tackle everything there is to do within this town as well as everything outdoors there is to do within a six hour radius of us. We will summit multiple peaks, bike through canyons, swim in remote lakes, meet new people, and eat fantastic food. Our adventures are going to take us anywhere from El Paso to Amarillo to Taos and lastly Austin. We are going to discover everything that Lubbock has to offer and use it to its fullest extent. If you’re willing to commit to the outdoors then we can have some of the most exciting times in West Texas. Just be sure that your boots are strapped on tight and your jacket is cinched down because it’s going to be a crazy year.
-Nick

 

Thanks Dad

Thanks Dad

One of my most vivid memories as a child is my first fishing experience. My Dad, an avid fisherman, had been patiently waiting until I was big enough to use my own Mickey Mouse fishing pole so that he could take me with him.

I remember being absolutely fascinated when my dad pulled a yellow bucket out of the water that was filled with tiny fish, that fascination was quickly followed by terror and intrigue as my dad grabbed one of the minnows and forced a hook though it. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. A short while later a 16 inch striped bass took my bait, but it was I who was hooked from that moment on.

I have taken up numerous outdoor hobbies since that pivotal moment, and it’s no coincidence the ones I am most passionate about are the ones my dad has done with me.

It was he who took me camping first, it was he who spent countless hours wandering around with me, it was he who drove me to Boy Scouts in a town 30 miles away every week, it has been him that has encouraged me to go on most of the crazy adventures I have cooked up throughout the years, and it is he who I call every time I get off the lake, trail, mountain, or whatever else I have decided to take on.

The time I spent with my dad outdoors was not wasted. It provided me with critical learning experiences as my father modeled to me what it looked like to be a man. My dad not only instilled a love for the outdoors and adventure in me; he helped mold and shape me through these things. I credit a lot of who I am today to the time I have spent with him and am thankful to still have with him.

I hope that you have had the opportunity to spend time with your father outdoors, because I am convinced there are few things better in life. Unfortunately, I know this isn’t the truth for many. But know, that you have the power to change that for others. Whether it be for you own kids, present or future, the neighbor child who is missing a father figure in their life, or anyone else that may cross your path. You can help instill a love for the outdoors while being a role model for someone, by taking time to be outside with them.

This Father’s day I hope you take some time to thank the fathers in your life for everything they have done. And while you are at it get outside and enjoy the great outdoors with them!

We at The Mountain Hideaway want to wish a happy Father’s Day to all the great Dad’s out there!

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All Water Guides – Austin, Texas

All Water Guides – Austin, Texas

If you’re looking to add to your Fly Fishing portfolio and mix it up from the usual Colorado, Montana or Alaskan trip, then we have the place for you. Call our friends at All Water Guides down in Austin and get a premiere guided trip for all and any Hill Country fish. Their specialty, Guadalupe Bass. This diamond-patterned green beauty is as much of a fighter as any Rainbow or Smallmouth which is why this “Texas Trout” should be on your list.

Check out their Best of 2012 Video and a recent blog post they put up regarding the Guadalupe Bass and a possible new world record with your name on it.

Tight Lines, MH Team