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Virginia Outdoor Adventures

Virginia Outdoor Adventures Podcast

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From the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia is a mecca for outdoor travel and adventure. Virginia Outdoor Adventures Podcast is the ultimate guide to local outdoor recreation, including hiking, camping, kayaking, and so much more. Get the information and the inspiration to plan your own adventure, right here in Virginia. Lets Go!
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Outdoor Women Adventures is hosted by Annika Fain, a woman born and raised in Seattle. She is passionate about the environment, outdoors, adventures, running, cycling, hiking, and swimming. She organizes a women's cycling group called PNW Cycling Sisters. She talks about her personal journey and outdoor adventures. Also, she features interviews with people she admires who share a love for the outdoor adventures.
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Professional Hunting Consultant and TV show host Steve West brings you a podcast that talks about hunting, fishing, shooting, sports, and more. Guests from all walks of life ranging from NFL stars to Hunting Guides join Steve on his show along with SOA hunting consultant Travis Price to talk about the most important issues and give the listeners advice to help them be more successful the next time they go into the field.
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“Our goal for Wandering Waters is to get people out and exploring our parks, either on a stand up paddle board, a kayak, or a canoe and seeing our parks from a different perspective. You can go to a park like Hungry Mother and hike up to the top of Molly's Knob and get that giant panoramic scenic view. But then you can come back down and either ren…
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“For us to get to Grey’s Point campground, we had to pass through Urbanna. So one day I made a left just to explore and I was like, 'Wow! It’s so beautiful!' The boats and the waterfront, dining and nice houses. It’s this vibe that you just have to experience for yourself.” – Rivah Sistah Patricia Clement Welcome to the charming port town of Urbann…
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"Everybody has a favorite place in Virginia like a trail, a sunset, a beach, a lake, or a river. Everyone has a place that's special to them and everyone is invested in trying to make sure that it's there for their kids and their grandkids. And that's such a unifier. When you're on the trail with people, you're not talking about politics, you're ta…
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“Sarah and I want folks to gain some confidence recreating in the outdoors, especially in our Virginia State Parks, and gain some knowledge on how to recreate safely. That's our big two takeaways. Making sure folks can leave our programs feeling confident enough to do it on their own or tag along with their friends and try to share those experience…
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“For almost 200 years we didn't have this native animal. It was because of volunteers and people like Jackie with Virginia DWR and their combined efforts with Breaks Park who worked together to restore the area that elk have returned. Visitors are amazed at how big and how majestic the animal is. It's like an entire rainbow of emotions - excitement…
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“As part of the change in economy, we reforested the eastern part of the United States. We have a lot of forests now that are about 100 years old. As the trees came back, the deer came back, as the deer came back, the ticks came with them. And then the pathogens, of course, come along for the ride as well. I think about it from an ecology perspecti…
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“There's a real excitement about Farmville, a steady progression, where we sit on this cusp of what we all think is an opportunistic moment for Farmville to shine. It's a great place to live, work, and recreate. That is our new tag for the town and I think it fits us well.” – Mayor Brian Vincent Welcome to Farmville in the heart of central Virginia…
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“I couldn't be more proud. My staff and I have a lot of pride in taking care of these areas and this landscape, because there are so many things to love and there is so much uniqueness. But part of management is balancing the use these areas receive and trying to figure out ways to work with the public, or work with the partners, or work with a vol…
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“The best way to describe how I got into this journey is that in the past, I've hiked the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail, and I've done bike tours from Mexico to Canada, and those journeys always gave me faith and they renewed my spirit, and they breathed new life into me. Those challenges always put me in a very positive and happy p…
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“My husband and I traveled out west and saw wonderful, amazing sights. My favorite thing was coming back into Southwest Virginia, seeing our mountains and knowing that I was home. It was so beautiful. There's nothing like it being here in the coalfields and the small towns. You know, it's gorgeous out there. But being back here, it's a comfort. I j…
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“One of my favorite things about Virginia summits is I love going up there and being able to stare out, getting lost in the views. Virginia has so many beautiful views - Appalachian Mountain, Shenandoah Mountains, Blue Ridge Mountains - we've got them all and being able to look out at the mountains, out at the farmlands, it's just amazing.” – Erin …
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Steve West and WYG&F employees Jennifer Doering and Doug Brimeyer discuss the new non-resident 2024 license structure changes that are in place at the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. And they talk about what elk, deer, and antelope populations look like following this past winter when record snowfalls hit parts of the state.…
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“The James River runs 340 miles through the heart of Virginia, from the Blue Ridge all the way to the beautiful Chesapeake Bay. The river’s watershed is roughly 10,000 square miles and it supplies drinking water for 2.7 million people. It also provides opportunities to relax, adventure, and enjoy the great outdoors.” – Charles Johnson, James River …
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“I've taken a boogie board out in just the tiniest little waves breaking right on the shore and had a blast. I've taken a surfboard out in waves that were almost as tall as I was and had a blast. There’s such a variety of waves that anybody at most any skill level can have a good time in Virginia.” - Drew White, Coastal Plant Ecology Lab at VCU Get…
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“Once those tires hit the dirt, it's a completely different experience. It's about getting out and having a great adventure, freeing your mind, freeing your soul, and reconnecting with nature.” - Shawn Van Der Poel, Terra Overland Imagine yourself behind the wheel of a fully equipped Jeep Wrangler Rubicon designed to conquer any terrain, traversing…
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Following Episode 44, Beginner Backpacking with Alison Wata of Exploration Solo, I received a lot of requests for additional information about trail food and meal prep. So this week I decided to share a Bonus Episode from the past about how to pack food for outdoor adventures. Virginia Outdoor Adventures has quadrupled since last summer when this B…
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“I love everything about waterfalls. I love their energy. I love the sound they make in the otherwise quiet woods. I love the mist that forms at the base of the falls. If sunlight hits it just right, you can see a rainbow in the air. They're just plain pretty and photogenic. It's not a living creature, and yet it's animated. I think of it as an ani…
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“Teaching others how to backpack takes being confident in your own skills, knowing what you can handle, and a desire to help other people love the outdoors.” -Alison Wata, Exploration Solo The experience of a backcountry trip immerses us in nature in a way that a day hike just can’t match. Backpacking can build confidence, provide a true sense of i…
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“The Appalachian Trail is thought of as a trail for thru hikers but it's just not true. Three to four million people will hike on the Appalachian Trail this year. A couple thousand of those will be thru hikers. They're less than one half of one percent. Thru hiking 2,198 miles is an amazing accomplishment and so they kind of suck up all the media a…
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“You get this intimate view of something that you don't get to see too often, and you kind of get to know the birds and what to expect from them. You get sucked in. It's like nature documentaries and I think it has the same appeal. You get that here in downtown Richmond, which is probably the last place people expect to see it.” - Meagan Thomas, Vi…
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“As I stared at the cloud, I realized it wasn’t really a cloud. Those were all stars. It was very humbling for a 12-year-old to be looking up at the Milky Way. It really set me back on my feet to realize how small I was on this planet, and how little our planet was compared to all those stars up in the sky.” - Jayme Hanzak, Chapel Hill Astronomical…
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“When the whales come up for a breath, they're not out at the surface very long, and you're intently searching for it. Then suddenly, there it is! I don't think it is possible to not get excited, especially the first time when you see a whale surface.” – Mike Mizell, Virginia Aquarium Imagine the largest mammals on earth just mere miles from the mo…
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“One of my favorite parts about Virginia's outdoors is that a lot of places aren't that mainstream or heavily publicized, so they require some adventuring, which can make for great experiences, stories and memories.” – Grant Price, Blue Ridge Mountain Guides Ice climbing in Virginia? You may not think of the South as a destination for ice climbing,…
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“Moving on taught me to climb mountains not because they are easy, but because they are worth it. When I summit a mountain, that is when I feel most alive. I imagine that’s how you might feel too.” - Jessica Chenard, Her Hike Collective Those of us who love to hike, know the benefits it brings to our lives. Hiking reduces stress and anxiety, while …
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“Our mission is to get people outdoors. It's to offer individuals of all abilities, no matter physical, cognitive, or economic situation, the opportunity to experience the outdoors with the surrounding community. We empower people's abilities through outdoor adventure.” - Shep Roeper, Beyond Boundaries Adventure is for Everyone. The Richmond-based …
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“Caves are otherworldly. You have the experience of exploration where you don't know what's around the next corner. One of the prime draws to caving is that you get to explore places that nobody's ever been before.” – Dave Socky, Blue Ridge Grotto Imagine a hidden, underground world of stunning geologic wonders that few others have experienced befo…
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“I've never experienced anything in my life that gets me so connected to nature and earth. You're feeling the way that the water is pushing you, you are going with it, you are looking for it, and it's such an amazing feeling of connection and presence.” -Berkley Nestler, James River Women Nicknamed “River City,” Richmond is situated on the mighty J…
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“We all have ancestors who lived really close to nature, who found their food in the wild. This is our birthright and I get really excited when I can lead people back to that heritage.” -Tim MacWelch, Advanced Survival Training Once used by our ancestors as a means of survival, foraging for wild edible plants is surging in popularity among outdoor …
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“Old Rag is a particularly memorable and rewarding hike. We’re there to help protect this cherished natural and cultural resource, and protect people at the same time, because we want everyone to enjoy the park.” – Gabby Dreyfus, Old Rag Mountain Stewards Often referred to as one of the best hikes on the east coast, Old Rag Mountain is the most pop…
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In this Bonus Episode, I’m sharing a guest appearance I made on The VML Voice, the official podcast of the Virginia Municipal League. I speak with the Host, Rob Bullington, about simple things you can do to make the most of your Virgina getaways. If you enjoy this episode, be sure to read the featured article I authored in this month’s edition of V…
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In this Bonus Episode, I speak with Brian Livingston, Author of the new book, The Habits of Squirrels. Drawing upon his own experience completing a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, Brian wrote this fictional tale about a retired mailman who uses a thru-hike to assess his life, career, and family relationships. Brian shares a sneak peek into his …
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I recently asked you, my listeners, what topics you would like to learn more about in Season 3. One of the most popular responses I received was meal prep and how to pack food for outdoor adventures. I asked Aaron Owens Mayhew, registered dietician, and founder of Backcountry Foodie, to give us a brief introduction to prepping for the backcountry, …
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In this Bonus Episode, I speak with Tara Fisher, Author of the new book, Virginia is for Adventurers. Inspired by her own adventures around Virginia with her family, Tara wrote the book as a guide for families to explore the Commonwealth while learning about Virginia’s geography and history along the way. As a former fourth grade teacher, I am thri…
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In this bonus episode, I’m sharing a guest appearance I made on another fantastic Virginia-based podcast called, If She Can Do It So Can You. The show is hosted by my friend, Amanda Creasey, who is a gifted writer, teacher, and podcaster. Amanda and I share a love of the outdoors and an appreciation for being reflective about our experiences in nat…
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“I want to visit all the Wildlife Management Areas, but honestly, it's about the journey, not the destination. I've traveled to all corners of the Commonwealth, I've met some good people with great stories, I've learned a lot of things, and I've seen some beautiful land. I want to share my adventures at the WMAs and ,hopefully, encourage and inspir…
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“You can climb a route to the top and get this incredible view of the gorge. There’s a feeling of grandeur and wilderness, even though you're extremely close to all the amenities in the park. That's one of the things that makes it a unique place. At one point it feels easy and accessible, and on the other hand, still really wild and out in nature a…
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“Every time I go paddling, I am completely mesmerized. To be on the beach or in the marsh and not hear or see a single sign of human life, it's just this wow factor that I can't get over.” - Laura Scharle, Virginia Water Trails Where can you experience blue crabs foraging in saltwater marshes, turtles basking in quiet creeks, long-legged wading bir…
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“We want our kids to get outside and revel in nature. To get kids to put down the devices, we need to offer them something truly amazing. In Virginia, we can.” -Erin Gifford, Go Hike Virginia Are you dreaming of the perfect hike that will make everyone in your family happy? Erin Gifford is the founder of GoHikeVirginia.com, a site where hikers can …
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Steve West and Travis Price welcome Travis "T-Bone" Turner from the Bone Collector Team to the podcast to discuss hunting, his battle with cancer that led to his lower leg being amputated, Bone Collector, family, friends, and faith. T-Bone's message is clear and uplifting, if there is one podcast episode to listen to it is this one. We are still ri…
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“The James River is where American history began...Skyline Drive, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the Appalachian Trail are all such quintessential Virginia journeys. They were built to give hard-working, everyday people a place to go and get in touch with the grandeur of nature.” -Senator Tim Kaine Perhaps you’ve heard of the Colorado Fourteeners Chal…
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“The trail can get you from one hidden gem to another, highlighting the best of what the city has to offer, and that is what I think is so special about it. We are creating a world class asset that is a source of local pride. We are embracing what makes us unique here in Norfolk.” -Kindra McDonald Greene, Elizabeth River Trail Foundation Scenic vie…
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“‘Good Fire’ is a tool that allows us to preserve the beautiful and pristine landscapes we have in Virginia so we can continue to enjoy the outdoors, wildlife, and connecting to nature, now and for the next generation.” -Sam Lopez, Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources Have you ever taken a stroll through a wildflower meadow with explosive colo…
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Two great guests on the show today... Jaime Lima and Alex Livingston from Joule Case talk about a portable power source for hunters and fishermen. And then Tucker Johnson from Eberlestock packs joins the show to talk about hunting packs, new clothing lines, and more.Di Steve West
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“My dream is to build a more inclusive outdoor community. I want to inspire other people of color to get out there and explore.” - James Gregory, The Ethnic Explorer Diversifying the face of the outdoors…that’s the motivation behind the creative work of outdoor influencer, James Gregory, also known as The Ethnic Explorer. James is an avid outdoorsm…
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World Renown author and Guns n Ammo expert Ron Spomer joins the show to talk about hunting, big game hunting rifles, calibers, bullets, and ballistics... there is a tremendous amount of information on this podcast for people thinking about a new rifle caliber.Di Steve West
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Ted Nugent joins Steve & Travis on this podcast talking about hunting, giving back, the state of the Union, incredible music AND the sneak peak at a soon to be released Song called American Campfire at the end of the podcast. Warning... this Podcast contains extremely high energy discussions and extremely fowl language :)…
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