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I’m not big on reality shows, but one centered around the Jackson family would be must-see TV in my opinion.  They are some of the nicest and  most entertaining folks I’ve ever had the pleasure to hang with, so it is pretty exciting to see that this is really happening with a show called “Jackson Wild” which is set to premiere on the Travel Channel on October 4th at noon.

Here is the description of the show from the Travel Channel’s website:

“What if you could make a living by traveling the world with your family? The Jacksons are the “First Family of Kayaking” and are doing just that. EJ Jackson, a 4-time world champion and adventure author and founder of Jackson Kayak. Just as he promotes kayaking as a family sport, he has inspired his own family to become world champions. They paddle their way all over the planet, including Africa, Austria, Colorado and Ottawa, for world competitions and to find unpaddled water adventures everywhere. But they’re not alone, the rest of the family is always along for the ride. Along with EJ’s wife Kristine and youngest son KC, Emily and Nick’s toddler Tucker and Dane’s girlfriend Mary, the family pushes themselves to experience the world the Jackson way: Extremely, together.”

Earlier this month I spent the week at the beach for a much needed family vacation.  I had planned on doing a little kayak fishing at some point during the week, but when I got in beach-mode those plans sort of tapered off.  I brought an Orion 65 to use for keeping drinks in the room cold, freeing up space in the fridge for food.  This would be the first real opportunity for me to put it to the test.  We filled it with two 10lb bags of ice and room temperature beers and waters on day 1….

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….and by day 5 we were left with cold water and still a few chilled drinks.  It was kept in an air conditioned condo the whole time and saw plenty of opening and closing of the lid.  Not exactly a real scientific test, but I was happy with how it performed.  I fully intended to take a daily picture, but I dropped the ball on that.  The only other shot I got was from day 3 when we had to add more beer….

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By the end of the trip I found the Orion to be more than adequate for my family vacation.  I know my research was hardly anything you could use for comparison sake, but more of a real world example. I’m not equipped for comparisons, I’ll leave that up to the professionals.  Just so happens one came out recently from the folks over at Rokslide Essentials – http://www.rokslide.com/2012-01-09-05-09-42/essentials/363-the-big-cooler-showdown

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Made the annual northeastern migration over Memorial Day weekend to my parent’s place in the North Georgia mountains.  The weather couldn’t have been better as every day brought blue skies and mild temps.  It was even a chilly 47 degrees upon waking up Friday morning.  The fishing was pretty darn good, most fish fell for stonefly imitations, but a few came on streamers and dries.  Day 1 yielded the best results with the action tapering off throughout the weekend- no doubt the fish were getting tired of seeing the same thing by day 3.  For the second year in a row I caught the biggest brown trout that I’ve ever caught and it could actually be the same fish that I caught last year – click the link, you be the judge.  Besides the brown, there are some real monsters in that little creek, I moved a few fish on streamers that would give that brown a run for the money.  I just wish I could have gotten them to eat just to see if my 7wt would have held up.  These trips are a lot of fun and I wish I could get that way more often.  Big thanks to my parents for having me over for a few days.  What they have there is really special and I know a lot of hard work gets put into it.  I truly appreciate every opportunity I’m given to enjoy it.

Day 1

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The big brown

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Day 2

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Day 3

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