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From the sidelines: Enjoying the great outdoors
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Shain Gillet, Clipper Sports Editor
Shain Gillet, Clipper Sports Editor

Clipper Sports Editor

BOUNTIFUL — I’m an introvert by nature.

If I can avoid talking to total strangers from time to time, I’m all for it. While it sounds strange coming from the sports editor’s fingers, it rings true on most occasions.

But I have no problems talking to total strangers about sports. Baseball, football, and soccer ... you name it, and I’ll at least be willing to listen.

When it comes to many outdoor recreational sports, however, I get the feeling that I give more blank stares than I’m accustomed to.

My outdoor recreational experience has mostly come in the water. I’ve tried water skiing, hydro-sliding, and tubing, among other things, and have found those to be the most fun when I have a chance to enjoy the outdoors. 

But going to this week’s Outdoor Retailer Summer Market gave me a whole new perspective on how to further enjoy outdoor living.

On a near-annual basis, everyone in our family attempts to make a trip to Montana to enjoy a week of no cell phones, no computers, and best of all, no work.

We haven’t been able to go for a while, but the lake that we go to is big enough for fishing, boating, tubing while being pulled on a boat, and pretty much anything else you can think of.

I got a glimpse of a couple of really interesting items during the Retailer event, such as standing surfboards with a version of a long paddle that’s used in order to get out into the water.

It’s a new concept that I’ve only been able to see in commercials, but in talking to some of the people there who were demonstrating how it works, I thought “I wish I was in the right kind of clothes to try this thing.”

I may end up giving it a shot anyway. I live real close to Pineview Reservoir, where the first day of events was held, so trying something new with the family isn’t too far out of my comfort zone.

However, there were a lot of other items available there that couldn’t have existed 15 years ago. One item that caught my eye looked like a candy bar, but served a different purpose once eaten.

The bar is meant to lower core body temperature, giving the eater more energy and more time to enjoy the daylight even in blazing heat.

I had never heard of anything like it.

It was just one of the many things that were on display for some to see and enjoy. As the temperatures slowly start to cool down, it gives some people a chance to see what might be coming to retail and other outdoor stores in the near future.

While I can’t take any more vacation days, given the upcoming Fall sports that will start in the next few weeks, I’ll have to wait in order to enjoy the things that could be out on the retail market.

However, you still have some time to head out and enjoy the last few remnants of summer available.

Before you know it, summer will turn to fall and the only thing you’ll be able to do is stay indoors and watch sports on TV. That doesn’t sound so bad either.

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