Hi there! My first blog post!

Hi there! I recently decided to write a blog just to keep track of my life in written form. My name is Jake McSimmon, I am 28 years old, and I live in Southern Virginia. Southern Virginia is absolutely a beautiful place to live and I enjoy it with except for the east coast snow we usually get. Although skiing, snowboarding, and building snowmen are the best when it does snow. Continue reading

Being a Runner

Hi there again! This is Jake and today I am going to talk about my life as a runner. As I’ve mentioned before, I live in Southern Virginia.

Life in Southern Virginia is slow-paced so I live a perfectly normal, laid-back and easygoing lifestyle. I can go walking and jogging from one time and the other day you can see me humming a song or two while I run errands for my girlfriend or parents. I’d like to think that I live a nonchalant but exciting life down here.

 I am an avid runner. I run five times a week, with the exceptions of Saturdays and Sundays as I prefer to just bum around and sleep during these days. My girlfriend Janie usually comes with me as she herself is a sports enthusiast. In fact, she’s the one who encouraged me to try running as she noticed how much I gained weight for the past two years.

 In fact during our runs, we bring with us Janie’s niece. Her name’s Stacey, a cute 8-month old toddler who loves the outdoors. Well you might be thinking how on earth can we run with this little rascal, but I daresay that it is possible. When Janie’s sister, Bridget, noticed how Stacey would love to come with us and cry as we bid her goodbye before we start our run, she bought her the greatest jogging stroller we could find, after reading some positive reviews, of course.

 That was the first time I heard of it and I was even skeptical about the idea at first. Oh boy, that was even the first time I ever saw one. When we took Stacey with us, we comfortably placed her in the jogging stroller.

 If you’re wondering, the jogging stroller is sturdy and is unlike the ordinary four-wheeled strollers that you see in the department stores as this one comes handy with three large wheels. The stroller kinda looked like an upgraded version of a wheel barrow and I hesitated to use it during the first few days but I was wrong about it. Stacey’s BOB jogging stroller is very well-balanced so I never had a problem maneuvering it as we climb up and down a hill.


Greenbrier River

What a wonderful and exciting trip we took a group on down and around the Greenbrier River. 23 miles or so and it took us a few days of camping along the river. The weather was beautiful and allowed us easy access without the worry of high water or crazy unexpected situations. You would be amazed at what fun adults have when out in the wild.
riverTelling scary stories is not only for children, but for everyone. We roasted marsh mellows, and sang songs around the campfire like a family would, even though singing is not my talent and I thought I would scare the group off into the forest. At least, though, my girlfriend can sing pretty well and kept them going and having fun. One of the best aspects of my job is getting to meet real people with all sorts of stories and knowledge. I am an avid learner and I have a blast when you get guys or gals from all over the world come and tell me things about where they are from, or useless facts. After a few days and some really good times, my girlfriend and I came home and it was like instant nap time. Once we got around to waking up, we had a talk and decided seriously that we are going to do this for the rest of our lives. It just is so much fun and why would you want to have a boring uneventful job? I noticed how many people out there are so unhappy with their lives and most of it is the time its stress that comes from the job the seeps into the home and causes more problems than necessary. Something else when I woke up I noticed, while unpacking that I had dulled my knife while out this weekend and I don’t even own a knife sharpener and this knife not being a kitchen knife I do not even know what type to get. So went online searching for the best way to sharpen a knife. Turns out there are many different types and knife sharpening models available on the market. So have funny names like this one. Anyways, I did not want to spend to much time on knife sharpeners as I was eager to get my life on new and exciting path. I just picked the one with highest reviews on www.knifesharpenerhq.com and went on.

Changes are coming!  Talk to you soon!

Bow + Arrow or Gun + Bullet?

I decided that I should probably increase my education in all things outside. From hiking, to safety, and weaponry that may come in handy in the outdoors. I know that most who spend time outdoors of course have some kind of knife, but also I feel more comfortable carrying a bow rather than a firearm, or shotgun. I researched so many options for best compound bows and great hunting crossbows, and what size or shape I personally would need. I went to a sporting good store to ask some advice because I do not want to spend a bunch of money on something that isn’t going to be a good fit. I found so many options such as the Ten Point Titan Xtreme Crossbow, Diamond Archery Infinite Edge Bow, and a PSE Legacy Longbow. I haven’t decided yet exactly what type and design to go with. I don’t want something too heavy because walking and hiking don’t need extra weight. Also, I want to make sure the bow has great survivability and longevity. I like how a long bow is very natural, and it seems to me it could be easier as far as making one, or keeping one. Although a crossbow would give quicker reaction time. My girlfriend says no matter what, I will look ridiculous and it isn’t necessary. I wonder how well I could carry a firearm, I know they are much smaller but the thought of using one is beyond my understanding. I guess I always saw a bow as the super hero of the outdoors weapon of choice. Like Green Arrow, I believe a bow is more stealthy, and quiet. Check this video and you’ll agree with me: When a gun goes off it shocks the people close to it, and everything around you meaning it disrupts the natural environment. I did realize through trying to buy a bow online that the options are endless and I am so confused. What does “Draw Weight” mean? So I Goggled it (found this nice site http://www.astraightarrow.com where all of this was explained). Did you know that draw weight refers to how much weight it is to pull the string back? You can purchase a bow with as little as 15lbs of draw weight, however it is suggested if someone is going to go hunting with a bow they need at least 40lbs of draw weight. At least when I do purchase a bow, I will know everything about them so if someone on a trail asks I will be able to give good advice on what they too can purchase.

Pottery and more

Welcome back if you are continuing to read my blog, My girlfriend Janie and I found some really exciting pieces of pottery while out exploring Southern Virginia. We took it to the nearest University, where they found out that the pottery was from the early nineteen hundreds. How amazing is that? Continue reading