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Gear Review – Gloves (Perfect for Summer/Mild Winter Weather & CAMO to boot!)

A few months back, while browsing through Cabela’s, I came across a pair of gloves that I knew would be right up my alley. Having a skin tone that is already having to have pre-skin cancer spots frozen off, I have become much better about protecting my skin. See, I have two shades of skin tone.  There is white with thousands of freckles and burnt red with thousands of freckles and after a few hours in the sun my hands swell, joints ache and little blisters appear. Problem is, I am also very hot-natured and loved living in Texas so gloves for summer would probably make me miserable. What is an outdoorsman to do?

I had been looking for some gloves that would do the following:

  • Protect my skin and hands
  • Be lightweight to reduce heat
  • Work well with camera/lens dials, buttons, etc.
  • Preferably work with a smartphone screen
  • Fit my thick fingers and palms well

Back to Cabela’s, I came across a pair of very lightweight gloves and they were in camo to boot! Now, my hands are more like slabs of meat versus the long, lithe fingers and palms of my lovely wife. So what usually happens when buying gloves is that if they fit my palm then the fingers are at least an inch too long! Because of the material from which they are made (Real Feel™  Super Stretch™ Fabric), the fit is perfect on me. The palms are covered in a silicone grid which is wonderful for working with dials, buttons, and knobs on your camera, lens, or tripod. Now, none of the advertising for the glove mention this, but they do work (albeit not perfectly) with smartphones. This is huge for me as I am often wanting to access calls, guides, or the like.

I have worn these from the high 80’s to the upper 40’s and been comfortable in that range. It hasn’t been in the 90’s since I purchased them and not below upper 40’s when I have needed them.

I have posted a couple of shots below of the gloves on my meat slabs and here is a link to the gloves on Cabela’s website. The gloves are normally $24,99 but on sale for $14,99 as of today (12/5/14). Feel free to ask any questions as well if you wish to know more.

Glove Palm Glove topside

 

10 Day South Texas Trip – Adventure Caravans RV Birding Reunion

During the last ten (10) days, I was busy co-leading a birding tour of the Lower Rio Grande Valley with a total of 58 participants!!  The tour was an Adventure Caravan Birding Tour and they were having a reunion of folks who had gone on previous tours such as Central America, Newfoundland, and Alaska to name a few.  The Tour Masters are Bert and Sharon Frenz and I can tell you participants certainly get their money’s worth as this was one of the most organized tours I have ever seen.  We were able to visit a plethora of amazing birding/butterfly locations and despite strong southeast winds that allowed migrants to fly right past, we still managed to find some outstanding birds and wildlife.  Each day found us traveling to a different destination and included sites such as Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park, National Butterfly Center, Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, Falcon State Park, Edinburg Scenic Wetlands & World Birding Center, Estero Llano Grande State Park, Boat Tour on Rio Grande River, Anzalduous County Park, Old Hildago Pumphouse, Frontera Audubon Center, Quinta Mazatlan, and the Valley Nature Center.

Grey Hawk Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park

Grey Hawk
Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park

Highlights of the trip including roosting Red-billed Pigeons on the Salineno Dump Road, Tropical Kingbird at Anzalduas County Park, Elf Owl near Bentsen, Common Paraque with chicks at Estero Llano Grande State Park, Grey Hawk at Bentsen, twelve (12) Greater Roadrunners at Falcon State Park, Ringed and Green Kingfishers along Rio Grande River, and Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet at several locations.  Butterfly numbers were starting to pick up at the National Butterfly Center as well and a few of us got the treat of watching a Gulf Coast Ribbon Snake swallow a Bullfrog tadpole.

Gulf Coast Ribbon Snake Eating Bullfrog Tadpole Edinburgh World Birding Center

Gulf Coast Ribbon Snake Eating Bullfrog Tadpole
Edinburgh World Birding Center

If you are interested in seeing some of these birds or visiting these locations, please contact me to join one of my workshops or to schedule a personal guide experience.  I can guide your birding or photography trip experience.