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Dusty's Discgolf Daycation

Adventures, Disc GolfDusty GilpinComment

Right before the holidays, I have about a 3 day window when I can get outta town before two months of non-stop printing and stocking the store. Luckily, my good friends, Jason Pawley and Daniel McKinney coaxed me into going on a two night camping trip. We ran down to McAlester to play a few disc golf courses and sleep under the stars. Here's a few highlights from our trip!

Shout out to some of the best dogs around. Gracie and Arrow did great out on the courses and around the campfire. We couldn't have asked for better companions!

Shout out to some of the best dogs around. Gracie and Arrow did great out on the courses and around the campfire. We couldn't have asked for better companions!

Pawley brought along his pup, Arrow, and I brought my dog, Gracie. The courses are very dog friendly, and they did great. Camping just isn't the same if you don't have a few good dogs alongside.

Pawley teeing off at Mekusukey. McKinney and Pawley with the pro disc golf setup. A chump probably missing a putt at Eagle Hill.

Pawley teeing off at Mekusukey. McKinney and Pawley with the pro disc golf setup. A chump probably missing a putt at Eagle Hill.

In three days we played 6 full rounds of disc golf at three different courses, and probably another 18 made up holes around our campsite. On our way to and from McAlester, we pit-stopped at Mekusukey Disc Golf course. In McAlester, we played Buffalo Run and Eagle Hill twice each. All three courses were great, each offering different obstacles and atmospheres. Buffalo Run is an extremely well laid out course and wonderfully manicured. Eagle Hill and Mekusukey are much more technical and in the trees.

McKinney was the real MVP of the campsite. He fixed breakfast each morning and dinner each night. We ate like kings!

McKinney was the real MVP of the campsite. He fixed breakfast each morning and dinner each night. We ate like kings!

Each day we played 2-3 rounds of disc golf, which ends up being around a 10 mile walk each day. By the end of each day, we had hungry bellies and tired puppies. McKinney made sure we ate well, and I made sure we had plenty to drink. By the time 10pm rolled around, we were all howling at the moon.

Each night the stars were incredible, and each morning we were awaken by a beautiful sunrise. The wind died down each night so we could have a big comfort fire.

Each night the stars were incredible, and each morning we were awaken by a beautiful sunrise. The wind died down each night so we could have a big comfort fire.

McKinney and Pawley are both serious supporters of the store and brand. Here are a few shameless product shots to convince you to shop with us soon!

Acorn slipper boots, super soft joggers, and a quilted flannel: the most comfortable way to spend a morning at the campsite or at home.

Acorn slipper boots, super soft joggers, and a quilted flannel: the most comfortable way to spend a morning at the campsite or at home.

Jason Pawley, ladies and gentlemen! A handsome devil, a talented artist, and downright friendly dude. Don't let the Marlboro Man stare fool you, he's all laughs.

Jason Pawley, ladies and gentlemen! A handsome devil, a talented artist, and downright friendly dude. Don't let the Marlboro Man stare fool you, he's all laughs.

Pawley, McKinney, and myself are definitely advocates of our brands motto. "Wear it out." We make sure to get the worth out of our clothes, boots, koozies, and camping gear. Honestly, it all looks better beaten in anyway.

Pawley, McKinney, and myself are definitely advocates of our brands motto. "Wear it out." We make sure to get the worth out of our clothes, boots, koozies, and camping gear. Honestly, it all looks better beaten in anyway.

You won't catch me without a hat on. We've worked hard to curate some of the best hats around.

You won't catch me without a hat on. We've worked hard to curate some of the best hats around.

You never know when creativity might strike you. Jot down those notes and sketch those ideas, even when at the campsite. This motto is one that we apply to daily living, "Be honest in word, work, and deed."

You never know when creativity might strike you. Jot down those notes and sketch those ideas, even when at the campsite. This motto is one that we apply to daily living, "Be honest in word, work, and deed."

A big thanks to Daniel McKinney for snapping a majority of these pictures. He is a good friend of our store and the Plaza District. Get outside, throw some discs, hike a little, and give your dog a hug. If you're doing those things in our apparel, tag us in photos on social media or use the hashtag #TLwearitout.

Until next time, cheers chumps!

Anthem Brewing Factory Tour

Adventures, ART, LocalSteven SilvaComment

Last week, @trudust and myself had the opportunity to peek behind the curtain of one of Oklahoma City’s great local beer-makers. Dusty live-painted the artwork from their seasonal Rye’d or Die IPA to celebrate its re-release.

Yum

Yum

After downing a few beers, Anthem Brewing’s Ben Childers gave us an impromptu, how-it’s-made factory tour of the works.

All Aboard

All Aboard

There are monster silver tanks visible from the taproom floor, but once you slip through the Warehouse door, it’s another ballgame – big bags of hops, bits of cans, and barrels galore.

We also raided the refrigerator room with ready-to-go kegs and cold variety packs. 

Hollywood-induced fear of getting trapped in here and freezing...free beer though

Hollywood-induced fear of getting trapped in here and freezing...free beer though

The mixing process starts with a recipe, combing through hop varieties and specialty ingredients to be fed into what I can only assume is a giant blender. The mix shoots through pipes running along the ceiling, returns to the main floor,  and ends up in these fat-cat silver tanks for a soak.

The tanks are apparently filled with really hot water, so of course we touched them immediately. Good thing they’re insulated! 

The tanks are apparently filled with really hot water, so of course we touched them immediately. Good thing they’re insulated! 

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Fun fact: after soaking, hoppy remains are picked up by super-farmers to be used as feed. It’s a symbiotic service – Anthem stays clear of hoppy leftovers, and hogs get free food. I think Ben said they go through something like 5 tons a week. Pigs must be feasting.

Runoff is pumped away, and perfect beer is delivered to the cannery system. The cannery machine was a straight up robot – little arms and and conveyor belts popping the tops onto cans. Lots of smarts, effort, and technology goes into your Friday night buzz. Who knew!


The tour was great, but the really great thing about Anthem has been how engaged they are in the community. They’ve supported and sponsored all kinds of events for us and for other local businesses. No kidding, they chipped in coldies right after this for our humble Retro Game Night.

Drink up!

Drink up!

So thanks to Ben and all the guys at Anthem. Crack open a fresh IPA! Cheers!

 

    

Lambo Goes to Boston.

LamboComment

     I'm not much of a traveler, but my girlfriend is always pressuring me to to see the world. After weeks of trying to convince me, we finally snagged some cheap tickets to Boston, MA. We didn't really have a game plan going in, so the whole trip was basically just us doing whatever sounded cool at that moment. 

     Staying in Boston was really expensive, but we were able to find an affordable Air B n B in the suburbs of Dorchester, just south of the city.

     Staying in Boston was really expensive, but we were able to find an affordable Air B n B in the suburbs of Dorchester, just south of the city.

     I'm not really a big fan of taking photos of buildings. It makes the fact that you are a tourist way more obvious, and honestly it's very boring. But when you're a "photographer" apparently it's crucial to a blog. So here you go ya filthy animals.

     The first place we headed when we finally got off the plane was Chinatown. There were definitely a lot of weird smells coming from this place........

     When you're in Boston you HAVE to hit the Freedom Trail or else our forefathers will haunt you for the rest of your life. Is that what you want? Good ol' Benny Frank hiding under your bed? We started at the historic grave sites, and finished off at Bunker Hill just in time for the rain. 

     A very polite bridge.

     During our trek on the Freedom Trail we stumbled into the Boston Farmer's Market. Nothing like hearing old ladies with Boston accents yelling at you to buy their fruit. 

     One of the several beautiful monuments built for the Jews killed in the Holocaust.

     One of the several beautiful monuments built for the Jews killed in the Holocaust.

     Hit up Little Italy and enjoyed an authentic canolli. Very enjoyable.

     Hit up Little Italy and enjoyed an authentic canolli. Very enjoyable.

     Boston, where everybody knows your name.

     Boston, where everybody knows your name.

     I had always seen the steaming sewer grates in movies and was pleasantly surprised to get to see them in person.

     I had always seen the steaming sewer grates in movies and was pleasantly surprised to get to see them in person.

     While in the Public Market we saw this Australian stuntman juggling machetes while holding a spinning blade contraption in his mouth. I wonder if his middle name was Danger?

     This guy wins at life.

     This guy wins at life.

     Paige wanted to venture to Salem so we could see the Hocus Pocus House and all the witchy stuff. Personally I didn't really enjoy Salem and I wouldn't recommend going out of your way to see it. All the witch landmarks are very anti-climactic and Salem in general just seems like a town with a gimmick. We did explore some of the wilderness and visited one of the country's oldest graveyards though.

     While we were in Salem we checked out Kirk Hammett's extensive collection of classic horror and sci-fi art at one of the local art museums. If you don't know who Kirk Hammett is, he is the guitarist for Metallica. Most of the collection was movie posters, but their were a few old horror movie costume pieces. Being the classic horror movie buff that I am, I give the exhibit 5 stars!

     The actual art museum had some dazzling pieces as well.

     The actual art museum had some dazzling pieces as well.

       Taking public transportation everywhere kind of seemed like a drag at first, but it wasn't all that bad. You definitely get to see some weird things on a train/bus.

     On our last night in Boston they had this trippy light show flashing on the side of an apartment building that went on for hours. 

     On the day of our departing flight back to OKC we spent the morning in the Boston Common Park. City squirells are way more friendly than country squirells FYI.