4 Reasons You Need to Head Outdoors This Summer

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It seems just like yesterday we were barely surviving this winter’s merciless Snowpocalypse, but believe it or not, summer is here and it’s not waiting around for you to dig yourself out of hibernation. For me, summer has and will always be about getting back outside and reconnected with nature. After some gray, dreadful Portland winters, I’ve been itching to load up the truck and hit the road, so I put together a list of some awesome outdoor finds to help you get in the right frame of mind.

This Modern Camper Gives Us Serious #Wonderlust

Designed in 1985 by a man named Eduard Bohtlingk, the ‘De Markies’ (The Awning) was entered into the “Temporary Living” competition, winning several awards in the process. His design enfuses the love of camping with all the amenities of home.

The sides both fold out, revealing sufficient space for up to four people, with a stylish living room, bedroom, kitchen and bathroom. The vinyl awnings fold out to provide fresh air and privacy on both sides, as well as collapsible furniture to save on space.

Let’s hit the road!

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via DesignTaxi.

Loving Us Some @cabinlove

The wonderful thing about Instagram is that it give us, as viewers, instant access to firsthand experiences from all over the world. Things that we might not be able to experience on a semi-regular basis, we now get to view from the ease of our smartphones with the swipe of a finger. One such Instagram account is @cabinlove, which boasts an impressive 73k followers at the time of this post. The curators of the account collect imagery of beautiful cabins, from the completely rustic to outright luxurious, from all over the world. Certainly in the Pacific Northwest we have amazing access to the wilderness and our pick of excellent cabins, but I’m not sure we have isolated cabins on middle-of-nowhere islands (or maybe we do?). Anyhow, if you are not a subscriber, we highly recommend you head over to Instagram and follow @cabinlove for some immediate cabin wonder lust.

Can you see it? @runhumans #iceland #cabinlove #eyespy #farfaraway

A photo posted by Cabin Love (@cabinlove) on


I might go on a cabin posting binge cause, well, why not? Thanks to @fenrirbrooklyn for number one. A photo posted by Cabin Love (@cabinlove) on

The Latarus Outdoor Chair Design

Kyle Wilkinson, a designer from the UK, unveiled concepts for a new outdoor chair design, named the Latarus. The Latarus is an outdoor rocking chair made from CorTen, a weathering steel specifically designed to rust while retaining its strength, resulting in a beautiful warm tone that sits perfectly in a natural setting. Wilkinson designed the chair for the 2014 Enlightened Exhibition.

A rust-proof piece of lawn furniture certainly seems appropriate up here in the Pacific Northwest, and the industrial look would go great with any house. While the metal seems uncomfortable, the ergonomic shape of the chair ensures that sitting is quite enjoyable.

To see more of Kyle Wilkinson’s work, click here.

via Behance

Drone Flies Over Fireworks Display

While technically illegal, a man flew his DJI Phantom 2 drone, equipped with a GoPro Hero 3 Silver camera, through a fireworks display over the Fourth of July weekend. Needless to say, the results were pretty spectacular. Rarely does one see fireworks from this angle, and it’s pretty breathtaking to see the bursts fly right past the camera.

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Kyle Richardson

Kyle Richardson

Writer at Electric Beach
Kyle Richardson is a graphic designer from Portland, Oregon. He is also a husband and father to 3 kids. He appreciates all things Star Wars, DIY, and outdoors.
Kyle Richardson