Father’s Day doesn’t have to be all ties and cologne, you know. In fact, there are lots of ways to celebrate with dad this weekend, and they won’t require a lot of serious lifting in the planning department. (Good news for you procrastinators!) Here’s Jesse Brown’s list of things do with with dad on Father’s Day. Enjoy!
Take dad fishing
No, seriously. It’s not as Father’s Day cliche as it sounds. Fishing with dad is a classic Father’s Day move. And you heard it here first. Fly fishing is the new golf. There’s plenty of gear and gadgets to enhance the experience, but even your old stuff will suffice. Just spring for that new fishing license. It’s about the time with dad, after all. The best part is, don’t have to go to the wilds of Montana to get a little time near the water with dad. Check out this list of close-by places from Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation. http://wheretogobeyond.com/2016/09/get-hooked/
A walk in the woods
There are miles and miles of trails, greenways, and paths around these parts. There are nearly 40 miles of developed trail in the Mecklenburg County greenway system alone, connecting neighborhoods, shopping centers, restaurants, and breweries. A perfect pick to keep it close to home, or far away from “roughing it.” Want to pack on a little history with those miles in the woods? Check out more “out there” hikes for Father’s Day at Crowder’s Mountain or Kings Mountain National Military Park. http://www.charlottefive.com/day-trip-make-kings-mountain-national-military-park-your-next-destination/
If dad’s more the adventurous type, there’s a new game in town at Kinetic Heights. The area’s only indoor high ropes challenge center is tucked off Providence Road in the space that used to be an old grocery store. Zip lines, warped walls, parkour, high and low ropes courses — even a ninja warrior training course — are all indoors in this one-of-kind space. Yes, they’re open on Father’s Day. Pro tip: get a guide when you make reservations.
If climbing, running, sweating, and all that aren’t dads thing, keep it classy with a picnic and tickets to the Charlotte Symphony Summer Pops. Tickets can be purchased in advance of the show this season, and there’s even a VIP option that includes a picnic basket from Reid’s, if you want to double down on the experience. Nerd dads, you’re in luck. The theme for the Father’s Day, June 18th show is the music from Star Wars.
For the creative types and those hosting dad during his visit from out of town, why not show off Charlotte with a do-it-yourself tour? We’ve had lots of fun with listing friends creating “tours” that stopped at donut shops, pizza places, public art, and yes, even breweries. Google maps makes it easy. Just search “_____ near me,” and you’re on your way.
The first full days of spring are finally here, and despite the up and down weather, there’s one thing we know for sure: you can bet you’ll find everything for spring break, weekend getaways, and outside fun right here at Jesse Brown’s. Here are some of our favorites for the new season!
The official footwear of the season, Chaco has a new, wider strap and softer midsole for spring 2017. New colors, too! Amazingly comfortable, unbeatably durable; a spring and summer staple since 1989.
Columbia Sportswear Travel Dress
Go anywhere, do anything in the Columbia Sportswear Travel Dress. Wrinkle-free, easy to pack, UPF protection, and darned good looks come together in this adaptable one piece.
Patagonia Stand Up Shorts
There are a million reasons this spring and summer go-to is a favorite around here. Durable, long-wearing organic cotton Patagonia Stand Up Shorts get better with each wearing and wash.
Yes, Mountain Khakis for ladies, too! One of our hometown faves has a whole new look and feel for the season. Relaxed, comfortable style that speaks to your adventurous side. We think you’ll love it, too!
Southern Tide polos
One of Jesse Brown’s favorite brands for warm weather, Southern Tide delivers a fresh new line of colors and stripes. Traditional looks with modern cut and fit; spot on for spring break, spring semester, and into the summer.
KAVU Rope Bags
Take it with you in style. KAVU over the shoulder rope bags are now in even more colors and patters for this spring. These comfortable, easy to carry bags are just right when a daypack is too much, but you need more than just an extra pocket.
YETI Rambler Tumblers
No cooler way to keep your drinks cold than with a YETI Rambler tumbler. The 20 ounce and 30 ounce Ramblers are still the standard by which all others are measured. On the go, on the porch, or on the sidelines; always the perfect fit.
Sorry, Mr. Tennyson, but it’s not just a young man’s fancy that lightly turns to thoughts of love this time of year. We can’t imagine anyone not being head over heels with the idea that Spring is nearly here. Granted, the Winter that hardly was didn’t keep us pinned to the indoors, but we’re ready for the bright colors, adventures, and travels that come with the new season!
Move over, Ms. Winfrey. Here’s what Jesse Brown’s loves for Spring!
The guys and gals at YETI Coolers upped the ante with this one, we think. All of the cold-keeping, ice-for-days awesomeness we love about our hard-side YETI Coolers and drinkware, but in an easy-to-carry, easy-to-open, zip-top soft side cooler. Perfection.
Fly Fishing Film Tour
Nothing, and we mean, nothing gets us excited about the coming season like the Fly Fishing Film Tour. Great photography, incredible soundtracks, and scenic locales take this show way over the top. You don’t even have to like fishing to appreciate this one!
You’re never too old – or young – to enjoy the simple pleasure of an ENO hammock. We’ve managed to find a place a hook up an nearly every outdoor event. From ball games to the beach, picnics to camping trips, and around campus… just don’t forget the straps!
Patagonia Organic Cotton Tees
Nothing’s more cool and comfortable than a soft, organic cotton tee. This year, we’re again in love with Patagonia’s mix of vintage and new logos on these tees. Colors that’ll wash-up looking good, or maybe even better, time after time. Sometimes “business casual’ just isn’t casual enough.
The official footwear of the season, in our opinion. We know some of you never really put your Chaco sandals away for the winter around here, and that’s even more reason to see the new colors and wider strap patters here at Jesse Brown’s.
Got travel plans this Spring? We’d love to see you in here and out there! Tag us on your Instagram posts at @jessebrownsclt to share your adventures!
Jesse Brown’s is proud to be a part of Healing Saturday. On Saturday, November 12, 2016 your favorite fly shop, along with others across the country, will host day-long actives to raise funds and awareness for injured and disabled veterans. This special day, dubbed “Healing Saturday,” takes place in cooperation with the local volunteer-run Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing programs, which support veterans on their journeys to physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Everyone is invited to participate in the food, fellowship, and all-things fly fishing here on Healing Saturday.
Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc., for which Jesse Brown’s has been a long time sponsor and friend, is dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and veterans. More than a one day fishing trip, program activities include fly fishing instruction, fly tying classes, fly casting workshops, rod building and fly fishing outings. This past year alone, Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing served over 7,000 veteran participants at their 200+ programs nationwide.
Project Healing Waters “Healing Saturday” Schedule of Events
Our friend Bill Kalbas shares his thoughts about Tilley Hats.
Do you own a Tilley hat? If so, do you wear it? If not, now might be a good time to stop by Jesse Brown’s Outdoors and buy one. If you do own one, now is a great time to start wearing it.
I just saw my dermatologist, and he reminded me that during the summer months, my baseball hat was not enough. He strongly suggested that I start wearing a full-brimmed hat. Not only to protect my ears and face, but the back of my head. When I told him I owned a Tilley, he agreed, that should do it!
Tilley hats are GREAT, and I sure love the two Tilley hats I purchased over the years from Jesse Brown’s. One I wear fishing, and the other one is for all other occasions.
I began writing a “sportsman’s journal” about 20 years ago. I’m not exactly sure why…..there was no compelling event other than I liked to write and I felt obligated to start documenting my outdoor adventures. My sons were 8 and 10 years old at the time and they were quickly becoming a cherished and integral part of our hunts and other outdoor adventures. As the pace of our lives quickened, so grew the sense of urgency to capture in words the images and feelings I experienced on our trips. My fear was the same fear every sportsman dreads…….. to wake up one day, discover that you are 80 years old, are ravaged by some cruel, memory robbing disease and have no recollection of the most cherished and exhilarating days of your life. In an effort to forestall the effects of the inevitable, so began my “sportsman’s journal”.
My journal may not be the typical sportsman’s journal. Like most sportsmen, I try and capture the basics of who, what, when and how many of the adventures we are lucky enough to experience. Ironically though, these are the details that I will most likely remember when I’m 80 years old. But regrettably, these are not the most cherished details that I will want to remember when I’m 80 years old. Therefore, my goal is to capture the “essence” and “soul” of our outdoor adventure. I want to chronicle the subtle nuances that make me stop and reflect on a special moment that may seem insignificant to others but means the world to me.
I want to write about the special people we meet on our hunts and trips……like the old man with white hair and a red face who can hardly walk anymore but is in the field participating in the hunt and sharing his wisdom about an obscure fact or detail regarding his Browning Sweet 16 shotgun. I want to capture the joy in the face of an 11 year old as he shoots his first dove on the wing in a September corn field in the low-country of S.C. I want to remember how blue the sky was that afternoon as momentous events were unfolding. I want to remember the rustling sound of the golden, late season corn stalks as they swayed in the wind on a cold, blustery November dove shoot. I want to be able to remember the pride a father feels when his 19 year old achieves a “double” on a covey of quail at a South Georgia plantation using a vintage 1905 Parker shotgun. I want to remember the hickory smell of the BBQ that was served by our host before the hunt that October afternoon. I want to remember the taste of the salt water as it stings my face in rough seas as we make our way to fish for sheepshead at the Charleston jetties. I want to write about the feeling of pride I got when my 25 year old son was the guide on my first fly fishing trip to a remote trout stream on the SC/Georgia border. I want to remember the warm, mellow sting in my throat from the flask as we toasted the first “brookie” of my life. I want to remember how cold and clear the mountain stream was that day in May and how I only fell once on the slippery, green, moss covered rocks. I want to remember that I caught my trout using a 47 year old fly rod that was mine as a kid.
These are the events and details I want to remember as I am warming by the red, glowing fire in my leather chair when I am 80 years old. It will not matter much how many birds we killed or fish we caught that day. But it will matter what we talked about on our journey to the field or stream. So I encourage every sportsman to keep their own version of their journal. I am convinced it will become their most prized possession. Mine is.
No words were ever more true………it is all about the journey.