Recipe for Campfire Fun!

I’m always sad to see June come to an end. It feels like it goes by too quickly. Not only is June the first month of summer but it’s also “Great Outdoors Month”. From our friends at Recreation.gov

“President Obama—along with almost every state governor—proclaimed June as “Great Outdoors Month,” urging Americans to uphold our legacy of conserving lands for future generations. Whether it’s hiking, canoeing, fishing, swimming, bird watching—or just having a picnic and enjoying nature—getting outside with your loved ones in our shared resources is the perfect way to celebrate.”

How is Mountain Graphics celebrating the last weekend of Great Outdoors Month? With another campfire of course! We’ll be breaking out the giant marshmallows for s’mores….

Giant s'more from our last campfire

Giant s’more from our last campfire

We’ll be taste testing some new camping cocktail recipes courtesy of the Trail Chef at Backpacker.com…

Drunken Watermelon on Tap

Drunken Watermelon on Tap

and the kids will be wearing their glow-in-the-dark t-shirts.

Camping Marshmallows Glow-In-the-Dark T-shirt

Camping Marshmallows Glow-In-the-Dark T-shirt

Animal Silhouettes Glow-in-the-dark T-shirt

Animal Silhouettes Glow-in-the-dark T-shirt

So there you have it. Our recipe for a great campfire = Great friends + S’mores (for everyone) + Camping Cocktails (for the adults) + Glow-in-the-dark T-shirts (for the kids)

How will you celebrate the last weekend of Great Outdoors Month? More importantly, are you ready for July which is National Ice Cream month?

2013 Wellsboro Laurel Festival

We had another beautiful Laurel Festival this past weekend on ‘The Green’ in Wellsboro. Held annually the 3rd week in June, the Laurel Festival represents the start of summer in our small town. Laurel Festival is one of my favorite times of the year and thankfully the rain held off for most of the weekend so everyone could enjoy the arts & crafts fair, parade, carnival and Queen’s Pageant. Image We’re proud to sell the official Laurel Fest t-shirt and not just because it gives us an excuse to hang out on the Green all weekend! This year’s design incorporated the infamous Wellsboro Gaslights with the silhouette of a town in the background. If you missed us on the Green but would still like a shirt, give us a call at 888.764.6450.

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Dressing for Summer Runs

We are well into running season. With one race under my belt and another coming up this weekend, I’m thinking about sprucing up my running wardrobe. Below are 4 tips for dressing for a summer run…

1) Run in performance wear – Gone are the days of running in cotton t-shirts and cut off sweatpants. When cotton gets wet, it stays wet and that weighs you down. Nowadays running clothes are typically made from synthetic fabrics like nylon, polyester and spandex. These fabrics are durable, light and moisture-wicking. As you sweat, they wick moisture away from your skin, keeping you cool while you run. At Mountain Graphics we offer performance wear tops in many styles so you can find something for any type of weather. Running shorts come in a variety of lengths. Most have hidden pockets to store a car key, tissues or some shot blocks. Make sure the ones you choose offer plenty of stretch for ease of movement while running.

My go to running shirt - the Alo Women's Mesh Back T-Shirt from Mountain Graphics

My go to running shirt – the Alo Women’s Mesh Back T-Shirt from Mountain Graphics

2) Buy good fitting running shoes – Learn from my mistakes. I spent years wearing the wrong size shoe and have the blisters to prove it. Go to a running store and have your feet measured – your size can change as you age and your feet swell throughout the day so go late in the afternoon. Don’t pick a pair of shoes solely based on looks. Try them on and run. Running shoes should feel great when you first try them on. Don’t buy a pair and think the fit will improve after you’ve broken them in. Brake them in before your next race. Give yourself a few weeks to phase them into your running routine.

My favorite pair of trail running shoes

My favorite pair of trail running shoes

3) Invest in a good fitting Sports Bra – Ok, this is another area where I’ve made plenty of mistakes. Sports bras are expensive, so running in my sister’s hand-me-down bras seemed like a good idea at the time. Except she’s much better ‘endowed’ than I am. Keeping them for 10 years or until they start falling apart seemed like another cost-effective idea. In the end, it’s best to shell out the money for good support. The type of bra you’ll need will depend on your cup size and your level of activity. REI provides great instruction on how to choose the sports bra that’s right for you. Click HERE to read more on this topic.

Title Nine is an excellent place to shop for sports bras

Title Nine is an excellent place to shop for sports bras

4) Buy running socks – your feet will thank you for it! Running socks come in many different materials so it can be confusing to choose the right pair. You want to avoid socks that are made from 100% cotton. When cotton gets wet, it stays wet, making your feet cold and clammy or worse, causing blisters. Just as with your running clothes, you want to choose socks that are made from synthetic materials such as polyester, acrylic or Coolmax. Running socks also come in a range of thickness. Some people like socks that are very thin, particularly in the summer when it’s warm. Others want socks with more padding for cushioning. Running socks also have different heights: most brands come in crew, quarter crew and mini-crew. Again, it’s your personal choice what feels most comfortable to you but take into consideration that if you’re running trails, the higher the sock the more dirt will be kept out of your shoe.

I run in SmartWool PhD socks

I run in SmartWool PhD socks

 

Great Gifts for Father’s Day!

Dad doesn’t need another tie for Father’s Day. What Dad really wants is a cool graphic tee from Mountain Graphics. Like this Lost Hiker Tee that shows a backpacker hiking in the woods above the phrase ‘I’d rather be lost in the woods than found in the city’. Yep, that about sums up my Dad!

Lost Hiker T-Shirt

Lost Hiker T-Shirt

Whether he’s into hiking, camping, paddling, cycling or running, we’ve got the perfect gift to make Dad happy! Doesn’t he deserve it after all he’s done for you? For a limited time all of our t-shirts SHIP FOR FREE!

In honor of Father’s Day, we’re also sharing a contest from our friends at the American Hiking Society. Post of a picture of your Dad on the trail and enter to win him a great Father’s Day prize pack, containing a Tilley Endurables hat, a one year American Hiking Society membership, and a one year subscription to Backpacker Magazine. Click Here to Enter.

So, get him a great tee from Mountain Graphics and enter him in American Hiking Society’s contest to win a Father’s Day prize pack! He’ll love you for it!

It’s National Running Day!

June 5th is National Running Day! While running is often a sport done solo, today runners across the world celebrate the sport together! Many running events offer discounts and rebates today so if you’re thinking of signing up for a race, now is the time to do it. Below are the details for a special promotion on an upcoming marathon that’s being held this summer in the mountains above our screen printing shop

The PA Grand Canyon Marathon is offering a special registration rate today only: Take $26.2 off the registration fee. Instead of paying $109, you’ll pay $82.80. What a deal! If you’ve already registered for this event you’ll be entered in a drawing to have your entire registration fee refunded. Hope I win!

What’s your motivation for running?