This is a sponsored post written on behalf of Dick’s Sporting Goods. All opinions are my own.
The great outdoors. In a way it feels like my story actually started there. Whether it was the hot and humid countryside of the Rio Grande Valley in Texas or the equally hot days in Mexico, only with chilly nights every single evening in the rancho where my parents were born, the truth is being in nature just makes me feel at peace. My nephew actually asked me this question over the weekend: “are you a country boy or a city boy?”
I paused for a moment, gave it some thought, and then responded: “you know, I have to say I’m more of a country boy.”
And while it may be true that by this stage of my life I’ve probably spent equal amounts of time in both the city and the country. What I can’t deny, is that wide open spaces, fresh air, and the sound of silence when you’re in the middle of a serro somewhere just makes me smile. Although, truth be told I have grown quite accustomed to my creature comforts of living in the middle of downtown Houston for most of my adult life. I haven’t honestly been camping in more than a decade.
I have, however, been to Mexico a couple of times in the last decade.
That’s part of the reason I was kind of excited to accept the invitation to be a welcome ambassador for Dick’s Sporting Goods stores on their arrival to Houston this year. The chain just recently opened a bunch of stores in and around the Houston area, and if you know anything about Dick’s Sporting Goods, you know they carry tons of merchandise perfect for most adventures in the great outdoors.
We did attend one of the official grand openings at Deerbrook Mall and were kind of blown away by all of the excitement. The fact that we got to meet and shake hands with World Series champ Lance Berkman was just the tip of the ice berg when it came to all of the day’s festivities. There were live endurance activities, an actual mobile container with live fish inside in the middle of the parking lot outside, and lines of people everywhere. Some were shopping. Others were taking pictures. And everyone was having a great time just getting their first glimpse at what Dick’s Sporting Goods has to offer.
In fact, if you want to do a little shopping of your own at Dick’s Sporting Goods, we’re giving away two (2) $50 gift cards on this here little blog post. Just leave us a comment by no later than Sunday, November 6, 2016, and we will pick a winner after the election next week.
Good luck and happy shopping friends!