Eva Shockey’s new out­door se­ries fo­cuses on NC trips

The Herald-Sun (Sunday) - - Local - BY BROOKE CAIN [email protected]­sob­server.com

Sev­eral times dur­ing Eva Shockey’s Face­book Watch se­ries “Eva Shockey’s Out­door 101,” as she’s hik­ing through Pis­gah Na­tional For­est or trudg­ing up a trail to Linville Falls, she’s stopped by awestruck fans – al­most al­ways men – who want a photo with her. She cheer­ily obliges while her hus­band, for­mer pro hockey player Tim Brent, stands off to the side.

To the viewer not versed in the world of celebrity hunters, this movie star treat­ment might seem per­plex­ing. But re­ally, it’s not. Shockey is the ex­ceed­ingly tele­genic face of not just hunt­ing (she built much of her fol­low­ing as the co-host of her fa­ther’s Out­door Chan­nel TV show, “Jim Shockey’s Hunt­ing Ad­ven­tures”) but of the out­doors life­style as a whole. In ad­di­tion to her TV back­ground, Shockey is an au­thor with the dis­tinc­tion of be­ing the first woman to make the cover of Field & Stream mag­a­zine and she has a so­cial me­dia fol­low­ing of more than 2 mil­lion.

Pro­mot­ing the ben­e­fits of an out­doors life­style is the mes­sage be­hind the new “Out­door 101” show, a stream­ing Face­book se­ries of na­ture lovers’ road trip ad­ven­tures fea­tur­ing Shockey and Brent, and some­times their tod­dler Leni Bow and their lit­tle dog Piper. All six episodes of the first sea­son fo­cus on North Carolina ex­cur­sions, all a man­age­able drive from the fam­ily’s home near Raleigh.

‘‘ A LOT OF PEO­PLE FIND EX­CUSES FOR WHY THEY CAN’T GET OUT­DOORS. … YOU CAN MAKE THE TIME, YOU CAN BRING THE KIDS. THAT’S WHY WE SHOW HOW TO DO IT.

Eva Shockey

“It’s about em­brac­ing the out­doors and get­ting out­side your com­fort zone,” Shockey said in a phone in­ter­view.

The episodes of­fer more than just a chance to watch Shockey and her fam­ily have fun out­side; she gives tips for mak­ing the ad­ven­tures eas­ier – cov­er­ing what type of gear to take and what kinds of out­ings are re­al­is­tic with a tod­dler and a small, lazy dog (that’s her de­scrip­tion of the dog, not mine, from the Blue Ridge Park­way episode).

Now with a fam­ily – she and Brent met at an out­doors show in Raleigh and have been mar­ried three and a half years – Shockey has less time for hunt­ing and is more in­ter­ested in ac­tiv­i­ties that can in­volve the whole fam­ily.

“Hope­fully we’ll be hav­ing more ba­bies, so we’ve tran­si­tioned to more of an out­door life­style where we can have the whole fam­ily in­volved,” Shockey said. “We wanted to stay in our home state of North Carolina and find the beauty here. It’s a pos­i­tive, healthy life­style and a good one for a fam­ily.”

One episode of “Out­door 101” in­volves a fam­ily-friendly stroll to Linville Falls and a drive on the Blue Ridge Park­way. An­other episode gets a lit­tle com­pet­i­tive, as Shockey and Brent wa­ger over a bass-fish­ing ex­cur­sion at Jor­dan Lake. In yet an­other episode, Shockey tells Brent that they’re go­ing on a hike, but it’s re­ally a “wilder­ness yoga” date in Boone. Ev­ery episode – they run about 12-15 min­utes in length – in­cludes a bit of his­tory about the place they’re vis­it­ing.

CALL­ING NORTH CAROLINA HOME

Shockey and Brent are both orig­i­nally from Canada, but make their home near Raleigh be­cause Brent, now a com­mer­cial real es­tate bro­ker, fell in love with the area dur­ing his time play­ing for the Carolina Hur­ri­canes.

“He loves Raleigh and North Carolina so much, and he knew it had so many op­por­tu­ni­ties for ad­ven­ture,” Shockey said. “We’ve planted roots here. We had no fam­ily or friends here, but we’re build­ing a home here now.”

Shockey in­sists the show isn’t just for those who al­ready em­brace camp­ing, hik­ing and fish­ing. She wants to make the city mice among us feel just as com­fort­able in na­ture as the coun­try mice do.

“That’s why we cre­ated the show, to reach the peo­ple who maybe don’t know much about the out­doors or are in­tim­i­dated by it,” Shockey said. “We give them hacks to make it eas­ier – if you have a tod­dler or kid, here’s how you can do it. Watch­ing some­one else like this helps.”

It also helps that no mat­ter what they’re do­ing, Shockey and Brent seem to be hav­ing fun. Even when Brent’s com­fort level is tested (watch Shockey try to kiss him on cam­era at Falls Lake), you can tell they’re hav­ing a good time. Maybe that will make view­ers more in­clined to get out­side and find ad­ven­ture.

But for those who are re­luc­tant, Shockey said it might be eas­ier to take baby steps into the great out­doors.

“Try small ways,” she sug­gested. “Go to a park and look at an­i­mals – some­thing that’s not so far out of your com­fort zone that you’re not en­joy­ing it. I’ve found when you start small, then the next time you can do a lit­tle more ... you don’t need to be in the moun­tains for a week, you can do it.”

Shockey isn’t over­bear­ing, but she’s pas­sion­ate about the out­doors life­style and how healthy it is for fam­i­lies, so her “just do it – but have fun” at­ti­tude comes through.

“A lot of peo­ple find ex­cuses for why they can’t get out­doors – new mom or new job or XYZ. You can make the time, you can bring the kids. That’s why we show how to do it. It also helps kids learn to love the out­doors.

“The ex­cuses, ev­ery­one can make them but you can make an ef­fort and it’s worth it.”

You can find all episodes of “Eva Shockey’s Out­door 101” stream­ing at face­book.com/EvaShock­eysOut­door101.

Face­book Watch / Eva Shockey's Out­door 101

Pro­mot­ing the ben­e­fits of an out­doors life­style is the mes­sage be­hind the new “Out­door 101” show, a stream­ing Face­book se­ries of na­ture lovers’ road trip ad­ven­tures fea­tur­ing Eva Shockey and her hus­band, Tim Brent.

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