Why the Humble Power Strip Might Be My Ultimate Travel Accessory

Electronics plugged into power strip

Since many of you will soon be traveling for the holidays, now is a good time to talk about travel accessories. Actually, one travel accessory; the power strip. In conversations about essential travel gear, I often surprise people when I tell them that I travel with a power strip. I understand their doubts. Power strips can be bulky, and outlets… Read more »

Why Microadventure Matters: The Quest for Adventure Despite Limitations

Why Microadventure Matters

I’ve been a big advocate of microadventure since reading Alastair Humphreys’ book, Microadventures: Local Discoveries for Great Escapes. Humphreys’ examples take place in England, but the philosophy of microadventure fits just as well in the US. I encourage you to read his book if you have the opportunity, or to check out my posts on the subject (here and here),… Read more »

Use What Works, Disregard What Doesn’t: Rule #77

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I know lots of people that perpetually seek out new lifehacks. They endlessly try to find ways to make themselves more creative, more resilient, and more productive. I’m all for self-improvement, but we’re all different; the tools and resources that work for you might not work for me. That’s why we should use what works, and disregard what doesn’t. For… Read more »

An Intrepid Outdoor Gift Guide: Holiday Gift Ideas for Your Adventurer

Knockaround Sunglasses at Horseshoe Bend: a great outdoor gift

Thanksgiving has officially come and gone. That means the holidays are right around the corner, and if you’re like me, you still have some gift-shopping to do. It can be daunting to play Santa for an adventure junkie; gear can make for expensive presents! Not to worry, you’ve still got some time, and I have some suggestions for awesome outdoor… Read more »

Am I a Bad Dog Owner? Are You? Is Anyone a Good Dog Owner?

Inkling and I hiking on Iron Creek Trail

I love my dog. Although Inkling has challenged me and Clarissa since the day we brought her home, but we have done the best we could to provide her with a happy home, as well as to include her in every aspect of our lives. That means taking her everywhere with us that we can, training her to the best… Read more »

I Bailed Out: Another Successful Failure of a Camping Trip

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Hiking in the Black Hills

Recently I realized that I haven’t had any alone time in the woods in months. In need of a little nature therapy, I parked my car at a trail head here in the Black Hills National Forest, set off on foot along a motorized trail, and searched for a spot to set up a shelter. Despite hiking for seven miles,… Read more »

Winter Wear Guide: Stay Warm on All Your Winter Adventures

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Trying to look cool in winter wear.

December 21st marks the first official day of winter, but here in the Black Hills, we’ve already had a few bouts of winter weather. That’s right, I’ve already pulled a wool hat on my head and wielded my snow shovel against the elements. Although autumn still reigns, now is a good time to begin preparations for our cold weather adventures,… Read more »

Make Something: Rule for Intrepid Living #76

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Make something. Like a canoe paddle

One thing that sets us humans apart from most animals is that we’re capable of creating things and using them to improve our lives. We’re tool-makers, creators, and builders. We make things, repair possessions, and develop all kinds of fun and useful stuff! The call to make something is ingrained in us, no matter if we’re craftsmen or desk workers…. Read more »

What is a National Forest, anyway?

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In last week’s post I mentioned that I was excited about having a National Forest as a back yard. If you haven’t explored one before, however, you may have asked yourself, “what is a National Forest?┬áIs it like a National Park? What about Wilderness Areas?” I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing each of these, and I want to introduce you… Read more »

Welcome to Our New Home: Starting Our Life in the Black Hills

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For the last five years the Quad Cities have been my home, and the area has been quite kind to me. In my time there I’ve been a digital archivist, a marketing copywriter, a freelancer, a tour guide, a bartender, and a writer. Above all else, I’ve espoused the benefits of local adventure, microadventure, and incorporating adventure into your daily… Read more »

You Don’t Need Permission: Rule for Intrepid Living #75

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Is there something that you’d like to do, but you’ve just never gotten around to it? A project or goal that you’d like to achieve, but just haven’t started yet? You know that you’re breaking Rule Number 3, and you’re waiting to start later, but you’re not sure why. It happens to all of us; we don’t necessarily know how… Read more »