Rule #69: Beware the Reasonable Excuse

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Rules for Intrepid Living Rule #69: Beware the Reasonable Excuse. I’ll be honest with all of you; I make a lot of excuses. I always have. My internal compass doesn’t naturally point to positivity or hard work,¬† instead I have tried to cultivate those qualities. In doing this, I have learned to spot when I’m making excuses. But even I… Read more »

Back in Black: Hiking and Rock Climbing in the Black Hills

The Black Hills

Did you ever meet someone and just click? That’s what happened when I met Eric and Alicia at their home in Rapid City. We had interacted a little online, and Clarissa knew Alicia from college, but we were essentially strangers to each other. They had graciously offered to put us up for a few days, and treat us to some… Read more »

Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule #68

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Rule #68. Meditate When you think about meditation, you may envision Mr. Miyagi, Splinter, Kung Fu Panda, and Yoda. Or if you’re a more realistic person you may see a monk or a hermit, cross-legged on a mountain, intoning “Om.” As far as role models go, you could do a lot worse, but I want to encourage you to see… Read more »

Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule #67

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Rule #67 Cultivate constructive apathy. I want you to be passionate. I want you to make the world a better place. I want you to chase dreams. And I want you to be apathetic. Wait, what? I know, it seems antithetical to the gospel I’m usually preaching, but I mean it. The thing is that I don’t want you to… Read more »

Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule #66.

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Rule #66. A bad day is not a bad life. Have you ever had one of those days where nothing goes right? You’re running late, you get a flat tire, your umbrella blows away, and then you lose your keys? I’ve had plenty of those days. You know, when your jobs a joke, you’re broke, and your love life’s D.O.A…. Read more »

Adventures in America’s Best Idea: Four National Parks We Visited in 2016

Four National Parks visited in 2016

Our National Parks have been referred to as “America’s Best Idea,” and after Clarissa and I spent¬† a month traveling the country by car, I can attest that there’s definitely something to that. The National Park Service, and the men and women who work in its employ, labor to ensure that our public lands and history are well taken care… Read more »

Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule #65.

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Rule #65: Have fun Are you having a good time? I know, you have a to do list, you’ve got to stay committed if you want to achieve your goals, and those bills ain’t gonna pay themselves. But still, I really want to know- are you having fun? If your answer is no, there’s a problem. Listen, I’m an emotional… Read more »

Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule #64.

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Rule #64. Know your place. I know, this might sound negative. Perhaps even a little derogatory. It reeks of privilege and smacks of ignorance. But before you get upset, let me give you a little more context in the form of a quote from someone who most decidedly knew their place. “When we try to pick out anything by itself,… Read more »

Eating Bugs

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I ate some bugs the other day. This wasn’t a Bear Grylls tacti-cool experience in the woods; I’ve had that experience and it wasn’t fun. This was different. It was a deliberate choice I made while at the office. I didn’t just eat bugs, I ate bugs with a purpose. Now when you started reading this post, you may have… Read more »

Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule #63.

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Rule #63. Don’t take yourself too seriously. There are a lot of very serious things happening in the world right now. We, as a society and culture, have a lot of problems that we need to solve, and we can’t agree on how best to do that. As individuals we have problems as well. If nothing else, we have the… Read more »

I See London, I See France, Part One: Getting There and a Stroll in the Park

The Gloucester Road Underground stop.

International travel; it’s the feather in the cap of many of an adventurers. We’re eager to explore foreign cities, experience other cultures, and to meet new people. Though I know it isn’t always easy to find the opportunity, should one come your way, I hope you’ll get your passport stamped and journey to another land. That’s exactly what Clarissa and… Read more »

Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule #62.

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Rule #62. The sharp tool cuts best. Abraham Lincoln supposedly said, “Give me six hours to chop down a tree, and I shall spend the first four sharpening the axe.” The attribution doesn’t seem to hold weight, but the sentiment does; when it comes to cutting, the sharp tool does the best work. I always carry a pocket knife on… Read more »