Rule for Intrepid Living #71: Aging Is Mandatory, Getting Old Is Optional

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It’s a funny thing that I’m sure you’ll recognize. As a teenager, and even in my twenties, I viewed thirty as old. This is, of course, ridiculous. Thirty isn’t old at all! Not even close, In fact, now that I’m 34, I still identify myself as “kid.” In the grand scheme of things I’m a baby. When we’re younger we… Read more »

I See London, I See France Part 2.5: Ain’t Nobody Weird in London

Nobody's weird in London

After boarding the train for Barnes, I had a moment to stop and think about what I had seen thus far. London is, by far, the most diverse city I’ve ever visited. There are so many people from so many places, cultures butting up against one another, and everyone exploring the best way to live their life in this big… Read more »

Hiking in Colorado: A Warm (and Then Cold) Welcome to the Rockies

“Hiking in Colorado” is part of a series of posts from our 2016 road trip. For other stories from the road, check out On the Road, my collection of posts related to that adventure. On the morning of day six of our journey, we said our goodbyes to Eric and Alicia and left Rapid City in fog and rain, heading… Read more »

You Belong Here: Welcome to the Adventure Community

I’m headed to California to meet up with a couple of guys to hike Mount Whitney, the highest mountain peak in the lower 48 states. I’m excited to get on the mountain, but as I made preparations to leave the midwest I’ve been reminded that adventure is more than just places and activities. Adventure is a community. I have been… Read more »

Rule for Intrepid Living #70: You Can’t Have It All

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Recent circumstances have me thinking about what it means to expend all your time, energy, and money. To, perhaps, overextend yourself. I’ve been pushing myself in a lot of ways this year, stacking a lot in my schedule, and trying to accomplish a lot of goals in 2017. Through my effort, I’ve been unexpectedly reminded of something… You can’t have… Read more »

I See London, I See France, Part Two: Art, Walking London, and Meeting Friends

Tower Bridge as seen while walking London

You can find all the posts about our trip to London and Paris by clicking here. Though we were eager to start walking London, day two started with meetings just down the road from our hotel. After a morning of work, however, we were free to explore a bit. For us, that started with something to munch. We grabbed a… Read more »

Lessons in Microadventure from a Rainy Night of Stealth Camping

Our view while stealth camping

“Ready to go?” my friend Mike asked, as I finished a beer while I sat in his living room. I told him that I was as I made my way towards the door. I tied my boots and started layering up. I finished with a rain coat, then slung my Volta onto my shoulders. Time to go. Typically I don’t… Read more »

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 »