On the Road: A Good Stay in the Badlands

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This is the first installment of a new series of posts titled “On the Road,” detailing our adventures during our month-long road trip in Autumn 2016. There’s a lot of material I hope to cover from this adventure, and I hope you enjoy reading about our journey. If you’ve read the post about our first trip to the Badlands, you… Read more »

Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule #61.

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Rule #61. Be passionate. Why is it that in this amazing world we live in, it’s so easy to get apathetic? Why do we become complacent? Why do we get bored? Honestly, most of it comes down to attitude. You can’t always control your circumstances, but you can control your reaction to them. That’s why the cure for boredom is,… Read more »

The Road Home

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The Road So Far

Greetings all. I know it’s been awhile, and I apologize for my absence. Last you heard from me, Clarissa and I were in a Super 8 in Utah, but as you might imagine, we’re not still there. The next day we left Utah and drove across the entire state of Nevada (sorry Nevada, next time we’ll try to stop). That… Read more »

Rules for Intrepid Daily: Rule #60

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Rule #60. Nothing beats a positive attitude. As you know, things never go exactly as planned. It’s the way of the world. Sometimes things just go wrong. It happens all the time. That’s just part of the deal, or as my friend Mike says, “it’s all part of the game.” So what do we do about it? How do we… Read more »

Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule 59

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Rule #59. Everything happens for a reason New beginnings and finish lines. Setbacks and silver linings. Injuries and victories. Celebratory nights and hangover mornings. Life has its ups and downs. There’s good and bad, positive and negative. It’s all important. It all has meaning. Everything happens for a reason. I’m not waxing poetic about fate, destiny, or predetermination. My goal… Read more »

The Road So Far…

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The Road So Far

We’re ten days into our road trip, and life on the road has been great. We started with a brief stay in Sioux Falls before moving on to Badlands National Park, where we spent a day hiking before staying overnight in Sage Creek Campground. On day four, we headed into the Black Hills to meet our friends, the Boes, who treated… Read more »

Can Every Day be an Adventure?

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When it comes to our lives, we often see the adventures sprinkled amidst the day to day activities that come with adulthood; working, paying bills, cooking and cleaning for example. These are things that we have to do to get by, so obviously not every single day of our lives can be an adventure, right? I don’t think of it that… Read more »

Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule #58

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Rule #58. Motivation will get you to the starting line. Discipline will get you across the finish line. We love motivation. Motivational quotes, speeches, films, and songs. I’ve been known to pull up compilations of motivational speeches on YouTube when I’m having a rough day or need a little extra push. Motivation is great, and maybe we’d all like a… Read more »

Not Exactly as Planned: Memorial Day Weekend in Kentucky

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Sometimes it’s good to get away for awhile. To see something new. To go somewhere you’ve never been before. That’s why Clarissa and I decided to spend Memorial Day weekend camping with a friend in Kentucky. We planned an awesome extended weekend at Lake Cumberland, and as the trip drew nearer we found ourselves growing more and more excited. Remember… Read more »

California or Bust…

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Mapping driving routes for an adventure

You may be wondering where the new Rule for Intrepid Living is today. After all, it’s Thursday, and that’s always RFIL day. Well, not today. Instead, I’m going to tell you what’s up with Intrepid Daily. You have notice, no doubt, that my posting has been rather erratic this summer. Let me just go on record right now apologizing for… Read more »

Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule #57

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Rule # 57. Don’t panic. When I got turned around while camping at Sand Ridge State Forest, it would have been easy to freak out and make a snap decision about what direction to go. But I didn’t. When I woke up shivering in the middle of the night when camping at Yellow River last December, it would have been natural… Read more »

Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule #56.

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Rule #56. Reach. I recently took a part time job as something of a handyman. I’m helping to renovate a rental property, something I’ve never done before. I’m not afraid of tools, work, or getting dirty, but I’ve never had the opportunity to work on a construction project like this. I’ve always wanted to; I like working with my hands,… Read more »