Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule #50.


Rule #50. It’s all part of the game. On the third day of the Great River Trail Trash Trek, as I hiked alongside highway 84, I grew more and more downtrodden. I hadn’t really slept the night before, I was carrying much more weight than I should have been, and the hot sun started to wear on me. Shortly after… Read more »

Go Outside: Outdoor Attractions in the Quad Cities

Quad Cities Outdoor Attractions

Welcome to the Quad Cities! Three and a half years ago I moved to the Quad Cities from my hometown in Central Illinois. Though I’m not a native, I have come to love it here; Whitey’s Ice Cream, local beers, and the Figge Art Museum have all found a place in my heart. I’ll admit I’m still not the biggest fan of… Read more »

Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule #49


Rule #49. Provide cheerful service. At the end of last month, I took a week for the Great River Trail Trash Trek, picking up forty-three bags of trash over sixty-five miles. Last month my wife Clarissa led a yoga class for the organization Yoga 4 Homeless, leading to the collection of $100, toiletries, coffee, clothing, and yoga mats for donation to… Read more »

Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule #48.


Rule #48. There is no “new you.” Every year, on January 1st, hundreds of thousands of people decide that they’re going to change. No longer will they be the same person they’ve always been. Oh no, not this year! This year (whatever year it may be) everything changes. We’ve even got a nice turn of phrase for it, “New year,… Read more »

Concluding the Great River Trail Trash Trek

Wade at the trail head of the Great River Trail.

This past Friday, I finished my hike. The Great River Trail Trash Trek is complete! I walked roughly sixty-five miles (a few extra off trail) and picked up forty-three bags of trash. I feel good about my effort, and happy that I had the opportunity to take a week and explore this local resource. I loved hiking the Great River Trail,… Read more »

Great River Trail Trash Trek: Today is the Day!

The Mississippi River via the Great River Trail

Greetings all! Barring any unforeseen complications, I’ll be on the trail by the time you’re reading this! I’m very excited, and I hope that you’ll be joining me in some small way! Remember that you can track my progress via Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Feel free to tweet at me or message me on Facebook if you like or want… Read more »

Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule #47


Rule #47. Go local. We’re all part of a community, and we each have the capacity to add to or detract from it. That’s one of the reasons that I write for QC Outside; I’ve only lived in the Quad Cities for three years, but this area has welcomed my wife and I with open arms. We’ve found our place here… Read more »

Great River Trail Trash Trek: All Geared Up!

All the gear I'll need for the Great River Trail Trash Trek

It’s now officially less than one week until my departure date, and though I still have packing and shake down to do, I feel ready. In my previous update I outlined my itinerary, so as I enter the final stages of preparation I’d like to take a moment to introduce you to some of the gear I’ll be using for… Read more »

Fitness, Friendship, & Fun: My Experience with Plan For Adventure

Plan for Adventure

It’s a few minutes before we get down to business. About ten of us are milling around, chit-chatting about work or looking at a chalkboard on the wall that holds today’s workout. We recognize the exercises, but not necessarily the formula for how the circuit works out. I shake out my legs and arms a bit. Then Mike shouts, “everybody… Read more »

Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule #46.


Rule #46. Safety gear is cool. Several years ago I needed to tear down an old steel shed in my family’s backyard. The screws, nuts, and bolts holding the monstrosity together had long since rusted into one large chunk of metal, so taking it down in an orderly fashion was out of the question. Instead, I found myself wielding a heavy… Read more »

Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule #45


Rule #45. Maintain an explorer’s mind.
Do you find yourself getting bored easily? That’s no good!
The best way to defeat boredom is by having (and using) an explorer’s mind.
Read on to learn more!