Category Archives: Hiking

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 »

Concluding the Great River Trail Trash Trek

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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 »

Update! Great River Trail Trash Trek Itinerary

The Mississippi River via the Great River Trail

Planning and preparation is coming along.
There’s still plenty to do, but I’ve got my schedule pretty well laid out.
I’m excited that everything is coming together, so read on for my itinerary!

Wrong Turns and Strange Precipitation: Camping at Sand Ridge State Forest

Good morning camping at Sand Ridge State Forest

In early April I drove a couple hours south to Sand Ridge State Forest to spend a night alone in one of the back country camp sites. I got a little lost on the trails, dealt with some unusual weather, and had a wonderful time by myself in the woods. Read on for the full story.

Honeymooning Part 4: Pathways, Roughlock Falls, and Rapid City.

In this latest installment of my Honeymooning posts, I share our exploration of two sites in the Northern Black Hills; Pathways Spiritual Sanctuary, and the Roughlock Falls Nature Trail. There’s also a few great bits about Rapid City in this post as well.

Five Great Reasons to Go for a Hike

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This past weekend we went out in the unseasonably warm weather and enjoyed a great hike at a nearby historic site. Have you been out hiking lately? Here are five reasons that you should!

Honeymooning Part 3: The Stratobowl and Trail Riding

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Wade and Clarissa at the Stratobowl overlook.

Installment number 3 detailing our honeymoon adventures. This post includes our experience hiking the Stratobowl, and important part of America’s aviation history. This post also details our trail riding experience at Rockin R Trailrides.

Honeymooning Part 2: Harney Peak and Mount Rushmore

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This is the second installment in a series detailing our adventures in South Dakota during our honeymoon.   Previous and later installments can be found here.   We started the second day of our honeymoon feeling much more well-rested than we had the day before. After waking up and getting our bearings, we got a little coffee and a few… Read more »

Honeymooning Part 1: The Badlands

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Badlands National Park

Well everyone, here is is, the first article about our honeymoon. I figure I ought to start by telling you that our wedding was great. It was wonderful to have so many friends and family all gathered around us to celebrate our marriage, and I’m incredibly grateful to everyone who attended, everyone who wished they could, and everyone who helped… Read more »