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Four Ways to Use Instagram for Adventure (and Two Warnings)

instagram for adventure

NOTE: I wanted to share this post again with a few edits and updates, most notably, the Leave No Trace Center’s Social Media Guidelines which I was unfamiliar with when I originally published this post. I’m bad at social media. I very much love to use it, to share and consume content, but I’m not consistent. I’m sure that part… Read more »

Ready for a Life Lesson? Here’s Five from My Puppy

I’ve said before that we can find wisdom in unlikely places, and it’s true; we can learn a lot from all sorts of experiences, if we pay attention and reflect upon it. I quickly discovered that as I trained Inkling, and worked to teach her how to effectively share our lives, my experiences with her provided a pretty instructive life… Read more »

How to Get Yosemite & Other National Parks All to Yourself

Wind Cave National Park

Something that you may have noticed from the content that I post is that I love our National Parks! Often referred to as America’s best idea, our National Park system is intended for the enjoyment of all, and despite a growing number of challenges that the NPS faces, (including the recent government shutdown and potential for another in the near… Read more »

3 Life Lessons from America’s Toughest Mudder

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Our America's Toughest Mudder Team

I recently ran America’s Toughest Mudder Midwest, and I’ve been talking about it, A LOT. I describe the obstacles, the mileage, and the soreness that followed, but in truth that’s just setting the stage. I’m really talking about the race as context for a greater purpose. I’m not just talking about getting muddy or hypothermic, I’m talking about doing the… Read more »

Poison Ivy: Seven Things You Need To Know Before You Hit the Trail

Poison Ivy alongside the trail.

When I was kid, early on in my scouting career, I made the rookie mistake of wiping my butt with an unidentified leaf. As you can probably guess, given the nature of this post, that was a very bad call. I had an itchy rash in areas I would have preferred to remain itchy rash free, but I learned a… Read more »

Four Reasons to Get (or Renew) Your Passport… Not Including Travel Plans

New passport, old passport, passport case

International travel is awesome, and it’s the reason most of us get a passport. But even if you don’t have immediate plans to explore foreign lands, a passport is worth having. Here are four reasons to get a passport, even if you don’t have any plans for international travel.

Four Reasons Not To Run a Spartan Race

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Spartan Sprint,mud obstacle

Many thanks to Spartan Race for granting permission to use their photos on my blog. I don’t think this post would have been nearly as interesting without them, so I’m very grateful! On December 6th, I ran a Spartan Sprint with my brother Tim at Castaic Lake State Recreation Area in Southern California. This was my first ever Spartan Race,… Read more »