Category Archives: Microadventure

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 »

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 »

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.

A Winter’s Night, Alone.

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It’s 3:30 in the morning, time to drag yourself out of your sleeping bag and stoke the fire, but when you stick your head out into the cold night air, you discover that there is no fire. The wind picked up while you slept and stoked the flames; the fire burned itself out, leaving nothing but a few smoldering coals…. Read more »