Category Archives: New Experiences

A Guide to Enjoying the Great American Eclipse (for the Unprepared)

Enjoy the Great American Eclipse.

Early in 2017, a friend of mine made plans to head to Southern Illinois to view the upcoming Great American Eclipse. As good friends do, he included my wife and I in those plans, but unfortunately they fell through fairly early on, and I have to confess, I pretty much forgot about the eclipse. That is until my friend Brian… Read more »

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 »

Back in Black: Hiking and Rock Climbing in the Black Hills

The Black Hills

Did you ever meet someone and just click? That’s what happened when I met Eric and Alicia at their home in Rapid City. We had interacted a little online, and Clarissa knew Alicia from college, but we were essentially strangers to each other. They had graciously offered to put us up for a few days, and treat us to some… Read more »

Eating Bugs

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Larvets

I ate some bugs the other day. This wasn’t a Bear Grylls tacti-cool experience in the woods; I’ve had that experience and it wasn’t fun. This was different. It was a deliberate choice I made while at the office. I didn’t just eat bugs, I ate bugs with a purpose. Now when you started reading this post, you may have… 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 »

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.

Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule #37

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Rule #37. Be Yourself.
It sounds cliche, I know. You’ve heard it before (or read it on a cat poster).
Except I don’t mean be who you currently are, I mean be the real you, the version of yourself that you really want to be.
Read on to find out how.

Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule #35

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Rule #35. Overcome your fear.
Everybody gets scared. It’s okay to be afraid, just don’t let that fear stop you.

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 »

The Broadway Historic District Wine Walk

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Clarissa and I have been living in the Quad Cities area for roughly two years now, but in mid-June we moved from our one bedroom apartment to a wonderful rental house in Rock Island. Clarissa was happy because she’s now a five minute drive from her office, and a quick walk to one of her yoga studios. Though my commute… Read more »

Trying out SUP Yoga

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Not long ago I shared my first SUP experience with you. Last Monday I had my second SUP experience, this time with the added twist of practicing yoga on the board. Indigo Wellness Studios in the Quad Cities (where Clarissa teaches some of her classes) has a SUP yoga program with a number of instructors, and some really nice boards. The cost… Read more »