Category Archives: New Experiences

Why Microadventure Matters: The Quest for Adventure Despite Limitations

Why Microadventure Matters

I’ve been a big advocate of microadventure since reading Alastair Humphreys’ book, Microadventures: Local Discoveries for Great Escapes. Humphreys’ examples take place in England, but the philosophy of microadventure fits just as well in the US. I encourage you to read his book if you have the opportunity, or to check out my posts on the subject (here and here),… Read more »

Use What Works, Disregard What Doesn’t: Rule #77

      2 Comments on Use What Works, Disregard What Doesn’t: Rule #77
Local Adventure - State parks

I know lots of people that perpetually seek out new lifehacks. They endlessly try to find ways to make themselves more creative, more resilient, and more productive. I’m all for self-improvement, but we’re all different; the tools and resources that work for you might not work for me. That’s why we should use what works, and disregard what doesn’t. For… Read more »

What is a National Forest, anyway?

      Comments Off on What is a National Forest, anyway?

In last week’s post I mentioned that I was excited about having a National Forest as a back yard. If you haven’t explored one before, however, you may have asked yourself, “what is a National Forest?┬áIs it like a National Park? What about Wilderness Areas?” I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing each of these, and I want to introduce you… Read more »

Welcome to Our New Home: Starting Our Life in the Black Hills

      Comments Off on Welcome to Our New Home: Starting Our Life in the Black Hills

For the last five years the Quad Cities have been my home, and the area has been quite kind to me. In my time there I’ve been a digital archivist, a marketing copywriter, a freelancer, a tour guide, a bartender, and a writer. Above all else, I’ve espoused the benefits of local adventure, microadventure, and incorporating adventure into your daily… Read more »

The Mora Companion: The Best Twenty Dollars You’ll Spend on Gear

      Comments Off on The Mora Companion: The Best Twenty Dollars You’ll Spend on Gear

Gear is expensive. Spend a little time shopping for equipment, and it won’t take long to learn that a proper outdoor kit can really hurt the wallet. There’s plenty of cheap stuff out there, but I’ve been burnt enough to know that often you get what you pay for when it comes to outdoor gear. There are exceptions, however, and… Read more »

WeeCasa Tiny House Resort: Living Large in a Small Space

      Comments Off on WeeCasa Tiny House Resort: Living Large in a Small Space

I don’t want to live in a tiny house. There, I’ve said it. Perhaps if I had remained unwed and lived alone I would feel differently, though I suspect not. I respect minimalism, but have no desire to live in such a small space with my possessions pared down to the bare minimum. Yet, this isn’t to say that I… 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 »

Turning 35 and Looking Back on 2017

      5 Comments on Turning 35 and Looking Back on 2017

Yesterday was my 35th birthday. We celebrated quietly, wrapped up in a blanket, watching a documentary-ish reality series on Netflix, and staying warm as the outside temperature plummeted and the roads iced over. At our feet, our pup Inkling alternated between chewing on a bully stick and snoozing in a little nest. I’m no party animal, and as far as… Read more »

3 Life Lessons from America’s Toughest Mudder

      Comments Off on 3 Life Lessons from America’s Toughest Mudder
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 »

America’s Toughest Mudder: I’m Not Ready (But I’m Gonna Do it Anyway)

Spartan race

In December 2015 I flew to LA to run a Spartan Race with one of the greatest friends I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing. That experience beat me up a little, but I found it enjoyable in some regards. I also learned a lot from running the Spartan Sprint, about the adventure community and about what I’m capable of…. Read more »

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

      Comments Off on 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 »