Category Archives: Thoughts and Musings

When Dreams Don’t Come True

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When dreams don't come true

It’s important to follow your dreams, but they can’t all come true…
So what happens if you don’t reach them?
Read on to find out what happened when one of my dreams didn’t come true.

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 »

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

instagram for adventure

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 of that is a byproduct of the really weird hectic schedule that I keep. I also have a weird attention span that alternates between obsessive tunnel vision and scattered focus. Still, overall I think social… Read more »

The Joy of Here: Four Reasons to Have a Local Adventure

Local adventure

Last month I had the good fortune to briefly play guide to a fellow blogger, Kovas of Midwest Basecamp, while he visited the Quad Cities. I led him, his son, and some friends on a local hike, and then Clarissa and I joined our new friends the next morning for some stand up paddleboarding and kayaking. We had a fantastic… Read more »

You Belong Here: Welcome to the Adventure Community

I’m headed to California to meet up with a couple of guys to hike Mount Whitney, the highest mountain peak in the lower 48 states. I’m excited to get on the mountain, but as I made preparations to leave the midwest I’ve been reminded that adventure is more than just places and activities. Adventure is a community. I have been… Read more »

Microadventure: What It Is and Why You Should Have One

Microadventure hike at Black Hawk State Historic Site

Anyone can take a microadventure, and everyone should, including me and you!

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 »

Can Every Day be an Adventure?

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When it comes to our lives, we often see the adventures sprinkled amidst the day to day activities that come with adulthood;¬†working, paying bills, cooking and cleaning for example. These are things that we have to do to get by, so obviously not every single day of our lives can be an adventure, right? I don’t think of it that… Read more »

Real Adventurers Have Day Jobs

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Real Adventurers have Day Jobs

I spent my life dreaming of adventure; aspiring to travel, try new things, and explore everywhere (and everything) that I could. The dream spoke to me, trying to guide my decisions, but like many would-be adventurers, I listened less and less over time. “Oh, I still want adventure,” I’d tell myself. “But it’ll have to wait until I finish college.”… 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 »

Three Mistakes I Made

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Taking a photo while hiking at Black Hawk State Historic Site

Want to take an adventure, but don’t think you have the time, money, or opportunity to do so right now?
I used to believe that, but I’ve come around to a different way of thinking.
Read on and avoid the mistaken beliefs that held me back.

The Secret Key to Becoming an Adventurer

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Climbing a tree at Black Hawk State Historic Site

If you want to know how to lead an adventurous life, look no further. In this post you’ll find the secret to becoming an adventurer. Read on…