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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 »

Adventures in America’s Best Idea: Four National Parks We Visited in 2016

Four National Parks visited in 2016

Our National Parks have been referred to as “America’s Best Idea,” and after Clarissa and I spent  a month traveling the country by car, I can attest that there’s definitely something to that. The National Park Service, and the men and women who work in its employ, labor to ensure that our public lands and history are well taken care… Read more »

On the Road: A Good Stay in the Badlands

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This is the first installment of a new series of posts titled “On the Road,” detailing our adventures during our month-long road trip in Autumn 2016. There’s a lot of material I hope to cover from this adventure, and I hope you enjoy reading about our journey. If you’ve read the post about our first trip to the Badlands, you… Read more »

The Road Home

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The Road So Far

Greetings all. I know it’s been awhile, and I apologize for my absence. Last you heard from me, Clarissa and I were in a Super 8 in Utah, but as you might imagine, we’re not still there. The next day we left Utah and drove across the entire state of Nevada (sorry Nevada, next time we’ll try to stop). That… Read more »

The Road So Far…

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The Road So Far

We’re ten days into our road trip, and life on the road has been great. We started with a brief stay in Sioux Falls before moving on to Badlands National Park, where we spent a day hiking before staying overnight in Sage Creek Campground. On day four, we headed into the Black Hills to meet our friends, the Boes, who treated… Read more »

Not Exactly as Planned: Memorial Day Weekend in Kentucky

Natural Arch

Sometimes it’s good to get away for awhile. To see something new. To go somewhere you’ve never been before. That’s why Clarissa and I decided to spend Memorial Day weekend camping with a friend in Kentucky. We planned an awesome extended weekend at Lake Cumberland, and as the trip drew nearer we found ourselves growing more and more excited. Remember… 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 »

Gear Review: The Cotopaxi Volta 35L Rolltop (Updated!)

Cotopaxi Volta out in the field.

Last year I reviewed my Cotopaxi Volta Rolltop. Now, with more experiences and insight under my belt, I’m updating that review.

Want to know how my opinion has evolved? Read on to find out.

Spoiler Alert: I still think this pack is excellent!

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 »

This Plan Could Save Your Life: Part 2

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What do you do when things go wrong? We like to believe that we’ll think rationally in the heat of the moment, but that’s not always the case. This is why you should always have a Bail Out Plan when you’re going to be in potentially dangerous situations. What’s a Bail Out Plan? Read on to find out!