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Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule #14.

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Rule #14. Courage is a skill that you can learn.   After the last time I spoke in front of a group of people, someone approached me and said, “You’re such a natural! You can really tell that you’re not nervous in front of people at all!” It’s a wonderful compliment, especially considering I am always terrified when speaking in… Read more »

Current Events 10/26/2015

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It’s been a pretty good week everyone. Let’s do a little recap!   What I got up to:   Last weekend Clarissa and I did a little hiking at Blackhawk State Historic Site. It’s ten minutes from our house, and has some decent little trails. It’s particularly lovely now that the leaves are colorful and crunchy, so if you’re in… Read more »

Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule #11

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Rule #11. Get comfortable being uncomfortable.   The father of one of my closest friends was a Navy Seal. He was a tough man, but a good one. We became close over the years as my buddy and I grew up together. Sadly, he passed away barely three months after my own father’s passing in 2000. I learned a lot… Read more »

Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule #9

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Rule #9. A path with no obstacles won’t lead anywhere worthwhile. I have a lot of goals, ideas, and plans for my life. There are so many things I want to do, so many experiences that I want to try, and sometimes I get frustrated. I get frustrated because I have to go to work instead of backpacking the John… Read more »

Welcome Back

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For those of you who may not know, I got married on the fifth. It was a nice ceremony, lots of great people, and then Clarissa and I ran off to the Black Hills for a few days to honeymoon in our own intrepid way. Well, the honeymoon is over. That means that we’re back in the Quad Cities, back… Read more »

Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule #8

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Rule #8. Possessions are never impressive because they are purchased, but rather because they are used.  So often people get caught up in material things. Too often we are a culture of people who seek fulfillment through the acquisition of more stuff. It may be true that after awhile the things that we own start to own us! There is something to… Read more »

Perfect Moments: Driving Home Among the Cornfields

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A couple months ago, my oldest friend Tim paid us a visit in the Quad Cities. On his last day here, I drove him to O’Hare in Chicago, so he could catch his flight back home to Sacramento. This left me with roughly a three hour return trip home by myself. The first hour or so of the drive wasn’t… Read more »

Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule #4

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Rule # 4. Don’t do it for the story, do it for the experience. We’ve all been there before. You’re at a bar or maybe a party or bonfire. Someone is telling the story about how they took up skydiving. Your interest is piqued. They describe the sensations, how they felt, how it changed them. This segues directly into the… Read more »

Camp Etiquette 101

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Since Clarissa and I are planning to camp along the Mississippi River this weekend, I’ve been thinking about the variety of people I’ve run into during my adventures. So many of these people were Boy Scouts in my youth. As I’ve gotten older, this isn’t the case anymore, but I’m often reminded of my scouting experience. Regardless of what we may think about… Read more »

Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule #2

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Rule #2. Learn a unique skill. It doesn’t matter what it is or how trivial it may be. One day it will come in handy. Folding origami. Opening a bottle with something other than a bottle opener. Making duck tape roses. Making a really good mojito. Jury rigging an arc welder from jumper cables and a few car batteries. What… Read more »

My First Time on a Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP)

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If you read last week’s post about our recent car-camping trip to Lake Ahquabi, then you already know that I went Stand Up Paddle Boarding for the first time during that trip. I rather enjoyed my time on the water and it proved to be a good full body workout, so I’m glad that there are places here in the Quad… Read more »

Running the 41st Annual Bix 7

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Today I participated in the 41st Annual Bix 7, a seven mile race through Davenport. Most of the time, you’re either running up a hill, or down a hill, and though it’s challenging, it isn’t so difficult that it’s too prohibitive. Let me give you just a little background on the race. The Bix 7 Road Race was the brainchild… Read more »