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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

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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 »

I Bailed Out: Another Successful Failure of a Camping Trip

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Hiking in the Black Hills

Recently I realized that I haven’t had any alone time in the woods in months. In need of a little nature therapy, I parked my car at a trail head here in the Black Hills National Forest, set off on foot along a motorized trail, and searched for a spot to set up a shelter. Despite hiking for seven miles,… Read more »

You Don’t Need Permission: Rule for Intrepid Living #75

Local Adventure - State parks

Is there something that you’d like to do, but you’ve just never gotten around to it? A project or goal that you’d like to achieve, but just haven’t started yet? You know that you’re breaking Rule Number 3, and you’re waiting to start later, but you’re not sure why. It happens to all of us; we don’t necessarily know how… Read more »

No More Excuses: Smash Through Obstacles and Have an Adventure

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I’m a pretty busy person. I’m not unique in the regard; you’re pretty busy too. Sometimes, it seems like we’re too busy to do the things that we really want to do. We’re too busy to work on our goals. We’re just too busy. But then again, maybe we’re not. Maybe we’re wasting time that we’re not even aware of…. Read more »

Focus on The Process, Not The End Result: Rule for Intrepid Living #74

South Window at Arches National Park

When I started this blog, I found certain aspects infuriating. I won’t get into details, but the writing came easy, the editing a little harder, but trying to grow readership… Well, not my forte. Rule #74 was the answer. What’s Rule #74? Jeez, read the title, it’s “focus on the process, not the end result.” This applies to more than… 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 »

Don’t Chase Someone Else’s Dream: Rule for Intrepid Living #73

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Good morning from Bighorn Park.

My friends Mike and Alex are about to set off on an amazing adventure. They’ve sold their house, liquidated the majority of their possessions, and have converted a van into a home. Soon they’ll hit the road, and visit every National Park in the US (even Hawaii, though they won’t drive there). Recently, I shared their plans with a friend… Read more »

Adventure Is an Attitude: Rule for Intrepid Living #72

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Sierra Nevada Mountain Range

Rule #72 is taken from a quote by mountaineer, climbing guide, and Mount Everest summiter, John Amatt. In full, the quote states; “Adventure isn’t hanging on a rope off the side of a mountain. Adventure is an attitude that we must apply to the day to day obstacles of life.” Awhile back, I wrote a post questioning if every day… Read more »

Rule for Intrepid Living #71: Aging Is Mandatory, Getting Old Is Optional

Rules for Intrepid Living

It’s a funny thing that I’m sure you’ll recognize. As a teenager, and even in my twenties, I viewed thirty as old. This is, of course, ridiculous. Thirty isn’t old at all! Not even close, In fact, now that I’m 34, I still identify myself as “kid.” In the grand scheme of things I’m a baby. When we’re younger we… Read more »