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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 »

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!

Honeymooning Part 3: The Stratobowl and Trail Riding

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Wade and Clarissa at the Stratobowl overlook.

Installment number 3 detailing our honeymoon adventures. This post includes our experience hiking the Stratobowl, and important part of America’s aviation history. This post also details our trail riding experience at Rockin R Trailrides.

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 »

Trying out SUP Yoga

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Not long ago I shared my first SUP experience with you. Last Monday I had my second SUP experience, this time with the added twist of practicing yoga on the board. Indigo Wellness Studios in the Quad Cities (where Clarissa teaches some of her classes) has a SUP yoga program with a number of instructors, and some really nice boards. The cost… Read more »

Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule #3

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Rule #3. Start now, not later. You can’t always have everything figured out. In fact, you’ll never have everything figured out. If you wait until you have sorted out every single step in a plan, you’ll never get anything done but planning. Sometimes you just have to get started and work out some of the details as you go. It’s… Read more »

A Weekend of Car-Camping at Lake Ahquabi State Park

Clarissa and I spent the weekend with friends at Lake Ahquabi State Park in Iowa, not too far from Des Moines. It’s not a bad little campsite, all things considered. There were lots of RVs there, many children zooming around on bikes, and a fair amount of dogs in the park. That being said, our neighbors were all pretty respectful and… Read more »