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Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule #57

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Rule # 57. Don’t panic. When I got turned around while camping at Sand Ridge State Forest, it would have been easy to freak out and make a snap decision about what direction to go. But I didn’t. When I woke up shivering in the middle of the night when camping at Yellow River last December, it would have been natural… Read more »

Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule #56.

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Rule #56. Reach. I recently took a part time job as something of a handyman. I’m helping to renovate a rental property, something I’ve never done before. I’m not afraid of tools, work, or getting dirty, but I’ve never had the opportunity to work on a construction project like this. I’ve always wanted to; I like working with my hands,… Read more »

Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule #55.

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Rule #55. Chase dreams. Are you happy? Like, really happy. Not just okay. Not just fine. I want to know if you’re happy. If so, way to go! Keep on keeping on. If not, well, it’s time to do something about it. Maybe it’s time to follow your dream. What’s your dream? As a kid, did you dream of becoming… Read more »

Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule #54

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Rule #54. Do it the hard way. Usually when I’m at the archery range, I’m the only person shooting a recurve bow. Thus, I tend to field questions about why I decided to go the traditional archery route, instead of using the more technologically advanced compound bow with accoutrements such as a sight or trigger release. I’ve mentioned that I’m… Read more »

Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule #53.

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Rule #53. “Never confuse movement with action.” This week’s rule is a quote attributed to Ernest Hemingway (by his friend, actress and singer Marlene Dietrich). I’m unaware of the original context, but knowing a little about Hemingway, I think I can wager a guess. To explain it though, let me talk about the man a bit first… I’m not a literary… Read more »

Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule #52

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Rule #52. Time that you enjoy wasting isn’t always wasted time. When I started riding my bike to work, a few people asked me if I thought it was the most efficient use of my time. On the days I rode I spent about an hour riding to work compared to the fifteen or twenty minutes I’d spend driving. That… Read more »

Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule #51

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Rule #51. Practice makes progress. In the course of our relationship, my wife Clarissa and I have learned a lot from one another. We’ve each exposed the other to different ideas and new ways of doing things. One of the things that I’ve picked up from her is yoga. She’s an avid yogi, teaches a number of classes online and… Read more »

Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule #50.

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Rule #50. It’s all part of the game. On the third day of the Great River Trail Trash Trek, as I hiked alongside highway 84, I grew more and more downtrodden. I hadn’t really slept the night before, I was carrying much more weight than I should have been, and the hot sun started to wear on me. Shortly after… Read more »

Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule #48.

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Rule #48. There is no “new you.” Every year, on January 1st, hundreds of thousands of people decide that they’re going to change. No longer will they be the same person they’ve always been. Oh no, not this year! This year (whatever year it may be) everything changes. We’ve even got a nice turn of phrase for it, “New year,… Read more »

Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule #47

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Rule #47. Go local. We’re all part of a community, and we each have the capacity to add to or detract from it. That’s one of the reasons that I write for QC Outside; I’ve only lived in the Quad Cities for three years, but this area has welcomed my wife and I with open arms. We’ve found our place here… Read more »

Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule #46.

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Rule #46. Safety gear is cool. Several years ago I needed to tear down an old steel shed in my family’s backyard. The screws, nuts, and bolts holding the monstrosity together had long since rusted into one large chunk of metal, so taking it down in an orderly fashion was out of the question. Instead, I found myself wielding a heavy… Read more »

Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule #45

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Rule #45. Maintain an explorer’s mind.
Do you find yourself getting bored easily? That’s no good!
The best way to defeat boredom is by having (and using) an explorer’s mind.
Read on to learn more!