Tag Archives: Wade Ellett

Rule for Intrepid Living #70: You Can’t Have It All

Rules for Intrepid Living

Recent circumstances have me thinking about what it means to expend all your time, energy, and money. To, perhaps, overextend yourself. I’ve been pushing myself in a lot of ways this year, stacking a lot in my schedule, and trying to accomplish a lot of goals in 2017. Through my effort, I’ve been unexpectedly reminded of something… You can’t have… Read more »

Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule #57

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Rules for Intrepid Living

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 #55.

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Rules for Intrepid Living

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 »

Real Adventurers Have Day Jobs

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Real Adventurers have Day Jobs

I spent my life dreaming of adventure; aspiring to travel, try new things, and explore everywhere (and everything) that I could. The dream spoke to me, trying to guide my decisions, but like many would-be adventurers, I listened less and less over time. “Oh, I still want adventure,” I’d tell myself. “But it’ll have to wait until I finish college.”… Read more »

Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule #53.

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Rules for Intrepid Living

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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Rules for Intrepid Living

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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Rules for Intrepid Living

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 »

Current Events, Upcoming Adventures, and Technical Fixes

Current Events and Upcoming Adventures

Greetings Intrepid Daily readers! My publication schedule has been a little erratic as of late, and I appreciate everyone’s patience with me. I wanted to take an opportunity to bring you up to speed about what I’m up to, what’s going on, and what’s coming up. Current Events: Since completing the Great River Trail Trash Trek, things have been pretty… 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 »

Concluding the Great River Trail Trash Trek

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Wade at the trail head of the Great River Trail.

This past Friday, I finished my hike. The Great River Trail Trash Trek is complete! I walked roughly sixty-five miles (a few extra off trail) and picked up forty-three bags of trash. I feel good about my effort, and happy that I had the opportunity to take a week and explore this local resource. I loved hiking the Great River Trail,… Read more »

Great River Trail Trash Trek: All Geared Up!

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All the gear I'll need for the Great River Trail Trash Trek

It’s now officially less than one week until my departure date, and though I still have packing and shake down to do, I feel ready. In my previous update I outlined my itinerary, so as I enter the final stages of preparation I’d like to take a moment to introduce you to some of the gear I’ll be using for… Read more »

Fitness, Friendship, & Fun: My Experience with Plan For Adventure

Plan for Adventure

It’s a few minutes before we get down to business. About ten of us are milling around, chit-chatting about work or looking at a chalkboard on the wall that holds today’s workout. We recognize the exercises, but not necessarily the formula for how the circuit works out. I shake out my legs and arms a bit. Then Mike shouts, “everybody… Read more »