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Photos: Lost 40

On our journey up north we made a stop at the Lost 40 Scientific and Natural Area, a fascinating plot of land in the middle of nowhere with a unique history. When initial surveys were done the area was overlooked through a series of errors that can easily happen in the era before aerial mapping […]

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Big Bog and a GoPro

This past weekend we visited the Big Bog State Recreation Area within the Red Lake Peatland Scientific Natural Area in far northern Minnesota. This is the largest bog in the lower 48 at over 500 square miles and it includes a 1 mile boardwalk that you can traverse to bring you right out into the […]

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#30daysofbiking 2021 edition

Last year was the first time I was able to join in with the #30daysofbiking event that encourages folks to get out and ride at least a mile every day in April. Because of the pandemic lockdown it was really easy for me to join in and get a streak going. In fact, last year […]

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The adventure van, part 4

One of the key criteria for this vehicle was the ability to carry at least 2 bikes inside the vehicle. This past winter I really got into fat biking, and rode more miles over a winter than I ever have before. However, one thing that set me back was not wanting to take my bike […]

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Getting jabbed, my experience with (p)friendly Pfizer

Tuesday April 27th is marked on my calendar as FREEDOM!!!! day. That’s because it will have been two weeks since my second vaccine dose, and I will have reached what is considered my peak immunity (at least as best as we know right now). I wanted to share a couple quick thoughts on my vaccine […]

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The adventure van, part 3

Before we get to the bike mounting part, I first wanted to correct one minor problem with buying an older vehicle. Specifically, the lack of a radio that can do Apple CarPlay. My Tiguan has CarPlay and after a few years of using it, both on long trips, and for day to day driving around, […]

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A short North Shore trip

I love the north shore of Lake Superior, and given that it’s been a rough few weeks in the Twin Cities, I was looking forward to getting away for a weekend. For those that aren’t familiar with the area the North Shore is the coastline of Lake Superior that extends from Duluth, Minnesota to the […]

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The adventure van, part 2

In the previous post I talked about all of the musings and considerations that led us to get a minivan for our adventure van. In this part I want to talk about the bed platform that I built, how I designed it, put it together, and a quick report from my first outing. I had […]

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Game Review: Good Job!

This past weekend I got knocked on my butt with a stomach bug that went through our family. I was able to function, but I wanted to take it easy and hang around the house. That’s the perfect recipe for a new game! I browsed around the Nintendo Switch store and found the title Good […]

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The adventure van, part 1

Many of us learned a lot during the pandemic. Lots of jobs transitioned to remote work, and will most likely never go back to the way that they were. This is a huge change for many folks, and has big implications for things like commuting to work and transportation needs. For many years my wife […]

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Quick Review: Luigi’s Mansion 3

March 10th is Mario Day (Mar10), the beloved Nintendo plumber who has defined the classic franchise for decades. In honor of that day in 2021, there was a great sale on some of the games in the franchise, including Luigi’s Mansion 3. I’d considered picking it up before, but at $21 off retail price, the […]

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Experimenting with astrophotography

This past weekend the wife and I spent time in a cabin out away from the city. The night skies were clear, which meant it was a perfect time to try some astrophotography! I’ve always wanted to do more of this, but it’s rare that I’m away from light pollution, with my camera gear, when […]

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