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Sidelined by smoke

Today was only the second time I’ve run since the Eugene Curnow Trail Marathon a couple weeks ago. It’s not that I haven’t had plans to run. In fact my regular Tuesday night crew was all set to go out and do our usual run. The issue is the large amount of wildfire smoke that’s […]

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Parenting adults

Now that all of my kids are adults, parenting takes on a different feeling. Gone are the days when you’re scolding or cajoling because someone didn’t clean their room. The relationship takes a different shape. One where you’re often called upon to give advice, or share insight. It’s a welcome change from the times when […]

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Race Report: Eugene Curnow Trail Marathon

It feels weird to present another race report, given how all races last year were virtual. However, that’s where I find myself after last weekend’s outing at the Eugene Curnow Trail Marathon. I’ve volunteered at this event in the past, but had never run the course (or Voyageur 50). I decided that 2021 was as […]

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Photographing the Afton Trail Run

July 4th weekend is the traditional weekend of the Afton Trail Run at Afton State Park just outside the Twin Cities. This long standing event is a hallmark of summer in the trail running world around the area, and is known for its ability to test runners with stretches of rugged terrain and climbing that […]

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The adventure van, part 5

It’s been a while since I had something new to report with the adventure van, but this past weekend I finally got all the supplies to do the Reflectix inserts for the windows! On my last adventure I ended up parking underneath a streetlamp in a parking lot. I managed to get sleep, but it […]

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Minnesota’s instant summer

Just a short post this time to complain about the weather. That sounds like a typical Minnesotan thing to do right? We went from a chilly spring where the daily high barely made it over 60 degrees to suddenly being drenched in 97-100 degree (F) temps. And worse yet… it’s been sticking with us for […]

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Book Review: Stronger Than the Dark

The trail and ultra running world is often a place where you find people who are broken. There’s a paradox to be found in exploring the limits of your mental and physical capabilities, while at the same time battling demons that may have plagued you for your entire life. I joke with people that the […]

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Adventure Van: In the wild!

This past week I spent three nights with the adventure van as I hung out on the North Shore with my buddy Mike, hiking and photographing the Spring Superior Trail Races. The only additional build piece that I did was to add some bungie cords to the bed posts to keep everything from sliding around. […]

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Photos: Zippel Bay State Park

Finally, I have a few shots from Zippel Bay State Park. We were staying 30 minutes south of Baudette and decided that we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to see Lake of the Woods (which we had never seen before). We walked along a small hiking trail against the waterfront, and I was amazed at […]

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Photos: Big Bog

Time for some more photos from the recent trip. Since I spent a lot of time at Big Bog doing video, I didn’t end up with much to share photo-wise. However, I do have a smaller gallery of things for folks to look through. Almost everything was dormant right now, with the bigger blooms coming […]

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