Blog-o-rama 2016, General

Sakatah Trail adventure

With our weekend camping rained out, we decided to dedicate time on Sunday to some biking. The Twin Cities was still under a threat of more rain, so we looked south. The forecast for Faribault and Mankato was looking much drier, so we made a choice to hit the Sakatah Trail, which runs between those […]

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Gene Wilder

I remember watching Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein as a young person and loving the work of Gene Wilder. The man had a wonderful sense of comedic wit and I enjoyed watching almost everything he created. He passed away on Monday after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. I also remember reading about the tragic death […]

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Aborted car camping

The wife and I left on Friday afternoon to Mille Lacs Kathio State Park to do some car camping. We fought traffic out of town with the rest of the folks heading north, but were at our campsite by 7pm. I worked on getting the tent set up while Lisa put together a fire, and […]

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Packing craziness

This weekend is a car camping trip with the wife (Editor’s note: We came back early, but that’s tomorrow’s blog).┬áIt’s the first time we’ve done something like this, so there’s always tons of gear that we realize we need to get or replace. In fact our Thursday evening this past week ended up being a […]

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Some bird photos

There were some birds hanging out outside our windows the other day. I got a couple OK shots, but I wish I didn’t have a screen on my windows to get in the way. The images are a bit dulled by the screen, even though I was backed away from it. I still feel like […]

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National Parks

This past year my wife and I have had the opportunity to visit a couple of National Parks or National Monuments run by the National Park Service. This year is the 100th anniversary of the NPS, and there are celebrations all over the internet. Today, Google even devoted their doodle to it, plus if you […]

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Beer, Bikes and Baseball

My beer and bike group that I ride with decided to hit up a Twins game tonight. I have been to Target Field a few times, but tonight was actually the first time I went there for a baseball game. We had a good time, although by the eighth inning we left because we were […]

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Trains (the game)

The family hit Fantasy Flight Game Center on Tuesday night and we tried out a new game, called Trains. It’s a unique combination of a deck building game, and a board game. The goal of the game is to expand your rail lines across the map, building stations in various cities, to earn more victory […]

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A night of shoe shopping

I recently purchased a new pair of Salomon Fellraiser’s online in a sale. I had used the 2015 version for quite a while and they fit really well on rugged trails like Superior Hiking Trail and Zumbro. However, when I received the 2016 version of the shoe it just didn’t fit right. It almost felt […]

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The anatomy of a ‘like’

The other day, when I opened up my Instagram, I proceeded to click the little heart/like button on all the photos in my feed. I then moved over to Facebook and started to click ‘like’ on a bunch of things that my friends had posted. Then I stopped and started to think. Did I actually […]

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Brewing an Irish Red

My friend Michael does a big Oktoberfest celebration every year, complete with lots of wurst and beer. In the past I’ve contributed a keg to his parties, but I hadn’t done that in quite a few years. This year I decided to step up again, and offer to help, by contributing to one of this […]

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Superheroes

Friday evening my kids asked if they could go out to eat, and my oldest wanted to hit The Source Comics. He’s been playing a lot of Batman video games lately and wanted to check out some of the Batman comics. I’ve never hidden the fact that I’m a comic nerd from them, and on […]

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