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Bird photos at Sax Zim Bog

The wife and I took a short weekend away recently, and one of our goals was to hit Sax Zim Bog in northern Minnesota. My wife is a birder, and I’m a photographer. Between the two of us a place like Sax Zim is perfect. It is one of the main spots to see winter […]

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Making 2021 plans

For the first time in a while I’m feeling really hopeful that we’re on the back-side of this pandemic. Vaccines are rolling out, case numbers and deaths are falling, and the harsh winter cold is starting to subside. However, there’s still trepidation when deciding to make plans for later in the year. Many of the […]

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Solving the goggle issue

A few weeks ago I hit up my social media folks to ask for recommendation on biking goggles for cold weather. I had a pair of Smith ski goggles that didn’t fit my face well at all, and ended up being rather uncomfortable and unwieldy. I have a rather high bridge to my nose and […]

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It’s Polar Vortex time baby!

It’s time once again for extreme cold in the Great North! Every couple of years we get a solid week of frigid temps. Usually this means an air temp that averages between -25°F (-32°C) overnight and -5°F (-20°C) in the daytime. Because of our need to sensationalize everything it’s become known as a “Polar Vortex”. […]

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The Old Fashioned

Although they were late to the party, I have been having some fun experimenting with my non-alcoholic spirts that arrived from Ritual Proof for Dry January. I’ve attempted a few different drinks that I had never tried before such as a tequila sunrise and an old fashioned. In fact, this was the first time I […]

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Wrapping up Dry January

For some silly reason I decided to start 2021 with the Dry January challenge. My commitment was quickly tested by the attempted coup but I managed to persevere. I figured I should share a few of my thoughts from the experience and see if it did what I wanted it to do. TRIGGER WARNING: I […]

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Review: EGO SNT2102 Electric Snowblower

In my previous post about going electric for snowblowing I mentioned that I needed a few snowfalls to really see how it could handle a Minnesota winter. Despite being dry for much of December we did manage a couple solid storms in January. That gave me a great opportunity to put the machine through its […]

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Quick Review: 45NRTH Heiruspecs

When I got a new fat bike I wanted some decent pedals, and I’ve always had good luck with Race Face. However, my local bike shop was out of stock of them and suggested I give the 45NRTH Heiruspecs a try, and wow am I glad that I did. I’ve always ridden with flats (yes, […]

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Peace

This will be a bit different of a blog entry for me. Tomorrow is the inauguration of Joseph Biden as President of the United States. Given the events of the past couple of weeks there is a lot of anxiety of how tomorrow is going to go, and if there will be eruptions of violence. […]

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Soaking up the rays for POWER

I’ve always been interested in renewable energy and the technology that allows them to exist. My 6th grade science fair project was all about solar energy. I even mocked up a small non-working solar panel using construction paper and aluminum foil to show how the panels worked and transferred the energy of the sun into […]

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Playing with Apple Motion

I’ve wanted to putz with Apple Motion for a while now but didn’t really have the time or motivation to actually do anything about it. That changed today when I decided to finally try and animate the blog logo. I looked up a quick tutorial about the interface and then dove in. It’s pretty similar […]

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Gear Review: Giro Timberwolf

A few of my friends have asked me about my winter biking helmet, and so I thought I’d take a moment to do a really quick review of a piece of gear that has become one of the most essential pieces of my winter kit. I can’t take credit for discovering this helmet, as I […]

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