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2021 Year wrap-up

Normally around this time I’m posting my annual year in review. However, at this moment I’m sitting in a hotel room in Wisconsin getting ready for the Tuscobia 80 bike race tomorrow morning, so this year’s “year in review” is going to be more of a simple wrap-up. The main thing that I can say […]

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2021 Running Year in Review

Although this year felt like it was an ‘off’ year, I still managed to put up a lot of miles on foot. This will be my third highest mileage year ever with almost 1300 miles. Granted, a bunch of these were hiking miles, but it’s all still solid time on feet. The year started out […]

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2021 Biking Year in Review

Once again 2021 proved to a bigger than normal year for me when it came to biking. I didn’t top my 2020 stats, but it still was my second biggest year ever. As of this writing I’m at just over 1700 miles, and probably won’t increase that due to travel. I started the year with […]

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Changes at UMTR for me

Five years ago I joined the Board of Directors for Upper Midwest Trail Runners. I was in love with the sport and its community, and I wanted to be a part of shaping its future. From the outset I volunteered for positions of leadership, taking on the role of Vice President in my first year […]

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Some flower photography

Despite being absent from posting here very much lately, I’m still alive and well. Just taking a break from a bunch of things while the busy-ness of the Fall finishes up. However, today I got to spend some time with my oldest child as we worked on a photography project he’s doing for school. We […]

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Review: PATH projects Killam PX pant

I’ve been tremendously excited about the introduction of a PATH projects pant for a long time. As one of their ambassadors I’ve been privy to the ongoing development, and now, it’s finally here in the Killam PX pant. Did it live up to all of my expectations? Not that I’ve got a handful of runs […]

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Garden Flowers and Pollinators

I’m still working on some product reviews, but with the weather getting cold around here, I wanted to share something bright and warm. I recently got a chance to try out my new camera in our native plant garden. There have been so many bees of different kinds that come through that it’s been a […]

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Well that was dumb…

Because of the adventures I like to take via bike, I put a rear rack on almost every bike when I get it. I procrastinated on putting one on the Ice Cream Truck, but when I saw that the Surly branded rack was on backorder almost everywhere, I knew I had to jump. I found […]

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Moving up to full frame

I’ve been in the photography world since I was in my early teens. At 13 I was using an OLD Kodak rangefinder camera to document my visit to the 1987 Twins World Series celebration. Soon though I saved up enough money from my assistant wedding photography gigs to purchase a Minolta X370, which was my […]

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Attempted Superior Hiking Trail Thru-Hike – part 4

Even though I wasn’t on trail anymore, I still wanted to be up north as much as possible and support my friend Mike with completing the plan. I also needed to work out some things in my head and try and find some way to still take part in this adventure that I had spent […]

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Attempted Superior Hiking Trail Thru-Hike – part 3

We continue along my attempted journey to thru-hike the SHT, arriving at the day when everything went fell apart. Day 3 continued As I hiked the final 5 miles of the day from Durfee Creek to Devils Track River, things started to turn for me. I started to feel some pains in my back and […]

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