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Petrified Forest National Park

On our drive back we managed to stop at a couple of national parks including the Grand Canyon (which we had never been to before) and Petrified Forest National Park. Although we didn’t get to the actual petrified wood portion of the park we did spend some time along the painted desert. This vast expanse […]

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Techatticup Mine

We’re getting the opportunity to visit some interesting sites out here in Nevada while we’re here for a couple of weeks. This past weekend we visited Techatticup Mine (sometimes known as Nelson Ghost Town) which is on the way through Eldorado Canyon. This attraction is an old mining town that is filled with original buildings […]

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A taste of the #vanlife life

Last Friday I began a three day journey from Minnesota to Las Vegas, Nevada. My wife had flown down a few days ahead of time to spend time with her mom, but I decided to drive the adventure van down. We had a few reasons for doing this such as wanting to have our bikes […]

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Lake Superior Winter Photos

On my way back from the Arrowhead 135 I stopped off in Duluth to pick up some cookies from Positively Third Street and get some lunch at Corktown Deli. I also decided to head down to Canal Park and get a few shots of the frozen shoreline. Seeing the ice coated rocks is always spectacular. […]

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Arrowhead 135 2022 volunteer wrap-up

For the past few days I’ve been hiding in northern Minnesota at the Arrowhead 135 race spending time with old friends and volunteering. A few weeks ago the race director asked if I’d fill in and run the finish line this year, and despite needing to work remotely for my day-job while I’m here, I […]

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Layering in winter

Living in a cold weather area you need to be prepared for different weather conditions if you want to be outside and active. It’s not an option for me to forgo being outside for 4 months out of the year, especially since I despise things like treadmills. That’s OK though because I’ve found that being […]

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Garmin fēnix 6S – Long Term Review

In June of 2021 I bid farewell to my old Garmin 735XT that I loved and upgraded to a brand new Garmin Fēnix 6S. The battery on my 735XT had been going for a while, along with an outdated GPS chip, and I decided that it was finally time to step up to the watch […]

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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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