Finding Balance 2020, General

Camping in the rain

This weekend we hit Kilen Woods State Park. It’s a small little park south of Windom that was recommended to us by a friend. It’s surrounded by farm fields and the Des Moines river, existing in a strange place that is neither deep woods, nor open prairie. On Saturday morning I work up and checked […]

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Finding Balance 2020, General

Working with what Minnesota gives us

This past weekend we took an extended trip to Itasca State Park. It was a long time coming, and we were super happy to finally be able to get to a place we’ve been trying to get to for multiple years. However, there’s always a twist when it comes to seasons in Minnesota. Being in […]

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General, Share-topia 2018

Sawyer Gravity Water Filter Review

Since we were going camping in the Porkies as a group, we decided to get a larger gravity style water filtration system. It would be easier to share a larger quantity of water among three people, than having to mess with a bunch of smaller bottles or pump filters. We did a bit of research […]

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General, Share-topia 2018

Porcupine Mountains, Night 4

As my wife and I waited at the Buckshot Cabin, we started to hear the telltale sound of thunder again. I walked over to the lake and saw that there were some small thunderheads moving in from the lake. Nothing too terrible, but we were concerned that Mike was going to get soaked again. Thankfully, […]

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General, Share-topia 2018

Porcupines Mountains, Night 1 & 2

I’ve been off the grid a bit this past week/weekend, engaging in our first back country camping trip. I had done one night on the Superior Hiking Trail, almost 2 decades ago, but otherwise have stuck with car/camper camping since then. We were excited to try out a bunch of new gear that we had […]

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General, Write-a-palooza 2017

Gear review: Osprey Nebula

Continuing the theme of gear, I recently contemplated the idea of switching from a messenger style bag to a backpack. In the end I decided to go with a backpack. Then began the arduous task of selecting a backpack that I liked. I first hit up an office supply store, but didn’t find anything that […]

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Blog-o-rama 2016, General

Trying some camp food

The wife and I are planning some day hikes in a couple weeks, and we wanted to try out cooking on a trail. This past weekend we hit REI and grabbed some camp food to try before we commit to which flavor to bring with us on the trip. We sampled two of them tonight […]

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