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Fifty-two Miles

This is Part 4 of my Isle Royale backpacking travelogue. If you haven’t read the other parts, you’ll want to start there! [part 1, part 2, part 3] July 27 (Day 6) continued After our 11 am rest break we find fresh moose prints along the trail, heading the same direction we’re going. That’s exciting, […]

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Hiking Isle Royale National Park

This is part 3 of my Isle Royale backpacking travelogue! If you haven’t read part 1 and part 2 yet, you’ll want to start there! July 25, Day 4 But before we go, Julie and I filter more water for our packs. I’m pretty sure this trip marks the first time that I’ve drank lake […]

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While I don't mention it much in the narrative, we take a LOT of breaks

A Crash Course in Backpacking

Hello! This is part 2 of my Isle Royale backpacking travelogue! If you haven’t read part 1 yet, you’ll want to start there! July 22, Day 1 (continued) Lets see, where were we? Oh yes, just off the ferry at Rock Harbor with 50+ pound packs, ominous clouds, and 2.7 miles to our first stop […]

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Sea Hunter II is on the left, Voyager II on the right (we ride on both on this trip). The man in the black hoodie is one of the Ferry Guys.

Now With More Ferry Rides

July 21, Friday By about noon, my best friend Julie and I have loaded all of the backpacking gear into her car and are leaving Madison, WI for Grand Portage, MN. With stops for gas and food, it’ll take us about nine hours to get to our hotel. It rains for the first couple hours […]

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On Being Yourself

We all have days where we lose, and days where we win. When we lose, it’s acceptable to commiserate and seek emotional support from our friends and family. But when we win, it’s a different story. We can announce our success, but can’t celebrate too loudly or for too long or it’s seen as bragging. […]

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Managing Analysis Paralysis When Traveling

When I hit the road as a full-time RVer, I anticipated many of the challenges of traveling solo, from loneliness to fear of failure to safety concerns. One thing I didn’t anticipate? Analysis paralysis. We’re fortunate to live in a first-world country, and have a lot more options on how to live our lives than […]

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The Grass is Not Always Greener

It never ceases to amaze me how much variety there is in this wonderful lifestyle. I hang out with folks in large motorcoaches with all the bells and whistles, and those who’ve converted old vans to the purpose. And by and large, both are happy with their decision to hit the road, no matter the […]

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Backpacking Trip Prep

The mad planning from early in the week transitioned to mad packing a couple days ago, and by the time you read this on Friday, Julie and I will be in the car and driving up to Grand Portage, MN where we’ll spend the night at a hotel and then catch the ferry out to […]

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Me all dolled up for the camera on fire photo night, I didn't actually eat the fire. Photo credit: Nick Woolsey

Water and Fire

This is part three of a travelogue on my trip to Lasqueti, BC. If you haven’t read part 1 and part 2 yet, go back and start there! July 4, Tuesday Of course, no island adventure would be complete without a trip to the beach. The Pacific is not known for being warm, but with […]

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Playing with LED poi after dark. Photo credit Nick Woolsey.

Off-grid Island Adventure

Heya! This is part two of a travelogue on my trip to Lasqueti, BC. If you haven’t read part 1 yet, go back and start there! June 28, Wednesday (continued) While we get a tour of the grounds, I contemplate the other retreat participants. Including instructors, there are going to be 21 of us at […]

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To Lasqueti, BC

June 27, Tuesday Around 4 pm, Julie drops me off at Dane County Regional Airport on the north side of Madison, WI. So starts this particular adventure. For those who missed the post two weeks ago, I’m going to a poi retreat on a primitive island in the Strait of Georgia west of Vancouver, BC. […]

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What Kills Dreams (And What Saves Them)

Let’s talk for a moment about what kills dreams. Fear kills dreams. “I worry that this won’t work out, it’s safer not to try.” Practicality kills dreams. “This seems like an unrealistic goal, I better scale it down to something easier.” Uncertainty kills dreams. “I don’t know how I’m going to do this, I’ll just […]

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