My birthday is really close to the 4th of July and we often go on vacation that week. This year our vacation plans changed with our big trip coming later in the summer, which meant that I suddenly had no plans for my birthday and opening up the prospect that I would just go to work … Continue reading My 100-Mile Birthday Bike Tour
Let's be honest: adventures are fun and exciting, but they can also be exhausting. There can be a lot of planning involved in launching the adventure. And then, if you really do it right and live it up, you can feel completely exhausted afterward (i.e., the dreaded vacation hangover—when you need a vacation from your vacation!). … Continue reading Microadventures
Unless you've been living under a rock (or a snowbank!), you've probably noticed that dog sledding is hot in Upper Michigan. Sure, the UP200 Sled Dog Championship has been going since 1990 in the central Upper Peninsula, but the Keweenaw is rocking its own race with the CopperDog. Now in its 6th year, the CopperDog 150 has … Continue reading Dog Sledding for Rookie Mushers
A quick special post this week. I was in Vermont for work and had a little time to take a stroll in the woods. When I looked at what might be nearby in the Green Mountains, I honed in a trail named Mt. Horrid and The Great Cliff. I needed to go there. Mt. Horrid … Continue reading Mount Horrid and the Great Cliff
This week included a quick trip to the Finger Lakes region of New York. I think it was my third time in the state—the first time was to Buffalo (nope, didn't make it to Niagara Falls), and the second was to Albany and Saratoga Springs—and it was the first time that I was there in warm … Continue reading You’re Not in Wisconsin Anymore
When I visit cities, I like to walk. I will walk until my feet hurt and I get blisters, but I rarely get sick of walking someplace new if there's ample time and my feet are up for it. Washington DC is a great place to walk. It's clean, it's pretty, there's plenty to see, and public … Continue reading My Trek to Find a Forest Island
1. Daydream a big, bold, exciting adventure. Something that's within reach, but perhaps the kind of reach where you have to stand on your tippy toes and grab on to something that's uncomfortably far above the ground. If it was something that seemed impossible a few years ago, that's a good sign. So too is that slightly … Continue reading How to Launch an Adventure
It's official-- I'm doing a bike tour across much of Michigan in late June!!! I'm freaking out a little. Or a lot. Depending on the day. It's really far across Michigan. From Ironwood in the far west edge of the Upper Peninsula to the town of Monroe on the southeast corner of the state, it's … Continue reading Announcing my Summer Adventure!