Tag Archives: Hiking

ERL Trip Report: Day 2 (part 1)

Little Missouri Falls to East Saline Creek Day 2, April 26th 2014 ~16 miles Woke up to a beautiful world with the waterfall nearby my only alarm clock. I could hear Kat stirring and figured I might as well get … Continue reading

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ERL Trip Report: Day 1

Friday, April 25, 2014. No such thing as a slow day when you work in an elementary school.   I didn’t even get a chance to check out the weather report. Barely remembered to grab my stocking cap off the file … Continue reading

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ERL Trip Report: Trip Prep

Monday – Friday morning. I turned 39 this month and while I’m not usually one to get too worked up about how many times the planet has orbited the sun since I came screaming into this world, this tends to … Continue reading

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Eagle Rock Loop – teaser

I have really big calves.   If you look at the situation honestly, it isn’t anything really to be proud of.   Just genetics.  My dad has massive calves.  I’ve got a first cousin who also has thick meaty calves.   My sons … Continue reading

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Travel Not Recommended (Part 4)

<– Part 3 Funny how the brain works.  In the moment, it was like I could feel every second.  Terrified that each minute would be something permanent done to my friend’s mind.   Adrenaline coursing through me, waiting on him to … Continue reading

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Travel Not Recommended (Part 3)

<–Part 2 |  Part 4 –> It started with the camera.  We were getting dressed again, gathering up shoes and gear.  Still laughing.  Grap asks me if I have his camera.  I checked.  Nope.  Still cold, I start moving on … Continue reading

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Travel Not Recommended (Part 2)

<–  Part 1   |   Part 3 –> We hopped back into the Yota and turned to travel down a Not Recommended road.  I’m gripping the steering wheel with both hands, doing a 10 and 2 like a fourteen-year-old in his … Continue reading

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Travel Not Recommended (Part 1)

I dedicate this trip report to the memory of Grap.  He’s not dead or anything or it’d be in memory of.  Nope . . . this one’s just to his memory. This hike began, in a lot of ways, with … Continue reading

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You ain’t from around here, is ya?

Holiday season means going back to my home town to visit family.  I have a nephew there who has been begging me to take him backpacking.  So, with about a week of mild December weather ahead of me, I decided … Continue reading

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OHT: Section 1 (part 5)

11/24/11 – Thanksgiving Day This hike was a series of firsts for me.  My first 20-mile day, my first time cramming so many miles into such a short time, my longest uninterrupted hike.  Some time after midnight, another trail first … Continue reading

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