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Ground Floor, Going Up!

This is a chance to join me and work together from the beginning.  In the following categories I will cover collaborative partnership opportunities that I will open to as I begin my blogging journey.  For some the discussion is open, and I will cover visions and goals as I see them.

Media Kit

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Media Kit

Audience Description

The Spur Trail is a modern, inspirational photo/story blog that mixes informative articles with imagery and tales that make you want to use that knowledge.  You can give a man a fish, but if you let him see how and why to do it himself, well then everybody wins.  This blog will appeal to photographers, hikers, backpackers, distance cyclists & bike packers, adventurers, and anybody that’s ever had a dream of living bigger than they are.

Audience Interest
  • Camping & Hiking
  • Canoeing
  • Long Distance Cycling
  • Cultural Awareness
  • Making Connections
  • Sustainable & Responsible Travel
  • Wildlife Photography
  • Street Photography
  • International Travel
  • Midwest Travel
  • Road trips
  • Solo Travel
Social Media

Instagram – It’s like compounding interest.  It is better to start now than to start investing later.  In the last year since I’ve begun focusing on my account, I’ve seen my following grow by 100%.  As I continue to reinvest in other forms of engagement, more social media presence, public speaking, content creation, this will continue to grow.  I am open to working with other Influencers to continually increase both our traffic.

Currently on both Instagram and Facebook, my following is 55% female & 45% male, with 50% of the population between the ages of 25-34.  Of that, 90% are located in the United States.  As of this writing my current following is 2,219.

Guest Blogging

As I build my audience I am currently looking for opportunities to provide guest blog posts for other bloggers.  Please give me any information you may have for pitching ideas, and topics you may be interested in having covered.

Exchange

Do you offer a particular opportunity, activity, tour, destination, or location that requires a unique personality to check it out?  In exchange for, lodging, meals, or activities I will provide content via my website, social media channels, and reviews on sites such as Trip Advisor.  This can be through blog posts, images, or video.  Contact me below and we can work together to discuss the details of a mutually beneficial exchange.  Please note, that I strive for honesty, integrity and truth in order to maintain a healthy and trusting relationship with my readers.  This means that all reviews will be honest, and any sponsorships transparent.

Product Sponsor

If I told you I didn’t love gear, I would be lying.  I can spend hours researching travel bags that could possibly simplify my life and make me look good (at least better).  If you have any product that you think would benefit my audience I would be happy to test it out on my next adventure.  Currently I am working to provide content for Enlightened Equipment, a local, Minnesota ultralight gear company and they have thus far been happy with images that consistently do well on their social media and email blasts.

Partnering

Are you a fellow photographer, adventurer, lover-of-beer or life or everything?  If you have travel opportunities coming up and want to partner to create content, feel free to drop me a line and we will see if the stars will align for us.

  • "Den beste tiden å plante et tre er for 20 år siden, den nest beste tiden er nå."⠀
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The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.⠀
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After just over a month in Norway, I'm back home and today I'm photographing the first wedding of the season.  Leaving the country for such a long time is a tough choice.  Leaving is saying 'No' to a lot of things.  Things like jobs, relationships, family.⠀
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But doing these things now, when they may not be the "right" choice, is still a good time to do them.  I could have waited till I had it all lined up.  Money in the bank, retirement on lockdown, all of those things.⠀
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I've found though, the longer you wait to do anything, the less likely it is to happen.  Life happens.  Families, kids, the stuff everyone keeps telling me I'm lucky to not have.  Soon those twenty years have gone by and you realize, you still haven't lived that dream yet.⠀
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I'd challenge you to think about, what have you let go that you really wanted to do?⠀
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#roadtrip #mittnorge #godmorgennorge #ilovenorway #findyourspurtrail #visitnorway #nikonD850 #sharestories #turistforeningen #boat #greatfind #travelogue #sideoftheroad #syttendemai #constitutionday #celebration #forthekids #paradesallday⠀#livedreamsnow⠀
  • "Den største faren for de fleste av oss, er ikke at vi setter oss så høye mål at vi ikke når dem, men at vi setter oss lave mål og når dem."⠀
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The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that is it too low and we reach it.⠀
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Definitely agree with this.  Why not aim high?⠀
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Quote insipired by blog post @intrepidguide that outlines some sweet Norsk sayings.⠀
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#roadtrip #mittnorge #godmorgennorge #ilovenorway #findyourspurtrail #visitnorway #nikonD850 #sharestories #turistforeningen #greatfind #travelogue #sideoftheroad #dangerzone #myeequilt #campingdonelight #aimhigher #youjustmightmakeit
  • "Å stå/sitter med skjegget i postkassa"⠀
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To stand / sit with your beard in the post box.⠀
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To have ended up in a stupid situation, that you may have cheated your way into.⠀
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This hike to Preikestolen was interesting.  I was surprised when I arrived at the parking lot...and would have to pay 250 to leave my car there while I hiked.  That's a whole other thing I'll talk about later.⠀
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The weather wasn't great and I had planned the day to go to Kjeragbolten, you know that rock stuck between two other rocks?  Well turned out that road was still closed for the season.⠀
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So here I find myself, soon to be at the top of this epic, quease-inducing point, and I bring out the drone.  I was watching the edge and didn't even see the "No Drone" sign.  The fog was think like butter, just thinking about how easily I could have walked off the edge is making my fingers sweat in this Burger King as I type.  I put up the drone...⠀
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...and it disappeared.  Literally, just took off on it's own into the mist.  I watched and said goodbye to the $2,000 I had just dropped the week prior on it.  I was standing, as apparently the Norwegians put it, with my beard in the post box.⠀
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Quote insipired by blog post @intrepidguide that outlines some sweet Norsk sayings.⠀
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#roadtrip #mittnorge #godmorgennorge #ilovenorway #findyourspurtrail #visitnorway #nikonD850 #sharestories #turistforeningen #greatfind #travelogue #sideoftheroad #dangerzone #myeequilt #campingdonelight
  • One of the important parts about Syttende Mai is getting dressed up.⠀
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Of course I did some research and every blog I read said you should NOT do anything less than a suit and tie as a man to be out in public.  Well I did my best, with nice pants and a shirt and I wasn't fined or arrested so I guess it was ok.⠀
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However the most distinct clothing of the day is obvious once you're out.  The woman's bunad, a traditional outfit worn on days like today or for confirmation.  Many of these are hugely historic in more ways than one.  They obviously hearken back to the days of old, but many of them are actually old.  You may find women wearing the shirts and dresses of their grandparents that have been passed down.  Clothes wear out, and I met people that had taken the beautiful designs off of worn garments and reapplied them to brand new ones.  And not only can you buy these in fancy shops but many people also have some made by family members.  It's a huge deal.  And men have them too, I'll have to look into getting one.⠀
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#roadtrip #mittnorge #godmorgennorge #ilovenorway #findyourspurtrail #visitnorway #nikonD850 #sharestories #turistforeningen #boat #greatfind #travelogue #sideoftheroad #syttendemai #constitutionday #celebration #forthekids #paradesallday⠀#bunad
  • What a day!⠀
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When I booked my flights for Norway six months ago, there was one thing I knew I had to witness this time around.  Norwegian Constitution Day, also known as Syttende Mai, simply the 17th of May.⠀
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It was all of the things I heard it would be.  A huge party, tons of participation and national pride.  It's that one day a year everyone (well you know, not everyone everyone) gets out and dresses up in their finest to enjoy family, friends, and a good time.⠀
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What I learned though is the party is much different than our similar celebration on the 4th of July back home.  Here in Norway it's really all about the kids and family.  As a child you participate in the parade, and every school in every town walks.  In Oslo they parade past the King and Queen, who waive to them all.  Picnics in the park, ice cream for kiddo's, old friends from school getting together that one time a year, that's what it's all about.⠀
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I'm so glad I got to see it and now celebrating at home will never be the same.⠀
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#roadtrip #mittnorge #godmorgennorge #ilovenorway #findyourspurtrail #visitnorway #nikonD850 #sharestories #turistforeningen #boat #greatfind #travelogue #sideoftheroad #syttendemai #constitutionday #celebration #forthekids #paradesallday⠀
  • "Det spiller ingen rolle hvor sakte du går så lenge du ikke stopper."⠀
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It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.⠀
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I was really proud of myself when I reached the top because, after a day of driving in the car, I climbed right up this hill and it didn't even take that long.  I don't know what it us but in my thirties after making the conscious decision to live a more active lifestyle, (inspired by the amazing @strickler76) I can feel the difference.  I know that in my twenties this hike would have really worn me out.  I felt good at the top.  I plan to continue, and hopefully get stronger and stronger.  Here's to going slowly and never stopping.⠀
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Quote insipired by blog post @intrepidguide that outlines some sweet Norsk sayings.⠀
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#roadtrip #mittnorge #godmorgennorge #ilovenorway #findyourspurtrail #visitnorway #nikonD850 #sharestories #turistforeningen #boat #greatfind #travelogue #sideoftheroad #goslowly #neverstop

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