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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.

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There is black sand that stretches as far as the eye can see,⠀
There are diamonds forged of ice, so, so pretty,⠀
There are giant frozen boulders, larger than you or me,⠀
This is a fantastical, magical, wonderful place...wouldn't you agree?⠀
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And if you were to count just the sand, ice and boulders on this beach, you wouldn't even come close to the number of stars in the sky.⠀
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Standing on this beach makes a person feel oh so very small.  But the interesting part doesn't stop there.  Digging a little deeper than this cliche' comparison, I found something new and interesting.⠀
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Within just ten drops of water...should a person stop to count...you would find enough individual molecules that equal the estimated number of stars in the sky.⠀
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Alone on this beach a person can now be confuddled.  Simultaneously feeling like the smallest part of the universe and infinitely larger than the tiniest building blocks of life, we exist in a unique balance.  And while I may not understand it all, knowing all of this does make me feel a little better.⠀
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#livealittle #findyourspurtrail #iceland #besafe #travel #todayruled #nikond750 #liveauthentic #wanderlust #explore #photography #itsamazingoutthere #traveldeeper #wearealladventurers #isthisreallife #roadtripping #notjustatourist #carliving #travelgram #instatraveling #serendipitystrikesagain
  • “It is not the answer that enlightens, but the question.” – Eugene Ionesco⠀
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In the land of Iceland, and now continuing into the land of Minnesota, I find myself questioning everything.  Everyday I seek answers but find only more questions.  All wise people seem to point to that as the source of enlightenment that is sought...yet somehow I do not see it.⠀
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Do you ever feel like you have all the answers?  Or would you agree you really just have more questions?⠀
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#livealittle #travel #todayruled #nikond850 #nikond750 #x100s #liveauthentic #wanderlust #explore #photography #itsamazingoutthere #traveldeeper #wearealladventurers #isthisreallife #roadtripping #notjustatourist #carliving #travelgram #instatraveling #serendipitystrikesagain
  • “In Venice even cold blooded hearts become melting colors in the beginning night.” -  Alex Hai?⠀
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Not only in Venice, but also on the beaches of Iceland.⠀
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I awoke as many mornings as possible to peruse the landscape and take advantage of the glorious morning light, which I never manage while I'm at home.  Here I was at Diamond Beach, a fantastically beautiful black sand beach that is littered with an ever changing collection of ice diamonds.⠀
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However, their beauty is not without its perils.  Just last night on NPR I heard a story of a grandmother that got washed out to sea while sitting on a throne like chunk.  The saying, "A diamond is a girl's best friend..." might be one she would disagree with now.  She was rescued thank goodness, and now has a great albeit scary story to share.⠀
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#livealittle #findyourspurtrail #diamondbeach #iceland #besafe #travel #todayruled #nikond750 #liveauthentic #wanderlust #explore #photography #itsamazingoutthere #traveldeeper #wearealladventurers #isthisreallife #roadtripping #notjustatourist #carliving #travelgram #instatraveling #serendipitystrikesagain
  • “Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there’s love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.” -  Ella Jane Fitzgerald⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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I really wanted to see the Northern Lights.  I had just taken my pants off and settled in for bed...when the stirring of the crowd outside and excitement of the arrival of the lights gave me extreme #FOMO and I dressed to go out and see them.  Watching the lights is not a high intensity endeavor, for the long bout of standing I was very appreciative for my long underwear and snow pants.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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#myiceland #lifeofadventure #findyourspurtrail #stokksnes #photographersinthewild #natgeo #behindthescenes #northernlights #auroraborealis #landscapephotography #wandering #wearewildness #escapenow #theglobewanderer #livelovetravel #findyourpassion #sharestories #beinspired #leavinghome #earthishome #takechances #nikond750
  • “It’s your place in the world; it’s your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live.” -  Mae Jemison⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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In Iceland, as in many places, the best time to be awake is sunrise and sunset.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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I am not a morning person.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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But I made myself a morning person almost every day.  From seeking out hidden hot springs on misty dawns to photographing the ocean on awesome daybreak's, I was out there.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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So was everyone else.  This morning in particular had me racing to catch the sun, every spot I drove by was worthy of stopping to photograph.  I was quite literally running up and down small hills to catch something here, something there.  Eventually I settled on a cliff edge full of nesting birds.  There was also a French led photo-tour group, and I couldn't help but think the real story here was the people that come out to see this beauty every day.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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#myiceland #lifeofadventure #findyourspurtrail #dyrholaey #photographersinthewild #natgeo #behindthescenes #sunrise #landscapephotography #wandering #wearewildness #escapenow #theglobewanderer #livelovetravel #findyourpassion #sharestories #beinspired #leavinghome #earthishome #takechances #nikond750
  • “I have to face life with a newly found passion. I must rediscover the irresistible will to learn, to live and to love.” -  Andrea Bocelli⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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A couple years ago I followed through on a dream to take myself to a photographer's paradise.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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On this trip I drove hard and fast to see as much as I could in the eight days my layover allowed.  Largely I didn't stop or stay in cities, aiming for remote day spots and car camping nights.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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However I was never alone.  Like here at Stokkksnes during sunset.  The people I saw the most often in the most places were photographers.  So I decided every now and again to turn the camera around and capture a few of them as well.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Maybe one day when there are enough images you'll find a book by me titled, "Photographers Photographing Things".⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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#myiceland #lifeofadventure #findyourspurtrail #stokksnes #photographersinthewild #natgeo #behindthescenes #sunset #wandering #wearewildness #escapenow #theglobewanderer #livelovetravel #findyourpassion #sharestories #beinspired #leavinghome #earthishome #takechances #nikond750

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