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I know the trail starts somewhere…

…I’m just not 100% sure where it is.

And that I think is the great takeaway here.  You may have a plan on what to do next.  In school.  In travel.  Hell maybe even in life.  These trails that we take however are never as simple as we’d like to think.  Things come up.  Plans change.  Little spur trails pop up on the side as options for you to take.

Embrace the spur trail.

I have a phrase that I like to utter to myself when things mysteriously come together.  Serendipity strikes again.  By placing yourself in the world, showing it your truths, and allowing yourself to be present; you give yourself the opportunity to take part in things you could have only dreamed of.  That’s how I saw Weird Al perform for $5 at a food festival.  That’s how I found myself at Yale University, being lead by a pretty girl back to her dorm room.  That’s how I got myself to two degrees of separation from Leonardo DiCaprio; by meeting a world famous National Geographic photographer who had partied with him on a yacht.  The craziest thing about this?  It all happened on one trip.

This is the idea behind The Spur Trail.  I truly believe that humanity has evolved to require some amount of adventure in our lives.  This blog is dedicated to adventure in all of it’s forms.  Your far off destination is another person’s home, and vice versa.  What changes is the lens through which we perceive our current actions.  Here on these pages you will find stories from distant lands.  You will find tales within a hundred miles of my home.  You will find a platform of posts that can both inform, and inspire ways you can live a life rich in experience, rich in relationships, and rich in truth.  You will find that sometimes when you let yourself get a little lost that maybe, just maybe…you actually find yourself.

By this point you might be wondering, “What is this spur trail thing he keeps blabbing about?”

I’m terrible at telling stories shortly but I’ll try to sum it up for you.  In 2017 I made it a goal to see if I was any good/had any interest in ever doing a long distance thru-hike.  Deciding to start small instead of failing large, I picked the Superior Hiking Trail of northern Minnesota.  Being only 300 miles instead of 2,000+ like the big boys, I figured it’d be a good taste of what walking for days really felt like.  On this trail you often see signs for little things called ‘spur trail’s.  These little guys, for lack of a better verb, “spur-off” to overlooks, towns, sights of interest, fresh/unmarked graves…AH I hope not!  They take you places, adding spice & intrigue to your already epic trip.  Fast forward a year and I was playing charades, trying to describe the word spur.  Nobody understood my description with the trail but they got it as soon as I mentioned cowboy boots.  However, and this is where SERENDIPITY STRIKES AGAIN, my sister-in-law remembered my first description.  Days later when I came begging to my family for help naming this blog, (nearly impossible to come up with unique names that make sense and aren’t taken in 2018) she mentioned The Spur Trail.  And here we are.

If I had to use terms that are specific and easy to understand, I would describe The Spur Trail as this.  It is ultimately a travel blog.  Within that realm you’ll find posts that feel technical, How-To’s, Review’s, and Wish-I-Knew’s (I love rhyming).  Additionally, I am extremely passionate about photography and there will be content that may simply be photo-based.  After that, and these are not in order of importance, you will find stories that really have no hard goal other than to reach out and be your best friend for your own adventures.

Where Do I Go From Here?

Well you know what the blog is about, come check out my About page and see who I am.  Just a regular guy with big dreams and possibly never grew up.  But I’ll explain all of that over there.

  • "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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