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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.

  • “If you can’t fall in love with the San Juans during the third week of September, you can’t fall in love.” -  Pam Houston
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It may not be the San Juans but, I think the same holds true for Lake Superior in the first week of October.
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  • “The best preparation for good work tomorrow is to do good work today.” -  Elbert Hubbard
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That's what I told myself when I awoke early one morning before sunrise...and couldn't fall back asleep.  I was already up and getting up for morning macro shots had long been on my mind...might as well get out and get on it! .
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  • “We learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself.” – Lloyd Alexander⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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A little something I've been thinking about lately.  I ask a lot of questions and don't get many answers, must be at about genius level now.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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  • I may not have been going on much for long distance adventures this summer, but I have been finding lots of cool little things right here at home. So for at least a while, I’ll be sharing some small cool things from the backyard. Enjoy the adventure everywhere!
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#macro #nikond850 #adventurebackyard #findyourspurtrail #onlyinmn
  • “All of my life I have been happiest in motion - on a plane, in a boat, on a dogsled, in a car, on the back of a horse, in a bus, on a pair of skis, in a cabbage wagon, hoofing it down a trail in my well-worn hiking boots.  Motion improves any day for me; the farther, the faster, the better.  Stillness, on the other hand, makes me very nervous.” -  Pam Houston⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Be not still today!  Happy Friday and find something to do that moves you.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Mad shoutout to my @michigamicrossing buddies @danielbonner4 and @strickler76 for raising $10,000 paddling across this beautiful Lake Michigan to raise money for awareness of our natural resources, watersheds, lakes...basically all of the things.  Keep it up dudes!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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#takethespurtrail #nofilter #photooftheday #fodorsonthego #nikonartists #thespurtrail #didyouseethat #traveldeeper #theglobewanderer #roamtheplanet #BDteam #travelblogger #liveauthentically #leavinghome #theglobewanderer #nikond850
  • I don't typically post wedding pictures on this Instagram account.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Not for any negative reason, simply that I try to use this space to inspire others to travel, see the world and meet it's people.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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So here's why last weekend fits this mold.  January, 2012, I was traveling solo around India.  My last stop was New Delhi, and I had joined a #couchsurfing meetup group of other travelers to get together and get dinner.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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One of the things I love the most when traveling, is meeting photographers.  But not other tourists...locals with a camera.  At this meetup it just so happened I would meet an Indian journalist that was covering the event.  We hit it of, chatted about all things travel and humanity, and stayed in touch.  I told her I was a wedding photographer and she said when she got married she would give me a call.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Fast forward over six years, and I find myself in New York City, in Brooklyn's Botanic Garden.  Because in this world, some people still do mean what they say.  I was photographing her wedding, after all those years.  It was so wonderful to see these two come together, and to bring their families from such different parts of the world into it as well.  Also, just to note, I only want to go to Indian wedding dances now.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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The takeaway I hope you get from the story is this.  You really, truly, never know who you are going to meet.  After that, you never know how these interactions will shape your life in the future.  No matter how technology, language, population, culture, or whatever changes; the one thing that has always been the same is humanity's ability and need to connect with others.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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I leave you with a quote from a card I received eon's ago from a dear friend #littlewendybird "Friendships are like houseplants.  You have to water them from time to time." Don't forget to water your plants, and don't feel like you can't add a new one every once in awhile.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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