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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.

  • They day was young, it was far too early to stop.  Miles and progress lay ahead, and I had deadlines.  But this wooden, beach fortress of mismatched sticks was the perfect place to hang my wet camping gear and have lunch.  A pod of dolphins swam across the horizon and as I ate lunch I thought, "I should really come back here." -  Me⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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#liveauthentically #leavinghome #theglobewanderer #californiacoast #biketour #accomplishinggoals #dolphinbreak #pacificocean #enlightenedequipment #travellight
  • "Windmills are like people.  They're everywhere.  You recognize them, you see them all the time, some may even seem familiar.  Yet, at the same time, you really don't know anything about them.  What a uniquely human thing, to surround yourself in such a way." -  Me ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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  • “If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.” -  Martin Luther King Jr.
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The distance between branches is not a technically significant distance.  But to leap it, at a full sprint, with no errors made, well now that is something pretty great.
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I know you didn't like me watching you squirrel, but thanks for showing off just a little.
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#takethespurtrail #nofilter #photooftheday #fodorsonthego #nikonartists #thespurtrail #didyouseethat #traveldeeper #theglobewanderer #roamtheplanet #BDteam #travelblogger #d750 #onlyinmn #superiorhikingtrail
  • I would say that it's important to be aware of one's self.  To be aware of changes, differences in our persona's, and to see these things as time goes by.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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This image goes back to 2012, when I had just made my first deep financial foray into photography.  I thought if I only bought some better gear then I could get more of the jobs I wanted.  To a degree, it did work.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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But at that time, I was ambitious.  The desire to try new things and create more was prevalent enough that I tried to make images every day in one of those 365 projects.  It didn't last, no idea how anyone keeps up with that, but I did make it a long ways.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Days like this, where you have to find someone to get out and drive back and forth down the road and try to time it with the sunset was a lot of fun but took some time.  Adding that to my everyday was tough, and now it seems there's too many things like exercise, calling health insurance (over and over because the system just happens to be down), answering emails, etc that takes up the days time.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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I want to get back to finding the time.  Making the time.  Finding the desire to find the time to just get out and do something fun.  For no real 'reason' at all other than just to do it.  Anybody in?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Lately I've been filled with the overwhelming idea of possibility.  It almost feels that with so many opportunities available, picking one is actually a debilitating process. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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How have you faced choices, career and otherwise, and found the direction you wanted to go?  Did you know you even wanted to go down a certain path or did you try it first and then decide?  I'm both curious and hoping to stir some contemplation.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Most of the time, I just take what someone else has recommended or is doing and go along with it.  This winter I might have an open ended time period like I’ve not experienced...
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How do you figure out where to go?  Where do you find the inspiration to leave comforts behind?
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