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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.

  • “Well, there’s a difference between art and entertainment. Entertainment is really about forgetting about your life, and art is about remembering your life.” -  Father John Misty⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Then I guess journaling is as good an art as any.  In trying to find a quote for this image from my first true road trip (c. 2010), I read through tons and tons of memories that had been lost to me.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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The Great American Road Trip as I like to call it, started in Minneapolis one August day in '10.  Together in an old Honda Civic, my friend Tim and I drove east, up into Canada, then back down to Washington DC.  All told, in three months of traveling, we spent $1,000 on the trip.  Combined.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Just goes to show, adventure is accessible to those who are willing to go for it.  It wasn't glamorous, but dammit it was great.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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  • “The question is, are we happy to suppose that our grandchildren may never be able to see an elephant except in a picture book?” -  David Attenborough⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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I think the same can be said for any of our greatest wildlife.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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  • “I close my eyes to drift quickly to sleep.  Laying on my back may be good for posture, but does nothing to aid in releasing myself of wakedness.  My face wants to drift to either side and feel the pillow against it.  Owing to a head so heavy and laden with brilliance it is no wonder I can find no balance for it.” -  Me, Attempting to sleep after reading the first few pages of Hunger⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Norway is Coming!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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When you're tired but can't sleep, your brain will say any number of strange things.  I remember that night, I was reading a book I'd been assigned in my Norwegian World Literature course.  It had a wonderful stream of consciousness feel that resonated with my brain, even more so now, 13 years later.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Thirteen years ago I left the country for the first time, and studied abroad in Oslo.  Now this April, I'm going to be headed back.  Wiser, stronger, and with a better beard, I shall return to go a little deeper than I've ever gone.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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  • “I was open to be convinced by the evidence of my own eyes, rather than by the teachings of those who had not seen, or by the words of those who had seen and gone before.” -  Jack London⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Take any unsolicited advice you get with a grain of salt.  Don't let the fears of others dictate the adventures of you.  Be wise, but be open.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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  • “Chase your passion, not your pension.” -  Denis Waitley⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Here's to the Path to Passion.  When you love the mountains and see the peaks as destinations, why not work close to them?  You may not end your job with the park service having the world's largest retirement plan, but you get to end knowing your days were wild and free.  Full of sparkling air, sore muscles, and a light spirit.  Some things you can't put a price on.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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What have you done for passion rather than pension?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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  • “If you can’t figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you right into your purpose.” -  Bishop T.D. Jakes⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Winter is a tough season to capture.  Simply because if you didn't know, it's cold.  I came home after having an 18 hour work day the day before, drove a couple hours through a snowstorm and ended up with my family together for maybe the last time in awhile.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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My camera lens literally froze in place, for some reason the blowing snow and maybe the warm lens caused ice to form on the front.  My fingers had to come out of my gloves and froze within seconds.  I had to lean into the wind to stand up.  But hey, it was worth it for a shot!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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