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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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#friendships #newyorkcity #brooklynbotanicgarden⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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  • “To be or not to be that is the question.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Idk, I was just thinking about goats today.  And maybe the thoughts aren't completely linear with what Shakespeare was saying, but I've been thinking a lot about what I should or shouldn't be lately.  If you didn't know, up until about eight years ago I had aspirations of becoming an actor for my profession.  I had exactly ten years of performing on stage before I just let it go.  Passions can change, and we can learn that we are capable of more than we thought.  So some nights, when I can't shut my brain off and sleep, I find myself asking..."What to be, or what not to be?  That is a really good question." ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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#AfricaGeoPhoto #myafrica #nikonartists #takemetoafrica #visitafrica #lifeofadventure #everydayafrica #wandering #wearewildness #escapenow #theglobewanderer #livelovetravel #findyourpassion #sharestories #beinspired #leavinghome #earthishome #takechances #nikond750 #nikond850 #eastafrica
  • Adventure does not need to happen all the time.  For me it has come and gone with the seasons.  Summer, the season most people seem to seek out for adventures has historically been the time I work and do little else.  This year is no different.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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In contrast to the last three years however, I do not have a plan for the fall.  Instead of a plan, I have about thirty ideas.  So until some of them fade away and others make more sense, I will try to enjoy the little adventures that present themselves.  Such as catching up with friends on brief walks through sculpture gardens.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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#minneapolissculpturegarden #summernights #oldfriends #spoonandcherry #onlyinmn #outdoors #dailyadventure #nikonD850 #avenueofinspiration #minneapolis
  • I met him as I cycled to the top of a hill that wouldn't end.  He sat there on his little piece of tarp, snacking and taking in the ensuing sunset.  He invited me to join him, and we chatted about bike touring and travel.
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For the next few days we cycled together.  I had been alone for awhile and it was nice to have a drinking buddy at camp, and someone who's conversation could distract from the churning of miles.
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Our paths would diverge soon after, his goal was a retreat center outside of LA, then a shipping container ship that would take him to Japan for an undisclosed amount of time.  I was on a time crunch to finish my bike tour in Tijuana.  As often happens in travel, I never heard from him again, but as always the story is just a little bit better because of the encounter.
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#biketour #elcapitanbeach #myeequilt #travellight #enlightenedequipment  #takethespurtrail #nofilter #photooftheday #fodorsonthego #nikonartists #thespurtrail #didyouseethat #traveldeeper #theglobewanderer #roamtheplanet #BDteam #travelblogger

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