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climbing mt st helens

Climbing Mt St Helens

“Oh.  Sorry.  You’re on the wrong side of the mountain.” That was the response I got when I called the park ranger help line.  The number was conveniently posted on a big “You Are Here” board which I got out of my car to examine because it happened to be right next to the “Dead […]

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aMUSEments: National Parks Guide

Note: Retirement is more than just a math problem.  Yes, money is important, but you need meaningful activities and relationships too.  When money and meaning intersect, you have the chance for something special.  With that in mind, I’m starting a new periodic series called “aMUSEments” that will focus on a particular trip, activity, idea or […]

Just go already

Sleeping bag?  Check.  Tent?  Check.  Pocketknife?  Check.  Horse?  Wait, what?  For years my father-in-law has invited me on a cowboy camping trip that involves a four-hour horseback ride into the Wind River Range in Wyoming.  It’s never quite worked out in the past, but this year I was determined to make it happen, which is […]

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One month ago I left for a mini-retirement. Here’s what happened.

“One cannot really come to appreciate one’s life, save by playing with it and hazarding it a little.”   ~ Jack London Just over a month ago we packed our bags and hit the road for Mini-Retirement #1. The trip was part vacation and part experiment as I tested out some of the things that I’ve […]

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Mini-retirement update: And the winner is…

As many of you know, I took a bit of a risk recently and committed to taking a mini-retirement sometime before the end of next year.  I say “risk” because I hadn’t talked to either my wife or my boss before I wrote this post, but sometimes ready, fire, aim is the best approach. Since […]