Mount Royal Montreal makes it my kind of town

Mount Royal dominates Montreal skyline If you love the outdoors like me, then you have to love a city with a mountain as part of its skyline. Mount Ranier comes to mind in Seattle. Mount Royal in Montreal makes a perfect backdrop as no building is built bigger than its summit. It also is a […]

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Monteverde night walk

Bingo during Monteverde night walk

Looking for wildlife in Monteverde For two days we had hiked in the Monteverde and Santa Elena Rainforests in Costa Rica and pretty much had come up empty on the wildlife front. Fortunately, there was plenty to look at as these rainforests featured some of the most lush vegetation I have ever seen. I did […]

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Rocky Mountains Colorado River

A Rocky Mountain National Park snowshoe adventure

Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial On January 26, 1915, Woodrow Wilson signed legislation that gave birth to the Rocky Mountain National Park. One hundred years later and five days, four bloggers embarked on a Rocky Mountain National Park snowshoe adventure. Woodrow Wilson obviously had this day in his mind when he passed the historic bill. […]

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Rhinos Without Borders

Chinese traditional medicine and #justonerhino

Chinese Traditional Medicine fuels demand for rhino horn It seems that the battle for the saving the rhino centers around stopping the poaching. With so much money at stake going to people from developing countries, this is a difficult strategy to combat. It is like building a wall between a first world nation and a […]

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Gatineau Loppet

Marathon cross country skiing road trip

Epic cross-country skiing adventure I am on the cusp of embarking on the greatest winter cross-country ski adventure of my life. I have done some good ones in the past including a Minnesota/Wisconsin Birkie week two years ago. Last year I did the Birkie and then two weeks later I skied the Great Bear Chase, […]

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Rocky Mountain National Park

Grand Lake Colorado winter adventures

Visit Grand Lake Colorado for winter adventure Grand Lake, Colorado is other gateway to the Rocky Mountain National Park. I say “other” not because it deserves a second fiddle to Estes Park, but the numbers don’t lie. Rocky Mountain National Park gets nearly 3 million annual visitors and 80 percent enter through Estes Park and […]

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Costa Rica destinations

Costa Rica destinations off the beaten path

I recently returned from a trip to Costa Rica. On my trip I stayed at Costa Rica destinations that were on the incredibly beaten path going from San José to Monteverde to Jaco and then back to the capital. There is nothing wrong with this, but if you stay in a country long enough, you […]

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Pine forest snowmobile trail

Wildman Ranch Wisconsin snowmobile tours

Past snowmobile adventures were done many moons ago Being for the most part a silent sports aficionado when it comes to winter adventure, snowmobiling is usually not a recreation activity I seek out. I have nothing against it – although it can be a little loud at times – I just prefer cross-country skiing. I […]

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Lakewood cross-country skiing

Lakewood cross-country skiing GoPro time lapse

Epic winter adventure on the horizon I have a busy winter schedule of adventure the next month including trips to Colorado and Montréal. The Montréal trip will be flanked around two cross-country ski marathons. I will be participating in the Gatineau Loppet on February 14th and then the American Birkebeiner in Hayward, Wisconsin on February […]

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Minocqua Winter Park trail

Minocqua Winter Park winter wonderland adventure

Lame winter forces me to head north Winter has gotten off to a slow start in Chicago, so I headed to the northwoods of Wisconsin for a New Year’s taste of snow adventure. I made my base in Rhinelander. My first stop was Nine Mile Recreation Area in Wausau to ski their beautiful trail system. […]

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