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The Adventures of the Indiana Joneses

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Turkey Run State Park, Green Hillside

Turkey Run: A Little Bit of Paradise

Locations

Indiana….. It has to be one of the flattest states in the entire country! Nevertheless, Indiana is our home. As people who enjoy hiking and exploring, it is easy to ask ourselves why we couldn’t live in Montana or Arizona or Utah! Somewhere with a little more scenery at least! I mean, besides getting lost in a cornfield or something, there just isn’t a whole lot of exciting landscape here in Indiana. However this last weekend our family was able to escape to Turkey Run State Park. Keep reading

Life is an Adventure-Live It

Motivation

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Life is an adventure!  There’s your nugget of wisdom.  Truth for today.  Here is why I bring it up.  So often it seems that our concept of adventure is something that’s mystical or ethereal or whatever unachievable adjective we want to assign to it.  We think we have to arrange it­—make an appointment. Sometimes we feel it is a trip we have to spend months planning and saving for and examining every detail of in order to create the perfect set of memories.  My point is, every day you get out of bed and head out into your life is an adventure.  All too often we let routine and mundane parts of life rob us of the joy that can come from living in the moment.  Adventure is waiting for you to live it. Keep reading

Peekaboo Canyon, Escalante National Monument

Procrastinators Anonymous

Motivation

Hi, my name is Mike… and I’m a procrastinator. Maybe I should start my own support group. We could have t-shirts made and meet every other Monday night at 7. That is, unless we have something else more important to do. Then we could confess our failings to one another and gain strength and all that, you know, from realizing we’re not alone. The struggle is real. Procrastinators unite… tomorrow. Truth is, you know for a fact we would never get around to it. All seriousness aside, I really am a procrastinator, but not of a stereotypical sort. Keep reading

Footprints in Sand at Fort Pickens Beach, Gulf Islands National Seashore

Soul Food

Locations

I grew up in Pensacola, Florida.  Everyone is familiar with Pensacola Beach.  But since we frequently choose the road less traveled, when we are visiting family in Pensacola, we usually visit Fort Pickens – part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore.  This area is a must see for history lovers and nature lovers.  Since I am more of a nature lover, Gavin and I are going to tag team this post.  He will tell you about the history part and I will tell you about the nature part.  If you are an introvert like me, you enjoy hiking because of the great exercise benefits and challenges, because you get to see beautiful views all over the globe, and because you enjoy *deep sigh* solitude.

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Cairns, Valley of Fire

Cairns, The Quintessential Trail Marker

Hiking Tips

One of my goals in starting this blog is to enable you to hike, explore, and just do with confidence. So where do I start? What is that one key to hiking? What is that piece of knowledge that unlocks the wonders of the unknown? What is that elusive element of confidence? I have no idea! There you have it. Before I’ve reached the end of my first paragraph, my secret is out. I don’t have all the answers. Please don’t leave just yet. Keep reading

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