Each summer for the last few I’ve hosted a small adventure club for a group of my running friends. We call them Adventure Runs, though running occasionally turns out to be only a minor component of the adventure. So…. once again it is summer, and once again yesterday morning I posted our secret meetup location in our chat server, anticipated all day long, then finally after work ended for the day drove to the secluded parking spot and waited to see who else showed up. Adventure Journal It had rained all afternoon. Not just rained. It had poured, complete with thunder and lightning, clacks of huge rain droplets batting against the windows and sending coworkers on our video meetings running…

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And just like that the leaves turned yellow, the air felt crisper, and another summer drifted into memory. In three short months we managed to squeeze in quite a lot of action, particularlly considering that the world was still fairly locked down with this pandemic. We visited the mountains for two weeks across two separate trips, completed a modest list of hikes, kayaked on a couple mountain lakes, photographed glaciers, and enjoyed the wilderness. We cooked outdoors on our new backyard fire pit, roasting a crazy variety of meats, a garden’s worth of vegetables, and too many marshmallows to count. We hosted friends in our backyard, spending lovely afternoons or evenings with (on different occasions) family for elaborate meals, co-workers…

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Our adventuresome summer is nearing an end as the last day of August brings that calendar page flip into sharp focus. The final third of the year is upon us once again, a time when the days turn shorter and crispier. And as hoped my writing and posting reprieve has given me a healthy backlog of blogging fodder which I’ll be dishing out over the next month or so. Case in point: for us it took an unexpected turn into the summer of inflatable adventures. Early summer, we bought two inflatable kayaks. Mid-summer, we received just one. Therein is a whole other story about the modern state of the supply chain and the demand for recreational equipment these days which…

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