Blog: Trail Adventure Stories

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Off Roading to Find a Comet

In the summer of 2020 the comet Neowise came into view from Earth. It was visible from nearly anywhere as long as the night sky was clear. We live ...

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Not Your Typical Mountain Catch

A fishing guide buddy invited me to fish for salmon on the Clearwater River in Idaho. He had tale after tale of fish measured in feet instead of a ...

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End of my Rope at Midnight

In college I had a calculus class that was BRUTAL! My high school never got to pre calculus so this math class was insane. I needed it to apply to ...

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Polar Bear Plunge

In college we lived in Provo, UT. There is a large mountain called Mount Timpanogos located on the Wasatch Front that you can see for miles. It has...

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Flasher at the Hot Pots

In college, we lived in Provo, UT. Near neighboring Spanish Fork there is a trailhead that takes you to a hotsprings destination we used to call th...

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Sleeping with Rats

As a Scout Master I got to camp with my son and his fellow scouts quite a bit as we worked on their Camping Merit Badge. We constantly sought new p...

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50 Miles in 4 Days

As a kid I was part of a well organized Boy Scout troop. Our leader was an experienced outdoorsman (more like mountain man) and we learned a ton fr...

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"Grandpa, Why Isn't the Elk Moving?"

As a kid, hunting was one of those rights of passage. We'd trek all over the mountains in search of our quarry. One big elk would fill the freezer ...

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"There's a Bear in the Willows!"

A few years back we were up at the family cabin on a warm July weekend. One night, cousin Nick was telling stories to the younger kids. As they lis...

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"That's Not a Beaver!"

A rancher in our area had shot a bear that had been eating his young calves. Ranchers are allowed to protect their herd so the kill was legal, etc....

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"Dad, dad, daaaaad!"

We went to Farragut State Park to ride our mountain biking loop with the my daughter and the dog. There are a whole bunch of trails throughout the ...

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The Boy Who Cried Wolf

My son, daughter and I have a favorite mountain biking loop in Farragut State Park. A couple of Summers ago we left the house close to dusk and hea...

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Now That's Stuck!

In my younger years adventure and good decision making didn't always line up perfectly. I bought a new Toyota Tacoma and it didn't take very long t...

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Off Roading to Find a Comet In the summer of 2020 the comet Neowise came into view from Earth. It was visible from nearly anywhere as long as the night sky was clear. We live in the Northwest so the sky is often filled with moisture. Adding any form of light pollution from city lights make viewing the stars and sky a lot more difficult. A group of us had decided to take an ATV trip to a lake we've never visited called Killarney Lake. The total trip was about 135 miles round trip. Packing extra fuel was a requirement. We traveled on forest service roads through the back country. At times we wouldn't see anyone for hours at a time.We finally got to the lake and camped out at a groomed site on the lake. The boys slept in hammocks and the fathers set up tents. We started a fire, cooked some dinner and did the usual camp activites. As it got dark, one of the boys said, "has anyone seen the night sky like this?" We were far enough from the city there was no light pollution and we could see the stars with clarity. Ju... Read More
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Not Your Typical Mountain Catch A fishing guide buddy invited me to fish for salmon on the Clearwater River in Idaho. He had tale after tale of fish measured in feet instead of a few inches. I'm used to fishing small streams and mountain lakes so catching a 18 inch trout was a big deal. He said he'd probably throw back anything 18 inches or smaller. My eyes lit up.We set out early in the morning. As a pro, he put his boat in the water with ease and rigged up his rods and other gear in minutes. There were other boats on the water but he new where he was going and traveled up the river a ways. He finally got to his prized spot and looked at me, "You ready for this?"I smiled back. He and our other fishing buddy let me go first since this was my first salmon fishing trip. He navigated the river so the bait was at just the right depth. Within minutes he yelled, "FISH ON!"I grabbed the pole and started to reel. The fish on the other end was definitely larger than the small mountain trout I was used to. It put up a great... Read More
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We Cooked the Entire Campout! A year ago we went camping with the Scout troop. We were car camping to a beautiful spot we'd been to before right on the river. Since the land was owned by friends there wouldn't be anyone else around. The boys loved the privacy and decided they wanted to eat like kings. The week before in our troop meeting we created a menu and made assignments for the ingredients and cooking gear. The weekend arrived and so did several coolers. I realized we were going to be cooking A LOT of food and probably cooking most of the weekend. We got to the site and set up the camp kitchen. I caught myself standing and staring at the mountain of food and supplies. We were going to eat like kings!The boy leader of the troop made cooking and cleaning assignments for dinner and each of the other meals. Soon we had the dutch ovens out and filled with delicious food cooking on hot charcoal.Here is the menu the boys decided on:The food turned out delicious! The Chicken Pot Pie was the best - in fact, it migh... Read More