International adventures:
2011 Spain & Portugal
2010 Scandinavia trip
2008/9 Freighter round the world
2008 Italy, Switzerland, Vatican
2007 Brazil Carnival
2007 Antarctica
2007 Argentina Iguazu Falls
2006 England, Ireland, Scotland
2005 Mt Fuji Hike
2005 Nepal Everest fly-by
2005 India Taj Mahal
2005 Egypt Pyramids, Sphinx
2004 China Great Wall
2004 Japan 14 trips
1999 Peru Machu Picchu
1998 Australia Ayers Rock
1966 Guam Mt. Lamlam

US adventures:
2012 New York City
2011 Lake Street Minneapolis
2009 Boston Lobster trip
2007 Southeast US Road-trip
2007 New York City
2005 Idaho High-point
2005 Grand Canyon
2004 Alaska Cruise-tour
2003 California Hikes
2003 Northeast US Road-trip
2002 Southwest US Road-trip
2001 Hawaii tour & high point
2000 Northwest US Road-trip
1996 Grays Peak First 14k mtn.
1991 Skydiving
High Point Hikes
Low Point Hikes
Skiing
Adventure Archives

Pages of Friends and Favorites:
Fishin' with Dave
Growing Pears in MN
George's Freighter BLOG

About My Adventures

I have a few great loves: My family, my friends, and I love to travel! These pages include trip reports and pictures from many of my adventures. On the left are links to international and US adventures.

Some of us enjoy the exhilaration of hiking to a mountain top. If you feel like singing "The hills are alive, with the sound of music!" when you get to the top, you know what I mean.

Growing up on the prairie could never lend itself to mountain-top experiences. I've always been comfortable moving in more than 2 dimensions. When I was 5, I climbed an 80 foot tree to see the lake, 2 miles away. Later, in high school, a few of us discovered that we could watch what the town cop was doing from the water tower. Exploring caves, riding a motor cycle through the steam tunnels at the University, SCUBA diving, sky diving, and many other vertical adventures could only be a matter of time.

When I was a child, my father told me tales of far-off places he had visited as a merchant mariner during WWII. His stories left a lasting impression, and assured that I would leave the prairie to explore the world myself.

It was not until the early 90s that my brother and I hiked two small peaks, a 7000' peak at Palmer Gulch KOA near the 4 faces in South Dakota, and Oberlin Summit, 8180 ft, near Logan's Pass in Glacier National Park. That was the first mountain top that made me feel like singing.   I did sing.

These pages include trip reports and pictures from many of my adventures. I hope you will find them amusing and helpful.

Reflections:

Sometimes, I wish someone had told me a few of these things when I was younger. Perhaps people did, but as Simon and Garfunkel's song The Boxer goes, 'A man hears what he wants to hear, and disregards the rest ...'. This list has worked well for me, and would probably have worked even better if I had started doing these things earlier in life.

1. 'To thine own self be true.' - Shakespeare's Hamlet
2. 'Faith, hope and love, and the greatest of these is love.' - 1 Corinthians 13
3. 'Nothing ventured, nothing gained!' - Peter Wastholm
4. Be healthy!
5. Read every day. Write every day!
6. 'All the world's a stage...' Shakespeare's As You Like It. Take acting classes, so that you are comfortable playing many roles. What was Ronald Reagan's greatest role? It sure wasn't in Brother Rat, Knute Rockne, or Kings Row.
7. Write down your goals, and spend 5 minutes working on a goal item each day.
8. 'Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the places and moments that take our breath away.' - Anonymous
9. With regard to your job, be an asset and not an expense.
10. 'Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in.' Napoleon Bonaparte
11. No one on their deathbed ever said, 'I wish I'd spent more time in the office.' - attributed to Paul Tsongas
12. 'We succeed when we do something remarkable. We fail when we give up too soon. We succeed when we are the best in the world at what we do. We fail when we get distracted by tasks we don't have the guts to quit.' Seth Godin's The Dip: When to Quit and When to Stick
13. 'Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential.' - John Maxwell
14. 'Skate to where the puck will be, not where it is now.' - Wayne Gretzky
15. 'If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.' Henry David Thoreau
16. 'I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul.' - last two lines of Invictus by William Henley

'The mountains are calling, and I must go.' - John Muir