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2016 - Mount Evans, Idaho Springs, CO

Laura and I had the pleasure of spending some time with friends in Colorado this summer. Having already traveled to the top of Pikes Peek previously, we thought we'd take a stroll to the summit of the other "14-er" that you can drive to the top of, Mount Evans. At 14,271' above sea level, Evans stands 156' higher than Pike. And while the drive up to Pike is a wonderful journey that everyone should experience, it has nothing on the gorgeous and scenic journey to the top of Evans. The majority of the drive to the summit of Evans is spent above the alpine zone. You would think that the slow crawl across the barren landscape isn't worth the extra breath but it really does set you up for the most amazing vistas imaginable. It is beyond spectacular.

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2016 - Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, La Pointe, WI

During a Memorial Day weekend camping trip at Big Bay State Park, I was able to sneak away for a three hour tour of the sea caves along Madeline Island's eastern shore. The sea caves are located within the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, and exploring them while paddling on the big water is an experience you will never properly experience while your planted on land. 

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2014 - Rappelling Ely's Peak, Duluth, MN

I cannot think of a better way to spend a spectacular Saturday afternoon in October than being in northern Minnesota on another adventure. I joined with a gang of about 40 other geocaching friends to rappel down Ely's Peak to find a cliff dwelling geocache named Cliff Hanger (GCQ6D4) by EskoClimber.

We were led by the cache owner himself. Scott Engstrom, who is a professional and expert climber rigged the protection, setup the ropes and belaying gear, and made sure each and every harness was inspected for proper use. Scott was patient and made sure that everyone that wanted to step off the cliff did so safely.

As for my own experience, I knew I had to get into the first group to rappel down the cliff. I know myself.. the more I sit there thinking about it the more likely I am to talk myself out of it. I managed to complete the rappel though not without much anxiety and cursing. By the time I made it safely to the bottom, apparently the adrenaline was running so high that I couldn't control the smiles.

Enjoy the photographs (click thumbnails for larger view)..

2014 - Paddling Shawnee Mission Lake, Shawnee, KS

Laura and I made our way down to the Kansas City, KS, area to visit sister Jane and family. Being adventure seekers, we scouted a five star geocaching and paddling event that was scheduled to take place during our visit, I'm on a Boat (GC5ATZR). Located just a few miles south at nearby at Shawnee Mission Park, this was an event that we did not want to miss. We teamed up with Jane, Dan and Devon and attended the very fun event. We met many new friends and coincidentally, I met a existing friend at the event.

Enjoy the photographs (click thumbnails for larger view)..