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Our Campfire Stories are an opportunity to get to know our team and join in on the adventures they take outside of the workday.
You’ll read stories about weekend treks in hammocks, week-long expeditions to foreign lands, and the tips and tricks to help you succeed during your own adventures. All with a little bit of wit and comedy thrown in.
The Dingle Peninsula

The Dingle Peninsula

A relaxing Sunday was in store for us on the Dingle Peninsula. We slept in, ate breakfast while staring out the window at our incredible view, and just took our time checking out the gorgeous Dingle Peninsula. It was amazing how life felt so much slower in much of Ireland but even more so here on the Dingle Peninsula. This slower pace made it easier to take the time to find new adventures.

The Skellig Michael

The Skellig Michael

Following a hearty, Irish breakfast we walked to the docks to catch our boat to the Skelligs. We were greeted by five or so captains all calling out names in very thick Irish accents looking for their passengers so they could be on their way. Asking a few of them for “Eoin”, which we had absolutely no idea how to pronounce at the time, yielded no results. Finally, one captain said, “I know Eoin, he’s over there.”. He pointed toward the end of the dock. We followed this captain as we thought he was taking us to him. After walking with him to the end of the dock, there was no Eoin. He turned around looking surprised that we were still behind him and said, “Why are you following me? Eoin is over there.”

Kerry Liked It

Kerry Liked It

With morning came an end to our time in Kenmare, we were sad to leave this wonderful place that allowed us to see such amazing views around Killarney National Park, the Gap of Dunloe, and the Ring of Beara. It was time to continue our sojourn through Ireland though. Today we would finally be driving along one of the most famous drives in all of Ireland, the Ring of Kerry. Typically, you can do this drive in one day, but we will only be doing half of the drive as the next day we’ll be taking a boat to hike the Skellig Michael, an island off the coast of the Kerry Peninsula. With nearly all day to make an hour drive, we took our time. We explored portions of the Kerry Peninsula that visitors don’t typically get to do.

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks

Our first major outing was to the Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument (say that 5x fast). Kasha-Katuwe is a slot canyon to the west of Santa Fe. I highly recommend it, it provided beautiful vistas as well as my first slot canyon experience.

The Land Enchanted

Our latest destination was to a part of that bastion of beauty, the American Southwest. This was my first trip to this area, I’ve wanted to go for awhile but just never made it the priority it should have been. We were headed for Albuquerque, New Mexico. I have to admit, when I pictured Albuquerque in my head, I envisioned a vast desert with little diversity in the landscape. I couldn’t have been more wrong.

Cohutta Mountain Loop

This past weekend, a friend, we’ll call him Henry, and I decided to spend a three day weekend in North Georgia. The Cohutta Wilderness in the North Georgia mountains to be exact. In researching which trail we should take to hike in it seemed like a number of people enjoyed the Cohutta Mountain Loop via the Jack’s River Trail.

Juniper Springs

Florida Summers have temperatures consistently over 90 and there is a general mugginess in the air if you’re not right near the beach. In addition, there is a torrential downpour every afternoon for about 20 minutes. This is why it always amazes me how many people will spend their Summer days at Disney World in Orlando, a city in the middle of the state where there is no sea breeze to cool you. If it wasn’t for the incredible weather you get from late September until mid-May, I can’t imagine anyone wanting to live here.

The Best Fixed Blade Knife

Recently, I in the market for a new fixed blade knife. I thought I would share my experience of researching the options and why I choose the knife I did. There are probably more opinions about which knife to buy than there are knives in the world. I’m a big research guy, I will spend a large amount of time analyzing the various options out there, looking to each pro and con for a purchase that matters. To me, what knife you choose matters. When I’m out in the woods, I need to be able to rely on whatever knife or almost any other gear I choose.

Grayton Beach

My wife and I packed up Tuesday night to make our way to the beach house that our family had rented. Knowing we’d be there all week and not wanting to get stuck in 30A traffic, we securely loaded up our bikes on the new trunk rack I had bought a few days prior. Well, we thought we did anyway.

Fall Foliage

Another year, another fall trip to Asheville. This time we decided to spend more time than just a weekend and we rented a cabin in Maggie Valley. Turns out we came at the absolutely perfect time. It’s always a little of a gamble which weekend you choose when you’re going to see the leaves change. This year, going during the last week of October was that right time. The past few years Asheville for the foliage has been a guy’s trip up to hike in the mountains but this year, we made it a couple’s trip with another married couple friends of ours.

Southwest Diversity

This was the most diverse day of the trip. We headed out from the Sandia foothills near Albuquerque and made our way to the red rock deserts on the way to something called the Soda Dam. The red rock deserts were a beautiful, vibrant red. They looked like they had been stained with blood. I’ve never seen anything like it. I felt like I was walking on Mars. To be honest, it looked fake to me. We only made a short pit stop to look at the red rock before rolling on. From there, we headed to the Soda Dam.

Sandia Peak

Our New Mexico trip had reached its zenith. Our last trip before flying out was to Sandia Peak, 10,000 feet above sea level. We boarded a gondola, which is the longest aerial tram ride in the US (random fun fact #1!) and rode it all the way to the top. Here there is a ski resort, obviously not in use in August and a restaurant called High Finance. High Finance is apparently the highest altitude full-service restaurant in the US (random fun fact #2!). High Finance was the perfect place to grab a drink and admire the view. They have a deck that overlooks the valley and Albuquerque below.

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks

Our first major outing was to the Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument (say that 5x fast). Kasha-Katuwe is a slot canyon to the west of Santa Fe. I highly recommend it, it provided beautiful vistas as well as my first slot canyon experience.

The Land Enchanted

Our latest destination was to a part of that bastion of beauty, the American Southwest. This was my first trip to this area, I’ve wanted to go for awhile but just never made it the priority it should have been. We were headed for Albuquerque, New Mexico. I have to admit, when I pictured Albuquerque in my head, I envisioned a vast desert with little diversity in the landscape. I couldn’t have been more wrong.

Cohutta Mountain Loop

This past weekend, a friend, we’ll call him Henry, and I decided to spend a three day weekend in North Georgia. The Cohutta Wilderness in the North Georgia mountains to be exact. In researching which trail we should take to hike in it seemed like a number of people enjoyed the Cohutta Mountain Loop via the Jack’s River Trail.

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