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Campfire stories

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.

Irish Music

Irish Music

After moonwalking in Ireland, our trip took us north to Westport. I began loading up the car with our luggage at our B&B when I heard the host’s small dog, a Shih Tzu I believe, begin barking and running down the porch. A chicken from the neighbor’s pen had gotten out and the dog started chasing it. For about 5 minutes the dog chased that chicken around. Into the coup area, out of the coup area. Into the bushes, out of the bushes. Around in a circle, behind a small wooden building. I had stopped paying too much attention at this point when I heard loud “bagawk” noises from the bushes. The chicken had run back to the bushes and the Shih Tzu had followed. The noises continued and then feathers began flying out of the bushes. I was completely awestruck and didn’t know what to do. A moment later, it didn’t matter. The “bagawk” noises had ceased and the Shih Tzu pranced out from the bushes. The chicken was dead.

Moon Walking in Ireland

Moon Walking in Ireland

Our first stop of the day was to see the Burren. The Burren is the smallest of Ireland’s six National Parks but is definitely the most unique. The entire region is covered in limestone which formed there as sediment over 350 million years ago. The Burren has been compared to walking on the Moon due to the landscape being covered by a large amount of rock. It’s one of the strangest landscapes I’ve ever seen. While sadly, I can’t confirm that it’s similar to walking on the Moon as I’ve yet to leave this planet on an adventure (I know, I’m sorry I’m such a homebody), I can confirm it was unique, to say the least. Our only hike in the Burren was to see the Poulnabrone Dolmen, a large portal tomb that was built sometime between 4200BC and 2900BC, so a really long time ago.

The Cliffs of Moher

The Cliffs of Moher

Leaving from Ballyferriter and heading north towards Doolin to see the Cliffs of Moher, we took a mountain road called the Conor Pass. The Conor Pass provides magnificent views from the road. At the top of the pass, there is a vista point you can pull off at. Wanting to hold on to the Dingle Peninsula as long as we could we pulled the car over for a hike without hesitation. Climbing the hills next to the lookout led us to a high hill with a 360° view of the valleys below. Hikers here had created a rock mound, with each hiker adding a rock to the pile. At this point, it was a few feet in diameter and almost as tall as I am. We added our own rocks to the pile and made our way back to the car.

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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