Tuesday, October 20, 2009


So things are going good. Mini Medical school is rocking and rolling again at the U of M. Last night was the 2nd week of 5 and it was good. I love Mini-Medical school it is such a fun learning experience. It is also fun to spend a night at the U and see what is going on there.

Wednesday is Melissa and my 4th anniversary. She has to work late on Wednesday so we are planning on doing something together on Thursday instead. Plans are still up in the air but it will be fun. Also this weekend the bluegrass band The High 48's are playing at Dulano's Pizza in Minneapolis so we are going to go and see them. They are a great little band and it turns out that I know the banjo player. Tony and I were friends in high school so it was cool to see him the last time we saw them play at Dulano's.

Work is busy, but seriously who cares about that. I sure don't

In other news I have been going to the gym a lot lately and really enjoying it. I have started swimming and I love the workout that I am getting from swimming laps. I am planning on swimming at least 2 days before work. At least I am going to try. I am not sure that I am going to be able to get up that early to make it for an hour of swimming and them get to work on time but we will see. At least right now at least I am thinking about it. I am mostly working out to make up for the fact that I didn't do any running and hardly any biking this year. I had a hard time getting into it, which I guess was a bummer. But I am enjoying the gym.

Melissa and I bought tickets to an upcoming Vikings game so that will be interesting. I have never been to a Vikings game and neither has she so we are both looking forward to that. We are going to the game on November 15th vs the Detroit Lions. We picked that one because the Vikings should be able to beat them and if I am going to pay all of that money to see them play I would like to see them win at least.

We have had a tease of winter here in Minnesota all ready, we have seen snow on the ground twice. The snow didn't stick around for very long but it was nice to see. I am hoping for lots of snow this winter. I really want to ski in some good conditions. Big Sky is only 122 days away...

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Updated Life Adventure List

1. Heli-ski
2. Learn how to Surf ---- DONE
3. Drink a Guinness in Dublin
4. Ski Liberty Bowl,Big Sky Montana ---- DONE
5. Ski Wardance,Big Sky Montana ---- DONE
6. Backpack in Glacier National Park
7. Canoe trip in the BWCA ---- DONE
8. Hike the Inca trail to Macchu Picchu Peru
9. Camp on the beach in Maine
10. See the Sistine Chapel, Rome
11. Eurorail Trip
12. Ski Marx Bowl, Big Sky Montana
13. Bordeaux tasting trip in Bordeaux France
14. Ski Castro Bowl, Big Sky Montana
15. Go to The Burning Man Festival
16. Camp in Yosemite National Park
17. Climb the stairs at Half Dome at Yosemite National Park
18. Paint at Devils Tower
19. Road trip to Memphis to see Graceland
20. Road trip to Louisville to the Baseball bat factory
21. Take the Amtrak to Seattle
22. Camp in Alaska
23. Ski Big Couloir, Big Sky Montana
24. Hot Spring Bath in Iceland
25. Trek in Greenland
26. Antarctic Cruise
27. Ski in the Southern Hemisphere
28. Scuba dive the Great Barrier Reef
29. Have Tea in Nepal
30. Trek to the Everest Base Camp
31. Camp at Zion National Park
32. Go look for Area 51
33. Take a road trip with no plans
34. Climb Bear Butte in South Dakota
35. Camp beneath The Grand Teton
36. Ski Jackson Hole
37. Have Lobster in Maine
38. Go Bone Fishing in the Caribbean
39. Catch a Green Cutthroat Trout in Colorado ---- DONE
40. Mountain bike at Whistler Bike Park
41. Road bike tour of Napa Valley wine country
42. Ski the North snow field, Moonlight Basin Montana
43. Camp at the bottom of the Grand Canyon
44. Boogie Board in Hawaii ---- DONE
45. See an active Volcano
46. Go storm chasing for tornados
47. See the Last Supper painting
48. See the Leaning Tower of Piza
49. Ski Rendezvous Bowl, Jackson Hole
50. Backcountry Ski in Jackson Hole
51. Winter Camp
52. Take an Avalanche Safety course
53. Live out of my car for a week on a vacation.
54. Sleep under the stars with no tent.
55. Go bouldering in Joshua Tree
56. Eat at Cliff Bar above 11,000 feet ---- DONE
57. Stand at the gate of Auschwitz, Poland
58. Camp at Arches National Park Utah
59. Circle tour of Lake Superior
60. Go Bass fishing in Florida'
61. Ride a century
62. See the Giant Redwoods in Sequoia Park
63. Walk on the Great Wall of China
64. Play Golf at Pebble Beach
65. Visit in Banff
66. Watch Soccer live in England
67. See the Normandy Beaches, France
68. Ride Slickrock Trail, Moab Utah

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

BWCA re-cap...

So everything went really well for the first 12 hours or so of our BWCA trip. We got our canoe at about 9am and got loaded and were on the water at 930am. We headed due north up Sawbill Lake. The goal was to make it to Cherokee Lake about 10 miles away. We made it to our first portage and that was fine, in fact we made it to Cherokee found a nice campsite and got everything set up with no problems. Our tent site was awesome, up on a rock out cropping 3/4 surrounded by trees. We went back out in the canoe and got water for drinking and cooking and headed back in. We were tired and were hungry so we decided to have an early dinner. I fired up the stove and got some dinner cooked. Melissa and I sat down by the lake and enjoyed our dinner and enjoyed each others company. We then gathered wood for a campfire. We finally got a small fire going, we had a tough time finding dry wood but finally gathered enough to get something going. The fire turned out to be great. All of this time we noticed that the wind was picking up little by little. By the time we called it a night and hit the tent which was around 8pm the wind was blowing hard. I would guess 30mph for sure. We sat in the tent and played cards and talked and listened to the wind. The next day when we woke, it was blowing even harder, raining, there were white caps on the lake and it was cold... Ugh. We decided to just lay around and see what happened and hoped it would clear. Nope 5 hours later, same thing, 10 hours later same thing, 15 hours later same thing. At some point in the morning I ran over and got our food bag out of the tree because it looked like it was going to be a long day in the tent and we had to eat. And at that point I did not care about bears or anything, it couldn't get much worse. We ended up sitting in our Mountain Hardware tent for a total of 37 hours. It was horrid. I became an expert at cooking in the vestibule of the tent which was good. The weather was so bad and the wind was blowing so hard that I was actually a little nervous about the tent a couple times. I restaked it, early in the morning on day 2 to tighten everything up which helped a lot. After that she weathered the wind perfectly. That was a rock star tent. Melissa was a great sport through the whole day and in fact the whole trip. We sat around, played cards, read, talked and joked about being trapped. Finally Friday night I looked at her and said, "if the weather breaks at all tomorrow we are outta here." Well Saturday morning we got up, it was gray, drizzling and a little less windy. The bonus was the wind changed direction and was now blowing out of the north and we had to travel south, so the wind would be at our back if we left. I looked at her and said, "what do you want to do." She looked at the sky and said, "lets get outta here while we can." I laughed and like a well oiled machine we packed up camp perfectly and systematically. Got everything into our packs and loaded the canoe and shoved off. We had the wind to our backs and the paddles were flying. We paddled the first mile in about 20 minutes, knocked off 3 portages another 4 miles of paddling in 2 hours, did an 80 rod portage in 5 minutes and made it back to the landing were we left Thursday morning 4 hours and 15 minutes later. We checked our canoe back in, spoke with the girl about our weather trouble, and slammed two Isle of Pines Root Beers. We found out that most of the area was with out power due to the storm. Melissa and I were bummed. It was our first trip in the BWCA and the weather sucked. We couldn't do anything. The lake we were on had tons of islands that we wanted to check out, but couldn't because of the dangerous winds and the waves. So the trip just turned out to be a dud... We did decide to spend our final night in Duluth. So we stopped at our favorite place to eat on the way back to Duluth, we had a great lunch and more laughs. We got a nice hotel room in Canal Park, had nice hot showers, and went out and about down by the little shops that we like to look in. We had a great dinner, a good night sleep and got up Sunday and headed home. The weekend turned out to be great. The camping part was what it was and it was a bummer that the weather couldn't help us out but all in all it was fun. We are going to try again next year, same time, same place. We are going to go a different direction but it should be interesting to say the least...

Monday, October 5, 2009

Holy Shit is all I have to say... 36 hours tent bound in the BWCA. I am friggin' ready to wait out a storm on K2... I really didn't think I could sit in the same place for a day and a half. Nope I can. When I can sort out our weekend in the boundary waters, I will post more. Right now I am trying to put all of the pieces in place.

God, winter can't get here fast enough.