I’ve spent a good bit of time in wild places this year, mostly with 7th, 8th, and 9th graders. Overall, I find this an amazing age, but prime for discomfort about their periods when beyond the world of indoor plumbing and regular trash service. I had forgotten the particular creeping horrific shame of wanting to …

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It was around the time that I got my very own snowboard that I stopped snowboarding. Snowboarding gave me wings, the freedom to fly down a mountain and take risks I would have never attempted on skis. I took to snowboarding faster than any other attempted hobbies, and got good enough in only a few …

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This is a love story. Clack, clack, clackety clack, clack, pew, pop, POP, pop, pew PEW! Sounds that concerned almost everyone I rode with and cued laughter from the rest. Royal Enfield, making pop-corn since 1901. Apparently a totally normal orchestra of music for a well broken in Enfield to make — a unique sound …

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“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me,” Sara said while we walked. The sun beat on us, taking my sweat and making me red. I told her that the only Bible verse …

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As we are getting close to Valentine’s Day, my thoughts are naturally turning to romance — that includes the thrill of adventure and the feeling of sharing those experiences with someone special. I believe there are parallels between adventure and romantic pursuits; in fact, many women have met their life partners while engaged in adventurous …

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It had been snowing all day and now it was dark, the air thick with falling flakes. The world was muffled and soft in the way it only is when it snows, and after dinner my dad started getting our coats and snow pants and boots on. We were little and an adventure outside in …

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I woke up to my border collie stretched out on top of me. Her paws batted my shoulders and her deep brown eyes stared impatiently. The trails sat in the early morning light waiting for us. There was no time to waste. As I stumbled out of the house, tying my sneakers, Jett could barely …

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Dear America, The day finally came. It was a day I had been anticipating for so long. Pedaling through your towns and cities, over your mountains and prairies, through wind and rain and under the sun, had been my life. For two and a half months, it was you, me, and my bike. I decided to …

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