Entries by Dakota

Fun at the High Cascades 100 (Video)

The dust has settled and the High Cascades 100 race is fading into the rear view mirror. Don’t worry, 100 miles and 9+ hours of pedaling didn’t beat the love of mountain biking out of me – I’ve already ridden again! I’ve got a blog post brewing with details of the race (spoiler: it was […]

A 100 Mile Challenge in the High Cascades

  At 5:30 tomorrow morning, I’ll pedal off on my mountain bike (along with 350 other lunatics) to race 100 miles. The event, High Cascades 100, traverses some of the best trails around Bend and climbs about 10,000 feet in the process. It’s the culmination of months of hard training. I’ve put in the time […]

Spring Shenanigans in Bend

Whoa, how did two months pass since I last posted? Whoops… For all you new subscribers, howdy! Don’t worry, there’s not usually this much radio silence. Not that I’ve laid around in traction or anything! Far from it. It’s merely that Bend is the ultimate distraction. Turns out that 1) the city and surrounding area are […]

Marching Around Bend – Photo Essay

Hey, did you hear about the Women’s March on Washington!? Oh, right – unless your news is delivered via the Pony Express, you did. Most people in Bend live here for the amazing outdoor access, not for political events. Yet 5,000 people skipped a powder day of skiing on Mt. Bachelor to march through downtown […]

Goals Are So Last Year. This Works Better.

A bit quiet on the blog recently! We spent December digging into snow sports in Bend and hanging with family for the holidays. In other news, a podcast interview we did called “Creating a Life of Adventure” was the #1 show for 2016 on The Startup Sessions. If you’re new to Traipsing About, it’s a great way to […]

Mud, Sweat, and (Cyclo)Cross-Dressing in the Rain

Cyclocross: Take high-octane bike racing, then shake things up with terrible weather and tough terrain. My friend Paul calls cross, “The hardest hour in cycling.” Started in Northern France 100 years ago and featuring a deep history, cross is a lap race in the sharp teeth of incoming winter. REAL cyclocross happens in pouring rain, sleet, […]

An Experiment in Decreasing Social Media Distractions

Noise has tugged at my concentration lately. Not voices in my head (I’m used to those), but comments, likes, and a gravitational pull from my phone. I’ve felt myself twitching to check in, to scan through social media. My phone feels like a distraction scalpel, slicing away my ability to focus. This has happened before, […]

An Alpine Adventure in the Canadian Rockies

The text message read, “You interested in an alpine adventure?” Having no idea what that meant, I (of course) said yes. My guide was Jake, a local from Canmore I met through Instagram who offered to show me around. Our destination was Black Rock Mountain, a peak in the Canadian Rockies near Canmore, Alberta. Jake’s truck […]

Eye-Popping Awesomeness in Glacier National Park

Our NW Montana/Canada road trip continues! Currently, we’re up in Canada enjoying most-excellent MTB trails near Canmore. Jasper and the Icefield Parkway beckon to the north as September steams ahead. *** The end of the NW Montana plains is a splendid sight as craggy peaks of green and white spike toward the moon. It’s the front range […]

A Montana Bachelor Party Float Trip

  Hey y’all! After a week chilling out in Idaho after Iceland, we’re on the road in the Sprinter. This time, it’s for a van road trip I’ve wanted to do forever. After some fun in NW Montana, we’re exploring western Canada for a month of pedaling and hiking. On the list are Waterton, Fernie, Banff, Jasper, […]

Moonscape Trekking in the Icelandic Highlands

In 2010, Iceland’s impossible-to-pronounce Eyjafjallajökull volcano erupted. The resulting plume of ash shut down air traffic in Europe, and all eyes were suddenly on Iceland. “Hey, what IS that place?” asked people around the world. “I thought Iceland was just a big, boring glacier?” Nope! Turns out Iceland is green (and Greenland icy) and features spectacular scenery. […]

How to Travel Iceland in a Camper Van

There are many ways to explore Iceland. You can rent a car, bicycle tour, hitchhike, or take the public bus. My hands-down vote, however, is to travel Iceland in a camper van. As part of a month-long trip in summer 2016, we spent 2.5 weeks exploring the perimeter of the island via van. We followed a […]

Smitten with Iceland

Interested in visiting Iceland? Check out my guide for traveling here in a camper van! ** It would be wrong if I didn’t immediately say WOW, Iceland is beautiful! The varied terrain, stunning waterfalls, glaciers, and sweeping vistas are stomping my expectations. If there was a I Heart Iceland shirt, I’d wear it. A week […]

My Favorite New Things

With van upgrades complete, I finally made a video tour of the gear garage. If you’re interested, check it out! *** I left home for college driving a small red car containing everything I owned. That list included my favorite fan (with remote control), which I jammed in the trunk next to the subwoofer. Different priorities at […]

Van Upgrade Season Concludes and a Summer Trip Launches

We’re on the road! After a stint at home in Oregon, we’ve headed out for the summer with a fresh set of tenants renting our house. Four weeks in Iceland awaits, followed by outdoor adventures in the Canadian Rockies through the fall. Before I come at y’all in waterfall photos from the Arctic Circle, let’s wrap […]