Monthly Archives: January 2013

200 things

Yesterday sucked.  It felt like one of those days where you are crushed under the weight of the world.  A friend asked me if I was focusing on my blessings.  NO.  Otherwise I wouldn’t be so crushed.

This morning I decided I would write 200 things that I am thankful for, broken down by People, Experiences and Things, in that order.  I wanted things to be last since they hold the least importance.  I wanted 200 entries, but forced myself to think of 200 experiences throughout my life.  I realized I have done some pretty cool things in my life, like touring the USS Enterprise and USS Kitty Hawk aircraft carriers, cliff jumping, skating behind a truck, river boarding, doing a set of 250 push up (which I can’t do right now), three century bike rides, hiking 50 miles in under 20 hours, earning my black belt in Bushi Ban Karate, and other things.  I’ve done a lot of things most people haven’t.  I have cool people around me, and I own some cool knives and gear.  I spent over five hours working on that entry, because I wanted to use it the next time I start to feel like I did yesterday.

It was a good exercise to see what I have accomplished and what is around me.

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Winter hike

I took my dog on an early morning winter hike today. I think it was about 9* F, so I wore a lot of layers. Too many layers. I hiked up the Flintstone bike trail, then south along the ridge.  I took these pictures from just below the ridge.  Then I ran down the hill and home on the trail to the explosives plant, running about two miles.  I haven’t been running for a long time, because biking is better, but I did it in hiking boots and my Camelbak Transalp.  It was a nice to be outside, even in the cold.photo (36)

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States I only have one reason to ever visit

Wisconsin- Harley-Davidson museum
South Dakota- Mt. Rushmore
California- extended family
Illinois- LDS Church history

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States I don’t ever want to visit

Minnesota
Iowa
Arkansas
Kansas
Oklahoma
Mississippi
Alabama
Michigan
Ohio
Indiana
Maine
Vermont
New Hampshire
Rhode Island
Connecticut
New Jersey
Delaware
Louisiana

Been there, but don’t want to return:
North Dakota
Nebraska
Missouri

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