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Memoirs of Wild Days: "Bogged Down in County Lyric" & Related

2015-10-07 I have a thing for memoirs. But it's not because I think I missed out on all the fun myself. I'm not sure what it is. I like memoirs of wild times but also stories of careful efforts and campaigns…

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Team OYB's Hollywood & Radio Adventures

2015-05-25 Here's a little update about the cultural adventures we've had around here lately. It's been a bit of a whirlwind. On a wide range of fronts. Where to start? A couple years ago a food reporter heard about my roadkill tendencies at a Chicago cocktail party…

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"Easy, Cowboy": The Big Uncle Tim California Adventure

2014-07-27 "Easy, Cowboy": The Big Uncle Tim California Adventure Whenever I've done something with Uncle Tim it has been an adventure. Helping to resolve his estate after he died wasn't any less so…

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Team OYB: Uncle Tim's & Seneca

2013-11-10 [This is Report #4 of 10 from our Family Roadtrip of 2009. I've bumped it because it's mostly about Seneca, which is in the news these days due to my Craigslist ad offering it for sale.] So we blazed away the miles in our little red Cutlass from Elko, Nevada, to Susanville, CA, where my uncle Tim lives in a sort of timelessness…

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Free Camping! --Dispersed Camping in Michigan

2013-09-23 Hopefully most other states have Dispersed Camping as well. I'm pretty sure that it's legal on all Federal Forest land. If you're tired of paying RV-like rates to pitch your tent just head to state or federal lands that are more than a mile away from an established campground and camp as you please for free for up to two weeks…

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OYB Outdoor Center for Backyard Olympics...

2013-06-27 I tell you what! I've been thinking that Michigan, especially SE MI, needs a full featured Outdoor Center. Like Nantahala and other famous such places. I see they say that the Mill Lake CCCC Center in Waterloo will take $400k to restore and get back in action…

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Insta-Trail: Hiking does the Trick

2013-05-06 I've been getting into trail design in recent years. It's a lotta work. But it occurs to me that hiking doesn't require a clear path. It's easy to *step over* stuff. It's the rolley and slidey stuff that makes me sweat over my chainsaw…

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Quietwater Symposium: Video of 2013

2013-04-10 Drew Mason created this nice video showing the diverse flavors of Michigan's only motorless outdoor trade show. (OYB cameo early on! :) )

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New Map of Stinchfield!

2013-01-28 The caretaker of Stinchfield has made a great new map! Still no topography, but it's a nice map. The 5 new big hills Rad and I found are south of the Old Car. In case you don't know, Stinch is U of M property on the biggest hill in SSE MI…

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Fall Outdoor Action: The Best! (with Better to Come!)

2012-09-05 I'm excited about fall training! It's my favorite training time of the year. ...Coz it means getting ready for the biggest fun season of the year! ...SKIING! Here's my plan... Something different for every day, sometimes two-a-day: *rollerski; *trail run; *CATski; *yard weights; *calisthenics; *cyclocross; *dirt road rides; *mtbiking; *canoeing; trail building/maint…

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