This is part II of our road trip story. Part I can be found here and the latter parts will be linked here once they exist. Enjoy! Leaving the Badlands was an easy decision, since we were anxious to keep moving closer to the mountains to the west. But before the mountains came the hills. … More Western Omelette Part II: The Black Hills
This is the one, the big shebang, the trip we have been hinting at for months (because I’m sure you were keeping track). We would’ve done more than hint, but we ourselves only had a hint of what was going on, and, much like mice and other men, our plans aft gang aglee despite hours … More Western Omelette Part 1: The Badlands
Red River Gorge is often referred to simply as “The Red”. This is the nickname climbers gave it, which is pretty cool…but in writing, I prefer to shorten it to RRG. So in speech, you may hear me say “The Red” or “Red River Gorge” but for this post, I will be using RRG. Although … More Red River Gorge, The Red, RRG…
After my last trip to the Madison REI for their Garage Sale, I was pumped to find that there was a national REI Garage Sale happening on March 12th. Multiple people decided they didn’t want to come with me at 5:30am (and Andy was busy coaching water polo), but that only hardened my resolve. I … More What to Expect at an REI Garage Sale
The REI garage sale is a popular way to gear up on the cheap. But what exactly happens at these sales? … More Navigating Your First REI Garage Sale
Oh, National Parks You are really pretty neat Just keep doing you Ok, so I don’t know what an ode is. What I do know is that if I knew what an Ode was, I’d want to write one to national parks. What else are you supposed to give someone for their 100th birthday? Fortunately, … More An Ode to National Parks
“Nordic Walking” is exactly what you think it is….it’s when you walk around an Ikea! I hope that joke makes sense…if not, click these Wikipedia links then laugh: Nordic, Walking, Ikea. But more seriously, “Nordic Walking” has nothing to do with Ikea…it just refers to walking with hiking sticks. Incidentally, modern day hiking sticks are small, light, metal sticks that extend and … More What is “Nordic Walking”?
When the Shenaniconglomerate sets its eyes on a four day weekend, it dreams big. This New Year’s Eve/New Year’s Day landed conveniently on a Thursday/Friday, allowing a perfect amount of time for a nice cruisey backpacking trip. The question was, where to? I pulled up google maps, zoomed out of my location enough to see … More Black Mountains Backpacking
I bet you don’t know about Flashlight Day. It’s a real thing. And it’s today. It makes sense though; today is the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year. What better time to celebrate the life-saving powers of bulb-in-a-tube’s. If you don’t own a flashlight, this post will help you understand the importance they … More National Flashlight Day!
Back in 2003, the U.N. declared December 11th International Mountain Day! Here at the Shenaniconglomerate, we love mountains more than the water we swim in and the air we walk through. In honor of this holiday which we just found out about today, here are our top 9 international mountains wecame up with off the … More International Mountain Day!