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PROJECT: DIY Gorilla Tape Paracord Keychain EDC Stocking Stuffer

As a human being, a man and most importantly a dad one of the most important and frequent requests from the world, and your children is to cut things, and stick things together. Part of my every day carry (edc) for the last 6 years has been a pocket knife and nothing short of a flux […]

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5 Essential Vacuum Insulated Steel Hydration Vessels

Essential Camping Gear: Top 5 Vacuum Insulated Steel Hydration Vessels

Steel is real.There’s nothing more important when you’re camping with the family than keeping your drinks hot or cold. We did a lot of camping this summer, including 8 nights in Bend, Oregon with a 6 month old and several 2 night trips closer to home. It’s important to be able to keep your hot beverages […]

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The Third

Yesterday he asked me if we could wear our space shuttle boots next time we go into space. It was a rainy day. He was pulling on his green and blue striped rubber boots to go outside and play. We live on a flood irrigated ranch property on south Reno so we all have rubber […]

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Dad Haul Video #1: Book Haul

A quick video showing the books I bought this week. These are all great books for dads, though not all of them are kids books. Books Hauled 13 Planets: The Latest View of the Solar System (National Geographic Kids) Vistas of Many Worlds: A Journey Through Space and Time How to Fake a Moon Landing: […]

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How great parents make great athletes

This was a good morning for being a dad up early reading stuff on the internet and watching the sun rise. Also for coffee, but then every morning is great for coffee. When I was a kid I spent a lot of time skiing, hiking, climbing and riding bikes with my dad. This is of […]

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Reading List: The Wonder of Snow

I’ve always loved snow. It’s magical surface to walk through, sculpt, slide across and eat by the handful. My son loves snow too and as it falls and we explore the ranch we live on I see him discover and experience the wonder of snow the way I remember it. It’s wonderful to see. It’s […]

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Parenting Tips

This is an Ignite presentation I did a year ago before I had a dad blog. The presentation is made up of things I tweeted after my son was born. WARNING: THIS IS NOT FOR KIDS. This is for dads and moms who want to learn from my (at that point) 1.5 years of experience […]

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getting hurt, dirty, tired, cold, wet, hungry, scared, happy and stoked

As a parent, nothing can prepare you for the first time you drop your kid. Not even when he shifts in your arms while you’re walking through the store and almost takes a faceplant onto the tile but you reach out with your Spiderman reflexes and snatch him out of harm feeling like a hero […]

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Burgers on Dude Night

I turned my back on him for an instant and he was gone. I didn’t hear a sound. Except the other customers at REI. But I knew where he’d go. It’s not hard to plot a 2 year old’s path through a camping gear store. When he wasn’t in the tent, I found him playing […]

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The Pumpkin Patch

You can’t climb until you’re tired, run until you collapse, cry until you sleep, sit in the rain and refuse to move and make it home alive. Because getting back home safely is part of any adventure, you have to measure your efforts. You have to know yourself and what you can do, and turn […]

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