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My friends and I took our kids to Dads Camp this weekend. It was five dads and a huge crowd of our kids and their friends, for two days and nights of hiking, hot springs, campfire food, s’mores, talking into the night, and sleeping under the stars. Cliffside pool on Rio de las Vacas in […]

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This may be of interest to those who are already physicians, because the process may have changed quite a bit, just in this century. I would like to describe what I’ve found so far. Please keep in mind that this is about applying to medical school. Getting into medical school may be an entirely different […]

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My first camping trip was to Yosemite National Park in the summer of 1999. My brothers and sisters had camped there several times and I was anxious to hike Half Dome, so I let them talk me into it. On the very first day, some of our beer was confiscated; an omen I should have […]

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Boundary Waters Canoeing

 

After our two daughters were old enough (eight and five), I approached my wife about going to the Oshkosh Fly-in (now called AirVenture) in 1992. Living in the Kansas City area, we planned to stop at her parent’s house in northern Illinois for a night and drive to Wisconsin the next day. Since the minimum camping charge was for three nights, we planned to be at the airshow for two full days. I remembered being in the Boundary Waters near Ely, MN, in 1975 and 1976, so I asked if we should try wilderness canoeing.

“Sure,” she said, “I was there in 1969 and 1970, and I carried a canoe.” After being married for over 13 years, I was flabbergasted that I didn’t know this. We had camped a few times (before and after having kids) and decided on a three-day canoeing trip. After calling a few Ely outfitters, we chose the one I used in 1976. Our total bill was about $420, which included an 18-foot canoe, paddles, tent, food, sleeping bags, and three Duluth packs (kitchen/food, clothing, sleeping) to carry everything.

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The orange Volkswagen van didn’t come with air-conditioning, which we could have used in humid Thailand. But I was too young to recognize that. It was a basic model, with bone-colored window cranks and door handles, and vinyl bench seats in the back that faced each other. We rumbled down roads of red dust when […]

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We departed Rapid City on Saturday morning, heading due south on the Heartland Expressway, a road running between the Black Hills and the Badlands. We planned this as a brief travel day, just a 4 or 5 hour push to get to the middle of Nebraska along US 20 for one last easy camp. My […]

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This year’s trailer adventure – our first long haul in 2 years – had a definite theme planned in advance:  we were going to follow the trail of Laura Ingles Wilder, the author of the Little House series of autobiographical novels of a pioneer family in 1870s and 80s.  My wife and daughters all loved […]

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I kipped off of work early so that I would be ready the moment my wife returned home with the kids at the end of the school day.  The water tank was full, the fridge was stocked, smores supplies laid by, the beds were made, and I hitched up our trailer for the journey.  The […]

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It was 1989 and we’d taken the family motorhome on a trip up to Canada.  My parents had always wanted to drive through Quebec, but I think my mother misunderstood my father about the phrase “drive through Quebec.”  The last 2 years of work had been especially rough, and other family trips had been cancelled […]

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“Did you put the milk back? Because I didn’t…” said I as we bounced and swerved along route 9 in Vermont, somewhere between Wilmington and Brattleboro. At the next small town we lurched with our trailer into a Sunoco, nearly clipping a bollard post and thoroughly blocking most of the gas pumps. For the sake […]

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