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Stop Throwing Your Pennies into Wishing Wells; A Penny Saved is a Trip Paid

Written by Payton Lee in The Backpack

  A picture of a wishing well in New Mexico recently reminded me there are two types of people: those that wish and those that act.  Which are you?  I continued to think on this image and it led me to the following inspiration.                 “Wishing wells are great for those who have a pocket full of pennies.”                 “Wishing wells are not great for those who wish to see the world.”                 “Wishing cannot make you get on a plane.”                 “Wishing cannot make you see …

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Sneak Peak: Issue 13

Written by Hank Martin in The Backpack

Our next issue is smokin! We went through and redesigned our look. It looks awesome, but we might be biased. Issue 13 is packed full of beer stories, relationships and service. Find out more below. Summary: Germany boasts some of the best beer in the world. There are still monastic breweries, with faithful monks who made the craft popular way back in the 10th century. However, the monk’s traditions have reached a new state in America. Today more than 3,000 microbreweries have popped up with specialty craft beer. Much like the monks, these craft brewers try their hand at new recipes in order to please the pallets of patrons. But this issue is not just …

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Plan for the Unplanned

Written by Payton Lee in The Backpack

The flight attendant came over the speaker phone, “Ladies and gentlemen, please don’t strangle me for the bad news I’m about to deliver. The cooling feature in this air tight bubble is taking a vacation for the moment. You will have to breath in your neighbor’s hot air and comfort yourself with our overpriced snack menu while we talk the system down from its tropical mood. The pilot says he could still make the 10 hour journey on time, but the airline company doesn’t want him wasting extra fuel, so it will now be an exhausting 11 hour journey. We will keep you updated if we aren’t too busy gossiping in the back foray about …

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Do you have your BREAD BAG?

Written by Payton Lee in The Backpack

When you think of soldiers it is automatic to think of cameo uniforms, guns, weaponry, and other badass James Bond like gadgets. You probably don’t think about their lunch sacks, though, or even the fact that yes, soldiers have to eat too. During World War II, rations, or nutritional supplies, were in the form of bread, dried meats, and cheese. Bread being the cheapest of the three was the most common and filling for a long day of walking, hence the naming of the bags. Unlike today’s compact MRE’s that come in nice plastic pouches, a soldier’s meal was put into this “bread bag” to store for later. Some would sling them over their shoulder …