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The Last Great Race

Written by Payton Lee in Culture

For most of us spring fever has hit, and the weather is beginning to warm up. However, for those in Alaska, March is not known for the changing of seasons. March is known for something much more important, the Iditarod.

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Explore the World, One Adventure at a Time

Written by Hank Martin in Culture

If the road you take is just as important as the end then check out our Adventure section. We’ve spent years doing “research,” and have put together a list of experiences that will rock your world.

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Reconnecting with Summer

Written by Hank Martin in N. America

The snow no longer crunches underfoot like dried leaves in fall. Beams of sunlight coming through the tree canopy have turned the once frozen crystals to mush. This time of year the sound my boots make on the snow is more of a muted crackle, like the sound of dipping my hand into a jar of marbles and whirling them around.

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Freezing Midwest Thaw

Written by Payton Lee in N. America

Travel doesn’t always mean you have to fly or drive thousands of miles away to have an adventure or discover the extraordinary. Many times “the extraordinary” is in the simplicity of activities we do right in our backyards.

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Archn’t you glad you stopped at Arches

Written by Hank Martin in N. America

The arch as an architectural feature gained popularity during the Roman Empire. Evidence of their fascination and love of the arch can still be experienced in Rome, Italy today by walking through the maze of cobblestone streets lining the SDC12451centroof Roma.

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Dirtbag Ethics and Professionals

Written by Hank Martin in Personal Development

Did you know that EVERYONE is a dirtbag? Many dirtbags follow principles and a code of ethics that define their lifestyle. Many of the qualities defining dirtbags are the same ones you need in order to be successful in other jobs. What is a Dirtbag? The dirtbag lifestyle isn’t just an adventure outdoor philosophy, nor does it apply to just rock climbers. Many of the things conscientious dirtbags live by in their adventure lives can help you make good decisions in all parts of life. By using a dirtbag outlook those looking to live an authentic, full life can decide what jobs to take, where to live, what relationships to have, and even what their passions …

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Catching Carmen Sandiego: Part 2- Razor Sharp Reasoning

Written by Hank Martin in Personal Development

The wise are instructed by reason, average minds by experience, the stupid by necessity and the brute by instinct.CiceroSharpening Your Smarts This is part 2 of a multi-part series on developing detective skills, like deduction, observation and reasoning, that can enhance your life and travel experiences. In part 1 we discussed the benefits of observation and how you can hone your observation ability with a bunch of awesome games. If you don't know who Carmen Sandiego is, just want to get caught up, or if you have a tendency to miss out on things that are happening right before your very eyes because you can't stay focused then part 1 is definitely worth checking out. ...
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Why do you Travel?

Written by Hank Martin in Personal Development

This post is sponsored by our outdoor friends and experts Roads, Rivers and Trails. I do not mind mornings, but I hate early mornings. Without exception, over the past five years, the only two reasons that I wake up before the sun are to go fishing or to watch the sunrise. I've seen the sun rise in many places and each time it's different and unique. It's like seeing a friend again after many years, you can still recognize the face and personality but it has changed slightly. "Whoever created the world went to a lot of trouble, and it would be downright rude not to see as much of it as possible."Edward Readicker-Henderson The one place, however; I never ...
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Catching Carmen Sandiego: Part 1- Observation

Written by Hank Martin in Personal Development

Observing like a Sleuth If you are a product of the 90's educational system there are two games that were influential in your education: Oregon Trail and Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? In Oregon Trail you blaze a path out West, fording rivers, hoping your oxen don't die from exhaustion, and praying that your children don't contract cholera, diphtheria or some other ailment that kills them off. But the biggest obstacle was always the teacher limiting your time on this game that didn't hold much educational value. If I made it to the end I always died trying to float the last river. In Carmen Sandiego you chased a detective, turned criminal all over ...
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Photo Story of Barranquilla

Written by Payton Lee in S. America

Admit it, some of you just don’t like to read, or at the very most you skim the articles for highlights. It’s ok because here is your kind of story. One soley made up of pictures. Enjoy, and feel free to indulge your imagination!

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Headlines of First Impressions in Colombia

Written by Payton Lee in S. America

After a long day of traveling 2,000 miles we finally landed in a place called Barranquilla, Colombia at midnight central time. (Same time zone as home) From a landing strip called the aeropuerto we hailed a taxi and began our journey of Colombia.

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Tag Along to South America 2

Written by Payton Lee in S. America

The Breaking Trail team is planning an adventure to South America.(trip took place in 2014) Since we love sharing our travel experiences, and don’t want our readers to miss out, we will be giving you all the details every step of the way.  Not only will you get to learn about Latin American culture with us, you will get an inside look at how we plan our trips, including the Seven P’s for an Epic Trip which is our outline for preparation. Tag along, join us, and help us break some trails in this South American adventure.    (Part 1: Prior continued) What do we NEED to know? After some research, and recent contact with …

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Tag Along to South America!

Written by Payton Lee in S. America

The Breaking Trail team is planning an adventure to South America. Since we love sharing our travel experiences, and don’t want our readers to miss out, we will be giving you all the details every step of the way.

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We Have a Winner, not a Nose Picker!

Written by Payton Lee in The Backpack

This spectacular photo was taken by Toye at Portage Bay, New Zealand. Toye is a Breaking Trail member who travels the world, and is always finding new adventures.  Thank You Toye for such a great shot!

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Cousteau Sea Explorer; Historical Person of Interest

Written by Payton Lee in The Backpack

Explorer of the underwater world. Brought new light to the depths of the ocean through his invention of SCUBA, filming his explorations, and educating society on marine conservation.

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Easter Blessings!

Written by Payton Lee in The Backpack

Today is a season of praise and rebirth. It is a time to look around and watch the growth of spring flowers and the budding of our trees. Praise God for giving us such beauty as a symbol of his love on this earth!

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What’s in Your Book?

Written by Hank Martin in The Backpack

Stretched out on the red sand I watch small waves crash into the shore. Whoooooo puuuusssshhhhh. Poseidon sends row after row of the rippling Aegean Sea out to meet the wet sand.

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Spring has Sprung; Photo of the Week

Written by Payton Lee in The Backpack

Spring has officially been in swing for nearly two weeks, and this means that most of us have summer plans on the brain. This may include outdoor activities, gardening, or taking a vacation. These pictures were taken in Baden-Baden, Germany on a beautiful afternoon. The lush gardens enticed me to walk through the park and photograph a few of my favorite flowers. What are your plans for the summer? What bright colorful adventures will you be looking for? Stayed tuned in to Breaking Trail and we will bring you some of life’s brightest places and most enticing adventures.

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Savvy Travel Tips that Eliminate Stress

Written by Hank Martin in Travel Tips

Those new to traveling often overlook some useful tips that can help make travel a breeze. In the excitement of the moment non-savvy travelers often fail to do things that savvy travelers do. Below is a list of things that savvy travelers do. I’ve compiled this list as a way to help you learn how to travel savvy even if it is your first time on an airplane or traveling to a different country. Packing Pack light and buy anything else you need when there. Bring items with multiple uses. (ex. Put your first aid kit in a nalgene. Bring a buff or bandana.) Bring basic medication like Tylenol, antacid tablets, nausea medication, etc Pack …

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Using Systems Thinking for Better Travel

Written by Hank Martin in Travel Tips

Travel is a frustrating endeavor, at times. The things that frustrate us the most also waste our time. After all, you just spent thousands of dollars, not to mention precious vacation time to visit this specific part of the world and now you have to deal with tourist traps, scams, transportation and other things that detract from your experience

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The Traveler’s Version of Avoiding Low Hanging Fruit

Written by Hank Martin in Travel Tips

I like to think I’m not dumb, but there have been occasions where this premise has been tested. I’ll be traveling somewhere and end up eating at an Italian restaurant in a piazza where the food tastes like frozen, cardboard freezer food. Or I’ll visit the Mona Lisa and find that it really wasn’t worth my time to see, but discover that having dinner inside the Eiffel Tower was worth ten trips to see Mona. Experiences like these I like to call the hanging fruit of travel. The Theory of Low Hanging Fruit Imagine for a second a cherry tree covered in ripe, fresh cherries. If you wanted to pice and try one of these …

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A Guide to Body Language

Written by Hank Martin in Travel Tips

Did you know that there are 6,500 spoken languages in the world today? But, despite this barrier of communication we still manage to work with, understand and help eachother. You can always tell a person’s true intentions by their body language. It can help you out of sketchy situations and make you more adept at understanding people. Finally, language barriers never need to be a problem again. We say more with our bodies than we do with our words.

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Avoid Death, Get Avy Smart!

Written by Payton Lee in Travel Tips

Headlines: Alpine tragedy: 2 US ski team prospects killed in avalanche   Dave Rosenbarger Dies in Avalanche   It’s real, and it’s scary. Going on an epic ski trip should not include these headlines. The first two men were in the Austrian Alps when they triggered a massive slide that ended their lives. The second guy, Dave, was in Italy skiing with three buddies who helped dig him out. But his injuries were severe and he died at the hospital. Find the full story of US ski team boys here Find the full story of Dave here Avalanches are a powerful thing. They are unpredictable, unstable, and underestimated. On average there are 38.875 deaths in …

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Hydras, Hercules, and Poison

Written by Hank Martin in W. Europe

Several miles south of Argos, Greece lies an ancient little city with a big mythology. In ancient days, when Zeus’s son Hercules, walked the Earth the city of Lerna became a battleground of epic proportions. In Lerna there is a lake fed from the Lernaen Spring, a gift left by Poseidon when he slept with Amymore, daughter of Danaus. The lake of Lerna was so deep that reaching the bottom is impossible. But, reaching the bottom would bring untold reward. At the bottom of the lake was the entrance to the underworld, and guarding this entrance was a 9 headed hyrda, the Learnaean Hydra. The Myth of Hercules: Lernaean Hydra Created by the offspring of …

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Electric Offspring: Part 2

Written by Hank Martin in W. Europe

This is part 2 of a 2 part series on the eccentric and amazing Nikola Tesla. For the back story check out part 1. Imagine a world without every piece of technology that you use every day. Smartphones, t.v. remote controls, radios, x-ray machines, lasers, and even cars. Today we even have an innovative and ground breaking car company named after him. Hell, why don’t we just throw it out there…imagine we lived still in a preindustrial age- a world without electricity. Experimental Education: Education comes in all forms. And after Tesla left his formal education he never stopped learning. From his travels throughout Europe that awakened his imagination and creativity to his travels to …

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Electric Offspring: Part 1

Written by Hank Martin in W. Europe

This is part 1 of a 2 part series on Nikola Tesla.  Nikola Tesla Imagine a world without every piece of technology that you use every day. Smartphones, t.v. remote controls, radios, x-ray machines, lasers, and even cars. Today we even have an innovative and ground breaking car company named after him. Hell, why don’t we just throw it out there…imagine we lived still in a preindustrial age- a world without electricity. Can you believe that all of the electric offspring mentioned above, and many more, were the children of one remarkable man? And what if I told you that this man died penniless, poor beyond all belief, ostracized and forgotten even though he pioneered …

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Watches and BOMBS! Pforzheim, Germany

Written by Hank Martin in W. Europe

Pforzheim was once a gem, literally, as it had renown the world over for its jewelry and watches. I’ve always had a fascination with watches. The movement of the gears, the quiet tic toc of the hands, the precision of the pieces…all of it marks a sophisticated creator

At the Top, Zugspitze

Written by Payton Lee in W. Europe

2,700 Metres, In the Heavens, Top of Germany, Glacier Skiing, Zugspitze Germany        

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