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Top 15 Road Trip Knowledge

After a month long road trip with a girl friend of mine, here is what I learned:

  1. Don’t ever ask a question you don’t want to hear the answer to.
  2. If you forgot rule number 1, don’t give a look to the answer you didn’t want to hear.
  3. If you are in the mountains and you find yourself behind a slow car and you look and see the plate is a Florida plate, you are screwed.

    This is probably due to a Floridian!
    This is probably due to a Floridian!
  4. They make pullouts for a reason, use them!
  5. Even in July, don’t think you won’t get cold. Pack some warm clothes. Even throw in a beanie.
  6. Speaking of cold, Washington boating can be freezing! Pack your drysuit. You will be happy when you go for a swim!
  7. While kayaking, getting out to film might be a pain in the butt, but well worth it when you return home.
  8. Don’t be shy. Start talking to random strangers. Their story might surprise you. Then again, you might have to refer to rule #1 or 2.
  9. Because you talk to strangers, you make new friends. Friends let you crash at their place, save your parking spot and go kayaking with you.

    Go somewhere else because you are not getting these parking spots!
    Go somewhere else because you are not getting these parking spots!
  10. Take time off from the sport you are doing. You aren’t 16 anymore. It takes more time to recover.
  11. Small town cops suck. When it say 30 mph, go 28. Kayaks and out to town plates, dead give-awaySpeed Trap!
  12. You learn so much about yourself by being crammed in a car for 100+ hours with another person, interacting with all sorts of new people and learning to sometimes just shut your mouth!
  13. Load your music on your phone using wifi not using your data plan. Big mistake.
  14. People really do say MERICA
    Fireworks in McCall Idaho
  15. To make your mom happy, when you go to yellowstone, always carry your bear spear. It probably isn’t a bad idea regardless if you want to please your mom or not.


I started kayaking in Wisconsin of all places, because this is where I am from. I then moved to San Diego and took on kayak surfing along with heading to the Kern River when water was available. I then made the move to Asheville, NC and have been hooked on this sport since my Wisconsin days. With whatever it is that you do, do it because you love it, not because society tells you should or for other outside factors. Don't simply exist, live!