Author: Rob Portinga


lessons learned: put it behind you

There will be obstacles along the way, or the path we need to take may not be very obvious. Things will get difficult at times, but you need to be careful about letting them...


lessons learned: never forget

Never forget where you came from. It should continue to guide you as you move forward. In the case of hiking, I use an app called RunKeeper to track activities. I do not use...

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lessons learned: push your limits

If you don’t change, you won’t change. Change is uncomfortable, so get uncomfortable. That’s how you leave your mark. -unknown There are many variations of this quote, but they’re all essentially the same. There...


lessons learned: keep trying

You don’t always reach your goal the first time. So just try again. When hiking, this can happen all the time. I was snowshoeing near Mt. Rainier with a friend, and as we got...


carrot pudding. yes, carrot pudding.

Yea, I know it sounds weird, but it’s not. It’s tasty. Trust me. The camera does not do this justice. This recipe is originally from the 1777 printing of Cookery and Pastry as taught...


best. dog. ever.

Growing up we had a Dalmatian by the name of Rebel. A liver-spotted, pure-bred with one blue eye and one brown eye. It’s cliché of course, but he was the best. dog. ever. Growing...