Backpacking Preparation – Getting and Testing My Gear In Nerd Fashion

I spent the winter months ‘nerding out’ learning about backpacking. I’ve always thought it would be interesting to head out man vs. trail. I’ve never done it, however. For me, part of the fun in most things is in the planning. Ultralight, backcountry, backpacking provides plenty of opportunity for that. Researching, making checklists, taking measurements, …

Breckenridge, Colorado – Summer Fun (Ziplining and Mountain Biking)

We visited Breckenridge, Colorado for a few days back in the Summer of 2018. The boys and the girls ziplined on a stunning course. The boys did some mountain biking. This was the easy kind of biking. It was all downhill without all the annoying sweating and panting involved in pedaling up the mountain. Pops …

Recapping Our First Year RV’ing – Reviewing our RAM 1500, Heartland Mallard, & cameras (+ Upgrades)

We finished up our first year of RV’ing last year. We just cranked up our second season. We learned a lot in our first year as new RV’ers. So far we are happy with all the decisions we made in our equipment choices. Our RAM 1500 Bighorn, Heartland Mallard trailer, and camera equipment have worked …

Hiking Harpeth River State Park

The Harpeth River State Park is pretty unique. It spans multiple locations over many miles. It is mainly for relaxing canoeing and kayaking with 9 put-ins / take-outs along 40 miles of the river. We plan to do that this year. There is also great hiking here. There are 3 places to hike that we …

Bitcoin – Do I Still Want To Own It?

I’ve owned Bitcoin for a while.   If you’d like to read about how I came to initially own Bitcoin that is here: https://deanorolls.com/2019/12/27/bitcoin-btc/ It has become a substantial part of my investment portfolio.  I’ve done a good deal of research on it over the years (substantially more since I began owning it).  I like …

Edwin Warner Park – My 2nd Favorite Park In Nashville, TN

I love the Warner Park system (Edwin and Percy). I have chosen my last two homes based on proximity to these parks. We recently moved to Bellevue and now live closer to Edwin Warner Park. We spend a ton of time in this park hiking and biking. Edwin Warner Park is my 2nd Favorite Park …

Our 1500 Mile 3 Kids Visiting Fall Break

We hit the road on Fall Break to visit 3 of the far-flung little ones. We were going to see Emmaline in Orlando and decided to swing by Knoxville to see Max and Chattanooga to see Molly along the way. 1,500 miles later our fuel tank was empty, our wallets were empty from resupplying the …

Hiking Beaman Park in Nashville TN – 3 Hikes in 3 Days (Plus SQUIRREL!!!)

Beaman Park is a 1700-acre city park near Nashville, TN. When you are back in the hills and ridges you will not realize you are even near a city. It is my third favorite city park in Nashville. We had not been there in several years but we spent three days hiking around 3 trails …