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Pat Rubel is an avid traveler and novice hiker - Saying Yes to Adventure

Saying Yes to Adventure… and Yes to Life.

November 9, 2018

‘The Journey of a Thousand Miles Begins with a Single Step.’ Pat Rubel is an avid traveler and novice hiker determined to make every day an adventure! Pat is a business owner who’s been married to her husband of 33 years. She has three adult children and one adorable grand-baby. Her message to people of all ages is to […]

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Out with the Old, In with the New

Out with the Old, In with the New

June 1, 2018

Oh, what a year it has been!  At the end of May last year we boarded BAM and left Phoenix as newbie RV’ers. We didn’t have the experience of what to bring with us, so we took a lot. Our year with BAM has given us a lot of experience and taught us many lessons.This […]

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Their Music Lives On

November 30, 2017

After roaming in BAM for 100+ days,  Tim was totally at ease traveling and began telling people “I’ve got nowhere to go and all the time in the world to get there”. But, eventually it was time for Deborah to return to Phoenix, and they bid adieu at the Minneapolis Airport.  Now, Tim needed to move […]

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A Blossoming Love Affair

October 31, 2017

Love Has a way of wilting Or blossoming At the Strangest, Most unpredictable hour. This is how love is, An uncontrollable beast In the form of a flower. – Suzy Kassem Our Risk Blossoming Adventure Continues! I have returned to Phoenix and am integrating myself back into my efforts at National Bank of Arizona, Deborah […]

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A New Appreciation For Rock & Roll (and Ship Stabilizers)

A New Appreciation For Rock & Roll (and Ship Stabilizers)

October 10, 2017

Little islands are all large prisons; one cannot look at the sea without wishing for the wings of a swallow. ― Richard Francis Burton Qaqortoq, Greenland As we discussed in last week’s Risk Blossoming, “In the Wake of the Vikings” blog post, we had been very fortunate to cruise through the Prince Christian Sound in […]

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In the Wake of the Vikings: Prince Christian Sound

October 3, 2017

Warriors are not born, and they are not made. Warriors create themselves through trial and error, pain and suffering, and their ability to conquer their own faults. -The Viking Havamal Tim’s Perspective: I just spent two days in the most beautiful city that I never got to see. All summer, I have encouraged others to […]

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In Memory of Lucille Frances Bateman: 1920-2017

September 21, 2017

After receiving a call from our daughter Tara, that the passing of my mother, Lucille Frances Bateman, was imminent, I pulled off a mountainous road in the far north of Iceland. I got out of the car, for a moment to be by  myself, and looked out over a fjord to the large mountain on […]

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The Art of Travel

September 14, 2017

“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I ended up where I needed to be.” -Douglas Adams I, Tim the travel planner, budgeted six days to travel the 1,190 miles from Columbia Falls and West Glacier, Montana to the Hibbing Minnesota area. That is just 198 miles per day and […]

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Glacier National Park: Fire and Ice and Change

September 7, 2017

I will be the first to admit that things change. But, I was not prepared for the changes I would experience during our recent visit to Glacier National Park. It had been 50 years, since I last visited.  It was the summer of 1967, and I was traveling the western United States with my parents […]

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The Peninsula, Problems and Pulled Over

August 24, 2017

Happiness is not the absence of problems, it’s the ability to deal with them.  ― Steve Maraboli, Tim and I reserved ten days in August to discover and explore the Olympic Peninsula. The Peninsula contains many of the last unexplored places in the contiguous United States. We found the Peninsula to be amazing and, for […]

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