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About Bret

Bret Shroyer lives in Minnesota, where he enjoys outdoor activities and road trips in all seasons. He and his wife Tracie raise their three teenage children to be honest, independent, financially savvy and well-traveled. Together with their giant poodle, the Shroyer family strives to find excitement in whatever life has in store today. Bret's day job as a reinsurance actuary provides the resources and the flexibility to lead his family in their common pursuit of adventure.

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About Bret

Bret Shroyer lives in Minnesota, where he enjoys outdoor activities and road trips in all seasons. He and his wife Tracie raise their three teenage children to be honest, independent, financially savvy and well-traveled. Together with their giant poodle, the Shroyer family strives to find excitement in whatever life has in store today. Bret's day job as a reinsurance actuary provides the resources and the flexibility to lead his family in their common pursuit of adventure.

Island Living

Last week, we enjoyed a big dose of Island life – not tropical, but wilderness. Being effectively cut off from all communication with the outside world for a week was a refreshing change. Adapting our daily routines to fit the scene – no electricity, limited fresh water – was a fun challenge. This vacation was … Continue reading »

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The Road to Hana

One of the iconic Maui activities is a trip down (and back) the Road to Hana.  But first things first – this trip really is all about the journey, not the destination.  Hana is a tiny little town, on the unpopulated windward side of Maui.  You’re probably not going to see or do anything in … Continue reading »

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Honolulu Good Eats – Enjoying the Hawaii Food Tour

As if we didn’t have enough opportunities for great food on Oahu, we went on a food tour in Honolulu, the Hole in the Wall Tour by Hawaii Food Tours.  What a blast!  Over the course of five hours, Matthew and Keira drove us around Honolulu and treated us to some of the best street … Continue reading »

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Fixing Bubbles in RV Wallpaper

While camping in Moab, we experienced temps over 110 degrees, and it showed us some limits in our travel trailer.  One of the most alarming problems we had was a delamination of the vinyl wallpaper from the wall wherever we had an adhesive hook attached. We learned that day to either NOT use adhesive hooks … Continue reading »

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“Budget” is Not a Bad Word

Want to start a fight?  Tell your wife that it’s time to go on a budget.  You can almost see the hackles start to rise.  It’s really too bad that “budget” has become such a negative word, because there’s a lot of power in a budget. Let’s change gears for a moment – what do … Continue reading »

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