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Author Archives: Bret

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.

Road Trip Recap – WiFi Hotspot Woes

If you’re considering taking the internet with you on a road trip, do some research first.  You may be surprised to learn, for example, that T-Mobile just doesn’t cut it once you get west of the Mississippi River. Tracie and I both have T-Mobile Android phones, purchased with the explicit belief that their “Nationwide 4G … Continue reading »

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Getting Back to Work After a Sabbatical

After spending six weeks on the road this summer while taking a sabbatical from my job, I was curious what it was going to feel like to go back to work. I’ll admit it, after about five weeks, I was starting to get anxious to be back in the office.  I felt guilty about it. … Continue reading »

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S’Mores Done Different

Just when you think you’ve seen everything, your kids come up with something new. We hit the road over Labor Day weekend, taking a trip to central Minnesota for a weekend of camping.  Unlike our summer-long trip to the land of fire danger, we were able to have a couple of campfires, and we enjoyed … Continue reading »

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Stars Around Devil’s Tower

Last night was our Devil’s Tower night.  We stayed at the Devil’s Tower KOA, which is literally just outside the gate to the park.  We ate dinner in the shadow of the Tower. The KOA shows “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” every night in the theater/restaurant – I was excited to see it again, … Continue reading »

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Taking a Breather; Reviewing the Road Trip so Far

Yesterday was a travel day on the road trip – we’re relocating from Red Lodge, MT to Devil’s Tower, WY.  Tracie and the boys went riding (horses) yesterday, and weren’t done until after noon, so I knew we weren’t going to get all the way to Devil’s Tower before sundown – so we found a … Continue reading »

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