300 Miles of Gravel Trailer / Life Update

This is footage from last years Trans Iowa. The documentary should be coming out early next year.

The Trans Iowa was started by a man known as Guitar Ted who thought it would be a great idea to ride his bike across Iowa. Its pretty insane but if you are interested in the history of how it started you can read about it here, and if you want updates on next years event, here.

Other than that today I have been packing for my journey to Idaho for school, packing is not my favorite thing to do at all. I leave on the 2nd early and should be in Rexburg on the 3rd in the afternoon some time.

Christmas went well, we changed it up this year and opened presents on Christmas Eve, it was a nice treat to not have to be rushed on Christmas having to open presents and go to dinner at Grandma Paulsons. It was a good Christmas this year, it was great to be home and be around family and friends, not saying that I didnt like Christmas on my mission. I got a new camera, nothing fancy but anything is a lot nicer than not being able to see anything on your screen at all.

Over all I am excited to go to school and start a new chapter of my life, it should be fun and exciting and new and all those other things school has to offer.

Hope you all had a fantastic Christmas /  Holiday / whatever the crap you celebrated season!


A Tiny Day in the Jackson Hole Backcountry

I just saw this on Facebook and thought how it was shot was amazing, cool concept.

Update on Christmas and things of that nature coming soon.


NYC man gets ticket for Riding his bike.

Watch the full thing, its amazing.

Sometimes I love things that happen. This guy got taken by the NYPD for going to work... what is the world coming to.


Lacrosse Holiday Lights 2011 / Tom's Christmas Concert.

Last Friday we went to the Holiday lights display in Lacrosse, it was pretty sweet! I haven't been to them in a few years and it was cool to see all the changes and additions they have made. It is just one of those things that gets you into the holiday spirit like none other. I have been working on some new photo techniques so some critique would be great, so if you want to comment that would be awesome! 

Please Enjoy.

I thought the fire breathing dragon was pretty sweet!

Last night was Tom's holiday concert and it was great as always... I'm glad that my camera actually worked for me and I got a few photos. It was a great time and the music students did really well. Again its another of those things that get you into the Christmas spirit.

Hope you all have a great Christmas, I'm going to try to post more regularly once I get to school.


The Flyboard Zapata/ Life Update

This looks like the closest thing we can get to an iron man suit!

Other news:

I was working on my mission wrap up/ some other photo projects and magically my external harddrive where I store my photos and music decided to crap out on me. Now it only makes this delightful clicking noise and I cant access it. LOVELY! Hopefully someway someone can recover the at least the photos from it. The best part about the whole thing is that I was going back all that info up on my other harddrive tonight!

Hopefully you all have better luck than me and don't loose all of your digital film memories.


Rapper actually makes sense of the Law of Chastity.

Saw this posted on Facebook like 500 times and decided to check it out.



Fall Peddle around PdC

I thought I would post a few pictures from my ride around town... I wanted to make it a regular thing but the next day it snowed... I love autumn in Wisconsin!


I know I still need to do a wrap up of the stuff from my adventure (mission).  I am composing my thoughts and photos. Its a lot to wrap my brain around. Hopefully it gets a bit warmer so I can go on more rides and take it in before winter fully hits... 

Oh.... HAPPY 11 . 11 . 11


Snow Bikes are amazing!

Iditabike 1988 Footage.

I found this while awesome footage from the 2nd ever Iditabike and thought it was amazing, what makes it even cooler is that the dude is from LaCrosse and is in his 80's now.

And to think, now we have stuff like this:

With bike technology today thing like this are possible, 300 mile treks on the coasts of Alaska


8.22.11 - 9.26.11

So a lot of things have been happening in the past month or so. Transfers have come and gone and I have 2 new companions for my last 6 weeks and it has been a blast!

A few weeks ago we went to a Sealing at the Rexburg Temple, it was great, my testimony of eternal families was strengthened once again. It is amazing that if we do what is right, follow the Savior and attend the temple that we can find more peace and joy than ever before.

Since last time I posted there was a fire out in the desert by the INL site. It made for an amazing sunset and sky.

Also there has been a ton of fun outdoor activities on P-day. From riding bikes at Kelly Canyon to a Zone Hike up the Menan Butte. I have truly developed a love of the outdoors, especially mountain biking on my mission. There is nothing better than just taking off with only a map, water and some tools and having a great adventure.




So I havent posted in a while cause I just figured out that my memory card reader took a dive.Its kinda sad. But get excited for next week. Things in Rexburg are going well. Its great to be a missionary.


8.9.11 - 8.21.11

 The 16th district photo of my mission... where has the time went???
Rexburg Temple at night.

Transfers have come and gone again. I got a new companion! His name is Elder Larsen and he is a brand new missionary! It is always exciting to have a change happen and get to know more people.
Elder Durnell and I with our "new" Companions

The weather has been amazing the past few weeks so that means that we have been doing a lot of biking to save miles (we only are allotted 1100 for the months). One day this week we rode our bikes to Teton and back it was about a 20 mile round trip.
On the way back from Teton

This past saturday was the "Rexburg Rush" triathlon. It was great to do service there and I was made the Event Photographer, I asked the guy in charge if he could get me all the shots I took so hopefully those will be up in the coming weeks.

Things here are good, training is fun and exciting. This past week was zone conference... the last one of my mission, that was a bit weird. Today I found out that i was officially accepted to BYU - I. It's just a weird time in life, knowing that the mission is coming to a close, trying to work hard but also accept the fact that I only have 2 more months to hold this calling. Coordinating things for when I get home and only be there for 2 months then coming back to the great state of Idaho. 



7.11.11 - 8.8.11

So its been a while since I have done any update, so it seems like there should be a lot to be said. But the last  few weeks have just been a blur!!! One day just blends with the next and things happen so quickly that you can't even remember what you ate for breakfast!  

A few weeks ago Elder Dollinger went to the Rexburg Temple.

There is also a weekly Farmers Market held right next to the Rexburg Tabernacle. We have went a few times and it has been a lot of fun to go and visit with the people there. 

There is a man there with a stand who makes pens, he called us over one week and said something like "Elders always need pens, here take one." So after talking with him for a while and me not wanting to just take a pen from him he asked me if  I liked baseball I said I did we talked about our favorite teams for a bit and he stuck this pen in my pocket, its made from a Louisville Slugger.  

Also the BYU-I horticulture department has a booth where they sell plants and produce, I was looking at their mint plants and asked the guy what "orange mint" was. He told me that I was a project they did this year to alter the plants so they would taste like other things... It was pretty interesting so we tried it and it was  good. So I bought an orange mint and an apple mint plant from them... It was a pretty good deal too $1.50 a plant.

I think the sign at the gas station was messed up. 

P-day is always full of exciting activities a few weeks ago one of our ward mission leaders took us fishing at someones pond, he told us it was stocked but only part of me believes him because none of us caught a dang thing! But it was fun to just relax for a few hours and drown a worm.

I also got a summer time cold this past week, it was terrible! But I made a quick recovery with some vitamin C, garlic pills, herbal tea and other assorted things.

Last week I had a member in our area order me a basket of produce, it was only $17 for a ton of food! It was great!

Other new and exciting things that are happening:
Transfers will happen this week and on Saturday night I found out that I will be training a new missionary, he will be here on Wednesday. Other than that its just missionary work as usual. Its great to be a missionary! 

Have a good week!!!