Sioux Center, Iowa

My name is RJ Masselink I am a Dordt College student which is located in North West Iowa. I am not only Dave Schipper’s contact man for his adventure through Yellowstone this week but one of his favorite nephews. I love everything outdoors and am intrigued by the trips Dave goes on.

 

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RJ Masselink 

 

Everytime Dave calls me I am excited and eager to hear what he has to say because with a guy like Dave you never really know what’s brewing in his head. This is not the first time I have assisted him on a trip. In 2013, Dave asked me to be his contact as he kayaked across Lake Michigan. I am always honored and ready to jump on every opportunity I get to help him out…. even though as time goes on and we all get older (Dave), I am more likely to have to do some work and bail him out. Lucky for me I am in North West Iowa and would be sending someone else in to lend a helpful hand while I make the phone call. Happy trails and always remember “Fail to plan, plan to fail” wise words of the day.

 

 

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Time to Ski

It was bound to happen sooner or later. I have a vigilant list of excuses waiting to rationalize its inevitability. As a self-employed business owner, self-exiled to the hinterland of the Utah desert southeast, I strive to maintain a self-imposed level of professionalism. I remind myself that my clients are in offices run by HR departments. I’ve had several close calls in the last months.

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Thursday morning, I’d been up early emailing factories and clients in 5 countries. As noon slipped by I planned a way to get to the Love Muffin before closing. I have a million things on my mind and feel pulled in opposing directions (segue into excuses). Two blocks from home on a splitter sunny spring day, riding my favorite cruiser, I have that sinking feeling, the knowing of which cannot be undone. It has happened. I have worn my camo slippers (with rubberized soles) out of the house.

There is no excuse – it has happened and I need to face its reality. To get my game back and reassert my priorities I think a few days of winter camping is needed….

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