41. Visit out of state family

 

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There are few things I have experienced so far in life that are more fulfilling than a road trip. They really do live up to the hype. I would know since my total road trip time this summer so far has been roughly 39 hours. Two drives about 6 hours (split in half with Jake), a 12 hour and the most recent was 14 (both by myself, que “all by myself” by Celine Dion) because I hit some rough Chicago traffic. It worked out though because I was able to get some good pictures of downtown! Anyway I had a blast hanging out with my Aunt, Uncle and cousins up in Wisconsin this summer. I went to Devil’s lake (which is an awesome spot for hiking, swimming or picnicking if any of you are ever in the Madison/Middleton area) the Madison zoo, the Milwaukee zoo, the Milwaukee public museum (best museum I’ve ever been too, highly recommend), downtown Madison and the University of Wisconsin (perfect place to see sunsets and hang out), got some putt-putting in, cooked a dinner for an entire family for the first time, the national mustard museum (maple champagne mustard is heavenly), saw a Madison Mallards baseball game (featuring Jake’s fish head), spent $75 at a movie store (worth it), celebrated Lauren’s 21st birthday and Will’s 13th, went to sky zone, skated with some great hockey players at some local pickup games, and still had time to see Die Mannshaft B team win the confederations cup! Well, if you’ve made it through all of that, then I’d like to congratulate you and gift you with my rating of this fantastic journey. 9/10 As always live today like it’s your last, or in this case live the next two months like they’re your last!

-Nick

215. Compete in a triathlon… kinda

 

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Cait, who’s on the UMD Triathlon team, helped me attempt this one. Unfortunately, I underestimated the difficulty of this challenge and didn’t train hard enough. About halfway through the swim, I pulled my hamstring and was unable to finish. Pretty soft, I know, but I’m not going to cross this one off cause I’ll be back for another attempt next year (Timmy might give it a go as well). From the small part that I was able to complete, it was a lot of fun.  My favorite part was that I had a 20 minute talk with a random person I met, who let me use his charger, after I had opted out of the competition. Talking to strangers and meeting new people is always a plus so even though I wasn’t able to cross this one off, I’d still give this experience a 7/10. Also congrats to Cait for finishing 17th in her heat (after running a 10k the previous day).
-Nick