This post is wildly overdue! I know! It’s like when you run into a friend and forget to introduce them to the other person you’re with. Poor manners, I’m sorry! So, without further ado, this is my sweet sweet friend, companion, and working doggo – Arlo Grace! Arlo and I became inseparable when I picked […]

Have You Met Arlo?

When I started An Outdoor Experience, I wanted it to be a place to share practical outdoor advice (i.e. 4 Simple Fire Starters That Actually Work) but I wanted to keep wilderness philosophy paramount! Although helpful, outdoor advice is a dime a dozen but stories, however, are worth their weight in gold. You’ve heard my […]

What Trees Have Taught Me About Living Life

Recently, Dad and I did something kind of stupid… We had gone out for our daily walk, this time via snowshoe, on a beautiful sunny afternoon. The temperature was just below 30 F (-1 C) and we were basking in it like a fat cat in a windowsill.  We had hiked down to the rapids […]

4 Reasons Why it’s Important to Play Outside! (Yes, like a kid!)

Happy Valentine’s Day, you outdoorsy love birds! Whether you subscribe to the holiday or not, I think we can all appreciate a good love story, which is exactly what I’ve got for you today – a love story filled with adventure and wilderness. I’d like you to meet the wilderness power couple, Matt and Cassidy […]

Falling Through the Ice, Motorcycle Mischief, and Following Your Dreams – A True Northwoods Love Story

I’ll be open with you, I quit my job and conventional life out of guilt and complacency. I felt guilty every day that my dad was living by himself, fifteen-hundred miles away. My mother had passed away several years ago, he was recently retired and life was beginning to change gears for him. My guilt […]

Why I Quit my Job and Moved to the Woods – A Story of Becoming

For the past 38 years, Dewey Pihlman has been our next-door neighbor on the Seagull River. He lives adjacent to our property with the same limitations that we have; no running water, plumbing system, or conventional heating. But, as he’ll tell you, the challenges don’t outweigh the peace and beauty of a life lived outdoors. […]

A Diamond in the Rough – Dewey Pihlman