Welcome to the Adventure Bent Blog

Welcome to the Adventure Bent Blog

Hello world! That’s apparently how every blog starts, and probably how most stop.

My name is Tobias Mann, and Welcome to the Adventure Bent blog, I hope you find something here that intrigues you. I love hiking, exploring, wheeling and the outdoor lifestyle in general. That’s exactly what this blog is all about.

I grew up in the back of a canoe, paddling the waters of the Red River Valley. I was tossed about the back of a little 4×4 on the the old ox-cart trails that crisscross Northwest Minnesota. Before I could walk, my mother carried me up and down the Superior Hiking Trails.

As an adult, I spend a lot of my free time rediscovering my love for the great outdoors.

I decided to start this project as a kind of Journal of my adventures, projects and stories. I also wanted to create a space to share my photos. I’m an avid photographer with years of training and experience.

From where I live in South-Eastern Minnesota, I have access to countless hiking, biking and of course waterways.

In addition to these pursuits, I have a growing interest in off-roading and overland travel. I love traveling to new and exciting places. For me, the journey is more important than the destination.

Of course I’m not expert. I’m learning a lot of this for the first time or relearning again years later. Of course I’ll be writing about all the things I learn along the way.

When I’m not outside exploring the wild, I work full time as a reporter for two weekly newspapers in La Crosse County, Wisconsin. I love what I do and the people I meet are often amazing.

I guess you could say I am a writer through and through. What ever my experiences and passions are, I am compelled to write about them.

Over the last few years, this compulsion has birthed various projects and blogs.

I originally started blogging regularly in 2010 when I launched the Freed Up Thoughts blog, a tech site that has evolved greatly over the past six years.

In those six years, I’ve learned a great deal about blogging and marketing. I hope these insights will help me reach new people and make new connections.

While I am sad to have let the last blog go, I now feel I am capable of taking on a new project with this one.

Sure, it’s not always easy coming home from work and doing something like this, but I love it.

So, I welcome you to the Adventure Bent blog.