2016 brought many life-changing moments, making it one of the best years of my life. So check your bandwidth because this post is going to take some time to load. Without further ado, here are the top 10 highlights:

10. Traditions Continued and New Ones Forged



Weekly Broatmeal (bros eating oatmeal) continued albeit with poor attendance from me due to travel. Broatmeal did have a huge impact on me in 2016 as it introduced me to the world of coffee. Let’s just say I’m hooked and there’s no turning back. Also, shoutout to SIMPLS for opening a second store!


Made the annual pilgrimage to Wadena for hunting. I personally came up empty, but our stand did very well with a nice eight pointer shot by Derek.

Torchlight 5K 

The 2016 Torchlight 5K saw excruciating race conditions of 93 degrees/high humidity and a dramatic ending where Andrew Ives and I finished with the same time, which sets the stage for a 2017 showdown. No pictures will be provided due to description of conditions above.

Unfortunately, because the 2016 summer was overflowing with activities, we didn’t renew the buoy on Lake Harriet.

New Traditions:

Fly fishing


I developed my fly fishing skills with Nick Kurtz this summer. Let’s just say I caught more trees and rocks than fish so hopefully more progress in 2017.

Skeet shooting

My first time skeet shooting came more naturally than fly fishing evidenced by earning the highest marks out of a foursome of buddies.

TC 10K

In October, I ran the TC 10K and achieved my goal of finishing under an hour. Planning to turn up the dial in 2017 and run the TC 10 miler.

9. Weddings

Karla and I went to five weddings in 2016 where we whip nae nae’d and poured some sugar all over the dance floor. Highlights included being part of the Passer’s #WeddingMania (pic below).


8. Zipnosis 2016 Best Places to Work and Sponsor of American Telemedicine Association (ATA) Conference


Zipnosis had a coming out party (we literally sponsored a party) in May at the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) conference in Minneapolis. Zipnosis was also named as a 2016 Best Places to Work by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.

7. Ben’s Bachelor Party


Action packed bachelor party in Kansas City. TopGolf was definitely the highlight.

6. Mexico


Karla and I spent a week in Cancun, Mexico with a fantastic group of friends. We also met THE Canadian Drinking team on our catamaran excursion, who were almost decimated by a sketchy “parasailing” experience.

5. The Ryder Cup

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Cheered on Team USA at Hazeltine on Wednesday for a practice round with my dad and the Friday matches with friend Riley.


4. My Bachelor Party

The Canadian Drinking Team (Mexico trip served as the muse for the bachelor party theme) descended on Madison, WI in April. We had perfect weather for golf, a single family home in a quiet residential neighborhood to ourselves (most of the time) and belted the Canadian national anthem at all the local establishments. One of the discoveries of the trip was Riley has no clue how to hold a puppy:


3. Honeymoon: Italy

Karla and I spent two weeks in Europe (Italy and Croatia) for our honeymoon.





Cinque Terre


2. Honeymoon: Croatia

Croatia was by far our favorite part of the trip.





Plitvice Lakes




1. Wedding Weekend

And the most exciting moment of 2016 [drum roll] was Karla and I got married! We tied the knot in Two Harbors, MN on Lake Superior over Memorial Day weekend. Here were the highlights:



Went golfing with my dad and groomsman (Riley and Nick) on the wedding day. We were blessed with my favorite weather: dense fog. It was awesome and a great way to start the day.



Karla looked beautiful and I cleaned up pretty well.

Hiking Carlton Peak


Our first achievement as Mr. and Mrs. Schneider was summiting Carlton Peak (1,526′ elevation), which had incredible views of Lake Superior.


Dubrovnik is the filming location for King’s Landing scenes in the popular HBO series Game of Thrones. Since I’m a big fan, we had to check out all the famous spots.

Click here for the full list of filming locations.

King’s Landing




There is a reason Dubrovnik is called “The Pearl of the Adriatic.”



Dubrovik is known for the stone walls that surround the city, which are frequently used throughout the Game of Thrones series.

Red Keep


Finding out Fort Lovrijenac is the Red Keep – I’m pretty excited.

Inside the Red Keep



Can you picture the Mountain walking the halls?

Blackwater Bay


Pile Harbor is where Marcela departs for Dorne in Season 2. This spot was also used for many other scenes throughout the series. Knightfall was actually filming here when we took the picture.

Season 2 Riot


Pile gate is the entrance to Dubrovnik and is where Joffrey was attacked in Season 2.

House of the Undying


Minčeta Tower serves as the House of the Undying in Season 2.

While we were in Split, we saw Diocletian’s Palace where Daenerys locks her dragons in Season 4 and the Klis Fortress, which is the city of Meereen.















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