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Hartwood

When I think of the Fourth of July, a few things come to mind: Family & friends Grilling Budweiser Fireworks Leading up to the holiday our group of friends planned to meet in Hartwood. Outside of the aforementioned elements to the perfect Fourth, Hartwood slates itself as a special place. Combining all of this together only added to the excitement as the weekend approached. Hartwood is in New York state and a five hour drive from Maryland. We hit the road before sun rise, chasing the sun north on the highway  as the lush hills and small towns passed us by. There is no cell service once you turn onto the road leading up to Hartwood, automatically making you leave all of your work e-mails and other stress behind. The days were spent hiking the surrounding forest, and lounging in the sun on the shores of the central lake. The evenings filled with good drinks, food, friends and worldly conversations. The community celebrates the Fourth by coming together for a BBQ and a patriotic desert contest before a spectacular private fireworks show. …

Imaginative Tokyo

If I could use one word to describe Tokyo, it would be Imaginative. Webster’s defines imaginative as –having or showing creativity or inventiveness. It’s not hard to see why. Walking down the streets you are surrounded by buildings that are aesthetically pleasing, but realize they have been meticulously designed to convey simplicity. There are no trash cans, but there is no trash in the streets. The locals swarm the city in everything from business suits and hipster flannels, to fluffy cat ears and traditional kimonos. In one minute you are wandering through a beautiful shrine and the next you feel like you are in a life size doll house. It sounds cliche – but that is exactly what it is because the city and the people in it can be anything or anyone, and I’ve never been to a city where that is wildly accepted. Despite the freedom “to be,” the people are still quite conservative, but seemingly accepting of everyones chosen lifestyle. Tokyo felt like a mirror of NYC in a sense – a capital …

Back on the Water

The first tug on the rope I place my foot on the back of the ski and yell “GO BOAT!” I’m out of the water and automatically in a routine – feeling the weight of the boat pulling against my leg, the pads of my hands feeling worn and turning red, my lower back muscles tightening so I can mold myself into the perfect position. This is my body working, and reminding me how good it feels to accomplish something out of the ordinary, something extraordinary. My first time on the water with two skis was when I was 10 years old, and by the age of 12 I was the Swivel Ski Champion of the East Coast. Sure, kids are quick learners and are a bit more fearless – but going from standing on two skis to performing toe hold 180’s in front of large crowds within two years – it’s clear that I had to endure a lot of training to get there. As I transitioned to High School my swivel skiing slowed …

The Elephant in the Sea

The first time I met an elephant was in Phuket, Thailand in 2007 … I say met, as it felt like a real interaction vs. a sighting. Upon arriving to the JW Marriott in Phuket, my family and I were told about the elephants that frequented the hotel (at the time). There were babies that would come and walk around the pool area, stealing fruit off of guests pool side trays and sometimes dipping their trunks in the pool. There were also a few teenage elephants that would wander slowly with their handlers, stopping to take photos with tourists and give hugs with their trunks. As a child I had ridden on the back of an elephant at the Colorado Zoo and had seen them from afar at other zoos, but these were distant memories so I was excited to get up close and personal. Once checked into our room, we headed to the pool and I patiently waited, hoping to see one of the babies or teenagers before nightfall. The day passed and it …