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Adventure: Bonnaroo

I recently attended the epic-ness that is Bonnaroo, a music meets art meets awesome festival in the middle of nowhere, also known as Manchester, Tennessee.

I could share with you about the amazing music, the unreal energy of the people and the booze fest that was this life in an RV with  lost credit cards, jean shorts, oversized sunglasses and bandanas on my head.  However, what I really want to share is the amazing space that is vacation.  And by vacation, I mean time off for Y-O-U.

I embarked on this adventure with my best friend, Chris New.   He actually bought my ticket as a birthday present in February.  Upon arrival to the RV we were taking to the fest, inside sitting on the bed was *surprise* my best friend, Alex Christensen.  A trip with best friends in an RV to listen to music with no available cell phone service.  Is this real life?

The answer is yes.  It is real life, because I let it be my life.

NOTE:  Most of my allotted vacation days are spent on family trips to see my sister graduate, celebrate the 4th of July at Grandma’s house or visit my boyfriend’s family at their summer cabin in Wisconsin.  These are my favorite times with family and loved ones.

On another note, I actually cannot remember a time I took a vacation just for me.  Spring Break in college?  Does that event count?

I highly, highly recommend taking some time for you and that unexpected adventure you have been thinking about.  A trip to celebrate, be with friends/family and just be.  For no specific reason or tradition or wedding.  Just be in the time off, perhaps the middle of nowhere, unavailable via mobile or cyber World and utterly and radically available to the present moment.

It energizes you in a different way.   A very different, beautiful and epic way.

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WOW, that was fun!

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Adventure: Get to a National Park. As Fast as you Can.

Sometimes you have to pack up the back of your best friend’s Prius with sleeping bags, backpacks and Camelbaks, snacks and beer to get to a National Park as fast as you can!

My best friend, Chris New, my boyfriend, Chris Hynes and myself made it to Yosemite this past weekend.  We took off Thursday morning early to have a long weekend in the park to hike, explore and breathe in that fresh mountain air.

There is something about the elevation, the sunsets and the fact that my Blackberry got barely a bar of service that really allows the National Parks to take a tight grip on the heart, embrace you in the amazing environment that is Mother Nature and push you to limits you and your legs had no idea were possible. 

Yosemite’s expansive valley and tall peaks make you feel small, in the best way.  There is a level of R-E-S-P-E-C-T that these National Park demand.  The power of glaciers, the mental game the wind can play at the hight point of a trek, and the moment when the sun starts to push out the night during your third hour of your first hike.  Or the coming together of friends over a breakfast buffet, that first sip of beer/red wine after that 12 hour hike and the moment you smile and realize that the mountains really do call for the best conversation.

It is magic.

Get to a National Park.  As fast as you can.  Feel small.  Breathe it in.  Connect.  And have that R-E-S-P-E-C-T.

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