Tag: Travel

Scout

Scout

  Some connections you make will not be with each other. They will be with the dirt, the mountains, the air,  an animal. Things that can make you feel more human or whole than anything.     Please follow and like us:

Breathe

Breathe

  There are moments where I forget to breathe. Moments where I find myself softly saying “just breathe”. Next I take a deep breath in through my nose and exhale through my mouth. During that exhale I have a faint moment of relief. Relief from […]

O’Keeffe

O’Keeffe

 

As much as I would like to think I was exposed to all things culture growing up, I still find myself learning about places, things, and people. One person in particular that has resonated with me over several years now is Georgia O’Keeffe. It may not seem as a surprise to some with my recent love for the desert coming forth but the more I’ve learned about her the more I see myself in some ways. The more time I spend in the desert the more inspiration I feel and understanding I have on why Georgia O’Keeffe escaped to New Mexico and produced some of her best work.

I never suspected a landscape like the desert would have such a big impact on me as it has. The mountains have always been home in more ways than one, no questions asked. The desert always made me nervous with its unknown terrain, wildlife, and lack of familiarity. The only time I’ve spent in the desert was after graduating high school early and partaking in a semester in the wilderness through National Outdoor Leadership School. This time in the desert was much different and the affect was overwhelming. A feeling of belonging consumed every part of me and a fire began to burn deep within. I’d like to think Georgia O’Keeffe had a similar feeling during her first visit to New Mexico. I’m beginning to think it’s the place loners discover and feel like they belong for once.

 

 

 

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Wild

Wild

  Having accessibility to the outdoors is something I didn’t realize I would not only miss but crave once it was gone. It never crossed my mind that being close to mother nature would become a necessity. The few moments I now spend in nature […]

Golden Hour

Golden Hour

    For as long as I can remember, the most at home I have ever felt has always been in Colorado. The mountains give me peace, comfort, and nostalgia, I can feel it throughout my entire being. I have never questioned that my home […]

Scribner’s Lodge

Scribner’s Lodge

When living in a place that is known as “the city that never sleeps”, it becomes essential to escape that uninterrupted noise in order to keep yourself sane. In October, we decided to venture upstate for Halloween weekend. We camped for the first night, and for the next we booked a room at a lodge in the Catskills that I had been eagerly following on Instagram for awhile. That evening at the lodge was so unforgettable that we immediately booked another weekend up there for Lucas’s birthday in January.

 

 

After our second stay, I think it is safe to say this has now become our go-to escape from the city. Whether you’re in the mood to relax and read or utilize all accessible outdoor activities, Scribner’s will not fail to reanimate you. The lodge itself has resided in the Catskills since 1966 after an eccentric artist decided to gamble and purchase the abandoned lodge that was left behind from the 1800s. It was the era of woodstock and city-dwellers were escaping the city to experience the outdoors in the many ways only the Catskills can offer. Scribner’s lodge soon became iconic among those on the east coast.

 

 

Within the past few years the lodge, like anything else in life, grew and adjusted to today’s generation. Scribner’s underwent a massive renovation, reopening to the public in 2016, re-establishing itself as the it-place to escape to. With the scent of amber smoke filling its halls,  an aesthetic that will make your heart swoon, and specially curated rooms to make you feel at home,  I know you will be dragging your feet when it’s time to check out.

 

 

Still not convinced to take your next weekend trip here? Last decision factor here, Scribner’s is 100% dog-friendly! Whether you have a dog yourself that you hate leaving behind, or simply love dogs and enjoy being around them, there’s nothing better than being in a lodge in the mountains surrounded by amazing pups while sitting next to a fire making s’mores.

 

 

Now go book your next weekend there and maybe I’ll see you by the fire!

 

 

Weekend Essentials // Hiking Boots / Adventure Blanket / Dog Bed /

 

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Off the Grid

Off the Grid

As I mentioned in my 2017, A Year in Review post, I did quite a bit of traveling last year. I discovered the most amazing places around the East Coast. A highlight for sure was the trip we took over Thanksgiving.   A couple months […]

2017, A Year in Review

2017, A Year in Review

In all honesty this year has not been great. Personally a large part of it was because of today’s political climate after the 2016 election. I myself noticed a shift in the atmosphere with everyone’s demeanor and for the first time there seemed to be […]

Know Your Rights: A Guide to Stress-Free Travel

Know Your Rights: A Guide to Stress-Free Travel

Written by: Jane Moore of FitWell Traveller

 

 

Traveling can be a stressful undertaking even when you are looking forward to the destination, whether it’s a family vacation or romantic getaway with your beloved. Taking road trips with children, spending time in busy airports…it’s enough to jack up anxiety and stress levels for anyone.

 

Fortunately, there are many things you can do to ease the stresses of travel. With a little planning and preparation, you can get through anything. Read on to find out the best tips for traveling so you can worry less about the journey and focus on the exciting destination.

 

Pack smart

 

Depending on the length of your trip, you may be able to get away with only bringing along a carry-on so you won’t have to deal with the hassle of checking bags. Make sure you know the baggage rules of the airline you are using. Some allow one free carry-on while others charge a fee. In addition, every airline has size limits that a carry-on can’t exceed. Keep in mind that there is no guarantee that you will be able to bring your carry-on onboard, as space is limited. To avoid the dreaded gate-check, board early by purchasing priority boarding or use frequent flyer miles to earn elite status.

 

Pack smart–only the necessities, roll up t-shirts and sweaters instead of folding them, and think about what you’ll need rather than over-packing “just in case.” If you have to check a bag, do so ahead of time rather than waiting until you are waiting in line to board.

 

 

 

Prepare for the airport

 

Make sure everyone in the family wears comfortable shoes that will slip on and off easily during security checks. If you’re traveling with children, have them carry a backpack for the plane ride with essentials similar to what you’d send them to daycare with, like a change of clothes, healthy snacks, and comfort items or medications.

 

Once everyone is settled don’t get too comfortable, as there is a possibility that you may be asked to give up your seat. How is this legal, you ask? When you purchase a ticket, you are consenting to the airline’s “contract of carriage,” giving them the right to remove you from the flight for whatever reason, such as being overbooked or needing to make room for a crew member. Airlines typically ask for volunteers before randomly selecting passenger to get off. However, the Department of Transportation requires that you receive a payout depending on how long it takes you to get to your destination.

 

 

 

Combat boredom

 

If you’re traveling with kids, pack each child a small bag full of things they enjoy, such as a book, a tablet, and art supplies, and don’t forget the snacks. If you have a long trip ahead of you, map out a route that will allow you to see some sights and make a few stops where there are interesting attractions or a nice place to rest. Keep an eye out for important safety signs and rules, such as warnings against swimming or feeding the wildlife. It might take a bit longer to arrive at your destination, but it will be easier to get through the trip with strategically placed stops.

 

Take the worry out of being away from home

 

Traveling means you’ll have to leave your house closed up and exposed to burglars, so make sure you tell your neighbors that you’ll be going out of town so they can keep an eye on things while you’re gone. Don’t shutter up every window and leave a few lights on timers to avoid attracting unwanted attention to an empty house. Also, don’t announce your travel plans on social media, especially if your account isn’t private.

 

If you have a dog, traveling will be much easier if you can leave him at home. Not only that, but he might deter unwanted visitors, especially if you have a “Beware of Dog” sign outside. Kill two birds with one stone by hiring a pet sitter to come to your home and take care of your pet while you’re away. That way you’ll have someone there to watch over your four-legged family member and your home.

 

Keep the kids close

 

If you have little ones, you know how bulky and unwieldy a big stroller can be. In a crowded airport, it’s even worse. Keep that one at home and invest in an inexpensive umbrella stroller, which will be much easier to maneuver through the throng. You might also consider a harness for toddler-aged children to keep them close. Should you lose track of your child, inform the first airport employee you see and have them call airport security.

 

Don’t let the stress of traveling give you a rocky start to your vacation. Keep these tips in mind for happier travels and a better trip!

 

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Stay Cool, It’s The Brooklyn Way

Stay Cool, It’s The Brooklyn Way

This past week here in New York definitely determined that summer is here. Scorching hot days — where the minute you step outside you begin to melt — are upon us. My first few summers here in the city I somehow managed to survive without […]