Thursday, August 24, 2017

My Traveling Diaries - Cascade Lake, Idaho, USA

When your summer consists of combining a full time job, building a home, birthday parties, weekend road trips and taking on 3 weddings as a bridesmaid... I'm ready for winter hibernation. Amongst all the busy schedules and late nights, we managed to find a weekend where we could spend some time with family out in Idaho near Cascade Lake. I've traveled through and to Idaho multiple times growing up, but this place was even better than I expected...

We started the weekend by waking up to a gorgeous house with breathtaking views of the mountains encompassing the lake. The water was glassy and calm, only rippling soft waves every few minutes. Our family is big into wake surfing so we were excited to get out on the boat for a few days and surf until our legs gave out. Paddle boards were tied to the dock, which I took out a few times to breathe in the scenery and sunshine. It's always nice to spend time with family, if we weren't surfing, we were either playing games, watching movies, or joking and laughing together. 

We decided to treat ourselves to a few dinners out in the town called McCall. We went to My Father's Place for delicious burgers and fries as well as The Pancake House for breakfast. McCall is like a combined tiny lake/ski town with a ski resort nearby as well as a marina for perfect beachside sunsets. We walked around downtown and enjoyed the night together.

Day after day, we would head out on the lake together and surf for hours. We decided to treat ourselves to some relaxation at the Gold Fork Hot Springs over in Donnelly, Idaho. A quaint little oasis in the middle of a mountain. There were multiple hot springs with varying temperatures and lawn chairs and umbrellas to take a nap under the summer heat. When I saw a giant chess set, I had to convince my brother in law to play with me.

These weekends are the best kinds of weekends. No plans, no itinerary, the only thing that really matters is that we're together as a family. This winter we might have to go ski the slopes when the mountains are covered in snow, but something tells me that we'll have to come back again.

Thanks for Reading!
Love, Nick

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

My Traveling Diaries - Birthday Camping Trip to Maple Canyon - Chapter 2

Seth surprised me with a camping and rock climbing trip to Maple Canyon with our friends over my Birthday weekend. I was so psyched to be with the gang for a couple days to enjoy the great outdoors! Maple Canyon is a gold mine for rock climbers. There is only 3 places like this in the world with this "cobblestone" style rock climbing which brings climbers from every corner in every country. I figured I could show you better than tell you...

I love my friends so much. I haven't met a group of people so tightly knit, teasing and loving like this one. I'm glad they let me in with open arms 2 years ago because they have all changed my life.
Here's to the future and another year of life!

Thanks for Reading
Love, Nick

Our annual trip to the Red Desert Dreamland, also known as Moab, Utah! A few days full of adventures in rock climbing, hiking and more! 

It had been years since I've been to Seattle, and what better way to commemorate a reunion than for my best friend's birthday! Exploring Pike's Place, the Space Needle and more! 

You never pass up an opportunity to spend a few days at the Lake! My first time over to this part of Idaho and it was absolutely beautiful! 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Traveling 101 | How To Survive 10+ Hour Flights

Okay, long flights suck. They are unavoidable and somewhat tedious. Before you cue the pity party, you have to remember where that plane will take you and what you'll be able to do after the flight (a little positive thinking, right?) Let me give you a few simple guidelines on making the time go by a little quicker...

BEFORE YOU BOARD >>> Sitting for hours in an relatively uncomfortable chair next to strangers is maybe not your ideal way of spending the day. Before your flight, try and spend a good amount of time outside in the fresh air! Spend an hour at the gym and grab a good breakfast on the morning of your departure. Make the concept of sitting your #1 goal before you even reach the airport!

DON'T OVERDO IT >>> Nothing is worse than hauling around an over-sized and over packed bag with you all across multiple terminals. It's always wise to be well prepared, but not for a zombie apocalypse. It's hard to narrow done the absolute essentials, so you just have to ask yourself... what would best to bring? Find a quality backpack/bag that you can be your designated carry on. I like bags with lots of pockets on the outside to hold my phone, headphones, lip balm and other things I would need quick access to.

GET COMFORTABLE >>> Noise canceling headphones, ear plugs and an eye mask will become the most valuable thing you bring on a flight. For me, nothing makes me feel more claustrophobic than a crying baby or loud snoring passengers. Give yourself a chance to settle in for a power nap. It may be easier said than done for most people, but I can almost guarantee you'll be happier to have these items as a plan B.

STRETCH OUT >>> Remember to get up and stretch throughout the flight. Pay attention to the seatbelt light though and be considerate of the attendants. Stretch your arms, legs, back and whatever else that you need to shake out.

KEEP OCCUPIED >>> Audio books and movies make time seem to fly by (get it? so punny!) A separate battery supply for your phone can be very convenient! Some planes are capable of supplying you with a plug in source, but not all of them. Adult coloring books are surprisingly relaxing and soothing, or grab a magazine and read it from cover to cover. If you dare, strike up small talk with your neighbor, you'll never know what kind of stories they have!

What do you like to do on long flights?
Thanks for Reading!
Love, Nick

What To Bring On Your Carry-On
Flights take a surprising amount of energy to get through, so I wanted to be prepared! Check out my list of things that I brought on one of the longest flights I've ever been on.

My Traveling Diaries
I started my blog in 2013 and have aimed to document all the adventures and roadtrips that I've ever gone on since then.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

How To Be The Best Bridesmaid

After being a bridesmaid 3 times this summer, I'm positive you could hire me as a professional bridesmaid for virtually any wedding! It is heart warming and an honor to be a bridesmaid for your friends, along with a few extra responsibilities. It means that the bride trusts you, values you and knows you can help make her day a little more special. Let me give you a couple pointers to really go above and beyond for your bride!

Budget Your Money >>> Go ahead and accept the fact that you'll probably be spending more money than you originally intended. Begin saving some dollars on the side for your dress, shoes, gifts and of course bachelorette festivities!

Ask Questions >>> Don't be afraid to ask questions. It's far better to know what's going on rather than to guess! Ask the bride what she needs from you and what she expects. If there's any planning, decorating or setting up that you can do, go help!

Be A Team Player >>> Make friends with the bridesmaids you don't know! Break that ice and have fun together! Don't make unnecessary drama and don't be apart of it (unless the boys are the ones causing problems, then give them a really hard time about it). Bride's pick their bridesmaids usually for a specific reason. Each person means a lot to the Bride, so befriend them and celebrate this happy time in your friend's life!

Show Your Support >>> One of the best things for you to do, is to be there for the Bride. Planning a wedding has proven to be one of the more stressful events in someone's life. Do your best to be aware of other's feelings and the situation. Look around and see if anything needs adjusting, pinning or taping. Direct people to where to sit, where to place presents or maybe help you lift something. Lend a helping hand to the mother of the bride, distract the little kids from killing each other, hold someone's baby or maybe even offer to write out the vows for the bride last know, the little things...

Suck It Up & Wear The Dress >>> It's not your wedding. I repeat, it's not your wedding. No matter how you feel about it, if the bride wants you to wear it, then wear it. Remember how we decided we're not creating unnecessary drama?.... exactly.

Make A Bridal Emergency Kit >>> I did a little research for my own wedding day and a list of emergency items! These helped so much more than I thought they would, and I'm so glad that I had it prepared. Take my advice and be that hero to save the day! Something you should also pack are snacks and water! Sometimes there's so much going on that you'll feel like you don't have any time to eat. The bridesmaids and groomsmen will thank you.

Set The Party Mood! >>> If no one is dancing, that's your cue! Get out and have fun! Bring friends and groove to the music! The ceremony is over, everyone is eating and making conversation, now is the time to celebrate that it's over! You did your job with flying colors!

Now, who has embarrassing wedding stories?!
Thanks For Reading
Love, Nick

I really love documenting significant moments in life, and my Wedding Day was definitely one of the biggest and greatest decisions I've made in my life! Click on the link for all the lovey and sappy goodness!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Traveling 101 | Grab N' Go First Aid Kits

Whether you are camping, rock climbing or spending a day outside, always come prepared! It's better to have the supplies you need and not use them, rather than not having them with you and be in desperate need. This 'Grab N' Go' box is designed to be stored in your sock drawer and an easy grab to put in your backpack before your adventure begins.

  • Band-Aids
  • Neosporin
  • Burn Ointment
  • Gauze
  • Medical Tape
  • Small Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Nail File
  • Nail Clippers
  • Alcohol Wipes
  • Cotton Balls
  • Q-Tips
  • Handsanitizer
  • Tissues
  • Instant Cold Pack
  • Medications (pain killer, etc...)
  • Sunscreen
  • Bugspray
  • Mini Pocket Knife

Are you new to the great outdoors? Say no more. Check out my complete guide on things you can pack, eat and do to make your camping trip one of the best ones yet!

I'm still in the beginner phase of rock climbing, but there's a lot of reasons why I love it! It's physically and mentally challenging and it's all about learning to trust yourself. Check out my guide to the basic equipment and terms you'll learn when you first start climbing.

Equipment is very important for your climbing or canyoneering trips. Let me help you cover your bases and make sure you take everything you could need.