The Best Small Town I Called Home..

Most of my father’s side of the family all lives here and I was blessed to live here from 2010-2014 and occasionally over the past 3 years. It is a small town, where everyone knows everyone, the scenery is breath-taking, and local food is to die for.

The town is well-known for tourists, especially during the fall for fall foilage and summer (in general).. Jim Thorpe, PA is a must visit if you are ever near the area! It isn’t far from the Ski Slopes in the winter and a few hours drive from Philadelphia, Washington D.C., and NYC. Here are my favorite things to do, you should do them too!

  1. Take a hike at Glen Onoko State Park- if you are going to the top falls, be careful! I highly recommend secretly following up some locals if possible, the trails can be slippery. If you do make it to the top falls, sip from the small pool of fresh mountain water. You deserve it!
  2. Have breakfast at the Bagel Bunch on Mauch Chunk St.- Everytime I go there I try something new! It is all handmade, fresh, and delicious! My favorite- the French Toast Bagel. Be sure to get some TruMoo Chocolate milk (it is fresher and tastes better up north). If you are visiting and want to save some time, you can now order online! http://www.thebagelbunch.com/order-online/
  3. Shop small & local on Broadway. There are so many vintage, small, and unique shops to explore and find the perfect treasure to take home! My favorites: The Gem Shop, Treasure Shop, and Rainbow’s End (to fulfill my sweet tooth).
  4. For Dinner: Taco Pizza at Antonio’s Pizzeria on Broadway, anything at Molly Maguires Pub and Steakhouse, and The Honey Dipt Chicken Dinner or BLT Hoagie with a carton of Bear Creek Ice Tea (made locally) at Tommy’s Subs.
  5. Experience Class 1,2, and 3 rapids on a family trip with Pocono Whitewater Rafting. I was always so scared and nervous but my family decided to go in 2012 when my Grandma was in town from Kansas. It was a crazy experience. Certainly had my aderenaline pumping! The staff and Guides are great; they help you get outfitted properly, educate you on the rapids, how to manuevr your raft, and make sure you have a blast! You can check it all out and book online as well at http://www.poconowhitewater.com/
  6. During the Fall- enjoy a bike ride or train ride along the Lehigh George Scenic Railway. The last time I took the train when I was like 3 so I don’t remember much. But everytime I go back, I enjoy a half-speedy and half-leisurely bike ride with my dad seeing the fall foilage, listening to the Lehigh’s rushing waters, and buring off the sweets I ate from Rainbow’s End earlier in the day.
  7. During the Winter- Skiing and snow tubing at Big Boulder Park in Lake Harmony. After a short drive from town, I’m flying down the slopes with my friends and family in no time! I joined Ski Club in High School for a couple of years, we went every Thursday (I believe) after school until 8 or 9pm. Easily can spend a whole day, but do enjoy less crowds during the week at night. You can take lessons for skiing or snowboarding, rent equipment, and everything in-between. Be sure to grab dinner at Boulder View Tavern on the way home (Monday nights are wing nights)!
  8. During the Summer- Hiking and exploring at Hawk Falls and Boulder Field in Hickory Run State Park. Feeding the animals in the petting zoo and getting Ice Cream at Country Junction in Lehighton. Riding some crazy roller coasters at Dorney Park in Allentown. Packing the car with some folding chairs and blankets for a night of movies at the Mahoning Valley Drive-In, in Lehighton. Gardening in my Unlce’s yard, watching the sunset from a rocking chair on my Aunt’s porch with family, and just enjoying the fresh mountain air (possibly with a few black bears that come to visit) with great company. Anything and nothing with close friends and family, some of my favorite days have ended with sitting around a small bonfire making smores and sharing funny stories.

I have been blessed and am thankful for experiencing and calling this small town “Home” for a little over 7 years.  I’m sure to visit a couple of more times over the next year, cherishing every moment  I have there with my family and few close friends until it becomes another city I use to live in.. Memories.. Dreams.. Stories to share with new friends and fellow travelers.

Cheers xx Jozey

SB 2K17

Tonight I conclude my spring break for the thrid time in my college career,

being slightly more eventful than the last, but not meerly as much as all my fellow friends who decided to document their shenanigans on snap chat.

I went home to visit my parents in PA, where I was going to go on several hikes and explore a graffiti highway.. but the snow told my body otherwise. I slept about the same amount of hours I did in total of the previous weeek, if not more in 3 nights/4 days. Much needed rest, relaxation, consumption of nearly 2 lbs of bacon, time with the parentals and my baby york.

Then upon arrival back in my sunshine state, I hoped in my first uber by myself back to my apartment. I ate a sandwhich and changed quick to head to work. Ever since then I have been working, eating, sleeping, repeating. It has been kinda lonely, not going to lie. But I’ve realized how much of an option I am to my “friends”, and even some of my “best friends” so I’m letting them be.

Everybody contradicts themselves when giving me guidance and advice, it confuses me and burns out my emotions. It really doesn’t help at the end of the day so I’m going to be spending less time asking and more time doing, without the validation and input from others (as much as I can).

Other issue I have always had with “friends”, “best friends”, and even some family is their conditional presence. Now I am being strong to not give them my unconditional time. It truly isn’t right to take advantage of someone you say is a great friend but leave them hanging when you make plans with your significant other. All of a sudden they are unconditional in your life, so why condition everyone else?..

oh for your own fulfillment of pleasures and desires. Sweet.

I couldn’t relate and frankly never will. Because as much as you will tell me “it will all change for you when you have a boyfriend, then you’ll understand”, I know I won’t be conditional to my solid friends and family so I never will be that way to them. It is called loyalty, goes hand-in-hand with the Golden Rule. It exists in nearly every friendship, relationship, etc. And if it isn’t there, I’m not.

Like I’ve said before, all in or all out.. black or white.. there is no gray area.

In conclusion, over the past week I have felt more love and great laughter from the strangers I sat next to on my rough flights to and from home home than some of the people I’ve mentioned above. I will safely and appropiately talk to strangers, because that is how most of the realest friends I still have started as. Strangers.

Here is to a life I guess many people can’t understand, the ones I have loved and lost, and the ones who’ve stayed. Thank you for choosing me.

I’m super stoked for my adventures to come this summer and to see more of this beautiful world, where I know I am bound to meet some more beautiful souls.

xoxo

Jozey