Don’t be an echo.

We all have the option to be someone, anyone we choose to be, and when we travel, it helps us figure out exactly who we are or who we want to be. Or maybe just helps us enjoy ourselves and life a bit more.

For those of you who don’t know, I am a Cancer and INFJ so I feel other people’s emotions, even absorb the emotions and energy around me, and seek ways to find and maintain external harmony with everyone and everything. I am overly kind, nice, caring, giving, but have my limits. We all need to have limits and boudaries, or else it invites people to step all over you, disrespect you, take you for granted, etc.

And in order to have said limits, we need to have a voice. Not be an echo. By this I mean stand up for yourself and others, stand for what be believe in and what is right, rather than watching something happen that shouldn’t to others or things, follow the crowd, and quite frankly (pardon my language) take shit. We all have a voice, in some form or another so use it. Even if it make you anxious, shake, or hurt. Even if other’s want to get upset, angry, call you bad things, and even get nasty.

The benefits and chain reactions/effects will be much greater, I promise.. or you will simply loose some “friends”.

But.. state parks, lands, forests, trees, flowers, etc. they do not have voices, so we should be voices for them. Be mindful of your surroundings, the wild creatures that call it home, and your impact on their home. If you wouldn’t like what your doing to be done to you and your home or if you wouldn’t like to be treated the way you are treating others, why do it? Just some food for thought..

Happy 1st day of Summer!

Jozey

Camping in the Rain!

Hello loves!

After nearly 2 years of wanting to go camping in Florida, this past week I finally went with my awesome friend and adventure buddy- thank you Joshy! Neither of us payed attention to the weather radar or planned our trip around the weather, which rain did make our experience quite interesting and unforgettable. Here are tips to survive camping in the rain & make the most of it! Enjoy 🙂

  1. HAVE OR MAKE A RAIN SHIELD FOR YOUR TENT- The last time my parents came to visit me, they left me with our beloved Coleman 4 person family tent (with rainshield) which we used. However, I thought it was ok to just put the rain shield on and clip it to the poles, not inserting the smaller pole to have the rain shield cover extend over the sides of the tent. It should look like this..Image result for rain cover for tent If you do not have a rain shield or cover or need extra one, you can either buy and set up these type of covers. Image result for rain cover for tentImage result for camping in the rain   Image result for camping in the rain

2. BRING EXTRA (ALL OF YOUR) TOWELS- I packed 3, thinking that would be plenty.. when the tent leaked after the first night, that proved to be false. We resorted to using up our role of paper towels, properly putting the rain shield on, and kinda sorta drying them in the camp dryer (bring quarters just in case they do have one!). Of course don’t bring your really nice ones, though everything does come out in the wash.

3. KEEP YOUR FOOD IN YOUR LOCKED CAR- If you get just enough light and dryness,like we did, to cook dinner then bring out the food when cooking it. Otherwise keep it in a cooler or locked container in your locked car and dispose of leftovers, scraps, etc. right away. The second night I heard the pesky raccoons (and luckily googled how to scare them away), which kept me paranoid and briefly scared but after about 15 minutes I let it go. There is not really much you can do about it, they are wild animals and you are in the wild.

4. BRING RAIN GEAR- Especially if you are going camping in Florida or somewhere where it is notorious to rain, bring a rain jacket, umbrellas (big & small), rain boots, extra pair of sneakers, and flip flopss! I actually just hiked/nature walked in my flip flops and used them in the camp shower (yay for hot water and no to athlete’s foot/foot fungus).

5.  PACK PLAYING CARDS- I brought a board game but its hard to play/boring with 2 people. Playing cards are fun, bring good memories(Spoons), and can use them in many ways.. paly games, build card houses, use them as plates, the opportunities are endless.

6. STILL GO- Well, atleast go once so you have the experience and fun. If you go again, go more prepared, as it makes it much more enjoyable. Its better than not going at all. Its better than many things. Enjoy it as much as you can!

 

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