A Day in Denver

A Day in Denver

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I have a friend who (before this weekend) had never been on a plane, so when I found affordable plane tickets to Denver, we began planning a weekend getaway.

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If you only have one hour in St. Augustine…

If you only have one hour in St. Augustine…

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If you only have one hour in St. Augustine, try to make it 7:00-8:00 am.  At this time, the tourists are absent, the sun is in “golden hour,” and the parking is free.

If you only have one hour in St. Augustine, park near Flagler College.  The school is only fifty-ish years old, but the buildings used to be a prestigious hotel.  The architecture is beautiful!

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How to Save Money at a Disney Resort

How to Save Money at a Disney Resort

This week I attended the Ruffalo Noel Levitz conference at the Disney Swan and Dolphin Resort.  As a self-proclaimed penny-pincher, I consider the prices at Disney a little, um, steep.  However, I did discover a few ways to save money.

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1. Choose “Quick Service” dining options. 

I ate most of my meals at Picabu and Fuel.  These “buffeterias” have delicious food, and (while they’re not cheap) they are cheaper than the more formal restaurants.  I especially liked Picabu because I could grab a hot meal (such as tacos or a burrito bowl) and a snack for later (they stock some of my favorite granola bars).

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Mosquit-OH MY!

Mosquit-OH MY!

For ten hours on Monday, I drove south at 80 mph in the company car.  I am attending a student retention conference this week, and my goal was to reach the hotel before dinner.

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About halfway to my destination, I stopped at the Savannah Wildlife Refuge to snap some nature photos and stretch my legs.  As soon as I exited the car, 1000 mosquitoes attacked me.  I ran in circles while swatting them (killing about 10 mosquitoes per swat) until I could safely return to my car.

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I didn’t try to leave the car again for three hours.

Sorry there aren’t more photos of the nature preserve, but I like my blood to stay in my body.

The Pilot

The Pilot

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Before you leave, I need to know if I there is a man in these rocks, or if I am just seeing things…

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You see it too, right?  Perhaps he is the pilot that gave Pilot Mountain its name.

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This one time at camp…

This one time at camp…

You cannot converse with me for very long without hearing something about summer camp.  Whether it’s the eight years that I attended youth camp as a child or the three summers that I served as photographer at Pine Cove, camp seems to weasel its way into every discussion.

A favorite activity at most youth camps is the blob.  If you aren’t familiar with blobbing, it essentially consists of a giant inflated pillow in a body of water and a high dive.  One child sits at the end of the pillow, and the other child stands on the high dive.  When the second child jumps down to the pillow, the first child is launched into the air.

I was an average-sized teenager.  Thus, I wasn’t very good at blobbing other campers.  However, I loved sitting at the end of the blob and letting the largest high school guys launch me into the air.

As you can imagine, this didn’t always end well.  For the sake of this story, we need to backtrack to the Friday night before I went to camp in 2012. (Warning: this story is loooooooong, but I will try my best to keep it short)

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30 Before 30: Year 3 Review

30 Before 30: Year 3 Review

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On Tuesday, I finished my third year of tackling this list of thirty things I want to do before I turn thirty.  Here’s what happened in year three:

1. I graduated on May 5

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