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Spotlight: Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

November 24, 2014

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a tradition dating back to 1924, making it the second oldest Thanksgiving parade in the U.S. It was first televised in 1952 which allowed the event to be shared with the entire nation. Seeing the parade live is one of those lifetime checklist kind of events; the info below will help you get the most out of it. Pre-Ballooning: read more

Photography is an Activity, Get Up and Explore!

November 17, 2014

In this post for Maynard’s photography tips, we are going to be talking about exploring a subject. There are plenty of times when our first shot is not the best shot, so we need to learn that it’s okay to shoot your subject from multiple angles and vantage points. This is what’s great about digital photography, you have nearly limitless film. When I first learned photography with a film camera you had 10 exposures or 24 exposures and you treated each one as if it were your last. I remember walking around looking for things to take photos of and then pausing and asking myself, was it worth one of my precious frames; thankfully those days are over. read more

Volunteer Tanzania by Morgan Longland

November 7, 2014

Why did you choose to volunteer abroad? The idea to volunteer abroad had never really crossed my mind until I took my first international trip to Thailand and Vietnam. I spent two weeks traveling around Asia and was heartbroken by the extreme poverty I saw on a daily basis. Yea, we hear about stuff like this all of the time, but it never truly hits you until it is right in front of your face. Just when I thought it couldn’t get worse, it always did and from that point on it was something that never left my mind. read more

Halloween Around the World

October 30, 2014

Ask me anytime and my answer has always been the same, favorite holiday, Halloween. Halloween is one of the world’s oldest holidays, and is celebrated to this day in several countries around the globe. North America, particularly the US and Canada maintain the highest level of participation in this holiday. Typically 65% of all Americans partake in decoration of their homes and offices, making it second only to Christmas in levels of participation. What about some of the other countries around the world? read more

Road Tripping: Hudson River Valley – Part 2

October 29, 2014

We continue or 48 hour exploration of the Hudson River Valley, centering on the Sleepy Hollow area. Somehow rain invited itself along with us, but we didn’t let it deter us. If you would like to see the first half of our travels along the Hudson, check it out here. Kykuit, the Rockefeller Estate: Kykuit, a Dutch word for lookout, has been home to four generations of the Rockefeller family and is now a historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. read more

Road Tripping: Hudson River Valley – Part 1

October 23, 2014

We spent two days driving up and down the Hudson River Valley trying to see all that we could see. The valley was beautiful with rolling hills blanketed in trees and a river carving its way through the whole thing. The list of possible activities from hiking to art galleries and food choices from schnitzel to wineries were endless. Rain trailed us for a fair amount of time on our journey, but we didn’t let it deter us. Below are some of our favorites. read more

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