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Lake George 2015


The best feeling in the world is turning your phone OFF! No really, try it. Take a weekend to yourself, place your phone on sleep mode (for emergency calls only) to unplug from the world and enjoy what’s in front of you. No social media, no texting, no boss calling you about a project piece that can wait — nada, zip, zero!

I am embarrassed to admit that at one point in my life, I had my face more in my phone than paying attention to what was in front of me. The anxiety I felt when I haven’t checked my Facebook or Instagram was unhealthy. It’s amazing of what has become of our world today – having technology readily available in our hands is both a blessing and a curse. Which is why I am so grateful for day trips or weekend trips with family and friends. It allowed me to prioritize what’s truly important to me, so I’ve trained myself to unplug and enjoy more of what’s in front of me!

One of my favorite times to unplug is our annual trip to Lake George, NY. Every year, Jorge and I camp, hike, canoe, water tube, eat smores from the SMORE MAKER 3000, and enjoy late night bonfires with our closest friends. It started out with just 3-5 people and now we are a group of 18! After enjoying 4 days worth of adventure, we are usually beat, but more so recharged and ready to take on the adult life. 2015 was our biggest group yet! And we only hope to continue to get more of our friends on board for a weekend of unadulterated fun!

Be sure to check out our video from our 2014 trip! I hope to have 2015 video ready before the wedding season. Enjoy!!!


We stay on a little island that’s part of the Roger’s Rock Campground. In order for us to get there, we either have to canoe or boat to the island. This part always gets my heart pumping for the weekend.


My know-it-all husband teaching the new people how to paddle. This is always his favorite part since it reminds him of his crew days.


Best seat in the… house/tent.


If you’re a hiker, you’re familiar with the rock pile. Usually you pick up a rock during your hike, and when you get to the top, you place it among all the other hiker’s rocks. I don’t know the history behind it, but it’s something we’ve always done since we started hiking a few years back.


Boat day is the best day. Even if I get a little sea sick!



Our last sunrise together before the next trip. Time to go back to the real world! ;(


I am so grateful to have so many loving, genuine people in my life. This is family. And this is a huge reason why we do what we do. We understand, life can get busy. But in July/August of every year, we take time to see each other. We are all so different and unique in our own little ways, and I wouldn’t have it any other other way. Love you guys!


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