Humphrey’s Peak

Today I tackled what I hope will be the first of many climbs in my lifetime. I climbed 12,633 feet to the summit of Humphrey’s peak – the highest point in the state of Arizona – with my good friend, John Swanson. The hike was one of the most challenging, yet one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had. It took us 3 hours and 44 minutes to reach the top and it took us 1 hour and 45 minutes to descend back to our trail head at the Arizona snowbowl! I’m looking forward to many more hikes in the future, especially big hikes with Lindsay! Cheers!(: see the pics below! 

    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
   

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Phoenix Trip: Day 1

Today marked the start of a new adventure! The day started off swimmingly. My favorite person and one of my favorite things were involved – Lindsay and… Good Food. Lindsay and I shared an excellent Bob Evans breakfast. Perhaps I should clarify.. Lindsay had already eaten so she sipped on some joe as I consumed scrambled eggs, home fries, biscuits & gravy, and two pieces of French Toast. Yum. It was a fantastic start to a fantastic day. After breakfast, Lindsay and I ran a few errands and grabbed some things that I would need for my adventure. One of these things was a selfie stick. No shame! I am very pleased with this purchase already! Many of the pictures in this post were in fact taken with the newly acquired item! I then sadly had to say goodbye to Linds and I returned home to quickly load my luggage into the van. My brother-in-law’s brother, Oli Hart, one of my best friends, John Swanson, and myself were all flying to Phoenix for 4 days of adventure/relaxation. I will keep you posted on the forthcoming adventures and memories to be made in the forthcoming days. My mom, dad, and my brother, Sam, took the three of us travelers to the Fort Wayne airport and we said our goodbyes. We checked in successfully (although I did have a minor panic attack when my boarding pass was initially denied)! After checking in and having confirmed that we were not of any harm (read successful security clearance), we waited patiently in terminal 7 for our plane to arrive. Once aboard the plane, we attempted to sit together even though we had all been assigned different seats. Much to our dismay, our plan fell through and I ended up sitting in row 23 in seat D next to my soon to be friends, Larry and Kent Akers (see picture below). Larry sat in seat 23F and Kent in seat 23E. They were both on their way out to Phoenix to partake in a surprise birthday party for their younger brother. Their sister-in-law had planned the surprise party and both of the boys were full of excitement! Larry was an avid photographer who claimed he had 30,000 photos back at his Decatur home. Kent collected dye casted nascar vehicles for funzies! They bob served our country for 4 years in the United States marine corps and they both served in Vietnam. Larry was a mechanic and Kent operated an M60 machine gun. They offered me some words of wisdom after telling me about their time in the military. They said to stay in school and that there is never any true cause for war. After serving, both Larry and Kent worked as semi truck drivers until they both retired 12 years ago. They are great pals, they were great neighbors for my 4 hour flight, and they will be remembered! It’s always so interesting talking to people who are your plane seat neighbors! Everybody has such a different and special story. After witnessing some breathtaking views out of my window seat (pics below), we safely landed at Mesa airport in the greater Phoenix area. Stepping off of the plane into the dessert heat was not nearly as intense as I thought it was going to be! I thought to myself.. “I can deal!” Our friend and host, Paul Giarizzo, picked us up outside of gate 6 and immediately introduced us to in N out burger!!! It was extremely tasty butttt I would still have to say that five guys is better hehe. Five guys has better buns and better meat!!! I got a double double and a vanilla shake #totesdelish Upon leaving in n out, Paul drove us travelers to the home of he and his wife, Kari. The place is beautiful. We quickly took advantage of the fenced in backyard pool, mountains in the background. The scenery was pristine. We spent a good deal of time relaxing by the pool before heading to eat dinner at a place called teakwoods grill and tavern. I ordered 15 boneless wings and some fries and was truly pleased! A great meal that put bdubs wings to shame!!!! After eating dinner, we all came back to Paul and Kari’s house and Paul played some pool basketball with john and oli and myself. It was pretty good fun. Tomorrow the plan is to go to church then have some grilled brats and burgers and chicken for lunch. Later tomorrow afternoon, John and Oli and myself will drive to Flagstaff AZ to camp before ascending to Humphrey’s peak on Monday morning! Today has been a very long, but a very good day! Right now, as I am laying in bed typing this, I am thinking that the air condition needs to be turned up even more becaus I am too hot! Also, I am really missing Lindsay and the rest of the best. Enjoy the pics below!(: 

    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
 

Don’t Let Fear Stop You

Hello Fello Bloggers,

Update: I am ashamed to see just how long it has been since I last posted. Originally, I intended to blog frequently throughout the summer! That really didn’t end up happening at all. Well, I am now over 3/4 of the way through my first semester of sophomore year at Indiana University. School is tough as always. However, I am excited about what is in the future as far as my personal academia goes. I recently made the decision to switch from a biology major to a bachelors of science in kinesiology. If you have followed my blog for any period of time you already know this is right up my ally! On top of pursuing the degree in kinesiology, I will be meeting the pre-physical therapy requirements for IU’s doctorate program. I am excited to see where this journey takes me! I will keep you all posted along the way! Another update – I have gotten into Crossfit training in a big way these past few months. That being said, I just love being in a weight room in general. I am still trying to figure out what goals I want to set for myself. My training currently consists of alternating days of crossfit and bodybuiliding training. I need to set some defined goals for myself that I can go out and smash. Right now I am at that point where I’m just not 100% sure what I want to be my main focus. Needless to say, I am a “crossfitter for good.” I am looking at the possibility of getting my level 1 certificate!

The main purpose of this post: Now to the meat and potatoes of this post – Don’t let fear stand in the way of anything that you desire to accomplish. In a big way, I am typing this post in attempts to speak to myself. For quite a while now, it has been a goal of mine to start regularly vlogging on youtube. My goal has more definition too – I want to not only vlog about parts of my everyday life, I also want to take videos of sets of bodybuilding workouts and whole crossfit workouts to share with my subscribers. I desire to get a large enough following to where I can start to brand some of my own fitness clothing (i.e. long sleeve and short sleeve t’s, sweatshirts etc.) and I can do some online physique coaching, macro coaching and online personal training in general. This is me coming out and describing my goal. This is me taking that first step in what is one huge process. Taking this first step for me requires me pushing my fears to the side. I’ve never really particularly liked the way I look/sound on camera so I am challenging my self by attacking this goal head on. I want to help others reach their own personal fitness goals and I desire to be a valuable source of information for all of my followers! I am excited to start taking the appropriate steps to make my goal become a reality. Follow me along this journey! And, as always, thank you for your support!

SKYDECK

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The Windy City, aka Chicago, is an awesome place. Easily one of both mine and Lindsay’s favorite places! I took Lindsay to Chicago for her birthday and amongst many other fun things we took a hop skip and jump up 1350 feet in the air and 103 floors to the SkyDeck located on the now Willis tower, formerly known as the Sears tower. Let me just say, the view alone from that height was worth it. However, the atmosphere, sky boxes and fun pics you can take don’t hurt either! On a clear day, you can see 5 different states from the top! It was one great experience! HIGHLY RECOMMEND! (:

Challenges

Life is full of challenges.

My girlfriend (Read http://poshpancake.wordpress.com) and I were recently discussing the many challenges that we are faced with in this life. It inspired me to write this.

Challenges are meant to propel us forward. They are never meant to hinder us forever: although, sometimes it may feel like that is exactly what they are attempting to do.

God places challenges in our lives to help us to grow closer to him and to develop into the people he wants us to be.

Challenges provide some of the most valuable learning experiences.

When faced with a challenge we are really confronted with an opportunity; an opportunity to learn, develop, and mold into who God would have us to be.

All of this being said, I realize that in the heat of the moment, in the middle of the struggle, challenges are never easy. Never give up and always make a CONSCIOUS effort to push through it, whatever it may be for you in your specific circumstance.

Fishing With the Best Fish in the Sea

Great post here! I loved the enthusiasm in this post not to mention I’m present in a few of the pics(;

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Summer is all about making the most of the nice weather, relaxing, exploring, discovering a plethora of interests, and gaining new experiences. That being said, I naturally decided that my new hobby was going to be fishing. Maybe it is due to my youth or perhaps it is just my character, but I tend to get fixated and obsessed with different activities. Summer thus far has birthed a love and desire to fish. Do I eat the fish? No. Do I even keep the fish? No. I simply catch them, get so excited, identify them, get so excited, take an unreasonable amount of “fishy fotos,” get excited, release them, and start the entire process over again.

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For a $17.00 fishing license I would say that fishing is a fairly cheap form of entertainment and splendid pastime. Money well spent in my opinion. Although…do not get me started on the fact…

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