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Campfire stories

Our Campfire Stories are an opportunity to get to know our team and join in on the adventures they take outside of the workday.

You’ll read stories about weekend treks in hammocks, week-long expeditions to foreign lands, and the tips and tricks to help you succeed during your own adventures. All with a little bit of wit and comedy thrown in.

Dublin & St. James Gate

Dublin & St. James Gate

Our last full day in Ireland had arrived. After a morning where we just kept saying, “I can’t believe we staying in a castle!” It was finally time for us to leave our castle home and start our day. I admit we were reluctant to leave it. It was just such a neat experience. All good things must come to an end though.

The Lough Inagh

The Lough Inagh

Our days in Ireland were beginning to dwindle and we had reached the furthest north we would go. It was time to start driving south. There are a few ways you can drive from Westport to Galway, I would like to make a recommendation for what route to take. The one we took was one of the prettiest and most picturesque drives we’ve ever had. You can find the directions here. This was the route we took.

The Croagh Patrick

The Croagh Patrick

After an evening of Irish music, we arose the next day to do something a tad bit more difficult. Today, we would be climbing the Croagh Patrick, a 764-meter tall mountain just outside of Westport. Named for St. Patrick who would make the trek up the mountain every year to spend Lent on top of the mountain. This climb is not for the faint of heart.

Irish Adventures

As our flight took off in mid-May, I knew we would be embarking on a truly once in a lifetime trip. I had been dreaming of visiting Ireland for years. Ireland was one of the most breathtakingly beautiful countries I’ve ever seen. It immediately felt like home, which only two generations prior it had been my family’s home. My grandmother had come to America from Ireland when she was a little girl.

Southern Grace

It’s mid-April, the weather is gorgeous and it’s time to take a trip with the wife to one of our favorite cities, Savannah, GA. Located about 2 hours south of Charleston, SC and 2 hours north of Jacksonville, FL, this quaint Southern city is a popular destination for many in the Southeast. The colonial style city is filled with parks and history.

Don’t Miss Your Life

I invite you to try an exercise with me. Close your eyes and picture a place you’ve always wanted to go. Picture what this place looks like. Is it a majestic mountain, a waterfall crashing upon the rocks below, or a city in some distant land? Next, think of what this place would smell like. Do hints of primrose and pine fill the air? Maybe it’s homemade Italian pasta and a bottle of old wine that saturate your senses. Lastly, what do you hear? Is French music playing? How about birds singing their happy songs as they go about their day? Or maybe the only sound for miles is your footsteps and the wind. Go ahead, close your eyes now, I’ll wait.

Fall Foliage

Another year, another fall trip to Asheville. This time we decided to spend more time than just a weekend and we rented a cabin in Maggie Valley. Turns out we came at the absolutely perfect time. It’s always a little of a gamble which weekend you choose when you’re going to see the leaves change. This year, going during the last week of October was that right time. The past few years Asheville for the foliage has been a guy’s trip up to hike in the mountains but this year, we made it a couple’s trip with another married couple friends of ours.

Southwest Diversity

This was the most diverse day of the trip. We headed out from the Sandia foothills near Albuquerque and made our way to the red rock deserts on the way to something called the Soda Dam. The red rock deserts were a beautiful, vibrant red. They looked like they had been stained with blood. I’ve never seen anything like it. I felt like I was walking on Mars. To be honest, it looked fake to me. We only made a short pit stop to look at the red rock before rolling on. From there, we headed to the Soda Dam.

Sandia Peak

Our New Mexico trip had reached its zenith. Our last trip before flying out was to Sandia Peak, 10,000 feet above sea level. We boarded a gondola, which is the longest aerial tram ride in the US (random fun fact #1!) and rode it all the way to the top. Here there is a ski resort, obviously not in use in August and a restaurant called High Finance. High Finance is apparently the highest altitude full-service restaurant in the US (random fun fact #2!). High Finance was the perfect place to grab a drink and admire the view. They have a deck that overlooks the valley and Albuquerque below.

The Gap of Dunloe

We missed multiple turns and got a little lost along the way but that’s all part of the fun, right? Missing one turn took us to a serene lake, we definitely didn’t mind that detour at all. After driving down what looked like someone’s driveway we had finally found Lord Brandon’s Cottage. We abandoned our car and set out on foot towards the Gap of Dunloe.

Killarney National Park

From Kenmare, take the N71 toward Killarney. The road will eventually curve seemingly right into the rocks and all of the sudden the view opens up. A vast valley below, mountains all around, an utterly awe-inspiring view. Both our eyes went as wide as could be and in unison, we exclaimed one word, “wooooooooowwwww!!!”.

The Ring of Beara

Feeling fully rested, my wife and I were ready to explore our homeland. We packed up the car to head out from Kinsale and on to our next destination Kenmare. We weren’t heading straight there, however. No, we wanted to explore the road a little less traveled, the Ring of Beara. Situated just below the famous Ring of Kerry, the Ring of Beara doesn’t see nearly as many tourists. Though to be honest, I’m not sure why one became popular and not the other. It was as beautiful, if not more so than Kerry. With fewer cars and more importantly fewer buses to clog up the roadways, we enjoyed unabated views. Just goes to show, that sometimes the best places are off the beaten path.

Irish Adventures

As our flight took off in mid-May, I knew we would be embarking on a truly once in a lifetime trip. I had been dreaming of visiting Ireland for years. Ireland was one of the most breathtakingly beautiful countries I’ve ever seen. It immediately felt like home, which only two generations prior it had been my family’s home. My grandmother had come to America from Ireland when she was a little girl.

Southern Grace

It’s mid-April, the weather is gorgeous and it’s time to take a trip with the wife to one of our favorite cities, Savannah, GA. Located about 2 hours south of Charleston, SC and 2 hours north of Jacksonville, FL, this quaint Southern city is a popular destination for many in the Southeast. The colonial style city is filled with parks and history.

Don’t Miss Your Life

I invite you to try an exercise with me. Close your eyes and picture a place you’ve always wanted to go. Picture what this place looks like. Is it a majestic mountain, a waterfall crashing upon the rocks below, or a city in some distant land? Next, think of what this place would smell like. Do hints of primrose and pine fill the air? Maybe it’s homemade Italian pasta and a bottle of old wine that saturate your senses. Lastly, what do you hear? Is French music playing? How about birds singing their happy songs as they go about their day? Or maybe the only sound for miles is your footsteps and the wind. Go ahead, close your eyes now, I’ll wait.

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