With the mercury rising and the sun shining, July in New England offers many outdoor activities for those long summer days. Biking is a great way to get to get the blood pumping while enjoying all the natural beauty in your area. With countless roads and biking trails, it's pretty easy to hop on to two wheels and start pedaling. I have been frequenting a few lakeside roads in Dracut and Methuen, MA. Unfortunately I took  a pretty serious spill on my bike, resulting in some ugly road rash. Flipping over the handlebars was certainly a frightening moment. In a split second I was sliding on the pavement, to my dismay. The wounds are beginning to heal, and I still want to hop back on the bike to continue exploring this area. With this being said, I want to acknowledge that accidents do happen , but they shouldn't deter you from participating in activities that you truly enjoy. In my eyes, these mishaps are just a reminder to be a bit more cautious. I put together a very short clip of my biking adventures:

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Two days after my bike trip and the painful wounds that ensued, I ventured up to Hampton Beach in New Hampshire with some great kids. Although we all got a bit sunburned in the 90 degree + heat, it was a fine day of sun, sand, and some much-needed saltwater, which was as refreshing as any beach day in recent memory. Here's a short recap of the Hampton festivities:

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In addition to my physical adventures, I have been attempting to embark on mental explorations as well. I came across this quote while reading "Into the Wild" by Jon Krakauer, which tells the true story of an interesting individual by the name of Christopher McCandless, who abandoned his normal life to live on the road and eventually in the Alaskan wilderness. The quote is as follows:

“So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man's living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.”

― Christopher McCandless

While reading this amazing book, I came across countless quotes and insights by both the author and the subject. The aforementioned quote, more than any other, resonated deeply with me. I think Christopher struck the nail on the head with this idea. Too many people, myself included, want a certain sense of security or certainty about our lives, our futures, but where is the excitement in that? This is precisely why traveling and exploring new places appeals to me as much as it does. There is an entire world out there to see and learn from, and the best experiences are those spontaneous moments that capture our hearts and minds.

Break Your Boundaries.