Here’s a question for you: What’s better than 9 months of being locked in a library?

Answer: Literally everything.

Since mid-September, I’ve been holed up in dark corners of libraries across Central New York putting together an assault on the four sections of the Uniform CPA Exam. You know, accounting. Tax. Businessy stuff. But hey don’t worry, this post isn’t about that. I can tell you all about bond amortization schedules if you want, but that’s not why I’m writing. No, I really just want to share how excited I am to be free and to be outdoors again. Outdoors and free.

What an awesome feeling.

“What light is to the eyes — what air is to the lungs — what love is to the heart, liberty is to the soul of man.”
-RG Ingersoll

I think that about sums it up. Really, now more than ever, I am thrilled to be away from the books and the notes and to be out in the open in the warm embrace of early summer.

Library School Studying Accounting

Here’s me not hiking a mountain.

It’s been a tough few months, having to skip most activities in the fall, winter, and the greater majority of spring [although I did climb Mt Kilimanjaro, so I guess there’s that]. But really, the waves of Lake Ontario are only so beautiful if you only see them from the third floor of Penfield Library.

That being said, my self-imposed exile has allowed me to rediscover (or maybe just clarify tenfold) my inner passion for not being inside. With these exams behind me, I’ll be spending the next few days not doing much else aside from soaking in some rays on the porch.

Hiking Mt. Adams Presidentials New Hampshire

Laurie and Sean attacked Mt. Adams together last summer.

But then, after my necessary R&R, I’ll be putting together a string of adventures that will include local kayaking, hiking in the Adirondacks and Catskills, a road trip across the northern US, and (if all goes well) sightseeing across the pond with our friends in Europe, all of which I’m excited to share here. I also can’t forget a trip up north to visit Laurie to help her check some items off her bucket list; word has it we’ll be doing things in the ocean (?!??!). So stay tuned for that and, with any luck, a myriad of other fun and interesting stories that I’m very much looking forward to sharing. Feel free to share some ideas with me, I’m pretty much up for anything at this point.

But hey, in the meantime, now’s the perfect time to make an adventure of your own, because why not? It’s summer. It’s summer and there’s freedom in the air. Does it get any better than that?