Capture That Summer Moment

Summer is when a lot of people around the world vacation or just like to have a little more fun than normal. Coincidentally, summer is a chance to catch up on taking a proper gander at the world around you and capturing that moment. No matter how you capture it, (whether it is a mental picture, actual photography or video) take advantage of the crazy things going on around you.

Some of those out-of-the-ordinary things may include a new craze called ecotourism. It basically is

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vacationing in the outdoors—so now when you go camping, hiking or fishing, there is a special word for it. But having your family become ecotourists (or just regular tourists for that matter) doesn’t specifically mean you have to go camping, hiking or fishing. There are a million things you can do, here are some examples:

  • When you go into the outdoors or somewhere you have never been before, bring a camera to capture the moment in a physical form. This might seem a little cliché, but let’s say you’re out in the middle of Oklahoma and all of a sudden, a funnel cloud forms and the coolest and most interesting clouds you have ever seen are right in front of your face, you definitely want to have a record of that. Who knows what you’ll see when you’re out exploring (maybe something like this).
  • Go do something different! If you’re always out in the city, drive eight or nine hours and go hike in a cavern or drive up New Hampshire’s Mount Washington. Go check out another country’s natural wonders like Iceland’s glaciers and Eyjafjallajökull volcano or Japan’s Mt. Fuji and rice-growing regions. Experiencing something you have never done before is an enriching way to spend time with your friends and family as well as just being outside of the box.
  • Eat! Whenever you go somewhere, do not go to McDonald’s or Burger King because you can get that anywhere. If you go somewhere you are unfamiliar with, the best way to get involved in that place’s culture is its food. Whether it’s fair-trade ice cream in Vermont or farm-raised, grass-fed beef in Texas, eating off the beaten paths and away from the tourists is a great tool to get to know the locals and immerse yourself in the local culture of where you are.

by Scott Sincoff

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