Michael J. DaPos

Summer Vacation 2014

Upon some reflection, the summer of 2014 may go down in my own personal history as one of the busiest, most eventful, and certainly most memorable summers in my nearly eighteen-year-old life. Where do I begin? I started things off by visiting my favorite place in the world, Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, for the 31st (yes, 31st) time before setting sail on an incredible week-long cruise to Central America. Among the ship's stops were Cozumel, Belize, Costa Maya, and Isla Roatan in Honduras where I worked up the courage to do something I thought I never would due to my fear of heights: zip-lining. It was an amazing experience; it was so exhilarating and surreal to fly high over the jungles of Mahogany Bay in a beautiful part of the world that I've never gotten to travel to before. Shortly after returning home from my cruise, I photographed my cousin's wedding, which took place on a beautiful Saturday afternoon that, after a week's worth of rain, turned out to be a gorgeous summer day. In addition, I spent a weekend camping with my dad in Deep Creek, Maryland, and visited a few colleges with my mom, including Gettysburg College and Allegheny College. Another exciting part of my summer was our family reunion, the first since 2007. My grandmother's father was one of 24 children, so it's usually very hard to get all of the cousins together, but this year, we managed! It was a great time for everyone and, because of the how important family and togetherness truly is, it will be remembered fondly by all of us for many years. Next, I left for a fantastic two-week getaway to Florid and stayed at our family's condo in Flagler Beach while soaking up the sun, getting together with more family members from the Sunshine State, and visiting another college that I'm seriously considering attending (Flagler College). While in Florida, we left for another cruise from Jacksonville: This one was a five-day Bahamian cruise that visited Nassau and Half Moon Cay. As a fully-admitted cruise addict, I can never enough of cruising -- I'm looking forward to my next voyage in December! The week after arriving home from Florida, I took a short trip to the Jersey Shore with my dad and grandparents. We rented a beach house in Ocean City, New Jersey and spent some great, quality family time together. However, I had to leave the shore early because I had a job photographing a fundraiser for the Eagle Forum with Lt. Col. Allen West, easily one of the most intelligent and just genuinely good human beings I've ever had the pleasure of working alongside in politics. Lt. Col. West was as thoughtful as he was inspiring, and I certainly hope our paths cross again in the future. Before summer's end, I got the opportunity to photograph even more events, such as an Energy Citizens meeting with PA Rep. George Dunbar, and political figures, such as Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley (for the second time). As you can see, my summer was packed with fun family functions, incredible political events, and plenty of vacations! I look forward to what the coming year has in store for me, and I can't wait to get started.

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