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Great Escapes

Great Escapes

Great Escapes

When was the last time you weren’t tagged by a pager, attached to your cell phone, plugged into e-mail or engrossed by your iPod? Give yourself some much-needed time off the grid: Get inspired by people who know how to get away from it all.

Fall 2012, Great Escapes
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Getting away in the great outdoors

“Visiting the national parks is a great adventure, experiencing the new terrain, wildlife and gaining knowledge about the history of the parks and the people who made them happen.”

Fall 2012, Great Escapes
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The “Zen” of feeling 17 again

“What you experience is…a freedom that’s not unlike the freedom when you first ride a bicycle down a hill without pedaling. Riding a motorcycle is like riding a bike downhill all the time.”

Fall 2012, Great Escapes
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Shedding our work costumes

“We all show up at the river in our rowing clothes and caps. Then later you find out you were rowing with a judge or a surgeon. It’s a great equalizer.”

Fall 2012, Great Escapes
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“Let go and let God”

“As a practicing surgeon, I thought I was God, and everyone affirms it. I found out that I’m a normal human – one day I was a physician, the next day I might not have a job. That was good life training.”

Fall 2012, Great Escapes
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Really getting away from it all

“I started pretty young competing with a bullwhip… In one competition, we had to hit a bandana out of a cardboard-cutout man’s back pocket and a cigar out of his mouth. I won that competition.”

Fall 2012, Great Escapes
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Disciplined lifestyle offers an energized escape

“I’m 43. Herein lies the challenge: There is no master’s level in the professional shows, so I’ll have to compete against 20- and 30-year-olds. But I do it to inspire and encourage women of all ages.”

Fall 2012, Great Escapes
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Keeping the wheels turning

“My wife, Julie, gave me a bicycle on my 50th birthday. I wasn’t as appreciative as I probably should have been. Now, seven years later, I own three bicycles….I’ve set a goal of riding 25,000 miles total by my 60th birthday.”

Fall 2012, Great Escapes
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