When I tell people from Alaska that I'm from New York - they usually think of crowded streets, yellow taxis, and skyscrapers. They almost always react the same way "Oh really?" in an excited tone - and then I reply with the usual "Not the city. Upstate." Rendering them uninterested.
Even though - to me - upstate New York is just as interesting. I love the city, don't get me wrong - there's nothing better than being overwhelmed with the idea of there's so much to do, but so little time. But upstate New York has this timeless quality and memories attached to it that I love going back to.
I moved away around 12 years ago, and since then I've been living mostly in Alaska. Such a drastic change. Why do I keep coming back to Alaska? Short answer - It's my comfort zone. There will be that one day where I move away and pursue adventure outside of this state, but for some reason I haven't been able to muster up the strength.
This isn't a post about why I still live in Alaska though. It's about my time in New York over this past holiday season.
I am very fortunate to have creative friends in different area codes.
Since Cut & Caliber started in November - I wanted to bring some of our grooming products to my family in NY who were very curious and interested in what Kyle and I were working on up here in Anchorage.
From the get-go I wanted to involve my brother and other creative friends with the look and feel of Cut & Caliber. It just seemed like the natural thing to do. And fortunately for me - they were stoked on the idea and were willing to help take pictures for our website and help us with the look of our instagram.
The first of two outings while I was down there - we went to Ithaca, NY. About an hour Northeast of where I was staying. My brother, Rick, and I ended up going with our friends Will and Drew to Taughannock Falls State Park.
I love these type of outings - whether it's for Cut & Caliber or just to hang out with friends. A lot of people up here in Alaska don't understand the term "Going Grammin" and give you weird looks when you say it. The real fact is - it's not all about Instagram - it's about getting out, hanging with friends, and working on a craft.
It doesn't matter how many people follow you. If you continuosly get better at anything - people will notice. It may take time, but if you push hard enough - the benefits will start coming in.
This is a video my brother, Rick Cornfield, created of this particular adventure to the falls and I think it captures the events of the day beautifully.
Tell us in the comments below where your favorite spots are to take pictures in your hometown. Tag them #cutandcaliber for a chance to be featured on our Instagram.
New York Adventure Part 2 coming soon.