We hope you enjoy our blog and pictures of New York City and beyond!
We are a family of three doing our best to navigate in this unpredictable and adventurous world.
JUST THE FACTS
John – father, photographer and primary 3 in NYC writer
Kelly – mother, digital marketer, site manager and 3 in NYC contributing writer
Trevor – son and contributing 3 in NYC writer
Where we live: Portland, Oregon
OUR STORY IN BRIEF
A few years ago we began traveling from our home in Portland, Oregon, to the big apple - New York City – every few months to see a very special doctor for our son. While initially our visits were quite overwhelming, we soon discovered the trips offered amazing opportunities to experience life in new and exciting ways. Traveling as light as possible (always carry-on), we hop JetBlue night flights to NYC and cram as much as we can into roughly 36 hours.
After over 20 trips (and counting) we know a bit about family travel and what to do well beyond your typical travel guides. If you are new to this site, we upload daily photos from NYC and other places, and offer suggestions on camera gear and thoughts on travel, lifestyle and faith.
While much of the 3 in NYC website focuses on New York City, we also provide images and reviews from our life in Oregon as well as other cool places we have visited. We have come to appreciate how variety is the spice of life!
JOHN’S EVOLVING BIO
For the past two decades my life work has been dedicated to helping those who struggle with addiction. While I am most known for my popular addiction blog, it has been our family trips to NYC that has reignited my long-time passion for photography.
I have been taking pictures as long as I can remember! At one point in my life I assumed I would become a world-famous fashion photographer (in NYC of all places!). Instead, I spent years in school attaining degrees in Business, Counseling, and Systems Science. I learned a lot of cool stuff that has been important in my addiction work, and yet the price for knowledge has been neglecting my love for photography – until we started going to NYC.
Few places in the world rival the melting pot of creative opportunity available in NYC. I am like a kid in a candy store with my camera, eyes wide open, always seeing something new and exciting! While I initially assumed there was little connection between picture-taking and my addiction work, I now realize photography can be an inspiring spiritual practice. It involves slowing down, focusing, and becoming aware of the present moment, all important skills for those who want to stop unhealthy behaviors.
When I’m taking pictures in New York City, I am continually amazed at what I see when I really pay attention!
MY FAVORITES: PICTURES OF NEW YORK CITY
I hope you like our pictures of New York City and beyond. If you are interested in a print, all of our daily photos are available for purchase. I am very happy to share all my tips and tricks on how I work. While you may believe taking similar pictures is beyond your ability, let me assure you that it is a lot easier than you may think. If I can help people overcome challenging lifelong addictions, I feel pretty confident I can help you take cool photos.
While our lifestyle now welcomes our quarterly visits to New York, we have also discovered another way to get the most from our family time – we call it mountain time! On most Friday afternoons, we pick Trevor up from school and drive about an hour to the Mt. Hood National Forest where we own a small cabin in the woods. While most families fill their weekends with soccer games, birthday parties, and never-ending errands, we spend our time leisurely in nature. We hike, ski, kayak, bike, and very often, just hang out and do nothing in particular. For the most part, it is unstructured time that has become as important as our time in NYC.
Family life today is filled with challenges. We have struggled with finding community, optimizing education for Trevor in a state that is ranked 49th in classroom size (in the wrong direction!), moving multiple times during the past few years, finding time for date nights, and negotiating a healthcare system that performs dismally for the cost – which is why we make our cross-country trips to NYC every quarter. And though we know some of our challenges are unique, we are sure you share similar stressors in your own family. The antidote for us has been time in nature.
Our journey of purchasing and remodeling a small cabin on leased US Forest Service land has been quite a saga. So much so that we have documented our experience remodeling a cabin and will be sharing it with our readers soon. I know reading about a remodel may sound quite boring, but really it is quite a story!
CABIN: BEFORE AND AFTER PICTURES
MY FAVORITES: PICTURES FROM MOUNT HOOD
WHO ARE YOU GUYS (AND GAL) REALLY?
In Malcolm Gladwell’s book Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
he argues, pretty convincingly, that first impressions – what you can absorb in a few seconds – can be quite revealing. If that’s true, what can you tell about us from these random lists?
Books: Living Presence, The Mystic Heart, The Growth of the Mind and Robert Ludlum’s books
Music: Rush, Medina, Dan Reed, Disturbed, Goo Goo Dolls, Storm Large and Yanni
Movies: Raiders of the Lost Ark, I Am, Traffic, American Beauty, and Chasing Ice
Food: Pasta, Carrot Cake, and Ice Cream from Salt & Straw
Activities: Photography, Skiing, Kayaking, and Writing
Books: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Me to We: Finding Meaning in a Material World
Music: Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, Goyte, ABBA, INXS
Movies: Goodfellas, Cinema Paradiso, On Golden Pond
Food: Risotto and Gelato of any flavor
Activities: Skiing, Paddle Boarding, Wine tasting
Books: Harry Potter series and Diary of a Wimpy Kid series
Music: Metallica, Rush
Movies: The Harry Potter series, The Avengers, Pirates of the Caribbean
Food: Mac and Cheese and Pizza
Activities: Magic the Gathering, Taekwondo, Minecraft and other cool video games
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