#LadyAndEdelman wedding extravaganza!
I don’t normally post about non-adventure oriented travel, but this past weekend deserves a special note. I attended the wedding of my dear friend, Aaron Edelman. For those who may not know him, he is a vital component to my blogging life. Back in 2011, my final year of undergraduate college, Aaron and I decided to embark on a post-degree traveling adventure to South America. We bought one-way tickets to Ecuador and prepared to take life as it came. That journey led to the creation of a blog, “Not living in our parents’ basements.” In it I detailed all of Aaron’s and my adventures for a year of travel across Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina. Aaron and I did not actually spend the whole together, we parted ways in Bolivia. We definitely were taking on life as it came. Later, in 2013, I transferred that blog to Blogger so I could continue sharing my adventures. In the spring of 2016, I again moved my blog to WordPress to better organize my traveling and research websites to a single location. As you may realize, WordPress is where this blog continues to reside. Long story short, this blog may never have existed without the companionship of my college friend on that South American adventure. Thank you Aaron!
Anyway, Aaron and I both attended Cornell College. We met the first week of college, living a few doors down the hall from each other. In fact, many of the wedding attendees were also members of our Pfeiffer second floor group. There are few opportunities to forge friendships like the ones formed in college, when everyone goes through similar life experiences together, and bonds are formed as a family. Sentimentalities aside, Aaron is a great human and friend. After traveling together and sharing combined altitude sickness with food poisoning while bedridden in a tiny bunk-bedded room with a paper thin wall to the bathroom, I feel like an authority on Aaron’s character. And through him I have had the pleasure of spending time with his equally wonderful family. Irv and Maggie generously hosted me twice in Steamboat when I ran the Steamboat Marathon and Run Rabbit Run 50 miler back in 2014.
I only have the best things to say about the Edelman family, so I was delighted to [re-]meet Arden. Arden also attended Cornell College while I was there, so I do remember her existence. But now I have had the chance to actually get to know her, which I look forward to continuing for the years of gatherings and reunions ahead. She is fantastic! I could not have imagined a more creative, fun-loving, and caring human to match the same qualities in Aaron. They are great together! Plus, I never thought it possible that someone else could match Aaron’s love of beer, desire to explore, attachment to nature, and ability to dance with uninhibitedness. I wish these two the absolute best!