FAMILY TRAVEL Bellevue Club member and family travel expert Jennifer Spatz shares her secrets to a memorable trip abroad
NOURISH YOUR NAILS ALEXANDER'S HEART AND HOPE THE SCIENCE OF JETLAG THE LATEST TRAVEL TECH
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“Travel at its most fulfilling ecourages genuine and meaningful interaction with others.” —Jennifer Spatz
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FAMILY TRAVEL MATTERS
Travel expert Jennifer Spatz gives practical tips on trips abroad.
One local family’s story of heartache and healing.
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I ORIGINALLY INTENDED TO TALK ABOUT SPRING TRAVEL IN THIS LETTER, BUT THE DIRECTION TOOK A TURN AFTER I SPOKE WITH A FEW OF OUR MOST KIND-HEARTED MEMBERS. As an editor, I hear a lot of incredible stories about unbelievable people. However, there are few that have stopped me in my tracks like that of the Chaffey family. I don’t want to give away the details here. You can read the full story on page 50. But what I can say is that the capacity for people to take a bad situation and turn it into a positive one is powerful, and that’s exactly what this family did when the worst thing imaginable seemed to happen. Taking it even a step further, they found a way to give back and make positive change happen for other people as well. In the same vein, another member, Jennifer Spatz, reminded me that it doesn’t always take a disaster to make you feel like doing good for others. Spatz is a travel expert who specializes in helping families make the most out of their trips abroad by serving communities in need. For instance, she plans trips to build soccer fields for underprivileged areas. You can read more about her services and how you can get your own kids involved on page 32. For some lighter reading, get some travel tips about how to combat jet lag (page 44) and the latest in travel in technology (page 38).
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Eastside news from our partners at 425 Business magazine. CRYPTOCURRENCY: FROM ABSTRACT TO REALITY
Local companies are helping bitcoin and cryptocurrency investors diversify their assets. Early bitcoin and cryptocurrency investors have seen huge gains in recent years. But how can someone who’s raking in the value with cryptocurrencies turn those digital dollars into something more … real? A growing number of businesses, including local companies Hillstone Capital and Coinme, are stepping in to help pioneering investors diversify their portfolios and turn their cryptocurrency into assets like real estate or cash. Hillstone Capital, a private Bellevue-based real estate investment firm recently began accepting bitcoin as payment for real estate investments. Christina Robbins, the firm’s creative director, said Hillstone wants to assist bitcoin investors with integrating into the mainstream investment market.
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Big changes are in the works—and some already have occurred—at Overlake Medical Center By all definitions, last fall‘s unveiling of Overlake Medical Center’s $20 million cancer center was a big deal. The center’s patient-centered design already is saving lives and helping patients and their families feel at ease, with its dedicated entrance, single check-in area, valet service, consultation rooms, on-site financial services, beauty-related services, and an infusion “party room” where patients can visit with others while receiving treatment.
Hundreds of local business leaders convened at the Westin Hotel in downtown Seattle on Mar. 8 for the 46th Annual Economic Forecast Conference hosted by the Economic Development Council of Seattle & King County. Panel discussions explored topics such as business and technology innovations, urban development strategies, and workforce trends, while industry experts and analysts offered their thoughts on global, national, and local economic trends anticipated in 2018. Still, much attention was paid to the Puget Sound region’s booming, yet double-edged, economy and housing market. Read about the five takeaways from this year’s conference at 425business.com.
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The club provides facilities for a variety of sports, including mountain biking, cricket, swimming, squash and tennis. Or visit one of two gyms for a straightforward workout, followed up with some relaxation in the steam room or sauna. Refuel after a long day at the Club House, offering pub food and an extensive wine assortment in a semicasual atmosphere. Under the Oak provides poolside dining and specialty music and food events. Another dining option, the Grill Room and Members Bar, boasts an impressive view with a meal to match. For more information, visit thecountryclub.co.za.
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The Club hosted a five-course wine dinner in Polaris featuring wines and fare from classic regions of France such as Champagne, Loire Valley, Burgundy, Rhone Valley and Bordeaux. Guests enjoyed traditional dishes, such as rabbit, lamb and sweetbreads, with a modern twist. In hopes of inspiring your own dinner party, on the following page Executirve Chef Justin Sledge shares the recipe for the amuse bouche, which was a Buckwheat Blini with Dill Crème Fraiche and Caviar. While it sounds fancy, it’s approachable for culinary enthusiasts of all levels and is a real crowd-pleaser.
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BUCKWHEAT BLINI WITH DILL CRÈME FRAICHE AND CAVIAR BLINI
1 packet of active dry yeast 1 ½ cups of warm milk (108-110 degrees) 1 cup all-purpose flour ½ cup buckwheat flour ½ teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon granulated sugar ¼ cup melted, unsalted butter 3 eggs, separated PROCEDURE
In a large bowl, mix the yeast in with the warm milk, stirring until dissolved. Set aside and let the yeast mixture bloom for 10 minutes. In a separate large bowl, sift the allpurpose flour, buckwheat flour, salt and sugar together. Make a well in the center and pour in the yeast mixture, melted butter and egg yolks (reserve the whites), and whisk until smooth. Cover with a towel and let it rise in a warm place for an hour and a half. Just before you are ready to cook the blini, beat the egg whites until stiff, the batter. w r i tand t e nthen b y nfold a m ethem h e r into e Place a griddle or non-stick skillet over medium-high heat and brush it with a little melted butter. Pour one tablespoon of the batter into the pan to make pancakes about three inches in diameter. Cook for about 30 seconds, then flip with a spatula and cook another 30 seconds. Stack the blini on a platter and wrap them in a cloth napkin to keep them warm. Finely chop the dill and add to the crème fraiche with the other ingredients. Top the warm blinis with the dill crème fraiche and then a small amount of roe or caviar.
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DILL CRÈME FRAICHE
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EXPERIENCE, SIP AND EXPLORE CLASSIC WASHINGTON IN SPRING APRIL 2–19—SEATTLE RESTAURANT WEEK
Seattle Restaurant Week is the city’s biggest dining celebration. More than 165 restaurants will participate to provide three-course dinners for $33. For more information, visit srw.seattletimes.com. APRIL 1–30—TULIP FESTIVAL
The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is an entire month of blooming and appreciating nature. Events range from galas to meetings with Tinkerbell among the flowers. Depending on the event, all ages and ticket prices will change. For more information, visit tulipfestival.org.
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APRIL 7—ANACORTES SPRING WINE FESTIVAL
The Anacortes Wine Festival brings 30 wineries to Fidalgo Island for an afternoon getaway of wine tasting, food pairings and shopping. Turn it into a weekend trip and enjoy live music, art and the blooming tulip fields after the event. For more information, visit anacortes.org/spring-wine-festival. APRIL 28—SEATTLE CHEESE AND MEAT FESTIVAL
Explore the smells, tastes and textures of cheese, charcuterie and accompaniments while pairing them with wine, beer, cider and mixed drinks. By purchasing different levels of tickets, you’ll have access to different tastings—or all of them! For more information, visit facebook.com/cheeseandmeatfestival. MAY 5—OPENING DAY OF BOATING SEASON
Watch as the Seattle Yacht Club celebrates the first day of boating season with an “Ocean Crossings” parade across the Sound. Or, if you’re a lover of the high seas, register your own boat to be a part of the celebration. For more information, visit seattleyachtclub.org. MAY 10–20—SEATTLE BEER WEEK
The 10th annual Seattle Beer Week is here with 10 great days of celebrating all things beer. Travel through the greater Seattle area with different events in every spot. Enjoy tastings, competitions and beer-inspired shows. For more information, visit seattlebeerweek.com. MAY 16–19—BALLARD JAZZ FESTIVAL
Four days of non-stop jazz, the Ballard Jazz Festival will include drum, guitar and jazz concerts, all ending with the Jazz Walk on the final day. During the Jazz Walk, all of downtown Ballard is taken over as 23 groups play at 10 venues for a single ticket price. For more information, visit ballardjazzfestival.com. MAY 25–27—SASQUATCH! MUSIC FESTIVAL
Each year, campers and tents line the Gorge to celebrate music and life. This year, the Sasquatch! Music Festival dropped back to one weekend and is already sold out. But, if you’re looking to go, keep your eyes peeled, there are rumors there’s another round of sales coming soon. For more information, visit sasquatchfestival.com.
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ourish your nails The Bellevue Club offers a new type of dipping powder that caters to the best of both worlds—beauty and health. Does a manicure that stays flawless for two to three weeks sound too good to be true? What if the polish also promises to strengthen your nails in the process? SNS brought this dream product to nail salons everywhere, including The Spa in the Bellevue Club. “It’s a colored dipping powder that wears like a gel,” says Katie Wallis, Spa & Athletic Services Director. Formulated with vitamins A, E, D and B5 and calcium, your nails are actually getting nourished with each treatment. Other benefits are that there is no UV light used in the drying process (they cure in roughly 10 minutes in open air), and there is virtually no chemical smell. Call 425.688.3114 or visit The Spa at the Bellevue Club for more information or to book an appointment.
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FAMILY TRAVEL MATTERS interview
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Reflections magazine: What’s your best advice for traveling as a family? Jennifer Spatz: I always encourage people to do something immersive in the culture they are visiting. Going to UNESCO world heritage sites, beautiful beaches and mountains can be amazing, but travel at its most fulfilling encourages genuine and meaningful interaction with others, which ultimately leads to a deeper understanding and appreciation of yourself and those you meet on the journey. RM: Any tips for traveling with young kids? JS: With young kids, you will be hauling a lot more gear, so you may not want to travel to a place where you are hiking or navigating cobblestone streets. I also recommend waiting to plan a “trip of a lifetime” until the kids are a little older. My family traveled to China when my daughter was 6 and my son 8, and I had them keep a journal and draw about their experiences climbing the Great Wall and volunteering in a giant panda sanctuary. Six years later, they still have fun memories. RM: What about older kids? JS: For older kids, I encourage families to plan vacations around your child’s interests, which allows you to engage with your child in the planning process. For example, given my son’s passion for playing soccer, we have taken several trips where we play soccer with the locals, from the slums of Mumbai to the beaches of Cuba. In Nicaragua, we built a soccer field with a local community with 16 other travelers. RM: What are some common mistakes people make when planning family vacations? JS: Not understanding the culture and some of the political issues of the destination in advance of traveling is probably one of the greatest mistakes people can make. Having such information helps you be culturally sensitive and allows travelers to engage with the locals over topics that you know they care about.
Taking a trip to a new, exciting place sounds great. Adding an element of community service probably sounds even more enriching. However, deeply immersing your entire family in another culture also might be slightly intimidating to plan. Bellevue Club member, owner of Global Family Travels and co-founder of Impact Travel of Greater Seattle, Jennifer Spatz talked with Reflections about how to give the whole family the travel experience of a lifetime.
RM: How do you suggest people better inform themselves before traveling? JS: Global Family Travels supplements travelers’ experiences with reading lists, informal discussions, and a pre-trip orientation, which includes information on the culture and history of your host country, helpful words and phrases and cultural “do’s and don’ts.” RM: What destinations are you personally looking forward to visiting this year? JS: This July I am leading a group trip to my favorite place on Earth—Ladakh, India, which has always been at the heart and soul of Global Family Travels and is one of the most magical destinations we visit. Often called “Little Tibet” and located high in the Himalayas of Northern India, Ladakh’ s culture is ingrained with the Buddhist way of life. Trip highlights include the opportunity to contribute meaningfully in the village of Stok by participating in a community service project.
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TRAVEL TIPS LINES
Get Global Entry, which is part of the Trusted Traveler Program. This will save you time waiting in TSA security lines and customs. PACKING
I like to use the plastic travel space bags for packing as they allow you to shrink clothes down and fit more in your luggage. MONEY
Use ATM machines to get best exchange rate and a credit card that doesn’t have international charges. Also notify your bank and credit card companies that you’ll be traveling abroad. STAY CONNECTED
Set up an international plan with your phone so you don’t have exorbitant data roaming charges, and of course connect to Wi-Fi when you can. BATTERY
Get battery operated chargers for devices—you never know when your phone will run out of juice! DOCUMENTS
Bring photocopies of passport, tickets, insurance and credit cards with you as a precaution for lost documents in case you lose any of them. WATER BOTTLE
I always carry a water bottle to be environmentally friendly and to stay hydrated and healthy while traveling. PILLOW/JACKET
I like to use a multi-purpose light-weight jacket that folds into a pouch that can be used as pillow for traveling. ORGANIZE TRAVEL DOCS
Create an e-mail folder for your trip and use TripIt, which allows you to keep all of your travel documents and plans in one place and access it from a smart phone. FIRST AID KIT
Easily overlooked, you never know when you will need a Band Aid or tweezers!
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RM: Is there a destination you recommend families avoid right now? JS: Not really, just do your research before you go and be aware of any political unrest and steer away from the places where you feel unsafe. RM: What’s new with Global Family Travels? JS: Despite the recent reversal of travel policies to Cuba, the good news is it is still an accessible destination and we are taking trips there. We are also excited to be developing new trips to Nepal, South Africa and Guatemala for Days for Girls, a non-profit based in Washington State. We are also expanding our soccer trips, creating a Soccer Safari to Zimbabwe to play with youth teams. RM: Is there anything else you want to share about yourself or traveling? JS: One of the things I am most excited about is my new role as co-founder of the Impact Travel of Greater Seattle, which we recently introduced to Seattle-area community leaders, tourism officials, and local non-profits. Committed to leveraging the potential of travel to help solve the world’s most pressing challenges, our mission is to provide education, advocacy and community building around sustainable tourism, with the goal of strengthening our own communities.
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ABOUT GLOBAL FAMILY TRAVELS
Based in Bellevue, Global Family Travels’ mission is to learn, serve and immerse. In partnership with community-based tour partners, schools and non-profit organizations, they offer familyfriendly, sustainable travel experiences in support of education, preservation of local cultures, conservation and economic growth. Their trips include a mix of cultural and educational activities, homestays and participation in local service projects aimed at improving the lives of people in the communities they visit. → For information, visit globalfamilytravels.com.
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Amazon just released a waterproof Kindle. All of your prayers have been answered: Finally, a way to read by the pool without having to worry about wet pages or destroyed tablets. Now, you’ll be able to read your books without worrying about falling off your inflatable poolbed. Not only is the new feature well worth the buy, but Kindles also protect your eyes from normal strains that tablet lights yield and the screen is much easier to see in the sun.
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GoTenna acts as a walkie-talkie add-on to your mobile phone when you have no signal. Whether you’re hiking or in another country, if you have one end and your travel partner has the other, you can remain in contact even in areas you wouldn’t normally have service. GoTenna is a plug-in phone device that operates via Bluetooth, so you can send messages even when there’s no signal. Messages are transmitted via radio waves, so no more getting lost.
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Each year, new and exciting accessories come along, giving you even more excuses to hit the tarmac this spring. Whether you need help packing, keeping in contact with your party or just relaxing by the beach, the newest innovation in travel tech has you covered.
A TEP portable hot spot allows you to connect your device to Wi-Fi and maintain an internet connection from anywhere. This is a great option for those who do a lot of international travel.
→ For more information, visit tepwireless.com. SMART LUGGAGE LOCKS
Lock your luggage with Bluetooth instead of keys—no more lost keys or forgotten codes keeping you from your belongings. Once you’ve downloaded the app, you can manage users and permissions to access a piece of luggage. There’s also a built-in TSA lock in case you travel from state to state often.
LUMOS SMART SLEEP MASK
Supported by funding from Stanford and NASA, Lumos delivers the best sleep on a plane and could be the much-needed cure for jet lag. It uses light flashes to adjust your circadian rhythms, syncing your brain to the local time zone wherever you’re landing. You can pre-reserve your mask now.
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Pack Simply is trying to, clearly, make packing simple. For constant travelers, hunting down travel-sized toiletries you actually enjoy and making sure your bag will be TSA-approved is a hassle. Pack Simply lets you choose from hundreds of products and customizes your bag. If you spend more than $20, your clear travel bag is free. This service is a must for frequent travelers; just order a few at a time and always have one at the ready.
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If you’re a frequent traveler, you know what it’s like to jump between time zones and get hit with the feeling of being off. Even if you’ve only lost an hour or two, something is just not right. ecently, QATAR Airways announced their newest perk: jet lag–resistant aircrafts. The A350-1000 aircraft has new comfortable features for first and business class, but the bigger news is what’s hitting economy passengers: revolutionary jet lag–fighting flight features.
The A350-1000 offers enhanced levels of passenger comfort, thanks to the lowest twin-engine noise level on any aircraft, advanced air-conditioning technology and full LED mood lighting to adjust circadian rhythm. Recently, NASA also announced new sleep-mask technology, giving passengers the sense of a full-night’s sleep during shorter nap times. As scientists try to break down the barriers between humans and sleep deprivation, understanding the body’s needs and how to battle jet lag will lead to more productive business trips—or even more time spent sight-seeing on your next international excursion.
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WHAT IS JET LAG?
Jet lag is a series of symptoms that occur when your internal body rhythm is disrupted. We all have built-in timers that tell us when to sleep, eat, etc. A small group of cells called the suprachiasmatic nucleus, or SCN, let us know when to sleep and wake up; they also aid in regulating hunger, mood and blood pressure. One of the main signals these cells use is light, which helps to rest the clock every day as the sun rises and sets. According to researchers at NASA, it takes about a day for your body to shift one time zone. Imagine traveling halfway across the world—that’s several days of resetting to catch up on. Jet lag essentially comes from a process of “breaks” in the body. Since we’re regulated by the sun, human bodies have developed an SIK1 gene that “breaks” certain processes even when it’s light out. For example, when we see artificial light or moonlight. Without these genes, we’d have erratic body clocks. Instead, the SIK1 gene aims to preserve the stability of our internal clock and keep us on our usual schedule, negating sun and slowing down our process for adjusting to new time zones.
JET LAG AND THE BODY If you’re a frequent traveler, you probably don’t appreciate jet lag because it lessens productivity. But it can also lead to negative health effects. Common side effects are fatigue, confusion and lack of awareness. Jet lag can disrupt your genes, throwing them off their normal rhythms, and reduce neuron growth in the brain, decreasing memory and learning ability.
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HOW TO BEAT IT
Adjust your schedule before you leave.
First, it’s easiest to adjust when going from east to west because your body clock can be delayed by going to bed later rather than forcing yourself to sleep earlier. Experts suggest, no matter which direction you’re traveling, that several days before your trip you go to bed and wake up an hour earlier each day. Take melatonin in the afternoon if you need assistance falling asleep. In the morning, find a bright light of any kind to sit under for a bit while your body is waking up.
Control your light exposure. A study by NASA suggests that consciously manipulating your exposure to light over time will help with jet lag, but not to do it all at once. To help your body clock reset in a new time zone, it’s important to seek out and avoid light at the right times of day. If you’re traveling east, you’ll want to advance your body clock, so seeking morning light and avoiding late afternoon light will help. If you’re traveling west, do the exact opposite.
Take melatonin. Talk to a doctor first if introducing a pill into your routine makes you uneasy. However, one study found that a dose of five milligrams of melatonin in the early evening helped participants adjust to new time zones faster.
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The story begins with Alexander, who at age 19 was enrolled in school at Seattle Pacific University. He started experiencing painful episodes in which his chest would hurt intensely and his breath would shorten while his pulse raced and his arms became numb. After a few different physicians deemed his heart completely normal, they told the family it was a bad case of panic attacks. “Throughout the following months, I visited psychiatrists and booked appointments, got medications, got massages, and I even did meditation,” Alexander says. “Nothing, however, seemed to help this sudden formation of ‘anxiety’ I was experiencing.” The most intense episode happened when the entire family, including his mom, dad and two sisters, went on an extended hiking trip to Moab. As he was hiking back down from the famed Delicate Arch in Arches National Park, he had to stop suddenly. “I was in incredible pain. My legs were giving out and I could hardly walk,” Alexander says. His mother, Jen, did what the doctors told her to do. She encouraged him to take deep breaths and do calming techniques. Park rangers checked his vitals and eventually brought him down on a stretcher. Everyone chalked it up to another panic attack. “I knew something wasn’t right, but when you’re given the same information over and over that everything is all right, all you can do is trust it,” Jen says. The family finished the remaining days of the trip, and while Alexander says he didn’t feel great, he continued with them. Upon returning home, Jen couldn’t shake the worry, and she took Alexander to her naturopath for a full blood test. At 7:30 a.m. the following morning she got the phone every call every mother dreads. They needed to discuss the results right away. “They told me something was really wrong. His liver enzymes were really off and his liver and other organs were huge. They said I needed to take him for imaging immediately,” she explains. “The tests showed he had a bicuspid aortic valve, which I had never been told before, and that he had a really bad aortic heart valve. He had an infection that went to the valve and he needed a replacement—tissue or mechanical.” Looking back, Jen says a valve replacement seems very simple in comparison to what actually transpired. Upon closer examination, tests showed Alexander’s heart was only functioning at 30 percent and emergency surgery was needed. As the family was trying to process this information, Alexander flatlined.
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In the summer of 2017, life changed for the entire Chaffey family.
“The doctors warned me he might not make it through the surgery,” Jen says. She further explains how the only thing that saved her son was that he was immediately hooked up to an ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) machine, which artificially oxygenates and circulates blood through a patient’s body. For Alexander, it played out like a nightmare and he had no idea his whole heart was being removed. “I was told I needed a heart valve replaced, and I had chosen a pig valve as opposed to a mechanical one. This was a big decision for me. They were taking me to a CAT scan, and my parents said they would see me in an hour,” he says. “Little did I know, I woke up about a week later on an artificial heart, unable to move, and severely hallucinating. It turns out that that last episode [in Moab] was actually a massive heart attack, and that I had an infection in my heart (endocarditis).”
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Some people live on an artificial heart for years. But, thankfully, Alexander cleared the necessary assessments and was placed on the list for a heart transplant. “He was on the list for only eight days before a heart became available,” Jen says. “That was a record. They told us it’s never been that fast before.” The transplant was successful. Since the transplant, life has been different for Alexander and his family. He takes many medications and is aware that this is not a lasting solution. “There is a 100 percent rejection rate; it just depends on when,” Jen explains. But, in the meantime, the whole family is elated that Alexander is getting back to a somewhat normal life and returning to school. In fact, his sister Bella, age 22, has since begun the process of starting a nonprofit called Alexander’s Hope, which advocates for organ donation education and awareness. “A lot of people think they’re an organ donor and aren’t.
Many people don’t know how to do it, or they have misconceptions,” Bella says. “People think if you’re an organ donor [that the doctors] aren’t going to try as hard to save you. That’s just not true.” Bella’s plan for Alexander’s Hope includes speaking at schools as well as pushing for possible new legislation in regards to organ donation. "Through the creation of Alexander’s Hope, my wish is not only to save lives through educating the public on organ donation, but I also hope for Alexander to know that his survival was not by chance, but that he was meant to survive in order for others to get a second chance at life as well," Bella says. Alexander's Hope is still in the beginning stages, with a website planned to go live this summer. Be sure to check out alexadershope.org for more information and updates.
“I am eternally grateful to that person who checked the box to be an organ donor,” Jen says. “Because they did that, I get to see my son’s face every day.” -Jen Chaffey
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IN HIS OWN WORDS
Alexander shares lessons learned: Reflections Magazine: What are the most important lessons you learned throughout this process? Alexander Chaffey: Life is a lot more valuable than some people believe it to be. I have an immense appreciation for life now, as mine was almost taken from me. Also, appreciating the little things in life is important. I didn’t realize just how much I had taken for granted until I was confined to a hospital bed and couldn’t do it anymore. Something as simple as going to the bathroom by myself or taking a shower. You become so dependent. RM: Do you have any advice for other young people going through a similar medical ordeal? AC: If you are concerned about something, please get it checked out. I was falsely diagnosed at the beginning and things didn’t work out as intended (I don’t fault the doctors at the ER I originally went to. The analysis just wasn’t comprehensive enough, but they did a marvelous job and are wonderful people). For those who know they must get a transplant beforehand or are going through similar ordeals, remember this: positivity and hope will guide you and make it all the more bearable. As perhaps cliché as it may sound, this is true. People noted how I was so positive and good-spirited about my situation, and that is part of what helped me through it. Don’t be afraid to cry when you need to or to be frustrated on occasion; I definitely had those feelings and let them out. However, dwelling in negativity and self-pity does no one any good; not you, not your family, not your friends, not your nurses, and not your doctors. Positivity and hope for recovery is a powerful force.
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RM: How does it feel knowing your story inspired your sister to start a nonprofit for education about organ donation? AC: I feel a bit strange, but in the best way possible. It’s honestly really heartwarming to know that my ordeal sparked the fire in my sister to create an organization that will save lives. I know the struggles of a person waiting for a life-saving donation, and I was lucky to get my transplant so quickly. Others are not so lucky. I know my story and ordeal has inspired many people from the letters I received, the stories my family would tell me, and the vast network of people they told my situation to who prayed and hoped for me. Every now and again, I’ll be in a grocery store or some other place, and I’ll get recognized by someone who had followed my story and had prayed for me. It’s a bit surreal. Bella has always had a passion for non-profit and works hard at everything she does, so I know she’ll excel with Alexander’s Hope and end up saving and educating a lot of people in the process. RM: What are your thoughts about the importance of organ donation and public education? AC: There is no doubt that education and awareness is extremely important. There are plenty of people who are uneducated or sometimes against organ donation. Organ harvest is only done on the legally dead, and some people I’ve conversed with didn’t know this information. Sure, live donations can be done with kidneys and such, but a heart? No one’s sacrificing themselves to save someone else like that. That’s not how it works. Some people have religious conflictions with organ donation. I can’t speak very much to that, but I struggle with understanding the concept; why would you not want to save someone, or several other people’s lives when you have no further use for your organs? RM: How has this past year shaped your vision of the future? AC: My own mortality has definitely been put on the table. I know I will need another transplant sometime in the relatively future, which kind of scares me, but it is something I must accept. There’s no denying this, and I’ve been through it once, so I know how to handle it. I plan to continue on with the life that was almost taken from me, thanks to the generosity of my donor. I almost feel an obligation that I need to do something ridiculously spectacular since I’ve been given a second chance at life, but I know that that sort of arbitrary pressure is pointless and not founded on anything. I will continue to live my life the way I want to live it, and I hope to be able to do something with writing or music, or some other passion of mine in the future.
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Each of the six communities has its own personality. The windmills and old-world Danish architecture give Solvang an extra burst of Scandinavian charm. Founded in 1911 by Danish American immigrants, the town is a favorite for photos and bakery treats. Tasting rooms are as plentiful as the pastries in Solvang where flat streets are filled with shops, restaurants, and even a brewery or two. Newly renovated, the Landsby is an excellent choice for lodging. Light-filled rooms are furnished with Scandinavianinfluenced furnishings, wood-plank flooring, reading nooks and cozy details like knitted throw blankets and a whimsical bent-wire “goodnight” over the headboard. The rooms are arranged around an open courtyard adorned with lounge chairs, umbrellas and fire pits perfect for the cool evenings. Happy hour at the Mad & Vin bar downstairs is popular with tourists and locals alike. → For more information, visit thelandsby.com.
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Further north, the quaint downtown of Los Olivos looks like Mayberry meets wine country. Victorian homes and shops spread out around a central flagpole at the intersection of Grand Avenue and Alamo Pintado. For luxury accommodations, look no further than the Fess Parker Wine Country Inn & Spa. Known for his roles as Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone in the mid-1950s, Fess Parker purchased hundreds of acres in the Santa Ynez Valley in the 20th century planting wine grapes with his son Eli in 1989. The Inn and onsite restaurant, The Bear and Star, pay homage to Parker’s Texan roots as well as his California home. Just up the street behind the Epiphany tasting room, two wine country cabins provide a more personalized stay: “World Headquarters” has two king bedrooms and a full kitchen for up to four guests; “Chateau Relaxeau” is a cabin made for two with one king bedroom. → For more information, visit fessparkerinn.com.
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It’s not hard to get a good meal in this part of the country with plentiful seafood, locally raised meats and sun-kissed produce. The S.Y. Kitchen in the town of Santa Ynez serves modern Italian dishes in a casual California farmhouse setting. Brothers and chefs Luca and Francesco Crestanelli create colorful, flavorful and perfectly seasoned dishes featuring wild foraged mushrooms, fresh-caught seafood, handmade pasta and grilled entrees. It’s obviously a favorite haunt for visitors from L.A., as evidenced by the dining room full of beautiful people. Other great dining options include Pico at the Los Alamos General Store, Industrial Eats and, if tracing the steps of Sideways, the Hitching Post II in Buellton. Try the fantastic brunch at the Bear and Star in Los Olivos where even the carrots become a work of art, arranged as an orange skyline. The brisket is heavenly, the chicken liver mousse creamy and rich—perfect with a glass of sparkling Fesstivity Brut Rosé. → For more information, visit sykitchen.com | losalamosgeneralstore.com | thebearandstar.com.
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While in Solvang, make a point to stop at one of the many bakeries (Solvang Bakery and Mortensen’s Danish Bakery were personal favorites) for a cheese Danish, cinnamon crisp, almond butter ring, or kringle. Of course, the Solvang pastry “rite of passage” is the æbleskiver at Solvang Restaurant—a trio of fried pancake balls slathered in raspberry jam sauce that will have you returning to your cushy bed for a nap in no time. Perhaps my favorite discovery while visiting the Santa Ynez Valley was the tri-tip sandwich—the “Philly cheesesteak” or “Mission burrito” of Santa Barbara County. Everyone has an opinion on where to find the original or best version, but most people agree that a stop at the Cold Spring Tavern off Highway 154 (San Marcos Pass) is worth the effort. An Old West watering hole open since 1886, Cold Spring Tavern will probably be full of tourists, especially bikers, but the perfectly seasoned meat roasting over open flames makes it all good. Pay for a sandwich ticket at the bar and present it to the guys around back doing the grilling. They will slice off several juicy strips of beef into a French roll, leaving the salsa or barbecue sauce toppings up to individual preference. → For more information, visit coldspringtavern.com.
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You can’t pick up an æbleskiver and throw it without hitting a tasting room (more than 30 in Los Olivos alone) or vineyard in these parts. Download the Santa Ynez Valley tasting room map from visitsyv.com to plot your course. One of the region’s oldest remaining vineyards, the Brander Vineyard produces several versions of its signature varietal, Sauvignon Blanc. Other vineyards line Alamo Pintado Road including Blackjack Ranch (featured in Sideways) and Buttonwood Farm where guests can sit out on the back patio, gaze into the peach orchards and hear the goats bleating in the background. Another vineyard hot spot clusters around Foxen Canyon Road in the north with outlier Presqu’ile Winery a mustvisit destination for cool-climate Pinot and Chardonnay. Take a break from wine sipping with an olive oil tasting at Global Gardens just outside Los Olivos. Proprietor Theo Stephan left the graphic design industry rat race in the late 1990s to pursue a more idyllic life planting and tending olive trees, pressing their fruit into liquid green-gold. A full tasting includes nearly a dozen oils from single varietals to citrus-infused plus an array of vinegars, brined olives and seasoned nuts. → For more information, visit globalgardensonline.com.
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Ride through the golden hills atop a valiant steed when staying at the Alisal Guest Ranch or saddle up for a vineyard tour at Estelle Vineyards with Vino Vaqueros. Other wildlife adventures could include a visit to OstrichLand USA just outside of Solvang where the big event is feeding time. → For more information, visit alisal.com | vinovaqueros.com | ostrichlandusa.com. Several companies offer yoga or painting experiences in a vineyard, but for a high-quality yoga class, try heated yoga at the Juicy Life yoga studio in the town of Santa Ynez. Pick up a fresh-pressed organic juice on the way out the door to replenish your system. For more information, visit thejuicylifeyoga.com. For a historical perspective, stop in at the Old Mission Santa Inés founded in 1804 where paintings and artifacts are on display in several small galleries and weekday self-guided tours through the sanctuary, gardens and cemetery are available for a $5 donation. Denmark’s most famous writer, Hans Christian Andersen, and his fairy tales are memorialized at the eponymous museum in Solvang above the Book Loft.
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