Rockette Christine: ‘My Best Friend Happens to Be My Cousin’

By Christine S.

Rockette Christine (left) and her cousin Stephanie at the top of the highest point in Quito, Ecuador off the Teleferico

Rockette Christine (left) and her cousin Stephanie at the top of the highest point in Quito, Ecuador off the Teleferico

As the “To Kill a Mockingbird” saying goes, “You can choose your friends but you sho’ can’t choose your family.” But when you have the best of both worlds, you can really call yourself lucky—having family that you can call a friend is the best kind of friend to have, and my best friend happens to be my cousin, Stephanie.

Rockette Christine (left) and Stephanie hiking the Sierra Negra Volcano in Isla Isabella

Rockette Christine (left) and Stephanie hiking the Sierra Negra Volcano in Isla Isabella

For as long as I can remember, Stephanie and I have always been adventure seekers and have tried to live life to the fullest in every way possible. We are constantly planning our next outing or activity and because we have such similar hobbies and interests, we are always ready to take on something new.

We love to travel and have been fortunate enough to travel all over the world and experience so many different cultures. We’ve gone scuba diving in the Galápagos, dog sledding in Colorado and even hiked to the top of a volcano in Ecuador. We’ve surfed in Hawaii, and snowboarded in Utah, Vermont, Canada, Lake Tahoe and California (just to name a few!).

Our traveling adventures have been endless—we’re both into biking and have partaken in many bike tours around the states. We love to rock climb, camp, hike, ice climb, scuba dive, jump out of planes together and most importantly … eat!

The relationship I have with my cousin Stephanie is one that is truly a special bond and I am so grateful to have her in my life. We are a perfect pair, and National Cousins Day is just a small reminder of how great it is to have a cousin like her.

Rockette Christine (right) and Stephanie dog sledding at Beaver Creek in Colorado

Rockette Christine (right) and Stephanie dog sledding at Beaver Creek in Colorado