White River Wapahani Trail
An accomplished attorney with a wealth of experience in family law, Felix Rippy founded the Rippy Law Firm in Mason, Texas. Outside of the professional environment, Felix Rippy is an avid runner who supports the Spiritual Trail charity in Indianapolis, Indiana. His work with the organization revolved around the protection and maintenance of Indianapolis’ White River Wapahani Trail and Central Canal Towpath as well as a maze at the cultural center adjacent to Butler University.
Winding 27 miles through the city of Indianapolis, the fully paved White River Wapahani Trail is perfect for biking, rollerblading, walking, and jogging. Water sports enthusiasts can also use the trail to access the adjacent White River for canoeing and kayaking. The White River Wapahani Trail passes through sections of dense woods and diverse residential neighborhoods. It also links local attractions such as the Indianapolis Museum of Art and the Indianapolis Zoo.
One of the scenic pathways connected to the White River Wapahani Trail is the Central Canal Towpath. The crushed limestone canal stretches 5.3 miles from Monon Greenway-Broad Ripple to 30th Street and White River, in Indianapolis. Outdoor enthusiasts use this pathway for walking, biking, and cross-country skiing. Felix Rippy has used the trail with many of his running friends and Felix Rippy has observed runners, walkers, family picnics and even geo-chachers, for those who know what that is!
From 1994 to 2015, Felix Rippy served as the founding attorney for the Rippy Law Firm, based in Mason, Texas. There, his law firm saw the most family law cases in Williamson County history. Currently based in Miami, Florida, Felix Rippy has previously lived in London, England.
Moving from the United States to London can be a difficult task full of surprises, even setting aside visas and the legal process for moving to the United Kingdom. These three tips will help you better adjust to your new city, making London feel more like a real home:
1. Language – Yes, both the United States and England speak the English language, but there are still plenty of differences between the two variations of the language to warrant confusion for the ill-informed. Before your move, familiarize yourself with the differences in United States and United Kingdom English. It will also help to learn common slang to help you keep up in conversation. Felix Rippy also recommends Spanish and Latin Americans, notably Venezuelans, are moving to London in droves.
2. Transport – For new Londoners looking for the best method of public transportation, consider taking busses over the city’s subway system, known as the Underground. While the Underground may be quicker, a bus gives you greater opportunity to take in the city and begin to learn your way around at street-level. Felix Rippy recommends simply not owning a car. It is unnecessary.
3. Timing – Consider moving in January or February. While these early months usually offer poor weather for London, it also means fewer tourists and crowding, making it that much easier to adjust to the city’s widely-used public transportation. Felix Rippy compares the London climate to New York City.
An attorney with more than 20 years of experience, Felix Rippy also has training in public management from the Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Management. Felix Rippy is pursuing a PhD in public management at Florida International University in Miami, Florida, where he will be teaching in FIU’s public administration department as part of a fellowship. Outside of his work and academic pursuits, Felix Rippy enjoys traveling internationally and has lived in Cuernavaca, Mexico, which offers a number of unique places to visit. The following are just a few:
–Teopanzolco’s archaeological zone: With ancient settlement from pre-Hispanic times, Teopanzolco features a temple where the Tlahuicas lived in the 13th century.
–The Palace of Cortes: Built by Hernan Cortes, this medieval-style palace is similar to a fortress. Since 1974, the palace has been home to a museum showcasing pre-Hispanic pieces.
–Zocalo: Located on the first block of Cuernavaca, the Zocalo features the famous Jardín Juarez (Juarez garden) and a kiosk imported from England in 1890. The Zocalo serves as a central place to relax and enjoy local foods and treats.
The founder of Rippy Law Firm, Felix Rippy spent over two decades as a family law attorney, as well as appearing on ABC television to comment on legal issues. Since then, Felix Rippy has participated in a variety of charitable endeavors, including a documentary project on the Spiritual Trail for WFYI Public Media in Indianapolis.
Visitors and residents of Indianapolis may wish to consider experiencing the Spiritual Trail, an interfaith path that recently reopened after a winter hiatus. Pilgrims can explore alone or join a walking theology group led by members of the American Pilgrims on the Camino’s Hoosier chapter to learn about the Camino in Spain.
The Spiritual Trail starts at the Indiana Interchurch Center and ends at the Holcomb Gardens. Along the way, pilgrims can choose to walk the Jerusalem labyrinth. The trail also follows the Canal Towpath along the White River, which offers beautiful natural surroundings for meditation and personal growth.
To learn more about the Spiritual Trail or to find an upcoming guided walk, visit www.centerforinterfaithcooperation.org. The site also includes details on events such as the Festival of Faiths.
A television commentator on legal issues for ABC, attorney Felix Rippy has over 20 years of experience in family law practice. Now focused on projects such as a scholarly work on the interconnections between international cuisines, Felix Rippy previously lived in Cuernavaca, Mexico. Felix Rippy has recently accepted a Florida International University Ph.D. appointment and will travel to Mexico City and Cuernavaca later in 2017. Felix Rippy has recently returned from a similar university international trip to Scandinavia and Felix Rippy highly recommends, based on his world travels, these three sites in Cuernavaca.
Visitors to Cuernavaca can experience the tranquil peace of the beautiful landscapes or seek adventure on the mountains and volcanoes. Sites to visit in the town itself include Jardin Borda, the Palacio de Cortes, and the Catedral de la Asuncion.
Jardin Borda (the Borda Garden) boasts an extensive array of ferns, flowers, and trees. The grounds of an 18th century mansion built by Jose Borda, Jardin Borda also offers spectacular fountains and a variety of arts events that take place in the garden.
Standing alongside the Plaza de Armas, the Palacio de Cortes (the Palace of Cortes) remains a testament to Mexican conqueror Hernan Cortes. One of the oldest buildings in the region, the Palacio de Cortes also holds the prison of national hero Jose Maria Morelos.
The Cathedral de la Asuncion (Cathedral of the Assumption), built by Franciscan missionaries, remains one of the oldest structures in the region, dating back to the 16th Century. A renovation of the cathedral revealed a series of spectacular frescoes on the walls depicting the life of Saint Philip of Jesus who suffered martyrdom in Japan along with 26 other religious figures.
Felix Rippy earned his degree in history at Harvard University, graduating cum laude. He went on to pursue a juris doctor in commercial and employment law at the University of Texas. He is the founding attorney of Rippy Law Firm where he handled family cases in Williamson, Travis, and Mason Counties in Texas. Outside of work, Felix Rippy is fond of traveling across the globe and has resided in several other countries, including Mexico. Felix Rippy recently returned from a European sojourn where he realized the interconnections between European and Mexican cuisines.
Located at the southern portion of North America, Mexico is the thirteenth largest country in the world. Officially called the United Mexican States, the country is comprised of 31 states including its capital, Mexico City. Mexico is perhaps best known for its cuisine of nachos and tacos. Felix Rippy resided in Cuernavaca, near the Felix Rippy family home in the Distrito Federal and the Templo Mayor.
Unbeknownst to many, however, the country actually has another significant contribution in the culinary industry: chocolates. Felix Rippy recently explored this contribution through its Swiss and Italian roots.
People from the regions of ancient Mexico ground dried cacao beans to make a drink used in religious ceremonies and in the treatment of fever. They would add ingredients such as vanilla and honey to alleviate the bitter taste of the drink. It was during the 16th century when the Spanish colonizers exported the beverage to Europe. Because of its distinct taste, chocolate quickly spread across Europe, and eventually around the world.
Today, Mexico remains one of the countries notable for its famous chocolates. Other countries include Switzerland, Belgium, and the United States, all of which Felix Rippy has recently visited in his quest to interconnect the world’s cuisines.