Pacific North-West vibes: A weekend road trip in Oregon

Once in a while I get this itch to go somewhere. Not in a week from that moment, not in a month, but right then. It seems completely irrational because I live in the greatest place ever – but I love the feeling of being on a highway, the sun going down and waking up…

A weekend off the grid in La Push, Washington

There was an overwhelming silence when we crossed over the bridge at deception pass on the Thursday before Labour Day Weekend. It was quiet and still, as if to honour my last moments with lululemon, remaining grateful for all i had learned, but marking the start of a fresh, ginormous new experience that I couldn’t…

traveling oahu & maui, hawaii on a budget

I’ve got the travel bug. It lives inside of me and there’s no exterminator that can make it go away. But there’s one problem – life is expensive and so is travel, so how do I make the two work hand in hand? Well, that’s where I get creative. I for one will never be…

making friends in oahu, hawaii

“You just get here?” “What?!” I said loudly, fumbling to remove my headphones. “You just get here?!” “Ohhh, ‘get here.‘ Your accent. I have a hard time with – ugh, I’m tired. Just got off a plane then a bus for an hour.” Jack and I exchanged small talk and names while we buzzed into our…

hiking mount si, washington | the quiet voice

“It is only alone, truly alone, that one bursts apart, springs forth.” -maria isabel barreno I stared at the Mount Si sign adjusting my backpack, putting one foot in front of the other launching myself up the mountain. A year ago, the thought of doing anything alone would’ve killed me. It’s incredible when all of…

soul(o) camping at deception pass, washington

“Are you sure you don’t have drugs in your car?” The border guard piped. “That’s hard for me to believe.” Now I’m sweating.  “Of course not…would you like to see my photos?” I stuttered. “Yes, I would.”  I stared in unbelief as he scrolled through my photos for what felt like a very long minute….

hanging out at dive bars & car trunks in westport, washington

“Uh oh.” I piped up, cutting Stef off in the middle of breakfast chatter. “I think we’ve locked ourselves out of the car. By we, I mean me, and I’m not sure how we’ll get back in…” We had just spent some serious time figuring out a way to secure the surfboards to the roof…

driving to the oregon coastal dunes

“Let’s check out Aberdeen – It’s one of the first towns when you hit the ocean in Washington”. So we did. We crept up at 10pm and stopped at McDonalds for some chicken nuggets. (Yuck. Who even eats that crap?) The man at the counter stared at me blankly when I asked where to get…

care-free and barefoot: road tripping California’s coast

Well, I thought, I have some vacation time. I guess I’ll take a road trip, California seems like a good call. A week out, not fully knowing where I would land but having a rough idea of places I’d like to see, Terri messages me all the way from Australia. “I’M COMING TO VAN ON FRIDAY,…