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4 Books Every Hiker Should Read

4 Books Every Hiker Should Read

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I love reading, especially on those inbetween days when I don’t have a lot of money to go out or the weather is really bad. These are just a few of the books that I have read recently that I believe every hiker should give a chance before their next adventure.

 Into The Wild

“Our joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun. “
-Christopher McCandless

This is one of my all time favorite books. Into The Wild is about a young man, Christopher McCandless (also known as Alexander Supertramp) and the biggest adventure of his life. He goes from being a college grad from Emory, to traveling across the country, getting stuck in Mexico and eventually living off the land in rural Alaska. What personally grabs me about this text is how passionate his personal writings are about life and nature. If he was still alive today I’m sure his writings would be found next to legends like John Muir and Ralph Waldo Emerson.

 

Wild 
 “I simply did not let myself to become afraid. Fear begets fear. Power begets power. I willed myself to beget power. And it wasn’t long before I actually wasn’t afraid” -Cheryl Strayed

This book has become very popular in recent years due to a movie release and a mention in the Gilmore Girls reboot. It’s about one woman who set off to conquer the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail, a trail that runs from the border of Mexico, through the United States, to the border of Canada. It was not just the hike that made this author note worthy, it’s that she did it alone as a female. Cheryl Strayed explains what inspired her to embark on this journey as a normal woman who was just looking for a little escape from life. Although the movie is pretty good, I truly recommend the book, it’s a great read, and anyways books always give more details than the movies do.

Almost Somewhere 
“We think we are so important, our problems so large, but then a place like this renders us small, our problems nothing more than the echo of birdsong in wind, maybe not even so much as that” -Suzanne Roberts

I read this while camping in Mammoth and Yosemite with my family back in 2015. It’s about three girls all completing the JMT John Muir Trail, a trail that goes from Mt. Baldy to Yosemite, together and what it was like along the way. It’s always inspiring hearing how a group of younger individuals can conquer something great without technology. Following through Suzanne Roberts writings you get a taste of not only what to expect on the hike but what it is like to do it with two other women. It was a relatively quick read, but the type that you could back up again sometime and still enjoy it as if it were the first time that you read it.

A Walk In The Woods

“I wanted to quit and to do this forever, sleep in a bed and in a tent, see what was over the next hill and never see a hill again. All of this all at once, every moment, on the trail or off.”
-Bill Bryson

I can never help but think of my father and neighbor when referencing this book. It’s about two men in the later years who go out to seek finishing the world’s longest foot patch trail, a total of 2,000 miles, stretching from Maine to Georgia, the Appalachian Trail. What sets this book off as different from the rest is its author’s sarcasm and bluntness about completing a 2,000 mile hike. Bryson is real with his writing, and tells his story as if he was telling it to any group of friends sitting around a dinner table. Although there are sections that can become tough to read, as they are a little slow, once you get past them, you find your self laughing all over again at Bryson’s sarcastic comments, and feel like your back on the trail with him.

 

 

How ’bout North Shore?

How ’bout North Shore?

One of my favorite places on Earth is the North Shore of O’ahu. Yes for the cliche surf scene and nonchalant way of life on that side, but also for the natural beauty of the land.
A common question Matt and I will ask each other is “what do you want to do today?”. Okay yes out here there’s a million and two things to do, but with out fail, one of us will say how ’bout North Shore? It’s where I drank out of my first coconut, saw my first monk seal, and held Matt’s hand for the first time. So it’s always a yes to North Shore.

After some early afternoon errands one Sunday we found ourselves asking the famous question, and then answering it by hoping into Matt’s truck with our swim suits and the hammock in hand. We set off on the highway, and made our way north bound.

It was around 80 degrees with some vog in the air, but we didn’t let the casting volcanic vapor ruin our day, and nature didn’t let it either. When we got to our spot, the horizon overlooking the sand was 20 shades of blue all swirling and intertwining. It’s still crazy to me how vast the Ocean truly is.

We opted for a grove of shady trees at the top end of the beach to set the hammock up at. Or I should say where Matt set the hammock up at (he’s better with the ropes any how).

 We then swayed in the hammock for a handful of hours and watched as whales breached off in the distance. I love the feeling of my body just swaying, and the little flits of wind picking up individual strands of my hair. When you’re relaxed and looking up at the green leaves above you, with peaking rays of sunlight, a sense of bliss completely wraps your body. I don’t know a simpler way to describe it, to understand you’ll just have to get yourself a hammock and a free afternoon too 🙂  We stayed in our little two person blue and greed hammock until our sun began to descend behind the horizon. I suggested we stay for the sunset at least, and I am so happy that we did. Almost immediately as the sun began to touch the ends of the horizon, the sky began to turn almost fluorescent colors. Every grain of sand, bead of water, and cloud lining was highlighted in hues of pinks and golds.  Our entire surroundings had been dip dyed and colored. When people say you have to see a Hawaiian sunset before you die, they mean it.

 We watched as the sun said a hui hou to us and all of the other spectators on the beach. When you just sit and look around you notice so many small things, we watched as the wave photographers dove under waves, and you could still see them underwater, I say whales jumping in the distance, and watched as teenage boy tried to body surf on fast food restaurant trays. All of these little things could have been unnoticed, but the little things are always my favorite. They set the mood, they are the details that make the whole big picture.

 It would be unfair for me to say that North Shore O’ahu is the most beautiful of locations in Hawai’i, especially since I have yet to travel to the other islands, but I gotta say it is pretty close. If you ever find your self bored, or needing an escape, you don’t necessary need to live on an isolated island. Put up a hammock in the park, your yard, the beach by a lake nearby, and create your own North Shore break. An adventure day doesn’t have to be exhausting, even relaxation is a journey all in it’s self.

Idyllwild, Ca.

Idyllwild, Ca.

What I have to say about the gem hidden away in the Southern California mountains. 

A little over an hour detour from the 15 south towards San Diego you find yourself no longer driving on rounds lined with palm tress, but fir and rising pines. For those living in the most southern region of California this micro road trip is the closest and fastest  to a mountain escape.

Idyllwild, Ca. A gem found in the San Jacinto Mountains.

On a trip to California for the the holidays I visited the area three separate times, and will definitely find myself there more in upcoming trips. My first adventure to the tucked away gem was for a mini sunset hike on the Cedar Springs Trail with my boyfriend. Now i’ll admit it was cold. Not the kind of cold where you have irrational thoughts of losing your fingers to frostbite, but the kind the sinks into your clothes and sticks to your bones. Other than feeling like Frosty’s off spring, the hike was well worth it.

  The trail is actually located in Desert Divide, about 17 miles from actual Idyllwild, but makes for a good pit stop before heading into the little community. from the trail head the hike is about 5.9 miles round trip. It’s a short little hike but with quite a few switch backs the last half mile. Patches of snow covered the ground through out the entire trail. Matt took this as an opportunity to make himself a miniature snowman. Pretty cute huh?

We made it to the top in about an hour and were greeted by 360 panoramic views. I have seen my fair share of sunsets, but there is something about the golden hour reflecting of snow and turning the surrounding mountains different shades of pinks and purples that just marks this certain one noteworthy. This part of the trail offers views of Palm Springs and surrounding peaks, this is also where the trail intercepts the Pacific Crest Trail.


Our time was limited at the top of the trail with it already being sunset and we did not arrive equipped with flash lights other than our phones, and the temperature was dropping almost faster than the sun was setting.

We made it down the mountain in record timing, which was good because neither of us could honestly say we could feel anything at that moment.

We drove about 17 miles from the trail head to the main strip of Idyllwild. We were desperate for a warm drink to help us defrost the imaginary icicles hanging from our noses. Then there it was. The neon sign presented by God himself. There was a coffee shop still open. Now I have a certain love affair for coffee and cute coffee shops. I love when they are quaint and unique, and this one was exactly that. When we walked into Higher Grounds we were immediately greeted with the smell of espresso, the sounds of a family playing chess in the corner and a Christmas tree by the window. We ordered the Alpine drink  and took our seats of the sofa right beside the Christmas tree. They provided ornaments for you to write your name and where you were from. From what I could see, we were the only ones from Honolulu. We were there for about an hour before it was there closing time, but it was the perfect ending to a great late afternoon escape.

I fell in love with this region so much that I ended up returning to it two more times within a week.  On one of the excursions I convinced my brother and mom to join me so I could see the area in the daytime. We packed up my brother’s jeep and the dog headed out to the snowy town. To no one’s surprise I found myself right back at Higher Grounds coffee, although they were a lot more packed, the coffee was still up to par.


The last time was for another hike on the Deer Springs Trail with my friend Meghan on New Years Eve. We had about 30 minutes of clear views of the surrounding mountains while sitting on a wide rock vista until a thick fog began to crawl across the horizon and encircle us. We made the most of the weather until the temperature was dropping to point that was becoming uncomfortable in the clothing we had on. We listened to the Mogleys until we came to a stop at no other than Higher Grounds.. Do you see a theme here? Or maybe it’s just a personal problem. This time we both tried out their specialty drink, the Cozy Cabin. Again the tiny shop was a little too crowded so we found some outside seating beside a small art gallery behind the coffee shop. We took our turns laughing at the way our breath froze in the air, talked about the new year approaching and watched the many dogs roaming around with their owners dawning their own little winter sweaters. Sitting there in those chairs, and drinking our coffee we both discussed camping in the area during the summertime to explore a few more trails in the area. I don’t mind the idea at all.

Higher Grounds Coffee Shop. 54245 N Circle Dr, Idyllwild, CA 92549

While reading more about the little community, I found out that there is also an abundance of rock climbing routes and bouldering locations throughout the area. If that isn’t enough, there is also year round camping, cabin rentals, and there is fishing at Lake Hemet just about 8.5 miles away. I can find myself here again many times in future adventures, and would suggest it as a great area to visit for just about anyone.

 

What little mountain town is YOUR favorite? Let me know in the comments! 🙂

17 BADASS WOMEN TO FOLLOW ON INSTAGRAM

17 BADASS WOMEN TO FOLLOW ON INSTAGRAM


If you love adventure and baddassery 

We all spend a little too much time than we should mindlessly scrolling through Instagram, so why not add a few accounts to your feed to give you little kick of inspiration to do something bad ass? These 17 accounts are all hand picked from my personal Instagram following, and they all belong to some pretty amazing women. Check out the list below for some of the most bad ass women I have found so far.

1. @OFFTHEGRIDGIRL

If you are stuck at work or having a dull day off, then @OFFTHEGRIDGIRL is the type of account that you need to scroll through. Her adventures are both big and small. from hiking snowy peaks to camping for a weekend, she gives the inspiration we all need to pack up and get outdoors.

 

   2. @SPUDD86

A climber, hiker, and explorer all in one. @SPUDD86 is the type of account we all need in our feed for that boost to get outdoors and have a little fun.

 

3. @HIKINGCORRY

I don’t think there’s weather conditions that exist that will keep @HIKINGCORRY from hiking. Her account year round boasts her scenic hiking adventures in Canada and she also happens to be an ambassador for the pediatric oncology support retailer, Love Your Melon.

 

4. @BROOKESOUTH

Dyed hair, tattoos, and a wonderlust soul. @BROOKESOUTH has an edge to her that we all carry a little bit deep inside. She is a rider and an explorer that carries a little bit of rebel on her shoulders through every adventure that she finds.

 

 

5. @DEATHRODDIXIE

Motoholics gather around, you’re going to want to see this. @DEATHRODDIXIE gives you those motorcycle images that you crave. Her posts are a mix between retro and grunge, and make you want to throw on your helmet and take to the road today.

 

 

6. @GIDGET_BYTHESEA

If you find yourself dreaming of different hues of blue, and the sounds of waves off the shore, then you’re gonna love @GIDGET_BYTHESEA. Not only are her photos crytal clear and high quality, but you also have the option of getting to own a print of them! Check her site out to see if there’s a print perfect for you!

 

 

7. @STILL_STOKED

@STILL_STOKED is not only a nature lover but an advocate for it too! A snowboarder and blogger herself, Alexa is also a Backcountry guide, how that for a resume? Follow her journeys on her Instagram and also her website!

 

 

8. @BREEZETURNER

I’m not sure who’s Instagram this truly is Breeze’s or her pup Marley’s, either way this duo is the most adventurous I have come across yet. Based out of Tahoe these two can constantly be found posting everything from their micro adventures to their SUP selfies.

 

 

9. @HOPEYOULIKEFRESHAIR

 This account not only feautures one amazing adventure woman but three! Triplets Kylie, Lisa, and Megan bring you into their lives though little square images to show you how three sisters and their families like to embrace the fresh air 24/7. Can’t get enough of their Instagram? Then check out their website!

 

 

10. @GYPSYEYE805

A Santa Barbara native, @GYPSYEYE805 is the essence of a California based surfer. From her artistic abilities to her clean wave riding, you will got hooked on following this account as you never know what she will post next. (Check out her chalk murals as well-they are killer)

 

 

11. @SHANNONREPORTING

An avid surfer and a reporter for The Surf Channel, @SHANNONREPORTING has a great account for those with a little salt in their veins. Her account feautures great wave shots as well as her personal reports from surf competitions all over the world.

 

 

12. @CAMILASTORCHI

Whether you need some fitness inspiration or just want a glimpse into the HI life, @CAMILASTORCHI has just what you’re looking for. Not only does she post amazing photos feauting her life in the islands, but she looks healthy and fit doing so.

 

 

13. @KARISCHIBEVAAG

Snow, ice, and powder- whatever the wintery conditions may be @KARISCHIBEVAAG is out and playing in it. She is a professional snowkiter and kite surfer from Norway and provides top notch extreme photos year round.

 

 

14. @SILLY_DAI

This account is perfect to follow if you are a fellow rock junkie like @SILLY_DAI. She posts pictures of glorious routes and boulders that could make any climber drool. Not to mention her pictures include some great mountain scenery you just won’t be able to get enough of.

 

 

15. @BACKPACKBREN 

She has been just about everywhere that we have all wanted to travel to, @BACKPACKBREN is a country hopper that has perfected the hiking selfie. Not only can you browse her explorations through Instagram but you can also follow her stories through her blog!  http://backpackbren.com

 

 

 

16. @JESS.WANDERING

 Craving an escape to somewhere calm and quiet in nature? Then @JESS.WANDERING has probably been there. This account features more places than you could even imagine. We could only hope to travel as much as this instagramer.

 

 

17. @MOUNTAINDARLIN

Located out in beautiful and snowy Canada, @MOUNTAINDARLIN has been gracing my insta feed for sometime now. Not only are her extreme selfies something worth following but her scenery pictures just make you want to book a ticket to good ‘ol Canada right now. Dont cha say?

Laters 2016

Laters 2016

A Review Of 2016 

Every time I ring in a new year I always tend to get too excited about the new plans I have for myself and forget all that I had just went through the past 12 months. So this post is an ode to 2016, the good, the bad, and everything in between.

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Out of the entire year I will say that April was by far the most unpredictable month. Four major things happened in those four weeks, more than I think I could ever imagine.

1. I met Matt  4 – 2 – 16

I gotta say that it’s nice to have someone who shares the same love for camping, North Shore, and off road movies. Little did I know that our first date at a local coffee shop in down town Honolulu would lead to all of the adventures that we had together in 2016.

2. Surprise Trip To California 4 – 8 – 16

I was having a bit of a bad week at school and at work and I remember laying upside down on my bed, day dreaming about eating dinner with my family, drinking coffee with my girls back home, and hugging my grandma. Then in the middle of an April afternoon 3 hours before my night shift at work I had the epiphany to take the first flight back to California after my shift ended. It was one of the craziest things I planned for myself on a dime. I think it is safe to say though that my family appreciated the surprise as well.

3. My First Apartment.  4 – 20 -16

My first step to “adulting”. I found a whopping 100 sqft studio apartment less than 2 miles from Waikiki Beach one day on Zillow and decided to give the whole rental application thing a try. Two days later I got the call from the property manager that the place was all mine! For the first month all I had was a blow up mattress that deflated in the middle of the night and a coffee pot, but hey it did the trick. Now it’s my little home, or tiki hut as my family likes to call it.

4. Accident 4 – 26 -16

   

 

 

My snapchats that day escalated pretty quickly. I went from working on my friend’s journalism project to landing myself in the trauma room. All I have to say after this ordeal is where a helmet. If you’re going to be an idiot at least be a smart idiot, even if that means having helmet hair while you work. You can’t trust the people driving in Waikiki, and if you get clipped like I did, then it’s good to be prepared. Trust me helmet hair is way better than dealing with all the baby hairs going in every direction from where they had to shave your head for stitches. Wayyy better.  But this event did bring me a lot closer to some friends that came to pass the days by, even though I looked a hot mess.

April thankfully came to an end and that is also where most of the bad things that happened in 2016 came to an end as well. Even though I’m pretty sure April may have tried to kill me, I’m still kicking today and grew a lot in that month time span.

GG 6-21-16

I got the news this day that my great grandmother GG had gone to be with The Lord. My GG was the matriarch of the family, and there’s a little hole now at every family gathering with her not being there. She passed away a few days shy of her birthday, so on what was to be her 89th birthday I did my first paddle out. Her and my great grandfather loved Hawai’i, and I had thought that when I had a big enough apartment I would bring her out here again. The paddle out was how I was still able to give my GG that little bit of Hawai’i again. Never can I look a plumeria floating and not think of her.

Turning 22

Frankly twenty two feels the same as twenty one (just fewer hangovers).  But my birthday this year got to be celebrated in a very Ashlyn styled way, my boyfriend planned an adventure day for the two of us. All he had told me was to bring along some thick socks and warm clothes. We live on a tropical island so I wasn’t too sure where this was heading.. But he drove us to one of my favorite beaches on North shore and packed us a picnic complete with a hammock. We ate fritos and swayed in the lime green hammock for a few hours until he said it was time for our next stop. I still had no idea what the warm clothes were for until we reached the ice rink in the middle of the island. He was taking me ice skating in July. There’s a lot of things I love in life but random adventures like this are beyond my favorite. It was a birthday I will not forget for years to come.

Australia

In early June I began to hang out with a girl from one of my classes from a few years prior. One day in discussion she asked where was one place that I would like to go at least once in my life, and with this even being written down in my bucket list, I said Australia. Fast forward to August and there I was riding shotgun in a car driving through Brisbane, Tugan, Coolongatta, and Bryon Bay. I got to feed wild parrots, walk behind waterfalls, and eat the best schnitzel in the world. This trip deserves more than a mention, so there will be a thread of posts soon to give details behind one of the most adventurous vacations of my life. All thanks to miss Kayla.

Deployment

 We knew it was coming but it still surprised us. I got off of work one day to multiple text messages and voicemails from my boyfriend saying I needed to give him a call, when I did it turned out we had less than 22 hours till he was going to deploy. We spent the rest of the day stocking him up on fresh socks, hot coco mix, and whatever else he would need for the next few months under water. He was here one day and already on the other side of the world the next. Luckily I had a great deal of friends to keep me occupied during that time frame, and even though communication was sparse we made it work. It’s amazing how technology can keep people close these days. November came quickly and he was back on our tiny island again, I don’t remember what the first words we said to each other were but I did how strange it felt to be in a dress around him.

Ember

 I didn’t realize until this year how much a gummy little smile could brighten up your day. On July 23rd 2016 at 6 pounds and 12 ounces my best friend Bailey gave birth to my God daughter Ember Ann. Now I am weak when it comes to kids, so naturally I cried when I got the Facetime video call and got to see her for the first time. Out of all the things that babies enlighten us on, a big one is that happiness comes in even the smallest of gifts.

These were just some of the major highlights of the year that make it very memorable. There was also weddings, more babies, visits from friends and family, and some enlightenments. But o many things happened in 2016 that I could sit here for all of 2017 typing them out. So here is to a new year and cheers to the past ones that have shaped us all.

 

Four Places I Go For Inspiration

Four Places I Go For Inspiration

Places I Go to for a little inspo kick start

We all have a few places that we can runaway to when we need a breather, or to regain a little creativity.

 

Break Down Beach (North Shore)

With the heavy tourist concentration on o’ahu it can be a little hard finding somewhere to freshen up the’ol brain cells that’s not heavily saturated in fake plants and hibiscus patterend designs. One day on a quest to out run the tourists and ukulele soundtracks I came across this beach. Roughly an hour and a half from my house, it’s quiet, usually empty when Im walking around, and has a raw beauty to it. Walking barefoot through the more grittier sand on the island gives me some time to just focus on the sand under my feet, and give my mind a little rest. Usually this is when its easiest for me to think of more things I want to add to my bucket list, imagine new photo opprotunities, or reflect on some quotes I’ve read in the past. The pretty seashells don’t hurt either.

 

 

Rock Creek Mammoth Ca.

Hearing nothing but a babbling creek and birds chirping in the oak trees is bliss. Walking around trails that hug the frigid little creek is usually where I dream up new travels for myself and create plans for an even calmer life style. Being outdoors, especially with a fishing pole in your hands, helps a lot of us think of things in our life beyond out computer and cell phone screens.

 

 

Encinitas, Ca.

I have to credit this entire city. In my beginning years of college I would drive down to Encinitas at least three times a week. Something about the place just really vibes with me. Whether it is the plants that are growing on the cliffs, to the paint on store shop walls, I’m not sure but it works. You can get the entire California feel without the huge batch crowds or totally obnoxious bro surfers. Its a city that revolves around the beauty of the sea and glows yellow hues during golden hour.

 

 

The library.

Yes this may seem a little obvious to some people, but it’s almost like people have forgotten that libraries exist anymore. Walking into a library and down any row I am immediately thrown into a variety of thoughts and ideas. The nature section (which is one of my favorites) gives me inspo on new places I want to travel, or just meet people from. The library brings back a little spark in my traveling self.

 

Do you have a certain place that you love to get inspiration from? Tell me about it in the comments below 🙂

 

 

How To Write A Bucket list

How To Write A Bucket list

 

 

Bucket lists. A list of goals or aspirations someone wishes to complete before they kick the bucket. Usually you’ll hear someone say that doing something extremely challenging or adrenaline rushing is bulleted on their list, but how does someone create a list that they can actually fulfill? That’s where I come in to help. Here’s a guide on how to write a bucket list that suites your life no matter who you are!

 

 

  1. Write it down

    Buy a journal, create a word doc, paint it on the walls of your garage, anything! Having a physical written reminder helps you remember what it is that you’ve wanted to do plus there’s a sense of accomplishment when you get to cross an item off

  2. Think small

    No dream is too small. Have you always wanted to bake a pumpkin pie? Ride a bike at the beach? Watch Forest Gump? Then add it to your list! It doesn’t have to be all about jumping out of airplanes and running with the bulls, if you want to watch elf and eat pancakes for dinner then viva la vida!

  3. Get specific

    “Travel the world” okay like where? Israel? Australia? Down the street? Set  specific goals that once done can be checked off. The more specific you are the easier it will be to reason whether or not you can truly mark off that item on your list.

  4. Have fun with it

    It’s your bucket list. Not your cousins, your neighbor’s, or ex coworker that you still have on social media, yours. If you want to dye your hair green for Saint Patrick’s Day then cheers! Want to wear a cheeky bikini in Hawaii?  Then follow the phrase Suns Out – Buns Out! The point is this is YOUR list, we all have some ridiculous dreams and goals, so might as well make some of them happen!

    Did you recently add something to your bucket list? I want to know! Comment below with your recent additions <3

5 Things No One Told You About Living In Hawai’i

5 Things No One Told You About Living In Hawai’i

I moved to Hawai’i for the first time in back in 2013. Out here there’s the endless smell of coconut lotion, sunny days in Waikiki, and the echo of “alohhhaaaa” running through the air within 10 ft of any tourist trap. O’ahu is my home now, however there are a few things I wish I would have known about living in the islands before arriving with all my belongings to the airport.  

1. Bugs

When I say bugs I mean, they will be in places you’ve never expected. I grew up in dry climates where finding a bug meant sticking your hand behind an old piece of equipment or somewhere in the attic. In Hawai’i however, centipedes escape out of your car air conditioning vent, cockroaches fly through the air (yeah I said fly), and there’s spiders that look like they escaped from the Halloween section of Walmart. They don’t include these critters in the scenic post cards.

 

2. Traffic

I come from Southern California, I know traffic (5 south @ 5 pm is a party). However never in my life could I imagine it possible that it would take me over and hour and a half to travel 8 miles. You think Hawai’i and you imagine these quaint dirt roads with palm trees growing out of grass spurts on the side, instead you are surronded by a river of metal and asphalt going a maximum of 15 mph. At least that’s what it’s like in the Honolulu area.  

3. It’s Not Always Sunny

Major tropical storms were not on my radar when I packed up my bags for Hawai’i… but they were on the weather station’s. My first month living in Honolulu I experienced Hurrican Flossy and a week’s worth of heavy tropical storms. Here’s my advice to anyone setting their sights for the island’s -Ditch the cotton pull overs and get your self a water proof wind breaker, you’ll thank me when you’re dry from from the rain, and not sweating like a rotisserie pig.

4.Small Island + Small Living

Just like any living area set in a city and/or urban area, there’s limited space.  Just we are limited due to an ocean hugging us in less than 100 miles in any place that you stand on island. This all means, the apartments and homes are a lot smaller, car parking lots lack parking for more than 75% of drivers, and crowding can happen in a snap of two sandy fingers. 

5. It’s Not Always Like Living A Vacation

What you won’t see in the surf cult movies,  and surf magazines, is the behind the scenes. Life still happens in Hawai’i. We still have bad hair days, have to pay rent, have to wait in long grocery lines. Hawai’i tends to be romanticized for obvious reasons, but people still live normal day to day lies except they are on an island.

 

Despite the critters, long traffic commutes, rainy days, and not actually being able to escape reality, the bad days are out weighed by the plenty of sunny afternoons we are gifted with, and turtles that like to share beaches with us. I could not be more grateful about living on this gem in the middle of the ocean.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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