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Fly High

Fly High

Mr. Ralph Waldo Emerson said the above quote back in the 1800’s. He sure was a man of his time, a pioneer to free thinking and going against the routine grain. I would love to think that I too go against the grain of day to day life, but i’m not convinced that I am there quite yet.

I’m sure my mom thinks I stay up late at night just coming up with adventurous schemes to get my heart rate up a little bit. Little does she know, she’s totally right. For this particular Friday morning I had a new scheme, I had let my mind stew in the idea for a few months, I dreamt about it.  I flew a helicopter.

“You are crazy. There is no controlling you” -Mom

“They let you operate? You were in control of a helicopter? Only my sister. Only MY sister.” -Brother

“Now THAT is cool. That is way cool. ” -Dad

Yeah a helicopter. For some reason the past few months I had become nearly obsessed with the things. I was researching flight schools, watching YouTube videos, and studying the handbooks, all BEFORE I EVEN WALKED IN. Ill admit I was nervous. For the first time in a while I found something that gave me such a rush even talking about the subject.

I opted for the Mauna Loa Helicopter School at the Honolulu Airport, and on April 21st found myself in a small room learning pre-flight safety measures. As my instructor was discussing what mast bumping was, it hit me, I was about to be handed controls of a helicopter in 30 minutes. I had never even been in a helicopter. What I was getting myself into I wasn’t entirely sure but God was I ready.

Outside I was given the briefing on the main aspects of the helicopter, a Robinson R22. It was tiny, but the rotor blades that stretched above our heads were not quite as small. We made our way through the checklists, went over the controls, and gauges, and after making calls to the control tower, we were airborne.

We had just cleared the airport, and he handed the controls over to me.

Okay so I drive my car everyday, I’ve rode off road vehicles, motorcycles, the works. Controlling a helicopter is like NONE of the above. It’s a challenge. The movements you make with the cyclic are so small but have such great actions on the direction and pull of the aircraft. It was a struggle. But my instructoor was right there the entire time to direct the controls if need be.

Out of my total flight time there were only brief moments that I actually took in the view that was all around me. Seeing the island from above definitely is like nothing I have seen before.

Now I don’t have any actual photos from the flight since I was taking in the whole experience and stowed my phone away, but I think you’ll like the visuals I have for you. They do the trick right?

 

Flying over the USS Bowfin in Pearl Harbor

Dramatic Views of Diamond Head State Monument

 

 

I would definitely rate this as one of the best things that I have done while living out in Hawai’i, or just living in general.  My head has always been in the clouds, so why not make that my job? Being up in the sky getting the best views around. It’s a thought that I have debated the past few months, and I will  let you know if I continue with the idea of flight school. Until then enjoy more overly enthusiastic selfies documenting my first ever logged flight hour.

 

 

Drive.

Drive.

 

11:11  

It’s time to make a new beginning, or a new ending. That’s the best part of life, we don’t know what chapter we are in  

Today was a day of checking off errands then ditching them for some quiet from the city. I grabbed a book, my camera, and my car keys.

In an hours time I reached Green World Farms and sat outside it’s doors with a hot cup of coffee.  

There’s a sense of freedom when you run from your house, your chores, your responsibilties for the open road. The windows down and wind twirling and spinning your hair, music blaring along it’s swirls.

This with the painted golden hour land scape is the cure for a clogged mind. This is what strips you a bit, exposes your soul, resets your mind.  

Here is where you get to guess what chapter you are in.

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 🙂

 

 

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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