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My Favorite Waterfalls in Australia

My Favorite Waterfalls in Australia

Who doesn’t love a good waterfall? The way the water cascades and is framed by curtains of mist has a hypnotizing effect. They are both graceful and incredibly powerful. I had the opportunity to explore just three of the amazing waterfalls that Australia has to offer. Check them out below!

  1. Purling Brook Falls | Springbrook National Park

    One of the highest falls I had seen in awhile, coming to about 358 ft (about half the size of Bridalveil Falls in Yosemite), it felt like you could look up forever and still see the water cascading over the top. The view from the top of the trail is breath taking in itself, but to get a good perspective of it’s height you have to hike to the bottom of the valley. The hike along the cliffs was a great adventure and offered views that just can’t be done justice through pictures or detailed accounts. At the base of the falls, rainbows shoot off through the mist and the colors of the surrounding rock face truly saturate the landscape with rich warm colors. If your looking for a day hike in Queensland, I would highly suggest this one.

       

  2. Killen Falls | Tintenbar New South Wales

    We actually found out about these falls from a young guy about our age that was working at the 7 Eleven by our AirBnB. We went to go get our morning coffee and hot chocolate for our trip to Bryon Bay that day, and as we were checking out he suggested we make the stop at the falls that were about 35 miles from our destination. We were not disappointed. The way the falls had carved out the landscape around it reminded me a lot of the cenotes in Mexico. You could walk above the falls and behind them. Although we were heading into Bryon after this pit stop, we didn’t care we had to go behind the falls. it was misty! We definitely were soaked after a few minutes back there, but its a picture taking experience I won’t ever forget.

     

  3.  Curtis Falls | Tamborine National Park

    The trek to Curtis Falls was more of a nature walk than a hike I will admit. The walk however offered breathtaking views of the subtropical rain forest, and you could really immerse yourself in the environment. You walk through minor switchback under massive eucalyptus trees and on bridges over a small creek. The waters give of opal hues in the mid day, and the leaves of the trees and greenery glow shades of yellow and green, this was one of my favorite places in Australia. The falls themselves are fenced off by the top to detour anyone trying to get that perfect selfie and slipping on the mossy rocks at the base of the falls. Although the falls were the point of us coming to the area, I do believe that the greenery and beauty of the trail itself stole the show.

      

 

10 Gift Ideas For The Adventurous Soul

10 Gift Ideas For The Adventurous Soul

We have all been there, it’s your friends birthday in a week and they already have absolutely everything they could ever want. They are the type that if they want something, they buy it and you are left with no gift ideas for this year’s birthday. If you find yourself not being able to afford a day out, or a mini trip to a beach or the mountains, here are some gift ideas that will please any friend with an adventurous soul.
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  1. Passport Holder

    We all know how long the process of getting a passport takes, there is the forms, awkward photos, and long waiting period. So a great cover or holder is a great idea as a gift for a friend who makes good use of theirs! You can even get them customized for an extra special touch.

    Passport Wallet $29+

 

 

 

 2. Jewelry

Coordinates have hit a certain craze lately, but that’s not the only adventurous themed jewelry that is out there. Check out some of the items below that are perfect for any wandering mind.

   

 

3. Key chain

You have like all of $5 to your name but don’t want the birthday person feel unloved so here is a little something to make them smile. A personal favorite are the types that have “multi-use” – ya know to open water…

   

 

4. Journal

Does your friend not have a written bucket list? Get them started! A journal is perfect for their adventurous mind to write down all of their ambitions and lists of mountains they want to hike one day.


   

 

5. Stickers

Another smaller idea to add to the mix. Stickers are great to slap onto canteens, vans, and coolers. Who doesn’t like to add a little personality to their gear?
   

 

6. House Decor

If you are like me, your obsession with the outdoors doesn’t just stay outside, it follows you into your home. Artwork and house decor that revolves around wanderlust and the outdoors is one gift you can’t really go wrong with as a gift.

 

 

7. Camera Equipment

If your birthday person loves to bring their camera on their excursions, then a new camera strap is a unique gift that can be fully customizable and would get a lot of use.

 

 

8. Piggy-Bank

Support your loved one’s travel dreams by getting them a piggy bank besides the coffee can they have in the freezer. You can go with the classic look, or with the more hipster scene by getting them a glass growler piggy bank (bonus points if it has beer in it).

   

 

9. Apparel

We have seen the ads on Facebook that show John Muir quotes on t-shirts and jackets, everyone secretly wants one. There are loads of companies now that offer outdoors related apparel that can be worn both by the campfire and on the town.

   

 

10. Camping Supplies

This is a little more generalized but no one can really have too much camping supplies. There are the obvious things like tents and new boots, but some of us have those friends that a little homemade dry shampoo wouldn’t be the worst of gifts to give.

    

 

Of course the best gift would be an all expense paid trip to wherever they wanted in the world, but this list was geared towards those who maybe are saving for that a little later 😉 Is there something you think I missed? Let me know in the comments!

5 Adventurous Families To Follow Now

5 Adventurous Families To Follow Now

 

Whether you’re a single parent, or a family that has 6 children, there is always time for adventure. I have come across these Instagram accounts over the past few months and find these families as true inspiration. The following accounts feature these families day to day adventures with their little ones, and prove that just because you decide to have does not mean that your sense of adventure gets the boot.

 

 

1. @BORNWILDPROJECT

 

So this account is not necessarily just one family, but is composed of multiple! All enduring in one project to get their children out and into the wild!

Check Out Their Website!

 

 

2.@THE_ATKINS_FAMILY

I will always have a soft spot for the families out here in Hawai’i. Island keiki are just natural born adventurers.

Check Out Their YouTube Channel!

 

 

3.@THEBUCKETLISTFAMILY


This family does is all! AND they are traveling all over the globe! They release a new video of their wild adventures each Sunday!

Check out their YouTube Channel!

 

 

4.@THEVONFAMILY


Can You Say Family Goals?
They also have a YouTube Channel!

 

 

5.@ADVENTURE.FAMILY 

I grew up camping just like these kids and their wild family. This account makes me want to go hike and bring my God kids along!

 

 

Did I miss some? Have a favorite family you follow on Instagram that I did not feature? Link them in the comments below!

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.

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 🙂