Rang the New Year in by jetting off to Mexico!
As much as I love to snowboard throughout the winter, there really is nothing better than some Vitamin D lying on the beach!
We played so much beach volleyball, sailed on a catamaran to Isla Mujeres, explored some cliffs, swam with sharks, and snorkelled of course! Going from 30 degrees celsius to -26 in the same 24 hours is not recommended but we made it 😉
Here’s to 2017 being the year of travel!
Today marks my last day of a long, much needed summer vacation! It’s been a rad time with some amazing people. I travelled all over BC, to Ireland, to San Francisco, and went on so many local adventures I’m left feeling nothing but blessed. I learned to get air time on a wakeboard, learned to wake surf, and went paddle boarding on many gorgeous lakes – I live in an actual paradise. Here’s to even more amazing memories in beautiful places with beautiful people.
Remember everyone, Stay Bright xx.
This past weekend, I went to San Francisco to visit my cousin. She’s lived there for 8 years and I just made it down (oops). Day one greeted us with sunshine and spontaneous piercings! When she was up visiting me, it was spontaneous tattoos, so naturally we had to get up to some type of trouble.
Day two brought us to Sausalita and the Golden Gate Bridge. We took the ferry over to Sausalita and had lunch in a pub right on the beach! Tons of people were playing all sorts of games out on the sand, and the food was delicious. We had planned to paddle board out to the bridge, but the wind picked up – and SUP’s are useless in the wind. Instead, we jumped on the bus and went to check out the bridge. It really is a cool sight in person. Everybody has seen it in photos, etc, but it really is something else to see it up close. I’m stoked I can scratch that one off my bucket list.
Later the same day, we went to the Sutro Bath Ruins. It used to be a 1920’s bath house, and a storm destroyed it. TONS of history – very cool to see. There are also various trails along the cliffs which are beautiful. On one side you have the Pacific, and on the other there are trees and forests all over the place. Caught me by surprise! We took a trail down to the cliffs and hung out looking out over the ocean for a while. I – of course – had to ditch the city vibes for a little while! The spot we chose looked out to the ocean, as well as the Golden Gate in the distance. There are lots of large sharp rocks that jut out along the coastline. Very, very beautiful.
On day three, we climbed up Twin Peaks, which revealed a view of the city. Not your typical mountain, nature kinda view, but pretty unreal regardless. There aren’t many places you can overlook large cities like San Fran! We were meant to check out some other neighbourhoods (all of SF neighbourhoods are extremely different), however we had to sidetrack over to Fort Mason to retrieve my cousin’s phone which she left in the cab (lol). This actually worked out really well because at Fort Mason there was a huge craft fair going on! Fort Mason used to be a huge military base, so again, tons of history amongst where you’re walking.
Spontaneity can’t really go “wrong”, and I’d say being unable to stay in one place for long is paying off!
I am SO amped at this weekends adventure! To keep the “pre” trip short – I’m not the best at making decisions sometimes, so this time around, my good friend decided for me that I would be joining a few of them on a hike to Templeton Lake. So Friday night, I packed all of my stuff, and we left Saturday morning at 9am.
The hike itself is not bad at all. 6km in – took us about 2 hours to get there. It was just the 4 of us and that was it. The best kind of solitude. We set up our tents and hung out by the fire for the rest of the day.
The lake itself is glacier fed, absolutely beautiful, AND FREEZING. Trust me – I know. I jumped in this morning just so that I could say I did it (right off that log in the picture above). Now, I prepared myself for it to be cold. But I was not prepped for THAT. Naturally, my good pals filmed it and chuckled away at me shrieking.
Early this morning, before we hiked out, we climbed up the rock slide you see (above) on the left to overlook the lake. Very cool. My dog was all about it until it was time to go down. I had to lead her down – she’s a timid pup.
The hike back flew by as it usually does, and we were greeted by incredible weather. Tomorrow is my 24th birthday, so I’d say I have some pretty perfect friends, and really couldn’t have asked for a better weekend.
This last trip was my second adventure to Ireland. The first time I went I had heard about the Kilkee cliff walk, but hadn’t been able to make it there. Locals had told me they were smaller than the Cliffs of Moher and many other cliff sights but for some reason, it stuck with me. When I started to plan my second visit, there was voice in my head saying “you better make it to make it to Kilkee this time around”. I couldn’t explain why though, because I hadn’t seen any pictures of it.
The above picture is from the cliff walk, one of my all time favourite pictures I’ve ever taken. Let me tell you the place is stunning. It’s not overly heavy with tourists, and Kilkee is a small town so you’ll definitely experience a local feel if you ever go. When I got off the bus in Kilkee, it was a gorgeous sunny evening. I caught one look at the bay near my hostel, and knew instantly that it was the right place to visit. I spent the entire next day walking along the cliffs, and watching all of the activity on the beach.
One thing I constantly remind myself of, is that spending a day outdoors is the best way to hit the “reset” button on yourself. I woke up the morning of the cliff walk feeling tired, and not even remotely motivated to spend the day walking. I left Kilkee feeling refreshed and, more importantly, extremely happy.
If you experience that pull to go somewhere you’ve never visited before, for no apparent reason – GO.
The person I want to write about today I did not stumble upon, nor was it spontaneous. She is one of my younger sisters, and one of the most important people in my life. She’s the determined one that you don’t mess with. She’s driven, and my god is she ever stubborn. She’s the one who has your back the second you need her, and the one you don’t cross – especially when it comes to family. She lifts people up when they’re tearing themselves down, gives me pep talks when I need them, and quite frankly doesn’t take no for an answer if it isn’t the response she’s waiting for. She would be a skilled lawyer based on her arguing skills, and has that fiery passion to do well with her career, or anything she puts her energy towards. She tackles me when I get annoying (which is often by the way), and no matter how hard I try, she’s always tougher than me too.
She has been diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa and all of the attributes I listed before, are what will make her better. I look at her everyday, and marvel at how strong she is. It should be no secret by now how much of a fight mental illness is. I’m sure everyone reading this has had their own experience. To combat something that is present in her life on a daily basis, and accepting that this is the battle she is meant to fight, means she’s already well on her way to healing. I’m so proud of her for grabbing the bull by the horns, like she has with literally every other challenge in life, and when she’s comes back around, look out World.
My youngest sister has just started a “GoFundMe” page to help her out, so please take a second to read it and pass it along: https://www.gofundme.com/2cxx9hg
THIS IS WHAT RESILIENCE LOOKS LIKE.
My second last night in Dublin brought me back to one of my favourite pubs called “Merchant’s Arch” where a very talented singer/guitarist was performing. Post show, I ended up having a chat with him and his roommate, discovering that he performed six nights a week in Temple Bar. Now, everyone knows the Irish know how to party, but Daniel O’Sullivan (left) knows how to work it. I was mesmerized by his ability to sing any given request by tourists visiting from all over the globe, and how confident he is. Dublin is a very busy city, so to be sharing something he is so passionate about, with so many people watching, is a wonderful thing to be able to do. Dan is one of the most memorable Irish locals I met on my trip, so on my last night in Dublin, I made sure to catch him perform one more time before getting on my flight home. In the words of a fellow Canadian friend:
“He should have been signed yesterday“.
I have copied his Facebook link so be sure to take a look at his music. Happy Birthday Dan!
For a while now, I have been feeling this need to write, but couldn’t figure out where to start. I recently returned home from a backpacking trip through Ireland, and amongst the amazing people I met were two gyals (Anna & Rachel) from the US. They told me they had started a blog for their travels and it is the raddest thing -> http://www.outlawsummer.com
CHECK IT OUT.
I met A&R in what is now one of my favourite places in the entire world. A small town called “Glencolmcille” with a population of 200 people. A must see for those of you who prefer less people, and more natural beauty. The locals are wonderful and the sights are breathtaking, so please – if you’re in Ireland – make it up there.
I’ve been following their adventures since I met them, and I realized that this is the kind of project I’d like to try. Combining a love for taking photos, and a helpless addiction to spontaneous exploration, here goes my attempt at sharing some of my favourite shots.
Because this is my first blog EVER, I thought it fit to give a shout out to Anna & Rachel for inspiring me when we met, and motivating me to try something like this on my own. You two are very special people, and I wish you all the best on your future experiences!