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December 28, 2019

Ever since I came back from the PCT, I’ve been reminiscing about walking 2,650 miles all over again. 👣🏕 I find it interesting how all of those hardships & near death experiences I apparently experienced are now just funny memories. I feel motivated to go southbound this time because the desert was one of my favorite experiences. 🌾 I also feel inspired to take at least 2-3 years to hike the trail rather than a span of 5 months. I didn’t enjoy how rushed it all felt & it seemed like I didn’t soak in the people & scenery as much because I felt on a tight schedule. This time around, I feel...

September 24, 2019

April 24th - September 24th 💫 I walked from Mexico to Canada - 2,653 miles... feels surreal... doesn’t feel as though I “did” anything; seemed as if this whole experience simply moved through me like a vessel. Walking this trail was one huge lesson about living in the moment. I got to meet THE most amazing people... I felt like I was a part of this wild, soul-searching, nature-loving family... Would I do it again? Yes, however, now that I know more about what it’s like, I would do it completely differently. For one, I wouldn’t let my ego guide me. I would want to be fully immersed in the...

September 17, 2019

I’ve been taking a few days off trail & am spending it staying at my dad’s employee’s house. He’s a very fun character & has made me feel very at home. Yesterday night, we had the place to ourselves. We shared dinner & he began to ask about my family life. It felt very comfortable to communicate with an open heart. I found myself opening up about a lot of personal stuff & I saw the places where I was still hurting about the way my parent’s marriage turned out & how much it appeared to impact the perceptions of my relationships. He seemed to be very receptive & asked questions about how my...

September 10, 2019

Man, I have been feeling so frustrated... 😪 I’m pretty upset with the way Washington turned out for me. The last section I just did felt completely worthless. Lots of people have been hyping up Washington & that “the views just get better & better”, & yet somehow, each time I decided to start hiking, it just rained. It rained for 5 days in a row & I couldn’t see more than 10 feet in front of me due to clouds... In a way, I’m pretty used to it cause that’s all I’ve gotten out of Washington. The only time I had views was in Goat Rocks Wilderness. I just think it is one of the worst feelings...

September 5, 2019 (Part 3)

A guy named Ed who picked me up hitchhiking last week offered to buy me a meal at the next town that I’d be passing. So he met me at Snoqualmie & drove me an hour & a half away to his town. We got to his place & he said he wanted to give me a ride on his Harley. The moment I got on it & felt the wind, I got brought back to the way I felt in Hawaii. Taking cruises along the road & enjoying what was in front of me. ❤️ He bought me a delicious greasy burger with a tall stack of onion rings. We cruised in his car for a couple hours & I felt the warm air upon my face & all I could think about...

September 5, 2019 (Part 2)

Washington has been the ultimate challenge mentally. I had a 5 day hike from White Pass to Snoqualmie. I found myself taking my time in the beginning; taking breaks & camping early, yet I still found myself mentally exhausted. Yesterday, I had a breakdown coming down the mountain. I cried for over 2 hours... snot, tears, & sweat flowing. The trail in Washington has an INSANE amount of elevation gain & loss. By the time you make it to the top, you’ll be drenched in sweat, your calves with be throbbing, & you can expect that you’ll be going straight back down, experiencing some intense shin...

September 5, 2019

Yesterday, I got picked up by a trail angel named Raymond. He offered to bring me to his house & cook me up some homemade burgers & peanut butter cookies cause he wanted to help motivate me to keep walking to Canada. I cannot even describe how delicious these burgers were. 😱 I even got TWO. The cookies his wife made MELTED in my mouth & she gave me a giant ziploc baggie of them so I could take them along on the trail with me. They got devoured before I even got on trail. 😅 He even let me shower & do laundry - one of a hiker’s favorite tasks to do before getting back into the wilderness!...

August 31, 2019 (Part 3)

Tonight, I am laying in my tent, with a smile on my face. I feel so much more calm & at ease after taking advice from my friends & the hiker community. I slowed down significantly. I began doing 25 miles a day, rather than 35. I now honor what my body is telling me. If I feel called to take a break, I’ll stay for an hour & massage my feet & legs & won’t let myself follow thoughts that try to convince me I’m not doing enough. I skipped around 200 miles. I plan on reaching the border around the 15th & will make my way southbound to complete the miles I skipped. It’s important to me to...

August 31, 2019 (Part 2)

I feel as though I’ve been in a vortex of “receiving” in this small town. I got a ride with a guy who offered to buy me any amount of food I desired. He even said he’d pick me up at the next town & feed me just to keep my belly full for a couple of days! We ate together & I felt grateful sharing stories & experiencing the kindness of strangers. He even gifted me around 10 big gatorade bottles! 🙏🏻 ❤️ I hung out at the cafe for a few hours & got to meet more people who asked a string of questions about my journey. I never fail to get excited to share! 🥰 One of the women I talked to even...

August 31, 2019

I was outside brushing my hair & an older man drove by on a motorcycle & stopped directly in front of me. The first thing I noticed were all of his feathers displayed on his backseat. I commented on how lovely they were & he told me how they were owl feathers that he gathered from an owl that was hit by a car & left on the side of the road. He mentioned how he’s seen signs of owls several times now in the last week & I told him he should look up what it meant. He goes “I DID. It means CHANGE or DEATH. The last time I saw an owl several times I got a divorce.” He walked off & I was left...

August 27, 2019

Endless walking, traveling on foot no longer being motivated by Spirit. 👣  Questions arising out of fear... Will I be able to feed myself today? Will I have enough strength to walk up these mountains? Am I protected? 💫 🏔  Fear of the unknown begins to dissipate as I inhale the scents emanating from the aina. 🌲 Pine trees firmly rooted in soil... I am called to rest my head upon the roots of these divine beings & be reminded of my strength... tapping into my heart, surrendering to my breath, moments that require pure stillness to be able to quiet my mind. 🌱 Planting my toes into the...

August 20, 2019 (Part 2)

I came to the village feeling completely defeated by the trail. Tears in my eyes, voice shaking. I took my pack off & let out a sigh, aware of the fact I still had another 11 miles to go. An elderly man approached me & said, “Are you a thru hiker? Let me buy you an ice cream & whatever else you want.” He saw the look on my face, a mixture of disbelief & gratitude, & all he said after was “I understand. ❤️” (He even treated the other hikers that were there.) My tummy felt so happy to have a full meal along with dessert & I felt an immense amount of gratefulness that it was just given to...

August 20, 2019

So I got to the Rim Village in Crater Lake. It’s a fancy place for tourists. I walked straight up a mountain in the heat of the day just to get to the parking lot. Once I got there, the cars driving in let me pass through cause I looked like death, completely soaked in sweat & basically gasping for air. I made it up to the village cafe, covered in dirt & smelling Iike a pit toilet. I cried to myself, feeling completely exhuasted & done with life. When I went inside people looked at me as if I was homeless & stood far away from me, giving me dirty looks. To give the...

June 26, 2019

“It’s all here to amuse you. No matter what you choose you can’t go wrong.” 👣🌲💫 Since I started hiking the Sierras, I’ve been experiencing a lot of anger, nervousness, & the appearance of pain arise rather than joyfulness & ease. Its as if I have to constantly remind myself to appreciate what’s coming & trust that it will all work out, even if it’s not the way I expected. It feels like a persistent mental challenge... waking yourself up at 3am when you’re already cold & tired, putting on your completely frozen shoes, crossing a raging river, summiting another mountain. It feels as if I’m...

June 17, 2019

What an adventure already... my guy flew out here to do 300 miles of the Sierra section with me! 😋 This was intended to be a solo journey, but things happened to shift as I experienced the PCT more personally. Since day 1, I’ve been merging with different groups as I hiked & on other days, I would prefer to be completely alone. 💜 Either way, I witnessed a lot of thoughts come up. I had the mentality that I needed to do everything on my own & be fully independent. I felt that’s what true strength was. YET, I learned to let go of that idea & understand that it’s okay to lean on someone when...

May 26, 2019

Experiencing hiker hunger is out of control while I’m hiking the PCT. I’m eating way over 10,000 calories a day & it feels like a void in my stomach, AND to top it off, I am continuously losing more & more weight. BUT, I will say, I am having the time of my life meeting guys on the trail who want to challenge me by eating more food than me when we reach a town. Every time, I end up finishing their meals along with mine as they’re on the verge of vomiting. 😅 SO, moral of the story, I think this is THE perfect time to enter into a food eating competition! 😈