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East coast beach vibes in Cape Hatteras, USA // TRAVEL GUIDE

There are a few places in the world that just kind of reel you in, and before you know it… you’ve been lapping up those tasty east coast beach vibes for weeks! It’s not hard to get lost in the layback lifestyle on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Sand dunes, warm wind, friendy folk, and miles and miles of pretty coastline are hard to resist. What’s not to love about Cape Hatteras?!

My time in Hatteras has been a lot of highs and lows, without a doubt. The first time I went was with kiteboarding progression in mind. Unfortunately, the wind was so hit and miss that I pushed it a bit too hard on one windy day and broke my foot. I left with new friendships and connections, but also with some fear.

I don’t think I’m an accident prone person, but I also happened to break my leg this year. This latest trip to Hatteras would be my first session back on the water in five months. On the first day of wind, I stood at the launch spot with my gear in hand and felt the panic building to an overwhelming level. I walked off the beach in tears. It took a while to compose myself, and I couldn’t get it together that day to kite. But this whole thing is a journey, and it’s a long one… with the support of friends and loved ones, I was able to get back on the water first thing the next morning!

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Get your adrenaline fix in Hood River, OR // TRAVEL GUIDE

The Pacific Northwest has this element of outside that seems to be firmly entrenched in the hearts of everyone who lives there. But away from the busy big cities and the coast is a small city whose residents and vistors have taken outside to the next level. Perched along the Columbia River is the city of Hood River, Oregon.

When you’re looking for that hit of adrenaline on your summer getaway in the PNW, look no further than Hood River!

Alright, maybe a little further… there’s a lot of cool stuff to see nearby too!

Kitesurfing Lifestyle + Wellness Love The Journey Travel

Time to get real [LTJ]

I broke my leg 12 days ago.

It hasn’t been a bad experience, really. I feel like I lucked out at every turn imaginable, except for the part where I broke my leg.

Every photo you’ve seen of me with a broken leg has been with a smile on my face. Because for the most part, I have had a smile on my face. I’m a happy person. I’m basically a professional at putting a positive spin on any situation, however difficult it is.

But I wanted to be real with you.

When I hit the water, I knew I’d fucked up. Badly.

Kitesurfing Love The Journey Travel

A much-needed reality check [LTJ]

You know that sensation when something shocks your perception? Like a little skip in cognition. When your mind takes a moment to catch up to what’s happening, because simply comprehending the reality of it is difficult.

“¿Cómo lo hago?” / “How do I get it out?”

That’s what the boy said, after he saw the photo we took of him and his friend. I paused for a moment, trying to understand the question.

Kitesurfing Love The Journey Travel

The best ships are friendships [LTJ]

This one will be short and sweet. It’s really about honouring friendships. Acknowledging the value of each and every person that I’ve encountered in my life, and the moments that we’ve shared together.

We can live the greatest lives imaginable and have the most exceptional experiences, but without being able to share these moments with others…  they lose some of their lustre.  

Kitesurfing Love The Journey

If today was your last day, what would you do? [LTJ]

This morning, someone asked me… “What would you do if you knew today was your last day on earth?”

Do you have a passion? Something that gets you fired up? That thing that makes your heart beat a little faster and your eyes shine a little brighter?

There are things in our lives that we can talk about for hours. Activities or topics or people or places that fill our dreams, whether we are awake or asleep. The stuff you want to share with everyone you meet, because you want them to have that feeling too!

But sometimes… we don’t have that thing.