So we are so excited about the next couple months, we have an exciting opportunity to join @bambamaru on their sailboat and bring supplies to Puerto Rico after the last hurricane that came through and destroyed so many homes. After we sail there we will be bringing supplies back and forth and meet any other needs in the Eastern Caribbean. We will be working with an organization called IRG. If you would like to be apart of this project please donate to the link in my profile! Thank you guys! ⚓️
P.S. this isn't our boat😉
Hiking one of my favorite trails: the Syncline loop in Canyonlands. I first did this trail solo one year ago on the spur of the moment, completely stupidly unprepared, too late in the day, lacking the right gear, caught by a thunderstorm while getting lost several times up and down the boulder fields, and in the wrong loop direction (saving the cliff switchbacks for last...). And somehow it became the most memorable and glorious hike I've ever done. Not necessarily because of the trail itself, which does have spectacular views, but what I got out of it and what I learned about myself - that throughout the challenges, the potentially dangerous situations, the utter physical exhaustion, I can and do trust myself. There was nobody else to look to, nobody to follow (I hadn't even seen other hikers for hours) - it was just one foot in front of the other, the small steps to get where I need to go, simple as that. I surprised myself that I never panicked, never came close to giving up, even towards the end (on those fun switchbacks) when my legs started giving out. I only felt calmly confident, self reliant, completely clear on how I and my life stood, at that moment and in general. That type of overarching mental clarity was one I hadn't experienced in that way before. And when I did emerge from the trail right before nightfall, that clarity felt like a gift from the canyon, a permanent gift that fortifies me in a deeply held way. These days I am certainly much better prepared for hikes and don't make stupid decisions like that anymore; this second time hiking the trail went a whole lot smoother! But I will forever be grateful for that experience and to this magical place, for truly pushing my limits and ultimately gifting me this confidence and clarity of self.
Let's talk about grocery shopping when you live in a van. Our storage space is limited, our fridge is small, and our freezer is even smaller. We usually buy enough groceries for 4-5 days (and often overbuy, let's be real) so we do our best to stretch that food for a week. Occasionally something goes bad before we can eat it, but most weeks we do pretty well. We're FAR more aware of how much we buy and what we buy. Plus, going to the grocery store often is a good reason to buy more fresh produce 🥒🥕🥑😋
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