G is for Gypsy

For those of you asking, this is a partial look at the last few months of my gypsy life. These photos are from the end of November 2017 through the beginning of February 2018.

I went from Hawaii to Seattle, Seattle to Detroit, drove from Detroit to Florida, and then back up to Michigan. Michigan to California, where I hung out in Joshua Tree and Wonder Valley, and LA. Then I went back to Seattle, Portland, and down to San Francisco. I spent the last weekend at a retreat in Watsonville, CA, and am currently en route to Hawaii for the next nine days! Enjoy!

Bainbridge, WA

I go to school at IslandWood, out on Bainbridge Island, across the sound from Seattle.

West Bloomfield, Michigan

It was mostly hovering around 0°f but I was able to hang out with my best friend and her lil babe, all my favorite animals, and even got to go climbing for the first time in my life!

Michigan -> Florida

My dad and I took a road trip down to the gulf side of the Sunshine State for Christmas. We met up with some of our immediate family, and a couple of our extended family to relax by the water and under that big, bad, amazing sun.

Wonder Valley & Joshua Tree

I got to visit my brother and his girlfriend Lindsey out on her property in Wonder Valley. It was really cool seeing the things they've been up to and the amazing landscape they're in. I got to witness some desert rains and check out the local dive bar. My friends picked me up and we headed into Joshua Tree National Park for some camping/hiking/climbing adventures. 

Portland, OR and

Mount Madonna Center in Watsonville, CA

I headed back up to Seattle for class, then spent a week wandering around Portland, OR. After that, I headed to San Francisco. I got to have hang with my brother and his wife, and even got to meet up with some Big Island friends!

Then I headed to Mount Madonna Center out in Watsonville, CA for the weekend with some members of Presidio Graduate Schook, where I'll be graduating from in June!

Tosi

And of course, these are photos you've all seen, but I know you want to see again. Tosi is Sean and Whitney's adorable English Shorthair kitten who demonstrates the most remarkable cuteness but has an almost militaristic survallience ability. Basically, she always has eyes on you.

Barebones on the Best Coast

I'm just going to preface this with I KNOW this is long overdue and I KNOW this is just a bunch of photos.. not much content other than my normal rambling. But I hope you enjoy it anyways!

After spending September in Michigan, I headed to California. I stayed with my brother and sister-in-law in San Francisco, my cousin in Oakland, and rambled all over the coast with a couple friends.

Sunset in Outer Richmond, SF
DeYoung Museum, SF

My friend Joey (of Awesome Cameras fame) and I took a road trip up to Washington. We got ourselves in some snowy weather at Crater Lake, got to see some friends in Portland, and finally ended up in Seattle, where I take classes once a month. I visited more thrift shops in those four days than I have in my entire life.

Once I returned to San Francisco (by way of airplane) I met up with another friend who took me on a mini adventure down a tiny stretch of the California Coast. We ended up in Santa Cruz, spending time wandering empty beaches, listening to yipping coyotes, and catching some rad 70s style sunsets.

Once I got back to San Francisco... again... it was just in time for my Uncle's wedding. My dad and several of my aunts and uncles were in town. My dad and I got to adventure through Muir Woods, bop around SF, and party with the family! There are, of course, several snaps of the most adorable kitten on Earth, Tosi!

It's been a few months now, and I have returned to Hawaii and Detroit since these adventures. I'll be posting photos and a mini guide to the Big Island the next time around!

Wheel of Fortune, Ace of Cups

A lot of people ask me how I live how I do. I'm on the 'road' (although it's really mostly in and out of airports and Uber rides) and in school, and I work a lot when I'm home... and while I'm away. Well, I've learned how to pack strategically, and how to carry more than half my body weight (thanks a lot text books), and how to rely on no one but myself.

Here are a bunch of photos. Enjoy.

I've been back and forth from Hawaii to the mainland since December now, and I've found myself in a weird polarity between wanting to stay in one place, and wanted to keep exploring and moving on to the next place. I love checking out what my friends are up to, seeing where they live and how they live, and meeting new people and making new friends. I love LOVE checking out the art scenes of different places, and pushing myself to grow in that arena.

I went out to California for most of February, spending time between Ventura, Joshua Tree, LA and even a quick trip down to Oceanside.

I got to visit some old friends, new friends, best friends, a brother, and one special pup. I went to the ocean, into the desert, found myself in a lil snow storm. I got to experience some rare LA rain, found morell mushrooms in Santa Monica, spotted ET in Big Bear, and walked an average of 7 miles a day in and around Venice.

I've got a few more months of travel between Detroit, Seattle, Massachusetts, North Carolina... and maybe France? Movin and Shakin.

Start As You Mean To Go On

As I mentioned before, I had been in California for almost two months. I spent time with family for my cousin's wedding in San Francisco, and then out east of Sacramento doing some work with friends. My dear friend Rebecca, her lil pup Scuba and I got to explore all the way from Sacramento, to Mammoth, to Placerville, and down to Santa cruz. We got up to Truckee and even hit Reno for an evening before I came back down to the Bay Area.

This first set of photos is from my cousin's wedding day. It was a perfect fall day and everyone was full of smiles. It is always so heartwarming to experience these family gatherings. The Tarnas clan runs strong, even though we are spread all over this big bad beautiful world. I didn't take as many photos as I would have liked, but the tradeoff was worthless. I got to spend more time with my family than I have in a long time.

After the wedding I headed out east of Sacramento. I was working on a farm of the medicinal herbal variety. I cannot explain to you how special this experience was for me this year. This is not the first time I've done this work, but it is the first time I truly connected with the people I was working with. I created these amazing bonds in such a short period of time with people I would have probably never met otherwise. I am so excited for our friendships and look forward to future adventures. 

We giggled a lot. We cried a lot. We drank a lot. We feasted. We saw some really cool shit. I finally figured out I have nothing figured out and that is totally cool, man.

For anyone who follows me on Instagram or Snapchat, it is clear I have a huge crush on little Scuba. I mean.. Look at him posing with that Patagonia bag! He is SO CUTE.

The following photos are of our weekend trip to Mammoth, a hike up Parker Lake, and a day hike through a gulch my oldest brother and I went on while in Placerville.

Our friend Jessi took us on an impromptu trip to Santa Cruz to find some surf. We adventured around the city while she was catching some gnargnar. While we were there we got to see our friend emcee a rad film fest and got to watch some incredibly inspiring films.

We went on up to Truckee and then Reno. We saw Turkuaz jam out at a casino and I learned how to use a slot machine. It was chilly but we managed to find some sun and soak it in for a couple hours. I went bowling for the first time in ages. WE HAD SO MUCH FUN.

I spent my last week on the mainland in San Francisco. I got to check out SF MoMA, spent my birthday walking around the Mission, and met up with Becca and her family before they headed out for the holiday.

Right now I am sitting at my aunt and uncle's house in Waimea, back on Big Island for the first time in six months. I was really nervous to come back here, afraid of how it would feel.. like home still? or maybe not so familiar? I built it up in my head so much I had become really anxious about the whole thing. 

The morning after I landed (Thanksgiving day) I headed straight for Beach 69s with my friend Molly. We hung out in our usual spot, I soaked in the salty waters of the momma Pacific. I felt right at home.

You're So Far Around The Bend

The last five months have been a pretty exciting time of growth and exploration for me. I lived with my wonderful and gracious friend Alison for the first couple months of summer in New Haven, CT. I got to visit Massachusetts, Rhode Island, NYC, Nashville, and Detroit. In September I cruised down to North Carolina and crashed at my dear friend Becca's house. I had the opportunity to meet her great community in Morganton, and even got some work at the local coffee shop doing some signs and as a guest barista.

One of my best friends in this universe got to marry her best friend at the end of September. I was fortunate enough to be in North Carolina for the ceremony, and honored to have some of my signs included in the decorations. People flew in from Hawaii, and all over the country, to see this radiant couple celebrate their (almost unbearable) love with each other. It was a warm, sunny afternoon, that led into a warm summer night full of dancing and laughter.

As many of you already know, I have made the decision to go back to school. I am going to Presidio Graduate School for my MBA in sustainable systems. The program is a low residency style, two-year program that meets once a month in Seattle. Our first quarter is almost over, and so far, so good. I had my doubts, especially since my living situations have been temporary and unpredictable, but I am feeling more and more comfortable with the workload and enjoying the challenges presented to me. We meet for a long weekend at the beautiful IslandWood campus on Bainbridge Island. I get to take a ferry to school and live like a queen (the food is INCREDIBLE) for a weekend of intense learning.

I've been in California for over a month now, between my brother's house in Walnut Creek, and a friend's house just east of Sacramento. I'll be here for another few weeks exploring as far as Lake Tahoe before returning to Hawaii. I have had some amazing adventures here, but they deserve an entirely new post and round of photos for you to enjoy.

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Maui Wowie

I have been back in Hawaii for a few months now, which means back to work and back to my same ol' routine. About a month ago, Peter and I decided to take an impromptu trip to the Valley Isle (hello Maui!) for a little island adventure. Here are some of the photos I snapped of our time there.

This was my second time on Maui, but my first time exploring outside the resort scene. Peter and I drove around the entire island, from Kahului to Hana, up Haleakalā, and down to Kaupo and across to Lahaina. We went into Iao Valley, Pete surfed Honolua Bay, and I basked with my booty out on Little Beach in Makena. It was a great mini-adventure that reminded us how important it is to explore, even close to home! 

Here are some photos of my Big Island adventures too! I've gotten to get reacquainted with Green Sands Beach in South Point, Pololu Valley, Kiholo Bay, Honoli'i, hiking around Kamuela, and a lot of other amazing places around the island. I'm glad to be back with all my people and am fortunate to find Home on this amazing island.

The Long Way Home

The last time I posted, I was in sunny California, about to embark on the last leg of my travels with Peter. The travels have now come to an end, and I am sitting indoors, hiding from the chilly Michigan winter weather. I will be in Michigan until the end of January, then will return to Hawaii to begin more adventures through 2016!

Below are photos from our trip! We started heading east from San Clemente, California on December 1st and ended in West Bloomfield, Michigan on December 18th. Pete and I traversed over 6,000 miles, $600 worth of gas, two oil changes, went across the border to Mexico, through 13 states, 5 National Parks, the longest bridge in the country, and several other hidden and known jewels in the continental US.

We bought a car and food for the road, grabbed a couple maps and were on our way. We experienced camping in below freezing temperatures, next to highways, beside bayous, on beaches, on mountains, and in valleys. We got to see friends and family, and had the experience of making new friends as we passed each small town or big city. The people we came across were friendly, interesting, open minded, and ready to share their stories with us. We are forever grateful to everyone who opened their homes to us, let us use a bed, a couch, the floor, a warm shower, and clean water.

It was an amazing trip, but we are enjoying life a little slower, with my family in Michigan. The holidays have been good to us here, but we can't wait to get back to the Big Island for another few months of loving life on that beautiful little rock in the sea :)

Happy New year!

The Golden State

Here are just a few photos of our travels so far. Peter and I left camping in Big Sur, and traveled up to the Bay Area, where my brother and sister-in-law live. We got to stay with them while we figured out our road trip routes.

After a few days of prepping and resting, we hit the road to Tahoe and Yosemite Valley. We decided to drive all the way around Lake Tahoe, stopping off at several vista points and state parks. It had snowed the night before we arrived and everything was covered in a beautiful dusting of bright white snow. The vivid blue skies, bright evergreens, and crystal blue waters of Lake Tahoe were a perfect contrast for the white snow covered boulders and ground.

Next, we headed south to Yosemite Valley. On our way, we passed amazing mountain roads, reservoirs and lakes, snow covered valleys, and sun beaten deserts. As we drove into Yosemite Valley, we were greeted first with a prescribed fire on the northern end of the National Forest. Then we were covered in a canopy of towering sequoias. As we drove deeper into the valley, the sides shot upwards into huge, sheer cliffs, and we were totally consumed by the monolithic formations.

We spent a day hiking toward Upper Yosemite Falls, and then to Vernal Falls. It was over 10 miles of hiking in one day, but we wanted to get as much in as we could in our 48 hour stay. The day we left we hiked up to Mirror Lake, and then on our way out of the valley, we hiked up to Bridal Veil Falls. Next time we plan to spend more than a couple days there, hopefully exploring into the wilderness. 

Once we got back to the Bay Area, we took advantage of the opportunity to visit with my family (uncle, aunt, cousins, grand cousins, second cousins, brother, and sister-in-law). Then we packed our things, picked up Pete's little brother, and headed to Monterey. We got to spend a couple hours at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, which was so magical, and then found a motel for the night and did some research for camping spots along the PCH toward San Clemente.

We camped one night in a little valley, where the cool air met the ocean air. It was quiet, with only four or five other campsites taken. The next day we drove down the coastline and enjoyed stopping at little hidden galleries and cafes. We stopped at Pfieffer State Park, did a short hike up into the old redwood groves and an even shorter hike to see a seaside waterfall. We camped one more night along that stretch of coast. 

We arrived in LA on the eve of my birthday. I got to visit my good friend Sarah, and got treated to an amazing dinner out on the town.

I am extremely grateful for the friends I have all over the world, who drop everything when I text them 'I'M HERE' without much notice. I always feel warm and fuzzy inside when I think about all the love available to me.

The next day, we headed further south, to Seal Beach, to Peter's uncle's house. We spent the night and explored the next day. I got to see a long-time friend, Darrin, who was passing through the area on his way up to LA.

Now Peter, his brother and I are camped out at his aunt's house in San Clemente, getting festive for Thanksgiving and being thankful for the opportunity to see so many friends and family on this adventure. Pete's mom came in yesterday, and his cousins are filtering in as the holiday festivities near. It is exciting to be part of another person's family celebration. Although this is when I get the most homesick, I am thankful to have such a supportive, hilarious group of people to be surrogate family to me.

After the holiday, Peter and I will be heading down the coast to San Diego, go into Mexico, and then east, toward the Grand Canyon and eventually Texas and beyond.