Thanks to a sweet gig filming, producing, and editing for Akagera National Park in Rwanda, I had my way paid to explore East Africa with my best friends from college. We traveled by plane, bus, boda, and matatu across Rwanda, Kenya, and Uganda, camping along the way. We white water kayaked the Nile River, sailed on Lake Victoria, rock climbed some epic landscapes, safaried up to a pride of lions, hiked through waterfalls, took a lovely coffee bean tour, and fed giraffes. Definitely a trip I won't forget. Here's a few favorites from our journeys.
Just a couple gals camping next to the majestic sound of crashing waves in one of my favorite spots on earth: Big Sur, California. Thanks to an LA wedding, I had the perfect excuse to escape up to my favorite part of the West Coast with my college friend Samantha. We spent the evening star gazing in a hippy [nudest] hot springs, amazingly perched on top of the Big Sur cliffs over looking the Pacific. By day we were straight up beaching and bouldering, a fantastic combo. We topped off the trip with an epic 12 mile hike up Pyramid Point near Lake Tahoe at 10,000 ft. What a view it was from the top!
Because I hadn't gotten enough of Mexico yet this year, this fall I packed up my hiking backpack and hopped on a plane for Monterey, Mexico where I met up with my friends Samantha and Daven for an epic week of climbing the breathtaking mountains of El Potrero Chico while camping within the shadow of his peaks. There's nothing greater than soaking in phenomenal climbing, amazing Mexican food, and waking up to the sound of nature each morning if you ask me. Pretty much all my favorite things wrapped in the perfect vacation getaway. Highly recommend this trip y'all!
What do you do when your buddies get a National Geographic Young Explorers Grant to make an environmental film walking and stand up paddle boarding the length of Baja California (1,000 miles in 111 days)? Meet them at the bottom to party and help film of course! Spent a week pick-up filming, SUP'ing, snorkeling with sea lions in the Sea of Cortez, body surfing against the unruly Pacific waves, drinking margaritas for breakfast (...lunch and dinner...), and soaking in all that beautiful and rugged Baja California has to offer. The great thing about traveling with Nat Geo friends is that you can guarantee there will be more cameras than people around at any given moment. Here's a few photos snapped by all of us. For more on the film visit whatiswest.com.