Living in a Dream

Got a big dose of freedom, beauty, and solo time this last week.  Nine days on the road; camping, surfing, paddling, photographing, and drifting.  I would say that it was a much needed break from reality, but the reality is, I don’t need a break.  My reality has become a wonderful fusion of work and play….and it’s moving fast!  Well, in the van it’s only about 65mph.

Highlights of the trip:

 

 

First stop: Salt Flats, duh

First stop: Salt Flats, duh

 

rolled into Tahoe w/clear skies and a dirty rig

rolled into Tahoe w/clear skies and a dirty rig

 

SUP at Sand Harbor ... put it on your list folks

SUP at Sand Harbor … put it on your list folks

 

selfie stick puttin' in work!

selfie stick puttin’ in work!

 

more selfie stick action on Bay Bridge!!

more selfie stick action on Bay Bridge!!

 

Made it to the coast just in time to catch this

Made it to the coast just in time to catch this

 

Homeboy Luke just moved into this little shack high in the hills above Pacifica! He put me up for a night...such a cool pad!

Homeboy Luke just moved into this little shack high in the hills above Pacifica! He put me up for a night…such a cool pad!

 

Down the 1 into Big Sur

Down the 1 into Big Sur

 

finally got my obligatory waterfall shot!

finally got my obligatory waterfall shot!

 

met up w/Mr 805...aka Yurcho...

met up w/Mr 805…aka Yurcho…

 

followed him up a crazy road to camp at 4k feet above the ocean

followed him up a crazy road to camp at 4k feet above the ocean

 

calm Pacific

calm Pacific

 

Pink Sur

Pink Sur

 

whiskey = happy

whiskey = happy

 

forded raging rivers enroute to a waterfall

adventuremobiles enroute to a waterfall

 

SMB gittin' 'er done!!

SMB gittin’ ‘er done!!  805!

 

In the water at first light

In the water at first light

 

Mr 805 makes it look easy

Mr 805 makes it look easy (photo cred to @samhig77)

 

I caught the biggest wave of the day, hands down

I caught the biggest wave of the day, hands down

 

Mr 805 catchin' some moonrays

Mr 805 catchin’ some moonrays

 

moonsurf

moonsurf

 

he rocked a headlamp and we messed around w/long exposures

he rocked a headlamp and we messed around w/long exposures

 

changes in attitude

changes in attitude

 

vanlife

vanlife

 

Neptune's Net outside Malibu provided the Gut Bomb of the trip

Neptune’s Net outside Malibu provided the Gut Bomb of the trip

 

parted ways w/Mr 805 and headed inland

parted ways w/Mr 805 and headed inland

 

entering Death Valley

entering Death Valley

 

in Death Valley

in Death Valley

 

leaving Death Valley. That's about it. Check the box. Doubt I'll be back.

leaving Death Valley. That’s about it. Check the box. Doubt I’ll be back.

 

Valley of Fire State Park outside Vegas

Valley of Fire State Park outside Vegas

 

Asians take the best photos

Asians take the best photos

 

parked at Lake Mead for the night

parked at Lake Mead for the night

 

super windy night

super windy…like 50knot gusts…almost collapsed the pop top!

 

gimme a camera and a sunset and I'm entertained for days

gimme a camera and a sunset and I’m entertained for days

 

Lots lots lots more photos….and even more memories.  Another roadtrip in the books.  Lessons concreted:  Make time to play.  Go Solo.  Do stuff you’re not good at.  Any place new is worth a visit.

Hope you guys get out there this Summer!!  So much beauty and so many moments to be had!

 

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