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✨ In beauty I walk
With beauty before me I walk
With beauty behind me I walk
With beauty above me I walk
With beauty around me I walk
It has become beauty again
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After Grand Canyon adventures we took a road trip from Flagstaff to Monument Valley to camp, hike, and explore the beauty, culture, and wealth of Monument Valley and Navajo Nation.
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Navajo Nation is a Native American Territory covering over 17 million acres of land across Arizona, Southeast Utah, and Northwest New Mexico. With a combined population of almost 350,000, Navajo Nation is the largest American Indian Reservation in the U.S.
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It was after these soulful couple of days that I knew someday I’d be called back. But do you know what my favorite part of visiting Monument Valley was? Of course the amazing landscape, the beautiful drive around the valley floor, the hospitality, and breathtaking sunsets. But my absolute favorite was soaking up a bit of history.
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After waking to another beautiful sunrise we wandered to the lodge and found a little museum dedicated to the Navajo Code Talkers.
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In 1942, 29 Navajo men joined the U.S. Marines and developed an unbreakable code that would be used across the Pacific during World War II. They were the Navajo Code Talkers. The Code Talkers conveyed messages by telephone and radio in their native language, a code that was never broken by the Japanese. As the war progressed, more than 400 Navajos were recruited as Code Talkers. Later in 1982 President Reagan declared August 14 "National Navajo Code Talker Day," to honor their unique service to the nation.
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No matter where I go I loveee visiting museums. Last week, on August 14, I was reminded of this experience as Navajo Code Talkers Day was celebrated on the Rez.
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Cheers to always learning and always growing no matter where life takes you! Do you visit museums on your travels?
✨ In beauty I walk With beauty before me I walk With beauty behind me I walk With beauty above me I walk With beauty around me I walk It has become beauty again ✨ Navajo Prayer . . After Grand Canyon adventures we took a road trip from Flagstaff to Monument Valley to camp, hike, and explore the beauty, culture, and wealth of Monument Valley and Navajo Nation. ✨ Navajo Nation is a Native American Territory covering over 17 million acres of land across Arizona, Southeast Utah, and Northwest New Mexico. With a combined population of almost 350,000, Navajo Nation is the largest American Indian Reservation in the U.S. ✨ It was after these soulful couple of days that I knew someday I’d be called back. But do you know what my favorite part of visiting Monument Valley was? Of course the amazing landscape, the beautiful drive around the valley floor, the hospitality, and breathtaking sunsets. But my absolute favorite was soaking up a bit of history. ✨ After waking to another beautiful sunrise we wandered to the lodge and found a little museum dedicated to the Navajo Code Talkers. ✨ In 1942, 29 Navajo men joined the U.S. Marines and developed an unbreakable code that would be used across the Pacific during World War II. They were the Navajo Code Talkers. The Code Talkers conveyed messages by telephone and radio in their native language, a code that was never broken by the Japanese. As the war progressed, more than 400 Navajos were recruited as Code Talkers. Later in 1982 President Reagan declared August 14 "National Navajo Code Talker Day," to honor their unique service to the nation. ✨ No matter where I go I loveee visiting museums. Last week, on August 14, I was reminded of this experience as Navajo Code Talkers Day was celebrated on the Rez. . . Cheers to always learning and always growing no matter where life takes you! Do you visit museums on your travels?
Hitchhiking, on a scale of one to Wild? 💟 My friend @postcardfromfidel asked a great question on his gram the other day about hitchhiking that got me thinking of all the random experiences I’ve had on the road over the years. His question was have you ever?
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Not only in Hawai’i is hitchhiking super common but I see it everyday in my summer on the Rez and a lot on travels. And yes, I’ve been the hitcher more times than I’ve realized!
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A firsties throwback was when my bestie and I, just wee ones in middle school, were itching for big city adventures. Who knows what we were thinking but luckily a cop picked us up on a back road about 40-miles out and took us home, because who knows what could have happened. We were def in trouble!
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The scariest was probably when my girl and I hit Kaua’i to backpack the Kalalau. Not wanting to pay for and leave a rental at the trailhead for five days we stuck our thumbs out at the airport. Not thinking much of it, I hopped in the back of the truck while my girl, who had never hitched in her life, talked to the guy and climbed in the front. Turns out dude was a drunk ice head and gave us the sketchiest experience everrrr. In the end we didn’t die, made it to the trailhead, and got away from that situation as fast as our feet could carry us. Didn’t stop us from hitching it back five days later though, luckily the people were super nice and super sober.
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Giving it another shot, I hitched back to town after an end-to-end solo hike on O’ahu only to realize the guy who picked me up wasn’t wearing any pants. Covered exclusively by a colorful sarong on his lap, I kept the convo light, made it to town without being scarred for life, and vowed never to hitch again.
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But of course I’ve had a few times here and there, even after pants-less random, that have given me fun experiences and good conversation on the road. It’s been a while since I’ve hitched but I pick people up when I can and wouldn’t be opposed to it in the future, even with my insane experiences.
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Thank you for the throwback memories and food for thought @postcardfromfidel
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Have you ever been the hitcher or hitchee?
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Jewelry: 🐬 @girllovessea
Hitchhiking, on a scale of one to Wild? 💟 My friend @postcardfromfidel asked a great question on his gram the other day about hitchhiking that got me thinking of all the random experiences I’ve had on the road over the years. His question was have you ever? . . Not only in Hawai’i is hitchhiking super common but I see it everyday in my summer on the Rez and a lot on travels. And yes, I’ve been the hitcher more times than I’ve realized! ✨ A firsties throwback was when my bestie and I, just wee ones in middle school, were itching for big city adventures. Who knows what we were thinking but luckily a cop picked us up on a back road about 40-miles out and took us home, because who knows what could have happened. We were def in trouble! 🤣 The scariest was probably when my girl and I hit Kaua’i to backpack the Kalalau. Not wanting to pay for and leave a rental at the trailhead for five days we stuck our thumbs out at the airport. Not thinking much of it, I hopped in the back of the truck while my girl, who had never hitched in her life, talked to the guy and climbed in the front. Turns out dude was a drunk ice head and gave us the sketchiest experience everrrr. In the end we didn’t die, made it to the trailhead, and got away from that situation as fast as our feet could carry us. Didn’t stop us from hitching it back five days later though, luckily the people were super nice and super sober. 🙌🏽 Giving it another shot, I hitched back to town after an end-to-end solo hike on O’ahu only to realize the guy who picked me up wasn’t wearing any pants. Covered exclusively by a colorful sarong on his lap, I kept the convo light, made it to town without being scarred for life, and vowed never to hitch again. 😆 But of course I’ve had a few times here and there, even after pants-less random, that have given me fun experiences and good conversation on the road. It’s been a while since I’ve hitched but I pick people up when I can and wouldn’t be opposed to it in the future, even with my insane experiences. ✨ Thank you for the throwback memories and food for thought @postcardfromfidel ✨ Have you ever been the hitcher or hitchee? . . Jewelry: 🐬 @girllovessea
In the empire of the desert, water is king and shadow is queen 🦄💫 Sending weekend waterlove vibes and sunset kisses from more Grand Canyon adventures!
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As we trekked deeper into the canyon the sun beat down, hotter and less forgiving with every step. From sunup to sundown we embraced water and shade for comfort as well as survival.
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On day three, after a night at a raging Colorado River rapid, we took a day trip up the creek to some waterfall pools we passed on our hike down.
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As we played the day away in the beautifully tiered falls we smiled, laughed, and cheered to our journey. And as the sun set on another day in the desert we were grateful for the bountiful waters of the mighty Colorado and aww-struck by the dreamy colors of desert sunsets.
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Happy weekending my friends, where’s your favorite place to watch the sunset?
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Grand Canyon National Park
Arizona USA
In the empire of the desert, water is king and shadow is queen 🦄💫 Sending weekend waterlove vibes and sunset kisses from more Grand Canyon adventures! . . As we trekked deeper into the canyon the sun beat down, hotter and less forgiving with every step. From sunup to sundown we embraced water and shade for comfort as well as survival. ✨ On day three, after a night at a raging Colorado River rapid, we took a day trip up the creek to some waterfall pools we passed on our hike down. ✨ As we played the day away in the beautifully tiered falls we smiled, laughed, and cheered to our journey. And as the sun set on another day in the desert we were grateful for the bountiful waters of the mighty Colorado and aww-struck by the dreamy colors of desert sunsets. . . Happy weekending my friends, where’s your favorite place to watch the sunset? . . Grand Canyon National Park Arizona USA
Because when you stop and look around, life is pretty amazing 🦋💫 After spending a fun day sightseeing South Rim Village, we woke to the brisk 3am darkness of Mather Campground. By the light of our headlamps we re-stuffed our backpacks and made our way to Hermit’s Rest to begin our seven-day journey deep into Grand Canyon.
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After about ten miles and a couple-thousand feet decent we arrived at our first stop, Hermit Creek. As the evening faded we played in the flowing waters, washed the desert dust from our achy bones, and reminisced on our first amazing day in the backcountry.
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I remember waking up to this view like it was yesterday. One day in and we were hooked, forever loving the inner canyon.
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In the days that followed we had unforgettable experiences on the trail, unexpected hospitality from rafters along the Colorado River, lessons on how relentless the desert proved to be as September crept on, and every beautiful moment in between.
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As our seventh day unfolded we found ourselves tucked away in the canyon walls, dancing and rejoicing as a thunderstorm rolled across the sky above and the rain came pouring down.
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Over thirty miles and a million priceless memories rolled into one photo from our September adventure. With every backcountry trek comes smiles for miles but this one was like none other, pure magic.
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Happy trails and tales from my Arizona story, I hope you find joy in each step of this beautiful life my friends!
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Shoutout to my adventure crew!
Missin’ you @ez_shoots @1771153_123435
Because when you stop and look around, life is pretty amazing 🦋💫 After spending a fun day sightseeing South Rim Village, we woke to the brisk 3am darkness of Mather Campground. By the light of our headlamps we re-stuffed our backpacks and made our way to Hermit’s Rest to begin our seven-day journey deep into Grand Canyon. ✨ After about ten miles and a couple-thousand feet decent we arrived at our first stop, Hermit Creek. As the evening faded we played in the flowing waters, washed the desert dust from our achy bones, and reminisced on our first amazing day in the backcountry. ✨ I remember waking up to this view like it was yesterday. One day in and we were hooked, forever loving the inner canyon. ✨ In the days that followed we had unforgettable experiences on the trail, unexpected hospitality from rafters along the Colorado River, lessons on how relentless the desert proved to be as September crept on, and every beautiful moment in between. ✨ As our seventh day unfolded we found ourselves tucked away in the canyon walls, dancing and rejoicing as a thunderstorm rolled across the sky above and the rain came pouring down. ✨ Over thirty miles and a million priceless memories rolled into one photo from our September adventure. With every backcountry trek comes smiles for miles but this one was like none other, pure magic. ✨ Happy trails and tales from my Arizona story, I hope you find joy in each step of this beautiful life my friends! . . Shoutout to my adventure crew! Missin’ you @ez_shoots @1771153_123435
Do you ever have destination disappointment? 🍭✨ Well lemme tell you.. the first time I laid eyes on the Grand Canyon, it Blew.My.Mind!
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I’ve been thinking a lot about this topic lately from comments I read on a @glaciernps post about tips for avoiding the crowds where the photo depicted one of the most congested areas of the park at peak season.
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There were a lot of people complaining about how certain places that were “supposed” to be dreamy left them feeling super disappointed. A couple of people on the thread described their feeling of eagerly anticipating the Grand Canyon only to be salty at “only a big hole in the ground.”
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This also blew my mind. I don’t know if it’s because I’m the type of person that gets super excited at even the tiniest crumbs of life’s beauty or that I’m floored at the world we live in. That expectations have become so high that a sight like the 277-mile long and mile deep Grand Canyon, with its rainbow layers of billion year old rock and pure ambiance of mystery, fails to toot the horns of so many.
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I dunno, I’d love to hear some thoughts I guess. Because at the end of the day I can’t help but feel super blessed that even the packed shuttle buses of South Rim Village and crowds of people looming around the rim didn’t stop me and my friends from being in utter awe when we laid our eyes on the Grand Canyon for our first time ever.
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Being reminded, in that very moment, that we’d be spending seven glorious days at the bottom with only our backpacks and adventure spirit to write our story probably didn’t hurt either...
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So cheers to loving life, constantly being amazed at our beautiful world and beautiful experiences no matter how big or small, and a happy flashback to one of my favorite things about Arizona, glorious Grand Canyon National Park.
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Mather Point
South Rim, Grand Canyon
Do you ever have destination disappointment? 🍭✨ Well lemme tell you.. the first time I laid eyes on the Grand Canyon, it Blew.My.Mind! . . I’ve been thinking a lot about this topic lately from comments I read on a @glaciernps post about tips for avoiding the crowds where the photo depicted one of the most congested areas of the park at peak season. ✨ There were a lot of people complaining about how certain places that were “supposed” to be dreamy left them feeling super disappointed. A couple of people on the thread described their feeling of eagerly anticipating the Grand Canyon only to be salty at “only a big hole in the ground.” ✨ This also blew my mind. I don’t know if it’s because I’m the type of person that gets super excited at even the tiniest crumbs of life’s beauty or that I’m floored at the world we live in. That expectations have become so high that a sight like the 277-mile long and mile deep Grand Canyon, with its rainbow layers of billion year old rock and pure ambiance of mystery, fails to toot the horns of so many. ✨ I dunno, I’d love to hear some thoughts I guess. Because at the end of the day I can’t help but feel super blessed that even the packed shuttle buses of South Rim Village and crowds of people looming around the rim didn’t stop me and my friends from being in utter awe when we laid our eyes on the Grand Canyon for our first time ever. ✨ Being reminded, in that very moment, that we’d be spending seven glorious days at the bottom with only our backpacks and adventure spirit to write our story probably didn’t hurt either... ✨ So cheers to loving life, constantly being amazed at our beautiful world and beautiful experiences no matter how big or small, and a happy flashback to one of my favorite things about Arizona, glorious Grand Canyon National Park. 🙌🏽 . . Mather Point South Rim, Grand Canyon
Mood 🦄 Livin’ that #Zona life! 💫🌵 Been throwing everyone for a loop since my recent social media purge and throwback posts to Big Island, Australia, and other adventures that tell my story. So where in the world am I right now?!
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As some of you may know (and some of you may not) I’m currently enjoying the desert life of Arizona USA. But what brought me here?
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Part of my travel plan when I quit my job last year to travel the world was knowing I needed to continue my work as a dietitian along the way. Because nutrition, health and wellness, and patient care is my passion as much as uninhibited nomadic travel.
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After spending an unforgettable month exploring Arizona with my adventure crew last year, then an epic five months down under, I jumped at the offer for my first dietitian travel contract to be with Indian Health Service on Navajo Nation Indian Reservation.
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So here I am. It’s been three months of rewarding work in clinical care, exploring the four corners states on my days off, and soaking up culture, Mother Nature, friendships, and the raw experience of living in the American Southwest.
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Not sure where life will take me on nomadic travels when my contract is up in two months but I do know that this place is amazing and I’m over the moon to have been called back.
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Happy tales and trails from my summer chapter in Arizona (and throwbacks to what inspired me to come back). Is there somewhere you’ve been that made such an impact on your soul that you had to return?
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Barefootin’ it at Bell Rock
Sedona, Arizona
Mood 🦄 Livin’ that #Zona  life! 💫🌵 Been throwing everyone for a loop since my recent social media purge and throwback posts to Big Island, Australia, and other adventures that tell my story. So where in the world am I right now?! ✨ As some of you may know (and some of you may not) I’m currently enjoying the desert life of Arizona USA. But what brought me here? ✨ Part of my travel plan when I quit my job last year to travel the world was knowing I needed to continue my work as a dietitian along the way. Because nutrition, health and wellness, and patient care is my passion as much as uninhibited nomadic travel. ✨ After spending an unforgettable month exploring Arizona with my adventure crew last year, then an epic five months down under, I jumped at the offer for my first dietitian travel contract to be with Indian Health Service on Navajo Nation Indian Reservation. ✨ So here I am. It’s been three months of rewarding work in clinical care, exploring the four corners states on my days off, and soaking up culture, Mother Nature, friendships, and the raw experience of living in the American Southwest. ✨ Not sure where life will take me on nomadic travels when my contract is up in two months but I do know that this place is amazing and I’m over the moon to have been called back. ✨ Happy tales and trails from my summer chapter in Arizona (and throwbacks to what inspired me to come back). Is there somewhere you’ve been that made such an impact on your soul that you had to return? . . Barefootin’ it at Bell Rock Sedona, Arizona
🍒✨ Mere color can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways...
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Each town I stopped in when I was traveling the coast of New South Wales brought new experiences and new surrounding to appreciate but there were definitely some unique gems in Port Macquarie.
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My favorite was the painted rocks. What began as an art competition in 1995 is now an outdoor gallery along the southern breakwall of Port Macquarie’s Hastings River that displays tributes to loved ones, commemorations like anniversaries and vacations to the area, and artistic inspiration from around the globe.
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Although I’d been running this route every morning I decided to slow down to read stories, peruse inspirational quotes and encouragement, and find my favorites in a sea of many.
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Happy motivation Monday everyone, hope your week is super colorful and full of inspiration!
🍒✨ Mere color can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways... . . Each town I stopped in when I was traveling the coast of New South Wales brought new experiences and new surrounding to appreciate but there were definitely some unique gems in Port Macquarie. 💛 My favorite was the painted rocks. What began as an art competition in 1995 is now an outdoor gallery along the southern breakwall of Port Macquarie’s Hastings River that displays tributes to loved ones, commemorations like anniversaries and vacations to the area, and artistic inspiration from around the globe. ❤️ Although I’d been running this route every morning I decided to slow down to read stories, peruse inspirational quotes and encouragement, and find my favorites in a sea of many. 💚 Happy motivation Monday everyone, hope your week is super colorful and full of inspiration!
Do you work out when you travel? 🦄⚡️ Or just gobble up skyscapes like candy?
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I never really thought much about a fitness regimen when traveling as most my explorations have been centered around hiking, adventuring, and the great outdoors.
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But during my first multi-month adventure to New Zealand and Aus I felt the daily travel grind taking a toll on my overall health and wellness.
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Although I’ve never been a distance runner (track and field sprinter in the glory days and hiking mama extraordinaire in the present) I woke up in Byron Bay after the new year and bam. I just started running.. like full on Forest Gump status.
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The first day, I ran up to the lighthouse and back. It was cleaning cardio cobwebs for sure. But as each day passed and another beach town along the coast of New South Wales disappeared in the rearview my runs were gaining distance and my mind and body thrived.
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Before long I was waking up at the crack of dawn, hitting whatever coastal track popped up in my running app, and eventually running about 5-miles a day giving me the energy I needed for body, mind, and soul.
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Not only was it great for health and wellness but a really good way to explore a new town via foot. This one was one of my favs. Beautiful sunrises, a cherry coastal walkway to run, and meeting some amazing new friends along my journey at the Newcastle YHA Hostel.
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Is a regular wellness routine a part of your travels?
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Sunrise Noms
Newcastle, NSW, Australia
Do you work out when you travel? 🦄⚡️ Or just gobble up skyscapes like candy? . . I never really thought much about a fitness regimen when traveling as most my explorations have been centered around hiking, adventuring, and the great outdoors. ✈️ But during my first multi-month adventure to New Zealand and Aus I felt the daily travel grind taking a toll on my overall health and wellness. 🌺 Although I’ve never been a distance runner (track and field sprinter in the glory days and hiking mama extraordinaire in the present) I woke up in Byron Bay after the new year and bam. I just started running.. like full on Forest Gump status. 😜 The first day, I ran up to the lighthouse and back. It was cleaning cardio cobwebs for sure. But as each day passed and another beach town along the coast of New South Wales disappeared in the rearview my runs were gaining distance and my mind and body thrived. 💞 Before long I was waking up at the crack of dawn, hitting whatever coastal track popped up in my running app, and eventually running about 5-miles a day giving me the energy I needed for body, mind, and soul. ✨ Not only was it great for health and wellness but a really good way to explore a new town via foot. This one was one of my favs. Beautiful sunrises, a cherry coastal walkway to run, and meeting some amazing new friends along my journey at the Newcastle YHA Hostel. . . Is a regular wellness routine a part of your travels? . . Sunrise Noms Newcastle, NSW, Australia
That crazy little son of a beach 😛🦋 Weekend vibes level one million!
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Woke up to a pretty rainy day in Sydney when me and my girl @e1erin decided on a weekend at infamous Bondi Beach.
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But after stopping for a delicious brekky at Coogee Cafe and a rainy day cocktail at @coogeepavilion we hit the 5k costal walkway from Coogee to Bondi with our sights set on the Bondi @icebergsclub and their famous saltwater pool.
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Before long the weather cleared and it was a perfect day for fun, sun, sand, and the sea.
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Although Bondi and Coogee are notoriously famous for being packed at the height of summer it’s worth checking out this popular beach area of Sydney. We went after the 2018 New Year’s crowd dispersed which made for perfect post-crowd adventures.
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Happy endless summer Saturday and smiles for milessss!
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Bondi to Coogee Walk
Sydney, NSW, Australia
That crazy little son of a beach 😛🦋 Weekend vibes level one million! . . Woke up to a pretty rainy day in Sydney when me and my girl @e1erin decided on a weekend at infamous Bondi Beach. 💓 But after stopping for a delicious brekky at Coogee Cafe and a rainy day cocktail at @coogeepavilion we hit the 5k costal walkway from Coogee to Bondi with our sights set on the Bondi @icebergsclub and their famous saltwater pool. 🐬 Before long the weather cleared and it was a perfect day for fun, sun, sand, and the sea. ✨ Although Bondi and Coogee are notoriously famous for being packed at the height of summer it’s worth checking out this popular beach area of Sydney. We went after the 2018 New Year’s crowd dispersed which made for perfect post-crowd adventures. . . Happy endless summer Saturday and smiles for milessss! . . Bondi to Coogee Walk Sydney, NSW, Australia
Keep Calm 🦋 and Love Australia 💞 #roadtrip #victoria
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Something on my long time bucket list was to experience the Great Ocean Road by motorcycle. But why not check it off on an epic road trip with my girls?
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Starting in Melbourne we had a full day of meandering through beach towns, snacking at vegan cafes, and getting lost on more than one occasion.
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But after lots of laughs and making memories we eventually arrived in Port Campbell National Park and to the glorious 12 Apostles at golden hour.
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Only 8 of the original 9 limestone stacks remain but are an amazinggg sight from the cliffs above. Carved from the extreme weather of the Southern Ocean, the eroded stacks were worth every minute of the long drive out.
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Do you have any weekend road trip plans or future road trip goals?
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Twelve Apostles, Port Campbell NP
Victoria, Australia
Keep Calm 🦋 and Love Australia 💞 #roadtrip  #victoria  . . Something on my long time bucket list was to experience the Great Ocean Road by motorcycle. But why not check it off on an epic road trip with my girls? ✨ Starting in Melbourne we had a full day of meandering through beach towns, snacking at vegan cafes, and getting lost on more than one occasion. ✨ But after lots of laughs and making memories we eventually arrived in Port Campbell National Park and to the glorious 12 Apostles at golden hour. ✨ Only 8 of the original 9 limestone stacks remain but are an amazinggg sight from the cliffs above. Carved from the extreme weather of the Southern Ocean, the eroded stacks were worth every minute of the long drive out. . . Do you have any weekend road trip plans or future road trip goals? . . Twelve Apostles, Port Campbell NP Victoria, Australia
Just some thoughts for the mind // I take a glimpse into time // Watch the blimp read “The World Is Mine”
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Downtown Melbourne is an urban paradise, nothing short of amazinggg!
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On every street, in every ally way, in every nook and cranny of the city there’s food, music, art, and culture from around the globe.
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I think my favorite was Hosier Lane, Melbourne’s most famous for street art. Subject matter is mostly political and countercultural with pieces changing almost daily.
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The lane was dotted with photographers, construction work, and beautiful art. I couldn’t help but have a favorite and think of one of my favorite hip hop artists, @nas. Born in New York City, Nasir Jones has often been named as one of the greatest hip hop artists, MCs, and lyricists of all time.
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Hosier Lane
Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Just some thoughts for the mind // I take a glimpse into time // Watch the blimp read “The World Is Mine” . . Downtown Melbourne is an urban paradise, nothing short of amazinggg! 🌈 On every street, in every ally way, in every nook and cranny of the city there’s food, music, art, and culture from around the globe. ✨ I think my favorite was Hosier Lane, Melbourne’s most famous for street art. Subject matter is mostly political and countercultural with pieces changing almost daily. 💓 The lane was dotted with photographers, construction work, and beautiful art. I couldn’t help but have a favorite and think of one of my favorite hip hop artists, @nas. Born in New York City, Nasir Jones has often been named as one of the greatest hip hop artists, MCs, and lyricists of all time. . . Hosier Lane Melbourne, VIC, Australia
High Tides 🌞 Aussie Vibes 🇦🇺 #endlesssummer #melbourne
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Have you ever visited a whole other country on your way to your destination because flights were cheaper?!
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On my way to New Zealand I got a second go at Australia because non-stop to Auckland from Honolulu was unnecessarily expensive. Even though I’d been to Australia before there’s just soooo muchhhh Australia to explore. Plus it was a great opportunity to visit my best girls in Melbourne and a city I’d had yet to fall in love with!
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On the top of my list in visiting Melbourne was a trip to the iconic beach boxes of Brighton. Just outside of Melbourne CBD, Brighton is an upscale neighborhood where these brightly colored bathing boxes attract photographers and beach goers from around the world.
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“Built well over a century ago in response to very Victorian ideas of morality and seaside bathing, the bathing boxes remain almost unchanged. All retain classic Victorian architectural features with timber framing, weatherboards and corrugated iron roofs, though they also bear the hallmarks of individual licencees' artistic and colourful embellishments.”
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These little beach huts sell for a pretty penny with one setting a record at auction for $326,000.
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Photo: My gurlll @e1erin
Melbourne, VIC, Australia
High Tides 🌞 Aussie Vibes 🇦🇺 #endlesssummer  #melbourne  . . Have you ever visited a whole other country on your way to your destination because flights were cheaper?! ✨ On my way to New Zealand I got a second go at Australia because non-stop to Auckland from Honolulu was unnecessarily expensive. Even though I’d been to Australia before there’s just soooo muchhhh Australia to explore. Plus it was a great opportunity to visit my best girls in Melbourne and a city I’d had yet to fall in love with! 💋 On the top of my list in visiting Melbourne was a trip to the iconic beach boxes of Brighton. Just outside of Melbourne CBD, Brighton is an upscale neighborhood where these brightly colored bathing boxes attract photographers and beach goers from around the world. ✨ “Built well over a century ago in response to very Victorian ideas of morality and seaside bathing, the bathing boxes remain almost unchanged. All retain classic Victorian architectural features with timber framing, weatherboards and corrugated iron roofs, though they also bear the hallmarks of individual licencees' artistic and colourful embellishments.” 💞 These little beach huts sell for a pretty penny with one setting a record at auction for $326,000. . . Photo: My gurlll @e1erin Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Adopt the pace of nature, her secret is patience ✨🔥 #lavalove
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Making a last-minute decision we opted for the trek to active flow. It took us about 45-minutes and around 4 miles of meandering over uneven terrain in the dark but eventually we came to a stream of lava, its heat billowing toward us.
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The lava seeped slowly enough to get photos but of course we were still super cautious. Making sure to only walk on the cold, hardened rock we hung out under the moonlight with the ground glowing all around us before making our way back.
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With fewer people, the night slipping away, and attempting to follow the light beacon to the viewing area, it took longer getting back than trekking out. We climbed up and over giant folds of lava rock, slipped on soft fiberglass-like patches, and ended up along a roped-off boundary that warned hikers of the dangerous plume.
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Redirecting toward the beacon we eventually made it to the road and back to the car. With about 15-miles trekked and an experience of a lifetime gained, it was another amazing day in paradise exploring the natural beauty of Big Island!
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Kalapana 2017
Big Island, Hawai’i
Adopt the pace of nature, her secret is patience ✨🔥 #lavalove  . . Behind the lens... . Making a last-minute decision we opted for the trek to active flow. It took us about 45-minutes and around 4 miles of meandering over uneven terrain in the dark but eventually we came to a stream of lava, its heat billowing toward us. ✨ The lava seeped slowly enough to get photos but of course we were still super cautious. Making sure to only walk on the cold, hardened rock we hung out under the moonlight with the ground glowing all around us before making our way back. ✨ With fewer people, the night slipping away, and attempting to follow the light beacon to the viewing area, it took longer getting back than trekking out. We climbed up and over giant folds of lava rock, slipped on soft fiberglass-like patches, and ended up along a roped-off boundary that warned hikers of the dangerous plume. ✨ Redirecting toward the beacon we eventually made it to the road and back to the car. With about 15-miles trekked and an experience of a lifetime gained, it was another amazing day in paradise exploring the natural beauty of Big Island! ✨ . . Kalapana 2017 Big Island, Hawai’i
Monday... Wake up, Kick ass, Be kind 💓 Repeat! 🌴 Did you know the concept of private property was virtually unknown to ancient Hawaiians. Community sustainability followed a complex system of land division that’s reflected in today’s “districts”.
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From hawaiihistory.org 👇🏽
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“A whole island, or mokupuni, was divided in smaller parts, down to a basic unit belonging to a single family. All land was controlled ultimately by the highest chief or king who held it in trust for the whole population.
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Each mokupuni was divided into several moku, the largest units within each island, usually wedge-shaped and running from the mountain crest to shore. And each moku was divided into ahupua`a, narrower wedge-shaped land sections that again ran from the mountains to the sea.
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The size of the ahupua`a depended on the resources of the area with poorer agricultural regions split into larger ahupua`a to compensate for the relative lack of natural abundance.
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Each ahupua`a contained the resources the human community needed, from fish and salt, to fertile land for farming taro or sweet potato, to koa and other trees growing in upslope areas. Villagers from the coast traded fish for other foods or for wood to build canoes and houses.
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Stewardship of the land and its resources was formalized through the kapu system. The kapu (taboo) - administered and enforced by konohiki and kahuna, or priests - placed restrictions on fishing certain species during specific seasons, on gathering and replacing certain plants, and on many aspects of social interaction as well. In this way, the community maintained a sustainable lifestyle.
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Through sharing resources and constantly working within the rhythms of the natural environment, Hawaiians enjoyed abundance and a quality lifestyle with leisure time for recreation, art, and dance during the harvest season of the year.”
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Cheers to another beautiful Monday, a little cultural knowledge bomb, and another sprinkle of Big Island photo love from me to you! 💓 Hope your day is amazing my friends!
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Kona District, Hawai’i Island
Monday... Wake up, Kick ass, Be kind 💓 Repeat! 🌴 Did you know the concept of private property was virtually unknown to ancient Hawaiians. Community sustainability followed a complex system of land division that’s reflected in today’s “districts”. . . From hawaiihistory.org 👇🏽 . . “A whole island, or mokupuni, was divided in smaller parts, down to a basic unit belonging to a single family. All land was controlled ultimately by the highest chief or king who held it in trust for the whole population. ✨ Each mokupuni was divided into several moku, the largest units within each island, usually wedge-shaped and running from the mountain crest to shore. And each moku was divided into ahupua`a, narrower wedge-shaped land sections that again ran from the mountains to the sea. ✨ The size of the ahupua`a depended on the resources of the area with poorer agricultural regions split into larger ahupua`a to compensate for the relative lack of natural abundance. ✨ Each ahupua`a contained the resources the human community needed, from fish and salt, to fertile land for farming taro or sweet potato, to koa and other trees growing in upslope areas. Villagers from the coast traded fish for other foods or for wood to build canoes and houses. ✨ Stewardship of the land and its resources was formalized through the kapu system. The kapu (taboo) - administered and enforced by konohiki and kahuna, or priests - placed restrictions on fishing certain species during specific seasons, on gathering and replacing certain plants, and on many aspects of social interaction as well. In this way, the community maintained a sustainable lifestyle. ✨ Through sharing resources and constantly working within the rhythms of the natural environment, Hawaiians enjoyed abundance and a quality lifestyle with leisure time for recreation, art, and dance during the harvest season of the year.” . . Cheers to another beautiful Monday, a little cultural knowledge bomb, and another sprinkle of Big Island photo love from me to you! 💓 Hope your day is amazing my friends! . . Kona District, Hawai’i Island
"A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in" 🍃 - Greek Proverb
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On our trek to the Kalapana lava flow I was taken back by the simplicity of spouting niu placed alongside the road by the community of Kalapana.
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Over the last few decades, the lava flow from the Puʻu ʻŌʻō vent of Kīlauea has birthed new land but with new life there’s also been massive destruction for the people and history of Big Island.
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The Puʻu ʻŌʻō eruption started on January 3, 1983 and continues today. As of December 2012, the flow has produced 4 km^3 of lava, covered 125 km^2 of land, added 499 acres to the island, destroyed 214 structures, and buried 9 miles of highway under lava as thick as 35 m. It has also destroyed the National Park visitor center and the 700 year-old Hawaiian temple Waha’ula heiau.
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And as of late Pele is at it again with the 2018 eruptions.
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It was breathtaking to see tiny homes scattered amongst the vivid black lava fields and the green life emerging, either naturally or with the help of the surrounding community. It was a humbling reminder that with death comes new life (literally and figuratively) and to always strive for the greater good of our earth, the people, and the future of both. I hope to one day see this row of coconut palms lining the entrance to Kalapana swaying in the breeze.
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Photo: 🙋🏽‍♀️
Big Island, Hawai’i
"A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in" 🍃 - Greek Proverb . . On our trek to the Kalapana lava flow I was taken back by the simplicity of spouting niu placed alongside the road by the community of Kalapana. 🍃 Over the last few decades, the lava flow from the Puʻu ʻŌʻō vent of Kīlauea has birthed new land but with new life there’s also been massive destruction for the people and history of Big Island. ✨ The Puʻu ʻŌʻō eruption started on January 3, 1983 and continues today. As of December 2012, the flow has produced 4 km^3 of lava, covered 125 km^2 of land, added 499 acres to the island, destroyed 214 structures, and buried 9 miles of highway under lava as thick as 35 m. It has also destroyed the National Park visitor center and the 700 year-old Hawaiian temple Waha’ula heiau. ✨ And as of late Pele is at it again with the 2018 eruptions. 🍃 It was breathtaking to see tiny homes scattered amongst the vivid black lava fields and the green life emerging, either naturally or with the help of the surrounding community. It was a humbling reminder that with death comes new life (literally and figuratively) and to always strive for the greater good of our earth, the people, and the future of both. I hope to one day see this row of coconut palms lining the entrance to Kalapana swaying in the breeze. . . Photo: 🙋🏽‍♀️ Big Island, Hawai’i
✨ Behold Waipi'o of the two facing cliffs; valley of the kings, the hōlua sled riders
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"One of Hawai'i's last undeveloped valleys, peaceful Waipi'o is an invaluable cultural seedbank.
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The ancient chiefs of Waipi'o Valley took care of the land, the people and the gods. Only those who led a righteous lifestyle were allowed to ascend the sacred platform of the high chief Līola located in Waipi'o. Līola was a righteous ruler in the 1300s with multitudes of descendants. Historical and cultural sites are found throughout the valley, including countless burial sites.
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For thousands of years, Waipi'o has been widely known for it's abundant taro production. Western contact in the early 1800s brought many changes including introduced diseases which decimated the native population. Intermarriage with Chinese, Portuguese, Japanese, and Filipino sugar plantation contract laborers resulted in the current multi-ethnic population, as well as introduced rice farming from the 1800s to the 1930s.
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In 1946, a tidal wave destroyed much of Waipi'o Valley including the temples, ancient house sites, taro patches and modern residences. This side many families to move to Kukuihaele and Honoka'a. Today these families continue the traditions of their forefathers, planting taro and producing poi. Collectively, Waipi'o's community continues to love and take care of the land."
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Feeling forever grateful to have had such a beautiful experience here on a little hop to Big Island.
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Happy Soulful Saturday from sweet Hawai’i Nei!
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Shirt: @outdoorjunkiez
Big Island, Hawai’i
✨ Behold Waipi'o of the two facing cliffs; valley of the kings, the hōlua sled riders . . "One of Hawai'i's last undeveloped valleys, peaceful Waipi'o is an invaluable cultural seedbank. ✨ The ancient chiefs of Waipi'o Valley took care of the land, the people and the gods. Only those who led a righteous lifestyle were allowed to ascend the sacred platform of the high chief Līola located in Waipi'o. Līola was a righteous ruler in the 1300s with multitudes of descendants. Historical and cultural sites are found throughout the valley, including countless burial sites. ✨ For thousands of years, Waipi'o has been widely known for it's abundant taro production. Western contact in the early 1800s brought many changes including introduced diseases which decimated the native population. Intermarriage with Chinese, Portuguese, Japanese, and Filipino sugar plantation contract laborers resulted in the current multi-ethnic population, as well as introduced rice farming from the 1800s to the 1930s. ✨ In 1946, a tidal wave destroyed much of Waipi'o Valley including the temples, ancient house sites, taro patches and modern residences. This side many families to move to Kukuihaele and Honoka'a. Today these families continue the traditions of their forefathers, planting taro and producing poi. Collectively, Waipi'o's community continues to love and take care of the land." 💓 Feeling forever grateful to have had such a beautiful experience here on a little hop to Big Island. 💓 Happy Soulful Saturday from sweet Hawai’i Nei! . . Shirt: @outdoorjunkiez Big Island, Hawai’i
Stay Gold Ponyboy, Stay Gold ✨🐢 #goldenhour #bigisland
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Went to a beach near the Kona Airport that was packed with honu {sea turtles} sleeping in the sand. I've never seen so many honu in one place and of all the random places, a beach next to the airport at that! Hands down my favoriteeee creature (and airports are a love of mine too 🐢🙃✈️)
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This little guy decided to return to the sea at golden hour, pure magic.
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Just a little Aloha Friday love from magical Hawai’i Nei. Wishing everyone a beautiful weekend!
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Photo: 🙋🏽‍♀️
Big Island, Hawai’i
Stay Gold Ponyboy, Stay Gold ✨🐢 #goldenhour  #bigisland  . . Went to a beach near the Kona Airport that was packed with honu {sea turtles} sleeping in the sand. I've never seen so many honu in one place and of all the random places, a beach next to the airport at that! Hands down my favoriteeee creature (and airports are a love of mine too 🐢🙃✈️) ✨ This little guy decided to return to the sea at golden hour, pure magic. ✨ Just a little Aloha Friday love from magical Hawai’i Nei. Wishing everyone a beautiful weekend! . . Photo: 🙋🏽‍♀️ Big Island, Hawai’i
🌺🌴 Peace, Love & Black Sand Beaches
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White sand, yellow sand, red sand, green sand. I’ve seen some amazing beaches around the world but the velvety black sand of Punalu’u Black Sand Beach is one of a kind.
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This type of unique beach is formed when molten lava from Hawai’i’s active volcanoes spills into the water and quickly cools, later breaking into granules and washing ashore.
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Always a stop when I’m on Hawai’i Island. My favorite is catching a glimpse of sea turtles basking in the sun.
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Heard Iceland has some pretty decadent black sand beaches too. Where are some unique beaches you’ve been to?
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Road Trip Adventures
Big Island, Hawai’i
🌺🌴 Peace, Love & Black Sand Beaches . . White sand, yellow sand, red sand, green sand. I’ve seen some amazing beaches around the world but the velvety black sand of Punalu’u Black Sand Beach is one of a kind. ✨ This type of unique beach is formed when molten lava from Hawai’i’s active volcanoes spills into the water and quickly cools, later breaking into granules and washing ashore. ✨ Always a stop when I’m on Hawai’i Island. My favorite is catching a glimpse of sea turtles basking in the sun. . . Heard Iceland has some pretty decadent black sand beaches too. Where are some unique beaches you’ve been to? . . Road Trip Adventures Big Island, Hawai’i