Drinking Rock Water

  We huddled around the puddle.   It was sunny, desert rays reddening my cheeks and exposing my freckles. It didn’t matter that it was December, Joshua Tree still blazed with heat by midday. The rock formations and mountains, despite their exhausting and incredibly dangerous climbs, offered a soul-quenching breeze that lifted the hairs on my neck and dried the sweat beneath my flannel.   I’d traveled across country, Florida to California, with a group of friends. Two of them,…


Finding Myself in the Rising Moon

The journey from the sunshine state across the country sparked a pre-loaded bomb: one week with little to no cell signal among the Joshua Tree desert. Locked and loaded was the relationship cannon, ready to plow its way into my gut. A year and a few months I’d given the man, but he had little trust in me. His manipulation was an ocean, and I was struggling within a small air pocket. Soon, the pocket would burst, the water would enter my lungs, and –   I was rebirthed.   I stood with…


Exploring Florida: St. Augustine & DeLand

For my birthday weekend, I figured it was the best time to ask for some moolah to go on a new adventure. Granted, I couldn’t go very far, but I didn’t really need to. Living in Orlando, there are so many cute, artsy cities just a few hours away. I decided to pick a couple that I have been really wanting to visit and make a weekend out of it, only coming back to Orlando to sleep. Though some of the plans crumbled do to Bike Week and rain, I would label the two trips as successes in…


The California Sight

Trees that bent over backwards. Skies clear for miles. Climbing to the tops of mountains and taking in the sunset. Driving three hours to LA. Seeing the stars of Hollywood. Staying in a hostel. Eating burgers as big as my face. Losing my absolute mind with my friends... California was my destination for Spring Break 2016, and it was phenomenal. The highlight for everyone was climbing the rocks at Joshua Tree. Nothing beats that view. But, LA held its own, as well. There was a…


The New York Sight

I visited New York for my birthday weekend (March 10-13, 2016), and decided to video my travels. My biggest inspiration while I was there was pulled from its people -- the way they talk, rush, sit, etc... I found solace in their busy way of life, and admired the way they hurried, yet all lived the same pattern. There were teas and trinkets, fashion and beauty, but naturally, I was drawn to the tall buildings, gray atmosphere, and the smell of pizza. Though I found the city to be overwhelming,…