As per usual, nothing went as planned. It turned out the Van we were going to fix up was actually in SoCal, so we missed that boat a bit. We ended up getting a ride all the way up to Seattle with Moises, but it was one hell of a ride. Moises was sick the whole time so we didnt want to take the slow path and end up sick with him and have to travel the rest of the way while drooling and sniffling. He did fall asleep coughing drooling and farting on all of our pillows and blankets though which made us terrified to use them and we decided against it for the rest of the journey. We managed to get sick anyways though but thankfully we got sick right as we got back to Canada and not on the road. Either way it is non-ideal as we now have no money, food, or work and are too sick to even go out and make a fire for tea, also it is raining here so we are kinda out of a way to cook for a bit, also we have to rebuild a barn before we have a real place to live. We do have a rather nice trailer to stay in for now though. The journey itself was insane haha, it was fun but just a bit of a mess. Moises' car was breaking down and lost its ability to reverse, with Moises being sick and his car falling apart, we felt at times as though we were holding on for dear life as we passed every exit we needed and turned into oncoming one-way traffic multiple times (ONCE WITHOUT REVERSE! WE HAD TO GET 5 PPL TO PUSH US IN A U-TURN TO GET OUT!) In Oakland we got to relax and explore a bit which was fun, we got shown a cool spot where you can see San Fran and Oakland from under a freeway! Lots of amazing graffiti and art happening there. On our last day in Oakland one of our friends from the skatehouse took us out for a little skate which was super fun and made me wish I had a few extra days there. All in all it was a great adventure but almost everything that could have gone wrong did. [EVEN THE GREYHOUND BROKE DOWN ON OUR WAY BACK FROM SEATTLE!] Well not everything, we did get a pretty smooth ride from the greyhound to the ferry with a good friend of mine, so that was super rad. We had waaay to much baggage to carry, especially with Gabe moving all his woodworking tools up here haha! Buuut we made it to Canada and are now in the cold and the rain rebuilding a barn while being completely unbearably sick. That is life sometimes though, what can you do. Not everything always works out all peaches and cream ;)
Until next time, stay rad.
Wooo! Its happening! We are moving up to Canada! I had so much fun in San Diego but it is time to go back to my tiny forest town! Gabe is going to move up there with me and see what Canadian life is like. Before we left we had a going away party and ended up staying up all night so traveling after that was a bit crazy but it all seemed to work out quite smoothly. We got a ride up to LA with some good friends from OB and spent some time at Venice Beach. After that we met up with Moises who we went to the desert with and drove up to Oakland where we met up with a few skate buddies of mine and are crashing at their place for a few days before we continue on our journey. There are so many amazing places on the way up, tomorrow we hope to go check out more of San Fran and there is sooo much to see along the coast! Looking forward to our journey! Today we helped someone move which made us a bit of cash, and we also made and sold some art before we left! (Gabe is a wood wizard and has been teaching me the art of crafting out of wood!) All in all it is looking like a pretty long journey but an adventurous one nonetheless. <3
Until next time, Stay Rad.
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Woooooooo! What an exciting time in my life! It seems like a whole lot has happened in such a short amount of time! So over the last 5 months on the road (wow I cant believe I have been traveling that long already!) I have learned so much and seen so many amazing places and met so many amazing people! My travel visa however is up at the end of July so Gabe and I decided we would go up to Canada together. Once we decided to do so it seemed like suddenly everything seemed to fall into place somehow for us! We are going to go to the desert again this weekend and then after a little going away party we are going to set off to Canada! I was talking to some friends back home and found out there was a space on a good friends property where we could potentially build and live for a very reasonable price! We were planning to drive up with our friend Moises who we went to the desert with and still are but have to make sure that both of their passports and visas and such are all together and ready to go. BUT then randomly we were offered a very cheap van in which we could bring with us if we give it some very basic fix ups (like new wheels) !! So somehow it is all falling into place, we just have to sort out our legistics and get all our responsible life stuff together so we can do everything right! I am so excited to build!! It is going to be a long journey up there but with so many cool things to see along the way! AND IT MEANS I DON'T HAVE TO GET ON ANOTHER PLANE!! THANK GOD. I cant stand planes. They absolutely terrify me. ALSO I am super excited to announce that I have my first patrons on Patreon! I have been working so hard on this film and already have the first 15 minutes edited (of course I'm sure it will continue to change and morph around as I go) but it is really coming along!! I am so excited to be able to share all the amazing things I have been working on with everyone! Also there is going to be so many amazing hills and roads to skate along the way too so I'm going to be shredding hard and documenting the whole adventure on my Patreon as well as little blurbs on instagram (which I just joined this month and am already close to 1000 followers!! @soradsoharmonyy) THANK-YOU SO MUCH FOR READING AND SHARING AND BEING AMAZING! IT IS THE PEOPLE LIKE YOU THAT INSPIRE ME TO KEEP DOING WHAT I'M DOING AND FOLLOWING MY DREAMS!! <3
What a crazy adventure. Our original plan was to hit up Joshua Tree, Slab City and Death Valley. We didn't really know what to expect and I had never experienced that kind of intense heat. The desert climate was fairly new to me. I know how to survive in the forest where there's water and wood and sun and shade, but the desert is a whole different ball game. We had a few weird nights in Joshua Tree, we got there pretty smoothly with our friend Moises who I randomly met before going up to Santa Cruz. We ran into him a while back and got in contact and some how we all decided to go on an adventure together. The first night in Joshua Tree was pretty rad, we got there pretty late so we couldnt see much but we took some really epic pictures under the stars (WHICH I ACCIDENTALLY DELETED!! I was so choked. We had really sweet silhouette shots with the moon and the joshua trees. but it is gone forever.) I still have a few shots of stars from when I was testing out the settings but I somehow managed to delete all the other ones, lesson learned, dont sort through night shots in the sun, they all look black. The second night we got kicked out of our spot because I guess some family reserved it, I was super overheated from running around climbing rocks in the heat all day and felt sick so I wanted to lay down but got back to find out there was a mob of kids and we had to move. I carried my sleeping bag over to what looked like an open camp site and some lady got super choked at us for trying to set up in her spot (I guess she was in some big RV parked on the road and reserved the whole spot) So after being unable to find a place to move to we went back and i climbed over the hill and layed down in the gravel for a while in the shade to cool down a bit. Gabe went down and talked to the people and our neighbors said we could move our tent over to their spot. It was just super weird. My brain was not working in the heat and I was just so confused and weirded out by all the kids and their fancy campsites. Lights, Kitchen, Bacon, Coffee, all the things. We were without fire camping in the back of someones spot after paying the same amount for the same spot. At that point we were pretty ready to get away from the high end campers and over to slab city (which we didnt realize would be back-tracking by quite a bit from Joshua Tree) we ended up showing up on open mic night, which we had heard about through a local at salvation mountain. So we went over and I was a bit shy and unsure if I wanted to play. There was like 30-40 people there which for me is a lot. Moises ended up signing himself and me up without my knowledge, so at that point I had to play. The people there were all so nice and welcoming and friendly that I had no problem going up and actually talking and making stuff up on the spot to say and playing whatever songs came to me. I think it was my best show. Builder Bill filmed a bit of it for me and said it would be up in a few weeks, I was just impressed he filmed and uploaded the sets all the way out in Slab City. I was also impressed that he had full on amps and monitors and mics and lights all running off of solar power and generators. It just goes to show that where there is a will there is a way, and obviously he is very passionate about music and all the people there. (His youtube channel is called Bill Ammon if you want to check it out!) We ended up staying there for way longer than we planned, we were just going to pass through but kept getting sucked back in by the amazing people and things to see. We ended up being there for a total of 3 nights / 4 days, on the last day we were going to the store to get smokes when Moises' tire flew off. All of the lugnuts were loose and the whole wheel flew off. At first we heard this weird ticking and it just kept getting louder and louder until BANG! so now we know. if you hear ticking and its getting louder, pull over right away. We were lucky we were going really slow when it happened. Some nice people pulled up and helped us out, Moises had a spare tire and we were able to pull a lugnut off of each tire to keep us going long enough to get to an auto shop. Just up the road by the store we found a yard sale and there was a welder guy there named Junior who hooked us up with all the parts we needed and had a much better jack to lift it up with. It all worked out pretty magically, but at that point we decided Death Valley was out of the question. We were so lucky it didnt happen there and that we spent that extra time in the Slabs where people are super friendly and helpful. The way back was smooth sailing, Gabe and I were going to bus back and Moises was going to go to LA but he ended up bringing us all the way back and chilling with us for a couple days in SD. I had such an amazing time and had so many eye opening experiences. I cant wait to go back there some day and see all the amazing people we met again. Also I managed to film a lot of interesting stuff for the short artsy film I have been working on ;) No spoilers.
Woow, what a magical few days! Gabe and I were randomly invited to go with a few of his friends up to Mammoth for a few days. It was suuper snowy up there, like walls of snow. Gabe and I have never really snowboarded before and didn't have money to spend on gear rentals so we mainly just hung out and played in the snow drunk building snow cocks and snow booties and staying warm by the weird pellet fire inside. We had way too much fun up there and I really feel like these people are like family to me now. On another note, Gabe and I are officially dating now and are hoping to go adventure together more soon ^_^ Its really cool to be with someone I can vibe with so well, it seems like even when we are doing nothing, we can still enjoy doing our own things together like making art or playing music or whatever. Its rare that people can just have alone time together and still be entertained and not in each others faces or whatever. I'm really stoked we met and that things have all seemed to fall into place so magically here. I ended up randomly ordering some tattoo gear out here so I could give myself a new tattoo while I'm here, I've been missing my machine so much and craving some fresh ink. It should get here tomorrow and I am thinking of tattooing this cool design I drew out the other day on myself, it seems I cant go too long without itching for a new tattoo, I cant wait to stencil it out! I'm only 21 and already running out of room. Being a tattoo artist can be dangerous sometimes.
So a couple weeks ago I flew back to San Diego for only $50 from Utah which is such a crazy deal. I was all worried about the flight because I figured for that cheap there must be something wrong with the plane or service or something like that, but it was actually really rad. I feel really at home here, I am really grateful to have a home base for a little while. I am really excited for spring and summer, I really want to try to make it out to the Maryhill spring freeride but tickets are already selling quick and I would need to find a way to get tickets and also get up to Washington/Oregon area. Also Danger Bay in May is something I absolutely must make it to. Its back in Canada but I must do my best to be back for that. Skate season is coming up! Also on another note, I recently started writing a movie! I always wanted to write one but didn't think I was anywhere close to ready to do that, but I figured I might as well try and start writing and see where it goes. I've been filming so much stuff along my trip and wana make some cool videos out of it, it would be sweet to make some kind of music video out of some of the random travel footage I shot as well. The other day my friend Sam who I met down here, took me to her hair studio on her day off and did my hair for me all nice! I've like never gone to a salon to get my hair dyed and cut before, its the nicest pink it has ever been and it is sooo soft! The dye is permanent too, Its going to be pink forever and fade to pink and stay pink. So stoked! She did an amazing job! I love it so much down here, I feel so grateful to have met such amazing people who have become like family to me. <3
Wow what an amazing few days! My visit here has been short and sweet but totally radical. I got to Salt Lake Utah and when I was waiting for my bag I looked over and saw Severin there waiting for me with a beautiful rose! It was so cute, I don't think I've ever been greeted at an airport with a pretty flower before. Mainly we just hung out with the Drang fam and talked about boards and random things, its always so nice to hang out with these guys, they are so much fun to be around! I was told there was a little outlaw race on Friday so I got super stoked and Drang signed me up with them so I wouldn't have to pay the $5 entry fee cuz I had no cash on me and am piss broke. So I felt pretty cool being on team Drang for the day! We all got divided up onto teams and I was put into a group with a few random people I had never met before. They were super rad and we had way too much fun! We sang, we played leap frog, we bombed down a bunch of rad parkades and skated our way to the finish line which was a little pizza shop called the Pie Hole. We all had maps, things to time our runs and cameras to film our activities for bonus points! Mike Danger put the event on and Black Lab Slide Pucks + Drang sponsored the event. My team ended up coming in 3rd place too so I won some sweet new wheels along with some shwag (like shirts and stickers!) I was super stoked on the wheels cuz I had just gotten this rad Drang Micro Donk deck and needed all the things for it. I'm super stoked on my new deck and mad swag. I think this is the first deck where all 3 of the Drang Brothers have signed it! This was the first race I ever actually made it into entering, the other two races I've tried to enter I either got a concussion in the practice runs or popped my arm out a week before the event. Soo I was super stoked to be able to do a little mini outlaw race while in Utah! Especially with Drang on a Dasher I borrowed, I love repping people and/or brands that I am super hyped on. The whole night I was super pumped and yelling "FIRST RACE THIRD PLACE!!" I was super stoked. I met so many amazing people that night too, I hope to be able to connect with them all online sometime. Also the cool thing with longboarders or skaters in general is that you always get to see familiar faces all over the place because we all travel around and end up at different events all over the world! Its been too short of a visit here but I know I will be back again I'm sure. These guys have become like family to me over my last couple visits. I feel as though I have made some solid friends that I hope to be friends with for a long time to come! Many adventures are to be had! Now I'm waiting for a flight back to San Diego, though it keeps getting delayed (that's what I get for buying a $50 plane ticket) I hate planes though, I don't want to get on it. Its a tiny airport and I'm scared as fuck. I guess I just have to hope for the best. Its only an hour and a half ish flight. So hopefully I wont need to freak out for too long. I also hope there is a nice old lady or random person beside me that will hold my hand and/or make me feel a bit better about everything. Sometimes I just need a hand to hold or someone to tell me everything is going to be okay.
Hoping for safe travels and minimal anxiety,
Wish me luck.
^Dave and Carol are so sweet and so much fun!
^My mom and I exploring some ruins together!
What a crazy few days. Much good, much bad, such rad. That's life. The other day I had an amazing time checking out some Myan ruins in Uxmal and Kabah, I went with a lovely older couple that is friends of my mom and her boyfriend. I really loved seeing all the amazing carvings in the stones, its hard to believe they have been so well preserved for thousands of years! Dave and Carol who I went with are soooo lovely, I am so glad that on this trip I could spend some time with like-minded people that I could become good friends with. I have been having a lot of trouble getting along with my moms boyfriend, he is the definition of a fat rich obnoxious penny pinching asshole. I can't even believe how rude, disrespectful and ignorant someone can be. I tried really hard to remain calm and keep sane, but it was near impossible. He looks at me like I'm just a bum, which is fair, I travel around and do what I can to survive and he throws perfectly good food in the dumpster when there are people and animals starving on the streets here and I can hardly afford to eat at all. My mom and I had a lovely time by ourselves visiting another Myan ruin site the other day, we got to see a cenote and many ancient relics. I love my mom so much, and I feel bad that she is stuck with someone who is so blatantly rude and ignorant. I tried starting conversations with him and was shut down every time, I felt trapped and unable to escape or go anywhere. He throws everything in my moms face. After my mom and I got back from the ruins he left us there because he cant walk around because he is so fat, then he left us there with no phone or way to call him to pick us up, we ran into Dave and Carol there and we used their phone to call him but he didn't answer. Then when he finally showed up he started yelling at my mom for not packing him a lunch even though he spent the whole day in a restaurant in Merida drinking beer. I just couldn't handle it anymore, he then said if my mom went out for a smoke with me he would just leave. So he left, and when he came back my mom said something like "well should we leave and give you some space so you don't have to storm off?" and he said "with what money?" I feel as though he is holding my mom hostage and demanding she does everything he says and if her full attention isn't on him then he freaks out (and my mom and I havent seen eachother in 3 years so of course her attention is going to be somewhat on me.) So anyways, me being a punk ass Scorpio, I told him I thought he was a rude, disrespectful, selfish asshole. He then said "Oh yeah, and what are you?" and I said "A fucking bum apparently." and he said "You said it not me." but I know that's what he is thinking. Anyways, I threw an open can of beer across the room at him and said "fuck you." and walked away. I packed up my shit and was ready to walk to the airport in the dark if I had to. He said he would drop me off at the airport in Mexico and leave me there for 3 days. My mom was freaking out and saying she couldn't just leave me there. So she called Dave and Carol who have already been so nice and so helpful, and asked if I could come stay with them for the night. They ended up saying this morning that I could stay until I have to leave on Tuesday morning. Which I am incredibly grateful for because I could not handle one more minute around that guy. I think its sad because I love my mom and I want her to be happy, but she is stuck with this guy who is manipulating her and threatening her and basically saying he'll just leave her to be stranded and homeless if she doesn't do whatever the fuck he wants. I'm really grateful that I was able to spend some time with my mom. But I couldn't handle being around him any longer. I have never felt so disrespected or so dishonored in my life. He talks about his "other girlfriends" and acts like a baby if he doesn't get his way and as someone who loves and cares about my mother, I want to stick up for her (and for myself) and couldn't be polite and keep my mouth shut any longer. ANYWAYS, I'm excited to get out of this place and never speak to that piece of shit again. I just feel bad that my mom has to put up with this shit. I really wanted to have a nice time with my mom on this trip. I'm glad we at least had one day alone together to explore and adventure, she is the sweetest and she deserves to be treated A WHOLE LOT better than this. Today I am going to Progreso with Dave, Carol and their friend Marelyn who is also super sweet. They have been my saving grace this trip. It seems whenever I feel like I'm losing it, they show up and flip my day around. I cant even express how grateful I am to these amazing people. Tomorrow is my last day, I am going to get my teeth cleaned at the dentist here because its only $25! Then the next morning I have to leave around 5am to get to the airport in time. I'm excited to go back to Utah and San Diego where I feel appreciated and can spend time with like-minded friends who I now consider to be family. I'm going to enjoy the next 2 days as fully as I can and then I will be off on the road again! Feeling a lot better now and am so glad to be with such amazing people for the next couple days! <3 The universe works in strange ways.
Well, I made it! I almost missed my connecting flight due to taxing around in one of the planes, but I raaaan so fast and through the whole airport and made it onto my flight last minute!! I had 2 layovers in Texas before I arrived, on the first plane I cried for 2 hours because I cant even explain how afraid of planes I am. On the other 2 planes I didn't cry at all though! The second plane I held some random dudes hand named Colby, we were both afraid of planes and could make each other feel better about it together. He was really cool, its too bad that flight was only 30 minutes because I feel like we would have had some really cool conversations. The last flight I was pretty scared because it was getting dark, but seeing the gulf of Mexico all lit up from the air was pretty cool. I did have a rly nice old lady beside me on the plane that made me feel a lot better. I always hope to be sat next to nice old ladies because they are so sweet and so comforting and usually make me feel a lot better about being in a speedy speedy flying tin can. When I got here I was pretty tired and excited to be on the ground. I was also super stoked to see my mom again (its been 3 years!) We are quite different as people and it can be kinda hard to communicate or fully get along sometimes, but I think we will be able to get along better when we can go explore cool things together as oppose to being stuck inside a house together. The next day she booked us massages and I almost slept through the appointment, but it was sooo nice to get a massage especially after lugging and running around with a 45lb backpack and a guitar. It was my first time ever getting a massage from a massage therapist (other then my mom because she is also a massage therapist). But lately Ive been feeling pretty weird, I have now been 3 days without any special herb and I didnt really realize how much I smoke it until I couldnt for a couple days. Its like I cant sleep or eat or relax without it. Im sure it has been good for me to go a few days without it though. I have been drinking lots of beer and chain smoking though to make up for my overwhelming sobriety and that probably isn't too good for me. Once it gets dark here I cant really leave, and that is hard for me because I am super nocturnal and now being even just 2 hrs ahead makes a huge difference. I usually sleep in late, like till 2pm, but thats like 4pm here, soo I have to get up earlier so I dont miss the day time. Also my mom sleeps pretty early and gets up pretty early so I have just been staying up into the early morning drinking beer and being bored by myself.. Luckily Gabe has been video chatting me a lot and keeping me company throughout this whole thing, I really really like that guy. Man, I just keep falling. I was having really bad anxiety for a while because I felt really trapped here and kinda isolated and I dont speak spanish or have a way of getting anywhere because I have like no money. I have like $50. Buuut $50CAD will get you a whole lot further down here then in San Diego that's for sure. Id really like to go visit Tulum, though Im not sure how feasible that will be for me this time. My mom was pretty upset that I was feeling so anxious and upset, I felt pretty bad about it actually, she spent a lot of money to get me out here and then I just freaked out and wanted to leave and adventure on my own right away. I am feeling a lot better now though, I think it will all be okay, I was just having trouble dealing with my anxiety without that sweet sweet medicinal marijuana and felt as though I had nothing to do here. Also I really want to explore the cenotes and see some Myan ruins but my mom and her bf dont really seem to into adventuring with me even though its super super close to where we are. Tomorrow there is an open mic in Progreso, I didnt really want to go because I could go to open mics anywhere and I kinda wanted to see some cool ruins and nature more then some bar. Im pretty scared of people and its usually pretty packed, not sure I will have the balls to get up there, but I will definitely go out there and give it a try. I am trying to be polite and whatever around my mom and her boyfriend, its just weird for me, Ive become so used to my weird skater/hippie/musician lifestyle that I forget its rude to shotgun beers and burp obnoxiously on someones patio HAHAHA. Man, Im too used to cool people now. I cant even be civil. The bigger the burp the better in my eyes. I really try to project my sound to be as loud as possible, I think I got that from the Stoop Skate house hahah, man I miss those guys! I'm not really sure what I'm doing with my life, (another reason I was having mad anxiety.) Im not sure how I am going to get home or if I even really want to go back home (also I dont really have a place to call home anymore..) I would really like to try to work towards getting a green card and moving down to California, though it seems to be a pretty crazy and complicated process. It seems really hard to do but I think with baby steps I will be able to find a way. Might have to go back to Canada for a while though to save up and get my shit together though. It costs money to apply for these things and I need to make some back home in order to do that. I'm excited to explore here more though, I really dont wana hurt my moms feelings or anything, sometimes when I get upset I say really stupid and kinda hurtful things I dont really mean. I gotta work on that.. Im guna try to sleep kinda earlyish tonight and be a good daughter tomorrow hahah, I dont wana be arguing with my mom the whole time I'm here. I love my mom and I really dont want to make her sad. I just cant handle being stuck in the same place with her sometimes and feel like I really need a freaking joint. I must learn to cope without it. It really shouldnt be too hard. Ive been really trying though. Ill just have to try harder.
Had so much fun at the show on Thursday! I was pretty nervous when I got up there, I kinda messed up where I was from when I started talking, but thats ok. I meant to say I was from a small hippie town near Vancouver, or a small hippie town from the west coast of Canada, but ended up saying "I'm from a small hippie town in Vancouver" HAHA, Vancouver is a pretty big city to say something like that, but thats okay.. After the show Gabe and I went back down to San Diego! We did LA the proper way, get in and get out. Then the next morning we went for Asai berry granola bowl things (new to my knowledge but sooo delicious.) I was super stoked on the venue and all the people, the sound guy Jason was amazing! Like the best and most chill sound guy I've ever worked with. Super intuitive too, like every time I wanted something tweaked he was already on it every time. Emily Davis and the Murder Police were so radical! She was super inspiring to meet for sure. I was super hyped on the other bands too, they totally killed it! I was stoked to be able to spend a couple bonus days in San Diego, we got to go skating downhill and hangout a bit more before I left. I am so stoked that I got to meet Gabe and all his friends, they have become like family to me in the past couple weeks and I will miss them all so much. I guess goodbyes are always kinda hard no matter what, but I know I will be back soon enough. I keep back tracking because I keep finding myself wanting more time in all the places I've been going. After Mexico I plan to go back to Utah and then maybe even back here to California. Tomorrow morning I leave bright and early, terrified of the plane ride, but that is almost becoming a normal feeling to me. I am super stoked to see my mom in Mexico, Its been a while since we have gotten to hang out. I cant wait to explore and adventure more, it can be scary and lonely sometimes traveling alone, but I have met so many amazing people that really I am never alone for too long. I feel like I have found so many friends and soul family, I cant wait to see everyone again. I had way too much fun down here in San Diego, I really love it here.
Until next time,
With every moment quickly transforming to the past, every moment I live, I'm traveling time.
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