Happy Mother's Day to the most badass mama out there! @playfulhealthymama
I'm so grateful for the opportunities, wisdom, and motivation you've given me, especially in these last few years. I wouldn't be the person I am today without you! I honestly don't know any mom as strong, brave, and fearless as you. You surf big swells with me, you send routes when I can't, you mountain bike gnarly trails, and you lived the life of your dreams, the bravest action all. I'm so glad that you're my mom and I hope your day is amazing!
Here's to trying something new.
Today I've reached another ending to a chapter in my life. As I land in the US, not only does this end our 1 month leg in Bali, but it's the end of a 3-month trip that my life has revolved around for the past year.
As a nomad, travel is quite literally my life. It's not like coming back and feeling like, "home sweet home". Our home is within us. Our home is where we are happy—where can be our complete selves. When I'm traveling i still feel at home. But for once I'm coming back to the United States, with a subtle sense of relief as in "it's good to be back." I will miss Bali, and I will miss New Zealand but as I land in US, it's feels so good to be back. The US sure as hell ain't perfect, but visiting a diversity of countries on this last trip has really made me appreciate certain freedoms you have in America.
I've landed in the US but I'm not home, I'm simply about to begin a new phase in of life with my family, a new adventure, a new beginning. A beginning in a new town with a new routine and new people in a new climate and environment—a beginning to a less nomadic, but still nomadic, life.
I don't know for sure what the future will bring, but I know that it will be an in-between. Bend, Oregon will be the roots to our new nomadic life. I'm really really excited to live in a new place and have hundreds of new opportunities in life. I'm very excited to go venturing into one of my favorite backyards, to project some climbing routes, to try a new sport, challenge myself, and to chase new dreams. 📷 @bellerobledo
Dear New Zealand, Bali, China, Malaysia, and even Oahu, thank you for teaching me so much about life. You've taught me more than anything else in my life. I've learned more about struggles, hardships, and appreciation more than ever. I've learned that sometimes taking a risk isn't doesn't always turn out the way you want but it doesn't mean you shouldn't take the risk. Ive learned that everyone has hard lives, everyone's "hard" just comes in different forms, whether you're happy but poor in a small rural village or your wealthy but unhappy in a big city. Everyone's got hard lives, but that's just life. I've learned that sometimes you can't just "tough it out." I learned that there are no goods and bads, everything simply is—it happens—it's just your interpretation of an experience. And most of all I learned that I frickin love my life and I will fight and work my ass off so I can keep doing what I love because what I do is my passion and purpose. What's yours?
When you crush the wave but then the wave crushes you back 😂
I can't believe I leave this Island tomorrow. The crazy part is how the majority of my trip was spent wishing i wasn't stuck here and the other half I loved so much I don't want to leave. I love Medewi, but the hardships were too hard to completely love it there. Canggu really is the best place in Bali—surf, food, and good vibes—and I can't wait to be back here again.
Whenever I regret not coming to Canggu for my whole trip I tell myself that if we had come with the intention to stay in Canggu the whole time, we wouldn't have even come to Bali because we wouldn't have been able to afford it.
At the same time I'm glad I did go to Medewi because Medewi taught me so so much about having a "learning mindset" and that's something I value a lot and will help me a lot with this next phase of life
For those who didn't see my post on @nomadswithapurpose
, here's what I have to say about Tegallalang.
I wish I could speak like every other travel blogger that's been here and say that's, "visiting the rice terraces was a magical, life changing experience," but I'm going be honest, Tegallalang was disappointing. However, part of that was my own fault. I knew to go at sunrise but for once we had an AirBnb we were really comfortable at so we took our time leaving in the morning. At only 10 o'clock, the terraces were flooded with tourists and insta-famous model/photographers.
I'm going to rant for a second. My mind is boggled by how the ENTIRE time I walked around Tegallalang, 2 couples sat posing for pictures in ridiculous outfits. I'm sure their photos were going to come out really good and they were probably insta-famous because of it. But I was just completely mind blown by how stupid it seemed that these people sat and took photos in 10 different poses and 10 different spots to portray that they lived this amazing travel life even though they don't even appreciate the places they are traveling to. I'm sure they were going post a picture with a caption like, "magical rice terraces," even though they didn't even walk around or enjoy the terraces at all. On top of that, the terraces, which are beautiful in themselves, have become so unpleasantly touristy that you have to pay to enter at 4 different places in the terraces while owners of swings try to hit you up to pay for a ride on the swing. Frustrating experience to say the least but the rice terraces deserve a little credit, there WERE beautiful. And if I had gone at sunrise it would've been a whole different story.
Thanks for the photo @bellerobledo
that took significantly less time to take than the mr and mrs Insta-fame
What's the prettiest beach you've ever surfed? Even when compared to the North Shore of Oahu, the coves of Northern Spain, and New Zealand's rugged coast, Uluwatu might be the most beautiful surf break I've ever seen. I thought Uluwatu, like many parts of Bali, was going to be overrated, polluted, and un-extraordinary. And while there may very well still be pollution that I can't see, the water an awe-striking teal color. The paddle out starts in a beautiful picturesque cave with white sand and the blue sea crashing into a crevasse. As you paddle out and emerge from the dark cave, the bright blue sea over a colorful coral reef opens up before you. You have radical views of Uluwatu's buildings stack up, layer over layer, on top of the cliffs. They remind me so much of the Cinque Terre in Italy. As I'm paddling I would look down and see the biggest and most colorful fish I've ever surfed with (sorry Hawaii). The wave is pristine but also heavy and knowing what's under the surface makes you think twice before taking off on a wave late. On top of that, the vibe in the water was the coolest out of all the places I've surfed in Bali. Thanks for being rad Uluwatu 🐠🌊☀️
A great writer once said, "The more we associate money with life, the more we convince ourselves that we’re too poor to buy our freedom." We are quite possibly the poorest we've ever been, yet are as free as we could possibly be. Truly no regrets for the choices we've made but the future is nearing and it's time to make some more choices…wherever life goes I just have to be ready to take this next step in life as a lesson and use it to motivate me to try to make my dream a reality.
#nomadiclife #vagabonding #westcoastnewzealand
Bali's pretty, but I'm dreaming of being back in my happy place on one of my favorite peaks. A hidden gem among a hidden gem. Wanaka is the soul of New Zealand, not Queenstown. But don't be fooled, this isn't the famous and crowded Roy's Peak. This hike is one of my favorite in the world, with complete panoramic views of not 1, but 2 turquoise lakes along with some of the most incredible mountain peaks I've ever seen.
#takemeback #wanaka #outside_project #wildernessculture #mountainstories
Every trip I've gone on has a name. Originally, I called this my Pacific Island Trip but I'm renaming it,
Endless Adventure: In Search of the Perfect Left. I thought Raglan was a perfect wave but Medewi miiight have it beat. Shoutout to @playfulhealthymama
for chasing lefts and making me love to go backside
Medewi breaks as amazing as it does because of this shelf of rocky reef. Getting out to the break isn't just your typical rock dance. The rocks are covered with barnacles (at least I think they're barnacles) as sharp as razor blades and because of this, every surfer's feet are a bloody mess when they get out of the water. I was honestly sick of the painful cuts that left my feet swollen and limping so I found a solution. If you paddle out to the point from the sand half a kilometer down the beach, its sandy. So I asked myself #WhatWouldStanDo
and began adding a 15 minute paddle on each end of my surf session. In only a week I can feel the improvement in my paddle strength. @ssearfus
taught us well. 📷 @bellerobledo
What's the worst reef cut you've had?👇
You know that feeling where the sky is so full of stars that you feel incredibly small and useless in the grand scheme of he world? A sky so full, you can't help but be inspired to do great things? A sky so full of stars that you can see the Galaxy with you naked eye? A sky so full of stars that you feel like the sky is an illusion and you're actually trapped in dome (haha)? While this photo may be un-extraordinary, the night was. Among starry nights in the deserts of Utah, the high mountains of Idaho, or on the coast of Oregon, this was the starriest sky I have EVER seen. Every space in the sky occupied by a shining light. I've also never seen the Milky Way so vividly with the naked eye. This night will be ingrained into my memory for the rest of my life. This stargazing took place at the start of the Old Ghost Road off the windy, foresty highway toward New Zealand's Westport. I never would've expected such a beautiful as I drove through here that afternoon but I guess that's the universe keeping me on my toes
It'd be very easy to arrive in this village and be swarmed with panicky feelings of being trapped in a third world village with nowhere to go, yet I am very glad to have been able to take step back, analyze the situation, and know that this an incredible learning experience. I am especially happy to experience all this with my loved ones beside me.
Adventure is what I seek, but the truth behind the word adventure is learning. Adventure is defined as "and new or exciting experience." Adventure is learning because by putting yourself out there in the world—in a new environment—you lose the ability to react instinctually and you must taking everything as it comes, reacting in new ways, and giving yourself the ability to create new positive habits. Medewi taught me a lot, and my array of thought processes had grown but it's time to explore a little. I'll be visiting other places on the Island of the Gods for the next 2 weeks before I return to Medewi to conclude my 3 months of adventure, hence learning.
To anyone who's interested in learning the art of taking risks, becoming consciously aware of how your brain reacts to all aspects of your life instinctually, and how to create a learning-based mindset, I highly recommend the book The Rock Warrior's Way by Arno Ilgner
It's been a while since I've been somewhere like Bali…there's a good chance that where I am in Bali is not the kind of Bali you've heard of or seen photos of. 2 hours west of the hustle and bustle of the tourist hotspots (Canguu, Seminyak, Ubud, etc) is the small village of Medewi. #Medewi
is home to Bali's longest left when it's "working" and lucky for me the left hand point break has been working for a few days now. Yet, all great things come at a price. Medewi isn't a typical vacation destination. It's a poor, third world village with no stores, the constant smell of burning trash, and lots of people trying to make enough money to eat. At the house I'm staying in we often don't have electricity or water AKA no air conditioner in 90 degree weather and no electronics. We have no car so we can't go anywhere, even to buy groceries. And it's a 15 minute walk on a hot, black sand beach to get to the epic point break which also requires walking out on razor sharp rocks leaving every surfer's feet bloody as they get out of the water. It's not a "vacation," its #traveling
— it's #NomadLife
. But though there are uncomfortable moments, at the end of the day, after the surf has delivered long lefts, the local women, who we've become close with, cook us a feast at their beach restaurant each night and we watch the beautiful #BaliSunsets
that shine on this small village in West Bali, grateful that we're getting to experience such a different kind of world 🌅❤️
(Swipe -->) A few weeks back I went backpacking for the first time and reconnecting with myself, then a mere two days later my family and I decided to all try backpacking together, even with my youngest brother and sister. Abel Tasman national park is a dream. It's white sand beaches and teal oceans and lush forests covering mountains that sit on the sea. Abel Tasman is raw and untouched, by foot or boat is the only way to get to this place. Abel Tasman is a tropical paradise on an island known for its mountains. Abel Tasman took me by surprise and stole my heart. With my whole family beside me, we walked for 4 days, cooked dinners together in campers kitchens that overlooked the most beautiful beaches I've ever seen, hiked up and over endless hills, lugging my 7 year old sister the whole way, and swam in icy cold turquoise seas. I could complain that my sister whined the whole way or that my brother talked too much, but in the end we all finished so glad to have experienced something like this as a family. Sure we all got a little annoyed with each other, but what family wouldn't after hiking for 4 days straight together. By the end of this trip I realized more than ever how close I am with my family and how grateful I am for the relationship I have with my them! Thanks so much for adventuring with me guys, love you all @danny.robledo @bellerobledo @playfulhealthymama @fit_nomad_dad @nomadswithapurpose
#abeltasman #webraveforadventure #nomadswithapurpose
So last week I went backpacking for the first time, and I must say backpacking is the absolute best way to experience New Zealand. If you follow my adventure travel blog @nomadswithapurpose
you probably saw this post already on my experience hiking the Routeburn Track but if you don't, i wanted to share my experience here (but you should just go follow @nomadswithapurpose
"Okay, Gabi, no pressure but you've looked forward to this backpacking trip for almost a year and the next two days might be one of the best two days in your life". Those were the actual words that came out of my mouth the night before I began the world famous Routeburn Track. I've always had too high of expectations when traveling but on this occasion I was not let down. The Routeburn Track has a wide diversity of immense beauty that few other hikes in the world have. What will become one the most memorable moments of my life is the stoke that rushed through my veins when we crested Harris Saddle and one of the most vivid, sheer, and dramatic mountain ranges opened up before me, spanning the entire horizon. I jumped and shrieked in joy and said my commonly spoken line, "I love mountains so much it hurts!" (my brother laughs at me every time I say this). This is not even to mention the beautiful views of Routeburn Flats (this photo) we previously received and the #RealMiddleEarth
we walked through in a blanket of fog with eerie lakes and giant mountains surrounding us. And I can't forget about the equally as beautiful view we had when we rounded a corner on our descent and one of the most beautiful alpine lakes I've ever seen appeared before me, Lake Mackenzie, perfectly green and turquoise, balanced by the deep green of the forest on the lake's edge, a huge rocky face, and waterfalls pouring off the mountains. What most intrigued me about backpacking was the ability to take your time. On this trip we hiked a mere 19 miles in two days, we've done that same amount in a single day when hiking The Enchantments. The ability to take your time disconnect from the world, root yourself to nature, and enjoy the ride was very satisfying and backpacking has me hooked.
I've had a nice social media detox over the last week since I've had no cell service. I've spent 5 out of the last 7 days backpacking in the South Island of New Zealand. I've never before backpacked until now (hard to believe, right?). It's always been GO GO GO adventure for us and we've always pushed to try to squeeze two-day backpacking routes into day hikes. Anyway, backpacking has been a great reminder of how good it is to completely 100% percent disconnect, not only social media but also from technology, worries, problems, people in general, responsibilities, and has opened up a greater space to think about creative ideas, plans, daydreams, and brainstorms. I've had so much time to think and I'm so ready to tackle new projects whilst exploring more beautiful nature. Time away from technology is extremely healthy for the mind and spirit and I encourage everyone to take a break from it. It also gave me a bit of insight on the downsides of social media such as the constant stimulus. We all need downtime away from distraction so we can explore our minds and grow as people. With social media on topic I want to share that I don't think social media is a bad thing whatsoever. Social media is what you make it. If all you do is get jealous when you scroll through your feed than you should absolutely get rid of social media. However, I think that social media can and IS a platform to spread positive messages, inspiration, and empowerment. I think if you are aware of how social media makes you feel, if you don't let the likes and follows go to your head, and if you take breaks away from the constant stimulus, then social media can be a place of inspiration, beauty, and positivity.
#isthmuspeak #empowerment #inspiration #alpinebabes #likeamountaingirl #mountaingirls #womenwhoexplore #adventurewomen #girlswhoadventure #socialmedia #socialmedialove #backpacking #positivevibes #positiveimpact #bethechange #dontbejealous #wanaka #beyourself #embraceyourself #purenewzealand #socialmediacleanse #socialmediabreak
Low quality video, high quality left hander 🌊 Raglan is likely my favorite new wave in the world 🙌