This is Travis. He's been raised in Alaska, Idaho, and the Big Island. We met him while in Kalalau as he came in to camp looking for Uncle T to drop off some wild boar meat which he'd taken that morning. Corey asked if he had any to spare which led to an entire gallon bag full of tenderloin we got to share with the class and many others. I took this picture as we hiked by Travis early in the morning and saw him at 8 mile landing his drone. He then came along for the rest of the hike. Travis was in the middle of landing his drone when we were hiking by. Here at 8 mile is typically where Travis prefers to spend his time though we met him as he'd come into the beach at Kalalau. He'd just taken a wild boar an had come looking for afriend to leave him some of the fresh meat from that mornings kill. Corey had lightly asked if he had any to spare and we ended up with a feast that night as he generously gave us all of the tenderloin of the pig. Travis grew up in Alaska, Idaho, and the Big Island and now continuously wanders having not ever owned his own place. He's paid rent sure but has found value in working for people an earning a spot in their spare rooms. It was great to spend the rest of the hike out with him as he carried his Alahe'e log for carving bowls and told us stories of work and travel around the world.
Meet Al. Al was one of the key people that helped me flip the van. While working together for a local family Al and I shared many dreams of tiny house living & travel. I originally actually called him asking "Hey Al, if I buy a school bus can I use your shop to flip it?" Obviously not having the tools in my dorm. He retorts with some lip: "Well I got 6 acres around the shop what do you think?" When I found the van and rolled up the twisting and turning drive way Al emerged from the shop with the biggest grin I've ever seen. He immediately set me straight saying "Now you know I ain't workin on this thing." I knew that, but asked if he'd still show me a rope or 2 and he was more than stoked out of his mind to share his passion. Throughout the next month I would roll up the driveway routinely to get work done on the van and also learn more in depth carpentry. Al has become a great friend of mine, whether it's heading out to lunch at Dickeys Barbecue Pit together, woodwork techniques like the time he taught RobbyJohnson and I how to make our own bodysurfing handplanes, or just refreshing conversation about life. Al is always there to give you the blunt, often sarcastic but upfront truth, might be why we get along so well.
As we finished our fill-up at a small station in central CO, this rig rolled in fast n loud. I turned to Benton and said, "Ahhh gotta talk to this guy." Moments later I was being given the full tour of Johns GMC motor home. He'd owned this model for only a few months and was on his way to Florida for some remodeling. He'd owned 4 of these motor homes throughout his life and insisted it be my next vehicle. He reminisced on wild moments from the rooftop of the beauties down in centerfield of nascar races. Flying across the country in 40 hours straight to make a meeting which was scheduled within the next hour. Johns loved life on the road and insisted we all must do it for atleast a couple months at a time. Though he did mention I can't post his last name and its risky enough theres a picture of him going out as he is in a witness protection program. I can only guess some other wild adventure story ties to that. His name prolly isn't actually John.
Here's Nick charging in his element. I met Nick and his girlfriend Heidi in Banff while out on the town. The two of them have been in Banff for the last 3 months living it up, Heidi working with kids for summer camps and Nick exploring the backcountry of Banff after a year and a half of working. They both practically live on ski hills when it's not summer having spent multiple seasons charging Whistler. The night I met them we were having a drink when I mentioned Jumbo valley, Heidi had been and insisted Nick an I go, Nick then turned to me saying "Tomorrow?" I then said yep. It was great to spend time with these guys in Banff and I owe Nick a huge thanks not only for gettin is out to Jumbo but for everything including the sick lake he took us to at which I caught my first fish on fly. 2 of the most rad people I've met!! Thanks so much both of ya!!
Here is Trent and Camille who we picked up hitchhiking out of Tofino, BC. They're charging Canada in their time off. Trent originally from Australia is professionally a boiler maker but prefers to spend the winter in Banff snowboarding daily, he decided not to go back to Oz for this summer and look for work around the states and BC, which brought him to Tofino for a cherry picking job where he met Camille. She is originally from Quebec and had just a few more days till she headed back to sail with her dad from Quebec to the Bahamas. She had spent the last 3 months hitchhiking on her own from San Diego to BC and absolutely loved it. They both hated the cherry picking so one day they took off, standing on the side of the road they were stoked to ride with us for 3 hours directly to where they wanted to go. Trent was especially enjoying it as it was his second time hitchhiking, the first didn't go so well as he was picked up and asked to drive as everyone in the car had taken drugs. They both are such rad people! Stoked Hannah Van Veen snagged the shot as they jumped out of the van in the middle of traffic for the walk-on 5:40 ferry as we would be sitting for the drive-on 7:30. Best wishes to them in travels.
With her car and a $10,000 grant, Katie started the Koke'e Resource Conservation Program (KRCP) in 1998. At a time when no program was in place for monitoring, researching, and stewarding the wild forests of Kauai, KRCP took roots. Katie has been committed to preserving native plant species, eradicating invasives, and researching what's happening to the once fully wild and natural forests of Kauai. She loves what she does, and it's especially amazing to see the difference she has made in the unseen areas of Kauai after starting from nothing. Relying heavily on volunteers KRCP only staffs 2 people full time and a few interns at each season. It's this small crew that goes out each and every day to preserve and care for the ever-threatened native forests of Kauai. There are many species of trees, ferns, and flowers found no where else in the world but this island. It's because of Katie and KRCP that the 50+ endangered species have hope and some have even begun their return.
Starting out with a miniature grill an a few coals of charcoal, Pasti and friends began making and selling kabobs at Messiah soccer games for 1$ a pop. What originally was just a vision for soccer games quickly grew into much more. As shirts, stickers, and memorabilia production began, it wasn't long before you could walk through Messiahs campus and within a day see multiple items showing "Robs Kabobs". It rapidly became a cult following almost as people appreciated the idea of a friend chasing down a simple dream amidst a society of work, food, and sales permits. Battling threats & disapproval from the man, Robs Kabobs held its ground. The public realized what was at the heart of this business and Messiah now allows them to sell kabobs at soccer games as well as cater other events. Beyond this Robs Kabobs holds a value that I've seen demonstrated 10-fold. That is bringing people together. Whether it's lawn party's for a building or dinner for a local youth group luau, Robs Kabobs is there to provide delicious bobs as a catalyst for bringing people together. Whilst still maintaining they're roots in a simple yet fun process. This is why today you can ask anyone on campus and they've more than likely heard of Robs Kabobs, and they're more than likely a sold out supporter, and they most more than likely have a Robs Kabobs shirt fresh on top of their dresser.
The boys n I met Louise at the skate park just outside of Colorado Springs. She is the epitome of a charger. Benton was ripping a quarter pipe as I shot some film and she was slashing just as hard if not harder than him. We were stoked as casual conversation and introduction began with ease. Turns out, that backpack you see is what Louise had been living out of for the last couple months. She had joined some friends she worked camp with on a van trip exploring the country and when they decided to end it, Louise began her own journey, hitchhiking and seeing areas of the west she hadn't gotten to see. Obviously we all got stoked as we were in the middle of doing the same thing with our thanksgiving break yet not nearly as badass as she was out of a backpack and we were in the van, with a bed, and heat, and a kitchen, we thought it was rough enough cramming 6 of us in there. So with skateboard in hand and some new insta followers, we dropped Louise off at the 84 as she was hitching to Denver. Can't thank her enough for the rad inspiration
"There was a kid in the class, Joe Prido who could draw really good turtles, he painted this beautiful turtle, an I would sit in class and just look at that turtle. Ya know I did a bunny an I thought of gosh how silly. I loved the turtle he did. Growing up there we went to the smithsonian a lot and I just nurtured a love for pretty stuff." Bill Brewer came out to Oregon from Maryland around 40 years ago, he's been pursuing art ever since he was a child and saw Joe Pridos turtle. This was taken as he was finishing up a wall project for a local restaurant in Eugene, OR. He's so grateful to have maintained a career in art and just continues to charge after what he loves and what he finds beautiful.