Hiking at Waimano Valley / Day 22 of 365

Today I went out hiking with Sarah and Kevin at Waimano Valley!

It was a pretty quick 2 hour hike. The mountains were full of rain and clouds but the trees kept us dry. It was nice to have some cloud coverage; Hawaii has been really hot lately. There were 4 or 5 caves along the trail that were pretty cool to look at. They just went alongside the trail for about 100 feet each time. No idea why they exist.

Overall, it was a nice time to get away and spend some time with friends and the trees. No big fancy words today, just a few pictures. Hope you are all having a wonderful start to your week!



Still Alive / Day 12 of 365

I’m happy to say that this transition away from social media has been with relative ease. That is to say, it’s been without drama. I’ve done week breaks here and there, I’ve even done a couple months off before – but there’s always been an anticipation to return. This time feels different; I don’t really feel like I’m missing out. I don’t even have the urge to go back.

I haven’t come to post words, though. Today I want to post a few pictures. I went out for a work “going-away” / “get together” last weekend. Despite the usual drag of going to work-related events, the boyfriend and I had a great time seeing everyone. Our office split up a few weeks ago, as people are moving away or moving to new offices, and it was nice to see everyone together in the same place. I didn’t get many photos, unfortunately, but here are the few that I did manage to snag:


Also, side-note, I’ve actually been carry my camera around with me somewhat often. In the past month, I’ve taken it out at least half a dozen times. I don’t think I’ve used my camera that much in the last 3 years. Woot, woot! More pictures to come!

I have to cut this post short though – it’s waaaaay past my bed time.

Again, as a reminder, I’m not posting daily for this project. The goal is to abstain from social media for 365 days and document my life and experiences as I slowly chug along. That being said, I hopefully will get another post out before the end of the weekend. Hopefully talking about some booooooooooooks. Annnnyyyyyways, long words mean I’m sleepy.

Goodnight y’all.

12 / 365


Yesterday was a perfect day. I started off by driving to the hospital and photographing a friend’s newborn daughter. Then I went grocery shopping and heard about a local event called the Flowertown Festival. Quickly, I ran to the event and walked around art tents for a few hours. When I finally got home, I cooked salmon and edited the photos from the morning.

Photographing Sal and Caitlin at the hospital was a wonderful experience. No one in my family has had a child in many years, so it was exciting to join them in their celebration. Baby Sophia was loving the camera and the lighting was perfect. It felt like everything lined up perfectly. Photographing events like this remind me of why I love taking pictures.


After I left, I had a few errands to run. The grocery store beckoned my name and I found myself with a full cart of food. While I was at the bakery section, a woman asked if I had gone to the Flowertown Festival in Summerville. I told her I had never heard of it. She told me about how popular it was and that I should go. So I did.

My GPS chose a route through the middle of the woods. It was beautiful and reminded me of the backroads where I used to live in Minnesota.


The festival was huge. I parked far away but the closer I got, the more people started appearing. Summerville closes one of its main streets so that vendors can set up tents down a huge strip. Off the side of the road, there were clusters of extra tents filled with art.


Unfortunately I arrived only two hours before the event closed. It took about 30 minutes to stroll from one side to the other without stopping at any of the tents. On the way back I started to weave through the art sections. Also, someone built a garden in an old bed:


I just happy to get fair food. Mostly mini-donuts. I think I could survive off them.


Oh, look at how happy I am.

Seriously, I wish I could spend more days like this Saturday. Taking photos, running around, eating good food. It was a great day! Tell me about your weekend! Did you get out and explore or did you lay back at home and relax?