Off The Grid: Unplugged on Highway 1

Unplugged at Ocean Cove // Highway 1 // Northern California

It's rare we find a place without some connection to outside world. Wherever we go, it seems as though there's always an opportunity to ping off some tower or tap into someone's wifi. Photos, texts, posts, likes, shares, emails—they're all rushing at us a million miles a minute and it's so easy to contribute to the noise. 

I do it all the time.

Recently, I was telling a few friends about this glorious place called Ocean Cove where smart phones go dumb and wifi is a dirty word. 

"It's amazing," I said. "It's so peaceful there because we're not constantly connected."

"You know," one replied with a condescending smirk. "You can always just turn off your phone."

To that, I laughed and said, "Yeah, I don't ever do that."

Unplugged at Ocean Cove // Highway 1 // Northern California

In my defense, I do leave my phone tucked away much of the time when we're adventuring or spending time with loved ones, but maybe I should turn off my phone and shut the laptop more regularly (like Tiffany Shlain). Maybe I shouldn't be scrolling through feeds or sharing things that inspire me quite as much as I do and seek that peaceful feeling instead. I don't really take it all that seriously—the sharing and connectedness—but I do know that the constant flow of information can become tiresome.

We're getting another chance to unplug along Highway 1 this fall and I hope (with my whole heart) Ocean Cove remains a place where we can detach from technology, but I'm considering unplugging more often—no matter where we are. 

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So, tell me: Have you considered a tech break once a week? Do you have no-tech zones in your home? I'd love to know what you all do to unplug from time to time.


Photo Essay: Seattle's Museum of Flight

Sometimes it's fun to be a bit nerdy. Don't you think? My husband suggested the Museum of Flight when we were deciding to what to see in Seattle this summer and after quickly looking at the brochure I said, "Let's do it!"

It turned out to be such a great way to spend the morning. Here are a few photos I couldn't help snapping while playing tourist:

And yes, you can walk inside the old Air Force One and Concorde they have on-site. Pretty neat, right? I highly recommend going if you're at all interested in aviation history or if you simply marvel at our ability to step inside a metal tube and hurl ourselves through the sky. Honestly, the ingenuity of it all is what really interests me. We humans have come up with some incredible ideas and inventions over the years, but flight has to be the one of the most awe-inspiring.

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p.s. One day in Victoria, BC, hitting up Seattle's tourist spots and some love for the Pacific Northwest.


Creating Your Own Path - Episode 13 - Gina Begin

Gina Begin // Writer, Photojournalist + Founder of the Outdoor Women's Alliance

Gina Begin // Writer, Photojournalist + Founder of the Outdoor Women's Alliance

When I first heard about the Outdoor Women's Alliance (OWA), I thought to myself, "Yes! This is something that needs to be out there in the world." And then when I met (online) the gal behind the movement I said out loud, "Dang, she's amazing."

And she is.

Gina Begin is a freelance writer, photojournalist, explorer, dedicated adventurer and the founder of OWA. She called into the show recently to give us the scoop on everything she's been tackling, both personally and professionally.

She is full of great advice—this I know for certain—but I double dog dare you not to be completely inspired to follow your dreams after listening to this episode.

She's the real deal, my friends. Enjoy! 


MY FAVORITE QUOTE!

"Go conquer." - Gina Begin // Listen to the full interview at creatingyourownpath.com.

Today's episode features writer, photojournalist and founding editor of the Outdoor Women's Alliance, Gina Begin. As an avid outdoor adventurer, Gina details her successes and setbacks throughout her journey. Listen in as she discusses mantras that have kept her going, how she's getting past significant physical injuries and her tips for those looking to head out on their own adventures.  


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