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Santa Barbara, Ca

I'm a full-time rambler and contract designer with as many skill sets in my quiver as there are plane tickets in my passbook. I've worked in ornamental iron, jigsaw puzzle design, bookmaking, glass engraving, and a variety of other mediums. I'm currently living out of a backpack as I trek my way around the world.

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May Monthly Recap

Zak Erving

Grandma and me at 14,000 feet

Grandma and me at 14,000 feet

It was a busy, busy month of May here at Sparkpunk…

This month marked my official "jumping off point" into the world of full-time travel, and after my first press trip to Hawaii and a short-circuited road trip that resulted in my flying from Anchorage to Denver instead of driving, I'm happy to report that my enthusiasm for the great voyage grows daily.

TRAVEL HIGHLIGHTS:

Partnered with GoHawaii's Big Island Visitor Bureau for my first official media visit to Hawaii's Big Island. I spent a week running around Kailua-Kona & Hilo, sampling the best of each side of the island:

Coasted with dad through treetop canopies, thanks to Big Island Eco Adventures

World-class stand-up paddleboarder and all-around sweetheart Jenny Kalmbach took time out of her schedule to scuttle me around a pod of spinner dolphins on the Kailua-Kona coast and discuss the impact of plastic waste in the oceans (post to follow!)

Stayed at the exotic Holualoa Inn for two nights and gained an understanding and appreciation for the niche of luxury travel—definitely outside of my usual fare, but exceptional in every way

Participated in the Nakoa Foundation's Kaukaulaelae Tour (courtesy of the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort) and received a great education in the resurgence of Hawaiian community values and culture

Spent a day with Ocean Sports Waikoloa Village that culminated in a sunset cruise and the best lesson about travel I've learned yet

Spent a few days exploring the Hilo side of the island (including a volcano field tour & a summit tour of Mauna Kea) courtesy of Arnott's Lodge, easily one of the most creative and inviting backpacker lodges I've ever stayed

And of course, I made a huge pile of new friends and lasting connections: special thanks to Noi, Brian, Steve, Jenny, Lily, Kalani, Ha'a, Matt, Winter, Kay, Doug, Glory, Lopaka, and Ken.

Next, I flew down to Denver to re-connect with friends & family

This is the most badass foyer in the entire world

This is the most badass foyer in the entire world

Took a top-notch tour of Estes Park with the park's greatest tour guide (aka Grandma)

Hunted for dinosaur bones with my friend Josh

Drove south to Colorado Springs to find my childhood home and hike around Garden of the Gods

Caught a quick flight to Los Angeles to meet Kim and began planning our route north for the month of June (heads up, Portland!)

I'm still pouring over notes, photos, and interviews, and I will make formal announcements when those pieces are published at outside media sources.

Also, the site will be undergoing a little cosmetic change here in the first week of June. I hope you like what I've come up with.

Thanks for another great month, everyone. Keep checking in over the summer!