The cool thing about Malibu is that it holds true to all the stories and pictures I had seen grown up. I mean, this place is truly epic ~ if we ever considered SoCal as a home front, Malibu just made the list!
Stretching 32 miles along the Pacific, Malibu is a quaint beach town with oceanfront homes on long strands of sand with surfers, surf breaks and unforgettable sunsets. While staying here, we’ve enjoyed amazing ocean time, whale and dolphin watching… as well as great shopping and cuisine! Considered to have some of the most perfect waves anywhere, Malibu’s Surfrider Beach was named the first World Surfing Reserve; oh-yeah.. did I say music to my ears! Lot’s of State Park facilities here too if you want to do the mountain/biking/hiking route.. for me though here.. one must have a view of the beach.
As such, our journey landed us at the Malibu Beach RV Park, which is located on top of a cliff overlooking the beautiful Pacific ocean. Really cool when you can wake up and see whales while eating breakfast! That said and at this point of our journey, we’ve become more comfortable living in a tiny home and working around the maintenance ie “fixes” one has to deal with when living this lifestyle.
Outside of minor tweaks, we seem to have reached a comfort zone with the process of traveling with kids, working remotely and exploring how this new lifestyle fills our family with joy. We love how each time, as soon as we unhitch our truck, the boys eagerly jumped on their bikes to look for other kids. Which actually brings up a common question we often get about full time travel, “don’t you worry about the under socialization of your kids?” A valid question indeed, considering we are extremely mindful of our kids social development. The short answer is: everywhere we go there are kids!!! and I mean pretty much everywhere. If it’s not another full time family traveling like us, it’s a vacationing family traveling through their journey. Actually it’s been the complete opposite, almost too much so! That said, there hasn’t been one location in our trip where we’ve had any issues with finding kids. So, perhaps this might of been a concern while we were planning our journey but organically, socialization of the boys is working out perfectly.
Another bonus of full time travel is that they are both now accustomed to playing with all age groups. In the end, kids will be kids. As long as we continue to travel, they will continue to adapt to new surroundings. As a matter of fact, as I write this blog post… I am looking out the window of our Airstream, filled with joy while watching Massimo and Levi playing with their new “best friends.”
Life is good and if we accept that we live in an age of transformation (on many fronts), then we can stop arguing so much about ideological perspectives and start living more in the present.
Speaking of living in the present (and as lady luck would have it), Malibu will forever be known as the point in my life where I began producing my iTunes podcast, “The Way I See It” with Victor Sirgado. I’ve been so fortunate to record my first interview at this location, as well as surf some epic spots.
Welcome to the Eastern Sierras ~ After two months of shakedown trips, here’s a look at our first “official” expedition as a nomadic family (who also happen to be gifted with roadschooling their kids ;-). We’ve been blessed to find an amazing nook around the formation of rounded rocks and eroded hills set between the jagged peaks of the Sierra Nevada and the geologically complex Inyo Mountains.
America is an experiment in the making… and these days, I feel the same. I love that we can travel and continue to communicate, both personally and professionally via the World Wide Web. I also love representing a wanderlust life.. and am enjoying immensely the entire self exploration process. I know we acquire knowledge from our surroundings.. and I’m finding this lifestyle only amplifies our ability to absorb more from the locations and people we are encountering/experiencing.
Yes, getting used to living in a tiny home does take adjustment; but we continue to streamline our lives successfully by introducing new habits and deleting those that don’t fit.
It’s important to note that we continue to feel grateful to be able to carry our lives with such freedom. It has been a while since I’ve felt so relaxed. Looking back at the past 10 years specifically, it was extremely hard for me to step away from the rocket ship I had created. I was embedded within a series of personal and professional responsibilities; all of which consumed my existence and had forever changed me. I find it so interesting that we train ourselves to work hard, diligently and long.. so as to fast forward our lives to greatness… only to develop habits at times that envelop, exhaust and expend our inner self… yet somehow therefore become us. It’s natural, right?
I have always been a “life seeker.” I have always found interest in people and places that fascinate me. So my choosing to break out from the matrix and “seek more, live more, do more, create more…” Really BE MORE ~has a lot to do with an evolution of self.. and my worldly journey to help raise awareness and the vibrations to a more conscious level. As I’ve said it before… “shine the light.” For me I am lucky to have recognized this necessity… and recreated my purpose here.. and my need to travel and share this most important gift.
A little background: A good time ago, I made it a point to surround myself around folks who had more experience, knowledge and wisdom than I… I had to do this.. or how else would I evolve? As such, I started a nomadic quest for insight that has allowed me to meet and visit some amazing places; meet global leaders and position myself to grow exponentially. Although this growth would not have been possible unless I first asked myself questions and secondly took risks. For me, assessing risk was 1 part emotional and 2 parts rational.
For me, like I imagine for others.. success comes with the ability to get out there and make yourself vulnerable.. to try new things as a way to breathe new life into your soul.
For us, our journey away from the “learned habits” we had created is now a true reality. Our ability to change our lives and choose to redefine ourselves has come with grace…as well as a different level of understanding and appreciation for the things that make us tick.
That said, I really feel motivated and inspired.
Okay.. so we monumentally reached the Eastern Sierras this month; windows rolled down. I must say that I felt an overwhelming feeling of accomplishment, gratitude and a new appreciation for my life’s evolution upon the completion of this milestone. To find myself so alive these days while surrounded by my family in such an epic landscape…really amazing.
HA! Now the next benchmark will be: Figuring out how to operate within a tiny home environment! HA-HA-HA! This is going to be the true test. How will all of our preparation, planing and research fair for each of us as we are all now officially living and operating under new, more streamlined schedules? Let’s just see…
So people now often ask me what the toughest part (so far) of this entire experience has been for us? I can honestly say it’s the downsizing of our lives! Man, has it taken a lot of personal and professional mastering, auditing, and crunching to reach this point. When living in a tiny home you have to really think about your space and what exactly it is that you need to live comfortably. So how’s it going? Awesome thank you!
These days I am feeling more relaxed about the everyday habits I am building; and how I’ve tweaked and will continue to redefine my position in this life. I feel healthier, (lost 16lbs in 4 weeks) and have been looking forward to getting grounded with my training.
It’s amazing to me how comfortable I had become with my schedule back home. I ate whenever I wanted, however I wanted, whatever I wanted… and it increasingly became easier to simply just put off my training without concern. For me, the price of working so hard to build, manage and grow a national tech company focused on healthcare providers came with a price. I had reached many professional goals, acquired the resources needed to live a comfortable life but, even though I tried, I couldn’t quite grasp one thing. The fact that I was going to live out the rest of my life in one place working on the same things. Not that I wasn’t proud of my accomplishments, but I needed growth. So, off we drove to the Eastern Sierras to test our boundaries, grow and see if the little ones would acclimate to new environments, schedules and overall new lives.
In the end, there’s no looking back and we embrace our journey wrapped around all the lessons she offers.
Stinson Beach ~ the right place at the right time!
Yes… we were finally executing our vision of becoming part of a nomadic culture; One that leads with experience and adventure vs. conformity and fear of the unknown. Happily, we jumped into the deep end of the pool ~ Organized and enthusiastic ~ set to experience more than what we thought we could accomplish; and ironically… this journey began where it all started for me, a stellar surfers beach.
“I am extremely grateful for the people who make our lives richer by simply sharing and experiencing their joy for life with us.” ~ VS
At this point of our exit strategy, the universe placed us at the beach house of one of our dearest California-based friends, Jason Freskos. Jason, who owns several properties in the SF Bay area, graciously offered us his Stinson Beach house while we finished staging our Airstream. I can’t begin to tell you how fortunate we felt to be able to unwind one block away from the ocean, grateful indeed.
Stinson Beach is a romantically cozy getaway that sits beside the sea in Northern California; a popular day trip for those in the San Francisco Bay Area and for tourists visiting northern California. The beach is toted as one of the cleanest and sandy in the state, as well as conveniently located just minutes from Muir Woods National Monument, Muir Beach and Mount Tamalpais. Situated on California’s epic and legendary Highway 1, it’s a quaint and picturesque seaside town that doesn’t under-deliver. To me, the authenticity of an Airstream’s design fit the area’s backdrop, perfectly. It was exactly what we needed to get started…sun, surf and friends. For all of us, it was no less beautiful than it was the right place at the right time.
That said and while enjoying the gift of the beach… I am happy to report that we reached a family milestone. Since the day I aspired to have my own family… I also dreamed of surfing with my kids. Learning myself at a young age while growing up on the beaches of Puerto Rico and Miami Beach… I have always wanted to give my children the same ability I gained with this upbringing… the wherewithal to reach a centeredness and tranquility that only I know the beach/ocean can provide. I gift I still enjoy to this day!
Check out my recent post of Massimo’s first surf lesson. As I mentioned in this video, watching my son surfing for the first time warmed my heart. My own mother commented on my Facebook page about how she felt my glow from the video. Now it’s one down, one (Levi) to go!
Enjoy Massimo’s first surf session: See below : )
After month’s of preparation, we finally made it to our first official location ~ Sawtooth Canyon Campground in Lucerne Valley, CA.
This trip was purposely planned as one of three educational escapades that would ultimately help us better understand our rig and how to successfully live on the road as a family. As luck would have it, we had arguably one of the best park guides with us… gm3sf . Not only was it serendipity that we had just met Gus (indirectly via the Bay Area Airstream dealership a couple of months or so ago), but that he coincidental was also from my hometown, Miami, FL. Amazing that it took me living in the San Francisco Bay area for five years before I saw a unicorn from MIA…as they say, “my neck of the woods.”
Gus, the ever-gracious, proud and passionate outdoorsman, reminds me of many of the friends I grew up with; a part of my personal tribe, the ever loving Miami Cubans. We’re friendly, proud people who possess a certain class and communication style that can only be attributed to our parent’s generation. When you are nomadic like us, it is always sweet to stumble across a hometown vibe. There, I find my appreciation for Gus as he reminds me of family.
The well-seasoned Airstreamer’s (Gus and his gracious wife Stephanie, most popularly known throughout social media as stephaniewv81 and gm3sf ) definitely rolled out the red carpet for us; two thumbs up indeed. Gus and Stephanie helped us get our feet wet with the dry camping fundamentals, while also proving pivotal in broadening our understanding of our rig.
I would have to say that Sawtooth Canyon was a great first step. Being close to nature is important to us especially when raising well-balanced kids; having been escorted by our all-knowing guides… it was refreshing to finally head into state and national parks with my family. Two thumbs up for this place indeed as it was clean, remote and packed with authenticity. Just what we were looking for on our maiden voyage. So, if you are planning a trip to the California desert, I’d highly recommend putting Anza-Borrego Desert State Park on your radar.