In 2017, to #GETOUTSIDETHEGRIND we set out to explore our backyards + beyond as much as possible and got closer to the people who inspire us every day through their adventurous lives and conscious projects. This past year was a lesson in creating space for ourselves and others through hard work, sharing + collaborating.
We’re already booking in our calendars with weekend adventures and weekday escapes. We spent the last month of this year looking back over all the things we’ve done, places we’ve see and people we’ve met through our #somestoriesinspire 30 Days of Reflect Challenge. Here is a glance back at Eunique and Gabaccia’s favorite Stranded moments from 2017.
In January, we took the road east with a few friends to what would become our first ever 24h guide.
e: Being able to curate the first official 24 Hours To Guide this year with my good friend Sam + take him on his first trip to the desert was everything. Joshua Tree holds all the feels for me so it only makes sense that this was the first place I wanted to curate an experience to share with the community.
g: I missed this one…but…the guide inspired me to finally make it out to Pappy and Harriet’s, where I discovered my new favorite chili in the world!
We needed that extra kick of ethical retail inspiration while waiting for the blooms to spring.
e: I’m not a huge shopper but having Gabby stir the wheel making it easy to pick local, consciously made goods that are functional, everyday has been a lifesaver. I can’t imagine purchasing any other way now.
g: I am not even kidding when I tell you that my I’m With The Band Headband + my wooden journal have become my partners-in-crime through all of this year’s adventures.
You know Adam from our #SOMESTORIESINSPIRE Wall Map Art Collabo, but there’s so much more than meets the eye through his art.
e: I’d been obsessed with Adam’s work since the day I first found it. Getting to know the man behind the lettering, his story of why + how he does what he does only solidified the magic he creates when pen meets paper. Having a face to face with a friend from a far for the first time this past August was one of my favorite moments from 2017.
g: It’s always so inspiring and empowering for me to hear the stories of those who find a way of living life by doing purely things they love.
Remember that time we took off to Vegas for the weekend, except we didn’t really mean to go to Vegas?
e: Desert, check. Hidden waterfalls, check. Epic sunrise, check. Walking through an open field in hiking boots + my bikini and stumpling on a few burros just having a casual sunset dinner. Ummm, BEST. DAY. EVER!
g: Meanwhile I was in Julian…not encountering wild burros. (Forever jealous, but grateful for the amazing pics.)
When you live in a place with so much magic, sometimes, you don’t need to go far to escape.
e: This is the first place I found home in California. The place I knew would be the one for all things Stranded and the place that helped flourish all my wildest dreams, sunsets above sunsets + most epic memory making beyond what I original imaged. This is where I first met my sidekick + right hand woman, Gabby, and the rest has been adventure making every since.
g: W O R D. Leucadia is where I met you e! Treating the neighborhood as our playground for 24 hours was just the cherry on top of my long found love for it.
U N B E L I E V A B L E is the only way to describe the gift of nature we got to experience this year in SoCal. Whiffs of wildflowers and highway sides covered in color were available in nearly every nook and cranny. If you were there, you know what we’re talking about.
e: This was my first wildflower spring and for the couple of months that the hillsides were under explosion, I went on a hunt to see each and every one. I have no words or photos that can fully describe all the beauty seen and felt.
g: I became obsessed. I remember volunteering for a photography class in Joshua Tree and not being able to help it but to snap a photo of every single type of bloom that appeared in front of me. Roberto and I even bought a guide to California flowers, many flower species we got to see this spring hadn’t bloomed for years!
We spent a 1/2 day with a rad group of San Diego creatives led by Michael Weybret of @dosomethingcool. “Why am I taking this photo? What do I want to say?” The results left us with creative conversation, lots of laughs + a collection of visual dialog to remind us that, some stories really do inspire.
e: Setting the bar, casually is something Mike’s done since day 1 of knowing him. Kicking off the first of many fun experiences with a group of people who were all curious to learn, do + discover was pretty rad. We walked in to learn a thing or two about snapping photos + left with a collection of lifelong friends.
g: My takeaway was simple, yet strong, and something I always consider as I am taking + sharing my photos – Rule #1 “Do what makes for a better story.”
“True nomadism is a way of being, a spiritual connection not a lifestyle.”
Eunique shared with us her journey of finding her meaning of nomadism, through sitting and waiting.
e: No one really tells you how the in between place can be, you just discover it once you’re there. Being pulled in all sorts of directions challenged my decision making and made me question a lot of things. But being still also offered a lot of in sites I don’t know I could have had the same on the go.
g: Eunique, you truly pour out the spiritual roots of nomadism in this deeply heartfelt piece. Thanks for always taking us on the discovery journey with you. I don’t think I can ever again look at nomadism as a one-dimensional concept.
Lucky us to come across our friends Frank and Ty and their funky 4-wheeled vintage shop. We took over their #vanlife for a day to play dress up, drink some beer, and celebrate freedom.
e: This was my favorite collaboration of the year. Backyard hangs with friends, playing in vintage clothes + learning first hand about the men that are making moves – literally and figuratively to shift the relationships with fast fashion, one vintage find at a time inspired how we built relationships with all of our other partners for the rest of the year.
g: I’m so inspired by Frank and Ty. Not only are they killing it with incredible vintage finds from their travels all over the US, but all at once they are inspiring others to consume consciously and to fight for their right to roam freely. Side note: I couldn’t believe it when we figured out we used to basically party together in Buffalo about 7 years ago. That was so totally unexpected, what a small world!
e: I’ve been curious about backpacking for as long as I can remember. Teaming up with Alyx to share her expertise on all things outdoors not only inspired some of our guests to get out, including Miss Gabaccia. I can’t wait to follow suit.
g: I can’t imagine having gone on my first backpacking trip previous to this session. I felt so confident and ready to tackle all the logistics and last minute challenges on my first backcountry overnight later in the year. It was also awesome to work with such a professional and organized team. Thank you Alyx!
Inspired by our friends from Harvest Peace, Soto Sake, Lex Taylor Rubs & Salts, and the Leucadia Farmers Market, Eunique was resolved to curate the perfect backyard labor day picnic.
e: Whole + healthy cooking is something I’ve been following for years and once I began traveling + spending more time outside, I found that this was a bit harder to do here. It’s been my goal to learn to cook amazing campfire meals + putting together this guide with brands I love and use daily. Being able to satisfy the tastebuds of sous chef Gabby was extra bonus. Looking forward to more cooking outdoors in 2018.
g: The salmon recipe is to die, I’m not into salmon but this particular dish I could eat and repeat any day.
When our friend Ben invited us to take a day off, grab some friends and go down to Mexico to camp, surf and have $1 tacos, it was a no-brainer, we hit the road.
e: Everyone has a Mexico story. We were able to authentically create our own with the help of Ben + the locals – sending us back across the border with nostalgic visions of when the next time would come.
g: This trip was magical! My favorite part was making all the new human and furry friends. Being adopted by the locals was just the cherry on top, it felt like being welcomed home.
If you think any shirt is a shirt, you haven’t sunken into the Aloha for People threads yet. Each shirt tells a story that spreads cultural awareness for the country that it represents while each sale provides access to clean water for a child in need for two years. They are easy to love!
e: The heart and soul of the humans who dreamed up this everyday, everywhere shirt are woven into each thread. I wear my Aloha’s weekly and love telling the story to everyone I can. In my opinion, if you’re going to make a T shirt, this is what it’s all about.
g: I don’t know that any other brand inspires me as much as Aloha for People. Their mission is beyond beautiful, is necessary. To me, they are even more than products made with purpose, to me Aloha for People is a great example of what the apparel industry should be at large.
Sunset sake sips on the patio, strolling down the street for bites with the babes and ending the night with laughs, deep talks and tarot readings + affirmation making is more than what this girls getaway could have been.
e: At the start of the year I put pen to paper and journaled about all the things I wanted. One of them was finding + growing relationships with strong women. Girls Getaway weekend planted seeds for friendships that have changed my life. These women started as beach buddies and have grown to be inspirations for my day-to-day life, every day.
g: I’m so grateful for this experience. Thanks e for bringing together such a rad group of women, some of the friendships made over that weekend mean a lot to me today.
The name says it all. Our amiga, Shelby Stanger is out finding the raddest of people, doing the coolest of things and telling their story through one of our favorite podcasts from this year, Wild Ideas Worth Living.
e: If there’s a woman out there killing it, we’d pick Shelby Stanger, hands down. Not only is she fearless in her way of getting any story out of anyone, she gracefully + wholeheartedly champions for all the people she meets. I’ve grown to admire her persistence and passion to tell the stories of people who inspire her + her commitment to put her money where her mouth is and try out the wild and wacky ideas of her guests – to share her personal connections to these Wild Ideas Worth Living.
Have you ever been to Mission Trails Regional Park? There are 5 peaks here in East San Diego that you can hike, bike, and run. So we decided to undertake the #5peakchallenge in an effort to #getoutsidethegrind and spending more time with nature. We have one last peak pending though…
e: Gabby pushed me, every single week. 5AM wake ups to drive 45 minutes, hike 2+ hours at sunrise + then turn right back around to sit in traffic and work a full day was a literal challenge. Every week, I whined on the inside, but as we circled back to the vehicles in the lot, I knew that I has accomplished something that day, even if it was just putting one foot in front of the other. I can’t wait to hike that last trail with Gabby (and then to do the whole thing all again- this trail set is truly one of the most beautiful places I’ve seen in San Diego so far).
When you make friends who like to #getoutsidethegrind (and say yes to planned adventures) as much as you do, a Moto Campout with your favorite local vintage boutique just seems rights.
e: Since day one of discovering Seaweed & Gravel, I’ve wanted to do all the things with them. It’s been a fun year with these weirdos filled with lots of jokes, cool vintage + locally, consciously made goods + motorcycles. I wasn’t ever really into moto bike but spending some time in the shop + out in the desert was one of the coolest experiences I’ve had yet.
Our day in LA made us fall for the urban flair of things. The creative atmosphere is omnipresent and it is hard not to give in to the fashion inspiration around every corner.
e: I never had an particular liking for LA until this weekend. Spending time at The Freehand with my home away from home family + friends shifted my perception of what LA could offer + soothed my homesickness of missing my tropical, vibrant + flavor-filled home back in Miami.
g: This place has changed! I left LA about 8 years ago, and never did I imagine that downtown would be the place where I would go back to have the time. We discovered a new side to LA that was unexpected and left me wanting more. I also learned not to trust the photobooth.
If you are not convinced that our home base neighborhood is the place to be or go to, is because you haven’t been there to taste it yet. Every year, The Leucadia 101 Mainstreet Association welcomes hundreds of neighbors and visitors to one of the most diverse food walks in San Diego County: The Taste of Leucadia.
e: This was my first taste of community in Leucadia. Staying at Surfhouse, walking the 101 + getting to explore and know the shops and restaurants all at once was the best welcome to the neighborhood introduction a girl could have gotten.
g: My favorite part is how the community comes together on this day. Nothing beats delicious bites at every restaurant, live music, and the locals cheering while walking up and down the Historic 101.
There are many reasons to reflect on the things you’ve done, seen + the places you’ve been. Looking back, 2017 was not about the WHAT. For Stranded on Land + the BTS Tribe it’s been about the WHY.
e: Taking time to reflect on every element of my life from the past year was great. It was hard, emotional, and filled with lots of words, photos and stories. Being able to see other people’s everyday also motivated and moved me to keep pushing + digging deeper into looking back over my own. There were many memories unshared online – but for those that were, it was an honor to hear. I ended 2017 proud of all that was learned + excited to keep exploring to create experiences that inspire – myself + anyone I have the chance to meet.
g: This was the perfect cherry on top of my Instagram feed for the year. I was so moved by everyone who shared their stories, and even by the sole exercise of sharing mine. Looking back at all the things, I am happy and proud. We learned, big time, we grew, together, and what’s best, we’ll do it all again in 2018. Cheers!
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