NEW YEAR SAME ME

I’m pretty happy with the cadence of my grind so everything’s staying the same this year. I’ve got a few exciting projects in the pipeline and can’t wait to show ya’ll.

This new year I opted outside. Me and 10 other friends went camping, hiking, surfing, atv’ing. Lots of cooking and laughter. I’m totally content and blessed to be surrounded by love and light. Happy New Years everyone.

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A Secret camping spot

We found a secret camping spot in Northern California. Its so backcountry. 

Martin, Niroshan and I packed our bikes and rode out early Saturday. We rode south of San Francisco in hopes of scoring a walk-in camp spot. Unfortunately Saturday isn't the best day to try our luck. If you're planning to camp without reservations, come super early Friday for walk-in site. Most campgrounds have 1 or 2 space reserved for this. If you can't make Friday, save yourself the trouble and not go.

Having no available space didn't stop us. We've ridden far. The sun blazing hot. Everyone hungry, and all determine to camp. We made it work. Unfortunately I'm not able to share where this was. It defeats the purpose of going out and exploring with your friends. But, I'll share with you photos and videos of our trip. 

P.S Evident Riders Club is a joke around us trying to catch each others motorcycle mistakes all weekend. I think it might stick. 

Exploring California with Niroshan Amarasiriwardena, Martin Gschwandtl, Hoang M Nguyen of Hobo Life
Hoang of Hobo life riding his bonneville through the back country of nor cal.
Martin Gschwandtl, and Hoang M Nguyen riding motorcycles  in california back country.
Niroshan Amarasiriwardena riding his Honda CB in the back country california
.Hoang M Nguyen enjoying the california country side exploring hobo life
Niroshan posing with honda cb in front of california outback
Niroshan looking into the dried landscape of northern california.
Hoang M Nguyen blocking the sun for the camera.
Martin taking a break from riding under the heat.
Martin on his Husqvarna looking into the distance in the dried outback of California.
Our hobo life meal out in california back country.
Reading Jack Cheng's These Days book
Starting out hobo life campfire Niroshi and Martin gathers around fire
The campfire of our trip true hobos

I Survived Backpacking Havasupai Arizona

36.255° N, 112.698° W //

Trip Itinerary :  
a. Las Vegas Nevada
b. 4 hr Drive to Supai, Arizona
c. Havasupai Falls

First frontal view of Havasupai falls as you decend from the trail down. This waterfall is the closest falls from the campsite. Copyright . Hobo.Life

I learned that "Havasu" means blue-green water and "Pai" is people.  According to Wikipedia the Havasupai Tribe have lived in the Grand Canyon for at least 800 years. I'd settle here too now that I've been. I mean, why would anyone want to leave? The water is unbelievably turquoise. You're surrounded by epic waterfalls, lush green jungles, and towering orange canyons. I'm sure food off the land is plenty. I didn't hunt for my food so I dont know. The best part is its hidden deep into the desert, between the canyons, an oasis. It's vibrant, inspirational, and humbling. It's somewhere I want to be again.  

Photos from the trip, and a quick video for Instagram. Follow me on IG. Longer length video this weekend. 

One of the variou cactus's around spread around Havasupai Falls. Copyright Hobo.life
View from the mountain tops looking down onto beaver falls to the right. Copyright Hobo.life
The climb down towards Beaver Falls. Before crossing the ice blue river. Copyright Hobo.Life
Anna Sohee Lee observing the change in plants @ Havasupai Falls. Copyright Hobo.Life
Chau Tran climbing down the man built ladder in Havasuapi Falls Hike.
Hoang M Nguyen & Anna Sohee Lee hiking through cool blue streams to Beaver Falls in Havasupai Arizona . Copyright HoboLife
Hoang M Nguyen hiking through a corridor of wild grapes. Between tall Havasupai Canyons. Towards Beaver Falls. Copyright Hobo.Life
David Vu crossing a small stream in Havasuapi heading to Beaver Falls. Copyright Hobo.Life
Diane Ly gazing down to Beaver Falls. One of the beautiful waterfalls in Havasupai Reservations. 
Chau Tran & Diane Ly observing the Mooney Falls in Havasupai Arizona. Copyright Hobo.Life
Anna Sohee Lee carefully walking towards beautiful Mooney Falls in Havasupai Arizona. Copyright Hobo.Life
Diane Ly Descending down to Mooney Falls in Havasupai Arizona. Copyright Hobo.Life
Hoang M Nguyen gazing down 200 ft from the top of Mooney Falls. One of the waterfalls at Havasupai Arizona. Copyright Hobo.Life
Hoang M Nguyen Gazing down from Mooney Falls at Havasupai Arizona. Copyright Hobo.Life
From the top of Mooney Falls looking onto the jungle towards Beaver Falls. One of the beautiful spots in Havasupai Arizona. Copyright Hobo.Life
An incredible photograph of Anna Sohee Lee from the top of Mooney Falls in Havasupai Arizona. Copyright Hobo.Life
Anna Sohee Lee Hiking into the Canyons at Havasupai Arizona.
Hoang M Nguyen reaching out into the dessert of Havaupai Arizona
Various lizards taken in Havasupai Arizona by Hoang M Nguyen. Copyright Hobo.Life
Hoang M Nguyen with friends hiking through Havasupai Arizona 
Anna Sohee Lee gazing into the distance at one of the swimming holes in Havasupai Arizona. Copyright Hobo.Life
Anna Sohee Lee Modelling near Beaver Fall in Havasupai Arizona. Copyright Hobo.Life
Anna Sohee Lee Modelling near Beaver Fall in Havasupai Arizona. Copyright Hobo.Life
Hoang M Nguyen Looking over the Canyons at Havasuapi Arizona. Copyright Hobo.Life
David Vu gazing into the Canyons at Havasupai Falls Arizona. Copyright Hobo.Life
Tall canyons in Havasupai Falls Arizona. Copyright Hobo.Life
Havasupai Falls in Arizona Hobo Life
Anna Sohee Lee Crossing the river in Havasupai Falls Arizona
The view from the right side of Havasupai Falls in Supai Arizona. Copyright Hobo.Life
David Vu Looking down to Beaver Falls in Havasupai Arizona
Anna Sohee Lee facing cascading Falls in Havasupai Arizona

Havasupai in 360°

I have yet to start editing the mountain of footage from Havasupai (pun intended.) I'm terribly sorry to all of my 3 readers... but you're in luck. Here are some awesome 360 photos I took while backpacking. I'll post them sequentially. 

Also, if you're not familiar with the Theta 360.  Its an awesome camera, I highly recommend it. Just as the name suggest, this little device has two 180° optical sensor. Combine, it outputs and stitches a 360° degree photos.  It's not going to be your primary shooter obviously. But definitely a fun camera that adds variety to your trips. 

Click and Pan Guys. Enjoy!


Day 1 : The 10 mile hike in to Havasupai had towering canyons, tinted in hues of orange, red and brown. Sections of the hike are narrow and tall.  It provided awesome cover from the sun.

Anna and I going through Supai Canyons. Headed towards Havasupai campgrounds #theta360 - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA

6 miles in you reach a small village. From the village we hiked another 2 miles to Havasupai Falls. Do you recognized how excited I am. We are close to our camp site.

Made it to the waterfall. Another mile into the camp site. #havasupaifalls #supai #havasupai #theta360 - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA

We camped in the more woodsy area. Next to the cool blue stream leading to Mooney Falls. Some of us in tents. Others in hammocks. 

Our camp. #havasupaifalls #backpacking #havasupai #theta360 - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA

Here's a look into my castle. Its a little over 3lbs. The MSR Hubba Hubba is pretty damn spacious. I bet it can fit 3 little asian person.

Msr Hubba Hubba. A little over 3 lbs. pretty spacious. #msr #backpacking #theta360 - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA

After we settled in. We all went for a swim at Havasupai Falls. This was the closest to camp, and no one was in the mood to hike far. I don't blame them.

Day 1 : We set up camp and immediately went for a swim. I learned that squirrels are ruthless this day. They ate through our bag and stole our snacks! #theta360 - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA

Day 2 : Stopped by Mooney Falls before trecking over to Beaver Falls. 

#MooneyFALLS #theta360 - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA

We did a 8 mile hike round-trip to Beaver Falls.  Unfortunately I didn't get a 360 of Beaver Falls. Here's a group photo on the way back.  You can see a little bit of the falls cascading in the background. 

Post from RICOH THETA. #theta360 - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA