Sometimes, you just gotta go with the flow. You might think you're going backpacking the coming weekend, have a plan all laid out with routes and permits, but then you get invited on a last minute trip to Hawaii and everything changes.

I already had the additional day off, had the pet sitter lined up... I just had to get there and join Aaron. I'm blessed to have a pilot for a brother-in-law, so I used a buddy pass to get out there (which was genuinely stressful) and I purchased my flight home - just to be safe. I mean, who wants to get stuck on a tropical island... right? Riiiiiiight.

Anyway, I hadn't been to Oahu since I was 15 years old and it was lovely to return... although I still maintain that Kauai is my favorite island. We went on several short hikes, played at the beach, drank a smoothie out of a pineapple, watched a few sunsets, met a cool dude named Phil... I stalked some sea turtles from the shore and I accidentally poured soy sauce on my banana pancakes. #epicfail

It was a whirlwind of a trip. Two and a half days in a beautiful place with an amazing person. This has easily been one of my most favorite summers and although it's not quite over, I feel like this was an excellent way to wrap it up.

Embrace spontaneity, as it's a wonderful and exciting thing. I definitely need to incorporate more of it in my life. That said, I think my backpacking plans for this coming weekend are pretty solid. .....or are they?