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Aloha, thanks for dropping in!

If you're wondering why I picked the name, "Jane & Her Joe" here's a short story to explain how J&HJ came to be:

It took a treacherous 35 miles of rowing our Oru Kayaks, mostly against the currents and wind on the Hudson River, until I spotted a a small island to land on for a rest.  After setting up camp with my friend Sung I built a fire and brewed us some coffee. The Joe always comes first. Miraculously those coffee beans stayed dry the whole ride up & down from Manhattan to the Hudson Valley. Just before sunset, YETI mug and camera in hand, I ventured to the edge of Iona Island and looked out on the waters I grew up on.  Indispensable memories were made with my family on the Hudson from paddle boarding, watching West Point's July Fourth fireworks, to hiking in Bear Mountain State Park and organizing a friend's first ever camping trip for their birthday.  The nickname some friends have for me, 'Jane' (from Tarzan), and the undeniable fact that I obsess over my coffee added a hint of inspiration to the title, but it was after this reflective time spent on the water that I wrote the name "Jane & Her Joe" down to caption the photo beside this story. 

But it's more than a caption.

To me, JANE represents every woman who is the resistance to mainstream. 

JANE expresses herself fearlessly, and her hiking boots are only the start of the conversation.

And, HER JOE is any vice that gets her through the day and allows her to inspire the improbable in life. 

Some of my JOEs include: my bike, my outdoor cooking gear, my dog (Ralph), and my brother Blake who will hike anything anywhere with me.

There are JANEs all over the world and they are inspiring the improbable everyday. I'm excited to share  a lot of other JANEs and their JOEs with you all in an upcoming publication that's in the works. If you'd like you can view a preview here. Mahalo!

            -ALEX

PS - As for the Pidgin slang, my braddah Blake and I were military brats growing up. He was born at Tripler Military Hospital on Oahu and we always get asked if we are "hapa" meaning part Hawai'ian, part other. So, that upbringing is why you'll often hear me spreading the idea of aloha.