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Summer Series: Java Fernandez


With plans to explore the Channel Islands, Yosemite National Park, the Mojave desert, and the chuckwalla wilderness, Java Fernandez is no stranger to the outdoors. Recently leaving Portland and Nike for Stance, California’s newest resident, shares some insight into how he spends his summer days…


Who are you?

Hi. My name is Javier Rafael Fernández Gonzáles. But most people know me as Java.

Where do you live?

Yesterday, a moving company called Rambo-Tarzan moved all of my possessions to San Clemente, CA. So I live there now. -seriously, that’s the name of the moving company.

What do you do?

I do all sorts of things. Professionally, I work for a smart little company that makes the world’s finest socks. It’s called Stance. It’s really neat. Personally, I like to keep my life guessing.

Do you usually travel a good amount for work?

I’ve just started a new job, but I’d imagine I’ll be hitting the road quite a bit. Travel has been a big part of my work in the past and I’ve always enjoyed that.

With so many places on the list, where has been your favourite place to visit?

I’ve been lucky enough to have gone just about everywhere and I’d have to say that there is no place on this planet quite as spectacular as the redwood forest. My mind goes to amazing places when I’m there. An honourable mention should be given to Beirut, Lebanon as well. That place is something else.

What are some of your summer hobbies?

In the summer I like to spend time in the woods, ride my dirt bike, and play tennis. This summer is a little different because I’m having knee surgery in a week or two so my hobbies will probably include limping, stretching, reading, and physical therapy.

That is a bummer you are injured, when you aren’t hurt where do you like to do these hobbies?

I’m gonna have to find places for all of these things down here. I’m immediately planning to check out the Channel Islands, Yosemite National Park, the Mojave desert, and the chuckwalla wilderness. I’m also looking forward to riding my bike at Ocatillo Wells and Zaca Station. -but the bike riding will probably have to wait a little while.

You also have a great amount of nice furniture, do you spend a good amount of time looking for certain pieces?

Well, I’ve just moved into my new house and all of my things don’t seem to fit. If anything, I’ll be spending a good amount of time trying to get rid of things. You know anyone looking for an Oregon tanker desk?

What do you look forward to most about summer?

I look forward to sitting around a campfire, sleeping outside, and riding dirt bikes with my friends.

We heard you are big into BBQ’n. What is your best BBQ recipe:

I am a golden grilling god. They call me the pit boss.

Do you have any bands you are listening to this summer?

I’ve listened to Elvis Costello and the Attractions and the new Pixies album a lot lately. I’ve also been listening to loads of country and western music which is something I have never really listened to much. I’ve also been stuck on Morrissey’s Bona Drag for about the last 22 years.


Well Travelled: Highway 395 California


Known for her popular Tumblr account Cheynesaw , Cheyne Brooking is a talented illustrator and photographer from the Eastern Sierra’s of California. Recently Cheyne took a trip to California’s Highway 395, capturing the sights along the way for Well Travelled.Highway 395 is the gateway to some of the most interesting places in California. In the middle of nowhere, beyond the expansive desert, dilapidated homes and “No Trespassing” signs stand deserted mining towns, abandoned airplane hangars, train graveyards, and world famous landmarks. For Cheyne, it’s also the road home – the long stretch between Southern California and the Eastern Sierra’s. Sometimes you just need to get in the car and go, follow along as Cheyne does just that…


Our first stop well outside of OC, Kramer Junction.


Kramer Antique’s has everything from old signs and gas pumps to hot rods and old airplanes.


A train graveyard. These shipping containers have been here for as long as I can remember.


Taking a walk across the Olancha Dunes. Good place for 4 wheel drive, bad place for 2 wheel drive…


Spongebob does not live in a pineapple under the sea. He lives here.


The Alabama Hills sit right at the base of Mt. Whitney. The Lone Ranger, Star Trek and Django all had scenes filmed here.


Mt. Whitney and her sisters casting shadows on the valley.


Halfway up Whitney Portal Rd. The trailhead for Mt. Whitney is only 20 minutes from the 395.


Danika embracing her inner canine on the way to Bodie, CA.


Bodie was a boomtown during the gold rush and the second largest city next to San Francisco before it burnt down. Peering into the crumbling electrical building.


The mill. There’s gold in dem der hills…


Disturbing the fishermen in Gull Lake. The water was probably still snow this morning.


Next stop – Yosemite. Dad stands next to what could probably be considered one of the youngest Sequoias in the grove. Still, it was probably there when the Colosseum was built…


Feeling small and loving it.


Tuolomne meadows in Yosemite. “The lake is good to swim in, right? It’s probably warm enough by now? Let’s feel.”


Yosemite Falls, upper and lower. Standing in the middle of the valley with granite shooting up thousands of feet all around us.


How we know we’re on the right road and we’ll be home soon. JLA is snowboarding.

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