“I think people have to walk that fine line of living in the moment and also capturing the moment as well,” Love said. “That’s what I hoped to gain out of it. Just documenting the happy times.”
His travels with his girlfriend, Kate Bock, started in Phuket, Thailand, and ended in Jackson Hole, Wyo. In between, the 31-year-old Cavaliers forward took a trip back home to Portland, Ore., brought his dog, Vestry, along with him to explore the Cascade Mountains in British Columbia, and made a brief stop at Antelope Canyon in Arizona.
When Love and Bock arrived in Phuket, they sought out locals for recommendations.
“It was an endless summer where we chased experiences,” Love said.
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In Thailand, the two visited the Elephant Sanctuary, the Big Buddha, and also came across a new-to-them culinary world at the Sunday street market. A coconut sorbet sourced from a local town was a highlight.
“Some people eat to live,” Love said. “Some people live to eat. I live to eat.”
As the photos of his journey overtook his social media feeds, Love started getting travel tips. While visiting British Columbia, Love received a direct message from someone there offering him a helicopter trip. Love was able to visit glaciers and hot springs that few tourists get to explore.
Some might point to his social media presence this summer and say it was less about being an open-minded traveler than living the life of a celebrity, but for Love, his destinations held personal meaning, like his connection to the Wild West in Jackson Hole, or spending a majority of time outdoors in British Columbia, which reminded him of his sense of adventure growing up in Portland.