No matter how far apart or busy, Teva Explorer Kylie Fly shares why meeting up with her triplet sisters for their annual birthday celebration becomes more important as they grow older. Words and Photos By Kylie Fly.
There was a time when the three of us did everything together. We went from womb mates to roommates, with no gaps in between. Our identities were interwoven together with inseparable threads of identity that made us who we were. It wasn’t until we grew older, moved apart and began separate lives that we started to grow into our own skin without the support of two others.
Pictured: Ember Moc in CG100 Canyon Camo
The late 2000s brought us college experiences filled with skiing, meeting new friends, pursuing relationships, and exploring the world traveling with nothing but a backpack. When I moved to China at 20-years-old, the true journey to independence began as our paths of triplet hood began to diverge. We always referred to ourselves as the three little birds from Bob Marley’s song, and when I flew the coop it finally became real. Life was taking flight in different directions.
“Megan, the youngest of the three, has always been described as the sweetheart of the bunch.”
Pictured: Original Sandal in GC100 Boomerang.
It wasn’t easy moving away, and being across the world from my sisters felt a lot like pieces of my heart were left behind. I carried them with me no matter where I went, but unlike other sibling relationships, there is something innately linked in being part of a trifecta. We wrote one another letters, sent postcards, emails, and even packages with our favorite treats in the mail.
That first six months apart was an eye-opening experience—it made us realize how much we relied on one another for various things but also how great our potential was to grow on our own. As we began to pave our own paths, we quickly learned through time and space apart who we were as individuals. We questioned things we hadn’t questioned before, we tried new things courageously and made decisions without factoring anyone else into the equation. It was an interesting dichotomy to the group-based decision making we had long grown up with and become accustomed to.
“This year, we met at our home cabin in Cascade, Idaho, one of our most sacred places on earth.” From left, Kylie wears the Ember Moc in CG100 Canyon Camo, Lisa wears the Original Universal in G100 Boomerang Canyon and Megan wears the Hurricane XLT2 in GC100 Boomerang Canyon.
Pictured: Ember Moc in CG100 Canyon Camo.
“The Ember Moc is the perfect shoe to slip in and out of when heading out to the hot springs! I never go soaking without them.” Pictured: Ember Moc in CG100 Canyon Camo.
Kylie Fly wears the Hurricane XLT2 in GC100 Boomerang Canyon.
As the years went on, my sisters got married and began to have families of their own and we moved states and even countries apart. Children eventually came into the mix, adding an entirely new dynamic far flung from the familiar. We always thrived on spontaneity and making quick decisions to travel and spend time with one another. With children, things became more complicated in a beautiful way.
Making sister time at least once or twice a year has become a tradition we look forward to and plan months in advance. It has also become the most difficult topic to discuss together. Merging the schedules and calendars of three radically different lives is quite the challenge, yet year after year, we continue to make the effort.
Pictured: Original Universal in G100 Boomerang Canyon.
This year, we met at our home cabin in Cascade, Idaho, one of our most sacred places on earth. My father built his family cabin here with his father, creating a special place for our family to come, relax together, and spend time outdoors in an intimate environment. It is our home away from home.
There are some things in life that remain steadfast and true no matter how many years go by. People change—they grow up and priorities shift. Careers evolve, jobs come and go. We lose people and gain a few others along the way. It’s the places that remain—the spaces we claim as ours that keep us together. When you have the opportunity to combine your favorite places with your favorite people, that’s when true magic happens.
“Lisa is a beautiful and brilliant soul. She is loyal, devoted and loves fiercely and deeply.”
Megan (a mother of two), with her daughter. Pictured: Original Universal in Boomerang Limelight.
Lisa is a beautiful and brilliant soul. She is loyal, devoted and loves fiercely and deeply. I always joke that her heart is so big you can see it from outer space. Lisa will be there to protect and love and persevere. Megan, the youngest of the three, has always been described as the sweetheart of the bunch. She warms hearts and makes everyone smile. She is your listening ear and your shoulder to cry on—the one who will always laugh at your jokes and who has your back when things get rough. Megan describes me as the goofy sis of the trio. “You can always count on Ky to make you laugh,” she says. Together, the three of us balance each other out.
Whenever life gets tough or even when it’s going really well, we work together as a unit to build each other up in the best of ways. When the three of us reunite there is always a healthy combo of laughs and tears. Life apart has its toll, creating space and distance in ways we never anticipated. In the same vein, it’s made us who we are today.
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