Over a year ago we were saying farewell to one of our Colorado adventure buddies who were relocating to Florida. We met up at a local playground and while we were there Archer scored these sweet Georgia sunglasses. Fast forward a year and 2 months later and we are representing our (new hometown!) Georgia sunglasses from Colorado in Florida. 🤯
Nothing like a good blast to the face to start your morning. 💦
Show me your cheese face!! (And your sandy, potato chips, blackberry face) Every day is worth smiling for, even Wednesdays. 😬
Oct 16 - 3.2m - Nancy Lewis Park - taking our time on an HIB stroll.
One of my most favorite things about camping is the community of happy campers you meet along the way. Our camp neighbor made these little creatures out of palm leaves and gave them to the kids. I mean, how cool is this thing?! So cool that I had to play with him too!
I love playing with tones! I’m very non-committal when I edit. I love airy photos, dark and moody cold and warm. I’m kinda all over the place because I pretty much just love everything.
Oct 13th - 1.2m - We tripped into the realm of fairyland ✨
We left Florida 2 days before hurricane Michael devastated the area where we were camping (Port Saint Joe) THEN the storm barely grazed us in our new home town while it tore through the towns just west and north of us. I’m not sure how we managed to dodge two terrible scenarios but I’m so incredibly thankful we did. The images following my own are of Port St Joe now but certainly not as we left it. 😪
Camping brings us closer together and there’s nothing like a good hammock to make you feel it. 💙
Oct 10th - 1.2m - Garden of the Gods. Mac had an awesome long solo hike today. Passing his previous record of 1m and today in a full snow suit and rain boots!
Remington has finally found a spot of earth in this world to match his coat! Looking dapper while super dirty is the dopest camp trick. I fail miserably every time. Sand was everywhere but his curls were on point. Plus he was in puppy paradise!
Just gimme ALL the Palms. 🏝 I think I was more excited about them than the ocean alone.
Archer found sea shells down by the sea shore. 🐚
“There is something incredibly nostalgic and significant about the annual cascade of Autumn leaves.”
– Joe. L. Wheeler
It was too cold today to paint within the 40 - 90 degree temperature range. So instead we relax, read, drink tea, and hike
This weekend we turned our tiny mountain home into a seaside bungalow. And nothing screams beachy paradise than all these gorgeous palm trees! 😍
This guy’s a champion trash picker-upper. He’s participated in 5 so far!
October 1st - 1.5m - Creek Week Cleanup. I hosted a cleanup hike for creek week and Hike It Baby. We had a great group and picked up lots of garbage on one of our local trails. Photo credits Monica Heathcoat
Remington was sooooo happy to finally play in the water!!! But he drinks so much of it which is fine if it’s fresh but what about the ocean! Any tips on how to keep him from drinking salt water??
“There shall be an eternal summer in a grateful heart” ...aaaaand also here in southern Georgia. #happynotfallyall
Alligators are basically the modern day dinosaur so this guy was pretty excited to explore this swampy jungle in effort to spot a few lurking in the water below. As for Mom, I was a little freaked. 🤫
Take the path less traveled... unless of course there’s alligators, then take the path with man made security fencing because ya know, life is precious. 🐊
River season is mostly over for now. Fall doldrums are here, the same and unfamiliar at once. I wrote for @oars_rafting
about some best practices for river self-care that hopefully apply in the off-season, too. I worked really hard (with excellent editing help) to make this more than the stereotypical self-care fare of “buy this; do that.” As is my river-writing bent lately, I wrote about fear: acknowledging it but not letting it control you. •
“It is good to recognize and acknowledge these feelings but try not to be unduly fused with them. We can be scared while still pushing ourselves to do something outside of our comfort zones. That is where growth blossoms.”
Take care of yourselves, loves.
She’s covered in bandaids and booboos from her recent tumble and she has drops of chocolate ice cream down the front of her dress but it wouldn’t be Nola with out the perfect combination of sweet and sullied. She wears her battle scars and leftover dessert with age appropriate gentility.
The Crescent Mansion had every bit of southern charm I was hoping it would. The perfect setting for my newly transplanted southern bell. Her new accent is peeking through and it’s the cutest thing I’ve ever heard. Happiest birthdays today to my twirl of a girl!! 10 looks gorgeous on you. 💗
She walks with purpose. She is equal parts soft and fierce. She wears her confidence proudly and it suits her.
Her last day in the single digits. Ten years brought us here and in another ten she will be off on her own adventures. Capturing every moment in a photograph, spending solo time together and squeezing her a little tighter just to hopefully trick Father Time into slowing down a bit. Just this once. Just for me.
You know it’s a good hike when you finish with a dirty face, a flower in your pocket, skinned knees, and the perfect walking stick 🗻
September 11th - 2.4m - Ute Park. When it gets hot, little girl needs a ride.
We fell in love with this dreamy little spot instantly and together we began imagining ourselves moving right in.
Oh Georgia. Your gardens are breathtaking. 🌸
Meet Sara Mildenstein. This summer, Sara and her dad spent #100HoursUnplugged
canoe camping and cleaning up one of their favorite rivers in Iowa as part of the Project AWARE river clean-up. High-five for that, guys!
Sara also happens to be the winner of our @100hoursunplugged
giveaway and will be heading out on a 4-day Cataract Canyon rafting trip with us next season. Can you guess who she's bringing along? Her dad. ❤️
Big thanks to everyone who joined us for the challenge this summer!
Thank you to everyone who joined us for the #100hoursunplugged
Challenge this summer. We were stoked to see how everyone chose to spend their time outdoors, reconnecting with each other and nature.
And speaking of unplugged adventures… Congratulations to @sara_blob
of Iowa who won the challenge giveaway, a 4-day Cataract Canyon rafting trip for two. Sara and her dad spent their 100 hours canoeing and camping as part of the Project AWARE river clean-up. High-five for that, guys! ✋
“Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.” Gary Snyder. May you always feel at home in nature little one ❤️
Happy Campers . . .