We left pieces of ourselves on this mountain. It’s the second most difficult hike in all of Kauai. The trail narrows to six inches for miles with drop offs that are literally thousands of feet down. It was pouring rain, and we were faced with the difficult decision of continuing the hike to reach the summit over looking the ocean only to find there would be no visibility. Some of the group wanted to go and suffer on the summit and risk it all to possibly return with nothing, and some wanted to turn back and head to the Jeep. We decided to listen to each other and compromise and so we’d wait in the rain for a set amount of time to see if the sun would break through the clouds... and if it did we would agree to continue. Turns out... it didn’t, so we voted to turn back, and as we rounded the corner on the way back the sun popped through the clouds and a rainbow appeared. It came and then it was gone in maybe 5 minutes. We were the only witnesses and all alone on the trail. I tell you all of this for two reasons: 1. Some of my favorite memories have been made when things have gone wrong, and I think anything truly enjoyable in life will require that we suffer just a little bit. 2. Everyone speaking and listening to that internal voice about what we should do put us in exactly the right place at the right time. When everyone speaks their truth, we all win in the end.
Who else is happy that the weekend is here????? 😊 Tug sure is!!!
Not a bad way to begin the morning.
With the temperature rising this weekend in the Bay Area, I wish we could be back to cool off in the ice cold water of the lakes and rivers of the mountains.
Spent yesterday at a rose garden doing a maternity shoot!!! I’ve never seen so many beautiful roses!!! 💛
tv came just in time! I’ve uploaded a short video from our backpacking trip last weekend. Look for this picture as cover.
One of my favorite views 💛❤️
Are we on Earth or Pandora?? Some places you find don’t even seem real!! 🍃
Spring is just starting in the mountains! There were so many wildflowers already but it’s just the beginning! Can’t wait to see how it looks next time. 🌸🌼
I encourage everyone today to close their eyes, take a deep breathe, and take yourself back to a special moment in your life. Visualize it - capture it and go back to it. These moments are what we live for. My special moment was just over a week ago when I explored the beauty of the Chugach mountains with @chugachadventures.
A day I will remember for a lifetime - for this was a day I was able to soar like an eagle. 🚁🏔🦅🏔🚁
When on a hike in the middle of nowhere.....sometimes you find treasure!! This house was built in 1875 and is still standing strong.
Cheers to facing fears without tears ✈️❄️🌊❄️✈️
One of many river crossing this weekend. Emma is mastering them like a champ, no matter if we have to wade through the water or balancing over fallen logs. #tinybutmighty
The moon is setting over Mont Blanc du Tacul while the sun begins to rise over Vallee Blanche. We were slowly organizing ourselves in our rope teams with the incomparable @colinleggit
striking a dashing pose. Moments later I broke through a snow bridge and officially had my first crevasse fall. I can’t recommend it, but it certainly does wake you up and get the blood, adrenaline, and, quite nearly, pee running.
Happy Monday Everyone!!! Time to wake up!!!
Mountain passes blow
Icy wind to chill the bone
Sunrise colors doe
Our second day backpacking is always for exploring the area. This time we found some really nice views of Lake Tahoe and a big waterfall.
I gotta give credit to my Dad. My love for the outdoors and nature is entirely because of him. He taught me how to enjoy the world while also respecting it. He taught me to value culture and not to be afraid of travel. My Dad is one in a million and I am forever grateful for his guidance and wisdom. I love you Dad. Happy Father’s Day!! 💙
Our home for the night in the Desolation Wilderness. #backpacking
I snuck in a solid 14 miles last night before the midnight “sunset”. This hike came complete with a portion spent dodging an aggressive seagull that decided to continually dive bomb us - nearly connecting a few times. Not to mention hearing a god awful whimper and howl from what we believe was a coyote or wolf den that my dog stumbled upon. Leo seemed calm until I called him and proceeded to have whatever this animal was chase us to the end of the trail. On a positive note- I was able to access my bear spray and “practice”. Alaska is WILD. 🏞🕊🐺🕊🏞
The sea is emotion incarnate. It loves, hates, and weeps. It defies all attempts to capture it with words and rejects all shackles. No matter what you say about it, there is always that which you can't. 💙
. ~Christopher Paolini
There’s a backpacking trip at the end of a rainbow, not a pot of gold! 🌈 #gearporn
She was free in her wildness. She was a wanderess, a drop of free water. She belonged to no man and to no city.
. ~Roman Payne, The Wanderess
Perfect weather for a walk along the coast with @cruisingslow
today! We showed them a park they didn’t know yet and even saw a coyote. Thankfully the dogs were all leashed.
Today is the last day that kiddos will be in my building; It is such a bittersweet thing. I am beyond ready for summer break and I can recharge my batteries, but I will miss every single one of them till we come back. 💙
My happy little hiking pup!
Emma’s rattlesnake training paid off on Saturday. We think she spotted a snake because suddenly she put the breaks on and made a wide turn to avoid a particular area. That’s exactly what she is supposed to do when she encounters a snake! We couldn’t find the snake but we didn’t look too closely because we are not supposed to show her that it is ok to go towards the snake. #goodgirl
So would you rather
Backpack a floatie for miles
Or swim in snowmelt?
I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, "This is what it is to be happy.
~Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
My last post about rolling hills, blue skies, and puffy clouds got my thinking back to my trek halfway across the country last year while moving to the PNW. I didn’t really get much time at any single place but I made sure to plan it so all my nightly stops were at national parks I’d never been to. I hadn’t really gone through the pics before so I’m going to share a few over the next few days. White Sands and its stark landscape was so beautiful - I’d absolutely love to spend more than like 4hrs there in the future!
We tried to paddle board at Elkhorn Slough today but the wind and tide were too much to handle. We stayed in the harbor instead and watched the otters play (look behind Emma to see them flock together)
I can’t believe it was cool enough for a hike in the East Bay today! Usually around this time it’s scorching hot already and we can’t hike here because it’s too exposed. But today was nice and cool and there was even enough water flowing in the river. #coolerweatherforthewin