Yesterday was a great mountain day with good friends. And today I’m snuggled up watching the snow outside. A weekend well spent ❄️
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It’s a beautiful thing to have lungs that allow you the breathe air and legs that allow you to climb mountains, and it’s a shame that sometimes we don’t realize that that’s enough. Yesterday I tackled a trail that I’ve been wanting to do for years and I am just so grateful. #Adk#NewYorkExplored#ExperienceWinter#Snowshoeing
Don't you just love it when the weather ruins your plans? Last time we visited Arches National Park a few years ago, we started hiking the Devils Garden Trail when all of a sudden, we were in a torrential rainstorm and found ourselves trying to find cover from the pounding rain and violent flashes of lightning. Plus, there was some slick rock to scramble up and cross at different points along the hike (and the rock was already slick when it was dry!). ⠀
Normally, we wouldn't let a little rain scare us off, but even the map at the trailhead said the section to the Double O Arch shouldn't be attempted when lightning is present (swipe 👈🏻 to see what I'm talking about). Between the possibility of being electrocuted or slipping and facing potential serious injuries or worse (not to mention all the flash floods we've heard about in desert areas), we had a gut-check moment and had to decide whether to try to keep going or call it a day. ⠀
I (Briana) am definitely the more cautious one, whereas my hubby (Justin) is much more adventurous and willing to take a risk, but even he didn't think it was a good idea to continue, which is saying a lot for how treacherous it was! We actually saw a lady go down on some rock and knew we didn't want to be next. Realizing we wanted to live to hike another day, we opted to end our hike prematurely. It was torturous to have to turn around since we had already gone a couple of miles. We hate leaving things unfinished and places unexplored. ⠀
That hike had been haunting us for years now, begging for us to return and complete it. So needless to say, now that we were back in Arches National Park, we HAD to finish all 8 miles of the entire Devils Garden trail (the longest of the maintained trails in Arches NP), including the more rugged Primitive Trail section. Luckily, mother nature gave us a break this time with some beautiful weather, and we were able to make it all the way - SUCCESS! When has the weather ruined your outdoor activities?
🔸"It allows for me and my family to slow down and focus on what really matters in life without any distractions! I absolutely love watching my kids freely run and explore all the mountains have to offer! I also have this incredible feeling of belonging when surrounded by such raw beauty!
I’m a stay at home mom of 3 littles all 5 and under! My husband and I have put a huge priority on being outdoors and traveling around the globe with our kids! I want them to have the same opportunities to travel, love and experience life like we have!
Plus, I want to show them and the world what kids and women are capable of! Before I ever had kids everyone told me that I wouldn’t be able to do these things anymore and that’s just not true! These things are possible and I hope to continue to prove that!”
Location: Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park
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7 hours ago239
the sky was grey, the views were clouded, the snow was waist deep at times but at least the chocolate was hot & spicy 💃🏻
8 hours ago3102
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8 hours ago1158
I may be taking advantage of the climate of the city I am living in day to day, but a big part of me misses this - the snow and ice, the mountains and evergreens.
I struggle with the “mountain vs beach person” question. I do truly love both, but I think mountains > beach 🙊