Thanks for coming in from Greensboro, NC this morning Andrew!
My idea of feminism is self-determination, and its very open-ended: every woman has the right to become herself, and do whatever she needs to do. - Ani DeFranco ✌︎
West Coast Road Trip > Bend, Oregon
Bend, Oregon is a magical place for me. It conjures up memories of riding dirt bikes in canyons, testing how many kids could fit on a decaying raft and still float it across a pond, and endless games of hide and seek on my uncle's ranch. It's big skies, majestic mountains, lava flows and lakes. The Cascade range is so massive and soaring that it splits Oregon into two distinct climates: coast and rainforest to the West, and what the locals call the "high desert" to the East. Bend is in the high desert. The earth is red, the air smells like sage, and the gnarling juniper dominate the landscape. I had the privilege introducing Elsa to Bend a few years ago. She immediately fell in love with it and decided we should move there. She would teach ceramics at one of the local colleges. We seriously thought about what that might look like.
My aunt and uncle know that we prefer to be outdoors, so they took us on a hike to see Benham Falls. The Deschutes River simmers as it flows through the Bend, but up at Benham Falls it shows its might. The rapids have pitch of 22.5° and are rated Class 5 for watercraft. The only one in our group that didn't enjoy the scenery was Sonora. She was freezing cold from walking in the snow. We tried to put these dopey shoes on her paws, which is always hilarious because she starts prancing like a horse. Eventually, I put her inside my jacket. Sonora and I are both warm weather girls at heart. We won't be leaving up Los Angeles any time soon, but Bend is an incredible place to visit and our time there this trip was no exception.
Cheers to the freakin’ weekend! Time to get it 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 #shred
Double posting because it’s Friday, and believe it or not these colors were not enhanced - Iceland is just that beautiful😍😍😍 Not pictured: a canyon behind us with a hike to a hidden waterfall 💦
Hope your Friday is filled with lots of sunshine and outdoor adventures☀️ (Unless you’re in Nashville like me. In that case it will probably rain all weekend).
what goes up...
...must come down
Too. Damn. Cold 🌕 This looks like summer, but it most definitely bloody not 🏔🥶
At StorQuest, we believe that getting outside renews the mind and spirit. Check out these awesome places sure to quench your thirst for adventure. Link in bio🙌🏼
I wasn’t made for winter! I want my flip flops and this view 🤗😍 Who wants to join me?!?
💙 can’t wait to get back to one of her favorite places, and we can certainly see why!
What’s one of your favorite adventure spots?? #sheisthewild #sitw
Instagram vs. reality🍃 swipe to see me having a full on lion king moment 🙈
Also thank you to everyone that reached out after my stories yesterday! Everything worked out but it definitely gave me a lot to think about when it coming to safety preparedness on hikes!
Happy FriYay from our camp to ours 🤙🏼
This is our gear. An organic cotton and hemp blend muscle tank made in Vancouver BC by @NovelSupplyCo
and recycled plastic leggings made in Squamish, BC by @bewildher.
We made these rad things for one reason: To eradicate self-loathing.
Simple: 100% of the proceeds from our apparel funds FREE confidence-boosting camps for teenage girls in wild spaces.
Side benefit: we made clothes that don’t harm our environment because we’re not fans of hypocrisy; we’re fans of Mother Nature.
Buy a tee or tank or leggings.
Look really cool.
Feel super rad.
And help out next generation rise while you’re at it. ❤️ 📷 @liiphoto_
the past couple weeks have been full to the brim in the best ways. the kind of weeks that remind me of one of my favorite quotes from the office, by a wise man named andrew baines bernard : “i wish there was a way to know you’re in the good ol’ days before you’ve actually left them.” psst. i know i’m in mine. 🙊🤗
First trip of the year! We managed a quick little getaway to our favorite city. We got some hiking in, explored the snowy streets of #Bend
, went climbing, drank good bourbon, and best of all, got to relax! #getoutside #andshesdopetoo
Sometimes missed turns can lead you to the most incredible view 📸:@travelmanpat
Today is one of those thoughts-filled days. Wondering as an artist what styles I should paint more of, which are not my strength but maybe I am holding on to too tightly. I love the new coffee painting adventure, and have gotten really good feedback, and I so enjoy some local linework like this one of Smith Rock, my falls painting and mountains paintings. But I have to admit it is sometimes (often) hard to decide what to pursue as an artist. Is it okay to not have a very defined style?? I don't know. 🌱🌱🌱🌱
I feel very new, having come to this later in the game than many, I haven't had the years to focus on admiring artists and art and developing my style. I graduated from college majoring in Spainsh Literature and History, and immersed myself in raising my family. Since then I've been full-time homeschooling my boys teaching (and relearning) algebra, biology, and the history of ancient Europe and I can feel completely out of the artist's loop. Not at all because I am left out, but because I don't even know what I don't know!!
🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿 These are just some thoughts on my thoughts-filled day today. It is a good day to spend in thought, the skies are grey, I have a strong cuppa, the rains keep falling, I sent out my orders yesterday and it is Friday. I love that it is Friday. 🖤
Copper just got 8” of fresh powder and it’s still dumping ❅ you can find me in the whiteout 🤙🏽
I really miss bouldering outdoors and having a non-injured knee! This torn lcl is changing how I climb, sit, and move. 🤪
Throwback on Southeast sandstone in the land of slopers - back when I was a wee teen, trying to crimp evvvverything.
📍Territories of the Cherokee and Yuchi peoples
Jamaica you were paradise. 🌺 I cannot wait to be shaking sand out of my clothes over the next few days running through all of the video footage we got. Stay tuned for a lil montage of the island and excursions on our YouTube channel. Thanks for having us @riuhotels
! #itsriutime #riuhotels
So I’m pretty sure we have new upstairs neighbors and it sounds like they are either very (verrrrry) clumsy or constantly rearranging their furniture. SEND HELP. 🙏
when i am among the trees, especially the willows and the honey locust, equally the beech, the oaks and the pines, they give off such hints of gladness —
i would almost say that they save me, and daily.
i am so distant from the hope of myself, in which i have goodness, and discernment, and never hurry through the world, but walk slowly, and bow often.
around me the trees stir in their leaves, and call out “stay awhile.”
the light flows from their branches.
and they call again, “it’s simple” they say, “and you too have come into the world to do this, to go easy, to be filled with light, and to shine.”
— m. o
Some of that "snow" from the other day 😂
If you zoom in enough you can see just how exciting this tree run was 😁 Also, any tips on action shots??? Thank you in advance 😊
Ireland or California? All this rain is making everything so dang beautiful and green after all that has burned. Proof there is beauty that comes from the ashes 🌱
Been looking back through all my photos and keep thinking: “Ugh I CANT wait to take my dog here” 🐶🦌
It’s Friday!!! Of a three day weekend!!! Anyone else excited???
It's so fun to visit closed waters during the winter. This place is usually a zoo in the warmer months and we seen no one. So peaceful! • Grateful for adventure time this week with @fishlaughlove
, for feeling 100% healthwise again and getting back into a good exercise routine - nothing like being sick for a month to make you really appreciate the gift of being healthy!, for family dinner and cards this week and for the random adventure to the Frank Slide Interpretive center this week. That place was cooler than I thought it would be! #gratitude #getoutside #adognamedmiia
I’m not wired to stay.
It’s just not in my nature.
But I’m learning.
I’m far from graceful in the learning, but I try like hell. I try to stand still and steady when my instinct is to run. When it feels safer to hide out, stay small, and keep myself completely out of sight. I’m learning how to show up and use my words. To take up space and speak my truth, especially to those who don’t want to hear it.
For the last few years I’ve been learning to stay. While there is so much power and beauty and good to be had inside the staying, there’s one thing I wish I’d learned earlier... learning to stay also requires learning discernment.
I started learning to stay when I should have never been there in the first place, when I should have been learning to leave more quickly... the second my intuition said no and the moment the red flags first appeared. I learned to stay inside a relationship that destroyed me in ways I’m still recovering from. With someone who I loved and who loved me too, but who hurt me in ways that will never be excusable.
Because I didn’t have discernment.
All I had were the external messages being beaten into me from other people’s fears: relationships are hard, they take work... all you can ask for is someone who is willing to do that work... leaving is just your wounding and patterns at play.
So, I stayed.
I stood steady
I tried to ‘do the work’. It damn near killed me.
Literally, actually, physically.
And so I finally learned discernment. I learned to trust myself above all else, no matter what anyone thought, even if I trusted and respected that person immensely. I learned when to stay and see things through, and when to leave far more quickly than seemed ‘reasonable’ to anyone else.
I’m not wired to stay, but I’m learning.
And, more importantly, I’ve learned discernment.
It’s not easy or without heartache. It’s challenging and it hurts. Sometimes you don’t know for certain, you just know things don’t feel good or right. And sometimes, despite the things that trigger your fears and traumas, you know it’s safe to stay. You know it’s good and healthy and all things right.
No one can do it for you. 💕
You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting -
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.
Mary Oliver (September 10, 1935 – January 17, 2019)
Big Snow Shoe gal 😂⠀
I've never been a big winter sports person. We went to Tahoe a few times when I was little but that's about it. I just had a dream that I tried skiing for the first time and I was actually good! Key word- Dream but now I am so eager to get back out there and try.⠀
I know that our dreams, daydreams, thoughts and prayers are always guiding us in the directing we were meant to be going. Just takes a little bit of effort to drop all fears and just try!
Fact: Winter in BC doesn’t suck. And running uphill in the snow isn’t easy, unless you’re @jensegger
and you like to eat hills for breakfast.
I must say though, I love winter training. Throw on a pair of micro spikes, and all of a sudden the snow provides a lower impact workout that engages your stabilizing muscles like nothing else. And bonus points if you pack a garbage bag for a quick descent...it’s snow fun at all. 😏
TGIF friends! I’m taking an avy safety course this weekend, so there will be no shortage of snow on hand. Play safe out there!
It’s a year of change, I can already feel it. Last year I focused a lot on my art, I found a style that felt natural to me. But I became distracted from other things that make me happy. I’m hoping to balance that out this time, doing more of what I NEED, practicing self-discipline as self-care. And following my heart...that’s always necessary 😊
4am wake-up calls aren’t usually my cup of tea, but with light like this you can count me in!
I have seen so many pictures of this place that I I thought I knew what to expect, but the rays caught me by surprise! Who knew “light ray season” was a thing?