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The city of Issaquah has experienced explosive growth in the last 15 years and unfortunately a highly visible portion of Cougar Mountain is being threatened by a scarring development. 45 acres of pristine land proposed for development could change the Issaquah Alps forever. 60% of this land encompasses critical areas with 27 acres holding wetlands, streams and steep slopes. Residents from surrounding Cougar Mountain neighborhoods organized to oppose the proposed Development Agreement and the City Council voted unanimously against it. However, development can still occur under traditional codes. This 45-acre stretch of the Issaquah Alps lends itself perfectly to parkland, open space, and family friendly hiking. Learn how you can help preserve beautiful land like this for future generations at www.savecougarmountain.org.
It's times like these when I'm on my way out of the woods. 🍃
Otro gran paisaje del Norte de México. 🇲🇽
Got to practice my schmoo-boarding skills today on the splitboard, yay!! Ok, maybe the snow wasn't so good, but it was still fun and a beautiful evening for a little Hyak tour! C'mon snow... we need you!! ❄️🏂☃️ . . . . #snowboarding #snowboardlife #thepasslife #snoqualmiepass #pnw #pnwonderland #choosemountains #exploremore #getoutside #igwashington #northwestisbest #ourpnw #optoutside #radgirlslife #sheadventures #upperleftusa #washingtonexplored #mtnchicks #outdoorwomen #herpnwlife #sheshredsco #back40hikes
Saturday’s are for the bikes!
A happy dog hiking the Bella Vista Back 40 on a snowy Monday
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Did you know the wildlife bridge project at Snoqualmie Pass is North America's largest wildlife crossing project?? It's absolutely incredible something like this is happening in our own backyard! The Cascade Crossroads documentary was just released today and is a beautiful documentary with lots of stunning footage as well as great stories about how many people worked together to make this incredible project happen. Everyone should watch this!! I put a link in my bio! 👆👆🙏🏻🌲 . . . . #pnw #ourpnw #pnwonderland #wanderwashington #optoutside #back40hikes #northwestisbest #washingtontrails #choosemountains #discover_pnw #collectivelynorthwest #pnwcollective #upperleftusa #cascadiaexplored #discoverearth #getoutside #hikewashington #snoqualmiepass #thepasslife #keepitwild #ourwild #wildernessculture #livewashington
I do believe in an everyday sort of magic-- the inexplicable connectedness we sometimes experience with places, people, works of art and the like; the eerie appropriateness of moments of synchronicity; the whispered voice, the hidden presence, when we think we're alone. Charles de Lint. Feeling very much on the outside lately, and that's ok sometimes. However, yesterday I found out I will be having knee surgery, so I think I will be on the outside for quite some time. I miss the mountains desperately. ❤ #rei1440project #optoutside #goatworthy #testedtough #outdoors #mountains #wild #wanderlust #fog #hiking #northwestnature #pnw #upperleftusa #bestofnorthwest #wanderwashington #choosemountains #briskoutdoors #back40hikes #thatpnwlife #thegreatpnw #thenwadventure #happypeoplehike #igersbestshot #instagood #mthrworld #roamtheplanet #nwadventurephoto #outside #nature #ourwild
Searching for places to put the trail camera to see what's on our property 🦌🐇🦃 . . #getoutside #getoutsideandplay #explore #meandmydog #property #back40hikes #fun #fieldview #kids #healthykids #lifewithboys
One of many reasons the Okanogan is one of my favorite places!! This was from a winter trip to the Loup Loup Ski Bowl last year. I'm counting down to my next visit end of month and can't wait!! . . . . #okanogancounty #okanogan #easternwashington #louploup #back40hikes #cascadiaexplored #discoverpnw #exploremore #getoutside #hikewashington #thehikemovement #igwashington #k5winter #northwestisbest #ourpnw #pnw #pnwonderland #bluebirdday #upperleftusa #wildernessculture #radgirlslife #mtnchicks #artofvisuals #northwestcreatives
Don’t forget to just take a second and soak it all in. All of it. The smells of the pines and the sound they make when the wind funnels through them. The horizon line as it becomes fainter and fainter with every range. The little feeling you get from just being by yourself in this area so vast. Take a second and enjoy life. Don’t forget.
Wondered the property all weekend looking for our pheasant's nest. Found two small nests instead. Back to school! . . #getoutside #outside #back40hikes #explore #adventure #adventuring
The lift to Top of The Notch. Felt like I was back in time at this place today, so I thought the pic should match.
Lessons learned today with the always adventurous @kainerobertson ! 1: Slopes ahead are steeper than they appear. 2: When snowshoe tips get caught under icy crust hilarity ensues. We always know how to have a good time!! 😂❄️ . . . . #snowshoeing #pnw #pnwonderland #briskoutdoors #back40hikes #winteradventures #cascadiaexplored #exploremore #getoutside #optoutside #upperleftusa #igwashington #keepitwild #choosemountains #ourpnw #wildernessculture #adventuretime #radgirlslife #sheadventures #winterfun
You know I couldn't miss the first #FireLookoutFriday of 2018!! Last summer I rode my mountain bike up the Westside Road at Rainier, then hiked to the gorgeously quiet Gobbler's Knob lookout. It was built in 1933 and restored in 2006 when high winds knocked down two of its walls and tore off its roof. Though it's the lowest of Rainier's lookouts at 5,485', it's the closest to the mountain and has incredible in your face views! 😱🙏🏻😍 . . . . #firelookout #visitrainier #mountrainier #mountrainiernps #pnw #pnwonderland #back40hikes #seekthetrail #artofvisuals #wildher #wanderwashington #choosemountains #bestmountainartists #sheadventures #radgirlslife #mtnchicks #discoverearth #igwashington #northwestisbest #optoutside #ourpnw #washingtontrails #ourwild #wearethewild #instanature
Well, we made it friends - the last day of 2017 has finally arrived. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was peaceful times, it was stressful times. The fact that I am still here and so are you (obviously if you are reading this), makes every single trial and tribulation worth it. I am thankful for my health, my two pups' health, the fact that I have a roof over my head, food in my cabinet and a vehicle to drive. I am excited for new beginnings in the year 2018. Thank you to each and every one of you who has stuck with me through the year, cheered me on, inspired me and given me hope. I have lost so many followers (thousands) since the IG algorithms changed that it has been frustrating and I have felt like throwing this all away at times. But I keep reminding myself that focusing on the losses and the negative only propels us backwards. I choose to focus on the positive and feel incredibly fortunate to have so many of you still here. I wish you peace, success, safety and good health for this new year! For the times in life when it is extra hard to look for the good, I hope that the universe just surprises the heck out of us. Go out there and conquer! The world awaits! To 2018. 🥂🎉🎆✨❤ #2017bestnine #rei1440project #optoutside #goatworthy #testedtough #instagood #igersbestshot #outdoors #wanderlust #wild #roamtheplanet #mthrworld #briskoutdoors #back40hikes #bekindtooneanother #ourwild #earth #hiking #adventure #outdoorproject #pnw #wanderwashington #choosemountains #cascadiaexplored #washingtonexplored #livewashington #livewithgumption #pnwonderland #bestofnorthwest #upperleftusa
It's the very last #firelookoutfriday of 2017!!! This year I reaffirmed my little quest to visit all 93 of Washington State's standing fire lookouts. Since July I've tallied 80 miles of hiking, 3,700 driving miles, and nearly 25k of vertical to visit 24 new lookouts. Jake dog knocked off 15 of those with me and my new total stands at 36 with 57 left to go, whew!! I really hoped to hit 50 by year-end but weather has made access challenging, so next year it's game on!!! . One of my favorite moments this year was visiting Park Butte lookout with my folks, who flew up from California just to bag 4 lookouts with me! Baker was shrouded in clouds all day until we reached the top and she gave us a killer show! 🙏🏻😱What a fun year it's been!! Cheers to the upcoming new year everyone!! 🎉🥂 . . . . #firelookout #pnw #pnwonderland #back40hikes #seekthetrails #optoutside #ourpnw #wildher #radgirlslife #mtnchicks #sheadventures #adventuretime #wildernessculture #choosemountains #bestmountainartists #cascadiaexplored #discoverearth #wanderwashington #igwashington #komoLOZ #wearethewild #washingtontrails #exploremore #girlgetoutside #ourwild #upperleftusa #thegreatoutdoors #thehikemovement #northwestisbest
Este año me deja los mejores paisajes. 🇲🇽
Sharing one of the places I love with the people I love. Glad I got to see my parents, sad they had to leave. #pnw #northwestnature #ourpnw #wanderwashington #washingtontrails #optoutside #sheadventures #herpnwlife #ladiesgetoutside #forceofnature #icecaves #bigfouricecaves #washingtonexplored #back40hikes
Your journey has molded you for the greater good, and it was exactly what it needed to be. Don't think that you've lost time. It took each and every situation to bring you to the now. And now is right on time. Asha Taylor. This has been something I have really struggled with as a survivor of prolonged trauma; the years I lost of my life to this monster. I have gone through all the stages of grief when it comes to that loss, but ultimately the only thing I have is right now. And now. And now. I realized if I kept focusing on the past and what I have lost, I was giving even more of my life to the trauma. At some point it is time to move on; the sooner the better. I work really hard now to challenge my own thoughts and to not give another second of my life away. It isn't always easy and no one is perfect, but it is always worth it. Mt. Baker Wilderness, Washington 2017. #rei1440project #optoutside #ourwild #mthrworld #roamtheplanet #goatworthy #testedtough #briskoutdoors #outdoorproject #igersbestshot #outdoors #outside #bpmag #wanderlust #wild #mountains #sunrise #cascadiaexplored #wanderwashington #choosemountains #pnw #pnwonderland #back40hikes #upperleftusa #bestofnorthwest #washingtonexplored #livewashington #thegreatpnw #thatpnwlife #northwestnature
Can’t wait to go back! 📸: @shangerdanger
Doing my snow dance, woohoo!! ❄️☃️ BTW, if anyone out there is looking for a killer new rain jacket, My Trail has their Storm UL (which I'm happily wearing!) on sale for $50!! Yep, $50! It's a steal of a deal for a full featured, perfectly designed 2.5-layer jacket. Full review in my bio - go get one! And dance in the snow!! ❄️☃️❄️☃️ . . . . #ThisIsMyTrail #snow #pnw #pnwonderland #mountrainier #choosemountains #adventureanywhere #back40hikes #cascadiaexplored #exploremore #getoutside #seekthetrails #thehikemovement #igwashington #livewashington #ourpnw #radgirlslife #thegreatoutdoors #upperleftusa #sheexplores #mtnchicks #outdoorwomen #herpnwlife #wildher #ourwild #girlgetoutside
First snowshoe of the season. Our 3 yr old even has her own pair and lasted a solid 100m. #northernliving #snowshoeing #back40hikes
Solitude is bliss. 🇲🇽
Last night I attended a fantastic presentation from Seattle Mountain Rescue and the Northwest Avalanche Center about traveling in avalanche terrain. It was a sobering reminder that there isn't a magical silver bullet forecast that tells us when we should or shouldn't venture into the backcountry. Some of us can make all the right decisions and get unlucky. Some of us can make all the wrong ones and get lucky. It's up to each of us to use the tools and information at our disposal to make the best decisions we can to mitigate risk and to learn from others, not judge them. . I figured for this #firelookoutfriday I'd post a photo of Granite Mountain on I-90, which has high avalanche danger in the winter and has claimed countless lives. Please, if you enjoy winter adventuring, even snowshoeing, know that sometimes stuff just happens. But being as educated as you can be about our mountains and terrain is the smartest decision you can make! . Happy Friday everyone!! 🙏🏻❄️☃️ . . . . #optoutside #sheadventures #firelookout #adventureanywhere #back40hikes #choosemountains #wildher #seekthetrails #briskoutdoors #cascadiaexplored #discoverearth #herpnwlife #pnwonderland #pnw #ourpnw #wanderwashington #igwashington #granitemountain #washingtontrails #wearethewild #outdoorwomen #radgirlslife #mtnchicks #exploremore
#TBT to an amazing summer night captured by @saibotsemaj
Hope everyone got to enjoy a little sunshine this past weekend!! I had grand plans for a Lookout snowshoe but underestimated the route finding challenges. Our consolation prize sure wasn't bad though!! 👍🙏🏻❄️ . . . . #pnw #pnwonderland #mountrainier #snowshoeing #winter #adventureanywhere #choosemountains #bestmountainartists #briskoutdoors #back40hikes #exploremore #getoutside #hikewashington #livewashington #radgirls #sheadventures #upperleftusa #wildher #herpnwlife #mtnchicks #ourpnw
Watching ‘The Curse of Oak Island’ has ignited our curiosities and imaginations, so when we discovered this grouping of stones, we pondered the potential here. An old foundation? It’s been fun to wonder what type of secrets our property holds. • • • • #newpost #linkinprofile #ontheblog #dreamhouse #countryliving #dakotacountyline #onlyinmn #back40hikes #abmathome #littlestoriesofmylife #thecurseofoakisland @history #lovemykiddos #lovelysquares #thehappynow #photosinbetween
México es un país con una cultura muy rica, con un pueblo muy servicial y lleno de paisajes como este. Se me hace difícil poner en palabras la sensación que transmite este mágico lugar, deja en evidencia lo pequeños que somos y lo perfecta que es la naturaleza. 🇲🇽
Happy #firelookoutfriday !!! Anyone feel brave? Last weekend I visited the 100' Armstrong Lookout on the Colville Indian Reservation outside Omak. Sort of ironic I'm bagging lookouts because I hate ladders and generally don't like heights either!! 😜 I made it two flights up before the tower started swaying and I couldn't will myself to continue up!! I'm sure the view is great from the top but no way!! . Hope everyone has a great weekend!! ✌️😁 . . . . #firelookout #igwashington #explorewashington #adventureanywhere #back40hikes #optoutside #discoverearth #okanogan #okanogancounty #exploremore #getoutside #hikewashington #livewashington #pnw #radgirlslife #sheexplores
#TBT to an amazing summer night 😍 📷captured by @saibotsemaj
I'm a father of two awesome kids. They definitely keep me on my toes and life is pretty crazy sometimes (actually almost always). It's a constant challenge to balance my work as a photographer with my family life. The effect seems to be that life is constantly coming at me at 200mph. So when I look back at some shots like this one from just this past August, it feels like this shoot could have been a couple of years ago. So much has happened in the last 3 months (all good stuff!). I'm conflicted between wanting my kids to stay young and to have as much time with them as I can, and wanting them to grow up so life can slow down a bit. The good thing is that both my kids (8 and 10 years old) are very active and into the outdoors. Our entire family hikes, bikes, skis, and camps together. So while it may be overwhelming sometimes, I'm loving it and am so fortunate with everything I have. I guess this turned into a belated thanks that should have been posted at Thanksgiving! #hiking #sonyalpha #wilderness
Does the Okanogan ever have a bad day?? Nope. Pretty much never 🙏🏻😁 Today is #givingtuesday , so donate to your favorite outdoor charities and stewards and help keep our wild places wild!!! . . . . #okanogancounty #okanogan #easternwashington #optoutside #back40hikes #cascadiaexplored #exploremore #getoutside #hikewashington #igwashington #livewashington #earthpix #wildher #pnwonderland #pnw #seekthetrails #instanature #ourplanetdaily #ourpnw #radgirlslife #clouds #reflection #nakedplanet #ourwild
“Between every two pines is a doorway...” and this guy who walked into my shot 😜
What a view 😍
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