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After a hard day on the trail we slept in beds, at a hotel in Vegas. But our adventure was not over yet. Our alarms were set for 4:30am the following morning in order to be at this spot for sunrise. It was totally worth the early start. The desert is magical. It has a beauty that differs from that of a granite wonderland or a forest, but it soothes and fulfills my soul in a similar fashion. : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : #earthoutdoors #mountainstories #mountainlove #naturephoto #mountainlife #mountainlovers #naturephotography #earth_escape #IAmNature #mountainlover #theoutbound #optoutside #bestofbackpack #lonelyplanet #lonelyplanettraveller #werehikers #PeopleWhoHike #photographersinthewild #fantasticearth #wildernessplanet #exploreourearth #valleyoffire #ValleyOfFireStatePark #nevada #explorenevada #stateparks #southernnevada
Fall in Las Vegas! If you haven't been to the Spring Mountains, you owe yourself a trip to this beautiful part of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. The place sure has changed much since the last time I was there (more parking lots, a visitor center, etc), but the beauty and magic of the mountains remain unchanged. : : : : : : : : : : : : : : #earthoutdoors #mountainstories #mountainlove #naturephoto #mountainlife #mountainlovers #naturephotography #earth_escape #IAmNature #mountainlover #theoutbound #optoutside #bestofbackpack #lonelyplanet #lonelyplanettraveller #werehikers #PeopleWhoHike #photographersinthewild #fantasticearth #wildernessplanet #exploreourearth #humboldttoiyabenationalforest #humboldt -toiyabe #nationalforest #springmountains #Springmountainsnra #nevada #lasvegas #vegas
The #ElDoradoNationalForest is quite the playground. While visiting a friend in Kirkwood we took a hike to Lake Winnemucca. Elephant's Back called for me so I scrambled up its steep, slippery slopes and enjoyed a view of the lake not seen by many. : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : #earthoutdoors #mountainstories #mountainlove #naturephoto #mountainlife #mountainlovers #naturephotography #earth_escape #IAmNature #mountainlover #theoutbound #optoutside #bestofbackpack #lonelyplanet #lonelyplanettraveller #werehikers #PeopleWhoHike #photographersinthewild #fantasticearth #wildernessplanet #exploreourearth #sierras #sierranevada #highsierra #rangeoflight #elephantsback #lakewinnemucca #carsonpass #kirkwood
Feeling grateful for California today. While a lot of our favorite mountainous playgrounds are either burning or blanketed by smoke and ash, there are still smoke-free wild places to explore. The coast proved to be a great getaway this past weekend. During a 15 mile loop hike we stood next to the ocean and then walked under a canopy of trees and ferns. : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : #earthoutdoors #mountainstories #mountainlove #naturephoto #mountainlife #mountainlovers #naturephotography #earth_escape #IAmNature #mountainlover #theoutbound #optoutside #bestofbackpack #lonelyplanet #lonelyplanettraveller #werehikers #PeopleWhoHike #photographersinthewild #fantasticearth #wildernessplanet #exploreourearth #pointreyes #pointreyesnationalseashore #nps #nationalseashore #cacoast #visitca
With all the fires and smoke in the Sierras we went to the coast this past weekend. We rented a stove, camp table and a road bike from @sportsbasement and went for it. Hiking, camping in our car and riding through beautiful rolling hills the next day was 👌 : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : #earthoutdoors #mountainstories #mountainlove #naturephoto #mountainlife #mountainlovers #naturephotography #earth_escape #IAmNature #mountainlover #theoutbound #optoutside #bestofbackpack #lonelyplanet #lonelyplanettraveller #werehikers #PeopleWhoHike #photographersinthewild #fantasticearth #wildernessplanet #exploreourearth #pointreyes #pointreyesnationalseashore #wannabevanlifers #coastalgetawat #visitca #nps #hikeandbike #rockymounts #peaceofmind
Went to Yosemite in search of water slides and found more than we expected. Our trip was cut short due to smoke from a nearby fire but it was worth the drive. Oh, and yes, we did take Francis the flamingo with us! : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : #earthoutdoors #mountainstories #mountainlove #naturephoto #mountainlife #mountainlovers #naturephotography #earth_escape #IAmNature #mountainlover #theoutbound #optoutside #bestofbackpack #lonelyplanet #lonelyplanettraveller #werehikers #PeopleWhoHike #photographersinthewild #fantasticearth #wildernessplanet #exploreourearth #sierras #sierranevada #highsierra #rangeoflight #yosemitenationalpark #ynp #yosemite #tenayaslides #tenayacanyon
We've spent so much time in Yosemite this year. Thanks to friends like @norcalhiker and others for recommending incredible places to explore and joining us on trips to epic places like this one on the cliffs high above Yosemite Valley. : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : #earthoutdoors #mountainstories #mountainlove #naturephoto #mountainlife #mountainlovers #naturephotography #earth_escape #IAmNature #mountainlover #theoutbound #optoutside #bestofbackpack #lonelyplanet #lonelyplanettraveller #werehikers #PeopleWhoHike #photographersinthewild #fantasticearth #wildernessplanet #exploreourearth #sierras #sierranevada #highsierra #rangeoflight #yosemite #yosemitenationalpark #ynp #EaglePeak
Hello IG, it's been a while. We've been working hard and playing harder this past month. We've been building a sleeping platform in our car. We've been spending time with friends. We've been enjoying the married life. Over the next few weeks we'll get you all caught up on our adventures. This shot is from #EaglePeak in Yosemite. Notice the headlamps of climbers near the top of Half Dome. The lights down in the valley are people's campfires. There's even lights from cars on Glacier Point Rd. This campsite was spectacular. Not even a weird injury could stop us from enjoying the beauty of one of our favorite places. : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : #earthoutdoors #mountainstories #mountainlove #naturephoto #mountainlife #mountainlovers #naturephotography #earth_escape #IAmNature #mountainlover #theoutbound #optoutside #bestofbackpack #lonelyplanet #lonelyplanettraveller #werehikers #PeopleWhoHike #photographersinthewild #fantasticearth #wildernessplanet #exploreourearth #sierras #sierranevada #highsierra #rangeoflight #yosemitenationalpark #ynp #yosemite
The day after our wedding we met up with @natureprofessor for sunset and sunrise pictures. Taft Point at sunset and Glacier Point at sunrise. We hiked in our wedding clothes with packs on to reach the sites. It was fun seeing the expressions on people's faces as we passed them. : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : #earthoutdoors #mountainstories #mountainlove #naturephoto #mountainlife #mountainlovers #naturephotography #earth_escape #IAmNature #mountainlover #theoutbound #optoutside #bestofbackpack #lonelyplanet #lonelyplanettraveller #werehikers #PeopleWhoHike #photographersinthewild #fantasticearth #wildernessplanet #exploreourearth #sierras #sierranevada #highsierra #rangeoflight #yosemitenationalpark #ynp #yosemite #yosemitewedding
As backpackers we hardly go car camping. But when we went to Death Valley we decided to give it a shot. So we rented a camp stove and camp chairs, and bought a refillable propane canister from #sportsbasement . The result? We LOVED it! We kept asking ourselves why he hadn't done it before. The luxuries of chairs and good food were a delight. We even hauled the chairs and stove up to #AguereberryPoint for sunrise. That was the cherry on the cake. It felt like we were the only people in #DeathValley . Can't wait to do it again! : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : #earthoutdoors #mountainstories #mountainlove #naturephoto #mountainlife #mountainlovers #naturephotography #earth_escape #IAmNature #mountainlover #theoutbound #optoutside #bestofbackpack #lonelyplanet #lonelyplanettraveller #werehikers #PeopleWhoHike #photographersinthewild #fantasticearth #wildernessplanet #exploreourearth #deathvalleynationalpark #deathvalleynp #deathvalleynps #sportsbasementrentals #sportsbasementeastbay
For the first time in 2 years I used a different pack to go backpacking. I rented a pack from #sportsbasement and it worked out great. Backpacking season is here. If you live in the Bay Area reserve your camping and backpacking rentals at sportsbasement.com to ensure you get what you need. Their selection is full of quality items at great prices. : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : #earthoutdoors #mountainstories #mountainlove #naturephoto #mountainlife #mountainlovers #naturephotography #earth_escape #IAmNature #mountainlover #theoutbound #optoutside #bestofbackpack #lonelyplanet #lonelyplanettraveller #werehikers #PeopleWhoHike #photographersinthewild #fantasticearth #wildernessplanet #exploreourearth #sierras #sierranevada #highsierra #rangeoflight #yosemitenationalpark #ynp #yosemite #glacierpoint
It's very important that we re-learn the art of resting and relaxing. Not only does it help prevent the onset of many illnesses that develop through chronic tension and worrying; it allows us to clear our minds, focus, and find creative solutions to problems. ~Thich Nhat Hanh This is how we've been 'resting' on our weekends. It's been working for us. Work will always be there. The to do lists never end. Get away and treat yourself to something you enjoy. Because you deserve it, just as much as anyone else. 📸 by @natureprofessor : : : : : : : : : : : : : : #earthoutdoors #mountainstories #mountainlove #naturephoto #mountainlife #mountainlovers #naturephotography #earth_escape #IAmNature #mountainlover #theoutbound #optoutside #bestofbackpack #lonelyplanet #lonelyplanettraveller #werehikers #PeopleWhoHike #photographersinthewild #fantasticearth #wildernessplanet #exploreourearth #yosemitenationalpark #ynp #yosemite #sierranevada #highsierra #avalancheclothing #avalanchewear #artistspoint
Learning new things may be harder when you're older but it IS possible. I've learned to swim (still have lots of work to do there) and got much better at skiing this year. I've also started paying more attention to my diet again because the extra weight only makes things harder. One way to ensure I eat healthy is to take my own snacks with me where I go so I'm less tempted by junk foods. Bars are a staple for me and @go_raw bars are always in my pack. : : : : : : : : : : : : : : #earthoutdoors #mountainstories #mountainlove #naturephoto #mountainlife #mountainlovers #naturephotography #earth_escape #IAmNature #mountainlover #theoutbound #optoutside #bestofbackpack #lonelyplanet #lonelyplanettraveller #werehikers #PeopleWhoHike #photographersinthewild #fantasticearth #wildernessplanet #exploreourearth #GoRaw #JunkFreeFood #PlantBased #RawEnergy #SuperSeeds #SproutedNutrition #GoRawBrandAmbassador #squawvalleyalpinemeadows
I can't stress enough the importance of doing things to take care of yourself. Things that recharge you and bring you happiness. That bring the smile back to your face. When I go home to visit my folks I usually don't take extra days off from work because 1 1/2 days is usually all I can handle. I do it to spend time with them while they are in good health and our time together is meaningful. To recharge an extra day or two are necessary. So we choose to take those extra days off and go somewhere that involves nature and more quiet than city environments provide. : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : #earthoutdoors #mountainstories #mountainlove #naturephoto #mountainlife #mountainlovers #naturephotography #earth_escape #IAmNature #mountainlover #theoutbound #optoutside #bestofbackpack #lonelyplanet #lonelyplanettraveller #werehikers #PeopleWhoHike #photographersinthewild #fantasticearth #wildernessplanet #exploreourearth #sierras #sierranevada #highsierra #rangeoflight #yosemitenationalpark #ynp #yosemite #CrockerPoint #tnf
I don't have a very good caption for this photo today. I woke up with a sore throat that's worse than yesterday. I'm keeping positive that I can fight it because I have to. If you have a remedy that works for you I'm all ears. : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : #earthoutdoors #mountainstories #mountainlove #naturephoto #mountainlife #mountainlovers #naturephotography #earth_escape #IAmNature #mountainlover #theoutbound #optoutside #bestofbackpack #lonelyplanet #lonelyplanettraveller #werehikers #PeopleWhoHike #photographersinthewild #fantasticearth #wildernessplanet #exploreourearth #sierras #sierranevada #highsierra #rangeoflight #yosemitenationalpark #ynp #yosemite #sentinelbeach
We received some interesting comments to yesterday's post. Lesson learned - choose my words carefully! First off, we are NOT pregnant. The exciting news is that we are brand ambassadors for @go_raw and @avalanche_outdoor. These two companies make awesome products and we **choose** to support them because we believe in their mission and like the quality of their products. We will be featuring their products on IG from time to time so you can see their offerings. Be sure to check them out and give them a like. : : : : : : : : : : : : : : #earthoutdoors #mountainstories #mountainlove #naturephoto #mountainlife #mountainlovers #naturephotography #earth_escape #IAmNature #mountainlover #theoutbound #optoutside #bestofbackpack #lonelyplanet #lonelyplanettraveller #werehikers #PeopleWhoHike #exploreourearth #yosemitenationalpark #ynp #yosemite #PlantBased #RawEnergy #SuperSeeds #SproutedNutrition #GoRaw #JunkFreeFood #avalancheclothing #avalanchewear #GoRawBrandAmbassador
We’ve got exciting news that we’ll be announcing tomorrow, but for now, here’s a reminder that the early riser gets the views. I have a hard time describing my motivations for getting up early to catch a sunrise. It’s harder to do so in winter but it’s always worth it. The landscape always tells a different story. But the impression it leaves on me is the same. There’s a lot of ugliness in the world. It’s there, it exists and it sucks. But I don’t dwell on that. Instead I seek out the beauty of our landscapes and within people. It’s how I feel I can have the biggest impact during my short time here. Nature smiles upon me and makes me smile too. That’s what I attempt to do with people - compliment them, appreciate them, thank them and make them smile. Make them feel what a lot of us don’t express or feel. Thanks for watching, thanks for reading. I appreciate you. Have a great day. : : : : : : : : : : : : : : #earthoutdoors #mountainstories #mountainlove #naturephoto #mountainlife #mountainlovers #naturephotography #earth_escape #IAmNature #mountainlover #theoutbound #optoutside #bestofbackpack #lonelyplanet #lonelyplanettraveller #werehikers #PeopleWhoHike #photographersinthewild #fantasticearth #wildernessplanet #exploreourearth #sierras #sierranevada #highsierra #rangeoflight #yosemitenationalpark #ynp #yosemite #yosemitevalley
Have a plan and accept it will change. We wrote this as the first piece of our 'advice from a thru hiker' post after the #PCT . We were all set to hike to Glacier Point from Badger Pass. But just as we shouldered our packs and started walking a ranger pulled up and told us the road would close at 7pm that night and that our cars could not stay there overnight. We felt annoyed and frustrated. From our research this info was not posted anywhere on the Yosemite website. But we rolled with it, took the ranger's advice and went up the Pohono Trail. After gaining 2,700+ feet of elevation, we were greeted with the most AMAZING views of Yosemite Valley. And we had them all to ourselves! Seriously, once we hit snow, we didn't see anyone for two days. The Valley was full of campers and adventurers but the high country was ours. Things don't always work out as we planned, but as @natureprofessor , @norcalhiker and we were reminded of this weekend, things work out as they should. All we have to do is be open for what comes. : : : : : : : : : : : : : : #earthoutdoors #mountainstories #mountainlove #naturephoto #mountainlife #mountainlovers #naturephotography #earth_escape #IAmNature #mountainlover #theoutbound #optoutside #bestofbackpack #lonelyplanet #lonelyplanettraveller #werehikers #PeopleWhoHike #photographersinthewild #fantasticearth #wildernessplanet #exploreourearth #ItsAllYours #yosemitenationalpark #ynp #sierranevada #highsierra #rangeoflight #sierras #CrockerPoint
Things I'm working on right now: Going to bed early - by 11pm (ideally 10pm) Eating no later than 9pm Waking up early (6am or earlier) It's so hard for me to do any of these most of the time. Intellectually I know I should sleep early and wake up early. If I sleep early, I give my body the rest it deserves. And I don't eat late at night - which would keep my weight more normal. If I wake up early, I get more done. I'm sharper. And I can work out. Yet I struggle. But why? Why is it so hard for me to change? Why do I have such monumental resistance to these changes? Habits. I've been a night owl most of my life, except when backpacking. In the wilderness none of these are of any concern. No wifi, no fridge full of food and no couch means I just go to bed. : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : #earthoutdoors #mountainstories #mountainlove #naturephoto #mountainlife #mountainlovers #naturephotography #earth_escape #IAmNature #mountainlover #theoutbound #optoutside #bestofbackpack #lonelyplanet #lonelyplanettraveller #werehikers #PeopleWhoHike #photographersinthewild #fantasticearth #wildernessplanet #exploreourearth #pct #PacificCrestTrail #pctig #hooverwilderness #norcal #sierranevada #highsierra #rangeoflight #sierras
What are men compared to rocks and snow? ~Jane Austen : : Dreaming of mountains on yet another rainy day in the Bay Area. : : While I'm ready for the summer backpacking season to begin, I'm also excited about this Miracle March and all the snow our mountains are getting. : : : : : : : : : : : : : : #earthoutdoors #mountainstories #mountainlove #naturephoto #mountainlife #mountainlovers #naturephotography #earth_escape #IAmNature #mountainlover #theoutbound #optoutside #bestofbackpack #lonelyplanet #lonelyplanettraveller #werehikers #PeopleWhoHike #photographersinthewild #fantasticearth #wildernessplanet #exploreourearth #pct #PacificCrestTrail #pctig #jmt #johnmuirtrail #sierranevada #rangeoflight #highsierra #sierras
It's hard to explain what we do to those who don't understand our motivations. Our 'why' is different from theirs. This isn't about who is right or wrong. It's about what **we** need. What we do fuels us. Rejuvenates us. Restores us. What we do allows us to go back to our urban lives with charged batteries, ready to take on work, family and other responsibilities with clarity and freshness. : : : : : : : : : : : : : #earthoutdoors #mountainstories #mountainlove #naturephoto #mountainlife #mountainlovers #naturephotography #earth_escape #IAmNature #mountainlover #theoutbound #optoutside #bestofbackpack #lonelyplanet #lonelyplanettraveller #werehikers #PeopleWhoHike #photographersinthewild #fantasticearth #wildernessplanet #exploreourearth #sierras #sierranevada #highsierra #rangeoflight #yosemitenationalpark #ynp #yosemite #wintercamping #snowcamping
Musings from the “trail.” We took turns breaking trail. It wasn’t easy but because we knew we wouldn’t have to do this for hours and even days, we really enjoyed it. In the end, no one died. We all had a blast and can’t wait to go back and hopefully get to glacier point. : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : #earthoutdoors #mountainstories #mountainlove #naturephoto #mountainlife #mountainlovers #naturephotography #earth_escape #IAmNature #mountainlover #theoutbound #optoutside #bestofbackpack #lonelyplanet #lonelyplanettraveller #werehikers #PeopleWhoHike #photographersinthewild #fantasticearth #wildernessplanet #exploreourearth #sierras #sierranevada #highsierra #rangeoflight #yosemitenationalpark #ynp #yosemite #glacierpointroad #winterwonderland
Inspiration for today's words come from my really good friend @coleeboleebear who reminds us that our stories are **only** for us to write. Everyone has an opinion. But it's up to us to decide what's right for us. No one else. Do what YOU want to do, because people are going to judge you anyway. Be you. It's the only way you're ever going to be happy. : : : : : : : : : : : #earthoutdoors #mountainstories #mountainlove #naturephoto #mountainlife #mountainlovers #naturephotography #earth_escape #IAmNature #mountainlover #theoutbound #optoutside #bestofbackpack #lonelyplanet #lonelyplanettraveller #werehikers #PeopleWhoHike #photographersinthewild #fantasticearth #wildernessplanet #exploreourearth #Ecuador #fuyafuya #avalancheclothing #avalanchewear #avalancheoutdoor
Where's your favorite local place to play/exercise/re-center/recharge/let-it-all-go? A good hike can do all these things. And the familiarity of a location can be very soothing in the process. : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : #earthoutdoors #mountainstories #mountainlove #naturephoto #mountainlife #mountainlovers #naturephotography #earth_escape #IAmNature #mountainlover #theoutbound #optoutside #bestofbackpack #lonelyplanet #lonelyplanettraveller #werehikers #PeopleWhoHike #photographersinthewild #fantasticearth #wildernessplanet #exploreourearth #localhikes localhike #eastbay #eastbayregionalparks #briones #brionesregionalpark
Waterfalls have a way of making you feel alive. They are sensory overloads of the best kind. The spray depositing water all over your body and the noise silencing every bird and creature nearby; it's wonderful. But what we can't see or feel externally, that we can feel deep within, is the energy of the falls. And that's a great feeling. : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : #earthoutdoors #mountainstories #mountainlove #naturephoto #mountainlife #mountainlovers #naturephotography #earth_escape #IAmNature #mountainlover #theoutbound #optoutside #bestofbackpack #lonelyplanet #lonelyplanettraveller #werehikers #PeopleWhoHike #photographersinthewild #fantasticearth #wildernessplanet #exploreourearth #Ecuador #waterfalls #waterfallsofig #waterfallsofinstagram #avalancheclothing #avalanchewear #avalancheclothing
We didn't get to see Cotopaxi prior to summiting it. Day after day it hid behind clouds, not even teasing us with a glimpse. But then, the day after we summited, the clouds parted. And WOW, what a beauty. Still surreal that we stood atop this majestic volcano. : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : #earthoutdoors #mountainstories #mountainlove #naturephoto #mountainlife #mountainlovers #naturephotography #earth_escape #IAmNature #mountainlover #theoutbound #optoutside #bestofbackpack #lonelyplanet #lonelyplanettraveller #werehikers #PeopleWhoHike #photographersinthewild #fantasticearth #wildernessplanet #exploreourearth #climbing #cotopaxinationalpark #cotopaxi #volcano #stillactive #Ecuador #vivaecuador
Some things are worth waking up for. A full lunar eclipse during a harvest moon this am sure qualifies. Eclipses are special because they are not everyday occurrences. The energy is different during an eclipse. Or maybe it's my perception that's different.. : : : : : : : : : : : #earthoutdoors #mountainstories #mountainlove #naturephoto #mountainlife #mountainlovers #naturephotography #earth_escape #IAmNature #mountainlover #theoutbound #optoutside #bestofbackpack #lonelyplanet #lonelyplanettraveller #werehikers #PeopleWhoHike #photographersinthewild #fantasticearth #wildernessplanet #exploreourearth #earlytorise #lunareclipse #eclpise #fulleclipse #harvestmoon
When you do something for yourself, you're not being selfish. You're taking care of yourself. And that's very important. We all have to recharge. We can't just give and give. That's how we become depleted. This weekend, give back to yourself. : : : : : : : : : : : : : : #earthoutdoors #mountainstories #mountainlove #naturephoto #mountainlife #mountainlovers #naturephotography #earth_escape #IAmNature #mountainlover #theoutbound #optoutside #bestofbackpack #lonelyplanet #lonelyplanettraveller #werehikers #PeopleWhoHike #photographersinthewild #fantasticearth #wildernessplanet #exploreourearth #EnjoyYourWorld #deathvalleynp #deathvalleynps #NPWest #deathvalleynationalpark #DeathValley #CaliforniaDesert #ig_sunrisesunset #DesertHiking
I had never been to any sand dunes. We made my first visit to the dunes even more special by waking up at 5am and going there to catch a desert sunrise. It did not disappoint. The colors of the sky and the light kissing the sand was another stunning display from nature. We've never regretted waking up early for a sunrise. Less crowds, more colors, more magic. It's wonder-full. : : : : : : : : : : : : : : #earthoutdoors #mountainstories #mountainlove #naturephoto #mountainlife #mountainlovers #naturephotography #earth_escape #IAmNature #mountainlover #theoutbound #optoutside #bestofbackpack #lonelyplanet #lonelyplanettraveller #werehikers #PeopleWhoHike #photographersinthewild #fantasticearth #wildernessplanet #exploreourearth #deathvalleynationalpark #deathvalleynp #deathvalleynps #DeathValley #CaliforniaDesert #mesquitesanddunes #ig_sunrisesunset #sunrise_and_sunsets #sunrise
We were supposed to go to Crater Lake NP and snowshoe around the lake. But the weather there didn't play ball. So we headed for the desert instead. I'd never been to #DeathValley and I'm sure glad we chose to go here instead. Hiking here reminded me of the Southern California mountains, specifically the Angeles National Forest. Can't wait to explore more of this beautiful part of the world! : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : #earthoutdoors #mountainstories #mountainlove #naturephoto #mountainlife #mountainlovers #naturephotography #earth_escape #IAmNature #mountainlover #theoutbound #optoutside #bestofbackpack #lonelyplanet #lonelyplanettraveller #werehikers #PeopleWhoHike #photographersinthewild #fantasticearth #wildernessplanet #exploreourearth #hikedeathvalley #deathvalleynationalpark #deathvalleynp #deathvalleynps #wildrosepeak #DesertHiking #CaliforniaDesert
Since being off the PCT there have been times when I've really, really missed the stars. Death Valley provided a solid fix with its amazingly clear sky, especially the first night. We slept without the fly for the duration of our trip, catching glimpses of the beautiful night sky each time we tossed, turned and rolled to one side. It was simply magical. : : : : : : : : : : : : #earthoutdoors #mountainstories #mountainlove #naturephoto #mountainlife #mountainlovers #naturephotography #earth_escape #IAmNature #mountainlover #theoutbound #optoutside #bestofbackpack #lonelyplanet #lonelyplanettraveller #werehikers #PeopleWhoHike #photographersinthewild #fantasticearth #wildernessplanet #exploreourearth #deathvalleynationalpark #deathvalleynp #deathvalleynps #DeathValley #ignightsky #motherofcomfort #stars
Sometimes we hit the road late at night and don't know what camp will be like. We arrived at 1am after 4 hours of driving and quickly found a spot, put up our home under a bright moon and went right to sleep. We woke up the next morning to a beautiful sky in a very serene area. Feeling rested we packed up and hit the road again once more. Double tap if you love camping on #BLM land too! (Oh, and while the sky looked threatening we were outta there before the rain came). : : : : : : : : : : : : : #earthoutdoors #mountainstories #mountainlove #naturephoto #mountainlife #mountainlovers #naturephotography #earth_escape #IAmNature #mountainlover #theoutbound #optoutside #bestofbackpack #lonelyplanet #lonelyplanettraveller #werehikers #PeopleWhoHike #photographersinthewild #fantasticearth #wildernessplanet #exploreourearth #kernville #lakeisabella #mypubliclands #carcamping #campingofficial #whatsyoursetup
"One small positive thought can change your whole day." How we *see* things depends on our narrative in that moment. It also depends upon what has happened in the recent past. I remember having slept reasonably well the night before this sunrise. The morning air was crisp but I was layered up and cozy walking uphill toward #SilverPass . I was in a good head space. It was easy to enjoy this moment. But had I been cold and grouchy from a poor nights sleep, I'd have to work harder to get myself to enjoy that moment. : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : #earthoutdoors #mountainstories #mountainlove #naturephoto #mountainlife #mountainlovers #naturephotography #earth_escape #IAmNature #mountainlover #theoutbound #optoutside #bestofbackpack #lonelyplanet #lonelyplanettraveller #werehikers #PeopleWhoHike #photographersinthewild #fantasticearth #wildernessplanet #exploreourearth #EnjoyYourWorld #pct #PacificCrestTrail #sierras #sierranevada #highsierra #johnmuirtrail #jmt
The things we do now wouldn't be possible without the things we did in the past. Everything we do or face teaches us, pushes us and makes us better. Before we know it we're scrambling on trails and crossing sketchy bridges with 4000+ foot drop offs like it's normal. And that's because it is. It's our new normal because we can handle it. : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : #earthoutdoors #mountainstories #mountainlove #naturephoto #mountainlife #mountainlovers #naturephotography #earth_escape #IAmNature #mountainlover #theoutbound #optoutside #bestofbackpack #lonelyplanet #lonelyplanettraveller #werehikers #PeopleWhoHike #photographersinthewild #fantasticearth #wildernessplanet #exploreourearth #enjoyyourworld #swissalps #Alps #europaweg #switzerland #hauteroute #hikinginSwitzerland #trekking #hikingineurope
Why - 3 letters in a particular sequence that form the most important question we can ever ask ourselves. Why do we do what we do? I've figured out a lot of my why's, but there are always more. Deeper why's that present themselves when you are courageous enough to figure out the low hanging why's. As far as why I play, why it's important to me and why I play the way I do, that all has to do with my soul being alive, my heart being at piece and my body feeling alive in the presence of natural beauty and the absence of man made noise. : : : : : : : : : : : : : #wilderness_culture #mountainstories #naturephoto #naturephotography #IAmNature #mountainlover #theoutbound #optoutside #bestofbackpack #lonelyplanettraveller #PeopleWhoHike #photographersinthewild #fantasticearth #wildernessplanet #exploreourearth #igerusa #wildtraveler #modernoutdoors #findyouradventure #feedyouradventure #campvibes #EnjoyYourWorld #eastbay #eastbayregionalparks #eastbayregionalparkdistrict #lastrampasregionalwilderness #norcal #visitcalifornia #catourist #explorecalifornia
When backpacking we carry weight on our backs. This weight is ever changing - with water, the amount of food, special gear required depending on conditions and the season. But there is another type of weight some of us carry that is heavier. And that is the weight in our minds and heart. The weight from thoughts about who we should be and what we are supposed to be doing. The 'shoulds' in life are heavier than anything we can ever carry on our backs. Examine them. Aceept them. Accept yourself and release them. : : : : : : : : : : : : : #earthoutdoors #mountainstories #mountainlove #naturephoto #mountainlife #mountainlovers #naturephotography #earth_escape #IAmNature #mountainlover #theoutbound #optoutside #bestofbackpack #lonelyplanet #lonelyplanettraveller #werehikers #PeopleWhoHike #photographersinthewild #fantasticearth #wildernessplanet #exploreourearth ##PacificCrestTrail #wanderwashington #washingtonexplored #washingtontrails #northcascades #pnwexplorations #pnwphoto #nationalforest #EnjoyYourWorld
"We spend so much time being afraid of failure, afraid of rejection. But regret is the thing we should fear most. Failure is an answer, rejection is an answer; regret is an eternal question you will never have an answer to." Trevor Noah : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : #earthoutdoors #mountainstories #mountainlove #naturephoto #mountainlife #mountainlovers #naturephotography #earth_escape #IAmNature #mountainlover #theoutbound #optoutside #bestofbackpack #lonelyplanet #lonelyplanettraveller #werehikers #PeopleWhoHike #photographersinthewild #fantasticearth #wildernessplanet #exploreourearth #mttam #MountTamalpais #MountTamalpaisStatePark #castateparks #californiastateparks #norcal #bayarea #bayareahikes #stateparks
Happy Thanksgiving everyone. We hope you are grateful for everything wonderful in your lives. We hope you give thanks to those you hold dear. And most of all, we hope you give appreciation to yourself, your accomplishments and all that you are! ✌🦃 : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : #earthoutdoors #mountainstories #mountainlove #naturephoto #mountainlife #mountainlovers #naturephotography #earth_escape #IAmNature #mountainlover #theoutbound #optoutside #bestofbackpack #lonelyplanet #lonelyplanettraveller #werehikers #PeopleWhoHike #photographersinthewild #fantasticearth #wildernessplanet #exploreourearth #pct #PacificCrestTrail #upperleftusa #wanderwashington #pnwexplorations #northcascades #washingtonexplored #washingtontrails
Our idea of a 5 star hotel. And after sunset it becomes a bajillion star hotel 🌌 : : It's raining in the Bay Area today. With that comes excitement for the snow in the mountains, but also nostalgia for another summer come and gone. : : : : : : : : : : : : : : #earthoutdoors #mountainstories #mountainlove #naturephoto #mountainlife #mountainlovers #naturephotography #earth_escape #IAmNature #mountainlover #theoutbound #optoutside #bestofbackpack #lonelyplanet #lonelyplanettraveller #werehikers #PeopleWhoHike #photographersinthewild #fantasticearth #wildernessplanet #exploreourearth #pct #PacificCrestTrail #upperleftusa #wanderwashington #washingtonexplored #washingtontrails #northcascades #pnwexplorations #motherofcomfort
When things are hectic, when life gets busy and we want to get away but can't, sometimes just thinking about the places where we want to be are enough to put us at ease and help us relax. With the holiday season approaching this is something I remind myself constantly. I have choices and I choose to work hard now in order to play later. That even though sometimes all I want to do is get in my car and floor it to the mountains, I **choose** to go to work with a smile because I enjoy it and it is what I need to do. Does this approach work for you? : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : #earthoutdoors #mountainstories #mountainlove #naturephoto #mountainlife #mountainlovers #naturephotography #earth_escape #IAmNature #mountainlover #theoutbound #optoutside #bestofbackpack #lonelyplanet #lonelyplanettraveller #werehikers #PeopleWhoHike #photographersinthewild #fantasticearth #wildernessplanet #exploreourearth #pct #PacificCrestTrail #sierras #sierranevada #highsierra #rangeoflight #motherofcomfort
Our thoughts are everything. What we feel and how we see this view depends on so many external and internal factors. Who we are with, where we are emotionally, how our bodies are feeling, are but a few factors. When we first go to this point I didn't enjoy the view much. My knee hurt and I was tired. But after sitting still for a few moments, my mind caught up with me. I didn't have to move any more for the day. I didn't have to anticipate being tired any longer. I could just be there, enjoying the view. And that's what I did. I just sat there and appreciated the sunset. My knee no longer hurt. The smile returned to my face. I was enjoying myself again. : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : #earthoutdoors #mountainstories #mountainlove #naturephoto #mountainlife #mountainlovers #naturephotography #earth_escape #IAmNature #mountainlover #theoutbound #optoutside #bestofbackpack #lonelyplanet #lonelyplanettraveller #werehikers #PeopleWhoHike #photographersinthewild #fantasticearth #wildernessplanet #exploreourearth #pct #PacificCrestTrail #upperleftusa #pnwexplorations #pnwphoto #ourpnw #northcascades #washingtonexplored
We prefer loops over out and backs. Loops offer variety and that sense of wonder throughout the hike. But on certain out and backs, like in the Grand Canyon, I'm reminded just how different the views can be when hiking on the same trail in the opposite direction. This is one of the reasons I'd love to hike the PCT southbound. I mean, it has to be dirrerent right? : : : : : : : : : : : : #earthoutdoors #mountainstories #mountainlove #naturephoto #mountainlife #mountainlovers #naturephotography #earth_escape #IAmNature #mountainlover #theoutbound #optoutside #bestofbackpack #lonelyplanet #lonelyplanettraveller #werehikers #PeopleWhoHike #photographersinthewild #fantasticearth #wildernessplanet #exploreourearth #grandcanyon #grandcanyonnationalpark #grandcanyonnp #rim2rim #Rim2Rim2rim #northrim #arizona #desert #DesertHiking
Highlights from our 12 mile hike in Pinnacles National Park. Many places throughout the park reminded me of the PCT, mainly the Southern California desert and parts of Northern California. Then I got all nostalgic and the urge to thru hike again took over my thoughts. Does that feeling ever go away? : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : #earthoutdoors #mountainstories #mountainlove #naturephoto #mountainlife #mountainlovers #naturephotography #earth_escape #IAmNature #mountainlover #theoutbound #optoutside #bestofbackpack #lonelyplanet #lonelyplanettraveller #werehikers #PeopleWhoHike #photographersinthewild #fantasticearth #wildernessplanet #exploreourearth #pinnaclesnationalpark #pinnacles #centralcalifornia #caves #FindYourPark #pinnaclesnp #explorecalifornia #visitcalofornia #californiaoutside
What do you wake up early for? 🌄 🌄 I've never regretted waking up for a sunrise. No matter how cold, no matter how sleepy, no matter how sore, I drag myself out of my tent to watch the sky turn blue and the sun slowly kiss the mountains, then trees, then us. The connection I feel during those moments is hard to put into words. It's intense. It's real. It's soothing. It's exhilarating. Most of all, it's always worth it! : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : #earthoutdoors #mountainstories #mountainlove #naturephoto #mountainlife #mountainlovers #naturephotography #earth_escape #IAmNature #mountainlover #theoutbound #optoutside #bestofbackpack #lonelyplanet #lonelyplanettraveller #werehikers #PeopleWhoHike #photographersinthewild #fantasticearth #wildernessplanet #exploreourearth #sierras #sierranevada #highsierra #rangeoflight #JohnMuirWilderness #iceberglake #sunrise_and_sunsets #ig_sunrisesunset
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