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"There is an ancient conversation going on between mosses and rocks, poetry to be sure. About light and shadow and the drift of continents"⠀ -Robin Wall Kimmerer⠀ *⠀ *⠀ Discover the most #unique tree tents in existence ~Link in our bio~⠀ ⠀ 📸 .@nickrlake ⠀ ⠀ #Treetents #HammockTown #Tentsile
May you be reminded today that nothing worth having comes easily. But it is your choice to smile through your growth or not. 🤷🏽‍♀️ Don’t be scared to go all in this week, to sweat it out, to stop waiting ✌🏼 ☀️ . . . #monday #mondaymotivation #mondaymood #happymonday #inspiration #positivevibes #goodvibes #hikes #hiking #wa #washingtonstate #washington #pnw #pacificnorthwest #upperleftusa #westcoast #mountains #sunshine #summer #colchucklake #health #gratitude #selfcare #selflove
Happy First Day of Spring! We’re one step closer to outdoor adventures and consistent days of sunshine. 🙏💐
2019 is gonna be epic! Got 3 nights in the Core Zone to spend with my husband and friends. Sooooooo freaking pumped! #theenchantments #colchucklake #adventuretime #mychurch #winnerwinner #iliveforthisshit #pnwonderland 👊🏽 @1buschy @rebelonpurpose @kylestussi @pnwlifers
Walked around on the frozen lake and camped at the edge of it. ************************************* #winteradventures #snowshoeing #theenchantments #colchucklake #colchuckpeak #sprigiscoming #pnw
So great to get back to my favorite mountain range in the world! It’s a bit harder to get there when you have to trudge through ten feet of snow all the way up from Icicle Road. Always #worthit ⛰ 💪
May you be reminded today that nothing worth having comes easily. But it is your choice to smile through your growth or not. 🤷🏽‍♀️ Don’t be scared to go all in this week, to sweat it out, to stop waiting ✌🏼 ☀️ . . . #monday #mondaymotivation #mondaymood #happymonday #inspiration #positivevibes #goodvibes #hikes #hiking #wa #washingtonstate #washington #pnw #pacificnorthwest #upperleftusa #westcoast #mountains #sunshine #summer #colchucklake #health #gratitude #selfcare #selflove
spring has sprung
👋🏻 Waving Hello. Credits: @dylankato. Tag: #thegreatplanet
Feeling so grateful today for all those beautiful outdoor experiences. @smliz_ But even more grateful for having you in my life ❤️ ........................................ ................................ #instalife #instahusband #happylife #hike #takeahike #canon #canon80d #colchucklake #winterphotography
The most beautiful “aisle” I’ve ever seen. Can I get a HECK YEA for outdoor weddings? 🌞🌞🌞
Well, shoot! I expected the results from the Enchantment lottery today and they've been postponed until the 20th. :( There is no way in hell I'll win anyway, but whatever. ☺️ I wish I had pushed my friends a little harder to apply to increase my chances but I hate pestering people. 😝😎🤓 . . . . . . . #pnwisbest #pnwphotographer #pnwphotography #pnw #liveyouradventure #getoutside #hiking #enchantments #colchucklake #neverstopexploring #landscapephotography #landscape #pixel2 #pixel2photography #picoftheday #washingtonhikersandclimbers #pano #ladieswhohike #sheexplores #washingtontrails
Remembering a fun weekend exploring awesome mountains with great friends @agpiller @sglads2 #tbt #colchucklake #enchantments #pnw #pnwonderland
Missing this place. Wouldn’t mind going back here...
The snow is fun but I'm ready to see some sunshine and warm weather in the forecast. Drive up north on my weekends, go backpacking, explore new trails and get lost for a few days in the wilderness.☀️🌿⛰ . . . #summervibes #warmweather #morefun #newtrails #hikrlife #hikingtrails #lifeoutdoors #lifeabovetheclouds #lifeelevated #thegreatnorthwest #upperleftusa #pnwonderland #washingtonstate #colchucklake #leavenworth #leavenworthwa #latepost #tbtuesday #alpinelakes #alpinelakeswilderness #alpinelakes #wilderness #sunnydays
One of the most difficult hikes I have done in #washington it wasn’t as difficult as Bridge to Nowhere hike in San Gabriel Mountains which involve crossing the river multiple times. But both trails end up making me hike back at night. I would both hikes again but much earlier in the day (for Bridge to Nowhere during a drought for obvious reasons). I would love to do late night hikes if the trails aren’t difficult and not on a Sunday. #boeingintern #summer2018 #pacificnorthwest #wildwest #leavenworth #leavenworthwashington #chelancounty #hiking #lake #colchucklake #mountains #cascade #cascademountains #easternwashington
The wind died down and Colchuck Lake became calm enough for some nice reflections. Dragontail Peak on the left and Colchuck Peak on the right. Many years ago now, I climbed Colchuck Peak on a Memorial Day weekend. #washington #colchucklake #colchuckpeak #dragontailpeak #alpinelakes #alpinelakeswilderness #cascades #mountain #alpinelake #okanoganwenatcheenationalforest #nationalforest #wilderness #phototour #canon5dmarkiv #canon5dmark4 #canon5dmkiv #canon5d4 #canon5dmk4 #outdoorphotography #outdoorphotographer As always, more can be seen in the Gallery at www.kevinmerchant.com.
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Happy birthday to one of my favorite human beings, my brother @kramerf ! Hope you had an awesome day
At 30, your old enough to look back and young enough to look forward. My 20s were full of big moves, crazy adventures, incredible experiences along with a lot of firsts. I can’t wait to see what awesomeness my 30s bring! #30thbirthday #yearofthe0 #pnwlife #lovewhereyoulive #mountainlife #livewashington #pnwonderland #theenchantments #backpacking #hikewashington #colchucklake #alpinelakeswilderness #cascadia #cascadiaexplored #colchucksocold #washingtonexplored #chacolife #eno #enohammock #springisnear #unrulydreamers #goatworthy #pnw #leavenworth #homeiswhereyoustakeit #dirtythirty
There’s a mountain of influencers out there talking about connecting people to our great outdoors. People of all colors, cultures, religions and genders. Join the conversation. Connect with other humans outside of your comfort zone. 🌱 ʙʟᴀᴄᴋ ᴘᴇᴏᴘʟᴇ ᴄᴀɴ: ᴇɴᴊᴏʏ ᴛʜᴇ ᴏᴜᴛᴅᴏᴏʀs. ᴄʟɪᴍʙ ᴍᴏᴜɴᴛᴀɪɴs. ᴡᴀʟᴋ ᴛʀᴀɪʟs. ɢᴏ ʙᴀᴄᴋᴘᴀᴄᴋɪɴɢ. ᴇɴɢᴀɢᴇ ɪɴ ɴᴀᴛᴜʀᴇ. Join the conversation! Enjoy your weekend adventurers! • • • #shecolorsnature #diversifyoutdoors
big smiles for the #uphillthrill of #aasgardpass , the last push for 2200' in 3/4mi for a total of 4400' in 6mi. bonus points for #birthdayjoy and finding $20 among the granite. july 2018. #theenchantments #colchucklake #outdoorresearch #sheadventures 🏔️❤️
While waiting for the wind to die down at Colchuck Lake, one of the resident chipmunks made an appearance and spent quite a bit of time posing on this granite boulder. #washington #colchucklake #colchuckpeak #dragontailpeak #alpinelakes #alpinelakeswilderness #cascades #mountain #alpinelake #chipmunk #graniteboulders #mammal #okanoganwenatcheenationalforest #nationalforest #wilderness #phototour #canon5dmarkiv #canon5dmark4 #canon5dmkiv #canon5d4 #canon5dmk4 #outdoorphotography #outdoorphotographer As always, more can be seen in the Gallery at www.kevinmerchant.com.
🎶I'm in a getaway car, I left you in a motel bar, Put the money in a bag and I stole the keys, that was the last time you ever saw me. 🎶. Here’s to wanting summer backpacking weather. #rei1440project #pnw #washington #bigagnes #leavenworth #backapacking #hiking #summer #colchucklake #tent #rei #beach #upperleftusa #northwestisbest #choosemountains #alpinewilderness #enchatments
Mountain frolics & lakeside handstands....are NOT on the list of things happening today. Adulting is the worst 😩 Can I go play in the mountains, yet?? #handstandeverywhere #pnwonderland
29 has been filled with some pretty incredible memories. One of my favorites was backpacking up to this gorgeous spot camping with the mountain goats for 5 days. Feelin’ extra lucky today to live so close to places like this! #tbt #theenchantments #herpnwlife #pnwonderland #colchucklake #pnw #upperleftusa #livewashington #cascadiaexplored #hikewashington #wanderwashington #leavenworth #cascadia #washingtonexplored #backpacking #unrulydreamers #goatworthy #mountainlife #alpinelakeswilderness #handstand #colchucksocold #lovewhereyoulive #handstandeverywhereigo
Colchuck Lake from last July, has this emerald color quality, emphasized here by isolating just this section of the lake. #washington #colchucklake #colchuckpeak #dragontailpeak #alpinelakes #alpinelakeswilderness #cascades #mountain #alpinelake #okanoganwenatcheenationalforest #nationalforest #wilderness #phototour #canon5dmarkiv #canon5dmark4 #canon5dmkiv #canon5d4 #canon5dmk4 #outdoorphotography #outdoorphotographer As always, more can be seen in the Gallery at www.kevinmerchant.com.
There's nothing like hiking 6 miles to dance under the beauty of a mountain at colchuck lake in Washington. These two were such a blast to adventure with!
For the last few years I've been working at improving at this photo thing. I'm constantly being afforded new opportunities, getting to meet new people and travel to incredible places. I can't imagine who I'd be without this craft. If you feel similarly, want to get out more, or simply want to say hey or ask a question, please, send me a message, I'd love to talk! Lastly, and most of all, thank you for taking the time to check out these photos. It truly means a lot to me. Now go explore something! ° ° ° #grateful #landscape_lovers #nikond610 #mountainlust #wanderer #getoutthere #exploreearth #pnwphotographer #pnwlife #pnwonderland #livingthedream #earthscope #hikingadventure #hikersdelight #colchucklake #dragontail #leavenworth #earthofficial #ourlonelyplanet #adventuretime #hinterlands
Colchuck Lake is a very popular summertime hiking destination. Last July, I was able to make two trips to the area. This is from the first, a day hike, with @brianjon88 and @merchant_sandy. The lake has this unique color due to particles suspended in the water from the snow melt. It was a gorgeous day in the mountains. #washington #colchucklake #colchuckpeak #dragontailpeak #alpinelakes #alpinelakeswilderness #cascades #mountain #alpinelake #okanoganwenatcheenationalforest #nationalforest #wilderness #phototour #canon5dmarkiv #canon5dmark4 #canon5dmkiv #canon5d4 #canon5dmk4 #outdoorphotography #outdoorphotographer As always, more can be seen in the Gallery at www.kevinmerchant.com.
All this sunshine we’ve had lately has me thinking about some future summer adventures in the mountains! #enchantments #colchucklake #map #washingtonstate #alpinelakeswilderness
Our March “Forest Bathing” Essential Oil Subscription Box is filled with wildcrafted natural products that help you connect with the healing powers of the forest. Enjoy $10 off this month! 🌲Choose either the Small Box for $39, the Medium Box for $59 or the Large Box for $89! 🌲One time purchases welcome but if you sign up for our Recurring Monthly Boxes you’ll receive 5% OFF each box!! (No commitments and cancel anytime!) 🌲Subscription boxes are shipped on the 15th of every month! 🌲Each box includes therapeutic grade essential oils, natural products made by expert artisans and fun accessories to highlight the oils’ best qualities. www.earthbodyintuitivehealth.com . . . . #grounddown #roottorise #youtube #subbox #smallbusiness #chakras #chakrahealing #rootchakra #chakralove #connectwithnature #forestbathing #forestbathingtherapy #earthing #giftideas #chakrawellness #wellness #treetherapy #boxycharm #unboxtherapy #leavenworth #leavenworthwa #nationalparks #monthlysubscriptionbox #naturelovers #seattle #treatyourself #colchucklake #cascademountains #foothills #gratefulheart
Thinking about The Enchantments makes my entire body hurt but also I wanna go back and hike it again and hopefully not get harassed by mountain goats this time 🐐
🥳 Birthday! Here’s to looking up! Up to summits, friends, goals, and grace. After another trip around the sun I can’t say that I have it figured out anymore than last year. But the keys to ever lasting youth: 1. Drink tons of water 2. Wear sunscreen ALL THE TIME 3. Moisturize 4. Love your moments with your people and your place. I never imagined my life at 36, but if I ever did, it’s certainly no where close to what I’m doing and living today! And that’s a good thing 👍 “Leave some room in your heart for the unimaginable.” -Mary Oliver . . . . c. September 2018 📸: @gt_bmore #birthdayvibes #livingthedream #colchucklake #alpinelakeswilderness #leavenworth #washington #evergreenstate #aasgardpass #choosemoutains #adventureenthusiasts #maphopper #gogalavanting #pnwlife #herpnwlife #roadtrip #pnwonderland #hikevibes #optoutside #shewentwild #letsgo #letsplayoutside #bestadventureyet #piceses #yearofthepig #yearoftheboar
My Enchantments permit application is due tomorrow and I am wracked with indecision. I want to go when the larches are golden but I have Raynaud's syndrome which means my hands and feet go numb at anything below 55. A few years ago we stayed in the snow zone at the beginning of July and I did fine but... It's just risky. I could through hike when the larches are at their peak but that feels a little terrifying. Eeps! . . . . . . #pnwisbest #pnwphotographer #pnwphotography #pnw #liveyouradventure #getoutside #hiking #larches #larchmadness #enchantments #colchucklake #neverstopexploring #landscapephotography #landscape #pixel2 #pixel2photography #picoftheday
It's that time of year again where all I can think about is #Spring and #summer #hikes . During these seasons #Washington changes into something out of a #fairytail . With perfect days of 78゚ Sun is shinning blue skies green everywhere and enough #rivers and waterfalls that you'll never have to see the same one twice ( as we have learned from Pocahontas we never really do 😉). Longer days make for longer hikes and hopefully a few #backpacking trips. I feel like I'm #happiest when I #wonder in the #woods does anyone else feel this way. . . . #enchantment #pnw #babygoat #animals #teamnikon #animalplanet #colchucklake #seethrworld #chasingpeeks #abovetherest #shoottokill #wonderlust #adventureisoutthere
When nature calls... I’m glad the forest service builds these high class porta John’s at the top of mountains...also I’m glad to have such a talented creepy friend to document such defecation celebrations Bahahahaha 📷: @nwrider ⛰ 💩 🚽 #happyhumpday #whennaturecalls #everyonepoops #growuppeterpan #humpday #crackkills #pnw #pnwonderland #pnwhiking #thegreatpnw #pnwlife #colchucklake #aasgardpass #creeper #bokeh #sony #roamtheplanet #lonelyplanet #getoutside #neverstopexploring #beautiful_explorers #pnwpride #prestigeworldwide #highfiberdiet #dumbanddumber #imjustshaving #harrydunn
Colby seriously had me swooning when he picked Tiffany up and looked at her with so much love in his eyes.... Seriously though, I was so distracted that I almost forgot to take pictures of this sweet moment because I was staring :) How adorable are these two?! Any volunteers for some engagement pictures with a little adventure mixed in like these two??
Waving hello 👋🏻 via @dylankato 📸
I’m just an Instagram husband for this chipmunk who knows how to pose for the gram 🐿
Throwback to enjoying an icy cold dip in the most incredible clear blue waters 😍❄ Colchuck Lake was by far my favorite hike of summer 2018, a hike that had been on my list for awhile and did not disappoint. Somehow everything timed out so well. No crowds at all in the morning, prime spot on the lake, smoke had cleared considerably from the wildfires, and the peace and quiet was absolutely surreal...just an epic birthday weekend hike! You can check out more awesome shots, read more details about this popular hike, and all my favorite summer 2018 hiking adventures on the blog now!! Link in bio if you're interested! P.s. I've already posted some great shots of the iconic typical image of this place of Dragontail Peak situated amongst the water a couple times before so I thought I would post a different view today lol. . . . . . . . . . . . . #summer #colchucklake #washington #pnw #upperleftusa #pnwonderland #pnwlife #hike #hiking #beautiful #outdoors #nature #getoutside #optoutside #roamtheplanet #exploretocreate #welivetoexplore #explore #adventure #womenwhohike #womenwhoexplore #pnwcollective #washingtontrails #northwestisbest #visualsoflife #sheexplores #letsgosomewhere #outdoorwomen #beautifuldestinations #wanderlust
Set beneath two of Washington's tallest peaks, Colchuck Lake is an alpine gem. Well worth the 14km hike straight up into the mountains🌲🏞🌲. ——————————————————————————— #colchucklake #colchucklaketrail #colchucktrail #trail #hiking #mountainhiking #getoutside #explorewashington #leavenworth #hiddengem #cousins #mountainview #lakeside #washington #washingtonstate #goexplore #hikewashington #hikingadventures #washingtontrails #lifeisanadventure #outdoors #naturephotography #nature #trailbridge instagood #pnw #pacificnorthwest #pnwonderland #amazingview #goodtimes #makingmemories
Definitely one of my favorite hikes this summer. I still can't get over how strikingly blue and clear this water was! Still so happy we finally got to do this hike last Friday which has been on my list for years and also can't believe how we randomly lucked out and picked the only sunny day last weekend to do it lol! It was a lot cooler than it had been this summer but the smoke had cleared up and it was definitely still warm enough to enjoy a dip. Having hardly anyone around to enjoy this beauty in peace & quiet was the icing on the cake. One of the best parts about hiking for me is being unplugged, getting away from the chaos of society, and connecting with nature. Hard to believe summer is almost over but determined to enjoy as many outdoor activities as possible before the gloomy weather kicks in. This was hike number 19 and I plan to get a few more summer hikes in as well as some larch marches which I am super excited about! Hoping to at least hit 25 before the snow arrives and having to switch over to lowland stuff. Have you been able to get a lot of hiking in this summer? It's not too late to get out there! . . . . . . . . . . . . #summer #colchucklake #washington #pnw #upperleftusa #pnwonderland #pnwlife #lake #hike #hiking #beautiful #outdoors #nature #getoutside #optoutside #roamtheplanet #exploretocreate #welivetoexplore #explore #adventure #nikon #photography #washingtontrails #alpinelakeswilderness #pnwcollective #northwestisbest #visualsoflife #womenwhohike #womenwhoexplore #outdoorwomen
A little alpine lake beauty for your feed this morning 😍 Yesterday we finally hiked to Colchuck Lake for hike number 19 and it was absolutely stunning! Such an ethereal & gorgeous place. I've been wanting to do it for years & it exceeded my expectations. We started the hike around 8 on Friday & took our time up. Arrived about 10:30 & there was hardly anyone at the lake! Spent about 2 hours there just enjoying paradise. About an hour and a half in 2 big groups showed up but it was peace & quiet for most of our time there as the other few people were quiet & spread out. Going early on a Friday was so worth it & I'm glad we were able to take the day off! Only encountered 10 people up & many more down & I'm sure Saturday is much worse even if you start early. Wildfire smoke haze had cleared up considerably. Amazing views along the way that you probably couldn't see a week ago. The lake was still a little bit hazy but much clearer than it's been based on photos I've seen on Instagram. Imagine this view completely clear though, you could make out every little vivid detail on those epic peaks! If you haven't done this popular hike you need to! As for difficulty I was expecting it to be crazy hard based on trip reports but I was pleasantly surprised to see it was pretty moderate and I've done harder. Don't get me wrong the elevation gain is tough, especially the last mile and a half and super rocky which hurt my knees, calves, & hips but I just didn't think it was as hard as others have said. Keep in mind though I've been hiking all summer & stay active in the gym and these are all factors. My suspicion is a lot of beginners do this trail due to social media which is why so many have said it's very difficult. As for any hike always be prepared and take your time if it's difficult for you! It's not a race & enjoy the nature! #colchucklake #washington #pnw #upperleftusa #pnwonderland #pnwlife #lake #hike #hiking #beautiful #outdoors #nature #getoutside #optoutside #roamtheplanet #exploretocreate #welivetoexplore #explore #adventure #nikon #photography #beautifuldestinations #mountains #view #blogger #northwestisbest #womenwhoexplore #womenwhohike #visualsoflife #outdoorwomen
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