At the start of our trip, we country hopped 6 countries in one month, spending 2-5 days per country. I barely had time to take it all in, much less post about it. So I'mma catch up on pictures from this #dreamtrip
I've been fortunate enough to experience.
This day we spent riding our bikes and walking around the cute #CentrePompidou
. It houses a library, the largest modern art museum in Europe, and a center for music research. The surrounding area is filled with many shops, street artisans and performers, restaurants, and of course, my favorite, ice cream 🍦
That fraction of an instance when the first of five toes tries to land on that sturdy rock that you see poking out of the mud. Assuming if you go full sprint, you should be able to skim the top of the rocks and land unscathed on the far side of the sticky mud. Well..turns out that rock wasn't a rock at all and all five toes came careening about knee deep to the bottom of the depths.. you look around to see who saw that hot mess and realize the only place the mud did not creep into is your packet of Muir.
Today was a good day.
It was a good run.
#plantpowered #trailrunning #runmountains #plantbuilt #veganrunner #runforfun
"I've decided I'm going to live this life for some time to come. The freedom and simple beauty is just too good to pass up." -Christopher McCandless
What’s that over there?? Is it our next adventure? Happy last day of summer everyone! Who here is ready for some awesome autumn adventures???
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So me and my friend Isabel and Jackie started our hike accessing this little tunnel to the beach.. It was a good day.
Possibly tomorrow I’ll be flooding pictures about our hike 😂 but for now good night, I’m freaking tired!😝
September 19-20 • CDT Days 97-98 • 29.6, 26.0 miles • We had the most beautiful sunrise while we climbed up from Ute Lake on Wednesday morning. That was about where the goodness for the day ended, though. We had a cold, persistent rain all afternoon that made hiking more miserable and had us both feeling pretty beat down. While it had stopped by the time we set up camp, a huge storm with tons of high wind and rain blew through shortly after we went to bed, resulting in a really wet tent floor and corners...and a quite poor night’s sleep. • The next morning, we could see snow dusting the tops of mountains that were thankfully higher than where we were hiking and camping. If it had been 10 degrees colder where we were, I guarantee there would have been a ton of snow on the ground based on the huge amount of rain that fell. I continued to struggle mentally through this section—the San Juans are really, really difficult; definitely the most difficult section we’ve done on the CDT so far. Combined with the weather and just the general mental and physical wear from being on trail for over three months now, I was not having a good couple of days. But as I told myself, like our marriage, you just have to keep hiking through the days you really, really don’t want to. • I’m hoping our transition into New Mexico in just a few days will help me feel like we’re making progress and improve my mood! Our short morning hike down into Pagosa Springs and our long afternoon relaxing has certainly helped.
September 17-18 • CDT Days 95-96 • 22.6, 29.5 miles • After a breakfast at the Lake City Bakery with company from Yogi the dog, “Bakery Ambassador,” we hitched back to the trail and headed into the San Juans. This was the section of trail we had been thinking about since before we ever started hiking—many northbound hikers had to miss it this year because of fire closures, and many southbound hikers in previous years miss the San Juans because of early Colorado snows. But it looked like with our timing, we were in the clear for the weather, so we headed on in. Right off the bat, there was a ton of elevation gain and loss, but the changing aspens and sweeping views made taking this trail more worthwhile. • The CDT passed a lot of lakes during the countless climbs on Monday, and a couple of old mine areas with tracks and other remnants. The CDT finally diverged from the nicely maintained Colorado Trail and turned to GARBAGE. We had been on the CT for so long, we almost forgot what the real CDT was like. Aka terrible. Our legs were destroyed from the bushwhacking by the end of the day. We camped above the large Ute Lake and listened to elk bugling as we went to sleep.
The love of my life @sirallen7
and I spent our 7-month soberversary on horseback with an incredible dinner at the finish.
I dont think that we're meant to understand it all the time. I think that sometimes we just have to have faith.
went hiking for the first time today after four months! also, became a brand ambassador for @bangsshoes
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Cute little spot next to the highway. 🍂🍁
My schedule has been so jam packed that I haven’t had the time to really get excited about next weeks backpacking trip. My gear is strewn about the living room floor as I simultaneously prep for our booth at #womanupclimbingfestival
this weekend. Oh and happy fall equinox 🍂 let’s do this!
First attempt at heat pressed t-shirts! Place your orders!!
I’m trying to make more time for myself to chill out. No agenda. Read a book. Enjoy my coffee. To just be more mindful, and fully commit to relaxing! I’m good at multitasking, but it doesn’t really make me feel good. And now, after I post this, the phone is going on the charger and I’m putting my feet up. I invite you to stop scrolling and do the same. ❤️ #liveonpurpose #relaxonpurpose
BFC race report, 4. Pic from the day before as I made a rule for myself not to waste a single second taking any pictures while out on the course.
Having lined up so far back with only a cheap Spider-Man watch which may or may not be synched to Laz’s watch to tell me the time, the cheers from the runners ahead of me tells me that the cigarette has been lit and the race has begun. We spread out on the road and Jon and I set out at a comfortable pace, though I push myself a bit as I know things will slow down soon enough when we hit single track. I see people walking up the hill to the famous yellow gate and recall a lesson I learned from last year - if it’s runnable, run it. I take a quick second to kiss it for luck and continue running up the road. Veer to the right, then turn to the left and we are making our way up Bird Mt. I look at my watch. It’s 7:18.
Starting the race on a climb does wonders for traffic. The bottlenecks last year were caused by people walking from the beginning what was flat enough to run. This year, we are moving at a mostly strong and steady pace and people are courteous about passing and allowing others to pass. I’m ready to put all of the tire dragging, hill repeats, and stair climbing sessions to the test and set out at a fast climbing pace early on. I don’t worry about conserving energy because I know that my injuries will slow me down eventually, and I can take my rests then. A few people pass me, but mostly I am passing others one by one as we make our way up the mountain. I’m breathing hard but my legs can handle the climbs readily. All of my hard work has paid off.
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Mornings with a wild creature 😍
True friends brush your teeth for you 😬
Thanks and credit to @tcup_half_full
for today's inspiration and image: well put!
"Jumping for joy to be back in the mountains and on the trails" #findyouractive
- What are you jumping into this weekend?
Gorgeous photo by #📷 @tcup_half_full
We can all do our part to give back to our natural world that gives us so much. Thank you @c.r.a.b.b.y
for helping clean up our shores - you're right when you said "Sometimes it's accidental: the corner of your wrapper flies away in a breeze. Sometimes it's absurdly on purpose: cigarette butts scattering the shore like confetti. No matter how small, it all adds up." #roanline #bluemovement
Photo Credit 📸: @c.r.a.b.b.y
pro tip: when taking self portraits that consistently end up out of focus, slap some grain on that bad boy and make it look like it was done on purpose 👌🏼
It’s all about flowing in the right direction and letting the energy of the universe push you to your destination
September 14-16 • CDT Days 92-94 • 33.0, 29.0, 16.2 miles • We’ve certainly been getting some views lately, especially with the changing aspens! Colorado has been tough for me physically; I’m not sure if it’s the altitude or what, but I feel sick a LOT of the time. One of these afternoons, I had to stop hiking and lay on the ground in the fetal position for like an hour because I felt so bad. The physical difficulty wears me down mentally, too, but we keep on hiking. That evening, we even caught an amazing sunset at the top of our last pass. We saw some beavers, too! • On our day heading into Lake City, the nice views continued and we walked across a large plateau before our final descent to the highway. When we got there, we met @hikingprodigy
for the first time, who had already been trying to hitch for 2 hours. Not a good sign. We didn’t bring much luck either, as it took almost another 2 hours to finally get a hitch. Our ride ended up being with a group of 6 self-proclaimed grandmas, who had passed us by but then turned around and came back, saying “We have grandkids your age—we couldn’t leave you sitting there!” Thank God! As the car was already full of grandmas, Mike had to sit in the back of the van, leading them to call him “Luggage.” Too bad he already has a trail name—I’d love for that one to stick! We spent the night in Lake City, eating burgers and a pint of ice cream each before hiking out the next day.