Would I do it all again?
A shattered window, a stolen passport, a broken heart, type 3 fun.. would I do it again? Yes.
The roads took a lot from me but it also gave me escape, it gave me peace, it empowered me, let me cry.
I won’t romanticize it and tell you that the logistical nightmare that I had to face when I got home was easy. I cried some more, was frustrated, and had to make do with what I had left.
But looking back would I do it again. YES.
Should YOU do it? YES
Will it be scary? Hell YES!
But do it, do it in a van, in a civic, on a bike. Do it.
We can’t control the world around us, or what the people in it will do. But we can choose to keep loving we can choose to keep going.
Whatever your reason for embarking on an adventure is .. know that YOU are so worthy of it.. YOU inspire me.. YOU keep me going even when the the unexpected happens.
Thank you to all of you, now go chase your mountain and #createyourtrail
#fakevanlife #vanlife #getoutstayout
Here's my hiking buddy today. And while I was thinking about the biomehanics of walking I stepped in some cow poop. So more important than how you walk is watching where you're going. Lol 💩
But joking aside, I was having some knee pain while walking. Before the poop incident, I was noticing I was rushing to get back before my yoga class. Practicing what I preach, I slowed down my gait and shortened my stride so I could push from behind, driving the steps with my lateral hip muscles and glutes and the knee pain disappeared. 😍🤗👍🏼 Was it because I suddenly got new knees? Nope, it's because I changed the mechanical load on my tissues and joints. I was able to finish my hike with more comfort and ease. I was late to class but that's the way it goes. I will pick lateness over pain any day. 💖
#alignmentmatters #unlikelyhikers #fatgirlshiking
“One mile is one mile no matter how long it takes. The beauty about hiking is, your hike is yours.”
We have a new Feature Friday story today from #womenwhohike
community member, @brandihikes
“I am not the ‘standard hiker.’ I am not thin or athletically built. I almost never see women who look like me on a trail unless we started it together. But I do love hiking, so I started my page @brandihikes
to encourage women of all sizes to get out doors and hike. If I can do it anyone can! One mile is one mile no matter how long it takes. The beauty about hiking is, your hike is yours. Even within a group, your hike is a personal journey. I believe that being outside and exploring is liberating and good for us in every way. For me, hiking is humbling because it reminds me of the great power around us and how small I actually am. I love the sound, the smell the views. Now, there are definite challenges in not being the ‘standard hiker.’ For one, finding appropriate clothes that can actually fit. Not to mention that brands often charge more money for the larger sizes. But even with the challenges I love that hiking provides its own beauty standard. I am able to plan entire trips around hiking, and I especially love when my adult children (I have five of them) and their friends join me. I also love camping, playing tennis, running, strength training and just going on adventures. My goal is to hike the PCT either as a thru hike or section by section. Hopefully more black women, more plus size women and more families get out and hike. It is so much fun.”
Fun fact: 68% of women in the US wear size 14 or above.
This was taken 3 years ago on one of my first big adventures. For a month I lived out of my car with @ahhecstasy
by my side. We drove over 6000 miles across the US. From Georgia to California and back. I remember this hike, it was 12 miles across the south rim of the Grand Canyon. I also remember this was when I decided to go back to college. When I returned from this journey I picked up 3 different jobs and put myself through the last couple of years of college. This trip was pretty pivotal for my life. I encourage everyone to take a trip like this. Visit as many places as you can, Camp out under the stars, get scared because coyotes are right outside the car you’re sleeping in, eat beans and instant potatoes constantly, consume BBQ in Kansas City like an animal... it’s all worth it. 😊❤️
Does this canyon that I conquered in 100 degree heat, make my ass look fat? 😘🏜☀💪😌
/ Abi ]
caught me mid-scramble and my first thought was...cheerleader pose? 🤷♀️
The greenery was great! This time around there were a lot of people biking on the trail because the weather was so nice. The last time I was here, it was a cloudy, drizzly day so there were far less people on the path.
Length: 24 miles
Elevation Gain: 931 ft
Dogs Allowed: yes but be careful because there are a lot of bikes on this trail!
Distance from Portland: 40 mins
Anytime I’ve ever been asked where my favorite place in the world is, I’ve usually responded with “the desert”. I get a lot of strange looks back because people are typically expecting a country or state or city. But for me, the desert, regardless of its geographical location, is always the most beautiful, because it’s here, where layers of time are exposed for all to see, but also where they’re being completely erased. Millions (sometimes tens or hundreds of millions) of years of earth history, seen with the naked eye, being eroded with each storm, each blow if the wind, each rumble of the earth. ▪️
#getoutandgeologize #geology #reiproject1440 #optoutside #forceofnature #natureaddict #exploremore #meetthemoment #keepitwild #neverstopexploring #ladiesgetoutside #radgirlslife #sharethestoke #outdoorsjournal #alltrails #thisworldexists #wildernessculture #adventurewomen #outdoorwomen #sheadventures #girlsthatwander #fatgirlshiking #idratherbeinnature #adventureseeker #findyourpark #petrifiedforestnationalpark
I’ve always hesitated to share this photo from my EBC trek. It makes me cringe seeing that neon yellow shirt highlighting my enormous stomach, my hip belt creating a giant muffin top. But then I have to remind myself that at least I was THERE. I may have been slow but I was beating everyone who chose to stay at home. I may have been fat but I was proving to the world that people can be active no matter their size. Posting this photo on Instagram is my reminder to STOP focusing on my size and to START focusing on my abilities. #nepal #himalayas #trekking
There’s a new blog post up! 9 Things No One Tells You About Hiking to Everest Base Camp (link in bio). I’ll be writing quite a few posts about Nepal 🇳🇵 in the coming weeks so stay tuned! #nepal #discovernepal #himalayas
Jumping up and down the floor. My head is an animal 🏔💚
I love love LOVE that my favourite rivers are finally flowing! Lerderderg Gorge Darley VIC.
Remembering how every step near the Grand Canyon felt like jello 😵 📸: @thelastlevy
Clark Lake Trail. This ended up a 13+ mile hike because of some wrong turns and a planned side trip to Crooked Lake. There were times I thoroughly HATED this trail (would it kill them to put up some posts or blazes?!?). There were lots of spurs not on the map and few landmarks so I added 3-4 miles with backtracking 😠
I did have a good hike overall :) I had Crooked Lake all to myself the first night and the section of trail by Clark Lake all to myself the second night :) It was super peaceful!!
You get the day 3 pic of me - I'm grubby but at least the hives I had on my face are mostly gone!!!
31/52 I can easily say this was the most beautiful hike I’ve done this year. Pictures don’t do this view justice at all 😍 #takemeback #latergram #52hikechallenge
Location: Heather Lake. Granite Falls, WA. Ancestral land of Puget Sound Salish, Snohomish, Lushootseed, Snuqualmi, Duwamish, Skykomish
You can capture colors best at Painted Hills after rainfall and/or during sunrise or sunset!
Hike Length: .5 miles
Dogs Allowed: Yes and on a leash
Distance from Portland: 4 hrs
FOR MY POC AND NATIVE WOMEN... Above all your safety comes first. If you ever feel unsafe get out of the situation fast.
The first night I was trying to find a place to sleep I phoned a friend to ask if Fort Bragg was safe.
The truth was I had less fears about being woken up by a knock on my window or being seen by bystanders as I did to be accidentally shot by a trigger happy pro gun person. (California gets more rural and conservative as you head north.)
Yes I said it.
And yes I know this is Instagram where many outdoor accounts refuse to even slightly hint at politics because of image and not being on brand... but I can’t.
The color of my skin and my native features don’t allow for that privilege.
When I am traveling I notice the color of my skin because I am not white passing, I am not light skinned.
I am the color of what forgotten looks like.
I am the color needed for an officer to be acquitted.
Since 2016 there have been over 5,000 missing/murdered indigenous women in this country alone.
I cannot pretend that my “van life” doesn’t come with extra risks. When I take on the van journey I am going in knowing that these fears are real and are valid.
Why even do it then?
Because I love adventure more than I fear my oppressors. Because I want to inspire others. Because I refuse to let the close small minded beliefs of someone intimidate me into hiding.
So I will continue to get out, I will continue to seek new places, I will continue to seeking new stories.
So yes van life for brown and black folx is different in the sense that we have to be more cautious.
But here we are still chasing after that dream. And will continue to do so. :)
#vanlife #blacklivesmatter #carcamping #natureispolitical
I LOVE MY THICKY THICKY SELF!!!! I can’t WAIT to be back up and at em after my knee heals!
More plus sizes in outdoor gear. Yes!
Less labels? 🤔 What does that even mean? Why do outdoor corporations want to erase our labels? Our fat identity? Our plus size? The labels we give ourselves & the identities we live in are not theirs to take or erase.
Watch as these same corporations tokenize us & make money off our community buying their products. Nope. The revolution will not be #sponsored
by corporations. The change we seek will not be handed to us in nice little air brushed packages with marketing teams that want to pat themselves on the back for being more “inclusive.” Let’s give our money, instead, to businesses who know the experiences of living in a marginalized body.
So, tell us, who are your favorite gear/clothing companies that are SMALL businesses that are inclusive & plus size?
***BONUS for small businesses run by fat folks, women, trans & non-binary folks, IBPOC & LGBTQ folks.
(Google these terms if you don’t know them.)
Sometimes we try to hide the sides of ourselves that we, for whatever reason, find unflattering. I have previously chosen not to share side views of myself because I feared it showed too much. But F that - I love this photo!
This has been on repeat in my mind for the last 2 weeks: your body is a powerful instrument to explore the world, not an ornament with arbitrary & ever changing value.💪🏻
I think this is especially important during this season where we worry too much about how our bodies look in swimsuits and sundresses. I used to be the girl that sat on the sidelines, worried about the size of my arms or stomach or if I had visible cellulite. Now I’m the girl who is willing to jump in, excited to see where my powerful & capable body can take me!🏃🏻♀️
Remember what really matters, what your body was divinely CREATED to do! We get distracted by “limits” that don’t mean anything at the end of the day. We are more powerful & capable than we believe!❤️