Calming winds wash away your stresses. ❤
Quick little day trip to Jasper feat. High Altitude Poops and skating on Pyramid Lake ✨
The response to our Kilimanjaro trek has been SO overwhelming and supportive. So many of you are curvy adventurers just like us and want a similar experience of camaraderie, travel and a little big of challenge. So we've been working with @whoatravel
for a couple months now to figure out a way to provide more size inclusive, plus size adventures. Introducing......WHOA plus!!! WHOA plus is all about traveling and having fun in a supportive group of like-bodied women. And the first official WHOA plus trip that's being offered is the Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu!!! The group is limited to 12 hikers and will fill up fast so if you're interested then put down your deposit to secure your spot! A couple of the Curvy Kili Crew ladies will be going too! Link in bio #WHOAplus #plussizetravel #seetheworld #100thpost
My Secret Santa upping my hiking game. The backpack is amazing! #fatgirlshiking
I don’t want to post this picture but that’s why I’m gonna. I might even have the courage to add some less flattering outtakes to my story. Why? I’m friends with my self and my body, but I’m also closely acquainted with the things I’d like to change. Primarily the excess belly fat I carry. I’m not trying to show it off, but I am trying to let go of the shame. I think it’s ok and human and even good to want to improve and present our best self outward. I also think it’s cool to be comfortable in who we are, exactly as we are, right now. This is my best no-makeup-sweaty-hat-hair mid hike pose taken earlier this week by the lovely @bohobungalow.
I hope y’all have a good Saturday.
Brown Faces in Iceland: In our room last night, Danica and I were talking about how refreshing it is to be surrounded by other people of color on this trip. We don’t have to worry about being the odd one out, the only brown face for miles. She and I shared very similar experiences regarding the outdoors - how, at first, neither of us thought this outdoor world was for people like us — because we rarely saw POC representation in the outdoors and I especially rarely saw people of larger size. Now, as we are amongst a delightful array of brown on a shoot for a major outdoor company, we can hopefully help to be the representation that the next generation of outdoor adventurers needs.
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Thank you to @clenderman
, and @loveyerland
for your awesome support on this project
A few things I learned on today's hike. 1) I still need to practice my layering 2) My dog doesn't understand where squirrels disappear to and 3) Hiking in late fall sucks because I get lost EVERY.SINGLE.TIME. When is the forest service gonna rake all these leaves??? #justkidding #seriouslytho #wheresthetrail
Iceland is epic in so, so many ways 😲
Everyone: "Is this a river or a lake? We should find out before we go on it."
While in Utah, Jason and I were walking along a path having a conversation when I looked up and saw mountains aglow! I’m pretty sure I walked away from him in mid-sentence and headed straight towards them. He just stopped and stood there as I walked farther away. As I came down a hill and turned a corner there was a little pond and more glowing mountains. I stopped and took a breath. There have been many writers who have tried to articulate the feeling that occurs when you see something like this, but no words can accurately capture it. Not everyone has this feeling, and even fewer “get it” when it’s haphazardly explained... but those of us that do... we look over at one another and we smile, because we know, without words, what the other is feeling with just one glance.
- Y’all. I rescued a chicken during #Snowmageddon
. That’s right, I’m a #Chicken
Hero. I was just #hiking
and she was deep in the woods and I think some doggo tried to get her, she looked a little roughed up and freaked tf out. So I was like “Ma’am...MA’AM... I’m gonna need you to settle down and get in this here towel so I can transport you back to safety...Ma’am! Not gonna say it again, I’m gonna need you to calm down & not use that type of language.”
I picked up her and she was surprisingly cool about it...Then I carried her all the way to her chicken yard “safe space” area...I dunno what they call it, I don’t have chicken experience.
When December comes around I find myself spending a lot of time reflecting. It’s been a whirlwind of a year. More opportunities have developed that I ever imagined might. I feel privileged, honored, grateful, and SO aware of how my privilege has played a key role in making those opportunities possible. I’m embarking on one more grand adventure of the year and I know that it’s privilege that’s brought me here, too.
Woof, how you doing tree?
We work so hard to get somewhere, to realize a dream, to arrive at some destination, that we often forget that though some satisfaction may be waiting at the end of our endurance and effort, there is great and irreplaceable aliveness in the steps along the way.
|| Mark Nepo
Group hikes last weekend with the Portland, OR chapter on ancestral land of Clatskanie & Chinook people & the Missoula, MT chapter on the ancestral land of Pend d’Oreille and Ktunaxa people.
Group hikes coming up👇
Saturday, Dec 15:
New York, NY
Sunday, December 16:
A Fat Positive Paint Party in Portland, OR
Image description: 2 photos [ 1. Group of 8 people & 1 dog stand holding a banner that reads “Fat Girls Hiking, Trails Not Scales” in a building covered with graffiti art & a tree growing behind them with moss & leaves on the ground. 2. Group of 5 people & 1 dog holding a a sign that says “Fat Girls Hiking, Trails Not Scales” with trees & power lines in the background. The grass is mostly brown with patches of green. ]
Ready for the Holidays! .... ❄🙌🎅
I have a lot of feelings about my body — mostly the health of it. It’s great to feel self love and accept my body, to eat what I want without berating myself, to maintain a stable weight, but I am still obese. I carry excess weight around my midsection and I am almost 40. I notice inflammation when I eat certain types of food and sometimes I think it’s worth it. Food is delicious! Eating is one of life’s great pleasures, but the excess I am prone to can be destructive. My body is sensitive to how I feed and move it and I notice this more as I age. I’m trying to figure out how to take better care of my body without making that the thing that needs all of my time and energy and attention. I’ve got some ideas.
ITS HAPPENING!!!!!!!!! Come spend the weekend with me under the redwoods and by the sea at:
A NatureChola Glamp-Out
I’ve been wanting to host something like this for so long!!!! A time to come together, POC and allies, to be in community in a place that connects us all, the outdoors!
FREE tickets for this event will go live:
Weds. 12/12 at 5pm PST..mark your calendars and set your alarms🚨 because we have limited space!
We will be spending the night in the dreamiest of campsites on the Central Coast. Think Pinterest decor with patio lights and the sickest #diversifytheoutdoors
pioneers lineup..*cough *cough
You won’t want to miss out!
Special thanks to @hipcamp
for believing in the vision of this and with no hesitations, supporting it! Y’all are best!
Can’t wait to share the weekend with you!
#createyourtrail #winterdreamteam #naturechola #getoutstayout
Do you consider yourself beautiful?? When in reality the question should be WHAT IS BEAUTIFUL that defines us.
Is it the color of our eyes, the way our lips pucker, shiny hair, clear skin, thin waist or how big our assets are? How about the imperfections we carry every day. The stretch marks or body scars that will forever be a reminder of who we became.
How about the tears that we shed in solitude. Knowing struggles, knowing suffering, knowing loss and have found our way back out of the depths of darkness. The hysterical thoughts that calls us insane.
Is it our shoulder we provide when they need someone to lean on. Is it our kindness to listen to others when they lack audience.
Is it holding someones hand when they are afraid.
Image description: 2 photos [ 1. Hiker facing forward on trail looking back at the camera, wearing a purple backpacking pack, black top & leggings with long black hair pulled back & holding a trekking pole. Trail is rocky with gray/white rocks & there are huge tan/brown rock formations in the distance along with desert plants. ]