There is no greater joy, no freer feeling, than looking at these mountains, and being reminded of how tiny I am, and how incredibly powerful this world is. My soul smells permanently of fresh pine and clean water, and I am always reminded that this is what it feels like, to truly be alive 💖
There is nothing more refreshing than taking a dip in a glacial lake after a hike in the hot sun ☀️ thanks @hajospaethe
for this lovely photo!
“The mountain speaks of resilience- the toughness of life, the fragility of lives. It speaks of permanence and transience, of what endures and what passes away. It speaks of the beauty and insistence of natural processes that, given time, bring the mountain back to life”-Charles Goodwin
#mtsthelens #eruption #lifeisshort #lifegoeson
Can't wait to be an experienced enough hiker to hike my way out of cell reception one day.
I’m back! Accidentally took a little break from posting here on @instagram
via killing all of my electronics. But I’m back in action! I’ve been on some crazy adventures lately from hiking in the alpine to cruisin the coastline and everything in between. I can’t wait to share it with you all. This summer is shaping up quite well, especially now that I’m back on my feet! Here’s to summer on VanIsle! Cheers friends.
A few weeks ago, one of my favorite grammers @local_milk
wrote, "the question to ask yourself is: are the problems in my life symptoms of my dreams coming true or not?" Man, was that a powerful thing to hear as I was in the midst of what felt like my hundredth meltdown of the day. This summer has been the busiest of my life so far. Between a new job, wedding planning, moving, travel, blogging and social obligations, I've felt seriously overwhelmed. But when I really stopped to think about it, every single one of my problems stems from my dreams coming true (well, besides my chronically messy apartment). I'm finally working a job I love, I'm marrying the man of my dreams, I get to travel, I have amazing friends, I'm moving closer to my job and where Topher got accepted to school, I'm getting to blog and lead trips - my life is really, really good right now. Also, vv busy, but the busy is worth it.
Last week I was dreading going on this hut trip because there was so much to do between moving and wedding planning. But then, I was doing sunrise yoga in the middle of the woods surrounded by amazing women and I remembered just how much I love my life.
A little altitude does wonders for your attitude.
Up and up and up we go! Once you reach the clouds make a sharp left. Valley views await!
Gotta put my camera on a timer coz my hiking buddy today is only a fur ball. Just a quick one today, only an hour and a bit long.
Over the river and through the woods to mountain adventures we go 📷 @sudsymack
“lucia, do you love me? are you hiking? say you’ll neva eva leave from beside me..” - drakes original lyrics, probably.
one thing to know about me is I don’t stick to a specific genre of music. I honestly like it all, and I like that about myself. except some pop-country music. sorry florida-georgia line, I will never understand ya. K byeeeeeeee.
When you realize mountain weather systems and changes are the real deal. Moments later the skies cleared to highlight the most amazing canvas Mother Nature could offer. Thankful for mountain friends who push me to be able to experience these amazing feats! (Also, an equally amazing tidbit was the fact we could now see that we weren’t accidentally stumbling over a 2100 meter mountain face after the fog subsided)! #dreamteam #mountaingoats
Taken deep in the rainforest of East Maui on what was probably the rainiest day of the year! Seriously got soaked, but the rain and mist made the forest seem all the more mysterious.
Road tripping from Virginia to Acadia National Park this summer was the best decision. Driving up Cadillac Mountain to the highest peak in park, instead of hiking it, was also a great plan. What’s the fun of hiking to a summit that everyone else reaches by car? ⛰/ #CadillacMountain
Dying laughing right after hitting Becca with my blue @salomon
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Moments like this are what make my life worth living, being outside is how I cope with my fears and anxiety. I’ve spent my entire life dealing with anxiety. Maybe I was born with it, maybe it’s genetic but I mostly think it was learned in my upbringing. Having my voice be suppressed, being responsible for other people’s happiness - being torn in different directions with divorced parents, maybe it was abandonment that set off the anxiety. But here I am - I’ve made it through 27 years of a colorful, beautiful, unimaginable life of mine. I’ve had low moments, and high ones, but what I’ve come to realize is that anxiety is maintenance. It never goes away and you can only learn to make the choice to understand and retrain the brain. But then there’s not only anxiety but self consciousness and depression, allowing others ideas or made up ideas to rule over your own worth because it’s too scary to believe your worth anything. Too afraid to chase what may make you uncomfortable.... How do you convince others that are swallowed in anxiety and self consciousness to take a chance on themselves? The thing is - you can’t, only they can, and with that I remember having control does not exist. Thoughts on my mind this evening. It’s not always rainbows and butterfly’s. ✨
#theoutbound #simplyadventure #lastbestplace #earthexperience #sunrise_madness #camptrend #msr #backpacking #adventurenthusiasts #takemoreadventures #mtnchicks #mountaingirls #alpenglow #travelstoke #getoutstayout #optoutside #forceofnature #ambassador #neverstopexploring #exploretocreate #ourcamplife #thetentcommandments #passionpassport #amongthewild #womenwhohike #shewentwild #staywild #allaboutadventures #wildernessculture
Me to Nature: I’ll trade you ten miles for a castle.
Nature: Throw in mosquitos, weather, and fishing for your dinner, and you have a deal. #sold #fitforreallife
Exciting news: you’re looking at the new co-moderator for @my.kananaskis
If you don’t already follow the account, you’re missing out on all the Kcountry photo goodness. I look forward to sharing the photos of and inspiring other mountain addicts, sunset chasers, weekend warriors, fierce females, Insta-pooches and everything in between. Thanks to my friend @jmsmlr
for asking me to be a part of it!
⛰Don’t forget to tag @my.kananaskis
or use the hashtags #mykananaskis
to be featured! ✌🏼
Kananaskis summits enjoyed with the best of friends and ending with a soak in the warm springs was what this girl needed last weekend ❤️ #kananaskis
Detour out to Annapolis Valley for a quick stop to see a college roomie... sweet camp spot, red rock beaches, brewery after winery after distillery after more breweries, and a wild ride down the Gasperau River river. We relived some past time shenanigans by taking SUPs down a fast flowing river with many dip netting obstacles... it was a great adventure to say the least 😁🚣♀️
When it’s 💯 degrees.. I would rather be here..
These are the plants my mom came over and potted 🌺 for me because I suck at any type of landscaping. Plus this is the kind of stuff moms just do. 💐When she moved out of our childhood home, she gave me her beloved 💗planters and I will forever have something beautiful in them. It’s my Mom’s Birthday today and I haven’t been able to get in touch with her yet so I’m a bit sad. 😥 But at least seeing her beautiful gift this morning made me extra grateful. Everyday I think of what she battled with her horrible cancer illness. I promised 🙏myself that her fight wouldn’t go for nothing which is why I strive everyday to be proactive about my health and share that gift 🎁 with others. I love you mom! 💕
feet on the ground, head in the clouds🌤✨
Do you ever wish for more time to do all the things, accomplish all your goals and travel all the places?🙋🏼♀️
In the fast pace of life take a step back and breathe. Take each day at a time, cross the items off, and find beauty in every moment💛
But while we’re on the subject - what’s next on your bucket list?! 🔎✈️🗺🏝🌏