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I just finished reading “The Last Season” by Eric Blehm and its eloquent and flowing descriptions of the Sierra make me wish I was back in that storied range. I highly recommend this book, it’s the true tale of Randy Morgenson, one of the best backcountry rangers to ever patrol Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. In 1996, after 28 seasons in the backcountry, he went missing. But this book is about so much more than the search and rescue mission for Randy, it’s also a story about how a man’s entire life was shaped by his love for the mountains. Randy was a staunch environmentalist and his ideas of proper backcountry use, recreating, and even photography has made me question some of my own preconceived notions of those topics. I don’t want to ruin too much but if you have read the book (or read it in the future) shoot me a DM, I’d love to discuss it with you!
Last year at this time I was planning my trip around the west, still need Washington, Montana, Wyoming to visit... I don't think I consider North Dakota to Texas part of the west, or states I care to visit... But that's probably because I don't really know much about them.. 🤔
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In a place like the Grand Canyon, it’s difficult to choose what to shoot. It’s such an expansive place. A highly photographed place, too, so trying to create a new perspective is tough. So I tried to focus on the details. The light-play across the lower reaches of the canyon contrasted with deep shadows was mesmerizing to watch as the sun slowly exited the canyon at sunset.
Walking through a forest of Saguaros 🌵🌵
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The last few weeks I've been having vivid, technicolor dreams about the Grand Canyon. This always happens to me in spring, maybe remnants of years when winter private trips and spring commercial baggage boating were the norm, or from college when spring break always meant packing as many girls as possible into a Subaru Forester and heading south to the red rock.
Now, with Redside and the Idaho River Rendezvous, spring is one of my busiest seasons, but it doesn't mean that desert magic doesn't reach it's fingers up into my thoughts. When I told a friend on the chairlift I wasn't sure what we'd do for the "spring break" Casey gets, that I was feeling bad about leaving work, she said, "Emerald. You are going to take the week off. You are going to bring the dog. You'll figure the rest out." So... because we're adults and because we can, the boys and I are heading south next week for a simple desert backpacking trips. Gimme your best beta on the San Rafael Swell...
Photo by Jonah Gray of my first and only LEFT side Lava Falls run 🌊
"Walking next to this makes me feel like I'm in a fantasy world" I said., and she looked at me like ...ok you weirdo.. Lol @sarajsheahan
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I often hear people talk ill of social media, and while their concerns are valid, I think that folks are missing the point. Social media will always fall short of accurately representing real life. Which is only a problem if you expect it to.
I choose to believe in, work for, and seek out the good from these tools. Thanks to Instagram and YouTube and other platforms, I've had the opportunity to meet so many incredible people online, and have turned a lot of them into real life friends along the way.
I look at social media as somewhat of a personal life resume - a LinkedIn of adventure. With a few scrolls, I can tell pretty quickly whether I'll get along with someone, and what they might be up for. Case in point: I didn't meet @shays_days until 2:15am on our way out to Sky Pond, a trip which we had planned 12 hours earlier.
Of course it's true that I only share a tiny fraction of my life here, but I don't think that's an issue. These are the places and people that inspire me - I want to share them with you and and invite more of the same back into my life.
The internet is not real life, so don't expect it to be 🤷♂️
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That moment when you’re drinking your morning ☕️ and fighter jets snake through the bottom of the canyon you’re overlooking. And you learn it’s where Star Wars was filmed. More pics on the blog & in my story. #roadlife