I wish some night last forever
This morning, my mood was spectacular after my workout. I had been listening to a podcast when I changed to music during my stretching/"cooldown." Almost immediately, my mood changed along with the music. From jubilant and ready for the day to vengeful and pissy. I recognized it as it happened. First, I acknowledged it, then embraced it, absolutely with intention. I let my mind run for moment, untethered to play scenarios out in my head. The song changed to something even more vengeful, and I kept my mind along that. That comes to now. I suppressed it and threw it back to the darkness. Now, a great at day is ahead.
The point of this is two-fold: 1) it's incredible how outside influences, such as music, can affect our moods, especially when unchecked and 2) we have control of our emotions and thoughts. We have control of the effects which might influence us. It's not easy, but control is there with practice. I'm generally a peaceful person. I know for a fact that I have some seriously fucked up thoughts though. And that's okay, we nearly all do. For me, as long as they remain mine, it is okay. Here's to a great day and the power to not drink the piss someone puts in your cereal.
📸 October 2018
📍 Glacier Peak Wilderness
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we want to recognize our fantastic chefs for providing delicious and nutritious meals for about 1,400 Mountain School kids this fall!! What rockstars!
They excel at making food that is not only full of local fresh produce but also food that kids want to come back for SECONDS!!
Thank you Justin, Miles & Amy!!❤️
Anyone else weird like me and wishes someone manufactured golden larch holiday trees? I'd decorate the f' outta one of those 🤣😂
This is the view of Hidden Lake, accesible via a semi-strenuous 9-mile hike that departs from the Cascade Pass road... Man, I’m going back to to North Cascades asap... & next time, I’m swimming in that lake...
On the other hand, when you consider the massively complex lives we humans have created for ourselves (full of taxes, structural engineering, relationships and refrigerators), climbing mountains doesn't seem that contrived at all.
It's Molly's turn to play in the greenhouse!
🚗 after my first backpacking trip in the states, we stopped at a mexican restaurant to grab some food before we headed back up to bc. i was able to check my emails while waiting for our food - "congratulations - ". i gasped really loud 🙊, and my friends sitting around me asked what happened. "I got into this…thing. I was waiting for results all week!" 🎉
- 😊 i was so happy to find out i got into the Skip Yowell Future Leadership Academy presented by @outdoorindustry.
now in the next 6 months, i'll be joining other future leaders of the outdoor industry in learning and exploring. i've gone on more trips this year than ever before, and i'm so grateful for this opportunity to learn more about the industry that i love working in and the outdoors that i love exploring. ⛰
Nuking up in the mountains. @garthytee
is stoked about it. Are you!? 😂
to this steep and heathery slope en route to our remote camping spot before we climbed the almighty Mt. Triumph and then saw bear tracks the size of our crampons at 11 pm. 😳
I sing my heart out in the car ride home everyday from work. I woke up with a sore throat thinking dang I must’ve sang TOO hard last night. Nah, turns out I’m sick. ☹️ Bummer. Remember when we were young and used to hope we’d get sick so we could miss school? Now being sick when you’re an adult sucks. 😅
I was going to have my normal random caption here, but instead...
I wanted to help spread the word that the snowpack in the North Cascades and around Mount Baker is super sketchy right now. With a late start to the season, everyone is chomping at the bit with all the new snow, but be very careful. It would be prudent to stick to the ski areas and very mellow terrain for a while. Always be prepared and check the conditions and forecast at @nwacus
That look you get when you’ve had enough of being wet and cold 🌧
This week the M.Ed. Graduates are finishing their Environmental Educations Foundations course where they had the opportunity to have class both at Western Washington University’s campus as well as in the comfort of their own home! These collaborative and engaging spaces allowed grads to meet with multiple faculty members and gain a broad range of perspectives on the challenges environmental educators face in such a fast changing world! Check out our website (link in bio) to take a look at our Graduate Residency program in partnership with Huxley college at WWU.
This hawk has been eating well...from my chicken flock!
“I have a therapist. Her name is nature.” ⛰
I’m 27 now. That’s weird. It’s been a weird year of being 26.
When I turned 26, I had never summited a mountain, never ran much longer than 13 miles at a time, had barely rock climbed. Was unsure of what the hell I was doing. That part is never going to change.
Over this year, I’ve progressed (with so so so much help from some amazing people like @staciangeliques
) to some beautiful places with longer days than I ever could have imagined.
First road marathon (Seattle Rock N Roll). First trail 20 miler (@daybreakracing
Backcountry Rise). First trail 50k (Silver Falls). First time in crampons and snowshoes and almost having a flask stolen by a marmot. First time sport climbing and leading a route. And this is excluding all the work experiences, of which there have been just as many. It’s been a crazy, crazy year and all I could do is to do my best to thank those of you who have made this year possible, and to work even harder to make sure 27 is as memorable an experience.