hiding from my responsibilities tomorrow. 👀
The iconic Tunnel View in Yosemite. We didn’t realize how lucky we were to have rain overnight for our first night there. When we got up early the next morning to take our cameras out it provided us with a spectacular blanket of rolling fog in the bottom of the valley and a good amount of water coming out of Bridal Veil Falls. It didn’t give us a nice cloudy and moody sky though. The following couple of days after the rain there was no more fog in the morning and the waterfalls didn’t have a lot of water coming out of them. This photo is before the sun rose enough to shine into the valley, but soon after it did the fog burned off and the lighting conditions became pretty harsh. It definitely takes a little bit of time to figure out the best times for good light, and in a lot of cases it’s mid-day when lighting is fairly even. #yosemite #yosemitenationalpark #nationalpark #nationalparks #valleyview #halfdome #northdome #yosemitevalley #tv_nature #tv_landscapes #ignature
💋 Fun fact about me:
Growing up I spent about 4 summers in Yosemite as a backpacking intern, which is something I’m very proud of! In that time I learned that I can survive out in the middle of nowhere, without a phone, Starbucks or pizza.
Crazy right?! 😱
Being outside in places like this, helps me handle my anxiety. It reminds me that when things seem overwhelming they aren’t really that big at all. I mean look at this photo! That’s half dome, that’s a real place, and it’s huge. (No not just a default computer background.) 💻
Hiked 11 miles in the Triple whites 👟 🏞
Backpacking trip day 1! Hike down to north dome with our bear canister. Look at pretty views, met some Catalan rock climbers who've just made it up to the top at dusk. Camp on pretty cliff overlooking the valley.
We didn't expect to get a same day backpacking permit but we got one and headed out asap. We misgaged the distance to north dome and the prevalence of signage so we may have trekked around 8 miles #momsspaghetti
on day 1. #yosemite #backpacking #northdome #bearcanister #woooo
I often get frustrated that I’m not being productive enough in the day.
However when this thought creeps up I have to remind myself that that’s just anxiety talking to me.
Usually I’ve done more than enough and have been extremely productive throughout the day and have no reason to be upset. I often have very high expectations of myself that are bordering on unrealistic and when I don’t meet them I am extremely hard on myself.
I have to remind myself that I’m human and that not every single day is going to be a perfect shining emblem of productivity. And that is OK.
Nobody is going to die because I didn’t meet my productivity goals on any given day. The only person who is disappointed by it is myself. So putting it into perspective and seeing that you’re really isn’t that big of a deal in the grand scheme of things makes me realize that I don’t need to be upset and that I should instead spend my energy on being happy.
I instead focus on the things I did get done and the things I did do well throughout the day, instead of solely focusing on everything I didn’t get done.
This makes me feel accomplished instead of disappointed and gives me a better perspective on how much I’ve actually completed.
What do you do when anxiety creeps in?
There are no shortcuts to any place worth going 🚶🏻♂️
North Dome was one of those spots that I never really thought I’d cross off my list.. But on Saturday, after sitting alongside El Cap Meadow debating what to do that afternoon, @jgleit
and I figured we’d go for it. 5 hours, 10 miles of hiking, and a small rainstorm later, we checked it off the list. It’s quite a humbling experience standing face to face with Half Dome. Can’t wait to make it back ⛰
Adventure truly is out there.
Unfortunately, some people’s adventures recently are taking away from the land that we are all supposed to be able to enjoy.
Two national parks have recently been defaced, and this is truly upsetting and alarming.
This earth has been here longer than any of us can even fathom, and will continue to be here long after we are dust in the wind. The audacity it takes to ruin something that has nourished and nurtured us for so long is baffling.
To support conservation parks projects, you can get apparel from @theparksapparel.
The clothes are insanely comfy and light- perfect for treks.
Take care of our land. Love it. Cherish it. Enjoy it, and go adventure.
🏕 Missing this fantastic camping view of Half Dome and that wonderful mountain wildnerness smell.
So stoked that we have our next Yosemite camping trip planned! We’ve never been during the fall and there’s a chance we’ll see some snow. Can’t wait because we’ve been itching to go camping again! We will be busy beautifying the park with the Northern California Peace Corps Association. However, we will definitely make time at sunrise and sunset for photography!
‘The Land Before Time’ ...the massive scale of this place and inspiration you get here, for me, is hard to put into words. truly something you just need to feel for yourself @yosemitenps