“I crave a love so deep the ocean would be jealous.”
When I was 17, I use to admire people with luxuries. Now, I admire people with inner peace.
slept in the car to get up at 5 and hike to the fire lookout for sunrise. Instead we got 3 inches of snow and socked in so we slept til 7. Clearly I wasn’t upset about the extra two hours of sleep or the pretty white frosting #yogainscrubs
Yeah I don’t think I’m coming home...
Family that hikes together stays together ⛰
There’s just something about making it to the top of a mountain ⛰
I loved you at your darkest - Romans 5:8 🖤
Wow, that looks a lot like the Yosemite Valley but filled with water!
Welcome to the Hetch Hetchy Valley, now a reservoir in the Northwestern part of Yosemite National Park. The water you see is a result of the Raker Act, which allowed the building of O'Shaughnessy Dam within the perimeter of the already established Yosemite National Park. ....
This project delivers water to the San Francisco Bay Area and impressively, works solely on gravity. The dam and using the Hetch Hetchy Valley as a reservoir for the Bay Area was first offically proposed in 1890, the same year that Yosemite was declared a National Park. It became a more sought after source of water after the San Francisco Earthquake and Fire of 1906. From its proposal up to 1912, it was opposed by John Muir and his newly formed Sierra Club, newspapers, citizens, and even a few Secretaries of the Interior. Then Woodrow Wilson became president in 1913 and encouraged Congress to review SF's application to develop Hetch Hetchy Valley although other options had emerged. The Raker act was introduced and passed through the House & Senate and was signed by the president. ....
The flooding of the Hetch Hetchy Valley destroyed the biologically diverse forest, river, and meadow ecosystems that had previously thrived on the valley floor. John Muir called Hetch Hetchy "a grand landscape garden, one of nature's rarest and most precious mountain temples". The fight to restore Hetch Hetchy continues today, more than one hundred years later, with alternative water sources for the highly populated Bay Area in mind. ....
The Raker Act, introduced a looming precedent of development to our National Parks System, one which the current administration has resurrected with threats to undermine National Parks, National Monuments and even National Marine Sanctuaries. ....
As midterm elections approach, I hope you all remember the lasting effects and power of politics. Make your voices heard.
#restorehetchhetchy #yosemitenationalpark #hetchhetchy #protectyourparks #nationalparks #nationalparksfoundation #getoutandvote #vote #midtermelections #votefornature #hetchhetchyvalley
“Every day of our lives, we are on the verge of making those slight changes that would make all the difference.”⠀
— Mignon McLaughlin
Petrified Forest National Park was our last stop before Moab. @kaileybreen
had really been hyping it up. Well it lived up to the hype. The landscape is so alien and vast. The @nationalparkservice
maintains some short paved hikes but has mapped out several "Off the Beaten Path" hikes which are very freeform and guide you through areas of interest in the park. I loved this encouragement to wander about the park and to see things at a macro level.
We explored Jasper Forest, marveling at the petrified wood. We would see some pieces that looked EXACTLY like wood. But it's really rock. We hiked up and ran down the beautiful Blue Mesa Trail in awe at the colors and feeling of remoteness even tho we were only a mile or two from the car. Finally we wandered off into the backcountry for the sunset that I talked about in my last post. This park did not disappoint.
Take me to the river ⛰
Spent my morning kayaking down the river in between the beautiful Virginia mountains.
Tractor rides to the apple orchards with family 🍎⛰🚜
Good Morning from Galax ⛰⛅️☕️ .
Thanks for all the happy birthday text and messages yesterday! I’m truly blessed to have such amazing people in my life! 💚
My favorite in my favorite state 🧡
How lucky am I to have you as my adventure buddy?
I have to admit this whole experience was pretty amazing. This lake is nestled in the back of a little valley sounded by mountains thousands of feet higher on every side. It's fun knowing where it is because with each step you get a little more excited as you get closer but you don't see the lake until you're right on top of it! Surrounded by the sheer mountain walls that ascend straight up! The 6 mile hike is a nice warmup before you take a dip in to the frigid water. It's pretty cool to see the snow that's feeding the lake in the background. And of course I had to get in! The water was cold! But surprisingly not as cold as some of the other water we had run into. It was pretty magical to watch the clouds change the colors of this already gorgeous lake. Thanks again for the invite @blruss03 #adventure #explore #travel #magical #polarplunge #hike #nationalparks #GNP #glacier #lake #glacialwater #protectyourparks #wanderlust #getup #getout #sunshine #bigskycountry #glaciernationalpark
This is the view from the last remaining chalet of 8 that were built here. Thankfully the most recently chalet that was sadly destroyed in a fire last year is being rebuilt as we speak. Four people spend every single night from late June until the second week of September here getting deliveries by mule a few times a week. They even have a spotting scope that with a little bit of fine tuning on their part we were able to see the moon, the Moons of Jupiter, Venus, and the rings of Saturn! It was truly an incredible experience. #wow #amazing #sunset #adventure #explore #hike #chalet #GNP #protectyourparks #wanderlust #getup #getout
This wild thing went on a solo hike to a whole lot of lakes today in RMNP. #sorrynotsorry
for all the forthcoming photos!
Next super random solo adventure in t minus one week, good to get back to it. Here’s a pic of me lovin on this J-tree.. ain’t it cute. Sure don’t miss having trail mix for brekky lunch & dinner tho. Especially after I ate all the m&ms you feel me
Happy 4th of July! As a nation of immigrants, I’m proud to support diversity and embrace the many cultures that make up this great nation.
My favorite thing about this country is our access to publicly-owned land. In the U.S., wildlife and natural resources are publicly owned- this means that it’s my and your responsibility to ensure that all wildlife and wild spaces, from coyotes to caves and from mountains to mountain lions, are healthy for generations to come. My best memories of July 4th involve the outdoors, from drinking beers on top of a mountain in California to watching fireworks over the ocean at Fripp Island as a kid. Whatever you’re doing today, remember that the outdoor spaces we love are a privilege to behold, to explore, and to enjoy. These spaces are rooted in Native American culture, are economically and ecologically important to all Americans, and generate the ecosystem services we benefit from daily, including clean air, water, and carbon sequestration. With this in mind, I can think of nothing more patriotic than standing up for our natural resources!
Where is your favorite outdoor adventure spot? Tell me so everyone can put these spaces on their to-enjoy list!
Calm before the storm: Ampersand
• "For some poets, poetry derives from a place. Poem after poem reaches back and touches this place, and rehearses experiences connected with the place … But I am not thinking only of poetry which is geographic or descriptive. I am thinking of places which to the poets embody or recall a spiritual state.”
- Donald Hall, from “The Poet’s Place,” Goatfoot, MIlktongue, Twinbird: Essays, and Notes on Poetry, 1970-76 (University of Michigan Press, 1978)
Photos from the fire-watcher's tower 🔭🌲
I'm absolutely awful with unloading my photos. I am still slowly combing through ones from trips long past, and am working on compiling some from a fairly recent road trip that my lady and I went on... The one downside of digital photography that I've found, is that I tend to take too many. Though, it's always fun looking back and living in that space again.
There are many reasons for walking through a labyrinth. It could represent our path through life. It could represent meditation. It could represent an intent. It could be used for ceremonies or rituals or health or well being.
Pause at the entrance. Clear your mind of extraneous thoughts. Affirm your intent (wellness, peace, forgiveness, celebrations, etc.). Invoke your form of guidance (spiritual, intellectual, personal, etc.). Walk at your own pace. It’s okay to pass others or be passed. Be attentive to your body, your thoughts, your feelings. There is nothing that is supposed to happen, but something might. Stay in the center for a while if you wish. Express your gratitude and acknowledge any gifts you may have received during your experience.
#ChicagoHikesChicago #Colorado #RockyMountains #RockyMountainNationalPark #MtEvans #MtEvansWilderness #Labyrinth #LoveYourParks #ProtectYourParks #ColoradoHigh #Mindfulness
"You got a fast car
But is it fast enough so you can fly away
You gotta make a decision
Leave tonight or live and die this way"
To drive where a sea once flowed. To stand where red rock giants jut out from the salt bed. To breathe where I once would have held my breath. To walk where fish once swam but now the red fox roams. Arches National Park reminds us that the Earth is forever changing. I can only imagine the new formations that might lie ahead.
#redgiants #redrocks #latergram #soloroadtrip #fastcar #journey #nationalparks #protectyourparks