One of the goals we set for 2018 was to start backpacking. We headed to Olympic National Park this weekend, which happened to be Earth Day Weekend AND the beginning of National Park Week (how fitting!), for our first ever trip! We hiked 19 miles along rivers and through the beautiful Hoh Rainforest, saw over 10 elks, admired the crazy mossy trees, cooked dehydrated food for the first time, filtered our own water, and successfully carried ~30lbs each.
Carrying supplies for miles through a forest and sleeping deep in nature was such a rewarding and peaceful experience. We learned a lot this weekend and cannot wait for more backpacking adventures this year! 🙌🏼
Woke to see that I passed the 10k threshold last night. I am grateful and happy for all of you who stayed on my page. Its graduation season right now, and I am taking a few more shoots before its over. Email me if you are still looking for a photographer for a shoot!
Mmmmm yummy, colorful slot canyon goodness in Zion.
Last month while visiting Guadeloupe Mountains NP I pulled over to take a picture. When I looked down I noticed the bushes were filled with trash. I took a few minutes to pick up what was around me - enough to fill an entire trash bag (2nd pic). While this made me extremely sad/angry, I felt better knowing there was something I could do about it.
So in honor of Earth Day and National Park Week, I decided to spend the weekend picking up trash from my local parks, beaches, and road sides... 21 bags of trash later (11 of those filled with just plastic) became an eye opener to just how much litter really pollutes our beautiful land. If I could make this much of a difference in two days, image what a whole community could do.
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Happy Earth Day 🌍
This is from Earth Day 2015 and man was that line long to get inside...lol. I don't know if I could handle going on any of the free admission days ever again...lol. Miss you to death & come back to the states @dsotomayor
My heart is full of gratitude and love for the calming connection of spirit and grace I experience when surrounded by nature’s beauty. Thank you Mother Earth. Happy Earth Day. 🌏🧡
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Happy Earth Day! Today we celebrate our greatest gift - and the one we seem to take the most for granted. We are so fortunate to have such a wild, beautiful, and diverse planet and that's something worthy of cherishing 365 days a year. While climate change, deforestation, and other environmental issues (most of which are human-caused) will continue to wreak havoc on all of Earth's species, it is still not too late to protect and save even the most endangered ecosystems and animals. Everything on this planet is connected - from the mosquitoes in Africa to the polar bears in the Arctic to the humans across the globe. That's why it's so important to conserve them all - our futures are intertwined. So I hope we all take some time to appreciate the incredible gift that is the natural world while recognizing our role in shaping its fate.
[70/417] Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial. Much less exciting than the actual FDR Historic Site, but that’s a post for another day. Any park with a good view of water is a decent experience anyways.
[69/417] Thomas Jefferson Memorial! Beautiful view overlooking the water from almost all sides of this area, just across the bridge from the main national mall areas.
[68/417] National Capital Parks. That’s right, for some reason the collective DC area is officially its own distinct unit of the NPS, separate from the other unique units that comprise it. That means EVERYTHING I post about DC is within this “park” too. Because of that, here’s some more big city park wildlife encounters :)
Happy national park week everyone! This was the final stop on my tour last weekend... After 3 hours and gaining about 1500 feet in elevation (all while fighting off a bad cold 🤧), I made it to the top of Angels Landing in Zion National Park. This is definitely the hardest but most thrilling hike I have ever done. You have to use a chain to help guide and pull you up the fin of the mountain on the final push to the top (where the trail is very narrow with 1000-foot drops on each side), but the payoff is a stunning 360 degree view of Zion. Would do it again in a heartbeat! 💙 NP No. 18. Get out and explore this week if you can 😊
Happy birthday, John Muir! The father of our national park system, a conservationist and environmentalist with a gift for words, and founding president of the Sierra Club. Thank you for preserving our incredible lands for generations to come 🏞 (Throwback to our hike through Muir Woods, one of my favorite places in the world, and aptly named after one of the biggest advocates for California wilderness!)
Happy 180th Birthday, John Muir! We can’t be thankful enough to the Father of National Parks for understanding the importance of protecting our most special, wild outdoor places for everyone to enjoy.
Really missing the rolling mountains coated with the beautiful, white goodness right now...
🌎 Bear Gulch Reservoir, Pinnacles NP, WA
🖼 Title: Walkin’ on Sunshine
📝 The glistening rays reflecting over the twinkling ripples give a sense of wonderment! An empowering feeling to conquer anything, especially the confidence to walk on sunshine!
The lifespan of a cactus can span from 25 to 300 years, unless it’s under my care... as I do not have a green thumb.
Wishing everyone an amazing weekend!!
SO STOKED to be heading back here this summer 🌟 happy Friday!!!
It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood 🌷
Stayed local on this gorgeous day & headed over to enjoy the home of one of my heros, John Muir a.k.a. Father Of The National Parks. ❤
One of the benefits of camping at white sands is you mostly have it all to your self during pre sunrise hours . One of the downfalls of camping at white sands is not being prepared to hike out to your site with all of your gear and the cold and extremely windy night temperatures😬