we hung around the trailhead for two days waiting for the weather to clear up. •
it drops down, steep. we crawled down, slid down and i was just thinking 'how the hell will we make it back up?' •
no one far and wide for days. •
epic camping. •
we made it back up, somehow. and this captures that moment of relief, in awe of what we just did, thinking of those who were here long before me.
Audubon Society member Ella Sorensen sifts though the unique oolitic sand that is formed near the Great Salt Lake, showing that conservation of the Gillmor Sanctuary is about more than protecting habitat for birds.
Last day to pick up this issue of @slcweekly get on it
There’s a way station on my travels called nostalgia
I’m such a frequent visitor,
Perhaps I should call it deja vu
Today it was dressed in hues of rust and sepia
The edges yellowed with age
I want to explore every nook and cranny,
And a smile spreads across my face
I turn my head to say, look!
But the children we once were aren’t listening
Together we crafted fortresses from bark and leaves
Found oases in puddles
And watchtowers in trees
And though my feet carry me here and now, to the farthest corners of the earth
My heart often travels there and then,
to the place of our birth
Where we ruled over a woodland kingdom, my brothers and I-
Where imagination led the way-
And we were wild
Annnnd we’re off to Arizona😍 I had an awakening today💕✨🌈 I got my oil changed early this morning before I picked up Chris and while they were working on my car, I walked to a sporting goods store to look for thermals, I got coffee at Starbucks and no one was really out since it’s a Monday and a holiday. Most shops were closed and the ones that were open had few people. I was sitting, eating breakfast in Starbucks, enjoying the sun when I had a moment where I thought “I’m having fun hanging out with myself. I’m enjoying time with myself. Wow.. I like myself.”🦋 To have those thoughts flow through my head in such an unassuming moment, was the best gift I could’ve asked for. I used to get anxious about time alone because my mind would go crazy with my insecurities, my denied emotions trying to rear their head, my too many worries about the past or future. Last year I went head on into every one of those things, mentally, spiritually, physically through yoga and my hiking that is meditation to me. I felt every emotion and I delved into my past and I quieted my mind and it was HARD. But these moments of self love are why we do it, why it is necessary to learn to face your dark side🌋 Because when you love it, when you admire and appreciate it as a part of you, you can love yourself no matter how your day may be going. You’ll have a revelation that you’re no longer afraid of being alone because you’re not afraid of the unknown parts of yourself. Because they’re no longer unknown, they’re friends, and they’re not so bad. In fact, they’re pretty darn beautiful💜 So I’m here, writing this post, excited to travel with the love of my life knowing that it is that much sweeter to travel with your love when you actually have two of them with you. Your partner and your self 💕
If you want to hear a bit more about my individual as well as Chris and I’s journey together, one of my favorite pages @thewaywemet posted our story!! Check it out❤️😘✨💜💕
“One morning, Eric and I woke in the desert from uneasy politics and found we had turned into a large “Welcome to Bears Ears” sign.
For two days, some people treated us like monstrous vermin. Well, nine people did. Nine whites treated us unkindly (spoiler).” — Read more, link in bio! ..
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We had an interesting day in Granary Canyon, so I was relieved when we reached this last 200 foot rappel with just enough daylight left. Watching our fearless leader make his way down the red rock with the green Colorado River as a backdrop was something else. Can you spot the appropriately named Jug Handle Arch?
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snow time is the perfect time for winter sessions ❄️
“If future generations are to remember us more with gratitude than sorrow, we must achieve more than just the miracles of technology. We must also leave them a glimpse of the world as it was created, not just as it looked when we got through with it.” || Lyndon B. Johnson, upon signing The Wilderness Act
We had to go with “plan B” last week when the road was snowed in to our hiking destination ❄️🌨❄️ Fortunately, Utah is full of “plan B” options. Check out our blog for the full post on this Adventure!! Link in bio ☝🏻