Have you ever had a moment in your life where you found yourself staring death in the face? These moments are the ones that shape who we are as people and the direction our lives are heading. My moment was two years ago this month. I had a moment where my life didn't just flash before my eyes, it played slowly to a melody only I could hear. It danced around me, my memories taunting my mind as it began to unravel in the terror of that moment. My moment was one that helped open my eyes and helped me find the light even in the darkest corners of our imaginations.
I hike because hiking brought me back. Hiking healed not only my body as I strengthened it- but healed my mind as I learned to face my fears over and over again. I hike so I can find new areas to explore and capture on camera. I hike to photograph these moments to bring back home to not only share with my family, but with all those in my life that can't hike for themselves. Hiking is empowering and non-judgemental. I hike because it brings me joy and reminds me to be thankful for every day I get to celebrate my life, and the lives that are important to me.❤ @eddiebauer
Being a mother of four children in a World full of noise and static, I have found it has become vital for us to find ways to unplug. Being adventurous we have found a way to bond as a family by exploring our beautiful Pacific Northwest. Running and playing with my children are memories we will all carry with us our entire lives.
I hike because I want my children to grow up knowing how to unplug and take in our beautiful World. I hike because it slows down time. I hike because it makes me cherish being a mommy and reminds me how important my role as a mother is. I don't just hike for me- but for them too.
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Depression. Anxiety. Body image. All of these and more are words I combat in my life, every day. I hike because when I'm in the mountains I am none of those things. I am strong. I am adventurous. I am resilient... And I am me. I have found I feel the most beautiful out in the wild, filthy and full of wonder. I don't hike because I can. I hike because I have to.
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Today on our hike this tree struck me. It looks like nothing much except the reason why it’s like this. We were hiking in the blast zone of Mount Saint Helens today and walking on top of what used to be the top of the volcano. This tree was ripped from its roots during the massive volcanic explosion and deposited in some random spot through the movement of a lahar. Now that to me is pretty fricken awesome and exciting!! I hike so that I can see Geology first hand! #whyihike #contest #mtsainthelens #lovepnw #lovevolcanoes #womenthathike #hikingmomma #hiking #hikingadventures #optoutside
Sometimes you start a new job and road trip to some long desired hiking spots. Sometimes you savor the moments. Sometimes you take it all in. Always you enjoy the journey! #whyihike #contest @eddiebauer
Starting a new job soon. Road tripping to AZ. So excited for the adventure ahead and the one right in front of me. Literally steps away! #whyihike #contest @eddiebauer
a mole can dig a tunnel 300 feet long in just one night !!!
When you are looking forward to the long weekend.
Absolutely falling in love with hiking on this island
USMC Sgt. Kyle Lonas says the training towards his Operation 7 Volcanos: Pico de Orizaba goal is brining him inner happiness and showing him that he is in control of himself and his life. THP Military Liaison USMC SSgt. Mark Zambon and Kyle served together in Afghanistan where Kyle saved Mark's life.They helped each other in the service and now they're helping each other through tough obstacles on the mountain and strengthening their bond.
I hate heights so I'm happy to have conquered this trail yesterday afternoon.
A view like this is why Snoqualmie Falls will always be one of my favorite places ❤️
I have evolved into one of those crazy girlfriends who will buy you a matching backpack and make you take cute pics with me when we hike 💁🏼🌵
I'm often asked why I love to play in the mountains, a place that often claims lives, but also helps fulfill them. I still don't have a good answer, but if a picture is worth a thousand words, here's 3 thousand to try to explain.
Our attempt at a couloir climb up James Peak was thwarted by ever rising temperatures which created terrible snow pack and forced us to bail. Such is how it goes some days.
In the end, we only regret the hikes we didn't take.
Lines are constantly drawn in our lives. Those with money for luxury holidays and those without. Those who live in the Northern Hemisphere and those who live in the Southern. Those who eat pineapple on their pizza and those who think that is a crime.
We may have strong feelings about pineapple but one thing is certain: when it comes to outdoor adventures, every line disappears as new hiking companions become family, cultures are bridged, and campfire stories fly thick and fast.
6.2 miles. 6.2 miles of sunshine. 6.2 miles of the sound of a river roaring in the background. 6.2 miles of birds chirping and a breeze softly rustling leaves. 6.2 miles of peace. Peace from the anxiety that plagues me from the first time my baby aspirated spit up. Peace from the constant worry he's going to continue to do so this week, like the several times he did last week. 6.2 miles of peace from the image of a firefighter teaching me cpr on a doll on the sad chance I may need to save my baby. Peace from the image of my infant in respiratory distress and my neighbors tearing out of their home. Of them helping me in the rain as I held my rapidly declining newborn baby because my phone had frozen. 6.2 miles worry free from the prospect my child is having seizures that are causing him to choke. I hike not because I can. I hike because I have to. I hike because it saves me. ❤ #pnw #wanderlust #hiking #hikingadventures #explorewashington #hikinggirl #hikinggirls #6
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I do wish everybody a great weekend.