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Went to Yosemite in search of water slides and found more than we expected. Our trip was cut short due to smoke from a nearby fire but it was worth the drive. Oh, and yes, we did take Francis the flamingo with us! : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : #earthoutdoors #mountainstories #mountainlove #naturephoto #mountainlife #mountainlovers #naturephotography #earth_escape #IAmNature #mountainlover #theoutbound #optoutside #bestofbackpack #lonelyplanet #lonelyplanettraveller #werehikers #PeopleWhoHike #photographersinthewild #fantasticearth #wildernessplanet #exploreourearth #sierras #sierranevada #highsierra #rangeoflight #yosemitenationalpark #ynp #yosemite #tenayaslides #tenayacanyon
We've spent so much time in Yosemite this year. Thanks to friends like @norcalhiker and others for recommending incredible places to explore and joining us on trips to epic places like this one on the cliffs high above Yosemite Valley. : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : #earthoutdoors #mountainstories #mountainlove #naturephoto #mountainlife #mountainlovers #naturephotography #earth_escape #IAmNature #mountainlover #theoutbound #optoutside #bestofbackpack #lonelyplanet #lonelyplanettraveller #werehikers #PeopleWhoHike #photographersinthewild #fantasticearth #wildernessplanet #exploreourearth #sierras #sierranevada #highsierra #rangeoflight #yosemite #yosemitenationalpark #ynp #EaglePeak
Hello IG, it's been a while. We've been working hard and playing harder this past month. We've been building a sleeping platform in our car. We've been spending time with friends. We've been enjoying the married life. Over the next few weeks we'll get you all caught up on our adventures. This shot is from #EaglePeak in Yosemite. Notice the headlamps of climbers near the top of Half Dome. The lights down in the valley are people's campfires. There's even lights from cars on Glacier Point Rd. This campsite was spectacular. Not even a weird injury could stop us from enjoying the beauty of one of our favorite places. : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : #earthoutdoors #mountainstories #mountainlove #naturephoto #mountainlife #mountainlovers #naturephotography #earth_escape #IAmNature #mountainlover #theoutbound #optoutside #bestofbackpack #lonelyplanet #lonelyplanettraveller #werehikers #PeopleWhoHike #photographersinthewild #fantasticearth #wildernessplanet #exploreourearth #sierras #sierranevada #highsierra #rangeoflight #yosemitenationalpark #ynp #yosemite
The day after our wedding we met up with @natureprofessor for sunset and sunrise pictures. Taft Point at sunset and Glacier Point at sunrise. We hiked in our wedding clothes with packs on to reach the sites. It was fun seeing the expressions on people's faces as we passed them. : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : #earthoutdoors #mountainstories #mountainlove #naturephoto #mountainlife #mountainlovers #naturephotography #earth_escape #IAmNature #mountainlover #theoutbound #optoutside #bestofbackpack #lonelyplanet #lonelyplanettraveller #werehikers #PeopleWhoHike #photographersinthewild #fantasticearth #wildernessplanet #exploreourearth #sierras #sierranevada #highsierra #rangeoflight #yosemitenationalpark #ynp #yosemite #yosemitewedding
Tioga Pass Road opened to cars yesterday. The Park usually allows for bicyclists to ride the road free of cars a day or two before the road officially opens. We couldn't make it to Yosemite Saturday or Sunday so we decided to ride Monday morning. The road was scheduled to open at 9am to cars. But when we got to Crane Flat at 6am a ranger was already there. And we knew we wouldn't have the road to ourselves for 3 hours as we had hoped. We still went for it. The road was fairly quiet for the first hour or two but then the cars caught up with us. We turned around at Tuolumne Meadows as planned and rode back to Crane Flat, hoping the rain would stay away and motorists would give us generous space as they passed. Neither happed. We had a few close calls and got dumped on for about 20 miles. We arrived safely at our car drenched and cold but happy and proud that we got to do this. : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : #earthoutdoors #mountainstories #mountainlove #naturephoto #mountainlife #mountainlovers #naturephotography #earth_escape #IAmNature #mountainlover #theoutbound #optoutside #bestofIG #lonelyplanet #lonelyplanettraveller #werebikers #PeopleWhoBike #photographersinthewild #fantasticearth #wildernessplanet #exploreourearth #yosemitenationalpark #ynp #yosemite #sierranevada #highsierra #rangeoflight #sierras #olmsteadpoint
As backpackers we hardly go car camping. But when we went to Death Valley we decided to give it a shot. So we rented a camp stove and camp chairs, and bought a refillable propane canister from #sportsbasement . The result? We LOVED it! We kept asking ourselves why he hadn't done it before. The luxuries of chairs and good food were a delight. We even hauled the chairs and stove up to #AguereberryPoint for sunrise. That was the cherry on the cake. It felt like we were the only people in #DeathValley . Can't wait to do it again! : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : #earthoutdoors #mountainstories #mountainlove #naturephoto #mountainlife #mountainlovers #naturephotography #earth_escape #IAmNature #mountainlover #theoutbound #optoutside #bestofbackpack #lonelyplanet #lonelyplanettraveller #werehikers #PeopleWhoHike #photographersinthewild #fantasticearth #wildernessplanet #exploreourearth #deathvalleynationalpark #deathvalleynp #deathvalleynps #sportsbasementrentals #sportsbasementeastbay
For the first time in 2 years I used a different pack to go backpacking. I rented a pack from #sportsbasement and it worked out great. Backpacking season is here. If you live in the Bay Area reserve your camping and backpacking rentals at sportsbasement.com to ensure you get what you need. Their selection is full of quality items at great prices. : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : #earthoutdoors #mountainstories #mountainlove #naturephoto #mountainlife #mountainlovers #naturephotography #earth_escape #IAmNature #mountainlover #theoutbound #optoutside #bestofbackpack #lonelyplanet #lonelyplanettraveller #werehikers #PeopleWhoHike #photographersinthewild #fantasticearth #wildernessplanet #exploreourearth #sierras #sierranevada #highsierra #rangeoflight #yosemitenationalpark #ynp #yosemite #glacierpoint
It's very important that we re-learn the art of resting and relaxing. Not only does it help prevent the onset of many illnesses that develop through chronic tension and worrying; it allows us to clear our minds, focus, and find creative solutions to problems. ~Thich Nhat Hanh This is how we've been 'resting' on our weekends. It's been working for us. Work will always be there. The to do lists never end. Get away and treat yourself to something you enjoy. Because you deserve it, just as much as anyone else. 📸 by @natureprofessor : : : : : : : : : : : : : : #earthoutdoors #mountainstories #mountainlove #naturephoto #mountainlife #mountainlovers #naturephotography #earth_escape #IAmNature #mountainlover #theoutbound #optoutside #bestofbackpack #lonelyplanet #lonelyplanettraveller #werehikers #PeopleWhoHike #photographersinthewild #fantasticearth #wildernessplanet #exploreourearth #yosemitenationalpark #ynp #yosemite #sierranevada #highsierra #avalancheclothing #avalanchewear #artistspoint
Learning new things may be harder when you're older but it IS possible. I've learned to swim (still have lots of work to do there) and got much better at skiing this year. I've also started paying more attention to my diet again because the extra weight only makes things harder. One way to ensure I eat healthy is to take my own snacks with me where I go so I'm less tempted by junk foods. Bars are a staple for me and @go_raw bars are always in my pack. : : : : : : : : : : : : : : #earthoutdoors #mountainstories #mountainlove #naturephoto #mountainlife #mountainlovers #naturephotography #earth_escape #IAmNature #mountainlover #theoutbound #optoutside #bestofbackpack #lonelyplanet #lonelyplanettraveller #werehikers #PeopleWhoHike #photographersinthewild #fantasticearth #wildernessplanet #exploreourearth #GoRaw #JunkFreeFood #PlantBased #RawEnergy #SuperSeeds #SproutedNutrition #GoRawBrandAmbassador #squawvalleyalpinemeadows
I can't stress enough the importance of doing things to take care of yourself. Things that recharge you and bring you happiness. That bring the smile back to your face. When I go home to visit my folks I usually don't take extra days off from work because 1 1/2 days is usually all I can handle. I do it to spend time with them while they are in good health and our time together is meaningful. To recharge an extra day or two are necessary. So we choose to take those extra days off and go somewhere that involves nature and more quiet than city environments provide. : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : #earthoutdoors #mountainstories #mountainlove #naturephoto #mountainlife #mountainlovers #naturephotography #earth_escape #IAmNature #mountainlover #theoutbound #optoutside #bestofbackpack #lonelyplanet #lonelyplanettraveller #werehikers #PeopleWhoHike #photographersinthewild #fantasticearth #wildernessplanet #exploreourearth #sierras #sierranevada #highsierra #rangeoflight #yosemitenationalpark #ynp #yosemite #CrockerPoint #tnf
I don't have a very good caption for this photo today. I woke up with a sore throat that's worse than yesterday. I'm keeping positive that I can fight it because I have to. If you have a remedy that works for you I'm all ears. : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : #earthoutdoors #mountainstories #mountainlove #naturephoto #mountainlife #mountainlovers #naturephotography #earth_escape #IAmNature #mountainlover #theoutbound #optoutside #bestofbackpack #lonelyplanet #lonelyplanettraveller #werehikers #PeopleWhoHike #photographersinthewild #fantasticearth #wildernessplanet #exploreourearth #sierras #sierranevada #highsierra #rangeoflight #yosemitenationalpark #ynp #yosemite #sentinelbeach
We’ve got exciting news that we’ll be announcing tomorrow, but for now, here’s a reminder that the early riser gets the views. I have a hard time describing my motivations for getting up early to catch a sunrise. It’s harder to do so in winter but it’s always worth it. The landscape always tells a different story. But the impression it leaves on me is the same. There’s a lot of ugliness in the world. It’s there, it exists and it sucks. But I don’t dwell on that. Instead I seek out the beauty of our landscapes and within people. It’s how I feel I can have the biggest impact during my short time here. Nature smiles upon me and makes me smile too. That’s what I attempt to do with people - compliment them, appreciate them, thank them and make them smile. Make them feel what a lot of us don’t express or feel. Thanks for watching, thanks for reading. I appreciate you. Have a great day. : : : : : : : : : : : : : : #earthoutdoors #mountainstories #mountainlove #naturephoto #mountainlife #mountainlovers #naturephotography #earth_escape #IAmNature #mountainlover #theoutbound #optoutside #bestofbackpack #lonelyplanet #lonelyplanettraveller #werehikers #PeopleWhoHike #photographersinthewild #fantasticearth #wildernessplanet #exploreourearth #sierras #sierranevada #highsierra #rangeoflight #yosemitenationalpark #ynp #yosemite #yosemitevalley
Have a plan and accept it will change. We wrote this as the first piece of our 'advice from a thru hiker' post after the #PCT . We were all set to hike to Glacier Point from Badger Pass. But just as we shouldered our packs and started walking a ranger pulled up and told us the road would close at 7pm that night and that our cars could not stay there overnight. We felt annoyed and frustrated. From our research this info was not posted anywhere on the Yosemite website. But we rolled with it, took the ranger's advice and went up the Pohono Trail. After gaining 2,700+ feet of elevation, we were greeted with the most AMAZING views of Yosemite Valley. And we had them all to ourselves! Seriously, once we hit snow, we didn't see anyone for two days. The Valley was full of campers and adventurers but the high country was ours. Things don't always work out as we planned, but as @natureprofessor , @norcalhiker and we were reminded of this weekend, things work out as they should. All we have to do is be open for what comes. : : : : : : : : : : : : : : #earthoutdoors #mountainstories #mountainlove #naturephoto #mountainlife #mountainlovers #naturephotography #earth_escape #IAmNature #mountainlover #theoutbound #optoutside #bestofbackpack #lonelyplanet #lonelyplanettraveller #werehikers #PeopleWhoHike #photographersinthewild #fantasticearth #wildernessplanet #exploreourearth #ItsAllYours #yosemitenationalpark #ynp #sierranevada #highsierra #rangeoflight #sierras #CrockerPoint
Things I'm working on right now: Going to bed early - by 11pm (ideally 10pm) Eating no later than 9pm Waking up early (6am or earlier) It's so hard for me to do any of these most of the time. Intellectually I know I should sleep early and wake up early. If I sleep early, I give my body the rest it deserves. And I don't eat late at night - which would keep my weight more normal. If I wake up early, I get more done. I'm sharper. And I can work out. Yet I struggle. But why? Why is it so hard for me to change? Why do I have such monumental resistance to these changes? Habits. I've been a night owl most of my life, except when backpacking. In the wilderness none of these are of any concern. No wifi, no fridge full of food and no couch means I just go to bed. : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : #earthoutdoors #mountainstories #mountainlove #naturephoto #mountainlife #mountainlovers #naturephotography #earth_escape #IAmNature #mountainlover #theoutbound #optoutside #bestofbackpack #lonelyplanet #lonelyplanettraveller #werehikers #PeopleWhoHike #photographersinthewild #fantasticearth #wildernessplanet #exploreourearth #pct #PacificCrestTrail #pctig #hooverwilderness #norcal #sierranevada #highsierra #rangeoflight #sierras
What are men compared to rocks and snow? ~Jane Austen : : Dreaming of mountains on yet another rainy day in the Bay Area. : : While I'm ready for the summer backpacking season to begin, I'm also excited about this Miracle March and all the snow our mountains are getting. : : : : : : : : : : : : : : #earthoutdoors #mountainstories #mountainlove #naturephoto #mountainlife #mountainlovers #naturephotography #earth_escape #IAmNature #mountainlover #theoutbound #optoutside #bestofbackpack #lonelyplanet #lonelyplanettraveller #werehikers #PeopleWhoHike #photographersinthewild #fantasticearth #wildernessplanet #exploreourearth #pct #PacificCrestTrail #pctig #jmt #johnmuirtrail #sierranevada #rangeoflight #highsierra #sierras
It's hard to explain what we do to those who don't understand our motivations. Our 'why' is different from theirs. This isn't about who is right or wrong. It's about what **we** need. What we do fuels us. Rejuvenates us. Restores us. What we do allows us to go back to our urban lives with charged batteries, ready to take on work, family and other responsibilities with clarity and freshness. : : : : : : : : : : : : : #earthoutdoors #mountainstories #mountainlove #naturephoto #mountainlife #mountainlovers #naturephotography #earth_escape #IAmNature #mountainlover #theoutbound #optoutside #bestofbackpack #lonelyplanet #lonelyplanettraveller #werehikers #PeopleWhoHike #photographersinthewild #fantasticearth #wildernessplanet #exploreourearth #sierras #sierranevada #highsierra #rangeoflight #yosemitenationalpark #ynp #yosemite #wintercamping #snowcamping
Musings from the “trail.” We took turns breaking trail. It wasn’t easy but because we knew we wouldn’t have to do this for hours and even days, we really enjoyed it. In the end, no one died. We all had a blast and can’t wait to go back and hopefully get to glacier point. : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : #earthoutdoors #mountainstories #mountainlove #naturephoto #mountainlife #mountainlovers #naturephotography #earth_escape #IAmNature #mountainlover #theoutbound #optoutside #bestofbackpack #lonelyplanet #lonelyplanettraveller #werehikers #PeopleWhoHike #photographersinthewild #fantasticearth #wildernessplanet #exploreourearth #sierras #sierranevada #highsierra #rangeoflight #yosemitenationalpark #ynp #yosemite #glacierpointroad #winterwonderland
Inspiration for today's words come from my really good friend @coleeboleebear who reminds us that our stories are **only** for us to write. Everyone has an opinion. But it's up to us to decide what's right for us. No one else. Do what YOU want to do, because people are going to judge you anyway. Be you. It's the only way you're ever going to be happy. : : : : : : : : : : : #earthoutdoors #mountainstories #mountainlove #naturephoto #mountainlife #mountainlovers #naturephotography #earth_escape #IAmNature #mountainlover #theoutbound #optoutside #bestofbackpack #lonelyplanet #lonelyplanettraveller #werehikers #PeopleWhoHike #photographersinthewild #fantasticearth #wildernessplanet #exploreourearth #Ecuador #fuyafuya #avalancheclothing #avalanchewear #avalancheoutdoor
Where's your favorite local place to play/exercise/re-center/recharge/let-it-all-go? A good hike can do all these things. And the familiarity of a location can be very soothing in the process. : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : #earthoutdoors #mountainstories #mountainlove #naturephoto #mountainlife #mountainlovers #naturephotography #earth_escape #IAmNature #mountainlover #theoutbound #optoutside #bestofbackpack #lonelyplanet #lonelyplanettraveller #werehikers #PeopleWhoHike #photographersinthewild #fantasticearth #wildernessplanet #exploreourearth #localhikes localhike #eastbay #eastbayregionalparks #briones #brionesregionalpark
Waterfalls have a way of making you feel alive. They are sensory overloads of the best kind. The spray depositing water all over your body and the noise silencing every bird and creature nearby; it's wonderful. But what we can't see or feel externally, that we can feel deep within, is the energy of the falls. And that's a great feeling. : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : #earthoutdoors #mountainstories #mountainlove #naturephoto #mountainlife #mountainlovers #naturephotography #earth_escape #IAmNature #mountainlover #theoutbound #optoutside #bestofbackpack #lonelyplanet #lonelyplanettraveller #werehikers #PeopleWhoHike #photographersinthewild #fantasticearth #wildernessplanet #exploreourearth #Ecuador #waterfalls #waterfallsofig #waterfallsofinstagram #avalancheclothing #avalanchewear #avalancheclothing
We didn't get to see Cotopaxi prior to summiting it. Day after day it hid behind clouds, not even teasing us with a glimpse. But then, the day after we summited, the clouds parted. And WOW, what a beauty. Still surreal that we stood atop this majestic volcano. : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : #earthoutdoors #mountainstories #mountainlove #naturephoto #mountainlife #mountainlovers #naturephotography #earth_escape #IAmNature #mountainlover #theoutbound #optoutside #bestofbackpack #lonelyplanet #lonelyplanettraveller #werehikers #PeopleWhoHike #photographersinthewild #fantasticearth #wildernessplanet #exploreourearth #climbing #cotopaxinationalpark #cotopaxi #volcano #stillactive #Ecuador #vivaecuador
A few more shots from the summit of #Cotopaxi . My hands were so numb all I wanted was to warm them up. Thankfully Laurie took pictures. We summited at sunrise and got to see the golden landscape. The Crater was highly active and didn't allow for views of it at first. After about 10 minutes we finally got a glimpse. Even though it was very cold at the summit we didn't want to leave. We were full of excitement and wanted to really soak in the views. But alas, we had to descend before the snow became too soft. : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : #earthoutdoors #mountainstories #mountainlove #naturephoto #mountainlife #mountainlovers #naturephotography #earth_escape #IAmNature #mountainlover #theoutbound #optoutside #bestofig #lonelyplanet #lonelyplanettraveller #werehikers #PeopleWhoHike #photographersinthewild #fantasticearth #wildernessplanet #exploreourearth #Ecuador #cotopaxinationalpark #parquenationalcotopaxi #vivaecuador #visitecuador #eosecuador
Climbing Cotopaxi (elevation 19,347 ft) was a real challenge for me. No sleep the night before and an upset stomach were just the beginning. The constant exposure and relentless steep climbs were hard too. But the feelings of not belonging there were the loudest and hardest to overcome. I felt uncomfortable. I felt out of place. I felt like a phony. "Wtf are you doing here? You don't belong here. You're not a mountaineer. How are you going to get off this f'kn mountain, IF you make it to the top in the first place?" During a rest break around 3am I turned away from our guide and had a talk with myself. Even though a lot of me didn't believe what I was saying, I told myself that I DID belong on the mountain, that I could do this and that I had to prove to myself that I could. Edmund Hillary famously said, "It's not the mountain we conquer but ourselves." On the summit of Cotopaxi, after shedding many tears of delight, I finally understood what he meant. : : : : : : : : : : : : : #earthoutdoors #mountainstories #mountainlove #naturephoto #mountainlife #mountainlovers #naturephotography #earth_escape #IAmNature #mountainlover #theoutbound #optoutside #lonelyplanet #lonelyplanettraveller #werehikers #PeopleWhoHike #photographersinthewild #fantasticearth #wildernessplanet #exploreourearth #Ecuador #cotopaxi #cotopaxinationalpark #parquenationalcotopaxi #climbing #volcano
Even with our light winter in California the trails are covered with snow. To get outside I've taken to the slopes. I'm just learning to ski but I'm LOVING it! Who else cross trains on the slopes during winter? : : : : : : : : : : : : #earthoutdoors #mountainstories #mountainlove #naturephoto #mountainlife #mountainlovers #naturephotography #earth_escape #IAmNature #mountainlover #theoutbound #optoutside #bestoftahoe #lonelyplanet #lonelyplanettraveller #werehikers #PeopleWhoHike #photographersinthewild #fantasticearth #wildernessplanet #exploreourearth #squawvalley #squawvalleyresort #laketahoe #visitcalifornia #skilaketahoe
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