I am feeling thankful for days like yesterday that I get to spend outside hiking and exploring with my wife (who took this photo of me - thanks babe!).
It may have been raining, hailing, AND snowing during our 8 mile hike around North Chagrin Reservation, but we were all bundled up and happy to be together so we didn’t mind!
On second thought, Kim may have minded a little because I kept stopping to take photos and to post IG stories of the snow... but it was so pretty! Thanks @fullababy for always waiting for me to catch up! 😘
In other news... is everyone else as excited as I am for a 3 day work week?! 🙌🏻
*feed on here is getting super unfiltered and deep... just FYI.... I warned you.* I heard my first Christmas song shopping yesterday. I remember working retail and right after Halloween this shiz is on. Never mad — I love Christmas. I love the spirit. But this year I’m fighting a bunch of internal battles with society norms (esp holiday related), my own beliefs and purpose of it all. It’s hard to explain, and feels uber cheesy just to type. Oh well. I’ve been learning a lot about who I am, what I believe in and what the hell we’re all here for. Not just holidays, but everything. Life. This time last year I found out my grandpa was ill, then quickly passed. I can’t help but feel his presence this time of year. With all the holiday cheer coming up, I’m torn. it’s been a bittersweet whirlwind of life experiences compacted in one year. losing my grandpa, accepting I have an estranged relationship with my mom, converting to a minimalistic lifestyle, starting a business, traveling, camping, connecting with souls from all over the world...woof. I sometimes miss my retail days, I do, because of the relationships I had. but shopping now, is depressing man. I firmly believe the holidays is not at all about Santa or the best gift, and I surely don’t believe this life is about “being the best”. I don’t know what this life is all about, really, and who ever does, NEAT-O for you, pal. I think the point isn’t to try to figure it out. Which is a double-edged sword for me, because I’m all about finding meaning and connection. I’m stuck between this spot of evaluating everything I’ve ever known, knowing nothing at all, feeling like I need to have it all figured out and feeling like ... what’s the point? But adventures like this one helps me realize, no matter what, we need connection. And being with those that make you feel amazing to be alive. To me, that’s with Allen. And surrounded by creatures that don’t know what “Santa Claus” means. Don’t let this grinch fool you, we’re still picking out Christmas one-zies and debating on which tree folks✌🏼but I’m feeling like sharing more of my thoughts these days. More later✌🏼
Rattlesnake 🐍 Ledge looks and feels like somewhere deep in the mountains of a National Park, but it is a 30 MINUTE DRIVE FROM SEATTLE! Bonkers that a hike this cool is so close to a giant city!
Today we are selling almost everything we own as we prepare for our 2019! Meeting up with tons of people through Facebook Marketplace, which is basically a full time job! Don’t know what we are talking about? Check the link in our bio!
Motivation Monday: “Don't let your dreams be dreams
Yesterday you said tomorrow
So just do it
Make your dreams come true
Just do it”
- Shia Labeouf
If you haven’t heard this, google it. Part ridiculous, part awesome, another part ridiculous
Today’s hike from balls falls to cave springs. It was a shorter hike than usual 11.65km but it was cold and windy so it was manageable for us. So many beautiful things to see this time around.
*Our West Highland Way Kits*
We opted to camp most nights along the way and we also decided that we'd carry our kits throughout the entire 96 miles. However, there are pack carrying services that allow you to have your pack collected and dropped off at different points along the way, should you need it. This being our first long distance hike, we probably took more than we needed to but we wanted to be prepared for every eventuality. Ben's pack weighed around 17kg and mine around 12kg, this did decrease over the 8 days as we ate our food. In this photo is everything that went into Ben's pack, minus food. You can also see the rucksack that I used, it's an OEX Vallo 60:70 litre bag and was ideal for this trip. Here's a break down of the items we took ... hope it helps! •Tent
•Sleeping bag & sleep mat
•Map & guidebook
•Waterproof trousers •Spare t-shirts •Underwear/walking socks
•Flip flops •Hat & gloves
•Essential toiletries •Camera & accessories
•First aid kit
•Head torch •Ankle & knee supports
•Food bag (nuts, protein bars, dried food)
•Tea bags & coffee sachets
•Cooking equipment •Power bank
•Midge net & spray
•Walking poles •Water bottles
•Hip flask - brandy 😁
The West Highland Way - 96 miles hiked over 8 days. Here we are at the original end and then at the official end. An indescribable sense of elation and accomplishment was felt when we reached the end of the way. However, also a sense of sadness that it was over. We'd spent the last 8 days with everything that we needed to survive on our backs, we were self-sufficient and free. It's been almost 1 and a half months since we completed this and we are longing for another adventure! Any suggestions?
↟ Boy you put me back together again. ↟
Today was absolutely beautiful. Watching the leaves fall, walking through the lush green forests, and hearing the sound of rushing water. Being out here is incredible. Shutting my phone off and really being in tune with everything around me. I am feeling so incredibly happy lately and I have been struggling with that for some time. So I can honestly say it feels good.
I hope you get out there and live!
We are so lucky to live here ♡