When was your last adventure? What did you do or where did you go?
Here's the thing. Some of us here 'adventure' and think that means BIG. But, at Color Outside, we embrace anything that's new to you or on your 'joy list' as ADVENTURE.
Rode a bike? Adventure.
New Yoga class? Adventure.
Hiking it? Adventure.
Cooking a new recipe from a different culture? Definitely a (tasty) adventure!
I turned 28 this week. I was going to write a post, 28 things I've learned blah, blah, blah. But then I started thinking about aging. Yeah, I know in hindsight at 28 I am still so young. I know nothing about Age.⠀
But I see enough to know that age isn't something talked about or prepared for. And it's not something really celebrated. I hear more negativity surrounding age and I want something different.⠀
Maybe I'm naive. More of an optimist today. But what would it look like if we celebrated age instead of feared it?⠀
So here's some of my imperfect thoughts. A bit of a mantra for myself I suppose as I, well, age. ⠀
"I do not know how many breaths my lungs will breathe, or how many beats my heart will pulse. But I will continue to make the most of what I am given while I have it. So when age hands me wrinkles, I'll honor my joys and sorrows that brought those creases and continue to smile - bigger and longer. When age presents a new color to my hair, I'll be grateful for all the experiences that have shaded my life and made me who I am. And when age gives me a body that shrinks, widens, and sags. I'll keep moving it and be thankful for all the beautiful places and wild adventures my feet took me."⠀
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Hiking #thenarrows with my family was pretty amazing & I’m so glad we got up early to make one of the first shuttles in. I knew that Zion would be crowded, but I never expected to see so many tour buses full of people. National Parks are amazing & such a great way for families to love & explore nature while learning about the land at the same time...but it is nice when you have the chance to experience it without a crowd. Plus when the trail is a river you know it’s going to be epic.
A day in the mountains is rarely a waste. Today I did the Farmington Canyon Trail with @hikerbabesslc group hike. Follow them for more group hikes. This was number 16/💯 in the @hiker_babes 100 hike challenge #hikerbabesorg100#journeyto100
Here’s a summary of our 5th group hike today in Farmington Canyon. Great trail with great company! Info for our next group hike coming soon! #hikerbabesorg @hiker_babes #slchikerbabes 📸:@ellennicoleallen
Looking for buried treasure. Found some coins, earrings, and a bunch of trash like a capri sun package buried very deeply. Wish I wouldn't have spent so much time digging that one out! But we cleaned up the beach a ton.
Sunset over the La Sal Mountains, Utah.
It’s hard to believe that Moab, Utah sits just on the other side of this scene about 3 hours drive. Elevation is always my preferred tool when shooting and often it takes work to utilize. It’s an obsession of mine that will dominate my photography for years to come.
Cryptogamic Soils (Moab, Utah) | This beautiful and unique landscape may look hardened and desolate, but what life does cling here is so very important to the preservation of the ecological systems at play here. I can’t stress the importance of staying on the designated trails! We need to preserve the fragile cryptogamic soils to keep this place as magical and strange as it is now. Cryptogamic soils are a complex of lichens, algae, moss and fungus that occurs as a black coating on the ground surface and as small mounds where it is well developed. It plays an extremely important role in the desert ecology. It binds the soil together and inhibits wind erosion and erosion by sheet wash. It absorbs moisture and converts atmospheric nitrogen into a form that can be used by higher plants. However this cryptogamic soil is so fragile that light grazing or even a single footstep can destroy tens of years of growth. One of the reasons why it is so well developed in this region is due to the lack of past grazing. Learning the balance between enjoying national parks and keeping them healthy is easy, listen to the rangers who make this their life’s work! :) .
Information found on the National Parks’ GEOLOGY OF MOAB REGION PDF.