Longing for the scent of woodlands and community fire. I want to express my thanks for 2 young siblings, who I’m almost certain will not see this post. It’s taken me the better part of 4 months to gather my thoughts, but I’m sure now that they changed my life. Without going into too much detail, their resiliency as foster youth and their earnest energy to laugh stays with me. These siblings, in spite of their hardships, know humor and like little elders, they shared a teaching with me...sometimes laughing is all we can do, and that’s ok.
Fall this year was epic as usual. Went on a bunch of adventures with old friends, made some awesome new friends, wandered thru some gold forests, hiked to a handful of old mines, and created a bunch of content.
I collected enough content to create my first legitimate video. It’s been a passion project and I’m super stoked to share it with all of you. Spent countless hours editing and refining it and it’s made me excited to keep exploring video. Putting the final touches on it tonight and tomorrow. Dropping in a couple days 🤙🏼
From backcountry hiking in Mount Hood, to spooning in our new 4 season tent because we were a tad bit underdressed, to the wind almost breaking our sony camera as we attempted astrophotography, and to late night camp fires with deep conversations, I can now say we have become amazing friends. This shot says it all as we scrambled across the boulders with zero caffeine pumping through our veins to catch the last bit of golden hour. Thanks for showing me Mount Hood and taking me on my first of many Oregon adventures. Looking forward to the next one fam @chadtorkelsen
Meanwhile in Slovenia.. One of my bucket list items is to travel alone. Traveling with friends and others means you share those memories forever. They are unforgettable. But I want to push myself outside of my comfort zone, to meet people in other cultures. To learn their past experiences. To learn their present. To learn what is happening in their world at every moment that I am living in mine. To find the ways that we are different, and the many more ways we are similar. To leave for a trip with many unknowns. To come back with lifelong friends, and memories that are my own. •
Photo by my good friend Emmet from his travels to Slovenia. Edit by me.
With each new day in Africa, a gazelle wakes up knowing he must outrun the fastest lion or perish. At the same time, a lion stirs and stretches, knowing he must outrun the fastest gazelle or starve. It's no different for the human race. Whether you consider yourself a gazelle or a lion, you have to run faster than others to survive. -Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Pure fascination and intrigue. My jaw was on the ground for the full 30 minutes. Nothing ever prepares you for a birds eye view of the Rockies, especially with a fresh layer of snow, high clouds, and zero wind. Thank you @alpinehelicopters 🚁
There is something special about being so far from civilization with no sound but that of the rain falling through the trees, landing in the water as you sit in a natural hot spring. We started the hike with map in hand thinking it’d be a rather short and dry trek up to the hot springs. Then we missed all of the short cut, took one that was thought was a shortcut and wasn’t, it started raining, and I began dying. We ended up taking our longest break unaware that we were literally a few hundred feet from the hot springs haha Swipe to watch the progression of my making fun of my sister @nikkikincaid33 to dying not understanding how she is hiking that fast.