Oh, man. Another wonderful father-daughter national park trip is in the books! Olympic National Park was our target this year and we soaked it in — rainforests, beaches, high-altitude hikes, and more. Can’t wait for next year’s adventure! #OlympicNationalPark#findyourpark#nps#nofilter
This time last weekend on the Chattooga River at Pig Pen Falls. Crushed our theory/superstition that bass only hang out in slower moving water. Crushed the flash minnow too; even the little ones are vicious 💥
The days I live for are those that I know will become a memory some day. The times when I stop for a minute + think, "this will be a tale I'll still be telling years from now." In these moments I dearly hold on to every emotion, feeling, + thought. I ingrain every ounce of my being into this self-aware state. For these times are sacred chapters in the story of my life 📖🖋💕
The Tetons are freaking magical. I can’t stop dreaming about the hundreds of scrambles and low 5th class routes up so many of the peaks
Here’s what’s even more fun: this campsite was free. We’ve yet to pay a dime for a single campsite during our trip. Goes to show you can find some pretty incredible places with a little extra effort. Thanks to @kesleighw @masseyventures for this gem 🤟🏼 .
Forest fire smoke in the distance. Shortly after seeing this I rode the KLR through dense forest fire smoke on the way out of Bella Coola. An unreal ‘apocalyptic’ experience. // Tweedsmuir Provincial Park, British Columbia
I recently finished reading Biophilia, a book about the interactions between human and nature. In the book, E. O. Wilson states that values are time-dependent. People want to ensure the protection and health of themselves and the earth for future generations, so long as there isn’t a great personal cost of doing so. Deforestation, rising temperatures, depleting sea ice, and a growing issue with plastics may be imminent problems and have profound impacts on future generations, but humans only look forward and a lifetime or two. Getting people to fully grasp the severity of the problems takes an immense amount of time and effort, and requires a listening ear to start with.
In a world of consumerism, a strong conservation ethic isn’t instilled in many people these days. And for others, doing little things, such as skipping the straw, makes them feel like conservation heroes. The truth is, although each little action helps, that isn’t nearly enough. We (me included) need to examine all aspects of our lives and look for areas of improvement. We need to think of how to best spread the message on how to reduce waste, reverse climate change, and stop the loss of the few remaining natural areas.
Of course, we can’t go out and stop all plastics production, stop the use of fossil fuels, etc. We need to balance choices to continue prosperity in the present, but protect our resources for the future. But as Wilson says, “To choose what is best for the near future is easy. But to choose what is best for both the near and distant futures is a hard task, often internally contradictory, and requiring ethical codes yet to be formulated.” The least we can do is try to improve...
Thanks for the book @cnic29
A lava tube is an underground opening formed by lava that melted the rock as it pushed through, then retreated leaving behind a tube. Lava tubes are discovered and can be accessed when a collapse occurs, creating an opening to the outside world. Our planet is so awesome! Check out our YouTube channel (and subscribe) for our latest video on hiking in Lassen National Park.