Fall: the time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up for the grand finale. Lauren DeStefano
....................................................................................So thankful to be able to experience the beauty of this season with @themountainspeaks
This month I spanned seven states, four national parks, countless national forests and some city life mixed in for good measure. My favorite part of traveling this time of year is getting a taste for all the seasons and sometimes all in the same day. Fall in California’s not half bad.
Crater lake was pretty incredible! The water was sooo blue, and when we arrived - so was the sky! By the time we left, some fog rolled in and these beautiful blues were obstructed by clouds. Lucky we got there just in time!
We’re heading to Northern California tomorrow (or Tuesday) - which cool places do we need to see? And where should we camp?
Our rest days tend to be spent going as hard as we can outside. We left at dawn on a trip to @bigsouthforknps with @endlesspsummer and @sarahikes. After a few hour drive we hiked our favorite loop in Tennessee, drove a couple hours to the twin arches loop and ran down trail to catch a view of the last rays of the sunset dipping beneath the horizon. Days like this fill our tanks and rejuvenate our souls. #trailingthought
I love when the views from the trail are just as beautiful as the views from the final destination. It makes hikes with 4,000’ of elevation gain just a little less suffer-y 🙌
(Note: this photo was taken on 9/29, for current conditions in the North Cascades, check out www.nps.gov/noca or @washingtontrails. Conditions can change quickly this time of year!)
Fall was short this year. And particularly brown. I guess that’s what happens when the world is getting too hot. 😤 I had my first breakdown when I was in 1st grade and read a book about the hole in the ozone layer. Clearly, as a child this was devastating and I thought we were all doomed. Well, somehow we’re still here 20 years later but we still have a lot of work to do. I can’t tell you how much I cried over the gorge wildfires. Idk why I’ve picked a Sunday afternoon to rant about this, but you know it’s true. 👏🏻 Leave no trace & stop doing stupid shit in the woods. Back to your regularly scheduled scrolling. ~
Really glad I made the drive to Modesto for the Modesto Rec Fest. The community is building something really exciting on the banks of the Tuolumne River – a beautiful regional park that will include an outdoor classroom, amphitheater, family picnic areas, and miles of trails. Seriously cool. Thank you @onetelles and @tuolumneriver for inviting me to volunteer with this event!
got home from NYC today and the way Chase looked in Zion is the way i looked when i saw our couch. walked 17 miles on friday. 14 miles on saturday...with a hangover 🤢🤕 (never again) and i am completely wiped tf OUT. NYC pics will have to wait....
Yosemite, an even more inspiring place after watching Free Solo and meeting @alexhonnold at the Q&A afterwards. Seriously one of the best films of the year. If you haven’t seen it, go watch it! #freesolofilm
Hello, strange land. The last time I visited I’d just crossed America and spent some of my time here on top of a rock feeling a lot of things. I briefly considered throwing my wedding ring into a crevice to solidify the end of my marriage, but didn’t because that’s littering and I would never. All these years later a lot has changed. I’m less alone than I was then, in so many ways.
If there’s anything I want, it’s to show the magic of our parks to the people I love, and I did that today, with part of my lady wolf pack. We scampered, avoided all the crowded places and failed at synchronized jumping. It was perfect.
One of the most beautiful volcanic landscapes in the world, Tenerife’s Teide National Park covers 47,000 acres and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Mount Teide is the third tallest volcano and Spain’s tallest peak at 3,718m (12,198ft). Visitors are able to take a cable car to the summit, and the park is perfect for hiking and mountain biking. The park brings in over three million visitors a year, making it the most visited national park in all of Europe! 🌋⛰🏞 @visit_tenerife @unescoworldheritage @volcanoteide
I really enjoy the fall and the change the season brings. But there are places that I want to stay green always.
The Bridge to Terabithia is one of my favorite childhood books. I loved the sense of wonder and freedom the characters experienced as they leapt into their imagination. Everything they created felt permanent too. So whenever I adventure to places like this lush river crossing, I can only imagine them fixed in time as they are, just like Terabithia.
This scene was a sunrise from my last morning in Glacier National Park. Though the sky was a little disappointing, the reflection and light that hit the mountains was quite nice. Wish I could have stayed longer, but I had to rush to the airport, the sad reality of travel.
Checked another National Park off the list! Not to mention this is the THIRD of seven Natural Wonders of the World that I have seen!!! 🌍♥️🌎
There are NO words to describe the GRANDness of this place. It completely and utterly continues to take my breath away.
We stopped in a small town about 15-20 minutes out from the park to get sandwiches 🥪 for our trek, and I have to admit, I asked THE silliest question. We were waiting for our food, and I go to my cousin and her boyfriend, “I just can’t believe we haven’t seen it yet. If it’s called the GRAND Canyon, why can’t we see it?” And they both started laughing 😝
Mother Nature you are my OBSESSION!!!!!!!! This was hands down one of the most magical places I have been in my lifetime 💯
We are already talking about planning a rim to rim hike upon my return to AZ 🌟✨💫 Forever grateful to my adorable lil cousin & her amazing photog bf for being my tour guides and sharing in one of the absolute best days of my life with me.