I love hiking. While the views are beautiful it also helps my stress level. Did you know that hiking improves your mental health and relaxes you due to being surrounded by nature? I find myself using my phone less and really enjoying the beauty that surrounds me when I hike. In fact I’m ready for my next trail! Do you hike? How do you de stress? #hike#destress#clearmymind
My friend and I haven't known each other that long in our almost 50 years. We met each other just over 3 years ago while training for our new job. We liked each other but I'd say we were only acquaintances not friends throughout training. After working in the same office for just over two years the company was rearranging staff. We were told to pick a new desk location on our floor by seniority. We ended up picking desks next to each other in the same cubicle and didn't even know it until I was told where I'd be moving to. Like I said earlier I believe we were not friends but acquaintances at work. We didn't hang out. We didn't talk on the phone. Just over one year later we have become so close I'd say she's family not just a friend. We are so similar in personality and we talk about how similar our husbands are too. We both had dabbled in hiking previously but never on the scale we want to be on now. We encourage each other and want to do more and see more. We have fun hiking and enjoy each other's company. We've found a new passion that is going to carry us through our golden years. My point of this long post is that I'm so glad I have met someone at this stage in my life that has not only become my friend; but also my adventure buddy. I'm looking forward to many more years of exploration and admiration of the great outdoors with her. #getoutside#hikerbabes#hikergirl#pnwonderland#chasingwaterfalls#wanderlust#hiking#neverstopexploring#nevertooold#rei#salomonhiking#canweretirenowplease
A verrrrry old (and very deceased) Bristlecone Pine tree surrounded by a small forest of younger specimens.
These majestic dead trees are called “snags” and resist decay for centuries due to the cold, dry climate of the White Mountains (see the white-washed hills of dolomitic stone in the background) and the extreme density of the pine wood. At sunrise and sunset they catch the warm light of the sun and magically turn a shade of burnished copper. No, that golden-orange hue is not PhotoShop wizardry...the trees truly do glow, each a wild tangle of flames as they greet the day or watch it fade. I’m always mesmerized by the show. 🔥
Going #outofmycomfortzone for this post, but it’s all good. Let me tell you why I’m half-dressed and flamenco dancing with an ancient tree.
First off, when I’m out in the middle of nowhere at 11,000 feet and see a beautiful portrait opportunity, the only model on hand is usually...me. 🙂 Most working models aren’t able or willing to do what I do, or go where I go. But that doesn’t mean I let a good photo go untaken! Convenience is everything sometimes. So into the shot I hop.
Second, the human body is a work of art. I don’t care if you’re an 🍎, a 🍐, a 🔺, or a ◾️, we are all beautiful. Embrace it. Beauty - natural beauty - comes down to styling and pose and a willingness to own the stage. When we discover our talents and accept that without flaws, we would not be human, then we are free to be ourselves. Trust me on that one. There are MANY outfits and poses that do not flatter my physique, yet why focus on what I don’t have (um, big boobs? Sky-high Sophia Loren cheekbones?) and embrace what genetics was kind enough to give me. All bodies are beautiful.
Third, I camp A LOT and I know a lot of women who do not because they fear the unknown of the outdoors. Is it dirty? (Yes.) Will there be somewhere to shower? (Maybe.) Will animals eat me? (Pretty solid NO, 99.999% of the time.) I want women to see that the outdoor lifestyle isn’t scary. And it’s not just about flannel and fleece. We CAN do it in style. Before I took this shot, I spent the night in the back of my car, “washed” my face with a wet wipe, and applied a little mascara and blush by way of my car visor mirror. And I was the happiest I had been all week! So yes, we can #campclassy , we can #campcouture , and we can still be #hardcoreoutdoor . 😎🙌
Would you like me to show you how? 🤔
That said...skirt is @jpgaultierofficial. Bra (I can’t believe I posted a photo of me in a BRA) is @victoriassecret. Tree is #bristleconepine and is waaaay more interesting than I am. Though I do think we dance well together. 🖤
Chimanimani National Park in Zimbabwe. It's such a different hiking experience because it's such a mixture of rolling hills, rocky outcrops and boulders you need your whole body to get over. It's beautiful but it's one place I would recommend a guide. There are sacred bubbling springs, hidden caves, rock paintings and lots of great experiences you would never find on your own. Message me for info on a local guide that would be please to help.
I've found it really have to put into words the way the JMT made me feel. In the first day alone I was stressed, excited, exhausted, crying, wanting to quit, never knowing why I thought I could do it in the first place, realizing that that was a stupid thought and I can do anything, being psyched about life, and loving every moment. That was just in the first few hours and those emotions all rolled over me constantly with every switch back.
I knew the JMT would be an incredible experience but I never could have imagined all it has done for me and shown me about my self. "In every walk with nature one receives far more then he seeks" -John Muir
I have spent at least a few hours in a hammock five of the last seven days, and I have all the good feels about my vacation choices. I do not believe there is such a thing as too much hammocking. 100% not ready to go back to work tomorrow.
All that was found while hiking the trails of the Forrestal Nature Preserve in Ranchos Pakistan Verdes, CA today.-
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Something's to think about next time you walk by litter...-
Did you know that 80% of pollution ends up in our oceans from our land!?-
In the Los Angeles area alone, 10 metric tons of plastic fragments, like grocery bags, straws and soda bottles, are carried into the Pacific Ocean every day.-
One million sea birds and 100,000 marine mammals are killed annually from plastic in our oceans.-
Aluminum cans are the largest source of aluminum in our waste stream.-
Aluminum production is harmful to our environment as it contributes to greenhouse gas emissions and uses an abundance of energy generating air, water, and soil pollution. When recycled we minimize destruction of our land significantly. -