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“There are things you know about and things you don’t - the known and the unknown. And, in between are the doors.” ~Ray Manzarek, The Doors

I know about hiking. Or, at least I think I do. I’m comfortable hiking. There is always something unexpected, beautiful or otherwise, that comes up. But, being prepared with the 10 essentials, knowing trail reports, having a tide chart, and lots of miles of experience help me know what to expect. I’ve been to the Hole in the Wall several times before. I know when to “break on through to the other side”, and when to stay put with incoming tides. This is a place I know. But, the stars, and the universe - now that’s a place I don’t know. For as long as I can remember, I have loved looking at the stars. My Dad took me out to the darkest skies around my small southern town to help me see the stars and Haley’s comet when I was young. I remember the first time I saw the haze of the “Milky Way” when I was in college. And I remember actively avoiding astronomy classes and learning anything at all about stars and the sky. I thought they were magical, and I didn’t want science to spoil that. (Working in the medical field, I’m all about science for other things, though!) I never imagined that I would spend so many nights of my adult life trying to capture this unknown magic in pictures. How beautiful, and unexpected, life is. 
#milkyway #holeinthewall #thedoors
“There are things you know about and things you don’t - the known and the unknown. And, in between are the doors.” ~Ray Manzarek, The Doors I know about hiking. Or, at least I think I do. I’m comfortable hiking. There is always something unexpected, beautiful or otherwise, that comes up. But, being prepared with the 10 essentials, knowing trail reports, having a tide chart, and lots of miles of experience help me know what to expect. I’ve been to the Hole in the Wall several times before. I know when to “break on through to the other side”, and when to stay put with incoming tides. This is a place I know. But, the stars, and the universe - now that’s a place I don’t know. For as long as I can remember, I have loved looking at the stars. My Dad took me out to the darkest skies around my small southern town to help me see the stars and Haley’s comet when I was young. I remember the first time I saw the haze of the “Milky Way” when I was in college. And I remember actively avoiding astronomy classes and learning anything at all about stars and the sky. I thought they were magical, and I didn’t want science to spoil that. (Working in the medical field, I’m all about science for other things, though!) I never imagined that I would spend so many nights of my adult life trying to capture this unknown magic in pictures. How beautiful, and unexpected, life is. #milkyway  #holeinthewall  #thedoors 
I 💚 the #greatoutdoors — especially the mountains. In the last three years, I have fractured both ankles (one required surgery) during outdoor pursuits. 
I am again hiking and backpacking, but my steps are often cautious and tenuous. I hope I regain my confidence so I spend less time worrying about another catastrophic fall and better enjoy the wonder of the moment. 
#pnwonderland #themountainsarecalling #nothingisordinary_
I 💚 the #greatoutdoors  — especially the mountains. In the last three years, I have fractured both ankles (one required surgery) during outdoor pursuits. I am again hiking and backpacking, but my steps are often cautious and tenuous. I hope I regain my confidence so I spend less time worrying about another catastrophic fall and better enjoy the wonder of the moment. #pnwonderland  #themountainsarecalling  #nothingisordinary_ 
I married the best girl in the world yesterday. Sorry to all the guys, she’s taken. I love you @ginnallison !!! Thanks for the 📷 @amygbarton ! This is the very spot where we met nearly 4 years ago.  #mypubliclands #yaquinaheadlighthouse #jobcorps #blm
I married the best girl in the world yesterday. Sorry to all the guys, she’s taken. I love you @ginnallison !!! Thanks for the 📷 @amygbarton ! This is the very spot where we met nearly 4 years ago. #mypubliclands  #yaquinaheadlighthouse  #jobcorps  #blm 
Even with the clouds this old stagecoach road in Shasta River Canyon was dusty and hot. The bridge is actually over the main road over Dry Gulch. Sometimes I feel like I  really live in a Louie L'amour western novel out in this still wild country. N. California backroads.

#itsamazingoutthere
#norcalhiking, #onlyinnortherncalifornia 
#blmwild , #bureauoflandmanagement 
#usinterior , #mypubliclands 
#yourpubliclands 
#seekmorewilderness 
#keepitpublic
Located between Monticello and #Moab, #Utah, is Canyon Rims Recreation Area. The exposed rock layers of the buttes, canyons and spires are 150-300 million years old and have been formed by erosion and weathering. It’s the perfect place for hiking, biking, horseback riding, camping and wildlife watching. While visiting, keep an eye out for mule deer and pronghorn antelope that live in the area. Photo by Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management (@mypubliclands). #usinterior #mypubliclands #yourpubliclands #travel
Located between Monticello and #Moab , #Utah , is Canyon Rims Recreation Area. The exposed rock layers of the buttes, canyons and spires are 150-300 million years old and have been formed by erosion and weathering. It’s the perfect place for hiking, biking, horseback riding, camping and wildlife watching. While visiting, keep an eye out for mule deer and pronghorn antelope that live in the area. Photo by Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management (@mypubliclands). #usinterior  #mypubliclands  #yourpubliclands  #travel 
Located between Monticello and #Moab, #Utah, is Canyon Rims Recreation Area. The exposed rock layers of the buttes, canyons and spires are 150-300 million years old and have been formed by erosion and weathering. It’s the perfect place for hiking, biking, horseback riding, camping and wildlife watching. While visiting, keep an eye out for mule deer and pronghorn antelope that live in the area. Photo by Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management (@mypubliclands). #usinterior #mypubliclands #yourpubliclands #travel
Located between Monticello and #Moab , #Utah , is Canyon Rims Recreation Area. The exposed rock layers of the buttes, canyons and spires are 150-300 million years old and have been formed by erosion and weathering. It’s the perfect place for hiking, biking, horseback riding, camping and wildlife watching. While visiting, keep an eye out for mule deer and pronghorn antelope that live in the area. Photo by Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management (@mypubliclands). #usinterior  #mypubliclands  #yourpubliclands  #travel 
Gumboot Lake peaking through the trees in the Shasta Ttinity National Forest in N. California.

#itsamazingoutthere
#norcalhiking, #onlyinnortherncalifornia 
#blmwild , #mypubliclands 
#yourpubliclands 
#bureauoflandmanagement 
#usinterior 
#seekmorewilderness 
#keepitpublic
Rhode Island's wild coastline. #oceanstate #mypubliclands #coast #publicland #oceanview #seascape
Located between Monticello and #Moab, #Utah, is Canyon Rims Recreation Area. The exposed rock layers of the buttes, canyons and spires are 150-300 million years old and have been formed by erosion and weathering. It’s the perfect place for hiking, biking, horseback riding, camping and wildlife watching. While visiting, keep an eye out for mule deer and pronghorn antelope that live in the area. Photo by Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management (@mypubliclands). #usinterior #mypubliclands #yourpubliclands #travel
Located between Monticello and #Moab , #Utah , is Canyon Rims Recreation Area. The exposed rock layers of the buttes, canyons and spires are 150-300 million years old and have been formed by erosion and weathering. It’s the perfect place for hiking, biking, horseback riding, camping and wildlife watching. While visiting, keep an eye out for mule deer and pronghorn antelope that live in the area. Photo by Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management (@mypubliclands). #usinterior  #mypubliclands  #yourpubliclands  #travel 
On the 4th of July, after leaving the dense forest to crest this ridge I saw Missoula, the Mission Mountains and the core of the Bitterroot Mountains from a perspective I had never seen it all from before. I could also see and hear fireworks from numerous areas across the sky, and it was truly incredible to witness it all from such a wild and remote place; a place only 20 miles from city limits (as the crow flies) where I saw nothing but a bunch of bear sign. It was in that moment I realized, once again, how much I freakin love this place and how lucky I am to call this place home ❤

P.s. I'll be posting a bunch more pictures from here soon 😊
On the 4th of July, after leaving the dense forest to crest this ridge I saw Missoula, the Mission Mountains and the core of the Bitterroot Mountains from a perspective I had never seen it all from before. I could also see and hear fireworks from numerous areas across the sky, and it was truly incredible to witness it all from such a wild and remote place; a place only 20 miles from city limits (as the crow flies) where I saw nothing but a bunch of bear sign. It was in that moment I realized, once again, how much I freakin love this place and how lucky I am to call this place home ❤ P.s. I'll be posting a bunch more pictures from here soon 😊
Beers and sunsets. 
Only way to finish off a long day on the river.
Beers and sunsets. Only way to finish off a long day on the river.