Motivation Monday Time 😊️ Something basic, but...
"As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives." — Henry David Thoreau
📍 From a hike at @snowbird, July '18
Enjoyed one last backpacking trip for the season with the pups ✨🐶 We camped on a ridge line around 6,500 ft with 360 views of several volcanoes in the cascade range: Hood, Adams, St Helens, Rainier, Jefferson, Washington and the Three Sisters. Despite the crazy wind and freezing temperatures, we saw a starry filled galactic sky, and a sunrise and sunset that is one for the books. Husband always carrying the family load 👊🏻 #pnwlife
Nelson (Desert) Big Horn sheep hunt part II. The hunt and reward. Couldn’t have asked for a better hunt with my dad! We’ve been talking about and trying to meet up for a big game hunt for a long time now, and it was a real gift to finally pull it off. His visit out to Nevada just went by too quick. Scouting paid off and after watching some lone rams in the morning, we followed a ewe and ram pair over the next ridge. We spotted 4 sheep on a ridge out of my range, with no way to cover the distance undetected. We hunkered down to watch them when a gunshot from across the ridge spooked another herd up and over the hill above us that we hadn’t seen before. The impressive group trailed across the slope fast. There were two ewes each followed by her own group of 6 or 7 suiters, which really made me wish I had a Ram tag! I couldn’t get clear shot at the ewes who were moving too quick and were too crowded by their many admirers. Luckily, the four that had been just out of reach decided to follow suite, and at a more leisurely pace to boot. When they crossed broadside at 100 yards we whistled and it stopped them just long enough to take a shot. What an incredible experience! And even more special because I got to share it with my dad. Couldn’t be more grateful. Lots of moving parts had to come together to pull it off, including pulling this tag, and it definitely feels like a blessing. Now to the real work (and pleasure) of processing all that delicious meat! #shrubfed#bighornsheep#publiclandshunting#publiclandsowner#mypubliclands#yourpubliclands#ourpubliclands#nevada#greatbasin#habitat#managementhunt#rangelandmanagement#rangeland#societyforrangemanagement#ndow#wildsheepfoundation#desertbighornsheep#backcountryhuntersandanglers
Spent the morning cleaning up the Meadow Camp climbing area on the Deschutes River with the High Desert Climbers Alliance, an affiliate of the @accessfund .
I didn't see much trash, but I did help with covering up lots of social trails with brush, logs and rocks.
It was a gorgeous day to be outside and it was so nice to see lots of climbers coming together to take care of this area.
With all the time I spend recreating on public lands, I'm making a conscious effort to participate in more cleanup, trail building and stewardship projects in my local area.
I encourage you to do the same. Who else has been getting out there? Can you recommend your favorite organizations who are doing this work?
@tim_neville takeover 7/8: We all knew things could get spicy on a remote, exploratory backpacking trip through a canyon in Oregon's Owyhee region, especially after a few days when we pushed through the point of no return. Day three, however, turned out to be one of the more difficult times in the wild I'd ever had. By that point, a cold front had moved in and pelted us with marble-size hail as the temperature plummeted 25 degrees into the mid 50s. Almost immediately after a breakfast of oatmeal we had to swim across a frigid pool too deep to wade across. That one pool led to another pool and another and another. At first, before each swim, we'd take the time to try to stay as dry as possible, stripping down to our skivvies, swimming across, and then putting our (mostly) dry clothes back on. Eventually, with so many pools and with time ticking by, we just went in fully clothed. The pools seemed to get deeper and longer the farther we went. Many of them continued out of sight around bends, so we never knew if a swim would be 10 yards or 200 before setting out. After about the fifth or sixth pool I watched @chrisasolomon (red shirt) wade right into the next one wearing his full rain gear, which I am certain did not keep him dry. Before long, everyone was border hypothermic so we found a rocky overhang, drank cups of plain hot water and did jumping jacks to stoke our metabolic fires. By that afternoon, the sun came out strong and kind. Our gear dried quickly as we snoozed lazily on the warming rocks. Maybe that bad day was really one of the best. We only had one more day to go.
There are a ton of things that have changed in my life over the last decade or so…I left my French hometown with a four-years-old and a month-old baby for Toronto and then moved to California.
Friends of mine have come and gone, but one thing remains. Our relationship can be expensive, but it's hard to imagine living my life without it…It’s my phone, folks!😂My camera replacement, my tool to stay in touch with loved ones, close or far away. How I appreciate you, dear smartphone.
Who’s with me? 😜 Happy Friday everyone! So glad this week's over!!! Going to be summer for the coming days here in the NorCal Valley...27C/84F...😎
NOT YOUR TYPICAL NORTHERN CALIFORNIA HIKING TRAIL. Canyon Creek Lakes Trail in the Trinity Alps.
You Canyon Creek Lakes Trail, you gently kicked my butt. We hiked this 14.6-mile / 2,900 ft elevation, a popular trail in about a little over 6 hours. It could have taken less time if we didn't stop for a little dip—for you gentlemen, you'll see why little is accurate if you swim there 😉 —in the gorgeous swim hole by the waterfall.
We were camping at Trinity River Campground (swipe to see pics), and I recommend the two spots by the river. These are vast sites with fire rings and picnic tables right by the river.
To access the trail, take Road 299 and turn on Power House Rd. Twelve miles on this and you'll hit the trailhead.
It's easy to understand why lots of California hikers love this portion of the 600 miles of trails in the Trinities. The flora is different than what we're used to in the Sierras. It's not such a stretch to compare this place to the Swiss Alps. And as we've seen, it's a beautiful place for backpacking as well. Lots of spots can be found to overnight along the way.
This first introduction to the Trinity Alps ended our trip beautifully. We felt the burn in our legs, our souls were filled up and our wounds healed. Twelve days camping and hiking every day, following the beat of our own drum, this was the best vacations we had in a long time! 😊
Some campsites live up to their daydreams!
The main appeal of camping in the wild is to go back to the basics. Sleeping on the ground beneath the stars grounds us and adds uncovers the simplicity in our lives.
But whether you’re in the mountains or the desert, some campsites have just the right amount of beauty and familiarity. Sweeping landscapes and a cozy site to set up your tent. And no matter how many weekends are spent camping, a handful of special sites like this are what always linger when we think of wilderness camping.
What special campsites have you come across on your adventures?
#NationalParks continue mark my compass bearings as I navigate my way through the world and search for a sense of belonging. I am noticing that with every return to coastal Maine, there is a sense of homecoming that deepens. Grateful for #ourpubliclands , and for the privilege in having access to explore them.
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Being a photographer is fantastic because it gives me time with my own kid (soon to be plural), but not always so great when it’s busy season and both my business and personal to-do lists feel like a hydra: accomplish one task, four more pop up. Even with sorting tasks by priority level and triaging between them when things pop up, it can still be hard to feel like you’re accomplishing anything, and some days (weeks) (months) are harder than others. Some days you’re chugging along on all cylinders, and some days your major accomplishment for the day is finally getting the laundry folded and put away. However your day has gone, it’s okay.
@tim_neville takeover 5/8: In many ways we got really lucky on our exploratory hike through a remote canyon in Oregon's Owyhee country. With almost no information to go on other than Google Earth at home and topo maps in the field (neither of which shows deep water or choke points), each hour was a complete surprise. One moment we'd be getting whipped in the face by willows and the next we'd stumble upon a pocked cliff sprinkled with swallow nests. Fortunately, we found spectacular places to camp, like this one, where ample flat ground meant our group of five could stay together. We never were thirsty, either, thanks to plenty of places to filter water, as my pal @chrisasolomon, a contributing editor @outsidemagazine, does here. Though the river can drop dramatically later in summer, we would soon encounter a different problem -- the river in places was still much too high and the walls around us were growing more impenetrable. From this point on, forward would be the only option, and if something bad were to happen (we did have an emergency beacon) we figured the closest person to us was at least a 24-hour journey away by four-wheel-drive, horse and foot. What would we do if we couldn't find a way through?
10.08.18 || This was the sunrise on our hike today, a hike we do every day that we’re here, a hike on what is now #ourpubliclands , on what has historically been the territory of the Serrano, Cahuilla, Chemehuevi, and Mojave peoples. I think a lot about what it means not just to acknowledge the land you occupy, especially as a settler, but to honor that land and the tribes who were violently removed from it. Decolonization is a long and deep process, and it takes counterstories and reparations and repatriation, but first and foremost it takes acknowledgement. I love this land with my whole body and soul. I would do anything to protect it. And I am grateful I get to spend time here often. || #IndigenousPeoplesDay#outinthisdesertwearetestingbombs
A Greater Sage-grouse displays with a backdrop of the southern Wind River Range on @blmwild lands in Sublette County, WY back in the spring of 2010. I just stumbled upon this image today and thought of how much has happened since, and all the conservation folks I know who, in spite of relentless threats to the natural world, continue doing good science, advocacy, outreach, education and the rest - beating the drum. Steadily and stoically doing good work. You know who you are - thank you 🙏 #sagegrouse#publicland#ourpubliclands#braidedriver#ilcp_photographers#votetheenvironment#conservation