The Dry Fork Narrows is a wonderful section to explore slot canyons. Spooky Gulch starts out wide but doesn’t waste time thinning out. It is only 10 inches wide at some points! You have to squeeze through as far as you dare.
Oh goodness what nature will do for the soul 🌿✨
Aaron took a hike the other day by himself, without a phone, or a time to be back, or food or anything. He basically walked out our front door and straight toward the mountains, until he was up in them. When I saw him later that evening he was glowing. He told me all about his experience that day and how the fresh air, solitude and sweat had cleansed him, and he took me out there the very next day. It was beautiful and magical and healing and gave me some much needed perspective. Sometimes we can influence our outer experience by finding the peace inside, and sometimes we find the peace outside first and it calls out the stillness within. Feeling so thankful for the beautiful creation that we get to live in and among. Receiving the gifts that nature has to give is a very potent part of our #pilgrimlife .
How and what do you receive from nature? 🌿✨
When is the last time you played like a kid? Explored without a schedule? Felt an overwhelming sense of awe and wonder? ✨
For me, it’s nearly every time I am on a hiking trail. Last weekend at Red River Gorge was no exception. We found leaves bigger than our heads and fungi that looked pasta! We wandered down trails without any destination in mind and had snack breaks with epic views. 🌿
Carve out some time for yourself to explore and wander. Bring out your inner kid! 💫
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Throwing it back to fall in New York on this moody Monday. No matter how much I love SoCal, there is a special place in my heart for the east coast during this time of year. The colors, the smells, and the crisp air give me all the nostalgic feels. There's something truly grounding and miraculous about trekking through mud, smelling the oncoming rain, seeing the colorful leaves drift down in the wind, and looking up to see the forest glow from light peaking through the clouds. I think I'm going to have to chase some foliage this weekend in California... 🍂🍁
DO NOT change your lifestyle because you have a family!! 🙃
I've heard the sentiment of this dilemma more times than I can remember, it's fairly common.
It's often believed that your activities need to change when you have youngsters:
"Once upon a time your evenings and weekends were spent running, hiking, climbing or hitting the gym, but now you must forgo anything you once loved to do and attend every kiddie craft event at the local library and have innumerable play dates. What is allowed, however, is wallowing in what once was with like-minded sad fellow parents over a glass *bottle* of wine, remembering how you used to run a fast 5k or how you used to love going on a hike with friends"... Yeah, no... Stop right there. ✋
I get that that is the norm. I'm urging you to be unusual.
There are INNUMERABLE ways to INCLUDE your family in the things you like to do. They are, after all, your best friends. You used to enjoy running? Find a spot where you and your partner can tag team watching kids while alternating running. Better still, RUN WITH THEM when it's not your turn. Join a gym with a fun kids room and go to yoga or go lift, then go to family swim afterward (thanks @glensfallsy). Like to hike? Take them! Add a weight plate to your backpack and ruck at their speed, it's a great strength workout. Sure, they'll likely whine and cry, so be patient, but I promise they'll be proud of themselves when they get to the top, and that is an amazing reward. ❤
You are part of a family, not a shell of an individual now ruled by miniature dictators. They DEPEND on you to be the best version of yourself that you can be, they NEED you to be happy and healthy! If that means shipping them off to grandma's for an evening, then do it without the guilt. Grandma loves it, they love it, and you come back refreshed.
Everyone's needs are important within a family, this is anything but selfish.
Sacrifice is necessary, but so is balance- using sacrifice as a certificate of accomplishment creates a dangerously negative outlook on family, and uses children in the wrong way. They're not trophies, they're little humans that look up to you. So be you.
Create little adventurers. 👐
Our Boundary Bay property in Delta is an important stop for birds migrating along the Pacific Flyway. They eat insects and small organisms on the mudflats as well as biofilm, a thin layer of nutritious slime on the sand.
Photo by @elviraexplores
I’m a big fan of Colin + Christy (swipe for vids that really capture their essence). They’re excellent and patient teachers; kind, hospitable and adventurous and have lovingly brought us into the outdoor and climbing community. Because who else will jump off a cliff in their underwear into frigid water with me and pick up trash along the trail, clad in a shark beanie?! Power clap for this power couple! 👏🏽 (and of course they both don’t have IG—so on brand)