Hoping your weekend was filled with blue skies and wild landscapes!
”Keep close to Nature's heart... and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.”
After a busy work month and a week of being sick, was so nice to get up to my favorite park yesterday. It was gorgeous. I know I've captured this spot a lot, but I love visiting this particular place. We always used to bring Buster to the picnic area here. It was his favorite spot, too, I think 💙🐾 #RMNP#RockyIsMyPark#OptOutside#NeverStopExploring#coloRADo
STUCK BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE
When you're faced with multiple difficult decisions that throw you completely out of your comfort zone and test your limits, but something keeps pushing you forward ... Ultimately one of the most difficult decisions I've made in my life was deciding whether to walk away from a dream I couldn't envision or try harder at it. When you wake up in the morning and wander through your day convincing yourself you're not intelligent enough, confident enough, brave enough and those days turn into weeks, weeks into months, and months into a year when you realize you've taken 2 steps back despite all your sacrifices and endless hours of busting your ass. It all comes down to PERSPECTIVE
If there is anything I can pass along from one wayward wanderer to another - don't regret your wandering like I did, embrace your weaknesses instead of tearing yourself down over them, and sometimes you have to tell your negative mind to STFU.
Nothing in my life has prepared me better ahead than my backwards journeys. #awakemysoul .
The towering fins of the Entrada Sandstone in Arches #fieryfurnace are infilled with narrow canyons formed by preferential erosion along parallel fractures in the rock. These slots lead you to hidden arches and dead end passages. AKA #wanderersparadise
My Yosemite trip outfits are ready 👌🏻🌲 What better way to prepare for a National Park trip than to support awesome organizations that help keep our parks clean and funds projects to keep them open for people like us to enjoy?
A portion of every purchase @keepnaturewild goes towards funding & hosting wilderness cleanups. Each collection @parksproject funds parks projects with a mission to creatively connect people with parklands ❤️❤️❤️ time to shop!!
Rejection is such a funny thing.
You see, all too often we reject ourselves before we even have the possibility of being rejected by those around us.
It is a natural human defense to put up an air of indifference and seek shelter in isolation.
It is in this way that we prepare ourselves for the great heartache of rejection.
However, it is also in this means of protection that we end up hurting ourselves far more than if we had just opened up to the slim chance of rejection.
We end up spending so much time obsessing over the what-ifs,
Getting lost in the fantasy worlds of our creation,
Never fully living our lives…
All in fear of simple rejection.
We deny ourselves even the feeling of wanting to be needed and loved by another human being.
We deny ourselves the opportunity for such,
When we do not even allow a simple smile in a stranger's direction.
We get in our own way of being a part of something bigger,
Because we live in constant fear of not being good enough.
We hold ourselves to an impossible standard of perfection,
Just as we hold out on ourselves in our fear of rejection.
“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to.”
-J. R. R. Tolkien
☝️Especially when you spend your weekend exploring our national parks! 📸: @d_cotten_gt
Have a great weekend out there everybody, and always remember to leave it better than you found it!
Looking to make a bigger impact?
Don’t forget to bring with a plastic bag to pick up any trash you find on your hike!
If you'd rather live out of a backpack than be chained to a desk the wait is almost over! 10 days until we launch and we're so excited to bring the hottest outdoor and travel jobs to you! #lifebeyond9to5
"Our national, state, and local parks are facing a myriad of challenges from climate change while simultaneously expected to provide recreation, wildlife refuge, public gathering space, health benefits, and environmental Justice". - Jonathan Jarvis
I had the opportunity to meet Jonathan this year and I love this quote! We have to protect our parks!! 🌎
Does it get much better than experiencing a moment like this in our National Parks?
Sometimes it can take a lot of energy to find yourself in moments like these. Blocking off a weekend (or a few weeks) for your trip. Doing so much research about what you want to do while you’re at the park. Packing. Checking the weather forecasts.
But moments like this - that’s when you know it hasn’t been for nothing. When you would do all the planning, packing and hiking one hundred more times to experience a view like this again — something you know at your core that you’ll never forget. And that’s what makes it all worth it.
I had a very good day today that began with this fire red sunrise and ended 24 miles later with tired feet, a hungry belly, and a big ole smile. i am happiest here - moving through these mountains on this unforgiving trail. thank god for the AT.
And, just like that, my world crashes before my very eyes.
An unbelievable pain, one that I didn't even know possible, overcomes me.
As the sun is hidden behind the evanescent ocean water,
My life is cast in gloomy shadows of darkness.
I wait resolutely for a ray of light to pierce through this misty haze and guide me.
At last, my thoughts do not go unanswered,
As a familiar touch reaches out to embrace me.
And I am pulled into a world of peace.
Great to be back in Patagonia visiting Torres del Paine and witnessing the work of our local partner, @tdplegacyfund ! Huge thanks to our donors whose generosity helped purchase new equipment for this local NGO during our last visit in 2017. It’s been a treat to witness their work again as they continue to protect this natural wonder!
Want to learn about what native plants you can grow in your garden AND save 10% at our fall native plant sale?
Join our nursery manager this Sunday at 11am, as he talks about “Native Plants For Your Garden”. Hosted by @floragardensojai.
More details - link in bio.
Rocking my Tetons t-shirt in an attempt to become one with the mountains. @mona_patel33 and I found almost the perfect angle to replicate the shot. Spending my day playing in a National Park is my favorite pastime. Let’s use our voices and votes to protect these sacred lands for generations to come. 🏔❤️ #mountains#nationalparks#grandtetons#vote#getoutside#protectourparks 📷 @mona_patel33
Oh hello! This is me in a euphoric mid-hike state. Wearing a tee shirt as it snows behind me. With my jeans covered in mud and some bear spray in my pack. I can’t believe my fortune that I made it to Glacier today and got to hike to Avalanche Lake. Everyday on this journey I feel more alive.