My adventure buddy 🌲⛰🌿
Today has been spent setting up enrollment for my August virtual bootcamp + we decided to take a break + stroll the woods. (My boss is cool like that 😉)
And if you haven’t reached out about grabbing your spot than hit the link in my bio. Seriously, Time is going to pass whether you’re watching or joining so might as well do it and start on your goals 💋
July’s bootcamp wrapped up today and I want to give a HUGE shoutout to @shannonmae21
She completed 28 workouts in 31 days 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼
Seriously, she has been amazing! Truly dedicated to bettering herself and it inspires me every day!
And as a congratulations to finishing her 3rd bootcamp + for being the most consistent, I’ll be sending her a fitness goodie box 😁
So keep an eye out in the mail girl!! 😘
Here I am on the hunt to try and find a Leave No Trace-compliant campsite (i.e., an established site, at least 200 feet away from a lake or stream). To be honest, my fiancé and I were absolutely appalled at the blatant disregard for LNT we observed in the wilderness this past weekend; from improperly disposed human waste, to short cutting switchbacks/not staying on trail, to camping right next to the lake and in vulnerable meadows next to the trail. I also learned last night (thanks to @laura.berridge ) that some new Leave No Trace ethics recommend not geotagging specific locations of your wilderness activities and thinking of the impact your photos may have on others’ behavior (i.e., demonstrating LNT practices and respect for the land). Will you join me in not geotagging anymore too to respect and preserve these beautiful places?
The older I get, the more I find myself in awe of trees anywhere I go. But especially in @yosemitenps !! It’s hard to believe that California is still on fire and I am keeping the brave fire fighters in my thoughts and prayers ! 💚🌲 #adventurousteacher
Seeing the world is amazing but it’s even better when you have someone to share all of these new experiences with! Wouldn’t want to go on this adventure with anyone else!
Tag your favorite travel buddy below!
P.S. I am posting an IGTV video tomorrow about how to find cheap flights and will have a little surprise giveaway for y’all!
went on a hike with my favorite lil dood
sat by the creek, enjoyed the little streams & pretty flowers, felt like i was in a fairy forest🧚🏻♂️
saw a snake, screamed/freaked out, cue the worst case scenarios running through my head, pulled out my phone cause I thought I could call someone to help 🙄, no service, waited 20 minutes for it to slither across the path, sprinter for a few minutes with Benni in my arms just in cause it was following us, was on edge the rest of the hike
got into the car, turned on some tunes, all is well. yes I’m afraid if snakes & yes I will over react🙋🏼♀️
safe to say I’m never going back there again.
my wild Wednesday night 🙃🐍🙅🏼♀️
“Have fun torturing your dog!”
That comment was yelled to me as I recently walked away from a female hiker (in addition to other combative statements). Almost 3 years ago a girl on social media that I had never met or been virtually associated with began harassing me, to the point police got involved after threatening statements were made. How can someone I never knew in real life be so rancorous? Have we hit the point where creating fake accounts when blocked to fuel hatred is acceptable (hey, girl 👋🏼)? Is obsessive jealousy spilling into real life? Recently I’ve seen a lot of posts about what a sham social media is, celebrities are shutting down their accounts due to intense negativity, and how much weight people put into likes versus actually living an authentic life. I’ve debated closing my IG account because it’s the only social media I have left and the only way I feel vulnerable to strangers. I really wonder what history books will write about social media’s impact on society. 📸: @findingphilip coming up Whitewall Slide
This here is my friend Lora. Let me tell you something about Lora; she’s one of the best moms I know. And I start with that because that’s what she would start with is her life as a mom but she is much more than that. She’s an adventurer, a roll model, an amazing vegan cook and an absolutely unreal friend.
Lora will be the first to cheer you on if you want to start something new, especially if it’s scary. She’s hilarious and insanely down to earth. Lora is also one of the bravest people I know; she’s never afraid to be controversial or raw.
Lora made it to the top of Pocaterra Ridge with me on Monday and continued on the rest of the 10.5 kms. This wasn’t an easy hike but she rocked it!
I’m so thankful to these mountains and to this wonderful province for giving me the opportunity to meet so many unreal people, like Lora.
My favourite quote recently is “the fastest way to get to the top is to bring people up with you” and I find that out every time I get out into the mountains with the incredible ladies I know.
Anyone lucky enough to have friends like this?
I want to go on one more hiking adventure before summer is over!.. Well who am I kidding I really want to go on like a billion more but realistically maybe one............or two............ Where should I go???🏔🌲🌸
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.
Sunday I completed the @52hikechallenge with 2 14er summits up Grays and Torrey’s Peaks! Three years ago this was my first attempted 14er but didn’t make the summit. It’s incredible to see the changes in myself from not only 3 years ago but in the 42 weeks it’s been since starting this challenge! It’s been an epic roller coaster of doing hikes I never imagined I would do in snow and ice in winter, to traveling to amazing places just to hike! I’ve gained confidence in myself, a reconnection to my spiritual side, and positivity that was previously stifled by self doubt. I’ve gained an incredible sense of community that I’ve found in the support people have offered me, advice they’ve sought, or just plain reaching out to do a hike! And to top it off I’ve lost nearly 20 pounds in the process just doing things I love! This has been the most epic journey and incredible year of my life and this is only the beginning!
Miles Hiked: 244.24 • Total elevation gained: 56,366ft • Hiked in 6 different national parks!
Another photo from my walk on Monday. It's too hazy for me to go walking.. last summer I was super sick from all the smoke so I need to stay inside. I hope we get rain soon!! Brb gonna do a rain dance now
Having a photographer boyfriend is all fun and games until you realize you’re the most unphotogenic chubster this side of the Atlantic and iPhone selfies ARE ALL LIES ✌🏻 but every now and again he gets a candid shot of you not looking like Hagrid climbing a mountain and it’s all good until next time 🤗 ______________________________________________________
Missing those clear blue Colorado skies today! Our entire corner of the world is being ravaged by wildfires, and the air quality has reached fairly unhealthy, hazy levels. It’s very sad and humbling to think this could be our new normal this time of year. It always makes me think harder about what I can do to be part of the solution. I’m in control of my immediate choices to of course respect camp fire regulations, but also ways I can lessen my bigger impact for the long term by reducing my footprint and electing officials who are working hard to change laws and protect our precious environment. What are some of the ways you’re helping to save our beautiful earth from pollution and global warming?
Let’s take care of this lovely planet 🌏
Who else is affected / feeling sad about all of the fires, smoke and haze hitting the West Coast this summer? 😭 while many of these fires are resulting from natural causes, let’s not contribute to it with our own errors 💙
Take a break from social media.
Ironic right? Posting this on social media?
But really.... Instagram has been shown to be one of the worst apps for depression.
Scrolling through your feed you find yourself becoming envious of the lives of the people in the beautiful photos.
You long to be the one hiking in that spectacular forest, attending that mind-blowing festival, cliff jumping into that crystal clear water.
Maybe you haven't even realised you've been doing that until now.
Then you think, wow...yeah I was literally just doing that.
I can personally say it's SO hard not to enter the comparison mindset, when this page is literally centred around finding stunning photos to share with you ladies!
So, a step back. A holiday planned.
With my own adventures to look forward to, suddenly the FOMO subsides.
It's easy to scroll scroll scroll through and compare your own life...and to do it multiple times a day. This is time you could be planning your OWN adventures.
So go ahead, spread your joy and tell us ... where are YOU going next?
I'm off to Thailand, Mayalsia and Singapore with @gadventures 😍 and no, this isn't an ad!
I'm so excited to travel with them after hearing so many good things. Would love to hear reviews from anyone who has travelled with them!
Thanks to @thewonderingdreamer for sharing this breathtaking shot with #ladiesgoneglobal 💕 What a spectacular destination.
Any planners out there? 🙋♀️ Prior to a vacation, I enjoy researching the destination, things to do, places to eat, lodging. If it’s a hiking trip, I’ll scope out trails, difficulty, elevations gains, length and timing of the round trip hike. I don’t plan every day to the detail but I like to have a list of options to explore once I arrive.
For my recent trip, my plans evaporated before my eyes 7 hours before departure as Yosemite was closed now for the entire week of my vacation. I scrambled to explore all the best options and immediately tackled transitioning the San Fran/Yosemite trip to Seattle. Running on 3 hours of sleep and a whole new “plan” I found myself in Seattle planning a new week.
The lesson though, it has become one of my favorite vacations ever. I saw more than I ever imagined! Beaches, parks, waterfalls, rain forests, the city, Blue Angels flying by our 35th floor high rise, hikes, mountains, turquoise water. Really, I could go on and on...
Don’t be afraid to abort your plans and simply show up in the moment and make the very best of life!
I have been in such a funk lately. Does anyone else get a super empty feeling after finishing a good book series? It’s been this vicious cycle for me since I usually finish a series in a couple days 😂 but here is beautiful Zion! Been missing it a ton lately
I didn't grow up living the outdoor lifestyle I do now. Prior to 2014, I had never slept in a tent, hiked more than a mile or two, or peed behind a tree. In August 2014, the night before, @mrcluckfarms tells me that we're hiking Mt. Whitney. Of course, I have no clue what that is or how hard it will be. I was physically fit, but not in shape for the mountains. With no proper gear, we left that Friday afternoon to summit Mt. Whitney on Saturday. We didn't make it. I got altitude sickness and was severely exhausted at 12,000 ft. We turned around and camped at Outpost Camp. That night was miserable for both of us, we didn't have jackets, one sleeping bag, no sleeping mats, and it got cold and hailed, top that off with exhaustion and altitude sickness. The whole situation was a mess and all around miserable. But I woke up around 1am, crawled out of the tent and saw the granite peaks glowing in the moonlight around us, I was hooked. Looking back, it’s crazy to think how far I’ve come. Now I know how stupid it was to attempt to summit Whitney without gear or training, we could have easily died up there. But reflecting on all this, I wanted to create a place to share these stories, how to overcome what’s stopping you from getting outside, how to train, gear, permits, trails, and all of the ins and outs I’ve learned and as I’m learning them. So I started a blog, CampsiteVibes.com! Link in bio. I’d love to hear your thoughts on it and what you want to know more about.
"Just always be the better person, and make your intentions pure. What and who you are is what you’ll attract, what you’ll maintain. Pain is inevitable and it will always exist, but if you focus on understanding what you are feeling and why you are feeling it, you will overcome it."