One huge learning curve for beginner backpackers is making a menu for personal trips. It’s difficult to find foods that are nutritious, tasty, lightweight, and calorically dense. One of these foods that is a backpacker’s delight is bacon. As you can see, @depude84 is just as excited as I am when the bacon gets brought out!
Here it issss... This video is especially close to my heart cause these past few months have been extremely challenging. I’ve been working on this on & off in between & it challenged my creativity & focus, when I can’t just knock it out in a couple days. Its been an hour here, 30 minutes there, opening it up whenever I have “me” time. In the midst of all the ongoing projects, this reminded me of why I do what I do & how passion should be the driving force. I’ve got a couple more passion project episodes filmed, so this is the beginning of a long term thing. Even if it takes me months to bust out an episode, it’s happening. Anyways, enjoy this video of my awesome friend @desheay ! He’s so rad & he does some insane parkour stuff on top pf this, but legit he’s such a cool person & you guys should have a life convo with this dude. He’s got some depth to him. Link to the full video in the bio.
The skies in Yosemite are quite dark. We are far enough away from any major city which causes the Milky Way Galaxy to reveal itself every time we have a clear night. Often, I will chose to not take a tent and fall asleep amongst the stars. Luckily, the afternoon clouds parted and gave us quite the show. This was our view on the first night in our backcountry camp.
There was a very transformative realization that came to me on this trip with the help of @depude84. I am quickly building a more intimate relationship with this park. The views, vistas, and various quirks unique to Yosemite are not as newly surprising and perplexing as they once were for me. I find myself having feelings of homeliness whenever I embark for another trip. I find myself sometimes saying, “home sweet home!” when I pass through the Arch Rock entrance. It’s a feeling of comfort. It offers me a strong sense of familiarity in a world that still tends to confuse my 23 year old brain. If I were to leave this lifestyle where I would not return to this place but once a year, I will always find that feeling of comfort and appreciation when I come back, even years down the line. The experiences I have gained here will not be as fleeting as a college prerequisite course. This is imbedded in my soul, permanently.
Already, more than 70% of your public lands in the Carlsbad, New Mexico region are leased for oil and gas drilling, with more industry lease sales planned for this winter. Despite this development, numerous natural areas still exist, particularly near the Guadalupe National Forest and Carlsbad Caverns National Park. As a one of the best places in the U.S. to view a diverse array of hawks and eagles, along with sensitive salt playas that support rare native plants, our voices can make a difference for wildlife and wildlands in the Bureau of Land Management - New Mexico's final land management plan for the region. Learn more on our blog (link in profile). #BLMWild 📸: Gosia Allison-Kosior #publiclands#yourpubliclands#newmexico#carlsbad#chihuahuandesert#desert#wilderness#wildlands#conservation#landscape#wildlife#habitat#cactus#nationalpark#nature @mypubliclands
Hello everybody!! @fellers_photos here taking over the AOA Instagram page! For the next couple days, I will be sharing some incredible photos and stories from one of our Half Dome Backpacking Trips which took place just this last weekend. So please follow along and get ready to experience what it’s like to backpack through one of the world’s most sought-after hiking destinations! 😎
Our annual alpine climb left lots of suffering between getting soaking wet from snow on the hike in, to high winds all day with wet clothes, and running 6 miles to catch the last shuttle across the lake. Warbonnet is legit! So much out there to climb!
This is a view of Shasta River Canyon in N. California. The road on top over the mountains is Interstate 5. The road in the canyon is the old stage coach road. You can just see the hairpin curve of the road I am on to the very left center of the photo. If you pull in you will see the yellow sign. This is the back road that goes from the Klamath River to Yreka, California in the Shasta Valley. This river canyon is so wild and changes all the way through, it defies what most people would think of a mountain/river canyon.
#itsamazingoutthere#mypubliclands , #yourpubliclands#usinterior , #keepitpublic#siskiyoucounty , #cascadiaexplored
Right outside of Zion was my favorite campsite that I’ve found on this trip. Getting there requires a drive down a long, uneventful, bumpy dirt road. On my first time driving it, I became more and more skeptical there would be anything worth it at the end. Eventually it came to a big hill, and the road got pretty sketchy with sandy patches that I had to power through to not get stuck and about a fifty foot drop off to my left near the top. Getting up it was beyond worth it though when I laid my eyes on the West Temple and a view of the west side of Zion. There were no people in view for miles around me, just me and the calling owls. Every morning the sunrise beamed through the canyon projecting its beam into the valley. The only cost of the campsites was a little bit of adventure.
#CoastalCleanupDay was started in the mid 1980s by the California Coastal Commission (@coastalcommission & @ca_coastal), and today marks the 34th annual event for the cleanup community! Now, the event is international with more than 12 million participants and counting - together we all make a difference by cleaning up our beaches & waterways. But, we aren’t just cleaning up beaches... we’re making the environment healthier for everyone - most importantly the animals who call these places home. 🐚🐢🐝🐳🐌🐙🦆🐟🦀🦈
This year's theme is "get rid of trash, not wildlife", because plastics alone are found in 62% of all sea birds and 100% of sea turtles. All coastal birds, fish and mammals mistake ocean plastic & debris as food - they end up being harmed by ingesting our trash, which gets carried from our waterways into the ocean. One small action you could take is to ditch the single-use plastic straw and get in the habit of using reusable straws & containers.
Helping out at stewardship events like this makes my heart so warm & fuzzy 🤗 today I collected about 10lbs of trash in about an hour or so. I absolutely love giving back to Mother Nature & the beautiful environments we all love so dearly. And now with more than 30 years of data, scientists and ocean lovers alike can track trends and influence policies made that check if certain laws or bans are influencing the top ten items we regularly pick up from beaches/shorelines (ex: cigarette butts, foam & straws). Let’s all do our part and keep the Earth trash free as can be and healthy - our future depends on it! 🚯💚🌊♻️🌎🚭
@healthebay @ca_coastal @oceanconservancy @castateparks @calparks @nature_org @surfrider @LonelyWhale @NOAAdebris @TheCaliforniaCoast
Post-shift medical refresher. The medical training and protocols among federal handcrews can vary. Setting us apart from the herd, is the amount of crew members with operational experience in combat medicine and dealing with trauma in the field. This roll we’ve been fortunate to have a veteran, Naval Special Warfare doc and smokejumper detail with us. He’s been able to give us the gouge on how to further streamline our medical gear and practices.
The #BLMWild Cucharas Canyon is a rare intact wild canyon area on Colorado’s eastern plains. Take a through-hike down the canyon and enjoy the sounds of the trickling river or the cascading song of a canyon wren. Or visit one of the lookouts on either side for a scenic vista of the Spanish Peaks over this colorful picturesque canyon.
BLM (@mypubliclands) documented this rugged natural landscape for its #landswithwildernesscharacteristics ; however this wild area is not managed to protect these values.
We'll need your voice of support for Cucharas Canyon and similar wild areas in BLM’s upcoming Eastern Colorado Draft plan revision, expected to be released in October 2018, with a 90-day public comment period. Stay tuned! 📸s:
1) Credit John Stansfield.
2) Credit John Sztukowski.
3) Credit John Sztukowski.
Went up to check some water holes and of course I left my good camera in the truck and phone was at 10%. Stumbled on this little buck while looking for the bulls. All on your public lands.
With all the things in the world gone crazy, I just needed to honor these trees. Over 16 million trees died in N. California from the 4 year drought. These beautiful trees died at the hand of a human in Hornbrook California in July in the Klamathon Fire. The homes that burned have all been cleaned up, and these trees are reminders to all of us; that our Mother Earth is in a fragile state these days. Just a small reminder to appreciate everyday the beauty around you, the life giving rains that keep us alive, and how quickly things can change. Looking forward to autumn in full force.
#itsamazingoutthere#mypubliclands#yourpubliclands , #usinterior#keepitpublic , #siskiyoucounty#northerncalifornia
BLM’s Cucharas Canyon is a rare intact wild canyon area on Colorado’s eastern plains. Once vital
for Native Indians, American settlers and ranchers, can now be enjoyed as a camping trip, hike, horseback ride, or hunting opportunity.
Take a through-hike down the canyon and enjoy the sounds of the trickling river or the cascading song of a canyon wren. Or visit one of the lookouts on either side for a scenic vista of the Spanish
Peaks over this colorful picturesque canyon.
Life abounds in this wild and exceptional natural area. The Cucharas Canyon area has high habitat
and range values for a number of wildlife species, including Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, black
bear, elk, mule deer, white-tailed deer, pronghorn, mountain lion, as well as valued bird species,
particularly species of concern, like the scaled quail and bald eagle.
BLM documented this rugged natural landscape for its #landswithwildernesscharacteristics ,
however this wild area is not managed for such. This can change!
We need your voice of support for Cucharas Canyon and similar wild areas in BLM’s upcoming
Eastern Colorado Draft plan revision, coming October 2018, with a 90-day public comment period.
Stay tuned next week as we continue to highlight BLM RGFO’s most awesome wild areas, worthy
of administrative protection. @mypubliclands #SeeBLM#yourpubliclands#BLMWild
We will never forget. Feelings and emotions still raw today remembering 911 and all the people and firefighters who died, remembering all the heroes who gave their life to help others. Remembering all the rest of us still trying to understand. Living by NASA S. Houston at the time, everything was totally crazy after that. Stealth bombers flying out of Ellington Airforce Base guarding our coastlines and infrastructures. No matter what people think of Pres. George Bush, he kept his people of the U. S. together in spirit and in emotions through this time.I will always be thankful for this. 17 years today. Photo at the World Trade Center, Twin Towers.
#neverforget#itsamazingoutthere#blmwild , #bureauoflandmanagement#mypubliclands , #yourpubliclands#usinterior , #keepitpublic#siskiyoucounty , #roamtheplanet
Late to post today, but better late than never. Cell service in Yellowstone is really limited so the next few days maybe pretty silent.
Yellowstone has been pretty overwhelming to plan but breaking it down into different parts of the park has helped. After all, this park is larger than Rhode Island and Delaware combined, and if you include the Tetons, you could probably fit New Jersey inside of it. .
This photo was from back in Utah right outside of Zion. While at another trail, a local to the area recommended this trail, which is usually a good sign. Although not the slot canyon expected, this was still a nice hike through layered red rock and in some greenery that was missed in the rest of the of Utah.