Glacier Point, Yosemite... the night that shooting stars 🌠 and melodic singing voices had @faackyeah and I in joyful tears! I will forever remember that night with my amazing sister!! 😘 #glacierpoint#yosemite
"The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness." | John Muir
A fitting quote for today because today is the International Day of Forests! Go out and explore the wild my friends, you won't regret it 😊🌲
Skiing is a great teacher. The more you let go and loosen up, the better your line becomes. I carry its lessons into my day to day life as it reminds me to be a silent leader-to listen, observe, and soak it all in, to learn patience and let the world unfold. Your surroundings become a part of you when you glide through a winter glade. The unwavering trees guide your direction while the snow waits to be shaped by the flow of your turns. They serve as reminders to guide those who are willing to learn from you and open your mind to those who have something to teach. And with these lessons come happiness.
As I turned the corner for the finally push to Delicate Arch I was met with a crowd of tourist standing and watching as others try to crawl up the icy stairs and over the rest of the icy patches to the top. I stood there bewildered thinking “no way is the last 100 feet of this hike keeping me from sunset!!” I looked at the ground and analyzed my situation, I took my first step, I was fine. I then took another step; completely fine.. I looked at the people all around me crawling, slipping, and falling and then just walked right past them and up to the final view point. It was on this day I realized what an exceptional walker I am 😂 However, if you aren’t as confident in your walking abilities, I highly suggest yaktrax for your winter approach to Delicate Arch! // 🌨
💦 Watching the sunrise from the #hotsprings in #BigBendNationalPark is a moment we will never forget! We hiked the trail in the dark 🔦(and before coffee ☕️) but were definitely rewarded with beauty and relaxation! ✌🏼 Thanks to our friends @trailmixandchocolate and @lavidaadventures for all the great Big Bend recommendations!
This sunrise was very special to me. I traveled here for the first time years ago, before I had encountered photography and dreamed of being able to do its beauty justice when showing it to the world. I planned this trip years later, ready to document my experience in all its glory, only to have equipment malfunction, and long story short, ended up at this spot with the incorrect lens, and without the tripod I had intended to shoot with. I shrugged my shoulders and sent it anyways, knowing my skills and passion far surpassed any lack in equipment. I nestled myself between the 15+ male photographers lined up at the arch, with my dinky little 50mm lens and without a tripod, knowing I could create beautiful photos regardless. However I was feeling a little self conscious when an older man came up to me, and seemingly scoffed at my setup, asking me if that was the only equipment I had. As I said yes and turned my head, done with cocky male photographers as I seemingly always encounter... however his next action shocked me and made a wonderful impression on my trip. He told me to come to him as soon as the sun rose so I could borrow his tripod and wide angle lens for a second to sho. True to his word, he approached me at the peak of sunrise, and took time out of his craft to give me his tripod, and super high quality 12mm tamron lens for me to use. I set up quickly, in awe of this opportunity and his kindness. As someone who has never had the “right” or the “best” equipment, this experience filled my heart in the most magical way. It may be an over-photographed spot to some people, but to me, I was finally able to document this experience in a way I felt does it justice, thanks to this nice man from Allan’s Camera of Utah. I may never see him again, but his intentional act of kindness and generosity created a memory for me that will last a lifetime. For a spot that often has negative experiences between photographers fighting to “get the shot”, I thought this exchange was a beautiful picture of hope, reaffirming to me that photography is ALWAYS more valuable when the experience is treasured and shots are taken along the way, rather than the other way around. 🙏🏻🔥❤️
This is a super classic route at Red Rocks called Yaak Crack (11c)! All day, I watched people come and go... lining up to take a stab at it. I wanted to try it, but the hardest I’d ever led outdoors was 10d. After giving myself an hour-long pep talk, I finally hopped on it and am so glad I did! I knew I was physically capable of it, but half of climbing is mental and that’s definitely something I’m going to focus on more this season 👊🏼 📸: @bavarian.cowboy
Clue #3 - This golden-mantled ground squirrel wants to know, what is the southern most active volcano in the Cascade Range that last erupted in 1917? .
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