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Meet Apo Whang-Od, the oldest (101 yo), Filipino Tribal Tattoo Artist in the Philippines. I’ve only read about her in National Geographic’s in the past, and I knew that someday I would meet her, and I finally did! She is very strong, not to mess with kind of woman, and she’s pretty darn humorous. I had been sitting directly in front of her on a wooden stool, observing and trying to connect with her. While everyone was sitting around waiting to be inked, silent, nervous to chat with her or disturb her. I on the other hand just started talking to her interpretator, and when their was room to sneak in a chat, I did so! We have to create bold acts and just go for it, to get what we want, we’re not going to die, but not trying will definitely puncture our heart. So, I move in closer, face to face range, and told her that I didn’t want to get inked, but seeing her in action was enough, and she smiled with her gleaming eyes. I then asked, if I can ask her 3 questions? She nodded with curiosity, and a little bit on the hard core side. Whang Od and I are alike in terms or confidence... And so I went for it! 1. What makes her happy? Her response, “When I live in my passion, and continue to make art.” 2. What message do you have for the world? Her response, “Stay strong willed at heart.” 3. What message do you have for me? ““You have a good Ora about you, keep doing what your doing.” We nodded our heads and smiled together! I gave her a hug, contributed some funds and asked if I can get a picture, and here you are looking at our picture! It’s a blessing to have a spirit to spirit connection with her, not just a picture! This completes my journey with her! Thank you Apo Whang Od, your a living legend! Note: I decided not to get inked by her or her granddaughters because I couldn’t connect with the images they had, it’s all good because seeing her at work and experiencing the Kalinga village and it’s people was plenty enough! IF YOU’RE IN THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDS VISIT HER! #womenofcolorinnature #spirittospirit #whangod #livinglegend #tribaltattoo #indegenous #kalinga #buscalan #luzon #followyourdreams #strongwomen #mountainprovince #travelblogger #solo
Meet Apo Whang-Od, the oldest (101 yo), Filipino Tribal Tattoo Artist in the Philippines. I’ve only read about her in National Geographic’s in the past, and I knew that someday I would meet her, and I finally did! She is very strong, not to mess with kind of woman, and she’s pretty darn humorous. I had been sitting directly in front of her on a wooden stool, observing and trying to connect with her. While everyone was sitting around waiting to be inked, silent, nervous to chat with her or disturb her. I on the other hand just started talking to her interpretator, and when their was room to sneak in a chat, I did so! We have to create bold acts and just go for it, to get what we want, we’re not going to die, but not trying will definitely puncture our heart. So, I move in closer, face to face range, and told her that I didn’t want to get inked, but seeing her in action was enough, and she smiled with her gleaming eyes. I then asked, if I can ask her 3 questions? She nodded with curiosity, and a little bit on the hard core side. Whang Od and I are alike in terms or confidence... And so I went for it! 1. What makes her happy? Her response, “When I live in my passion, and continue to make art.” 2. What message do you have for the world? Her response, “Stay strong willed at heart.” 3. What message do you have for me? ““You have a good Ora about you, keep doing what your doing.” We nodded our heads and smiled together! I gave her a hug, contributed some funds and asked if I can get a picture, and here you are looking at our picture! It’s a blessing to have a spirit to spirit connection with her, not just a picture! This completes my journey with her! Thank you Apo Whang Od, your a living legend! Note: I decided not to get inked by her or her granddaughters because I couldn’t connect with the images they had, it’s all good because seeing her at work and experiencing the Kalinga village and it’s people was plenty enough! IF YOU’RE IN THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDS VISIT HER! #womenofcolorinnature  #spirittospirit  #whangod  #livinglegend  #tribaltattoo  #indegenous  #kalinga  #buscalan  #luzon  #followyourdreams  #strongwomen  #mountainprovince  #travelblogger  #solo 
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Cruising through the Mountain Province on top of jeepney is the bomb! An eye and a heart opener - the view from up here is spectacular! I swear the God - this is the way to roll when you're exploring the mountains because you can see everything that Mother Nature wants you to see! I love meeting travelers along way, its an absolute gift because we share stories, our food, our craziness, our ideas, laughter and We Are Who We Are on the Journey. It's remarkable! #womenofcolorinnature #outdoorasian #motherland #itsmorefuninthephilippines #mountainprovince #tingalayan #solotraveler #travelblogger #travelerslife #jeepney #pacificislander #mabuhay #ilovethephilippines #happinessishere #spiritualjourney #godisgood
Cruising through the Mountain Province on top of jeepney is the bomb! An eye and a heart opener - the view from up here is spectacular! I swear the God - this is the way to roll when you're exploring the mountains because you can see everything that Mother Nature wants you to see! I love meeting travelers along way, its an absolute gift because we share stories, our food, our craziness, our ideas, laughter and We Are Who We Are on the Journey. It's remarkable! #womenofcolorinnature  #outdoorasian  #motherland  #itsmorefuninthephilippines  #mountainprovince  #tingalayan  #solotraveler  #travelblogger  #travelerslife  #jeepney  #pacificislander  #mabuhay  #ilovethephilippines  #happinessishere  #spiritualjourney  #godisgood 
“I grew up in Cameroon, where hiking was not a ‘thing.’ Went on my first hike with folks who were accustomed to hiking, but was lagging, stopping every second, cramping up, feeling panicked... finished without calling 911. Called it a win and have been seeking more hiking since then, embracing the empowering connection to Mother Earth. Hiking has been excellent nature therapy during my medical school and residency training years. I also love outdoor photography and though the most common outdoor magazines photographers (National geographic etc…) do not look like me, it is just another motivation to get out and explore more. Like Muhammad Ali says, ‘It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe.’” -Vivian / @vivfib
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Location: Jasper National Park. Ancestral land of the Métis, Stoney & Tsuu T'ina. #jaspernationalpark
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“I grew up in Cameroon, where hiking was not a ‘thing.’ Went on my first hike with folks who were accustomed to hiking, but was lagging, stopping every second, cramping up, feeling panicked... finished without calling 911. Called it a win and have been seeking more hiking since then, embracing the empowering connection to Mother Earth. Hiking has been excellent nature therapy during my medical school and residency training years. I also love outdoor photography and though the most common outdoor magazines photographers (National geographic etc…) do not look like me, it is just another motivation to get out and explore more. Like Muhammad Ali says, ‘It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe.’” -Vivian / @vivfib ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Pronouns: she/her ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Location: Jasper National Park. Ancestral land of the Métis, Stoney & Tsuu T'ina. #jaspernationalpark  ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Tag #unlikelyhikers  or #unlikelyhiker  to be featured! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ [image description: person stands arms-outstretched before jagged, snow-covered mountains and a pale, milky lake reflecting the sky. Person’s jacket appears to reflect, as well, but it’s a lovely coincidence.]
Ladies, there’s only FOUR spots left in our Kilimanjaro group!  If you’re a plus size pioneer who wants to trek with other badass ladies then send us a message. Kili 2019!! #curvykilicrew #fatgirlscan #liveyouradventure #choosemountains
Happy #BlackHistoryMonth! Today, I’m thinking about whose achievements have spurred conversations so many of us are having right now about diversity, equity and inlusion in the outdoors. Matthew Henson, great African-American explorer and musher who built dog sleds and led the first successful mission to the North Pole in 1909, comes to mind. So do the Buffalo Soldiers, who became some of the first National Park rangers out west. Who are you thinking about today?
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Do you know about Barbara Hillary? She is the first Black woman (on record) to reach both the North and South Poles. When she learned that no other Black woman had reached the North Pole, she sought to become the first. On April 23, 2007, at 76-years-old, Hillary not only achieved her goal, but was also one of oldest people to stand on the North Pole! Five years later, she became the first woman (on record) to stand on the South Pole! So cool!
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Happy #BlackHistoryMonth ! Today, I’m thinking about whose achievements have spurred conversations so many of us are having right now about diversity, equity and inlusion in the outdoors. Matthew Henson, great African-American explorer and musher who built dog sleds and led the first successful mission to the North Pole in 1909, comes to mind. So do the Buffalo Soldiers, who became some of the first National Park rangers out west. Who are you thinking about today? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Do you know about Barbara Hillary? She is the first Black woman (on record) to reach both the North and South Poles. When she learned that no other Black woman had reached the North Pole, she sought to become the first. On April 23, 2007, at 76-years-old, Hillary not only achieved her goal, but was also one of oldest people to stand on the North Pole! Five years later, she became the first woman (on record) to stand on the South Pole! So cool! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Tag #unlikelyhikers  or #unlikelyhiker  to be featured! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ [image description: person wearing hardcore winterwear and skis with arms in the air victoriously. Nothing but stark snow in background.]
The Mother Land is full of Soul Medicine. I am grateful to deeply connect to my roots, and find healing in my heart. Marāming maraming salālamat... #womenofcolorinnature #riceterreces #banaue #ifugao #grassroots #ancestralground #spiritland #godcreation #philippines #mountainprovince #indegenous #nativepride #heavenandearth #earthelements #amen
I want to tell you about my friend, Mercy. Mercy is on the cusp of developing a new outdoor organization called, Wild Diversity, which will create safer, supportive nature adventures for people of color and queer folks. Before Wild Diversity is launched she’s taken a huge leap and will be participating in Outdoor Bound’s Instructor Development Course, an immersive, 50-day course!
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We desperately need more leaders like Mercy, especially in the PNW,  and as many of you know, access is DIFFICULT. Please consider supporting Mercy’s GoFundMe(.com/WildDiversity) and help her create the outdoor culture we all want to be in! (The fundraiser is also linked on our FB page)
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In the comments, I’ve posed some questions Mercy has been asking of her communities. We’d love to hear from you!
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I want to tell you about my friend, Mercy. Mercy is on the cusp of developing a new outdoor organization called, Wild Diversity, which will create safer, supportive nature adventures for people of color and queer folks. Before Wild Diversity is launched she’s taken a huge leap and will be participating in Outdoor Bound’s Instructor Development Course, an immersive, 50-day course! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We desperately need more leaders like Mercy, especially in the PNW, and as many of you know, access is DIFFICULT. Please consider supporting Mercy’s GoFundMe(.com/WildDiversity) and help her create the outdoor culture we all want to be in! (The fundraiser is also linked on our FB page) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In the comments, I’ve posed some questions Mercy has been asking of her communities. We’d love to hear from you! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ [image description: smiling person jubilantly jumps in the air. Text overlay reads “YES! To diversity in the outdoors!”]
I enjoyed learning the traditional Ifugoa dance! This dance is performed at weddings, planting and harvest rituals, funerals and rites of passage. Full of symbolism, their dances reflect their values and aspirations, civility and spirituality. For instance, palms facing upward mean stopping and warding off evil spirits. The women’s slow and meek movements, constant looking to the ground and getting cues from movements from the men reflect humility and deference to their menfolk. Arms thrust upward with palm facing heaven express thanksgiving to God, while stooping, balancing and tilting of the body symbolize affinity with the earth. The dance imitates birds flying in the air... I can connect to this dance, it makes sense to me because I AM a Wind and Fire sign and my spirit animal is an Eagle. Much respect to this dance and it’s meaning!!! Again and again I am in grateful to learn my culture. Marāming Salāmat (thank you), to these beautiful people for taking the time to teach me. God is good all the time! #womenofcolorinnature #filipinopride #mabuhay #grassroots #nativedance #tribalceremony #earthdance #nativeelements #indigenouspeople #indigenouswomen #banuae #mountainprovince #ifugoa #wind #flylikeaneagle #culture #philippines🇵🇭
I enjoyed learning the traditional Ifugoa dance! This dance is performed at weddings, planting and harvest rituals, funerals and rites of passage. Full of symbolism, their dances reflect their values and aspirations, civility and spirituality. For instance, palms facing upward mean stopping and warding off evil spirits. The women’s slow and meek movements, constant looking to the ground and getting cues from movements from the men reflect humility and deference to their menfolk. Arms thrust upward with palm facing heaven express thanksgiving to God, while stooping, balancing and tilting of the body symbolize affinity with the earth. The dance imitates birds flying in the air... I can connect to this dance, it makes sense to me because I AM a Wind and Fire sign and my spirit animal is an Eagle. Much respect to this dance and it’s meaning!!! Again and again I am in grateful to learn my culture. Marāming Salāmat (thank you), to these beautiful people for taking the time to teach me. God is good all the time! #womenofcolorinnature  #filipinopride  #mabuhay  #grassroots  #nativedance  #tribalceremony  #earthdance  #nativeelements  #indigenouspeople  #indigenouswomen  #banuae  #mountainprovince  #ifugoa  #wind  #flylikeaneagle  #culture  #philippines 🇵🇭
This might be one of my favorite pregnancy photos of me from all three of my pregnancies. This is what today was all about - women getting to know women in nature. Thanks for capturing this shot, @kimyetta ! ❤️ #familytrailtime #hike #hiking #northerncalifornia #norcal #california #winterhike #10kwomentrailproject #forceofnature #optoutside #getoutside #takeahike #sacramento365 #nevadacity #365milechallenge #wwhmember #unlikelyhikers #womenofcolorinnature #motherswhohike #latinaswhohike #brownpeoplehiking #cascadecanaltrail #hikelikeawoman #ladieshike #badasswomenhikers #preggohiking #hikingforall #babygirliscoming #babylistbumps #redefiningmotherhood
This might be one of my favorite pregnancy photos of me from all three of my pregnancies. This is what today was all about - women getting to know women in nature. Thanks for capturing this shot, @kimyetta ! ❤️ #familytrailtime  #hike  #hiking  #northerncalifornia  #norcal  #california  #winterhike  #10kwomentrailproject  #forceofnature  #optoutside  #getoutside  #takeahike  #sacramento365  #nevadacity  #365milechallenge  #wwhmember  #unlikelyhikers  #womenofcolorinnature  #motherswhohike  #latinaswhohike  #brownpeoplehiking  #cascadecanaltrail  #hikelikeawoman  #ladieshike  #badasswomenhikers  #preggohiking  #hikingforall  #babygirliscoming  #babylistbumps  #redefiningmotherhood 
Super excited to meet and get to know some more women who love to hike - tomorrow! I hope to plan a ladies hike in Northern California about once a month in 2018. For details, see the Family Trail Time FB page, under “Events”! #familytrailtime #hike #hiking #northerncalifornia #norcal #california #winterhike #10kwomentrailproject #forceofnature #hlaw #optoutside #getoutside #takeahike #sac_igers #sacramento365 #nevadacity #365milechallenge #wwhmember #unlikelyhikers #womenofcolorinnature #motherswhohike #latinaswhohike #brownpeoplehiking #cascadecanaltrail #hikelikeawoman #ladieshike #badasswomenhikers
Super excited to meet and get to know some more women who love to hike - tomorrow! I hope to plan a ladies hike in Northern California about once a month in 2018. For details, see the Family Trail Time FB page, under “Events”! #familytrailtime  #hike  #hiking  #northerncalifornia  #norcal  #california  #winterhike  #10kwomentrailproject  #forceofnature  #hlaw  #optoutside  #getoutside  #takeahike  #sac_igers  #sacramento365  #nevadacity  #365milechallenge  #wwhmember  #unlikelyhikers  #womenofcolorinnature  #motherswhohike  #latinaswhohike  #brownpeoplehiking  #cascadecanaltrail  #hikelikeawoman  #ladieshike  #badasswomenhikers 
This!  We love you, Grayson Kemp! // #Repost @familytrailtime with @get_repost
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Want to help spread awareness but can’t afford to buy a #takeahiketaysachs shirt or make a donation? You can purchase this 3 inch round glossy sticker for just $3! Send your pymt via PayPal to hikeforgrayson@gmail.com (please use friends & family) & incl your address! 
#teamgraysonkemp #curetaysachs #ctsf #ntsad #ilovesomeonerare #familytrailtime #findacure #hike #hiking #familyhikes #getoutside #forceofnature #wwhchallenge #takeahike #taysachs #365challenge #hlaw #10kwomentrailproject #sac_igers #sacramento365 #womenofcolorinnature #womenwhohike #hikeitbaby #stickersforacause #hikerchicksrock
This! We love you, Grayson Kemp! // #Repost  @familytrailtime with @get_repost ・・・ Want to help spread awareness but can’t afford to buy a #takeahiketaysachs  shirt or make a donation? You can purchase this 3 inch round glossy sticker for just $3! Send your pymt via PayPal to hikeforgrayson@gmail.com (please use friends & family) & incl your address! #teamgraysonkemp  #curetaysachs  #ctsf  #ntsad  #ilovesomeonerare  #familytrailtime  #findacure  #hike  #hiking  #familyhikes  #getoutside  #forceofnature  #wwhchallenge  #takeahike  #taysachs  #365challenge  #hlaw  #10kwomentrailproject  #sac_igers  #sacramento365  #womenofcolorinnature  #womenwhohike  #hikeitbaby  #stickersforacause  #hikerchicksrock 
Ready to get back out there 🌊
Ready to get back out there 🌊
Want to help spread awareness but can’t afford to buy a #takeahiketaysachs shirt or make a donation? You can purchase this 3 inch round glossy sticker for just $3! Send your pymt via PayPal to hikeforgrayson@gmail.com (please use friends & family) & incl your address! 
#teamgraysonkemp #curetaysachs #ctsf #ntsad #ilovesomeonerare #familytrailtime #findacure #hike #hiking #familyhikes #getoutside #forceofnature #wwhchallenge #takeahike #taysachs #365challenge #hlaw #10kwomentrailproject #sac_igers #sacramento365 #womenofcolorinnature #womenwhohike #hikeitbaby #stickersforacause #hikerchicksrock
Want to help spread awareness but can’t afford to buy a #takeahiketaysachs  shirt or make a donation? You can purchase this 3 inch round glossy sticker for just $3! Send your pymt via PayPal to hikeforgrayson@gmail.com (please use friends & family) & incl your address! #teamgraysonkemp  #curetaysachs  #ctsf  #ntsad  #ilovesomeonerare  #familytrailtime  #findacure  #hike  #hiking  #familyhikes  #getoutside  #forceofnature  #wwhchallenge  #takeahike  #taysachs  #365challenge  #hlaw  #10kwomentrailproject  #sac_igers  #sacramento365  #womenofcolorinnature  #womenwhohike  #hikeitbaby  #stickersforacause  #hikerchicksrock 
I am thrilled to announce that my company, @trailsinspire is partnering with the Arizona Office of Tourism to give two talks on Hiking the Arizona National Scenic Trail at the @rei Flagship store in Seattle on February 10th and 11th! @visit_arizona will be at the REI at 222 Yale Avenue promoting the tourism and recreation options in the state. My talks will be at 1pm on Saturday and 2 pm on Sunday. Excited for the opportunity to spread the word about the diverse beauty of the AZT in a whole new state! I'll be presenting a tour of the trail from Mexico to Utah with lots of photos, personal stories and insider tips and tricks for planning your own adventure! This photo was taken at the end of my second time completing the 800-mile trail across the state in 2014.
I am thrilled to announce that my company, @trailsinspire is partnering with the Arizona Office of Tourism to give two talks on Hiking the Arizona National Scenic Trail at the @rei Flagship store in Seattle on February 10th and 11th! @visit_arizona will be at the REI at 222 Yale Avenue promoting the tourism and recreation options in the state. My talks will be at 1pm on Saturday and 2 pm on Sunday. Excited for the opportunity to spread the word about the diverse beauty of the AZT in a whole new state! I'll be presenting a tour of the trail from Mexico to Utah with lots of photos, personal stories and insider tips and tricks for planning your own adventure! This photo was taken at the end of my second time completing the 800-mile trail across the state in 2014.
Seeing this waterfall from a distance, immediately the spirit of the water pulled my heartache right into the falls. I felt her embrace and she carried me towards her home, and as I look back, I witnessed leaving the physical form, and I was connected to her Love... We all go through inner struggles, but when we let go of that battle, we strengthen our heart, our connection to earth, to spirit, to love and to ourselves. Vulnerability and surrender to self, is one of the highest form of vibration because it ties us directly into our truth. #womenofcolorinnature #soulmedicine #bewithher #stayawocinnature  #outdoorasian #womenwhoexplore ##tappiawaterfalls #banuae #philippines #pacificislands #motherearth #feminine #spiritualawakening #higherconsciousness #selflove #loveheals #natureheals #godsplan 🙏🏽
Seeing this waterfall from a distance, immediately the spirit of the water pulled my heartache right into the falls. I felt her embrace and she carried me towards her home, and as I look back, I witnessed leaving the physical form, and I was connected to her Love... We all go through inner struggles, but when we let go of that battle, we strengthen our heart, our connection to earth, to spirit, to love and to ourselves. Vulnerability and surrender to self, is one of the highest form of vibration because it ties us directly into our truth. #womenofcolorinnature  #soulmedicine  #bewithher  #stayawocinnature  #outdoorasian  #womenwhoexplore  ##tappiawaterfalls  #banuae  #philippines  #pacificislands  #motherearth  #feminine  #spiritualawakening  #higherconsciousness  #selflove  #loveheals  #natureheals  #godsplan  🙏🏽
A stormy day in Oracle part 3 - the storm finally erupted into big, fat wet flakes sweeping across the mountain. I got this shot of the Arizona Trail portal covered in snow! Great news for the desert, it has been an awfully dry winter so far.
A stormy day in Oracle part 3 - the storm finally erupted into big, fat wet flakes sweeping across the mountain. I got this shot of the Arizona Trail portal covered in snow! Great news for the desert, it has been an awfully dry winter so far.
Part 2 of a stormy day in Oracle - the rains come in, bringing a rainbow that stretches over the boulders toward the San Pedro River Valley.
Part 2 of a stormy day in Oracle - the rains come in, bringing a rainbow that stretches over the boulders toward the San Pedro River Valley.
Darrington Trail itself is easy, but with a few steep drop offs, narrow portions of the trail, & the high popularity with mountain bikers, I wouldn’t suggest a beginner make it a first hike. #hlawteam #365milechallenge #folsomlake #norcal #northerncalifornia #familytrailtime #hlaw #wwhchallenge #norcal #familytrailtime #hike #hiking #california #10kwomentrailproject #forceofnature #sac_igers #sacramento365 #buddies #darringtontrail #mountainbike #womenofcolorinnature #womenwhohike
Darrington Trail itself is easy, but with a few steep drop offs, narrow portions of the trail, & the high popularity with mountain bikers, I wouldn’t suggest a beginner make it a first hike. #hlawteam  #365milechallenge  #folsomlake  #norcal  #northerncalifornia  #familytrailtime  #hlaw  #wwhchallenge  #norcal  #familytrailtime  #hike  #hiking  #california  #10kwomentrailproject  #forceofnature  #sac_igers  #sacramento365  #buddies  #darringtontrail  #mountainbike  #womenofcolorinnature  #womenwhohike 
Batad Rice Terraces, You Are the Wonder that the World needs to witness. Every single step I took on this land has elevated my spirit, heart and soul closer to my truth. Thank you Mother Land for nurturing us with your Love and for Healing Our Wounds. #womenofcolorinnature #healinggrouds #divinepower #grassroots #spiritualhealing #banaue #riceterraces #graceful #mothernature #philippineislands #ifugoa #ourtribe #mountainprovince #lovethis #godsgrace #salamat 🙏🏽
Batad Rice Terraces, You Are the Wonder that the World needs to witness. Every single step I took on this land has elevated my spirit, heart and soul closer to my truth. Thank you Mother Land for nurturing us with your Love and for Healing Our Wounds. #womenofcolorinnature  #healinggrouds  #divinepower  #grassroots  #spiritualhealing  #banaue  #riceterraces  #graceful  #mothernature  #philippineislands  #ifugoa  #ourtribe  #mountainprovince  #lovethis  #godsgrace  #salamat  🙏🏽
Please join me for our 2018 #takeahiketaysachs campaign! Our younger son, Grayson, has the terminal disease of Tay-Sachs and we need your help to find a cure!

Simply purchase a shirt via the link and Bonfire will ship your shirt/s directly! We'd love to see you out hiking in a shirt starting in March, in honor of Grayson's birthday month + share your photos on social media with #takeahiketaysachs! Love Grayson? Throw the #hikeforgrayson hashtag on your post as well! 
All profits will be split between Cure Tay-Sachs Foundation - CTSF and National Tay-Sachs & Allied Diseases Association, Inc. (NTSAD). Help us raise awareness - help us find a cure! Shirts come in both red & blue, and there are a few styles to choose from! To order, go to https://www.bonfire.com/takeahiketaysachs-tee

For more details, checkout the page on our hiking blog - https://familytrailtime.wordpress.com/takeahiketaysachs/ 
#teamgraysonkemp #curetaysachs #ctsf #ntsad #ilovesomeonerare #familytrailtime #findacure #hike #hiking #familyhikes #getoutside #forceofnature #wwhchallenge #takeahike #taysachs #365challenge #hlaw #10kwomentrailproject #sac_igers #sacramento365 #womenofcolorinnature #womenwhohike #hikeitbaby
Please join me for our 2018 #takeahiketaysachs  campaign! Our younger son, Grayson, has the terminal disease of Tay-Sachs and we need your help to find a cure! Simply purchase a shirt via the link and Bonfire will ship your shirt/s directly! We'd love to see you out hiking in a shirt starting in March, in honor of Grayson's birthday month + share your photos on social media with #takeahiketaysachs ! Love Grayson? Throw the #hikeforgrayson  hashtag on your post as well! All profits will be split between Cure Tay-Sachs Foundation - CTSF and National Tay-Sachs & Allied Diseases Association, Inc. (NTSAD). Help us raise awareness - help us find a cure! Shirts come in both red & blue, and there are a few styles to choose from! To order, go to https://www.bonfire.com/takeahiketaysachs-tee For more details, checkout the page on our hiking blog - https://familytrailtime.wordpress.com/takeahiketaysachs/ #teamgraysonkemp  #curetaysachs  #ctsf  #ntsad  #ilovesomeonerare  #familytrailtime  #findacure  #hike  #hiking  #familyhikes  #getoutside  #forceofnature  #wwhchallenge  #takeahike  #taysachs  #365challenge  #hlaw  #10kwomentrailproject  #sac_igers  #sacramento365  #womenofcolorinnature  #womenwhohike  #hikeitbaby 
This place is the Mother Land and the Spirit of the Philippines Islands. The spirits here are very powerful. My ancestors are in my presence, as I feel them. I am humbled and in deep gratitude, to feel, to witness, to be, to know, and to experience the true spirit of life, love, people, community and of myself. Thank you God... #womenofcolorinnature #healinggrounds #motherearth #ancestors #banaue #riceterraces #ifugoatribe #eightwondersoftheworld #wisdom #selfmastery #ancientteachings #healers #shaman #freedom #tothyownselfbetrue.
This place is the Mother Land and the Spirit of the Philippines Islands. The spirits here are very powerful. My ancestors are in my presence, as I feel them. I am humbled and in deep gratitude, to feel, to witness, to be, to know, and to experience the true spirit of life, love, people, community and of myself. Thank you God... #womenofcolorinnature  #healinggrounds  #motherearth  #ancestors  #banaue  #riceterraces  #ifugoatribe  #eightwondersoftheworld  #wisdom  #selfmastery  #ancientteachings  #healers  #shaman  #freedom  #tothyownselfbetrue .
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"You’re going to be deciding as the days and the years unfold what you will do in life, what your life’s work will be. Once you discover what it will be, set out to do it, and to do it well… If you can’t be a highway, just be a trail, if you can’t be the sun, be a star, for it isn’t by size that you win or you fail. Be the best of whatever you are. 
Life for none of us has been a crystal stair, but we must keep moving, we must keep going. If you can’t fly, run. If you can’t run, walk. If  you can’t walk, crawl, but by all means, KEEP MOVING."
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This quote literally sums up all the current feels 🍃🍃 I hope all of you are well rested from the long weekend away from work, in having a little extra down town to remember an incredible trail blazer. May we learn from his strength & compassion to latch on to our biggest & brightest dreams, to walk with purpose, & to never stop pushing forward.
Happy Humpday, loves 💛
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#womenofcolorinnature #wonderfulwildwomen #womenwhoexplore #outdoorwomen #sheexplores #herwanderfullife #loveyourmelanin #wildwoman #sheexplores #wander #explore #exploremore #staywild #nature #roadtrip #outdoors #hiking #wocwhotravel #backcountrywomen #peoplewhohike #diversitynadventure #travel #wanderlust #wanderoften #thegreatoutchea #adventuresisters #wildernessbabes #outdoorwomen #curlygirlswhotravel
• "You’re going to be deciding as the days and the years unfold what you will do in life, what your life’s work will be. Once you discover what it will be, set out to do it, and to do it well… If you can’t be a highway, just be a trail, if you can’t be the sun, be a star, for it isn’t by size that you win or you fail. Be the best of whatever you are. Life for none of us has been a crystal stair, but we must keep moving, we must keep going. If you can’t fly, run. If you can’t run, walk. If  you can’t walk, crawl, but by all means, KEEP MOVING." m.l.k. jr. This quote literally sums up all the current feels 🍃🍃 I hope all of you are well rested from the long weekend away from work, in having a little extra down town to remember an incredible trail blazer. May we learn from his strength & compassion to latch on to our biggest & brightest dreams, to walk with purpose, & to never stop pushing forward. Happy Humpday, loves 💛 • . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #womenofcolorinnature  #wonderfulwildwomen  #womenwhoexplore  #outdoorwomen  #sheexplores  #herwanderfullife  #loveyourmelanin  #wildwoman  #sheexplores  #wander  #explore  #exploremore  #staywild  #nature  #roadtrip  #outdoors  #hiking  #wocwhotravel  #backcountrywomen  #peoplewhohike  #diversitynadventure  #travel  #wanderlust  #wanderoften  #thegreatoutchea  #adventuresisters  #wildernessbabes  #outdoorwomen  #curlygirlswhotravel 
Unlikely Hikers is a diverse and inclusive hiking community for the underrepresented outdoorsperson. Tag #unlikelyhikers or #unlikelyhiker to be featured!
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“Brown people, queer people, women; growing up in the PNW, those weren’t the people I saw represented in the outdoors. I didn’t see myself, However, I did see my mother leading us on the trails, teaching me to respect the land and what it offers, encouraging me to love it without shame. I instead saw who I could and hope to be one day. Genetics gave us the same heart condition, the beauty of the outdoors gave us the reason to keep going ‘one step at a time, no matter how slow.’” -Stephanie / @stephaniefaull
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[image description: two people on a dry grassy trail, bundled up in winter gear, smiling and being silly.]
Unlikely Hikers is a diverse and inclusive hiking community for the underrepresented outdoorsperson. Tag #unlikelyhikers  or #unlikelyhiker  to be featured! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “Brown people, queer people, women; growing up in the PNW, those weren’t the people I saw represented in the outdoors. I didn’t see myself, However, I did see my mother leading us on the trails, teaching me to respect the land and what it offers, encouraging me to love it without shame. I instead saw who I could and hope to be one day. Genetics gave us the same heart condition, the beauty of the outdoors gave us the reason to keep going ‘one step at a time, no matter how slow.’” -Stephanie / @stephaniefaull ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ [image description: two people on a dry grassy trail, bundled up in winter gear, smiling and being silly.]
Break time at the Canyon View Deck! The sun came out for a bit while we enjoyed water, homemade cookies, and hot cocoa (still piping hot in my #10kwomentrailproject vacuum-insulated bottle)! #hlawteam #365challenge #auburn #norcal #northerncalifornia #familytrailtime #hlaw #wwhchallenge #norcal #familytrailtime #hike #hiking #california #forceofnature #sac_igers #sacramento365 #womenofcolorinnature #hotcocoaandcookies
My big kid & I took off in search of waterfalls today! There are 28 trails to choose from within the park! We always make sure to do one that gets us to a view of the falls. #hlawteam #365challenge #auburn #norcal #northerncalifornia #familytrailtime #hlaw #waterfalls #wwhchallenge #norcal #familytrailtime #hike #hiking #california #10kwomentrailproject #forceofnature #sac_igers #sacramento365 #womenofcolorinnature #womenwhohike
Nothing better than the genuine laughter of children on a playground. Perfect way to end our time on the Laguna Creek Trail! I’ve know this girl since she was little and Iove this photo of her, taken by @kimyetta! #wwhchallenge #365challenge #elkgrove #norcal #northerncalifornia #familytrailtime #hike #hiking #norcal #california #10kwomentrailproject #forceofnature #hlaw #sac_igers #sacramento365 #lagunacreektrail #womenofcolorinnature  #pigtailsrule
It’s always fun when we are in #nature #funwithmommy #hikingwithmommy #myloves #naturetrail #birdwatching #sac_igers  thanks @familytrailtime  and @hikelikeawoman @hikeitbaby for always encouraging us #womenofcolorinnature
My big kiddo was so excited to have some friends join us out on the trail this morning! To see more photos, check out @hikelikeawoman, where I’m doing an #instagramtakeover today and tomorrow! #wwhchallenge #365challenge #elkgrove #norcal #northerncalifornia #familytrailtime #hike #hiking #norcal #california #10kwomentrailproject #forceofnature #hlaw #sac_igers #sacramento365 #lagunacreektrail #womenofcolorinnature #unlikelyhikers
And into nature I go to lose reception, lose myself and find real connections.🌱
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#naturelove #naturaleza #greenlove #plants #greens #nature #naturemedicine #hiking #loseyourself #bewild #befree #womeninnature #womenexplore #womeninnature #womenofcolorinnature #real #connection #naturephotography #beatiful #colors #souldeep #natureadventure #getaway #breathe #unwind #selflove #calcuttafalls #trailhead #auburn #california
And into nature I go to lose reception, lose myself and find real connections.🌱 💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚 #naturelove  #naturaleza  #greenlove  #plants  #greens  #nature  #naturemedicine  #hiking  #loseyourself  #bewild  #befree  #womeninnature  #womenexplore  #womeninnature  #womenofcolorinnature  #real  #connection  #naturephotography  #beatiful  #colors  #souldeep  #natureadventure  #getaway  #breathe  #unwind  #selflove  #calcuttafalls  #trailhead  #auburn  #california 
On this day in 1908, Grand Canyon was designated a National Monument under the Antiquities Act by Teddy Roosevelt. He said, "Leave it as it is. You can not improve on it. The ages have been at work on it, and man can only mar it. What you can do is to keep it for your children, your children’s children, and for all who come after you, as one of the great sights which every American if he can travel at all should see."
On this day in 1908, Grand Canyon was designated a National Monument under the Antiquities Act by Teddy Roosevelt. He said, "Leave it as it is. You can not improve on it. The ages have been at work on it, and man can only mar it. What you can do is to keep it for your children, your children’s children, and for all who come after you, as one of the great sights which every American if he can travel at all should see."
On this day in 1908, Grand Canyon was designated a National Monument under the Antiquities Act by Teddy Roosevelt. He said, "Leave it as it is. You can not improve on it. The ages have been at work on it, and man can only mar it. What you can do is to keep it for your children, your children’s children, and for all who come after you, as one of the great sights which every American if he can travel at all should see." Video is a 10-frame time lapse at night from the South Rim.
On this day in 1908, Grand Canyon was designated a National Monument under the Antiquities Act by Teddy Roosevelt. He said, "Leave it as it is. You can not improve on it. The ages have been at work on it, and man can only mar it. What you can do is to keep it for your children, your children’s children, and for all who come after you, as one of the great sights which every American if he can travel at all should see." Video is a 10-frame time lapse at night from the South Rim.
It’s winter and I’m still yearning to dip my toes into that perfect Norwegian Sea. 📸: @bourkesteer
It’s winter and I’m still yearning to dip my toes into that perfect Norwegian Sea. 📸: @bourkesteer
New Year's Backpack on the Arizona Trail, Day 3: So grateful to be able to start the year out adventuring with @wraelo. We both have insane travel schedules and it's always amazing when we can sync up to get out together. We have such similar backpacking styles and both love photography and gourmet trail food. This is toward the end of our trip, the trail climbs from the Gila River to an overlook with the completion marker for the Arizona Trail. I was part of the crew that built the final piece that connected the trail from Mexico to Utah on December 16, 2011 and it will always hold a special place in my heart. The initials DS are for Dale Shewalter, the father of the Arizona Trail, who pioneered the route in 1985. Thanks to Dale for a fantastic vision and Wendy for the great start to 2018!!
New Year's Backpack on the Arizona Trail, Day 3: So grateful to be able to start the year out adventuring with @wraelo. We both have insane travel schedules and it's always amazing when we can sync up to get out together. We have such similar backpacking styles and both love photography and gourmet trail food. This is toward the end of our trip, the trail climbs from the Gila River to an overlook with the completion marker for the Arizona Trail. I was part of the crew that built the final piece that connected the trail from Mexico to Utah on December 16, 2011 and it will always hold a special place in my heart. The initials DS are for Dale Shewalter, the father of the Arizona Trail, who pioneered the route in 1985. Thanks to Dale for a fantastic vision and Wendy for the great start to 2018!!
We love how Kalyne looks like a super hero with her red cape (aka cardigan!) ❤️ From #wonderfulwildwoman @miss.thrift.and.drift
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When I practice yoga, I ALWAYS keep my eyes closed. While practicing with others I've often been asked, "oh my gosh did you see (fill in the blank)??" my answer every time: "Nope."
I guess there's a lesson in there somewhere. Spend more time focusing within, less time paying attention to the drama around 😉
Happy Monday everybody, make it count 🌞
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We love how Kalyne looks like a super hero with her red cape (aka cardigan!) ❤️ From #wonderfulwildwoman  @miss.thrift.and.drift ・・・ • Fun fact: When I practice yoga, I ALWAYS keep my eyes closed. While practicing with others I've often been asked, "oh my gosh did you see (fill in the blank)??" my answer every time: "Nope." I guess there's a lesson in there somewhere. Spend more time focusing within, less time paying attention to the drama around 😉 Happy Monday everybody, make it count 🌞 • . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #womenofcolorinnature  #wonderfulwildwomen  #womenwhoexplore  #outdoorwomen  #sheexplores  #herwanderfullife  #loveyourmelanin  #wildwoman  #sheexplores  #wander  #explore  #exploremore  #staywild  #nature  #roadtrip  #outdoors  #hiking  #wocwhotravel  #backcountrywomen  #peoplewhohike  #bornwithroots  #diversitynadventure  #travel  #wanderlust  #wanderoften  #thegreatoutchea  #adventuresisters  #wildernessbabes  #outdoorwomen 
“Being an outdoorsperson is more than completing lists and counting miles. I hike because it brings me joy. It is a respite from the crazy world; a green or frosty oasis of peace. I am out to prove to myself that I can do it, because in the end, that is all that really matters. I will always be the caboose, which I hate, but I will try to find meaning in every hike. The struggle is real and worth it. Even if you don’t summit or make a goal, each hike has a lesson if you are willing to learn.” -Karen / @lifeafter48
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“Being an outdoorsperson is more than completing lists and counting miles. I hike because it brings me joy. It is a respite from the crazy world; a green or frosty oasis of peace. I am out to prove to myself that I can do it, because in the end, that is all that really matters. I will always be the caboose, which I hate, but I will try to find meaning in every hike. The struggle is real and worth it. Even if you don’t summit or make a goal, each hike has a lesson if you are willing to learn.” -Karen / @lifeafter48 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Pronouns: she/her ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Location: Crocker Mountain, Maine. Ancestral land of the Abenaki, Pigwacket, Aroosagunticook, Norridgewock, Penobscot and Wawenock. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Tag #unlikelyhikers  or #unlikelyhiker  to be featured! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ [image description: snowy day, person stands by Appalachian Trail sign.]
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Back home & settling into the flow of everyday life. Feeling a little bit lighter, a little more rejuvenated, vision a little bit clearer. This past week has already brought so many magical moments to my life, finding myself being more & more thankful for the people in my circle, in knowing that I am fully supported no matter the stage of life I'm in. The Universe is being so gentle with me this year, & I guess that's a reflection of myself too. How you treat the little world around you, the Universe returns that favor ten fold. All in all, I'm just thankful for this shot at life. I have so much in the works for this year, making that commitment to myself that it will be filled with chasing my wildest dreams...
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• Back home & settling into the flow of everyday life. Feeling a little bit lighter, a little more rejuvenated, vision a little bit clearer. This past week has already brought so many magical moments to my life, finding myself being more & more thankful for the people in my circle, in knowing that I am fully supported no matter the stage of life I'm in. The Universe is being so gentle with me this year, & I guess that's a reflection of myself too. How you treat the little world around you, the Universe returns that favor ten fold. All in all, I'm just thankful for this shot at life. I have so much in the works for this year, making that commitment to myself that it will be filled with chasing my wildest dreams... It's time. ☄ • . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #womenofcolorinnature  #wonderfulwildwomen  #womenwhoexplore  #outdoorwomen  #sheexplores  #herwanderfullife  #loveyourmelanin  #wildwoman  #sheexplores  #wander  #explore  #exploremore  #staywild  #nature  #roadtrip  #outdoors  #hiking  #wocwhotravel  #backcountrywomen  #peoplewhohike  #bornwithroots  #diversitynadventure  #travel  #wanderlust  #wanderoften  #thegreatoutchea  #adventuresisters  #wildernessbabes  #outdoorwomen 
“I’ve always been drawn to nature and the outdoors. Now especially, as the pace of my day to day life is sometimes hectic and stressful, spending time in nature is a huge priority for me. When I hike my breath deepens, I’m filled with a sense of awe and gratefulness, and I am reminded of the strength of my connection to the universe. Hiking for me is grounding,  therapeutic, magical, and essential.” -Tracy / @ttad
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[image description: majestic coastal waterfall. Desert cliffs in background. Person smiling proudly in foreground.]
“I’ve always been drawn to nature and the outdoors. Now especially, as the pace of my day to day life is sometimes hectic and stressful, spending time in nature is a huge priority for me. When I hike my breath deepens, I’m filled with a sense of awe and gratefulness, and I am reminded of the strength of my connection to the universe. Hiking for me is grounding, therapeutic, magical, and essential.” -Tracy / @ttad ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Pronouns: she/her ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Location: Alamere Falls, Point Reyes National Seashore, California. Ancestral land of the Coast Miwok, Graton Rancheria, Southern Pomo, Ohlone. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Tag #unlikelyhikers  or #unlikelyhiker  to be featured! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ [image description: majestic coastal waterfall. Desert cliffs in background. Person smiling proudly in foreground.]
“In Brazil, I learned to swim in a river surrounded by nature and my parents took me camping to get away from the hustle in the city. When I moved to America in 1999, being outdoors became a luxury we couldn't afford. My parents balanced three jobs at a time to afford our living, and I only recently began to think of hiking as something that was accessible to me. There aren't any affordable and inclusive immigrant, WOC, or LGBTQ hiking groups I know of around Boston, and I felt intimidated by the hyper-athletic vibe I get from some outdoorsy people in America. Even with some anxiety, my partner @cupidshuffle1 and I recently decided to come as we are to the outdoors, walking our dogs along some trails around Boston and to carving out a space for ourselves.” -Jéssica Oliveira / @jessica_d.oliveira
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[image description: beautiful Grand Canyon landscape. Person in foreground holds two fingers apart giving the viewer the illusion of squishing the person behind them.]
“In Brazil, I learned to swim in a river surrounded by nature and my parents took me camping to get away from the hustle in the city. When I moved to America in 1999, being outdoors became a luxury we couldn't afford. My parents balanced three jobs at a time to afford our living, and I only recently began to think of hiking as something that was accessible to me. There aren't any affordable and inclusive immigrant, WOC, or LGBTQ hiking groups I know of around Boston, and I felt intimidated by the hyper-athletic vibe I get from some outdoorsy people in America. Even with some anxiety, my partner @cupidshuffle1 and I recently decided to come as we are to the outdoors, walking our dogs along some trails around Boston and to carving out a space for ourselves.” -Jéssica Oliveira / @jessica_d.oliveira ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Pronouns: she/her ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Location: Grand Canyon, Arizona. Ancestral land of the Havasupai, Ute, Hopi and Navajo. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Tag #unlikelyhikers  or #unlikelyhiker  to be featured! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ [image description: beautiful Grand Canyon landscape. Person in foreground holds two fingers apart giving the viewer the illusion of squishing the person behind them.]
Last day with Mama, catching the 10:52 AM sunrise on Ester Dome. Happy New Year, y’all! #thealaskalife #explorealaska #fairbanksalaska
Here's my #bestnine2017 - five Grand Canyon photos, three Arizona Trail and a starlit saguaro. Sounds about right. The one with the most likes is where I talked about my accident in 1997 when I was hit by a truck while walking across the street, the resulting fibromyalgia and the story of getting my health back to section hike the AZT. It changed my life forever. I'm revisiting that story now and in the midst of writing a book about the journey I have taken to become an outdoor woman. Thanks to all who have supported me this year, it was tougher than most due to being in a flare for the first four months. Nevertheless, I continued to get outside, no matter how bad I felt. It was one of the only things that kept me sane when I was in constant pain. Thankfully, it ended in April and hasn't been back since. A Grand Canyon-sized thanks to @gossamergear and @huppybar for keeping me geared up and fueled on my adventures. I can't wait to take on more sections of the Grand Canyon Traverse in 2018! Check my bio for a link to look back at 2017.
Here's my #bestnine2017  - five Grand Canyon photos, three Arizona Trail and a starlit saguaro. Sounds about right. The one with the most likes is where I talked about my accident in 1997 when I was hit by a truck while walking across the street, the resulting fibromyalgia and the story of getting my health back to section hike the AZT. It changed my life forever. I'm revisiting that story now and in the midst of writing a book about the journey I have taken to become an outdoor woman. Thanks to all who have supported me this year, it was tougher than most due to being in a flare for the first four months. Nevertheless, I continued to get outside, no matter how bad I felt. It was one of the only things that kept me sane when I was in constant pain. Thankfully, it ended in April and hasn't been back since. A Grand Canyon-sized thanks to @gossamergear and @huppybar for keeping me geared up and fueled on my adventures. I can't wait to take on more sections of the Grand Canyon Traverse in 2018! Check my bio for a link to look back at 2017.
Here's the Best Nine of 2017, thanks to all who have followed us! Visit the Trails Inspire blog in the link in profile for a retrospective on the writing, photography, public speaking and trail project management from the past year. Thanks to all who we have partnered with and best wishes to all for a Happy New Year!
Here's the Best Nine of 2017, thanks to all who have followed us! Visit the Trails Inspire blog in the link in profile for a retrospective on the writing, photography, public speaking and trail project management from the past year. Thanks to all who we have partnered with and best wishes to all for a Happy New Year!
Thankful for 2017 Day 33: Can’t believe I did a solo hike through steep slopes in September in a country that I couldn’t even speak the language. Looking forward to more of such activities next year 🌄 #sstiaraseoul #sstiarahikes #sstiaradiy #sstiaraadventures #bestof2017
Make sure to turn the sound on for this one! My dad came to visit from Chicago right before the holidays and we hiked the AZT into Cienega Creek and caught the fall color on the cottonwoods. Yes, fall in December, and even later than usual due to the warm fall we've had. We had a great time, he's where I get my wanderlust and love of photography from. We also went south to Whitewater Draw to see the Sandhill Cranes take off at sunrise. This is what 10,000 cranes sound like!  It was a frigid 26 degrees when we got out of the car. Worth it.
Make sure to turn the sound on for this one! My dad came to visit from Chicago right before the holidays and we hiked the AZT into Cienega Creek and caught the fall color on the cottonwoods. Yes, fall in December, and even later than usual due to the warm fall we've had. We had a great time, he's where I get my wanderlust and love of photography from. We also went south to Whitewater Draw to see the Sandhill Cranes take off at sunrise. This is what 10,000 cranes sound like! It was a frigid 26 degrees when we got out of the car. Worth it.
Inspiring Hiker: @alexandruhhhxo / Alexandra says, “Can I be real with you for a second? Navigating the world as a plus-size WOC often feels like it requires a specialized skill set, especially when it comes to fitness and outdoor activities. It sucks the fun right out of you if you let it like I did for countless years. I’m fortunate to have friends who’ve helped me pursue my love of outdoor exploration, inspired me to challenge myself physically and mentally, and encourage me to live unapologetically Black As Hell.”
Inspiring Hiker: @alexandruhhhxo / Alexandra says, “Can I be real with you for a second? Navigating the world as a plus-size WOC often feels like it requires a specialized skill set, especially when it comes to fitness and outdoor activities. It sucks the fun right out of you if you let it like I did for countless years. I’m fortunate to have friends who’ve helped me pursue my love of outdoor exploration, inspired me to challenge myself physically and mentally, and encourage me to live unapologetically Black As Hell.”
#TBT to November 2010 when I hiked the Brush Corral Trail on the northeast side of the Catalinas. A rarely used trail, it was a fun challenge to find and follow.
#TBT  to November 2010 when I hiked the Brush Corral Trail on the northeast side of the Catalinas. A rarely used trail, it was a fun challenge to find and follow.
Trying to burn off all the tamales...and there’s still more to eat!
Trying to burn off all the tamales...and there’s still more to eat!
We can never be poor, as long as we give... Being with these children even for a moment is truly humbling. They are just so beautiful, I am humbled and can’t help but feel sadness. It’s a gift to spend some time with them! #womenofcolorinnature #findinggrounds #lifeinpoverty #children #godsblessings #childrenlivesmatter #seethem #lovethiskid #lovethyneighbor #purelight #innocence #childreninneed #time #bepresent #showsomelove #service #givehope #loveheals #philippines #quezoncity #manilabased #godbless #amen!
We can never be poor, as long as we give... Being with these children even for a moment is truly humbling. They are just so beautiful, I am humbled and can’t help but feel sadness. It’s a gift to spend some time with them! #womenofcolorinnature  #findinggrounds  #lifeinpoverty  #children  #godsblessings  #childrenlivesmatter  #seethem  #lovethiskid  #lovethyneighbor  #purelight  #innocence  #childreninneed  #time  #bepresent  #showsomelove  #service  #givehope  #loveheals  #philippines  #quezoncity  #manilabased  #godbless  #amen !
Merry Christmas and Buon Natale! I'm spending the day volunteering at the wildlife rehab and hanging with family, but here's a festive shot from several days ago at Catalina State Park. It's a gorgeous 70 degrees here, something I never would have imagined growing up in the chilly Chicago area. I've been in AZ since 1994 and always feel grateful that I don't have those kind of winters anymore. I much prefer Christmas-lit Saguaros! 🌵
Merry Christmas and Buon Natale! I'm spending the day volunteering at the wildlife rehab and hanging with family, but here's a festive shot from several days ago at Catalina State Park. It's a gorgeous 70 degrees here, something I never would have imagined growing up in the chilly Chicago area. I've been in AZ since 1994 and always feel grateful that I don't have those kind of winters anymore. I much prefer Christmas-lit Saguaros! 🌵
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• "Today marks the day I return home to myself. That I begin the long journey that will be learning to trust in my own power again. To engage life, be light, and stand confidently in my own skin..." - Beau Taplin • . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #womenofcolorinnature  #wonderfulwildwomen  #womenwhoexplore  #outdoorwomen  #sheexplores  #herwanderfullife  #loveyourmelanin  #wildwoman  #sheexplores  #wander  #explore  #exploremore  #staywild  #nature  #roadtrip  #outdoors  #hiking  #wocwhotravel  #backcountrywomen  #peoplewhohike  #bornwithroots  #diversitynadventure  #travel  #wanderlust  #wanderoften  #thegreatoutchea  #adventuresisters  #wildernessbabes  #outdoorwomen 
Caroling is a part of the Filipino Christmas tradition. Children like to form groups and enjoy hopping from one house to another every night singing Jingle Bells, Silent Night and traditional Filipino Christmas songs like Ang Pasko Ay Sumapit, Pasko Na Naman, at Namamasko. They usually have handmade musical instruments like tambourine, made from bottle tops, cans or biscuit tins used as drums (I made the same instruments when I was young)! They will be happy if you give them a coin or if your feeling generous a peso (2 cents) or more will make them sing another song for you.. I’ve been standing in front of our house outside where I grew up in, and children just keep coming by to sing their hearts out, and they are so happy! What a great place to be! It just really brings me back to my childhood! These children are absolutely beautiful! Words can’t even express how joyful I feel 😀! #womenofcolorinnature #filipinotradition #pacificislander #christmascarols #childrensinging #spiritofchristmas #holynight #communitylove #childrensday #singalong #bemerry #behappy #bepresent #belove #bejoyful #sharethelove #itsabeautifullife #watchandpray #blessed #thankgod #peacebewithyou #maligayangpasko #amen 🙏🏽
Caroling is a part of the Filipino Christmas tradition. Children like to form groups and enjoy hopping from one house to another every night singing Jingle Bells, Silent Night and traditional Filipino Christmas songs like Ang Pasko Ay Sumapit, Pasko Na Naman, at Namamasko. They usually have handmade musical instruments like tambourine, made from bottle tops, cans or biscuit tins used as drums (I made the same instruments when I was young)! They will be happy if you give them a coin or if your feeling generous a peso (2 cents) or more will make them sing another song for you.. I’ve been standing in front of our house outside where I grew up in, and children just keep coming by to sing their hearts out, and they are so happy! What a great place to be! It just really brings me back to my childhood! These children are absolutely beautiful! Words can’t even express how joyful I feel 😀! #womenofcolorinnature  #filipinotradition  #pacificislander  #christmascarols  #childrensinging  #spiritofchristmas  #holynight  #communitylove  #childrensday  #singalong  #bemerry  #behappy  #bepresent  #belove  #bejoyful  #sharethelove  #itsabeautifullife  #watchandpray  #blessed  #thankgod  #peacebewithyou  #maligayangpasko  #amen  🙏🏽
Fantastic and festive hike with good friends Bill and @trailguy_76 in Catalina State Park! Started out a bit chilly but ended up a beautiful day. It's also the 6th anniversary of my first hike with Micro Chicken, my trusty adventure companion.
Fantastic and festive hike with good friends Bill and @trailguy_76 in Catalina State Park! Started out a bit chilly but ended up a beautiful day. It's also the 6th anniversary of my first hike with Micro Chicken, my trusty adventure companion.