As you know, I’m still in Idaho, because, well, I’ve fallen madly in love with this gorgeous state! I partnered with @VisitIdaho and put together an awesome road trip through the wildest spots in and around Stanley, Salmon and Sun Valley — with a splash of modern comforts every few days. After four nights backpacking in the mountains, I stayed at the @Sawtooth_Hotel, had way too many cinnamon rolls at the Stanley Baking Company and went rafting with @therivercompany. Since I’m heading into the backcountry for several days starting this weekend, I figured I’d pamper myself with pizza and a plush bathrobe at the @limelighthotel in Ketchum first. Because that’s how I roll. #VisitIdaho
Fridays are usually #hikeday but today I took a much needed rest day. I played with my niece and nephew at the park and actually slowed down for a minute. This view from my porch will soon be changing, but that's ok. Change, even a move just a few miles across town, can be good. ☀️🌄🌙
Into the wilderness🌲 @jstein_explores👩🏻🚀 New YouTube video🎥 "Who We Are" recap of our transformation 🦋 as well as highlights of our adventures and some of the people we've met along the way🏔✌️Link to video in bio📲
I love stories. ⠀
When I was a kid, I wrote stories about children learning life's most difficult lessons in the wilderness. I pecked away at an ancient typewriter for hours - mostly because the keys were so stiff that you had to use two fingers to depress them. ⠀
Each time I immerse myself in the wilderness, I emerge with a new adventure - a new story. It's easy to jump back into the business of normal life without realizing how important that story or lesson can be. ⠀
I used to worry that I wouldn't find the words to describe my experiences in the mountains. But, the further I immersed myself into each adventure, I finally realized that I never needed to worry about whether or not I had a story to tell. ⠀
The mountains write those stories for us. They cradle them in their peaks, their lakes, their expansive skies and their rivers. They keep them in their trails, their unpredictable weather and their glowing sunsets. The stories have been there for millions of years, and will be there for millions of years more. They are there waiting for you right now - all you really have to do is walk, and listen.
Time to say a temporary goodbye to the state that has tested my resilience in so many contexts (subtweet @ that heck of an incline behind me lol).
Thanks CO for being so good to me this summer and for proving to me that I can conquer my surroundings, one 14er at a time (or you know, four at once🤷🏼♀️).
This girl right here 👆Gave her 48 hours notice for a 14 mile RT backpacking trip to Lone Eagle Peak. This first timer rocked the mileage without complaint and we enjoyed bluebird skies, glassy lakes at both sunset and sunrise and a sky lit up by a bounty of stars last night. An all around epic wilderness experience. 🤗
Enjoying those views over the border into the United States. Waterton National Park has without a doubt been one of my favourite places to explore in Canada. It's simply beautiful, less crowded with tourists and provides some great lakes to swim in 💦
Learning someone is like feeling sunshine on your skin after days tucked under dark clouds. Unfamiliar, them warm.
You plant small pieces of yourself into their life and hope they bloom. You share with them facts and figures that nestle their way into the cracked parts of their soul.
Filling it up with you. The thousand pieces of you.
Here’s a fact and here’s a figure: Whenever I stand in front of a foggy window, I reach out with the tip of my finger and draw a tiny smiley face. I always hope one day a stranger will be standing in front of that same fogged window and notice a tiny, happy face staring back at them.
I always hope they look close enough to see the lines of fingerprints.
These are the thousand pieces that make up every part of your soul.
These are the pieces I want to fit together and these are the fingerprint lines in the drawing on the corner of your fogged windshield that I hope you notice on a cold day.
"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see what I could not learn what it had to teach and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." #Thoreau
Finding the positives in every day as we wrap up our trip on Sunday. Yesterday our backpack was stolen which coincidentally had our camera and #gopro in it 🙄 some people, ya know? We are super bummed, but we are happy we got to experience so many fun things this week and spend quality time together doing some absolutely amazing things.
We learn lessons as we go along, so now we are definitely putting tracking devices on all of our camera equipment 😂
Energy is contagious, positive and negative alike. I will forever be mindful of what and who I am allowing in my space. Thank you @_johnvincent @missjanieee @lynnaorm for making my Birthday one to remember! ❤️
Quiet morning sunrise at Apache falls in the trusty tent! Strong coffee, the sound of trickling water, and a cozy sleeping bag. What else does a girl need?! _____________________________________
Shot/edited with @flixelphotos by @kaminskiphotography