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🌞⚖️🌚 Happy Equi•nox!! ⚙︎❥❥❥ There's something about the crisp fall air & promise of change that excites me. Not to mention the lifelong hunt for the perfect sweater, pumpkin muffins, apple picking, & Halloween... ⚙︎⚙︎⚙︎ #equinox #autumnalequinox #firstdayoffall  #autumn #fall #chicagolakes #whatsyourL #planetblue #kini #yellowbikini #bikini #swimsuit #mountainbabes
Our journey started with snow and wind, seemed fitting since we were hiking to #chicagolakes
Our journey started with snow and wind, seemed fitting since we were hiking to #chicagolakes 
Nothing makes your heart feel full again like a girls backpacking trip. I love all the strong, beautiful, inspiring, badass women in my life. #noboysallowed #girlsbackpacking #chicagolakes #outdoorwomen
The views will always be worth the muscle burn and shortness of breath it takes to get there #hikingadventures #colorado #chicagolakes
Hiked all the way up here to be greeted with 30 mph winds. I was hoping to fish a little but the wind made it really tough.

#chicagolakes #highcountrylakes #colorado #coloradooutdoors
“And into the forest I go, To lose my mind and find my soul.”
First snow of the fall season! Another beautiful, slightly chilly, hike with some good friends. #winteriscoming.
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#hiking #colorado #mtevans #snow #fall #autumn #chicagolakes #nofilter #bluejay #leavesarechanging #gooutside #labryinth
Chicago Lakes did NOT disappoint ❤️⛰ Waking up early to hike through some snow/rain to this beauty with my mom was well worth it!😍
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#MountainLover #NatureLover #ColoradoProud #Colorado #ChicagoLakes #Mountains #GetOutside #Hiking
Fall is coming! It was snowing for the first half of the hike, hoot hoot! It was real, summer. 
#hiking #colorado #mountains #chicagolakes #arapahonationalforest #fall #views #takeahike #hellofall #viewsfromcolorado #rockymountains #thegreatoutdoors #ilovecolorado #doitfortheview
Wishing a very merry birthday to the love of my life. This year, to be very nonchalant, knocked us both on our hineys, but here we are, continuing to grind and move forward.

An alternate caption referring to the phrase, "in solidarity" also seems more than appropriate... kind of. 📷: @coachtravis_usa .
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#coloradogram #chicagolakes #virgoseason #resiliencetraining
Wishing a very merry birthday to the love of my life. This year, to be very nonchalant, knocked us both on our hineys, but here we are, continuing to grind and move forward. An alternate caption referring to the phrase, "in solidarity" also seems more than appropriate... kind of. 📷: @coachtravis_usa . . . #coloradogram  #chicagolakes  #virgoseason  #resiliencetraining 
I'm often met with surprise when I tell people I'm traveling somewhere alone. I get it--most people travel in groups, or with another person. But I've finally learned to enjoy time spent alone rather than resent it, which includes exploring new places. Everyone isn't always available when I am, and if I were to wait for them to be, I'd surely miss out on great experiences I'd likely skip over if I wasn't by myself. I don't want to be held back by waiting on others. •
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These past few months have been emotionally draining for me. I was continuously worrying about what my next step is. I frequently got depressed over not having a significant other and compared my life to those who do. I spent too much time letting my mood and happiness be dictated by people who pretended to care about me. I was a notorious what if-er and a naïve hoper. I wanted and expected the best of others when I should've redirected that thinking towards myself since I'm the only person I can 100% count on. So, since adapting the mindset that my happiness could only be determined by me, I've lived for myself. I bought that concert ticket. I removed that toxic person from my life. I went on solitary walks. I picked up new hobbies. I read and wrote. I booked that trip. And here I am, completely alone at 12,000+ ft, overlooking one of the most beautiful places in the world, simply because I had an insatiable desire to see it and a few days off work. •
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I'm not special. I'm not the only person who travels to "get away" or "find myself". I'm not the only one who experiences emotional lability--it's an inevitable part of this unpredictable venture called life. We're all outchea tryna figure it out and contrary to societal belief, there's not one right way to do it. But my personal growth is important to me. It's a big deal to finally be doing things with solely me, myself, and I in mind.
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I truly believe the only way to grow is to do things that force you to be removed from your comfort zone. That said, new and hopefully bigger things are waiting for me around the corner, and I can't wait to take advantage of them. #6months #anexcerptfrommyjournal #personalaf #colorado #chicagolakes
I'm often met with surprise when I tell people I'm traveling somewhere alone. I get it--most people travel in groups, or with another person. But I've finally learned to enjoy time spent alone rather than resent it, which includes exploring new places. Everyone isn't always available when I am, and if I were to wait for them to be, I'd surely miss out on great experiences I'd likely skip over if I wasn't by myself. I don't want to be held back by waiting on others. • • These past few months have been emotionally draining for me. I was continuously worrying about what my next step is. I frequently got depressed over not having a significant other and compared my life to those who do. I spent too much time letting my mood and happiness be dictated by people who pretended to care about me. I was a notorious what if-er and a naïve hoper. I wanted and expected the best of others when I should've redirected that thinking towards myself since I'm the only person I can 100% count on. So, since adapting the mindset that my happiness could only be determined by me, I've lived for myself. I bought that concert ticket. I removed that toxic person from my life. I went on solitary walks. I picked up new hobbies. I read and wrote. I booked that trip. And here I am, completely alone at 12,000+ ft, overlooking one of the most beautiful places in the world, simply because I had an insatiable desire to see it and a few days off work. • • I'm not special. I'm not the only person who travels to "get away" or "find myself". I'm not the only one who experiences emotional lability--it's an inevitable part of this unpredictable venture called life. We're all outchea tryna figure it out and contrary to societal belief, there's not one right way to do it. But my personal growth is important to me. It's a big deal to finally be doing things with solely me, myself, and I in mind. • • I truly believe the only way to grow is to do things that force you to be removed from your comfort zone. That said, new and hopefully bigger things are waiting for me around the corner, and I can't wait to take advantage of them. #6months  #anexcerptfrommyjournal  #personalaf  #colorado  #chicagolakes 
#TBT to my first backpacking trip in Colorado. Chicago Lakes was a beautiful introduction to what is now one of my favorite activities! #chicagolakes #mountevans #coloradohikes #coloradobackpacking #backpacking #womenwhohike #hikingcolorado #iwishicouldliveinthewoods #mountainmagic
So many peaks on this 9 miler today, I think this is Goliath Peak... or Rogers? .
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#idahosprings #mountevans #mountevanswilderness #arapahoenationalforest #autumn #fall #leaveschanging #hike #chicagolakes #rockymountains #colorado #frontrange #fallhike #goliathpeak #rogerspeak #peaksonpeaks
Autumn is happening in the Mount Evans Wilderness! 🍁🍂
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#idahosprings #mountevans #mountevanswilderness #arapahoenationalforest #autumn #fall #leaveschanging #hike #chicagolakes #rockymountains #colorado #frontrange #fallhike #foliage
"There's no time to be bored in a world as beautiful as this."
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#hike #explore #nature #beautiful #chicagolakes #colorado #travel #optoutside #travelnurse
And into the mountains I go to lose my mind and find my soul. There's nothing stopping you from waking up one morning and choosing to go on an adventure ⛰
And into the mountains I go to lose my mind and find my soul. There's nothing stopping you from waking up one morning and choosing to go on an adventure ⛰
What else gives you more energy on a 9 mile hike than a giant pancake? 😄🥞
What else gives you more energy on a 9 mile hike than a giant pancake? 😄🥞
#Repost @slacklinetaylor 
Got some last minute beta on this line and went for it. Beautiful exposure. Great work on this line @cfirer & @scottthehut . 
#slackline #chicagolakes #backcountry #alpine #bloodmoon #slacklining #adventuretime
Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all. Feels good to be back in a place with seasons 🍂🍁
Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all. Feels good to be back in a place with seasons 🍂🍁
Are you happy with the path you are choosing today? In 10 or 50 years will you be proud of your past self? 🌲⛰ If not, choose a different path. #chooseyourownadventure #mondaymotivation
Are you happy with the path you are choosing today? In 10 or 50 years will you be proud of your past self? 🌲⛰ If not, choose a different path. #chooseyourownadventure  #mondaymotivation 
All smiles in this place.
All smiles in this place.
There's nothing like hiking up above tree line to clear your mind. 🌲💫 Bright stars, campfires, rain showers, hot food, & no service. 🙏🏼🏕 •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• #chicagolakes #mountevans #wilderness #camplife #colorado #fallishere #autumn #getoutside #optoutside #outdoorwomen #getoutstayout #mountains #coloradolife #alpinelakes
There's nothing like hiking up above tree line to clear your mind. 🌲💫 Bright stars, campfires, rain showers, hot food, & no service. 🙏🏼🏕 •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• #chicagolakes  #mountevans  #wilderness  #camplife  #colorado  #fallishere  #autumn  #getoutside  #optoutside  #outdoorwomen  #getoutstayout  #mountains  #coloradolife  #alpinelakes 
A nice little 8.7 mile hike on Saturday. #chicagolakes
Grateful for my beautiful state❣️ #coloradolive #chicagolakes
Chicago lakes in Mt. Evans.  Doesn't it looks like eyes. #colorado #denver #mtevans #summitlake #chicagolakes
Play date with my main squeeze! Just your casual 4miler turned into a 10miler! #ChicagoLakes #getoutandexplore #luckyLevi #mainsqueeze #doggyphotoshoot #sorrynotsorry
With Earth's first Clay They did the Last Man knead,
And there of the Last Harvest sow'd the Seed,
And the first Morning of Creation wrote
What the Last Dawn of Reckoning shall read. (Omar Khayyám, translation George G. Harrap) #coloradolife #colorado #us #usa #workandtravel #czech #student #dayoff #chicagolakes #hiking #nature #photography #cestovani
Backpacked up to 11,750 ft to experience this view.
Backpacked up to 11,750 ft to experience this view.
"Date someone who feels like home and an adventure" 🍃#ChicagoLakes #LowerChicagoLake #hammocklife #changeyouraltitude #laborday #tinkerbell
This morning I woke up with a burnt nose, sore legs, swollen feet, and a back begging for a break. But my heart is full, my soul is at peace, and I feel as refreshed and whole as ever. I will carry yesterday with me forever. #Hiking #Travel #ChicagoLakes #MtEvans #Denver #Colorado #NeverWantToLeave
One last hike with @stormwaterprincess , one of my favorite people and definitely my favorite hiking buddy, before she moves away.  Until next time my friend! 💜 #hikingbuddies #nogoatsonthishike #chicagolakes #mountainmonday #nofilter
Soaked up every second of a long weekend in Vail in celebration of Dylan's birthday ❤️ Legs are so tired, heart is so full
Soaked up every second of a long weekend in Vail in celebration of Dylan's birthday ❤️ Legs are so tired, heart is so full
Time to fly
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Today I had the opportunity to run on the trail that first broke down my walls and caused me to fall madly in love with Colorado. It was a tough one, but I loved every moment. I couldn't of asked for a more perfect day. Happy trails!! 📷: A huge thank you to the wonderful couple who indulged me and took such a neat picture!
Time to fly . Today I had the opportunity to run on the trail that first broke down my walls and caused me to fall madly in love with Colorado. It was a tough one, but I loved every moment. I couldn't of asked for a more perfect day. Happy trails!! 📷: A huge thank you to the wonderful couple who indulged me and took such a neat picture!
Late summer #hikes rock! Tons of late blooming #coloradowildflowers are still in bloom on the trail, including this one from #summitlake down to the #chicagolakes #getoutside #ilovecolorado #mountevanswilderness #mountevanscolorado #iphone7
Had a great day hiking yesterday.  We made it 12 miles and climbed 1200 ft.  It was definitely a challenge but I am so proud of myself for doing it!
Had a great day hiking yesterday. We made it 12 miles and climbed 1200 ft. It was definitely a challenge but I am so proud of myself for doing it!
Not a bad way to spend a lazy Sunday with a 10 mile hike  #activerecovery #hiking #chicagolakes #lazysunday #coloradoviews
Always good to remind yourself why you live somewhere. A little bit longer trek then we thought, but we all survived, even little Olive!  #takemetothemountains #dogsofinstagram #chicagolakes #coloradolife #getoutside #nofilter
My September horoscope from @anntaylor said my Labor Day weekend would be best spent taking in mountain views. Don't mind if I do... #mountevans #chicagolakes #colorado #idahosprings