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Sometimes I wander into the bathroom and just mind my own biz. Every once in a while I mind my own biz AND get floored by the view from my back yard.
Sometimes I wander into the bathroom and just mind my own biz. Every once in a while I mind my own biz AND get floored by the view from my back yard.
🌲🌲Nothing is more humbling than to catch a sunrise below an eminence like this🏔🏔•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• #MountainMama #GrandTetonNationalPark #sunrise #Wyoming #discoverwyoming #wyomingmagazine  #ThatsWy #naturalwyoming #nationalparkgeek #illgrammers #Moodygrams #exploretocreate #agameoftones #earthfocus #aov10k  #IllusionaryAperture #earthspirit #Wildernessculture #TruVirtue
🌲🌲Nothing is more humbling than to catch a sunrise below an eminence like this🏔🏔•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• #MountainMama  #GrandTetonNationalPark  #sunrise  #Wyoming  #discoverwyoming  #wyomingmagazine  #ThatsWy  #naturalwyoming  #nationalparkgeek  #illgrammers  #Moodygrams  #exploretocreate  #agameoftones  #earthfocus  #aov10k  #IllusionaryAperture  #earthspirit  #Wildernessculture  #TruVirtue 
Some moments are worth snowshoeing 3 miles through 4 feet of fresh powder.
Some moments are worth snowshoeing 3 miles through 4 feet of fresh powder.
wandering through winter @kreinfeldt ❄️
wandering through winter @kreinfeldt ❄️
Wolf with eyes on the prize. As I wrote in my previous post the wolf that crossed the road to an old carcass on October 29th did some pouncing. In this photo it's just taking off...
I have added some other photos of this magical wolf encounter too.  #wolf #wolves #wolfpack #canid #canislupus #yellowstone #yellowstonenps #yellowstoneforever #yellowstonepledge #yellowstonenationalpark #nikon #nikkor #wyoming #discoverwyoming #usa #carcass #bones #earthfocus #wildlife #wildlifeplanet #natgeo #natgeotravel
Wolf with eyes on the prize. As I wrote in my previous post the wolf that crossed the road to an old carcass on October 29th did some pouncing. In this photo it's just taking off... I have added some other photos of this magical wolf encounter too. #wolf  #wolves  #wolfpack  #canid  #canislupus  #yellowstone  #yellowstonenps  #yellowstoneforever  #yellowstonepledge  #yellowstonenationalpark  #nikon  #nikkor  #wyoming  #discoverwyoming  #usa  #carcass  #bones  #earthfocus  #wildlife  #wildlifeplanet  #natgeo  #natgeotravel 
earth castles in the clouds
earth castles in the clouds
Deep blue skies hover over the pine and junipers that cover the Sentinel Rocks on Pathfinder Ranches, just above the Oregon Trail and Independence Rock. #oregontrail #wyomingskies #discoverwyoming #bluesky #greatwyoming
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From #NikonAmbassador : ”My new favorite location to lightpaint is the R Lazy S Ranch near Wilson, Wyoming. Many thanks to Matt and Rebecca and the Stirn family for inviting  to hold my lightpainting classes under the Milky Way each evening. The R Lazy S Ranch boarders the Snake River and has spectacular views of the Tetons.” The “Cosmic Cabin” was shot with a Nikon D850 and AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm F2.8G ED at ISO4000 with 20 seconds exposure and aperture F5. #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #lightpainting #lightpaint #longexposure #rlazysranch #starscape #milkyway #milkywaygalaxy #naturephotography #discoverwyoming #grandtetons
Get the best Nikon accessories today! Visit our site in the bio. Credit to photo owner From #NikonAmbassador  : ”My new favorite location to lightpaint is the R Lazy S Ranch near Wilson, Wyoming. Many thanks to Matt and Rebecca and the Stirn family for inviting  to hold my lightpainting classes under the Milky Way each evening. The R Lazy S Ranch boarders the Snake River and has spectacular views of the Tetons.” The “Cosmic Cabin” was shot with a Nikon D850 and AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm F2.8G ED at ISO4000 with 20 seconds exposure and aperture F5. #nikonnofilter  #nikonambassador  #lightpainting  #lightpaint  #longexposure  #rlazysranch  #starscape  #milkyway  #milkywaygalaxy  #naturephotography  #discoverwyoming  #grandtetons 
From #NikonAmbassador @daveblackphoto: ”My new favorite location to lightpaint is the R Lazy S Ranch near Wilson, Wyoming. Many thanks to Matt and Rebecca and the Stirn family for inviting @summitworkshops to hold my lightpainting classes under the Milky Way each evening. The R Lazy S Ranch boarders the Snake River and has spectacular views of the Tetons.” The “Cosmic Cabin” was shot with a Nikon D850 and AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm F2.8G ED at ISO4000 with 20 seconds exposure and aperture F5. #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #lightpainting #lightpaint #longexposure #rlazysranch #starscape #milkyway #milkywaygalaxy #naturephotography #discoverwyoming #grandtetons
From #NikonAmbassador  @daveblackphoto: ”My new favorite location to lightpaint is the R Lazy S Ranch near Wilson, Wyoming. Many thanks to Matt and Rebecca and the Stirn family for inviting @summitworkshops to hold my lightpainting classes under the Milky Way each evening. The R Lazy S Ranch boarders the Snake River and has spectacular views of the Tetons.” The “Cosmic Cabin” was shot with a Nikon D850 and AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm F2.8G ED at ISO4000 with 20 seconds exposure and aperture F5. #nikonnofilter  #nikonambassador  #lightpainting  #lightpaint  #longexposure  #rlazysranch  #starscape  #milkyway  #milkywaygalaxy  #naturephotography  #discoverwyoming  #grandtetons 
A wild wolf encounter. October 29th was a day with many great things happening, and this wolf encounter was among the best. As its pack was milling around on the other side of the valley this wolf decided to cross the river, and come closer. As all visitors were holding their breath the wolf was coming close to a bison, which seemed rather dead at one point. The wolf decided to try a bite, but then the bison jumped up and chased the wolf away. Calmly the wolf continued its way, crossed the road, and finally ended up at a very old carcass, that was months old already, and just had a few bones laying around. It pounced in the snow like a coyote or fox, ate some snow, moved away in the trees, and came back to do it again. #wolf #wolves #wolfpack #canid #canislupus #yellowstone #yellowstonenps #yellowstoneforever #yellowstonepledge #yellowstonenationalpark #nikon #nikkor #wyoming #discoverwyoming #usa #carcass #bones #earthfocus #wildlife #wildlifeplanet #natgeo #natgeotravel
A wild wolf encounter. October 29th was a day with many great things happening, and this wolf encounter was among the best. As its pack was milling around on the other side of the valley this wolf decided to cross the river, and come closer. As all visitors were holding their breath the wolf was coming close to a bison, which seemed rather dead at one point. The wolf decided to try a bite, but then the bison jumped up and chased the wolf away. Calmly the wolf continued its way, crossed the road, and finally ended up at a very old carcass, that was months old already, and just had a few bones laying around. It pounced in the snow like a coyote or fox, ate some snow, moved away in the trees, and came back to do it again. #wolf  #wolves  #wolfpack  #canid  #canislupus  #yellowstone  #yellowstonenps  #yellowstoneforever  #yellowstonepledge  #yellowstonenationalpark  #nikon  #nikkor  #wyoming  #discoverwyoming  #usa  #carcass  #bones  #earthfocus  #wildlife  #wildlifeplanet  #natgeo  #natgeotravel 
When she is annoyed we got caught in a storm and I'm still stopping to take photos. She retaliated with the lowest form of combat...the imitation. Dammit though, she nailed it. I do look exactly like this. #sickburn
When she is annoyed we got caught in a storm and I'm still stopping to take photos. She retaliated with the lowest form of combat...the imitation. Dammit though, she nailed it. I do look exactly like this. #sickburn 
I asked myself if it were possible. Do I have what it takes? Could I really drink this whiskey and OJ while I had a teeth whitener strip in? Yip #dreambig #damnitfeelsgoodtobeagangster
I asked myself if it were possible. Do I have what it takes? Could I really drink this whiskey and OJ while I had a teeth whitener strip in? Yip #dreambig  #damnitfeelsgoodtobeagangster 
This is a weird winter with tough-to-find snow all over the West, but after last week’s storms Jackson Hole is starting to ski really well. Glad we made a game-time decision Friday afternoon to head over. #skiing #discoverwyoming #wyoming #snowboard #abovetheinversion #lifeelevated #tetons #jacksonhole #powderday
Medicine Bow Mountain Range (Sugarloaf Mountain) from the Lewis Lake Picnic Area (Pano📷 swipe left)
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#offseason #hiking #snowymountains #discoverwyoming #centennial #wyoming #roadtripusa #outdoors #adventure #travel #traveling #travelgram
The town of Jackson, WY is a traveler’s delight, a place where the lure of ski slopes, hiking trails, and cowboy bars is equally strong. I took this shot of the marquee of the @milliondollarcowboybar on a flawless August day a few years ago, and I think it might be time to head back there this summer.
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#travelphotography #traveling #travelpics  #travelgram #travelgrammer #travelgrammers #digitalnomad #instatraveler #instatravels #wanderlust #passionpassport #CNtravel #wyoming #jackson #jacksonhole #grandtetons #jacksonsquare #jacksontownsquare #cowboybar #cowboybars @visitwyoming @discover_wyoming #discoverwyoming #barstories #marqueesign #marquee #cowboy
The town of Jackson, WY is a traveler’s delight, a place where the lure of ski slopes, hiking trails, and cowboy bars is equally strong. I took this shot of the marquee of the @milliondollarcowboybar on a flawless August day a few years ago, and I think it might be time to head back there this summer. . . . . . #travelphotography  #traveling  #travelpics  #travelgram  #travelgrammer  #travelgrammers  #digitalnomad  #instatraveler  #instatravels  #wanderlust  #passionpassport  #CNtravel  #wyoming  #jackson  #jacksonhole  #grandtetons  #jacksonsquare  #jacksontownsquare  #cowboybar  #cowboybars  @visitwyoming @discover_wyoming #discoverwyoming  #barstories  #marqueesign  #marquee  #cowboy 
This pic is about the best moment I spent in 2017! 😍 An unbelievable emotion!! Total Solar eclipse in the States! 🤩

#USA #totaleclipse2017 #totalsolareclipse #eclissidisole #eclissitotale #statiunitidamerica #unitedstates #wyoming #21agosto2017 #21aug2017 #21august2017 #igerswyoming #discoverwyoming #awesome_shots
I wouldn’t trade a night on the ranch for another place in the world. ________________________________________________________________________________________#homeontherange #ranch #ranchlife #ranchliving #ranchlifestyle #windmill #windmills #windpump #milkyway #milkywaychasers #milkywaygalaxy #milkywaypics #fantastic_universe #longexposure #longexpo_elite #nightscaper #longexposure_shots #nightphotography #nightimages #depthsofearth #fantastic_universe #universetoday #nightshooters #nightsky @discover_wyoming #discoverearth #discoverwyoming #wyoming #wyomingsky @visitwyoming #visitwyoming #westernphotography
I wouldn’t trade a night on the ranch for another place in the world. ________________________________________________________________________________________#homeontherange  #ranch  #ranchlife  #ranchliving  #ranchlifestyle  #windmill  #windmills  #windpump  #milkyway  #milkywaychasers  #milkywaygalaxy  #milkywaypics  #fantastic_universe  #longexposure  #longexpo_elite  #nightscaper  #longexposure_shots  #nightphotography  #nightimages  #depthsofearth  #fantastic_universe  #universetoday  #nightshooters  #nightsky  @discover_wyoming #discoverearth  #discoverwyoming  #wyoming  #wyomingsky  @visitwyoming #visitwyoming  #westernphotography 
inversion therapy works I swear 📸 @keeganrice
inversion therapy works I swear 📸 @keeganrice
A young bull moose sighting on my fat tire bike ride today.  #discoverwyoming
A young bull moose sighting on my fat tire bike ride today. #discoverwyoming 
When you catch two bald eagles fighting it’s pretty darn exciting. __________________________________________🦅🦅🦅🦅🦅🦅🦅🦅🦅🦅🦅🦅🦅🦅🦅🦅🦅🦅🦅🦅🦅🦅🦅🦅🦅🦅🦅🦅 ____________________________________________ #baldeagle #eagle #nationalbird #freedom #baldeaglefights #wildlifeig #baldeagles #grandtetonnationalpark @grandtetonnps #jacksonhole #discoverwyoming @visitwyoming @discover_wyoming  @wildlifeplanet @wilderness_culture #explorewyoming #wildlifeplanet #wildlife_perfection #nikon #nikonambassador #wyoming #wyominglife #animals #raptor #raptors #elite_birds @elite_raptors #elite_shotz #elite_raptors #goplayoutside #openmyworld #instatravel #wildernessculture #raptorfight #freedombird @outdoorphotomag #natgeo @natgeo
When you catch two bald eagles fighting it’s pretty darn exciting. __________________________________________🦅🦅🦅🦅🦅🦅🦅🦅🦅🦅🦅🦅🦅🦅🦅🦅🦅🦅🦅🦅🦅🦅🦅🦅🦅🦅🦅🦅 ____________________________________________ #baldeagle  #eagle  #nationalbird  #freedom  #baldeaglefights  #wildlifeig  #baldeagles  #grandtetonnationalpark  @grandtetonnps #jacksonhole  #discoverwyoming  @visitwyoming @discover_wyoming @wildlifeplanet @wilderness_culture #explorewyoming  #wildlifeplanet  #wildlife_perfection  #nikon  #nikonambassador  #wyoming  #wyominglife  #animals  #raptor  #raptors  #elite_birds  @elite_raptors #elite_shotz  #elite_raptors  #goplayoutside  #openmyworld  #instatravel  #wildernessculture  #raptorfight  #freedombird  @outdoorphotomag #natgeo  @natgeo
A little late, but a great weekend it was announcing the 2nd Annual Saratoga Skijoring Races.
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#wyoming #wyo #skijoring #ski #skier #horse #horses #naturalwyoming #radiolife #radio #dj  #lovemyjob #gofast #race  #getoutside #outside #thatswy #discoverwyoming #adventure #gowyo  #discover_wyoming #whatsnext #awesome
Inspired by my instagram friend who came up with ‘Fence Post Friday”, I give you my rendition on Flash Back Friday to July of last year - a ‘Grand’ day to be leaning on one of Wyoming’s iconic buck and rail fences and drinking in the beauty of the Tetons...
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#grandtetons #grandtetonnationalpark #grandteton #gtnp #grandtetonassociation #buckandrailfence #mountains #fencepostfriday #flashbackfriday #nationalpark #nationalparks #nationalparkusa #nationalparkgeek #westbysouthwest #natures_marvels #roadtrip #summer #goparks #usinterior #nature #naturephotography #wyoming #nationalparkmagazine #grandtetonfoundation #nationalparkadventurer #thenationalparkspass #discoverwyoming #npcollective #theincrediblewest
Inspired by my instagram friend who came up with ‘Fence Post Friday”, I give you my rendition on Flash Back Friday to July of last year - a ‘Grand’ day to be leaning on one of Wyoming’s iconic buck and rail fences and drinking in the beauty of the Tetons... . . #grandtetons  #grandtetonnationalpark  #grandteton  #gtnp  #grandtetonassociation  #buckandrailfence  #mountains  #fencepostfriday  #flashbackfriday  #nationalpark  #nationalparks  #nationalparkusa  #nationalparkgeek  #westbysouthwest  #natures_marvels  #roadtrip  #summer  #goparks  #usinterior  #nature  #naturephotography  #wyoming  #nationalparkmagazine  #grandtetonfoundation  #nationalparkadventurer  #thenationalparkspass  #discoverwyoming  #npcollective  #theincrediblewest 
Let me introduce you to my crew. From the left, that's Curly, Billy, Baaaartholemew, and Butt-Head. Butt-Head likes to ram into cars so stay away from him
Let me introduce you to my crew. From the left, that's Curly, Billy, Baaaartholemew, and Butt-Head. Butt-Head likes to ram into cars so stay away from him
“Cosmic Cabin” ... Nikon D850, ISO4000, 20 seconds exposure at f5, NIKKOR 14-24mm f2.8 lens ... Lightpainting with Larson Electronics RL-85 portable spotlight.
My new favorite location to Lightpaint is the R Lazy S Ranch near Wilson, Wyoming: http://rlazys.com/ 
Many thanks to Matt and Rebecca and the Stirn family for inviting @summitworkshops to hold my Lightpainting classes under the Milky Way each evening.
The R Lazy S Ranch boarders the Snake River and has spectacular views of the Tetons making it an exceptional location for my Lightpainting classes during the Summit NATURE Workshops this September 16-21, 2018. 
See my 2018 Workshops Calendar link in my IG Profile.
 @nikonusa #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #lightpainting #longexposure #rlazysranch #starscape #milkywaygalaxy #naturephotography #summitworkshops #discoverwyoming #grandtetons
“Cosmic Cabin” ... Nikon D850, ISO4000, 20 seconds exposure at f5, NIKKOR 14-24mm f2.8 lens ... Lightpainting with Larson Electronics RL-85 portable spotlight. My new favorite location to Lightpaint is the R Lazy S Ranch near Wilson, Wyoming: http://rlazys.com/ Many thanks to Matt and Rebecca and the Stirn family for inviting @summitworkshops to hold my Lightpainting classes under the Milky Way each evening. The R Lazy S Ranch boarders the Snake River and has spectacular views of the Tetons making it an exceptional location for my Lightpainting classes during the Summit NATURE Workshops this September 16-21, 2018. See my 2018 Workshops Calendar link in my IG Profile. @nikonusa #nikonnofilter  #nikonambassador  #lightpainting  #longexposure  #rlazysranch  #starscape  #milkywaygalaxy  #naturephotography  #summitworkshops  #discoverwyoming  #grandtetons 
There’s something so adorable about the way a fox walks. Their paw steps are so soft looking. Really happy to have photographed this image of a red fox, trotting along towards me. After a few more steps, he stopped and just sat down in front on me. We both were just a few feet from each other, in the middle of a landscape covered in snow, just looking at each other. I dropped down the camera and just savored the moment. These are the moments that are so special, the moments that are not captured sometimes end up more precious than the ones that are caught by a photograph.
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 #nature_brilliance #EarthVisuals #artofvisuals #nikonusa #minimalistics #pnw #pnwonderland #earth_deluxe #instanaturelover #nature_prefection #discoverwyoming #minimalism  #nikonartists #nikonnofilter #animalsofinstagram #minimalist #foxesofig #exclusive_animals #foxesofinstagram #wildlifeaddicts #wildlifephotography #animalworld #fox #wyoming #tetons #yellowstone #grandtetons #jacksonhole #grandtetonnationalpark
There’s something so adorable about the way a fox walks. Their paw steps are so soft looking. Really happy to have photographed this image of a red fox, trotting along towards me. After a few more steps, he stopped and just sat down in front on me. We both were just a few feet from each other, in the middle of a landscape covered in snow, just looking at each other. I dropped down the camera and just savored the moment. These are the moments that are so special, the moments that are not captured sometimes end up more precious than the ones that are caught by a photograph. . . . . . #nature_brilliance  #EarthVisuals  #artofvisuals  #nikonusa  #minimalistics  #pnw  #pnwonderland  #earth_deluxe  #instanaturelover  #nature_prefection  #discoverwyoming  #minimalism  #nikonartists  #nikonnofilter  #animalsofinstagram  #minimalist  #foxesofig  #exclusive_animals  #foxesofinstagram  #wildlifeaddicts  #wildlifephotography  #animalworld  #fox  #wyoming  #tetons  #yellowstone  #grandtetons  #jacksonhole  #grandtetonnationalpark 
CATS || Spotting a mountain lion is nearly impossible so we’re loving this capture by Gray Crane Studios! More of our favorite Winter shots on our Stories. @graycranestudios #jacksonhole #mountainlion #wildlifephotography
CATS || Spotting a mountain lion is nearly impossible so we’re loving this capture by Gray Crane Studios! More of our favorite Winter shots on our Stories. @graycranestudios #jacksonhole  #mountainlion  #wildlifephotography 
I mean, I just can't even right now 🙆🏼
I mean, I just can't even right now 🙆🏼
yesterday was incredible... today was even better. tomorrow won’t be worse
yesterday was incredible... today was even better. tomorrow won’t be worse
#tbt to a very special day last June in a very special place to me! The Wind River Range holds a big place in my heart full of love and adventure! ❤️✨💫 •
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#tbt #ourweddingday #love #adventurer #mountainelopement #elope #wyowanderer #mountains #themansells #wyoming #thatswy #wyhomeing #hikewyoming #discoverwyoming #windriverrange #optoutside #explore #mtnchicks
Vulcanic activity creates a colorful and lively scenery... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #yellowstone #wyoming #USA #landscape #wanderlust #nature #nationalpark #nps #vulcano #3opreismidweek #travel #grandprismatic #grandprismaticspring #photography #explore #3opreis #photooftheday #picoftheday #vulcanic #color #water #smoke #visitwyoming #discoverwyoming
Vulcanic activity creates a colorful and lively scenery... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #yellowstone  #wyoming  #USA  #landscape  #wanderlust  #nature  #nationalpark  #nps  #vulcano  #3opreismidweek  #travel  #grandprismatic  #grandprismaticspring  #photography  #explore  #3opreis  #photooftheday  #picoftheday  #vulcanic  #color  #water  #smoke  #visitwyoming  #discoverwyoming 
I am loving how the clouds get stuck on that tallest peak. My bestie and I walked to this middle of this frozen lake and had some coffee. I was feeling all good about my level of adventurousness until I saw all these backcountry skiers coming down the mountains. That put my badassery back in check. I was out there sipping hot coffee and trekking a giant lopsided heart into the snow....not very badass!
I am loving how the clouds get stuck on that tallest peak. My bestie and I walked to this middle of this frozen lake and had some coffee. I was feeling all good about my level of adventurousness until I saw all these backcountry skiers coming down the mountains. That put my badassery back in check. I was out there sipping hot coffee and trekking a giant lopsided heart into the snow....not very badass!
I miss the adventure, I miss the open road and I miss the great state of Wyoming. .
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#readytogoback #discoverwyoming #letmynewadventureagain #iamsoready
Wild Love ♥️
Wild Love ♥️
I have had a hard time breathing lately (months actually) and it scared me. This same type of breathlessness was the main symptom that led to my diagnosis of lymphoma 6 years ago. Turns out a hiatal hernia is all I have going on now. Phew. 
For the past few months breathlessness has halted one of my favorite things, hiking.  Now that I'm on the mend, and have been back to exploring, I'm reminded of this moment I had last summer. I made this video that I kept to myself until now. I'm feeling the same feelings again. Grateful I'm okay. Jazzed for the return of my zest for life. Fighting tears that I'm okay and still have more world to explore, more moments to savor, and more love to experience before I'm gone. 
I love a new year. It's a time of reflection on the previous year and a time to fine tune what is wanted from life. 2017,
and the hike in this video, was the first time I went on a big hike alone. 9 miles with 3400 feet of elevation gain was out of my comfort and fitness zones. I recall constantly telling myself "I can do hard things" whilst I dragged my tired thighs passed scary piles of hairy bear shit. I had wanted to hike this peak for a long time but always put it off. I put it off for the high difficulty and I put it off because no one could/would go with me. I'm ever grateful I grew a pair and just did it. I kept doing it, hiking, for the rest of the year. I saw some bonerific views AND felt like a dipshit for not previously taking advantage of "my backyard". My appetite for exploring only grew and I can't wait to see what I can gander in 2018. 
I'm alive. Years ago I was seriously faced with the reality that life is short. I've been reminded of that fact recently. My life may or may not be long. Either way, I'm going to gather ever moment I can, like an episode of hoarders, but lovely instead of full of dead cats and bottles of piss. 2018, I will sponge every minute moment I can.
I have had a hard time breathing lately (months actually) and it scared me. This same type of breathlessness was the main symptom that led to my diagnosis of lymphoma 6 years ago. Turns out a hiatal hernia is all I have going on now. Phew. For the past few months breathlessness has halted one of my favorite things, hiking. Now that I'm on the mend, and have been back to exploring, I'm reminded of this moment I had last summer. I made this video that I kept to myself until now. I'm feeling the same feelings again. Grateful I'm okay. Jazzed for the return of my zest for life. Fighting tears that I'm okay and still have more world to explore, more moments to savor, and more love to experience before I'm gone. I love a new year. It's a time of reflection on the previous year and a time to fine tune what is wanted from life. 2017, and the hike in this video, was the first time I went on a big hike alone. 9 miles with 3400 feet of elevation gain was out of my comfort and fitness zones. I recall constantly telling myself "I can do hard things" whilst I dragged my tired thighs passed scary piles of hairy bear shit. I had wanted to hike this peak for a long time but always put it off. I put it off for the high difficulty and I put it off because no one could/would go with me. I'm ever grateful I grew a pair and just did it. I kept doing it, hiking, for the rest of the year. I saw some bonerific views AND felt like a dipshit for not previously taking advantage of "my backyard". My appetite for exploring only grew and I can't wait to see what I can gander in 2018. I'm alive. Years ago I was seriously faced with the reality that life is short. I've been reminded of that fact recently. My life may or may not be long. Either way, I'm going to gather ever moment I can, like an episode of hoarders, but lovely instead of full of dead cats and bottles of piss. 2018, I will sponge every minute moment I can.
This place just brings on so many feelings. From one end of the spectrum to the other. Almost feels... surreal. 
Photo by: @nicholasclaude
This place just brings on so many feelings. From one end of the spectrum to the other. Almost feels... surreal. Photo by: @nicholasclaude
I'll know I've made it when I have a pair of chaps made out of mountain goat. I'll walk around like Lloyd Christmas in Aspen #dreambig #lifegoals
I'll know I've made it when I have a pair of chaps made out of mountain goat. I'll walk around like Lloyd Christmas in Aspen #dreambig  #lifegoals 
This was yesterday. Today, it is snowing big, fat, magical ❄️ flakes ✨
This was yesterday. Today, it is snowing big, fat, magical ❄️ flakes ✨
Bit of a session the other morning in @burtonsnowboards stash park 📸 @scottafoto
Bit of a session the other morning in @burtonsnowboards stash park 📸 @scottafoto
When the moon looks like a disco ball, all you can do is dance the night away, romping around the ski hill, on NYE with the best of them 🎉 #supermoon
When the moon looks like a disco ball, all you can do is dance the night away, romping around the ski hill, on NYE with the best of them 🎉 #supermoon 
I got some quality time canoodling with my favorite mountains today. Old man winter isn't putting up much of a fight yet so my snow shoes stayed strapped to my bag most of the day. Hooray says my lazy ass!
I got some quality time canoodling with my favorite mountains today. Old man winter isn't putting up much of a fight yet so my snow shoes stayed strapped to my bag most of the day. Hooray says my lazy ass!
Wanna smile all day? The person who pours the last drop of any of the @accomplicebeer kegs, we pick up your beer tab!  Try your luck tonight during the College Football National Championship game 🍻🏈 #killthekeg #downtowncheyenne
Wanna smile all day? The person who pours the last drop of any of the @accomplicebeer kegs, we pick up your beer tab! Try your luck tonight during the College Football National Championship game 🍻🏈 #killthekeg  #downtowncheyenne