THIS is my daughter and proud does come close to what feel for what this powerful woman is getting ready to do. Check out @merrell today to follow @savnorthwest on her biggest adventure yet & send her some ❤️
Who’s ready for the first giveaway of the year?? We’re excited to team up with @outdoorproducts to give you this awesome Equinox 35 backpack! Great for a day or two trek, complete with pole holders and a place to hold your sleeping bag.
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Have you set a resolution or theme or word for this year? I generally come up with some loose resolutions and pick a word for the year. Last year was 'creativity' - this year its 'balance'.
I'm generally someone who is always thinking and brainstorming and coming up with lists in my head that I forget about and then remember and so on it goes. Generally one area of my life will get a lot of focus while others start to suffer. Then I shift my focus but then other areas suffer yet again.
So this year it's about trying to spread around and come up with a way to balance all areas of my life (to at least be able to step back more often and see if I'm letting some areas slide right off the map and do something about it)... it's possible right?!?! One step at a time...
He doesn't know it... but he is my model. 📸
I have the best subjects to photograph! The little amazon warrior and this man right here.
Had an awesome weekend #camping and #hiking at @canyonlandsnps ... and you ? What did you do this weekend?
Yesterday was incredible. Less than a year ago, I wrote ‘ME NOW’ on the bottom of a whiteboard... and ‘ME inspiring millions’ on the top of the whiteboard.
I didn’t have ANY CLUE how to do it. Literally, no clue. I remember that people used to ask me, ‘What’s your business plan?’... and my throat would tighten. I didn’t know how to say, ‘Just follow my heart and do good things’, without feeling like I was irresponsible.
One of the things I wrote on that whiteboard was, ‘be in Backpacker magazine.’ At the time, I didn’t even know anybody at Backpacker... but low and behold, my good friend Cassie told me about a Seattle Trail Scout opportunity, which I applied for. I started an online hiking group simultaneously. The scout position with Backpacker morphed into gear testing (yaaaayyyyy!). I met hikers that I wouldn’t have otherwise met, because they saw me in Backpacker. One of those hikers, requested a violin gram for her student... which morphed into me giving away a violin for Christmas to a boy in need... which somehow turned into me having my photographs taken yesterday for Backpacker wearing a gown and trail runners in front of a waterfall with @stephen_matera , a ridiculously talented artist of the lens 📷
Two years ago, I wasn’t grateful for much. I was miserable and stuck. It was a split second of almost losing my life, which made me grateful for the one thing that is the foundation of everything: my beating heart. You have to start there, or nothing else matters. ❤️❤️ after that, anything is possible.
I wrote a poem yesterday:
My heart beats itself
Each steady thump
Like the sound of a mason
Laying bricks of gold
The foundation of everything
The path to who I am
The bellows of my lungs
Into the golden fire
Each whoosh of air
Over and over
And over again
So many times that I sometimes forget
That each beat
Is the gift of everything. 📷 @theres.no.aaron.space
"To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake it is necessary to stand out in the cold" -Aristotle
Wise words from a wise man. I spent the past 4 days skiing and snowshoeing in the backcountry of Mammoth, escaping the crowds on the slopes and embracing the cold. We camped in freezing temperatures, chased sunrises over Mono Lake, explored local breweries, gazed at the most stunning views, ate burritos (my favorite), and soaked up every drop of beauty that Mammoth has to offer. Until next time as these gorgeous mountains are ALWAYS calling my name... ❄️⛷⛰
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Getting ready to post this is making me emotional. I took my brother and his best friend (they’re visiting from Virginia) on their very first backpacking trip. We did a 20 mile loop in the Superstition Wilderness, around the back of Weavers Needle and through several canyons. It was some rugged Desert terrain and they were troopers. They never complained but soaked up every vista and rock formation and mirage. I’d like to thank #Charleboisspring for giving us water and a beautiful place to rest, and #mormontea for abating asthma symptoms, and the Desert himself for healing some very sore parts of my soul, and The Great Spirit for bringing my family to share all of this with. #alhamdulillah#beyondgrateful#adventureeverywhere
So Mother Nature has finally realized that it’s supposed to be the winter season in Colorado and dropped a nice blanket of snow across the front range. We are way below normal snow pack across the state but I am still holding on to the hope that the spring will bring tons and tons of the fluffy white stuff! Yesterday was forecasted to have a slight chance for snow showers. We wound up with an icy covered base with about 2-3 inches of snow on top of that which makes for some exciting driving when you have studded snow tires!! 🚘
❄️❄️🗻 This was shot on the Ouzel Lake trail in Rocky Mountain National Park which begins at the Wild Basin entrance. The hike was a little more than 6 miles in and 6 miles back. Days such as these always amaze me at the frozen snow covered beauty that is found higher up in the park. It’s not ALWAYS cold, and often even during the winter you get blue sky days with very warm sunshine that makes a world of difference. The main thing with hiking and that directly relates with life is to be prepared. Be prepared as much as possible for whatever comes your way and keep the mindset that you will “ride the storm out”! 👍🏻😉🏔🏃🏻♂️🗻⛷🌎👊🏻🇺🇸❄️❄️💙🙌🏻🎿
🎶🎵🎶 “Ridin' the storm out, waitin' for the thaw out
On a full moon night in the rocky mountain winter
Wine bottle's are low, watching for the snow
Thinking about what have I've been missing in the city
And I'm not missing a thing
Just watchin' the full moon crossing the range
Ridin' the storm out, ridin' the storm out
Ridin' the storm out, ridin' the storm out” 🎵🎶🎵
Lyrics to Ridin’ The Storm Out by REO Speedwagon