The sunrise at the Loch was the last bit of sun we saw, the last bit of color. But we trecked on, onto Lake of Glass, onto Sky Pond. This was the last bit of the Shark's Tooth that was visible once we got to the top. Within seconds of this photo all that was left visible was the frozen lake and a ton of snow. We hiked the whole way back down in the storm. We could have turned back at sunrise and got beautiful photos and never had to endure this weather. But from my experience, you never regret making it to the top! #moodygrams
I may dream a little too big sometimes, but I like to think that the possibilities are endless and that if I can dream it, I can make it happen. I keep hearing people complain about where they are at in life, but they make no effort to make a change. So if there's something you're unhappy with, just know there is a way to change it no matter what. Life is too short to be stuck with something or in a situation that makes you miserable. Never stop dreaming big. ✨
We were all set up on the Loch. In darkness and fierce wind we each chose a spot. Each with a different perspective, a unique take on the same view. Each with the same unspoken question, will we even see the colors through the storm clouds? Then all at once, like an explosion above us, the sky filled with pinks, purples, blues, and reds. All four of us, almost in unison began to scream with excitement. We took photos and let out a few more yelps. The moment only lasted a few seconds, a minute at most, but it felt like a lifetime. Pictured above is one minute from a ten hour hike, one minute frozen in time.
I have a lot of hobbies, like I think I may have too many actually. But I keep finding new things that I love to do, as well continue enjoying the hobbies I already have. In the last several months, I've spent more time creating jewelry than I had in years. So whatever that long lost hobby of yours is, pick it back up and see what happens. Both of these necklaces are in my Etsy shop along with lots of other things. Use the link in my bio and take a look around! ✨
“I have never met a Haitian who isn’t strong...They look you in the eye, they do not blink. They stand tall. They have dignity. A dignity many in this White House could learn from.” This is one of my sisters in Haiti. She messages me every week to ask how I’m doing. Then, she asks about my family. Every week. She speaks to me in Spanish because she knows that I want to practice, but she could speak in 4 different languages if she wanted to. She helps cook, clean, and take care of her sisters, and is an INCREDIBLE dancer. She wants to work in medicine one day to help people. People everywhere look to the States and stay relatively updated with our news. I hope that more can see Haitians like her instead of what has been said lately.
These are my people. We endured some intense moments on this hike, but what I love about this group is no one was left behind. We waited for each other while we took turns catching our breath as the elevation rapidly increased, we pulled each other out of 3 foot snow drifts, we guided each other to safe holds and steps as we scaled the waterfall, we shared snacks and stories, hand warmers and toe warmers, and most of all learned a lot about each other and maybe a little more about ourselves. That's why, these are my people. ✌💚📷
📷 by @thehikingmermaid (I have no clue how she got this shot so clear. The wind and snow were whipping so much I thought it might take her tripod. She's a 📷 wizard go check out her page if you don't already follow her!)
Hiking buddies pictured: @bendriver @welstedphoto @workcamperninja @thehikingmermaid
I could really go for a hike right about now. I have a feeling my unofficial countdown to spring is going to start pretty soon. But I'm working on a bunch of new jewelry tonight so it's all good. I hope to have some if not all of the new stuff up by the end of next week. Have an awesome weekend!
I most admire the work ethic of many Chinese folks. I’m always amazed, whether it be an immigrant, engineer, or farmworker. My dad and I share quite a tumultuous relationship, but man, do I respect him. In third grade, he gave me Muhammad Yunus’ book, Banker to the Poor, which was about fighting poverty through research and microfinancing. I didn’t get it. Yesterday, my professor assigned 3 chapters from the same book and I couldn’t get enough. My dad thought 11 years into the future for me. This hasn’t been the only instance where I’ve come to such a realization — thanks, dad!
The weather today felt like spring and now I have this false sense of hope that summer is just around the corner. 😩 I'm just hoping that we actually get enough snow after this warmup to snowshoe and ski. Especially since weather permitting, we're going snowshoeing in one of my classes. And I'm all about that life. 😎
Hiking isn't all flowers and butterflies. Not pictured: the 1:45 a.m. wake up call, the 4 a.m. trail meet up, the snow (oh so much snow), the wind whipping against my face until its raw, the constant ventures off trail because you can't see a trail at all, the getting caught in snow drifts which puts you hiking in waist deep snow, the pain in my frozen solid hand every time I take it out of my glove for a photo, the laying belly down on this frozen lake to get this photo, the pretty sketchy climb up and incredibly sketchy climb down a frozen waterfall, all to get to the top of the mountains where a beautiful pond forms, all to get to the Loch for sunrise photos we weren't promised, because we were out running snow clouds the whole way. These moments don't come free. #liveferal
Over the years I've come to realize how much I have learned about the woods and water and the things that live there, but also how much more I have to learn. I once got into an argument with my seventh grade science teacher about what sort of animal was running around outside, and after a couple of minutes she finally realized I had been right all along. 🤦🏻♀️ My best advice for understanding nature better; immerse yourself in it. You can watch as many documentaries as you want but nothing beats sitting quietly in the woods and watching everything around you. And that's exactly what I plan on doing more of. What is something that you want to learn more about this year?
I love frozen lakes. The cracks in the ice that freeze over and preserve the lines fascinate me. I love to follow them, tracing them to their end point. But that's the best part, they all connect. So each end point is a new beginning. I think this fasciates me so much because in this way frozen lakes are a lot like life. So many options; so many different outcomes based on choice alone. The beauty of it is, if you choose a path that leads you somewhere you don't like, you can always turn around and change directions. Don't ever forget that your destiny is yours to choose.