Love in Fall. Fall in love!❤️
Last month when we were planning our visit to Alaska, @findinghues and I had thought that we'd be wrapping up our trip much before the Fall colors start taking over. But during our week-long circle road trip in the gorgeous state, we gleefully witnessed the color transition as Mother Nature donned myriad cloaks sporting hues of green, yellow, orange and red!🌿🍃🍂🍁
Though it felt awesome to be there in the Pacific Northwest to catch the spectacular start of the beautiful lady's annual Autumn fashion parade, chasing the fall colors closer home in and around California won't be the same this time round with Amo traveling home to India for a few months after our visit to The Last Frontier. So, while @finding.hues lives up to her name on the other side of the planet, I'll start my solo Fall travels pretty soon.
We spent the last two days of our Alaska trip in and around Denali National Park with the oh-so-beautiful Denali Perch Resort (wait till you see the cabins perched in the lap of nature!) serving as our base camp. On a rainy morning that was the last day of our journey, we setup the tripod by the Carlo Creek flowing right next to the resort and captured this moment.
Many thanks to @worldnomads for featuring a recent post of mine, and in the process getting me out of this self-induced inertia of rest! Time for me to resume clearing the backlog!
Me. Unapologetically. "The history of LIBERTY is a history of RESISTANCE." -Woodrow Wilson
Special thank you to a couple of great friends who helped make this image happen. @jamipriceless and @katieharris1989 !! Thank you both for riding the train to Manhattan, and standing by me! One of the things I knew I had to do while in NY. Couldn't have made it happen without you guys! ❤️
PC 📷 @katieharris1989
I hiked for seven and a half miles today. I loved being the only one on the trail. Just me, the views of emerald green water, my sweaty body doing hard work, and hundreds of lizards. Lake Sonoma is only about fifteen minutes from my house. Sometimes I take for granted the beauty that my home state affords me. But today was a great reminder that I don't always need to drive hours away to enjoy the outdoors. Sometimes my own backyard will be more than just fine. 💚
Did a tour in La Fortuna a couple of weeks ago that lasted over ten hours. We started our day hiking through the tropical rainforest, watched people rope swing jump into the river, got drenched by the rain and howled at by monkeys, took a bath under a waterfall, skipped over hanging bridges, then ended up soaking in a natural hot springs sipping on a few glasses of homemade Costa Rican moonshine with fifty strangers and had my face covered in a volcano mud looking like a female version of Rambo. My motorcycle burn got badly infected at the end of the day but the saying; 'pura vida' literally made perfect sense to me. Stoked to have made it here and be awed by the beauty of Arenal Volcano. One of my dreams finally came true. 💖 Happy Sunday y'all #puravidaforlife
We made it to the Seattle area yesterday afternoon, but we still can't get over the amazingness of the Olympic Peninsula. We originally planned a week there, but we ended up staying over two weeks! We just couldn't bring ourselves to leave because we loved the area so much. I think that's part of the beauty of this lifestyle and not having rigid plans. We can stay in an area longer or leave sooner if we like. We generally plan a basic route and loose plans, but flexibility is important to us. Wishing everyone a happy Sunday. ❤🤗 ~Sam
📷: From our last official stop on the Olympic Peninsula, the Elwha Valley. The dam here was recently removed, and the salmon are already back! Love nature's resiliency. 🌲🐟
Acadia Sunrise by @rickberkphoto "The striking scenery and diverse resources of Mount Desert Island have attracted people for thousands of years. The first inhabitants, Native Americans here more than 5,000 years ago, were followed by the French and English. By the 1800s, settlers were arriving in large numbers and engaging in fishing, ship building, farming, and lumbering. The island became known to the world in the late 1800s, when artists depicted its beauty in paintings. The rush to experience Mount Desert Island, and the desire to protect its lands, had begun.
Deep shell heaps indicate Native American encampments dating back 5,000 years in Acadia, but pre-European records are scarce. The first written descriptions of Maine coast Indians, recorded 100 years after European trade contacts began, describe Native Americans who lived off the land by hunting, fishing, collecting shellfish, and gathering plants and berries.
The Wabanaki people knew Mount Desert Island as Pemetic, "the sloping land." They built bark-covered conical shelters and traveled in birchbark canoes. Historical records indicate that the Wabanaki wintered in interior forests and spent summers near the coast. Archeological evidence, however, suggests the opposite pattern: to avoid harsh inland winters and take advantage of salmon runs upstream, Native Americans wintered on the coast and summered inland. There may even have been two separate groups, one inland and another on the coast. Read more about the Wabanaki." https://www.nps.gov/acad/learn/historyculture/history-of-acadia.htm
How can you not be over the moon with happiness while under lights like these? Roller skating (and rock climbing) are easily two activities that I will be spending more time practicing. My body is so sore, but incredibly content.
Today I went roller skating with Tyler and @_cassandre_not_the_giant_ and can't remember a time recently where I felt that giddy and nostalgic. I haven't been to @calskate_rp in nearly twenty years. I used to go on field trips there, wait anxiously for the required playing of the Ghostbusters theme song, scrounge up some change for an Icee, and hope that my elementary school "boyfriend" would hold my hand. Between the rock climbing, the roller skating, and the hiking this weekend, I'd say that I'm pretty darn stoked about my decision to mix things up in my life. Besides, there is something entirely special (and hilarious) about being one of three adults on skates amidst several groups of tiny, birthday celebrating humans. I am already counting down the minutes until I go back. 💚
📷: @karlieklaws // Raise your paw if you think #Caturday is the best day! We know @karlieklaws thinks so—especially when she's exploring #Chickasaw National Recreation Area. Take a cat nap, Karlie! You've earned it.⠀
Thank you @karlieklaws for tagging us to share your bug-catching adventures! ⠀
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What dis? 🤔 I love going exploring with my pawrents! I never know what fun things I'll get to see.... my favorite is when I find small jumping bugs. So much fun!! 😸🐾 ( #📷 @karlieklaws via @latermedia )⠀
Referred to by rangers as the Bermuda Triangle of Yosemite, Tenaya Canyon is a strenuous, no foot trail feature of the park. Apparently a curse was invoked in 1850 by Chief Tenaya after a battalion killed his son with the intent of deporting the natives of Yosemite. Mysterious disappearances and deaths have been reported here. If you are willing to brave the hype, the through hike is absolutely breathtaking with an added bonus of not seeing another person for an entire day. The American Canyoneering Association gives Tenaya Canyon a rating of 3B V. The 3 is an "intermediate" rating on a scale of 1 to 4, with 4 most difficult; B is a measure of water volume on a scale of A to C; and the V indicates that the trip will take one and a half days. Swimming is a mandatory part of this hike, so get some grippy water shoes as you'll also need traction to descend glacial polished granite throughout the canyon. In my opinion, the best hike in the park. Plan accordingly and have fun.
Yellowstone was such a unique place to explore. I wish I could visit all the national parks in one stretch. Whenever I go to one it feels like what visiting amusement parks felt to me as a kid. Funny how interests change over time!
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“ Without a doubt, this is one of the most beautiful beaches I've been to. This is Ofu beach, on the island of Ofu in American Samoa. Besides it's natural beauty, one of the best things about this beach is that there is never another soul on it. A true island paradise. •
Side note: we are creating an incredible coffee table book that will showcase beautiful images of the national parks during our centennial project, and it is available for pre-order at a discounted price! Check it out on our website, or click the link in my bio. •
National Park of American Samoa (56 of 59)
Shot with FUJIFILM X-T1 and XF16-55mm F2.8 lens
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