There are places like the Badger Two Medicine that are #toowildtodrill . The Wilderness Society's new too wild to drill report is now out. The badger two medicine (the same area that @SecretaryZinke is proposing to protect with the assistance of the blackfeet tribe) in Montana, for better or for worse, has made the list. Let's see if we can make this deal work I'm sure our @senatorjontester would approve! #keepitpublic#keepitwild#ourwild#montana#conservationmatters#huntphotis#badgertwomedicine#b2m @wildernesssociety @mtraerae @ryan_busse
Week 8/9: After a week of no adventures (Week 7), we joined NOLS for a Leave No Trace Master Educator Course. We spent five days sea kayaking amongst the San Juan Islands, spending nights on Cypress (pictured here with our kayaks lined up neatly on the beach) and Lummi. @mackrobertson and I, being music teachers, were kind of the oddballs of the group. Everyone else worked as outdoor educators, park rangers, or had a job in public lands management or conservation. Fortunately, our group was warm and welcoming and we learned a lot from watching/participating in everyone's mini-classes. We also enjoyed demonstrating our own teaching skills (Mack's game of charades to act out LNT "no-no"s was one of my favorite activities 😂) and receiving valuable feedback on our classes. Here's to hoping we can put those skills to use soon 😉
I've never met a forest I didn't like, but this one felt especially peaceful. Everything was "soft" - the evening light, the colors, the breeze, the flowers curling up for sleep. Getting out in nature is a reset button for my entire self. But just being there is not enough. *Being present* while I am there is what actually lets the great outdoors do its work. To find that permission to truly breathe out the distracting stresses and fears, and breathe in that awesome pine air. 📷: @violamasta
I spend the majority of my free time on a quest to find and summit rocks. Put simply, it sounds absolutely ludicrous. I have been asked why I do it many times and each time my answer is a little bit different. There's something about being immersed in the wild that allows for a deeper connection. Somewhere between the drops of sweat, the crunching of crampons, and the shouts of delight, a bond forms between climbing partners. I like to think it's unbreakable. This human element is one of the many reasons I choose to #optoutside ! What gets you outside? @rei #sponsored
During the dark days of last winter, I came up with a lot of ambitious plans for this summer, including a thru hike of Andrew Skurka's kings canyon high basin route. Well, summer has pretty much come and gone without much coming to fruition but last week I had a few days free and quickly put together a trip to the high sierra that incorporated a section of the route. It was tough, and I probably tried to cram in too much for a short trip, but I'm glad I made the time for it. I'm grateful for being able to experience so much of the beautiful and varied scenery that make up the mountains: from giant sequoia groves, to crystal clear lakes, high alpine tundra, steep snow covered passes, glacially carved canyons, and serene gentle forested river valleys.#kchbr#sierranevada#mountains#california#optoutside#ourwild
Feeling refreshed after a weekend spent telling time by the light on the mountains and whether the fish are biting, making up the lyrics to Beatles songs we couldn't Google, having seconds so we'd have less food to carry out.
I hiked 13 miles to get here and right when I reached this beautiful place it started storming. So I draped my raincoat over my pack, shed my clothes, and waited out the winds, rains, and thunder in this tranquil pool. Best. Storm. Ever. #perfecttiming
When was the last time you felt overwhelmingly happy? When was the last time you stopped looking ahead and felt completely at peace over being exactly where you are?
Today I was drowsily driving to the library to do some studying and there were dark clouds all around; the kinds of clouds that carry the first snow fall of the season. The air was cold and the sun was setting, making an orange and pink contrast to the dark gray clouds. It was the sort of view that made you want to keep driving around with quiet folk music playing until the sun went down.
It was just a moment of feeling like I could belong here forever. Just a moment of never wanting to leave. Just a moment of my heart saying to me, "this is your soul place."
And all I was doing was driving to the library. ❄️
(Update: it has indeed started to snow)
In the wild is where it is confirmed that everything happens for a reason. Each leaf fallen to the forest floor, each uprooted tree, the rocks in the riverbed, even a cumulonimbus cloud... 🌥 Every thing is where it should be in any given moment when you're outside--even you. 🍂 #lawofattraction
We appreciate the girls who work 40 hours a week and still manage to get out everyday. We like the girls who pass on Netflix and take the kayaks out. The ones who wake up at 4am to get a full day of adventure in on their only day off that week. We like the ones that know how to get dirty because what's a shower anyways? We like these girls because we have so much in common with them! Real ladies just trying get their adventure fix. How many of you can relate? Thanks for tagging #ladiesgetoutside @blairspeed!
Some days.. You must stand. Stand with others... Or stand alone. Stand for what's right. Stand for what you believe in. Stand up for those that can't speak for themselves. Stand alone in the dark or alone on a mountain top. Bend if you must, but don't break. For beauty and strength like yours - is exactly what this world needs more of. 💚 #blueridgereflections (Brushy Mountain summit, Great Smoky Mountains)