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I love my people. My people who love me through good or bad days. My people who show up when it rains and give me lots of hugs. My people who climb mountains with me - rain or shine (and even snow or hail). There have been times in my life when I did not have the support network I have now and every day I am so very thankful for each and every one of my people and the place they hold in my heart. Surround yourself with others who fill you with light rather than take away your light. It feels wonderful. I am blessed. .
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I love my people. My people who love me through good or bad days. My people who show up when it rains and give me lots of hugs. My people who climb mountains with me - rain or shine (and even snow or hail). There have been times in my life when I did not have the support network I have now and every day I am so very thankful for each and every one of my people and the place they hold in my heart. Surround yourself with others who fill you with light rather than take away your light. It feels wonderful. I am blessed. . . . . . #PNW  #nature  #washingtonstate  #theNWadventure  #lifeofadventure  #wanderlust  #nwisthebest  #upperleftusa  #thatpnwlife  #herpnwlife  #optoutside  #neverstopexploring  #adventurethatislife  #hiking  #lifeiswonderful  #explorewashington  #wanderwashington  #washingtonexplored  #livewashington  #natureaddict  #herwanderfullife  #womenwhohike  #choosemountains  #getoutside  #pnwoutdoorwomen  #washingtonhikersandclimbers  #naturelovers  #REI1440project  #mountains 
Smoke-free with a view. 🚭🌁
Smoke-free with a view. 🚭🌁
“Live the Life of Your Dreams: Be brave enough to live the life of your dreams according to your vision and purpose instead of the expectations and opinions of others.” - Roy T. Bennett 📸 @andrewleffel #WearYourImpact
“Live the Life of Your Dreams: Be brave enough to live the life of your dreams according to your vision and purpose instead of the expectations and opinions of others.” - Roy T. Bennett 📸 @andrewleffel #WearYourImpact 
Wild Flowers. Crystal Lakes (2017)
Wild Flowers. Crystal Lakes (2017)
San Juan Island, Washington 🇺🇸 .
Oh, how I missed these guys! 🐳
We had two days with amazing encounter of the transient orcas here around San Juan Island, which is located right next to the American and Canadian water border. 
I will never get used to seeing them in the wild. This is my happy place. 💙

A lot of people asked us if we are here for the eclipse and were even more confused when we told them we only just left Central Oregon (were the total eclipse would've been viewed best) for Washington. America went mad for this eclipse, I'm glad we were out of the area before chaos broke in.
We will stay focused on the amazing whales out here. 👌
San Juan Island, Washington 🇺🇸 . Oh, how I missed these guys! 🐳 We had two days with amazing encounter of the transient orcas here around San Juan Island, which is located right next to the American and Canadian water border. I will never get used to seeing them in the wild. This is my happy place. 💙 A lot of people asked us if we are here for the eclipse and were even more confused when we told them we only just left Central Oregon (were the total eclipse would've been viewed best) for Washington. America went mad for this eclipse, I'm glad we were out of the area before chaos broke in. We will stay focused on the amazing whales out here. 👌
Diablo Lake in North Cascades,  Washington 🇺🇸
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These colors are magnificent!  No filter needed here at this beautiful Lake in northern Washington.
Diablo Lake in North Cascades, Washington 🇺🇸 . These colors are magnificent! No filter needed here at this beautiful Lake in northern Washington.
The Thomas G. Thompson docked at the Vigor Shipyards at the Port of Seattle. Seattle, Washington. May 25th, 2017.
The Thomas G. Thompson docked at the Vigor Shipyards at the Port of Seattle. Seattle, Washington. May 25th, 2017.
Here is the very first rock that I climbed in the Evergreen state, the Tooth! On the approach we encountered some salmonberries, pikas, and whistlepigs, all of which felt rather exotic. I also learned (v excitedly) that "whistlepig" is another word for a marmot. Summit views of Snoqualmie Pass were 👌, even with the wildfire haze. And it was super fun to reunite with @kaleandkittens, with whom I have been friends since high school when we lobbied with Amnesty International. Such a treat to enjoy west coast life with east coast friends. 💖 #smokingweedonnotablesummits
Here is the very first rock that I climbed in the Evergreen state, the Tooth! On the approach we encountered some salmonberries, pikas, and whistlepigs, all of which felt rather exotic. I also learned (v excitedly) that "whistlepig" is another word for a marmot. Summit views of Snoqualmie Pass were 👌, even with the wildfire haze. And it was super fun to reunite with @kaleandkittens, with whom I have been friends since high school when we lobbied with Amnesty International. Such a treat to enjoy west coast life with east coast friends. 💖 #smokingweedonnotablesummits 
Path of the 🌙
Path of the 🌙
Isn't she pretty... I met her on the side of the road and I fell in love! Lol #prettycow #countryridin #countryroads #washingtonexplored #washingtonliving #cows #iwanther #countryliving
Sometimes I miss Seattle while I'm here in London. 
Seattle has been my home my entire life (aside from those short couple of years in Oregon), I've found the most comfort surrounded by Evergreens, with the mountains always visible in the distance. I'm going to miss being a three hour drive or less from beaches, deserts, forests, cities, small towns, the best hikes, and the best foods. But I've wanted London since I was 8, it's my home now, and I wouldn't change that for the world. I'll learn to find my comfort in the hills and the history, the food and the people. I'm going to love it here, I just know it.
Sometimes I miss Seattle while I'm here in London. Seattle has been my home my entire life (aside from those short couple of years in Oregon), I've found the most comfort surrounded by Evergreens, with the mountains always visible in the distance. I'm going to miss being a three hour drive or less from beaches, deserts, forests, cities, small towns, the best hikes, and the best foods. But I've wanted London since I was 8, it's my home now, and I wouldn't change that for the world. I'll learn to find my comfort in the hills and the history, the food and the people. I'm going to love it here, I just know it.
Brandon wanted treats. DO NOT FEED WILD ANIMALS.
Brandon wanted treats. DO NOT FEED WILD ANIMALS.
I have spent the last 20+ years exploring wild places in the world. Five years ago I met an amazing woman who now shares my last name. We have traveled all over the world on climbing adventures and yet never spent a night in the back country together. This last weekend was the first time. I think she liked it. What do you think? 😊 #bestmountainartists #bestdayever #washingtonexplored #choosemountains #discoverearth #earthpix #ic_adventures #nakedplanet #ourplanetdaily #OurLonelyPlanet #summerday #cascadiaexplored #cascades #pnw #pnwonderland #roamtheplanet #seeyououtthere #thatpnwlife #washingtonexplored #washington #alpinelakeswilderness #wildernessculture
I have spent the last 20+ years exploring wild places in the world. Five years ago I met an amazing woman who now shares my last name. We have traveled all over the world on climbing adventures and yet never spent a night in the back country together. This last weekend was the first time. I think she liked it. What do you think? 😊 #bestmountainartists  #bestdayever  #washingtonexplored  #choosemountains  #discoverearth  #earthpix  #ic_adventures  #nakedplanet  #ourplanetdaily  #OurLonelyPlanet  #summerday  #cascadiaexplored  #cascades  #pnw  #pnwonderland  #roamtheplanet  #seeyououtthere  #thatpnwlife  #washingtonexplored  #washington  #alpinelakeswilderness  #wildernessculture 
Patterns of Hoh Rain Forest I
Patterns of Hoh Rain Forest I
It's good to be lost in the right direction.
It's good to be lost in the right direction.
The shadows excited me so much more than the sun today. Such a great day.
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Come, sit with me 🍃
Come, sit with me 🍃
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Every room has a feeling, a vision, a memory. 
Why were my dreams not fastened to me?
Everything escapes into the past and I—
Travel into the future, yet never reaching,
Persisting in the present, always beseeching,
Some god, some angel or devil to hear,
What I hold to my heart most dear.
And the longing drowns me like an endless ocean,
Spiraling, whirling me in an abysmally dark emotion.
For me the sun is always hidden, 
I cling to candles that darkness ridden,
Though they burn, I smile in agony,
My memory, nostalgia of younger years,
That wash away in a river of tears,
Leading inexorably to the past,
Like all my hopes that never last.
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#bellingham #pnw #pacificnw #poetry #pnwlife #PacificNorthwest #pnwonderland #pnwcollective #stars #cloudporn #skyporn #landscape_lovers #landscape_captures #trees #washingtonexplored #wanderlust #washingtonstate #Washington #sunset #artofvisuals #darkart #exploretocreate #earthpics #sunsetporn #sunsetlovers #upperleftusa #landscape #landscapes #wanderer #clouds
____________ Every room has a feeling, a vision, a memory. Why were my dreams not fastened to me? Everything escapes into the past and I— Travel into the future, yet never reaching, Persisting in the present, always beseeching, Some god, some angel or devil to hear, What I hold to my heart most dear. And the longing drowns me like an endless ocean, Spiraling, whirling me in an abysmally dark emotion. For me the sun is always hidden, I cling to candles that darkness ridden, Though they burn, I smile in agony, My memory, nostalgia of younger years, That wash away in a river of tears, Leading inexorably to the past, Like all my hopes that never last. _____ _____ #bellingham  #pnw  #pacificnw  #poetry  #pnwlife  #PacificNorthwest  #pnwonderland  #pnwcollective  #stars  #cloudporn  #skyporn  #landscape_lovers  #landscape_captures  #trees  #washingtonexplored  #wanderlust  #washingtonstate  #Washington  #sunset  #artofvisuals  #darkart  #exploretocreate  #earthpics  #sunsetporn  #sunsetlovers  #upperleftusa  #landscape  #landscapes  #wanderer  #clouds 
New Moon. Black Moon. Negative tide. Wild coast. Awake, reminded to live with spirit and love hard.
New Moon. Black Moon. Negative tide. Wild coast. Awake, reminded to live with spirit and love hard.
I spent more than 10 minutes staring at this view; thinking, processing, and contemplating everything that's happened in the last 9 months. I'm not sure where I'm at in the steps of moving past some things, but I do know that Asgard was dangerous and difficult. If I can handle hiking ~50 challenging miles in 5 days, I can move on. Eventually. .
Thank you, Enchantments, for giving me the time, space, and wonderment to think, and not think at the same time.
I spent more than 10 minutes staring at this view; thinking, processing, and contemplating everything that's happened in the last 9 months. I'm not sure where I'm at in the steps of moving past some things, but I do know that Asgard was dangerous and difficult. If I can handle hiking ~50 challenging miles in 5 days, I can move on. Eventually. . Thank you, Enchantments, for giving me the time, space, and wonderment to think, and not think at the same time.
I had climb a lot of rocks and get past a lot of black berry bushes just to get high enough to see this. There was a gigantic obstacle in front of me that I had to surpass to see this view. After a few scrapes and scratches on my arms and legs I finally got to gaze in satisfaction of my newly found discovery. 💪🏿It looks way better in person. But this the best I could do, showing it to you through my eyes that is. 😆 🏕 🛶
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#wanderwashington  #artofvisuals
#seattlepulse #BestOfOregon #RoamToCreate #visualsoflife #passionpassport #pnwisbeautiful #my_365 #pnwbc #washingtonexplored #oregonexplored 
#theoutbound #CompassOutdoors #modernoutdoors #OptOutside #ourcamplife #fstoppers #slrlounge #sourcedadventures #artofvisuals #canon #lookslikefilm #moodygrams #pacificnortheast #midwild
I had climb a lot of rocks and get past a lot of black berry bushes just to get high enough to see this. There was a gigantic obstacle in front of me that I had to surpass to see this view. After a few scrapes and scratches on my arms and legs I finally got to gaze in satisfaction of my newly found discovery. 💪🏿It looks way better in person. But this the best I could do, showing it to you through my eyes that is. 😆 🏕 🛶 . . . . . . . #photography  #pnwonderland  #wanderwashington  #artofvisuals  #seattlepulse  #BestOfOregon  #RoamToCreate  #visualsoflife  #passionpassport  #pnwisbeautiful  #my_365  #pnwbc  #washingtonexplored  #oregonexplored  #theoutbound  #CompassOutdoors  #modernoutdoors  #OptOutside  #ourcamplife  #fstoppers  #slrlounge  #sourcedadventures  #artofvisuals  #canon  #lookslikefilm  #moodygrams  #pacificnortheast  #midwild 
I always love peaks that have an approach starting at an alpine lake. That means you get to swim twice in one day!
I always love peaks that have an approach starting at an alpine lake. That means you get to swim twice in one day!
#underdog_monday by @rl_french
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"We cannot become what we want to be by remaining what we are." -Max Depree  #selfimprovement #conquerall #adventurethatislife
Mid-day break from work for a short hike and some time in the sun was just what this Monday needed. I woke up not ready for the weekend to be over and completely unfocused. Here's to a better and more productive tomorrow 🙌🏻.
Mid-day break from work for a short hike and some time in the sun was just what this Monday needed. I woke up not ready for the weekend to be over and completely unfocused. Here's to a better and more productive tomorrow 🙌🏻.
◇ Overlooking West Valley ◇ The view on 64th is always beautiful! 😍🌆 Many spots in the valley are being filled up with buildings 😏
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#sunset #sunsets #sunsetphotography #view #landscape #sky #photo #photography #photographer #yakima #yakimavalley #pnw #pacificnorthwest #pnwonderland #washingtonstate #livewashington #pnwdiscovered #adventurevisuals #thatPNWlife #pnwcollective #wanderwashington #washingtonexplored #neverstopexploring #stayandwander #keepitwild
◇ Overlooking West Valley ◇ The view on 64th is always beautiful! 😍🌆 Many spots in the valley are being filled up with buildings 😏 . . . #sunset  #sunsets  #sunsetphotography  #view  #landscape  #sky  #photo  #photography  #photographer  #yakima  #yakimavalley  #pnw  #pacificnorthwest  #pnwonderland  #washingtonstate  #livewashington  #pnwdiscovered  #adventurevisuals  #thatPNWlife  #pnwcollective  #wanderwashington  #washingtonexplored  #neverstopexploring  #stayandwander  #keepitwild 
This made some old biker dudes pull off to the side and ask if we wanted to use their harleys for photoshoot 😂
This made some old biker dudes pull off to the side and ask if we wanted to use their harleys for photoshoot 😂
I've figured out that I've been desperately trying to make my days longer as my summer becomes shorter. This shot was taken at 6:48am as a "hiking expert" and I woke up at 4am to catch the sunrise before the eclipse today. When we reached the summit, there was short of 10 people surrounding us, and we ended up staying there for 4+ hours watching both the crowd slowly grow around us and the sun quickly light up the sky. Time flew by quickly, and if I had the opportunity to do it again, I would. Go out and try something different with different people or even by yourself. You don't need a group of people to have a good time. One is more than enough (and a couple of chipmunks)
I've figured out that I've been desperately trying to make my days longer as my summer becomes shorter. This shot was taken at 6:48am as a "hiking expert" and I woke up at 4am to catch the sunrise before the eclipse today. When we reached the summit, there was short of 10 people surrounding us, and we ended up staying there for 4+ hours watching both the crowd slowly grow around us and the sun quickly light up the sky. Time flew by quickly, and if I had the opportunity to do it again, I would. Go out and try something different with different people or even by yourself. You don't need a group of people to have a good time. One is more than enough (and a couple of chipmunks)
🔺 We see a lot of beautiful things with our eyes, But what we see with our heart is what matters the most. .
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#centralwashington #alkalilake #washingtonexplored #wanderwashington #travel #washingtonstate #thatpnwlife #pnwlife #traveler #sonyalpha
Another shot from today's hike. Between the mountain views and the sound of running water, this was a great spot to just chill out for a while.
Another shot from today's hike. Between the mountain views and the sound of running water, this was a great spot to just chill out for a while.
Summer + snowy mountains + unicorn floaties = great weekend
Summer + snowy mountains + unicorn floaties = great weekend
View of Annette Lake from Silver Peak. Nice to finally check this one off the list. Had to turn back from an earlier attempt this winter due to some sketchy ice. It's a lot easier in the summer :)
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View of Annette Lake from Silver Peak. Nice to finally check this one off the list. Had to turn back from an earlier attempt this winter due to some sketchy ice. It's a lot easier in the summer :) #optoutside  #pnw  #pacificnorthwest  #ourpnw  #hiking  #hike  #mountain  #mountains  #upperleftusa  #washington  #washingtontrails  #washingtonstate  #livewashington  #explorewashington  #washingtonexplored  #getoutside  #outdoors  #northwestisbest  #neverstopexploring  #reiemployee  #rei1440project  #nature  #instanature  #greettheoutdoors  #wanderlust  #goexplore  #seattlelife  #igers_seattle  #mountaineering  #forceofnature 
What a view from #SteptoeButte ❗️😲 Thanks for sharing @lanajankovic 👍🏻
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The insufferable truth might just be that we’re often swept up in whirlwinds that knock some of our most special pieces off the shelf, sending them shattering irreparably. Mistakes are tripped into that will send us halfway to hell for the rest of our lives, housing unassailable regrets that tuck us into bed every evening with wicked conviction. We tread heavily, carelessly, leaving marks that are impossible to erase. At some point or another, we inevitably look up from a dizzying tailspin only to find the space between black and white, once clear as day, no longer holds stable ground. The magnitude of certain events will rattle us irreversibly to our core. In doing so, it’ll pull an unnerving realization to the surface as the dust settles.
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Maybe there are some splintered things that, regardless of how desperately and meticulously you attempt to piece them back together, will never quite be the same again. You’ll stare at them placed neatly back on the shelf, the light catching tiny fractures reflecting back at you. And maybe, you'll quietly realize there are a thousand and one reasons why hurricanes are named after people.
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If the incontestable notion is that we both lose and gain pieces at the same alarming rate, I guess the lingering question then becomes: who will you choose to become in the wake of a storm, and where to from here?
What a view from #SteptoeButte  ❗️😲 Thanks for sharing @lanajankovic 👍🏻 Show us your community in Washington where you live or play. Tag us @explorewashstate with your photos to be featured in our feed 😀 Or better yet, enter our photo contest 📸 Link in bio to site then use menu to go to photo contest 👍🏻👍🏻 - - - #Repost  @lanajankovic ・・・ A Side Effect of Living. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The insufferable truth might just be that we’re often swept up in whirlwinds that knock some of our most special pieces off the shelf, sending them shattering irreparably. Mistakes are tripped into that will send us halfway to hell for the rest of our lives, housing unassailable regrets that tuck us into bed every evening with wicked conviction. We tread heavily, carelessly, leaving marks that are impossible to erase. At some point or another, we inevitably look up from a dizzying tailspin only to find the space between black and white, once clear as day, no longer holds stable ground. The magnitude of certain events will rattle us irreversibly to our core. In doing so, it’ll pull an unnerving realization to the surface as the dust settles. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Maybe there are some splintered things that, regardless of how desperately and meticulously you attempt to piece them back together, will never quite be the same again. You’ll stare at them placed neatly back on the shelf, the light catching tiny fractures reflecting back at you. And maybe, you'll quietly realize there are a thousand and one reasons why hurricanes are named after people. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ If the incontestable notion is that we both lose and gain pieces at the same alarming rate, I guess the lingering question then becomes: who will you choose to become in the wake of a storm, and where to from here?