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πŸ™ŒChanterelles are here!! New on the Specials Menu, and full of β€˜shroomy goodness, is the Forest Pass: roasted chanterelles, roasted tomatoes, house made herbed ricotta, fermented chilΓ©s, smoked mozzarella, Parmigiano-Reggiano. Speaking of Forest Passes, just a reminder-bring your valid pass in for 10% off!
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#forestpass #getoutside #hiking #chanterelles #mushrooms #umamibomb #mushroompizza #pizza #pizzaporn #foodpics #slowfoodswwa #eeeeeats #eaterpdx #vanwa #foodcouverusa #washingtontrailsassociation #pacificcresttrailassociation #vancouverusa #couveeats #pnw #pdxpizza #delicious
πŸ™ŒChanterelles are here!! New on the Specials Menu, and full of β€˜shroomy goodness, is the Forest Pass: roasted chanterelles, roasted tomatoes, house made herbed ricotta, fermented chilΓ©s, smoked mozzarella, Parmigiano-Reggiano. Speaking of Forest Passes, just a reminder-bring your valid pass in for 10% off! - - - #forestpass  #getoutside  #hiking  #chanterelles  #mushrooms  #umamibomb  #mushroompizza  #pizza  #pizzaporn  #foodpics  #slowfoodswwa  #eeeeeats  #eaterpdx  #vanwa  #foodcouverusa  #washingtontrailsassociation  #pacificcresttrailassociation  #vancouverusa  #couveeats  #pnw  #pdxpizza  #delicious 
Instead of doing a Tuesday hike (since it is supposed to be rainy tomorrow) we decided to hike after I got off work. After about 30-45 minutes of failed attempts at finding the correct path down to the trail, we finally found parts of Melmont Ghost town. Will have to go back to do some more exploring when there is more daylight. Such a beautiful area with all the changing leaves too.
Instead of doing a Tuesday hike (since it is supposed to be rainy tomorrow) we decided to hike after I got off work. After about 30-45 minutes of failed attempts at finding the correct path down to the trail, we finally found parts of Melmont Ghost town. Will have to go back to do some more exploring when there is more daylight. Such a beautiful area with all the changing leaves too.
Want to know where the best Fall spots are in the #PNW? Check out the #washingtontrailsassociation list of the top 9 seasonal hikes!
Take advantage of our shoulder seasons to enjoy the zen of empty trails.
http://bit.ly/2ykrx8P
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#neverstopexploring #sleepinthedirt #zen #fall #fallcolors #mountainproject #optoutside #getoutstayout #thetrailspeaks #nature #neature #sun #sky #hiking #simplyadventure #keepitwild 
#rewild #explore #travel #adventure #staywild #washington #WTA
Want to know where the best Fall spots are in the #PNW ? Check out the #washingtontrailsassociation  list of the top 9 seasonal hikes! Take advantage of our shoulder seasons to enjoy the zen of empty trails. http://bit.ly/2ykrx8P . . . #neverstopexploring  #sleepinthedirt  #zen  #fall  #fallcolors  #mountainproject  #optoutside  #getoutstayout  #thetrailspeaks  #nature  #neature  #sun  #sky  #hiking  #simplyadventure  #keepitwild  #rewild  #explore  #travel  #adventure  #staywild  #washington  #WTA 
We're pretty big fans of Washington's wild places. We're also pretty big fans of @washingtontrails, which does so much to connect people (like us!) to those places, giving us the access and confidence to get out there and explore. That's why we're playing a show to support them on Nov. 4. VIP tickets get you in early and have a number of great perks - plus all proceeds go to WTA. We'd love to see you there!
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#washington #washingtontrailsassociation #wta #washingtontrails #nature #getoutside #wilderness #wildernesssongs #benefitconcert #giveback #gratitude #grateful #thanksguys #weloveyou
We're pretty big fans of Washington's wild places. We're also pretty big fans of @washingtontrails, which does so much to connect people (like us!) to those places, giving us the access and confidence to get out there and explore. That's why we're playing a show to support them on Nov. 4. VIP tickets get you in early and have a number of great perks - plus all proceeds go to WTA. We'd love to see you there! . . . #washington  #washingtontrailsassociation  #wta  #washingtontrails  #nature  #getoutside  #wilderness  #wildernesssongs  #benefitconcert  #giveback  #gratitude  #grateful  #thanksguys  #weloveyou 
This is one of the great views that I earned while hiking up #becklerpeak yesterday! My #iphone doesn't do the adventure justice. This hike was a real challenge! 7 miles round trip, 2200 feet of elevation gain and knee high snow for the last mile to the peak! #whydoidothistomyself oh yeah this is why! I love the #pnw and there are plenty more peaks to tackle! I was the first one on the trail yesterday and that was a very cool feeling! No human footprints in the snow but my own...until some healthy people passed me up near the top lol. Cool 
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This is one of the great views that I earned while hiking up #becklerpeak  yesterday! My #iphone  doesn't do the adventure justice. This hike was a real challenge! 7 miles round trip, 2200 feet of elevation gain and knee high snow for the last mile to the peak! #whydoidothistomyself  oh yeah this is why! I love the #pnw  and there are plenty more peaks to tackle! I was the first one on the trail yesterday and that was a very cool feeling! No human footprints in the snow but my own...until some healthy people passed me up near the top lol. Cool #hiking  people tho! . . #daytrip  #pnwonderland  #washington  #washingtontrails  #washingtontrailsassociation  #mylegshurt  #upperleftusa 
#Repost @some_pnw_kid (@get_repost) love the caption πŸ‘πŸΌ
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Sometimes I wonder what on earth possesses me to drive two hours at 2am to hike for another hour and a half in the dark up a mountain...and then the sun rises and I forget all thatπŸŒ„
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#Repost  @some_pnw_kid (@get_repost) love the caption πŸ‘πŸΌ ・・・ Sometimes I wonder what on earth possesses me to drive two hours at 2am to hike for another hour and a half in the dark up a mountain...and then the sun rises and I forget all thatπŸŒ„ @jfitchett105
Sometimes I wonder what on earth possesses me to drive two hours at 2am to hike for another hour and a half in the dark up a mountain...and then the sun rises and I forget all thatπŸŒ„
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Sometimes I wonder what on earth possesses me to drive two hours at 2am to hike for another hour and a half in the dark up a mountain...and then the sun rises and I forget all thatπŸŒ„ @jfitchett105 β€’ β€’ β€’ β€’ β€’ #pnw  #pnwonderland  #pnwphotographer  #pnwroamers  #pnwhikers  #pnwdayhikes  #pnwsunrises  #sunrise  #sunrisehike  #pnwcollective  #pnwbeauty  #lakecrescent  #mountstormking  #portangeles  #portangeleswa  #portangeleswashington  #washingtonstate  #washingtonlife  #wanderwashington  #getlost  #optoutside  #exploretocreate  #themountainsarecalling  #highlife  #highup  #mountainclimbing  #peaks  #pnwtrails  #washingtontrails  #washingtontrailsassociation 
It's the most wonderful time of the year.
It's the most wonderful time of the year.
How beautifully and gracefully leaves and years grow old--- how full of light and color are their last days.
How beautifully and gracefully leaves and years grow old--- how full of light and color are their last days.
Head in the clouds
Head in the clouds
Who needs sleep when you can hike in the dark, crawl up an icy rock, watch mice scurry out of a lookout, have your friends put on dresses in freezing temps, slide down an icy rock (while your friend walks down with her tea in one hand without a lid like it's nbd...), all with some of the best friends anyone could have ever asked for? 
And props to the husband for also losing sleep at home thanks to the two little monsters who woke up 1039 times 😬😬😬
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#patagonia #deuter #neffheadwear #keen #adventuremamas #forceofnature #optoutside #iwasbornwild #hikelikeawoman #pnwonderland #adventureculture #washingtonexplored #exploremore #hikelikeagirl #hikewashington #washingtonhikersandclimbers #lookslikefilm #tribearchipelago #teamcanon #pnwcollective #artifactuprising #wanderlust #washingtontrailsassociation #mtrainier #lightinspired #livetoexplore #pnwphotographer #washingtondaily
Who needs sleep when you can hike in the dark, crawl up an icy rock, watch mice scurry out of a lookout, have your friends put on dresses in freezing temps, slide down an icy rock (while your friend walks down with her tea in one hand without a lid like it's nbd...), all with some of the best friends anyone could have ever asked for? And props to the husband for also losing sleep at home thanks to the two little monsters who woke up 1039 times 😬😬😬 . . . . . #patagonia  #deuter  #neffheadwear  #keen  #adventuremamas  #forceofnature  #optoutside  #iwasbornwild  #hikelikeawoman  #pnwonderland  #adventureculture  #washingtonexplored  #exploremore  #hikelikeagirl  #hikewashington  #washingtonhikersandclimbers  #lookslikefilm  #tribearchipelago  #teamcanon  #pnwcollective  #artifactuprising  #wanderlust  #washingtontrailsassociation  #mtrainier  #lightinspired  #livetoexplore  #pnwphotographer  #washingtondaily 
A memorable moment from @washingtontrails hiking workshop. It reminded me of why I love the outdoors so much, and why it's important to create opportunities to share these experiences with our community #outdoorleadership #latinooutdoors
A memorable moment from @washingtontrails hiking workshop. It reminded me of why I love the outdoors so much, and why it's important to create opportunities to share these experiences with our community #outdoorleadership  #latinooutdoors 
Couple of friends found on the Copper Creek Trail yesterday.

#olympicnationalforest #PNW #hikewashington #coppercreektrail #washingtontrailsassociation
A paradise of bleached granite, golden larches, and alpine lakes.
A paradise of bleached granite, golden larches, and alpine lakes.
Had the privilege of meeting a 76 year old couple who have been backpacking the Enchantments every October for 35 years. I love that Mother Nature knows no time limit; she never discriminates. To that very inspiring couple, keep doing your thing. Trail interactions will forever be some of my favorite interactions. #enchantments #centralcascades #pnwonderland #optoutside #larchmadness #earthvisuals #nwhikes #washingtontrailsassociation #washingtontrails #hikewashington #rei1440project #leavenotrace
Had the privilege of meeting a 76 year old couple who have been backpacking the Enchantments every October for 35 years. I love that Mother Nature knows no time limit; she never discriminates. To that very inspiring couple, keep doing your thing. Trail interactions will forever be some of my favorite interactions. #enchantments  #centralcascades  #pnwonderland  #optoutside  #larchmadness  #earthvisuals  #nwhikes  #washingtontrailsassociation  #washingtontrails  #hikewashington  #rei1440project  #leavenotrace 
Little Annapurna, the Nightmare Needles, and golden Alpine Larches over Perfection Lake.
Little Annapurna, the Nightmare Needles, and golden Alpine Larches over Perfection Lake.
Nate at the top of the middle waterfall at Little Mashel Falls. Taking pictures for his Mom to scare her πŸ˜‚
Nate at the top of the middle waterfall at Little Mashel Falls. Taking pictures for his Mom to scare her πŸ˜‚
Little Mashel Falls - Lower Falls. The easiest of the 3 falls to get to. It was the first of the Falls we saw and for those who don't think they can do the full hike, just seeing this one is pretty amazing. πŸ‘
Little Mashel Falls - Lower Falls. The easiest of the 3 falls to get to. It was the first of the Falls we saw and for those who don't think they can do the full hike, just seeing this one is pretty amazing. πŸ‘
Little Machel Falls, middle Falls (and roommate Nate under them) There are 3 major waterfalls and lots of little ones in between. This one is my favorite of the three, although the upper Falls was not accessible up close that we could find. Will be going back more prepared to walk through the water πŸ‘
Little Machel Falls, middle Falls (and roommate Nate under them) There are 3 major waterfalls and lots of little ones in between. This one is my favorite of the three, although the upper Falls was not accessible up close that we could find. Will be going back more prepared to walk through the water πŸ‘
She found a special kind of hope in the mountains. It was innocent, wild and unwavering.πŸŒ²πŸ—»πŸΎ
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Mom, our roommate Nate, and I went hiking to some waterfalls today! I got so much exercise! Waterfalls are loud! Birds are wimps! I'm tired, goodnight.
Mom, our roommate Nate, and I went hiking to some waterfalls today! I got so much exercise! Waterfalls are loud! Birds are wimps! I'm tired, goodnight.
Oh Buckhorn Mountain, you still elude me. #pnwonderland #k5explore #k5fall
Went on a roommate adventure with Nate @smashadamz and Luna to Pack Forest's Little Mashel Falls today! It's only about 5 miles (maybe more since we wandered down other random trails) and has 3 different major waterfalls, and lots of smaller ones. The perfect weather today as well! Lots of photos to follow later.
Went on a roommate adventure with Nate @smashadamz and Luna to Pack Forest's Little Mashel Falls today! It's only about 5 miles (maybe more since we wandered down other random trails) and has 3 different major waterfalls, and lots of smaller ones. The perfect weather today as well! Lots of photos to follow later.
My adventure buddy leading the way. πŸ”πŸΊπŸ• #pnwonderland #hikingwithdogs #chasingfog #pnwonderdogs
There was so much trash in the ancient lakes trail area. Packed out a whole bag. Could use some more cleaning. #washingtontrailsassociation #washintontrails #packitinpackitout #nationalpubliclandsday
The trail to Western Washington's Lake Serene and Bridal Veil Falls is currently closed in preparation for logging on Weyerhaeuser-owned land around the trail near the trailhead. Although the forest surrounding the lake and waterfall will not be cut, this activity by a privately owned commercial interest will prevent use of publicly owned land, needlessly mar the landscape around one of the area's most popular hiking trails, and destroy delicate creekside habitat. Forterra, a regional conservation organization, is currently raising funds to purchase the land around the trail and minimize the effects of logging - but must have the funds by October 30, 2017!
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To donate and learn more, click on the link in Forterra's bio at @forterranw .
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This effort is part of Forterra's unique partnership with state and local entities to promote environmental, community, and individual health through sustainable land management.
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#SaveLakeSerene #lakeserene #lakeserenetrail #lakeserenehike #forterranw #washingtontrailsassociation #skykomish #skykomishvalley #skykomishrivervalley #centralcascades #washingtonexplored #wanderwashington #washingtonhikes #viewsofwashington #whereinwashington #pnwdiscovered #pnwhiking #the_great_pnw #viewsofpnw #pnwisbeautiful #northwestnature #cascadiaexplored #weyerhaeuser
The trail to Western Washington's Lake Serene and Bridal Veil Falls is currently closed in preparation for logging on Weyerhaeuser-owned land around the trail near the trailhead. Although the forest surrounding the lake and waterfall will not be cut, this activity by a privately owned commercial interest will prevent use of publicly owned land, needlessly mar the landscape around one of the area's most popular hiking trails, and destroy delicate creekside habitat. Forterra, a regional conservation organization, is currently raising funds to purchase the land around the trail and minimize the effects of logging - but must have the funds by October 30, 2017! . To donate and learn more, click on the link in Forterra's bio at @forterranw . . This effort is part of Forterra's unique partnership with state and local entities to promote environmental, community, and individual health through sustainable land management. . #SaveLakeSerene  #lakeserene  #lakeserenetrail  #lakeserenehike  #forterranw  #washingtontrailsassociation  #skykomish  #skykomishvalley  #skykomishrivervalley  #centralcascades  #washingtonexplored  #wanderwashington  #washingtonhikes  #viewsofwashington  #whereinwashington  #pnwdiscovered  #pnwhiking  #the_great_pnw  #viewsofpnw  #pnwisbeautiful  #northwestnature  #cascadiaexplored  #weyerhaeuser 
β€œI am happy out here. Messy hair, dirty feet and wild water on my skin. Out here with the wild things; this is where I belong”. - Brooke Hampton

Happy National Public Lands Day!!
β€œI am happy out here. Messy hair, dirty feet and wild water on my skin. Out here with the wild things; this is where I belong”. - Brooke Hampton Happy National Public Lands Day!!
A few highlights from our #saturday #hike. It's a #ghosttown! @carolinejudd was #spooked... πŸ‘»πŸ‘»
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#pnw #montecristo #nwtrails #wta #washingtontrailsassociation #fallingleaves #fallcolors #red #colors #fall #trails #outdoors #Washington
While I love hiking in lush green forests, there's something to be said about the high desert #fishtrap #highdesert #washington
One of the things I love about photography and this little Instagram community is that even when I’m inside, working or cleaning or running errands, I can sort of escape for a moment when I look through my feed and see all of the beautiful landscapes and adventures of the people I follow. Keep adventuring and crushin’ it friends!
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One of the things I love about photography and this little Instagram community is that even when I’m inside, working or cleaning or running errands, I can sort of escape for a moment when I look through my feed and see all of the beautiful landscapes and adventures of the people I follow. Keep adventuring and crushin’ it friends! β€’ β€’ β€’ #pnwonderland  #pnw  #cascadiaexplored  #thegreatoutdoors  #thegreatpnw  #folkcreative  #folkscenery  #folkgreen  #folkgood  #wildernessculture  #wildernessbabes  #northwestisbest  #alpinelakeswilderness  #hikergirl  #hikelikeagirl  #upperleftusa  #westcoast  #westernwashington  #wandering  #wanderwashington  #campvibes  #neverstopexploring  #roamwild  #wander  #washingtontrailsassociation 
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I consider myself super lucky he still loves me after yesterday's hiking adventure πŸ˜¬πŸ™ŒπŸ»β›°
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Blanca Lake, WA. Our first and last 13 mile hike with 4300 ft of elevation gain throughout. #nofilter #icantfeelmylegs #totallyworthit
β€œin every walk with nature one receives far more than [s]he seeks” - John Muir πŸπŸŒ²πŸ•πŸƒ#pnw #pnwonderland #firstdaysoffall #hiking #margaretsway #squakmountain #wta #hikemorestressless #washingtontrails #washingtontrailsassociation
Gorgeous light as we hiked to our work site today. 🌲 #washingtontrails #washingtontrailsassociation #wtaworkparty
Congratulations to @tlsippel for winning the 13th and final week of the #fremontCANpaign! Thanks to everyone that played along! Stay tuned for details on voting for the Grand Prize Winner πŸ₯‡πŸ“ΈπŸ”
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Soaking up that end of summer sunshine. Bring on the cooler weather! #fremontCANpaign #becausebeermatters #washingtonbeer #craftbeer.
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Congratulations to @tlsippel for winning the 13th and final week of the #fremontCANpaign ! Thanks to everyone that played along! Stay tuned for details on voting for the Grand Prize Winner πŸ₯‡πŸ“ΈπŸ” ____________________ #Repost  @tlsippel (@get_repost) ・・・ Soaking up that end of summer sunshine. Bring on the cooler weather! #fremontCANpaign  #becausebeermatters  #washingtonbeer  #craftbeer . . . . #ourpnw  #upperleftusa  #pnwwonderland  #pnwcollective  #wanderwashington  #wanderlust  #trekking  #hikewashington  #beautifuldestinations  #washingtontrailsassociation  #sheadventures  #thatpnwlife  #herpnwlife  #gobecauseyoucan  #exploremore  #goatworthy  #sourcelake  #everytrailconnects  #choosemountains 
Wallace Falls Hike Yesterday, Although Falls were not at their best but still I loved no less!

Picture 1/2: Lower and Middle Falls (in distance)

#wallacefallsstatepark #washingtontrails #washingtontrailsassociation #trails #alltrails #weekendhiking #wanderlust #hiking #washington #washingtonstate #outdoors #pnwonderland #cascadiaexplored #lifeoutside #mywashington #pacificnorthwest #pnwhiking #allnatureshots #outdoorphotomag
I'm always impressed with the amazing trails that #washingtontrailsassociation  keeps up on. And man, am I glad they are there. #pnw
A tired but triumphant me approaching the summit of Mount Ellinor. Mount Washington is directly behind me. 
Photo by @chuckaluck82 
#pnwonderland #optoutside #forceofnature
Yesterday, I ran/hiked/trudged up to the summit of Mount Ellinor starting from the Big Creek Campground following the Beast of Big Creek race course. It wound up being 15 miles with nearly 5,300' in elevation gain. With the addition of some weird stomach issues, it became a brain vs. body battle. @chuckaluck82 took this photo and all I can think when I look at it is that I look strong. The struggle isn't visible. I'm looking up to where I want to go as there was never a doubt in my mind I wasn't going to make it. Things like this are so refreshing to me. In the struggle, there is newfound freedom. #pnwonderland #unnecessarilylongwindedpost #trailrunning
Yesterday, I ran/hiked/trudged up to the summit of Mount Ellinor starting from the Big Creek Campground following the Beast of Big Creek race course. It wound up being 15 miles with nearly 5,300' in elevation gain. With the addition of some weird stomach issues, it became a brain vs. body battle. @chuckaluck82 took this photo and all I can think when I look at it is that I look strong. The struggle isn't visible. I'm looking up to where I want to go as there was never a doubt in my mind I wasn't going to make it. Things like this are so refreshing to me. In the struggle, there is newfound freedom. #pnwonderland  #unnecessarilylongwindedpost  #trailrunning 
Spent the day volunteering with @washingtontrails .
Spent the day volunteering with @washingtontrails .
This past weekend I hiked my 60th hike of 2017.  This short 3 mile hike put my current 2017 total at 379 miles hiked over these 60 hikes.  My goal to hike 242 miles this year passed back in June and I never imaged that I would be closing in on 400 miles with four months left in the year.  I just wanted to hike more.  I loved the way that I felt after a hike - lower anxiety, more energy, happier thoughts, feeling proud of my accomplishments, more connection to nature and to people.  My secondary goal this year was to hike in places I haven’t hiked before - to experience the new, scary and unknown beyond my comfort zone. 44 out of 60 of these hikes were new trails to me this year. The great thing about living in the Pacific Northwest is that there are so many more left to explore!
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Sometimes I look at the amazing accomplishments of others and I am in awe of the goals they crush every day that make my own goals seem small.  Then I look at where life has taken me and the struggles I have overcome and I realize that it is pretty fantastic actually to be where I am!  I am proud that I have hiked so many miles - not just to summit a mountain or to have my breath taken away by some stunning view, but to really enjoy the journey of transformation in my mind, body and soul, to really see what surrounds me - the smallest of dew drops on a fern to the crisp smell after a rain or the sweet smell of wild berries to the feeling of overcoming the negative self talk trying to tell me I can’t do this.  Oh but I can, and I have. .

Realize that wherever you are in your journey, you can start where you are at and learn and grow and improve.  Stop comparing yourself to others.. What you have to offer is unique to you and you should celebrate that each day! #forceofnature
This past weekend I hiked my 60th hike of 2017. This short 3 mile hike put my current 2017 total at 379 miles hiked over these 60 hikes. My goal to hike 242 miles this year passed back in June and I never imaged that I would be closing in on 400 miles with four months left in the year. I just wanted to hike more. I loved the way that I felt after a hike - lower anxiety, more energy, happier thoughts, feeling proud of my accomplishments, more connection to nature and to people. My secondary goal this year was to hike in places I haven’t hiked before - to experience the new, scary and unknown beyond my comfort zone. 44 out of 60 of these hikes were new trails to me this year. The great thing about living in the Pacific Northwest is that there are so many more left to explore! . Sometimes I look at the amazing accomplishments of others and I am in awe of the goals they crush every day that make my own goals seem small. Then I look at where life has taken me and the struggles I have overcome and I realize that it is pretty fantastic actually to be where I am! I am proud that I have hiked so many miles - not just to summit a mountain or to have my breath taken away by some stunning view, but to really enjoy the journey of transformation in my mind, body and soul, to really see what surrounds me - the smallest of dew drops on a fern to the crisp smell after a rain or the sweet smell of wild berries to the feeling of overcoming the negative self talk trying to tell me I can’t do this. Oh but I can, and I have. . Realize that wherever you are in your journey, you can start where you are at and learn and grow and improve. Stop comparing yourself to others.. What you have to offer is unique to you and you should celebrate that each day! #forceofnature