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.
#Repost @some_pnw_kid (@get_repost) love the caption 👏🏼
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 that🌄
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
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. 👍
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 👍
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.
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
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