It’s easy to get all shifty once you finish a trail. Returning to a work week, settling into a space, reestablishing a world apart of the one you built of dirt and sweat. You begin to convince you need the things that are being advertised.
It’s not your fault. These ideas are being shoved down our throats. Plus, the generation that raised us were raised much differently.
But the holidays are here. Just because you’re not in the sweat and dirt world now doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist and that part of you is not alive. If you want to listen to it and remember that happy with little part of yourself.. buy less. Make some gifts for people you care about. Don’t say yes to clutter and crap. Plan an adventure instead of spending money on things that take up space and collect dust.
Thank you long distance trails for keeping me more accountable to myself that I could be on my own. #hikertrash
Instagram is a misrepresentation of how often I actually wear beanies.
714 minutes ago
Take an audit of the people in your life good traveler. Take care to surround yourself with only quality and not quantity...positive people that care about you and your success and happiness as much as you care about theirs. Let in those that challenge and push you towards your best self and be winning to do the same for them. Be honest with them and expect nothing but honesty back. Learn from them their good habits and be willing to teach them yours. Hold a high bar for how you expect to be treated and offer that same level of respect and honor to them. Surround yourself with the ones that are worth the hard conversations, the ones willing to be with you in the scary moments. You do not love them if you are not willing to hurt their feelings if it’s what’s best for them good traveler and they do not love you if they are not willing to do the same. A small but strong circle is much better than a vast but shallow one. Travel smooth and travel safe.
1326 minutes ago
As I prepare for this weekends adventure back out west. I reflect on my thoughts from prior trips.
“The dirtier my body gets on this trip, the clearer my mind gets. Detached from the world, living in the present, with no expectations.
I always thought camping was surviving. No. It’s thriving in the wilderness.
The desert is full of life. Full of movement. Everything is breathing.
Inhale colors, exhale fear. Finding what scares me leaning into it, embracing it. Finding what inspires me and exploring it with no reservations. This trip is overcoming fear and fulfilling curiousity.
Continuous deep conversations, open new perspectives and feed my constant hunger of curiousity to learn, connect and be.
As I sit on this rock overlooking this fantasy landscape, with my thoughts the sun spitting it’s warm dry heat on my face, the calm cold breeze reminds me. The frigid night is near. The constant stinging of my chapped lips and raw finger tips remind me this is not a dream but a vivid reality.
The opposite of fear is curiosity”
IN THE EDIT - Tangier 🐪
I just published a big fat essay for my Patreon supporters where I dive deep into my editing process. We’re talking about a small set of photos from my recent trip to Tangier, Morocco. If you’d like a peek into my process, hit the link in my bio! #thefiniteproject
"Time can tear down a building or destroy a woman’s face" -Rolling Stones, Time Waita for No One
Ok, first of all, what is this lyric?!? 🤬 It's no wonder I've never been a Stones fan.
Although this lyric is getting pissed off worthy, there is some truth behind it. And what I mean by that is, our society has taught us that women over 30 are no longer beautiful. And as I approach 37 this January, I'm starting to see that treatment myself. Details to follow in a later post.
Since being outside so much exposes my skin to harsh UV rays, I've noticed my skin aging more rapidly than it had before (or, maybe it's just my age showing haha). So I went in search of a cream. But not just any cream. It had to be quality, not break the bank and be animal and environmentally friendly. And I found it in @earthscure_official Anti-Aging Cream.
Their cream is of the highest quality, with no cheap synthetics. It is made in the US of A and cruelty-free. It does contain retinol, but because the company is conscious of animals, their retinol is vegan (as opposed to other companies that use retinol derived from animals)! EarthsCure is also environmentally friendly. Their manufacturing facility is 100% wind-powered.
Take a look at my before (picture 3) and after 2 weeks of use (picture 1) images. I've even been using it on the backs of my hands as they get a lot of sun exposure too! In the last 14 days, I've noticed a huge change in my skin. It's tighter, softer and brighter too! I never believed in these types of creams, but I'm definitely a true believer now. Link in bio for more info!
📷: photo 1 - week 2 in Josha Tree
photo 2 - I actually use it...and love it
photo 3 - one week before I started using it in Flagstaff #hbtearthscure#hbtsp#earthscure#antiaging#skincare
14731 minutes ago
Good morning! It's hump day and we are only a few days away from stuffing our faces with food and spending time with our loved ones! Check out @zabadass.travels
Cheerfully enjoying the moment 🤸♀️
Orange you glad I posted this.
But seriously @thenorthface you should sponsor me
Comment below if you have any outdoor plans for this coming Thanksgiving day and don't forget to check out our featured lady of the day ❤️🧜❤️
23132 minutes ago
LHOS feat. @kingdomjasmine will be released this coming Sunday (11.24). Stay tuned so you get the chance to check out these excellent folk songs!
From the water to the woods • Growing up in Florida, it is super common to spend one day out on the water fishing and the next in the woods hunting. It’s a lifestyle that most never gets to experience. The ones who are lucky enough to experience it, gain a respect for nature and the animals in a whole different light. #optoutside#liveauthentic#explore
Those who have been impacted by disordered eating often have black or white thinking. Our food is “good or bad”. Workout routines are dependent on numbers, rather than moving for joy or embodiment. Or recovery isn’t perfect because we still find ourselves with negative thoughts or notice an old behavior.
What happens when we need to be perfect? We often say “screw it” and go into self sabotage. (Whatever self sabotage looks like for you that day/week/month/year.) Sound familiar? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Stop focusing on perfection, it’s never gonna happen. Let that shit go. Instead, when things feel hard focus on the progress you have made. Give yourself credit and compassion, you always deserve it.
I’ve been neglecting my photography recently. Traded hunting the streets for pounding the fields in a marsh in pursuit of new knowledge. I need to get back behind the lens. I’m considering combining my new passion with my steadfast skill set. Who would like to see photographs from the field?
"The outward light is but a reflection of the inner." Anasazi Foundation
6157 minutes ago
The desert is calling and I must go... that’s what Johnward Muirabbey said, right?? 😁
As much as I love the mountains and can’t wait for the next @awexpeditions adventure on #Aconcagua , the desert is still my favorite. Has been since I was twelve, and I don’t expect that’s ever going to change.
Which one do you prefer, mountains or desert?
Day 1. We drove in through the night and encountered so much wildlife on the last 25 miles through the reservation. 2 packs of elk, multiple bunnies and even the mules greeted us in the middle of the road. When we got to the trail head, we slept in the back of the Jeep for a few hours and started our 10 mile hike in the dark with a full moon lighting the trail. 🥾 🌝
John Powell lead the first expedition to explore the Colorado River as it ran through the Grand Canyon in 1869. His journey is a frightful tale of white water and lost supplies - like most ‘firsts’ he and his crew barely made it.
As we followed in his path through cataract canyon I couldn’t help but imagine what this river would feel like when you don’t know what lays behind the next bend. We have maps now and details of the rapids ahead and how to run them. He had nothing. Only courage and the daringness to go on an adventure.
Typically, my small-scale goal on any given day is to be productive, but I’m beginning to think that having a “productive” day is totally relative. I can clean the house, pay some bills, paint a room, walk the dogs, and run a half dozen miles in a single day, but all of that seems like nothing compared to a day like the one pictured here. In just the first few hours after waking up, we tackled some class 2 scrambling, made our way through boulder fields, and scaled a snowy slope, all while battling mosquitos and getting burnt to a crisp. So yeah, sometimes it’s hard to feel productive.
18911 hour ago
Thanksgiving has always been a big day of celebration for my family. My sister was born on Thanksgiving so it’s a birthday and a feast all in one. One of our traditions has been a champagne toast and even when we were young we would get tiny little glasses with a tiny bit of bubbly to toast with. Well, one year when my sister was about knee high to a grasshopper, she must have helped herself to a few glasses before the toast because when she got up from the table she looked like the town drunk making his way home from the pub. Once she finally righted herself she took off running straight into the wall and fell over. All I can remember is my dad saying “don’t tell your mother” and all of us laughing till we cried. Now that we’re adults not much has changed. 😂😂😂 #thanksgivingtradition
2351 hour ago
Heading back to my ancestral home next month and hoping to find some views like this! I see snow @skitaos today and hoping for lots more in the coming weeks!
On Sunday, @foodwinenatrueboy agreed to take my friend hiking with us. We went all over The Gorge including the little jaunt out to Wahclella. I love love love showing off our immediate hiking areas. It’s so pretty, and people are always floored. Aussie friend’s brother is a huge fisher so it was especially exciting when we got to see some sockeye in the streams. We really explored the area in a way we hadn’t for a while, and it was super fun. Always incredibly grateful for the time I’m gifted in nature ✨💕 #aventurineforest
SNOW stands for shit. no. one. wants. (Jk, I’m getting used to it)
3311 hour ago
Sunset from the John Muir Hut looking down into Evolution Basin. It was one of the warmest and yet most sleepless nights I had on the entire the trail. 6 of us cowboy camped inside of the Muir Hut and bundled up figuring it would turn into a stone refrigerator that night, man we were wrong. Quickly everyone was ditching layers of clothes and sleeping on top of there sleeping bags and quilts. It made for a restless night, but at least we didn’t have to sleep on snow or in a tree well.
15581 hour ago
↟ Accidentally deleted this! Typical 🙄Anyway here it is again - found this cool little church up in the mountains, the higher the better right?
📷 Sony α7 @ 135mm⎢f/6.3
More about this hike at Fossil Springs Trail...
Overall Difficulty - Easy (it's ONLY rated as Difficult on AllTrails because of the length, don't let them fool you).
Recommendation (on a scale of 1-5) - I would rate it a 4.5, but that's also largely due to the fact that there wasn't anyone else there when I went.
Permit Info - A permit is only required from April 1st to October 1st
Parking - Dirt lot with about 10-15 spots.
4x4 Vehicle - Not necessary
Kid Friendly - A little too long for most small kids.
Dog Friendly - Yes, but not recommended in the summer months.
Cell Reception - No
Camping - Not directly at Fossil Springs but there is camping in the area.
I can't stress enough, go when it's not busy! It's so much more enjoyable when you have it to yourself. If I had gone on a weekend, I would have probably been very disappointed with the amount of time I put in only to find it packed. But since I went when no one was there, it was amazing!