So apparently I get a heat rash when I hike in 114 degrees, so I might not do that again. Killer day, regardless! #hotnumber
<— this girl
minotaur lake- a new hike for me! it’s been on my list for a while. gosh, was it steep but SO WORTH IT.
I knew from the moment we met that a life time of adventure awaited us…😘 And what and an adventure it’s been! ✌🏻🌏
Can’t wait to continue creating lifelong memories and exploring the world with you hand in hand. @insta_caaam
Gotta love early morning drives.
Calm day on the water. . . . . Mosquitos out here murderin' #bloodloss
Yesterday was a first for me - I somehow managed to be the only person in the Chautauqua parking lot at 4:45am 😱
The solitude didn't last long as this is one of the most popular hikes on the front range, but I was one of the few people there for sunrise, with the birds singing and the rustling of the grass to keep me company as the sun crept over the horizon and ignited the flatirons in their famous fiery glow.
Yesterday morning was sort of a personal accomplishment, for reasons I'll go into in the following posts. But for once I was able to follow my heart instead of my head, and do something for the sheer joy of doing it rather than in a misguided fury of anxiousness and FOMO.
When was the last time you utterly and completely followed your heart?
My moose tracking skills could use some work, but I know they’re out there. Just like aliens.
Communing with nature/some random dude called Alex a jackass and I was like “oh man, time to fight!” Then I remembered the kryptonite of dude bros: They hate to be laughed at. Never forget this under used super power.
Glimpse of summer 2018
-most epic danish summer ever -
be a seeker of everyday magic ☁️
I remember always hearing people say “love happens when you least expect it”, and I always rolled my eyes at that, but last July a guy came into my life unexpectedly and took me completely off guard. What started as a simple conversation about hiking ended up turning into my greatest adventure. He asked me if I liked hiking, I said yes, and the adventure ideas started swirling. He asked me if I wanted company on my mountain summit, I said yes, and we then conquered the 6,000 ft. high summit of Mt. LeConte together. He asked me if I would be his girlfriend, I said yes, and the amount of love that followed was unbelievable. And yesterday, in the midst of our Pacific Northwest trip, atop Mt. Scott, the highest point in Crater Lake, I got to say yes once more when he asked me to marry him. The love I have found with him is something that I never thought possible. When we met I just knew that he was the person I was meant to live this beautiful life beside. When you know, you know. We’re engaged!
I didn't do any hiking in Oregon. Shame on me. I tried though. I found an amazing looking waterfall trail just outside Bend and drove Forest roads lined with tall pines to get there.
The dirt road begins to get steep. Then wet from snowmelt. Then icy. I need tires, and I know the road ahead is too steep and to slippy for me. But I have legs. I can still walk to the trailhead. I just need to get the van somewhere safe and dry first. I shift get into reverse and begin to back down the dirt road.
When I've gone far enough for the road to have dried, I spy a pull off on the downhill side. Thinking it would be easier to do a three point turn and drive down the road instead of backing backing down, I turn the wheel.
Bad idea. Though the turn out looked dry, covered as it was in pine needles and little stones, it was anything but. I sink up to my rear axles in a sticky wet mixture of clay and mud. I have no traction and need to push the weight of the van uphill now thru all this slop. It's a bad situation. I know it. But I'm also do far in the middle of no where. No one's coming to rescue me. I'm gonna need to do this myself.
I start digging, looking for a dry bottom- it doesn't exist. I gather logs. Branches. Stone. Anything to give me traction. I lay them down and still can't get the grip I need. So I do a little experiment. I back father down the turnout. I put the rear wheels on the largest boulders I can carry, and then I begin building a land bridge of crosshatched deadfall in the ruts I've already made.
The work is slow. Messy. Muddy. I'm filthy, the van a dripping wreck. I coat the top of the bridge with stones for traction. I think I've got it! I hop in, hit the gas and.... Nothing? The wheels are slimed with slick mud. It coats the logs and spits the rocks into the forest. I'm in a bad way.
And then my hero arrives. A Mexican groundskeeper named Luis out for a drive. He complements me on my public works project and then helps lay snow chain on top of the bridge I've built. I let him drive as I push thru ankle deep slop. It's just enough traction.
Needless to say, I backed down the rest of the road
“I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright.” –Henry David Thoreau
Injured myself running and walking is a bit sore, so we've been out on the bike along the #marriottsway
this morning - glorious! The station at Hellesdon has recently been restored by @norfolktrailsuk
and looks great. The view from the A bridge in Drayton is one of my favourites: weeping willows into the river, really peaceful, beautiful ❤ Saw loads of families out on their bikes along here too - it's such a pretty trail 😊
Headed back to where my soul sings the loudest - this time with my boys. ♥️ ♥️
I always wonder how certain places were found. Like, who decided it was a good idea to descend down into the narrow slots of a canyon?
I’m walking through this thing wondering how I’m going to fit through certain spaces, but rest assured knowing thousands of people have gone before me.
Can you imagine wandering through these places without ever knowing if anyone had been there before? Not knowing if there are dangers ahead or if it will ever end. That’s a wild thought.
Big shoutout to all those pioneers and adventurers that have gone before us. The ones that mapped out trails so that the average person can enjoy the greatest places on Earth. 🏔🌋🏜🏕🌲#adventureon
There's a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they're absolutely free. Don't miss so many of them.
Still finding it hard to believe the weather we’ve had.. and the fact that Amsterdam a few days ago was cooler than the UK (it was actually quite nice). Adam is off to Brighton to do a signing at HMV for their new album so I’ve got the day free to mooch around in the garden and plant some tulips I bought back from Amsterdam!
3 years ago on #gilitrawanganisland
my first taste of #islandlife
& exploring Indonesia yeww ••••••••••••••••••••••••
Blessed to be living here & meeting new incredible people each day!