Getting real about the PCT:
This trail will break you down and lift you back up when you least expect it. On this day, my body was exceptionally tired, but as I rounded the corner and reached the 1,000 mile-marker, the physical pain dissipated as I felt overcome with a mental strength I didn’t know I possessed. Through the heat of the desert and now walking amongst the trees and along the steep ridge lines in the Sierras, I’ve found a better headspace that allows me to push on day after day. I’ve come to realize that I am strong and capable, and even brave - things I didn’t use to believe about myself
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Is there any one destination that holds a special place in your heart? Tagong, on the outside, is just a tiny Tibetan town tucked into the grasslands on the Tibet Plateau, but it's one of those places for me. Maybe it's because it's one of the places I've spent the longest amount of time in on my travels (3 weeks), or maybe it's because it was my first solo trip, or maybe it was because of all the incredible Tibetans and fellow international travelers that I met on this trip, or because of how much I learned about Tibet and Tibetan culture. Regardless, Tagong is a slice of paradise. It's got stunning views, incredible nature, amazing people, good food, and once in a lifetime experiences (like trekking to the nomad camps and spending a night with a local family in their tent).It also happens to be days 11-12 and the last Tibetan stop on our Tibet Road Trip Itinerary (link in bio)!
📌 Day 11-12: Tagong
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I often joke that I’m not outdoorsy, I just play one on TV. I laugh along but honestly? That’s how I feel most of the time. Even as I’ve pushed myself to do harder and harder things this year, I still feel like an imposter out on the trail. That, even though I have hundreds of miles under my belt, and spend the majority of every weekend outdoors camping and hiking, I will be found out as a phony by all the true outdoorsmen. But what makes one a true outdoorsman?
I sat at a bar in Buena Vista on Friday night and started chatting with the guy next to me. He asks me what I’m chasing, and I know exactly what he means. The 14ers? The centennials? The 13ers? I’m not chasing any of them, I answer. I feel alone in this reply, especially since I hike the 14ers, I’ve started to move into the 13ers and I spent most of my weekends now above 10,000 feet. Most people I know though want to finish all 58 14ers and while that would be awesome, I know my limitations. I know there are mountains that my fears just will never let me do.
Never say never, I’m told while I’m drinking the last of my beer. He was off to climb three 13ers, what he’s currently chasing at the moment. He’s finished the 14ers, and the centennials. What’s next, I ask him.
He doesn’t know, but he’s pretty sure it’ll be epic.
Is what I do not epic enough? -
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“Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves”.
-Henry David Thoreau.
Life doesn’t freeze because you change scenes. When I left for Nepal I really felt like I put my ducks in a row 🦆, so to speak. Upon returning I felt like everything and everyone had remained, but changed. That’s fair. That’s the reality of life. But, where was I in this mix of the world? Finding my place has been one hell of a roller coaster since I got back. I’m trying to embrace the ups and downs. Time to enjoy the ride as I keep moving along ✨.
What sort of adventures does the rest of summer have in store? I guess I’ll let things unfold 🗺.
"You are being presented with a choice: evolve or remain. If you choose to remain unchanged, you will be presented with the same challenges, the same routine, the same storms, the same situations, until you learn from them, until you love yourself enough to say "no more", until you choose change. If you choose to evolve, you will connect with the strength within you, you will explore what lies outside the comfort zone, you will awaken to love, you will become, you will be. You have everything you need. Choose to evolve. Choose love." -creig crippen ✨💛
They said, with colour one obtains energy... therefore I reckon my passport will lead a colourful life. Muchas gracías por la Passport Holder, Papa To 💕
Hey YOU! Yes, YOU!!! Do you like fun surprises?
Well today just might be your lucky day! I’m thrilled to announce that I’m kicking off an invitation this week for the foodie in you.
A series of amazing food prep tips and tricks, along with other fun goodies!
I’ll be sharing with you all the things I use to get organized and set for the week. Awesome new recipes to sample sent directly to you once every week…at happy hour.
Now you can get your dose of exploration in food and more in the weeks to come! Be ready to sign up to show off you’re new found skills to your Mr. and Mrs. Dreamy!
Isn’t that exciting?! I knew you loved fun surprises #nomoreexcuses
Monday’s goal: smile as much as possible 🌎✨ Easy to do when you’re in a place as gorgeous as this, right @donutworry___
?! Wearing our High Power Legging in Alberta #WeAreLimitless
Hey! A little real life for you today. I’ve always struggled with hormone imbalance and heavy periods. Yep. Girl stuff. That’s what I’m talking about today. 🤷🏻♀️ In April, I started a heavy menstrual cycle and it never ended. (Can we change that name? It should only be called “menstrual cycle” if men had them... 🤪) My energy has been awful. I’ve tried to train through it but my motivation has been minimal. I’ve been anemic, gaining weight, haven’t been able to sleep well... etc. I’ve checked everything and nothing is wrong other than hormone imbalance. That might sound like a bunch of excuses and something that can be easily fixed. It’s not. If you've dealt with it you're saying, ”Amen”. But the more I’ve struggled with this and talked to other women, it’s so common. And frustrating. One good friend hasn’t felt motivated in months to exercise, another had to DNF at a race due to a heavy period. Some have constant PMS symptoms. I’ve heard it all and have so much empathy for it. You wouldn’t believe how many women keep silent about this. You’re not alone! And, no, it’s not just because we’re older women and about to start menopause. I’m 38 years young. 😉 I ended up having a minor surgery last week to alleviate the constant bleeding but it wont fix my hormone imbalance. For now, I’m going to try some natural remedies. If you have ideas for me, I’d love to hear them. I won’t get to race SpeedGoat this weekend with my sister since I’m still recovering. That makes me sad. Really sad. But there will be other races and days to run hard. That’s the best advice I’ve heard some great advice through all of this. Eat healthily. Get outside to exercise. Talk to people. Do your best! I’m in awe of the women around me. It’s incredible what women can accomplish despite these types of issues. You got this! Love you, ladies. #girlpoweryo
#trailsisters #whoarewe #womenwhoexplore #womenwhorun #womensrunningcommunity #timetoplay #getoutdoors #goatworthy #womensrunning #selfpropelled #girlstuff #wanderlust #suuntorun #stravaproveit #givekudos #wearewhoweare #periodssuck #timeofthemonth #choosemountains #choosemountains
• B a L i • Sacred temple
Keeping things cool in this summer heat🍦🌈
I'm sick in bed today. I halfly don't mind cause it means I get to stay home with my sister's a little bit longer befor they fly back to Norway, but I rather not have a sore throat and headache right now.
🌿 side of the road bliss after the mondayest monday
A new week means a new set of goals, dreams and wishes.
“and just like the moon, we must go through phases of emptiness to feel full again.” #projectmalaya
The perfect set up to watch the hot air ballooning in Cappadocia, Turkey. •
“We are in a flow of moments we let flow”
Today I woke up feeling sluggish. A moderate tailwind with lively waves could assist me towards Grand Marais, Minnesota, and I chose to sit still and embrace my beautiful pebble/cobble beach tucked out of the building southwesterly wind. It is impossible to feel energetic and fearless constantly. Our world is a world of polarity so it is natural to feel both energetic and non-energetic, fearless and less fearless. I will enjoy this moment surrounded by this beauty. I sit watching Lake S•U•P•E•R•I•O•R shimmer in undulating splashes of pure white light as the morning flows to mid day. This seductive dance of water and light shimmering and moving synchronistically together entrances me as waves slosh susurrously a metre from my feet. The sun’s energy warms my skin and the breeze that curls around the nearby rock face simultaneously cools me. I feel touched by love with these natural forces, heat and air caressing me. I see the waves of air like a mirage flow over the white glowing horizon. I can be so driven and fearless yet so lazy and doubtful. It’s human to be both ends of the polarity spectrum. I don’t want to paddle endless hours, arriving too exhausted to fully appreciate where I have landed ashore. I watch spiders play peek-a-boo from between pebbles, darting out of sight when they realize that they have been seen. I watch the arcing curve of the sun’s path in a cloudless blue sky. There is less intensity sitting on a pebble beach as opposed to a rollicking expansive body of water, pebbles from rocks deposited during glacial retreat and polished into smooth, rounded entities of beauty and character, each a story of a geological event in time. And so it is......
#kayakwendy #seakayaking #kayaking #sheexplores #womenwhoexplore #paddlingmixtape #greatlakes #greatlakesbykayak #earthgirladventures #bewild #explorebykayak #minnesota #gowiththeflow #lakesuperior #aloneinthewilderness #spreadlove #paddlecanada #kayakadventures #paddleusa #exploreusa #exploremore #womenwhopaddle #neverstopexploring #seagoddess #explorecreateshare #superior
Kayaks, cabins, crashing waves and mountain views. 🛶⛰🌊 (@vermont_vibes
You are seen, baby girl. It may seem like you are lost in the crowd, but from my position, I see you clearly, and I never once have left you. I’ll always be your biggest fan, celebrating from above.
Mondays are for wishing you're somewhere else, right?
Jumping into the week like 🧚🏻♀️
Shouldn't we all have that feeling every once in awhile? This photo is from our Appalachian Autumn Adventures trip and we still have one space left! Come get that rush of happiness.
Here's hoping that you aren't overhwhelmed by hump day... and if you are, maybe you should join us where this picture was taken: http://ow.ly/XNWm30kSdDU Adventures in the Adirondacks.