This was the first time I really explored East and South of my home state (Illinois). Honestly, I was just never that interested. Growing up my family vacations were to the West Coast mountains. As an adult, I’ve done the same. Those jagged peaks and higher elevations always seemed more enticing. So when the opportunity came to visit the East Coast, I was expecting to be underwhelmed. But boy, was I WRONG! There’s a unique and captivating beauty about these endlessly rolling blue hills and I think I’ll forever be singing North Carolina’s praises 😍⛰
Have you ever visited a place that surprised you with its beauty?
📷: @captainhoek_water w/ my edits
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Places like this make you feel like you’re on top of the world. 🌎✨
Photo by @brendinkelly
What was your favorite hike of the summer? Were the views this good or nah? Let us know below in the comments!
Would you wake up at 2:30AM for this sunrise view? 🤩 Mount Rainier always delivers! Let us know your favorite sunrise spot below in the comments...
Love the mountains, but hate the cold. That’s me! I ask myself if I’ll be warm enough before heading out on any adventure, but especially this time of year, as being cold can not only be uncomfortable, but in the wrong situation it can be downright dangerous. The featherless and sustainable line by @Marmot meets my needs for not only warmth but also for being a great Down alternative! Check out my story for more details. Stay warm out there! #NoBadWeather#sponsored
Photo by: @disa
It’s amazing how rivers can freeze over during the winter, especially when they usually flow so freely. Last weekend, we were walking by one where we could see bubbles and the water trickling by underneath! Just make sure that the ice is thick enough to walk on before you do so!
“life is meant for good friends & great adventures”
This has been one of my favorite quotes for a few years now, and it definitely fits this past year. Last Monday, I celebrated turning 25 with friends & brownies on top of a climb at The Gunks, a place that emulates that quote.
The rest of this caption was supposed to be about growth in the past year- something that was hopefully a little bit wise and a little bit witty. But I’ve been too exhausted all week to come up with anything clever. Oh well 🤷♀️
Close your eyes and imagine the best version of you possible. That’s who you really are, let go of any part of you that doesn’t believe it.
~ C. Assaad
The days may be a little cooler but we plan to follow #rei lead and #optoutside as much as possible this week! 🍁🍂🌳🥾
Tomorrow I leave for an adventure I’ve been wanting to cross off my list for years.
I’ll see you in 48 hours Havasupai - I know you’ll be a dream come true.
When I was reading reports of the hot springs off this road, everyone said the road was terrible and terrifying. To be completely honest this was the nicest road I’ve ever been on, plus this road had killer views ✨
I’ve been a little more quiet than usual, and maybe some of you have noticed. I didn’t post at all last week, and I haven’t said much about the fires here in California. What has happened here is a tragedy. And right now, that is all I am going to say about that.
The one thing that you did see from me last week was in my story about the comment period for Bears Ears National Monument. It wasn’t until recently that I learned how many of you look to me for these resources. Thanks to those of you who decided to get involved this time around… take it from me, I know it isn’t easy.
As we wait to hear about what will happen to Bears Ears, our attention now shifts to Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. They too have an open comment period open and it is very, very complicated. I spent most all of today reading all of the accompanying documents (link in my bio) and learning how to appropriately and effectively submit a comment about future plans for GSENM.
I think it is very important that if you’re ever going to get involved in advocacy that you remain informed. There are four chapters contained in the Draft Resource Management Plans & Environmental Impact Statement that have to be read and considered before submitting a comment and in that comment the BLM is asking that you site a chapter reference and section reference when doing so.
There are four different planning units that are being decided on and they are:
The Grand Staircase Unit
The Kaiparowits Unit
The Escalante Canyons Unit
& The Kanab-Escalante Planning Area.
For each issue to be decided (ex: geology, vegetation, soil, water, energy, grazing, recreation, wilderness areas and cultural and heritage resources, etc.) there are four alternatives A-D that must be indicated in your comment, all of which are a range of how much protection and governance that these areas will have going forward.
Sounds complicated right? That’s because it is.
In my story is what resources that I have found to be helpful so far and you can bet that over the next 11 days I will be sharing more as I too write and submit my own comment. #savegrandstaircase
Just a hop, skip and a jump away from winter and spending the whole season in Japan and Europe with @legrandadventuretours ! Training now (at the beaches) with all eyes on winter, the snowy peaks to climb, the deep powder fields to carve into and the guests we get make smile from ear to ear! #epictripsforyoursoul
Some places will always be magical no matter how old you get✨.
I took Fin to explore my childhood fort and it was so fun to see his excitement & watch him run around the same place I did so often as a child. I wish I could see the world through my kids eyes because to them it’s a magical place and they get excited about everything. . .
Also my threads in this pic is from my shop >> @zyiabright and I’m having a BIG SALE on WEDNESDAY so be sure to check it out! (Outfit details: WHITE CHILL LONG T & BLACK POCKET LIGHT N TIGHT CAPRIS)