I’ve been resting more than I have been hiking for the last few weeks. It makes me a little bit sad and needing to stand on top of a mountain! My hike up gothic basin - (and perhaps up all of the other steep inclines this summer) made my knees angry.
As much as I have the determination and good health to climb the mountains and do all the things - my knees are tired and I know the importance of rest and recovery. If I push it too hard and not allow time for recovery - it will put me down longer.
I broke my femur when I was seven years old, leaving me immobile in traction and then in a body cast ... several sports injuries and surgeries in the years that followed, my knee has no padding left in there.
I long to climb the higher mountains and do the more difficult, longer trails - further and further away from where most people go. For now - rest. Listen to my body.
For now I am basking in the memories of the views and the smells and feelings that filled my soul this year and how every mile, every foot of gain and every bit of joy and discomfort is 100% worth it.
See you soon mountains. It’s about time to get some more miles on these knees. 🙏
14 311 hour ago
My neighborhood, and town for that matter, are currently a rainbow of trees. A fleeting moment of color burst and completely mesmerizing beauty. It’s just as amazing every year and a comforting feeling of home. Loving autumn. 🍁
“You just call on me sister,
when you need a hand
We all need somebody to lean on
I just might have a problem that you'll understand
We all need somebody to lean on
Lean on me, when you're not strong
And I'll be your friend
I'll help you carry on”
Sorry If I just got this song stuck in your head haha
These women here have let me lean on them this past year as there’s been so much change in my life.
Change is beautiful but let’s be honest change can be lonely, uncomfortable, overwhelming, and emotionally draining.
There’s a little detail that I think we’ve missed when we sing this song. Don’t just simply text a friend and see if they’re doing okay.
Yes, text messages are encouraging and lovely to receive. Though hearing a voice you know is comforting. Leaning on someone you can’t do unless you’re with them in person.
I’ve seen a lot of posts about mental health and they’re great. Though I hope they aren’t just posts. There needs to be an action.
People need you to call. People need to be listened to and known. People need you to show up even if it’s not convenient. People need you to open the door and make them feel at home. People need to sit around your table and share a meal - Jesus modeled that throughout the Bible.
I hope this encourages you today to make a call and check on a friend ♥️ -
1 542 hours ago
Is it just me or this mountain has "wow" factor no matter on which side you're at? I fell asleep in a car and my friend didn't stop for one last look (during sunset!!) and I almost bit his head off.
🎄✨CHRISTMAS SHOPPING✨🎄 Some dates for your diary of our late night Christmas shopping events this year -
Thursday 14th November
Thursday 21st November
Thursday 28th November
Christmas tunes, mulled wine, mince pies and awesome handmade gifts! What more could you want to get you ready for the big day?
Also stay tuned for the reveal of this years amazing Christmas hampers filled to the brim with handmade goodies and amazing experiences from our favourite local businesses up for grabs!
I recently watched the viral clip of Megan Markle thanking her interviewer for asking if she was doing okay because not many people have asked her that. I identified deeply with the emotional reaction flitting across her face and it made me pause in serious thought that such a simple question could literally mean the world to someone who is silently struggling. It’s a seemingly ordinary question that is often glossed over and not asked in an in-depth way. Basically, what I’m saying is, check on your friends. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀📷: @madalynncarson
3 728 hours ago
There’s a lot on my mind tonight but all I have to say is love yourself. Like wholeheartedly love every part of you. Because you deserve to give yourself the amount of love you give other people.
Montana absolutely blew us away. Months later, and we’re still yearning to return to these soft pink skies, bright green trails, and shockingly blue lakes. When we hit Glacier National Park in July, we had absolutely no idea how tasty of a treat we were in for.
We spent one full weekend in Glacier, and cramming in everything we absolutely could still felt like simply scratching the surface. It seemed as if there were endless miles of trail and feet of water to be explored in the park, but we only have that much more of a reason to come back (as soon as possible).
Even though we wish we could’ve stayed another two weeks here, we wouldn’t have changed anything about this weekend itinerary. We had the perfect mix of enjoying our time in the frigid blue waters, crushing trail miles as mountain layers unfolded before us, and hours to enjoy the sunset and stars provided by northern Montana.
For our full weekend itinerary and enough photos to make you book your flight tomorrow, click the link in our bio for our Glacier National Park blog post!
8 13412 hours ago
When I was younger I used to call the space needle the space noodle. I still think it would look better if the top point looked more like a piece of macaroni
"To have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, until death do us part."
2 5913 hours ago
One final paragraph of advice: do not burn yourselves out. Be as I am — a reluctant enthusiast....a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it...
— Edward Abbey
. #northwestnature by @christophurous
I’ll take my Canada with a side of glacial lakes please. ❄️
6 10113 hours ago
Spiked cider and warm fires
2 13614 hours ago
that done-with-work-for-the-day feeling
1 2414 hours ago
The problem, often not discovered until late in life, is that when you look for things like love, meaning, motivation, it implies they are sitting behind a tree or under a rock. The most successful people recognize, that in life they create their own love, they manufacture their own meaning, they generate their own motivation. For me, I am driven by two main philosophies, know more today about the world than I knew yesterday. And along the way, lessen the suffering of others. You'd be surprised how far that gets you. // Neil deGrasse Tyson
2 9614 hours ago
“A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved.”
//Kurt Vonnegut, The Sirens of Titan
4 39314 hours ago
Friends... adventuring with your partner is the absolute best thing ever.
i don’t talk about my relationship much because it’s been an unconventional journey to say the least. but the unconditional love we have for each other has made it a crazy but beautiful experience that i feel blessed to get to carry the rest of our lives with our daughter. love over fear. triumph over adversity. healing over bitterness. family over everything. i love you, my king ‼️💋👑 ✨ i’m forever grateful for all the work you’ve done for yourself & us, & everything i’ve learned from you (including but not limited to the magic of the NBA....1 more day til season starts!!!). i’m so proud to call you mine, you fucking sexy GOAT.
Life for the past couple weeks has been a little chaotic, completely out of sorts, and filled with spontaneity; to continue that trend this post is spontaneous, random, and completely out of the usual for me. Liza and I are sitting in a coffee shop, she’s forming her well thought out caption with words beautifully flowing together to make bold points while I sit deep in my thoughts. How did I get here? I’m in a place I had never heard of until a couple weeks ago with a woman I met briefly two years ago and I’m happier here in this moment than I’ve been in months. My heart is content after a full week of exploring the unknown and my brain is filled with thoughts of possibilities for the future. I’ve always fought change, anything that was out of the norm for me, but the older I get the more I realize change is my only constant and it’s quickly becoming my best friend.
📸: @trev.hull .
Day 3 of our Olympic National Park hiking tour and photography workshop with @michaelmatti did not disappoint!
After our 5:30 AM team breakfast, we departed for the Hoh Rain Forest from Port Angeles. With recent heavy rain, the Hall of Mosses were a beautiful blend of vibrant green moss and shiny gold maple leaves. Then the largest bull Roosevelt Elk we have seen during an Olympic Hiking Co. tour made an appearance! Check out this beauty!
After snapping hundreds of photos of this grazing giant (from a safe distance), we had an amazing day with the return on sunshine beach hopping to Kalaloch, Ruby Beach, First Beach, and of course to Second Beach for a sunset and beach fire.
If you’re interested in attending a future workshop, please send us a message! #hikeolympic
Day 2 of the Olympic National Park Hiking Tour and Photography Workshop with @michaelmatti gave us some very moody & stormy fall captures. Today, we visited Lake Crescent and Sol Duc Falls and spent the afternoon learning all about Lightroom to get the best out of these images. I’m running around with umbrellas and taking behind the scenes photos (see the story), but here’s a quick shot of a BOOMING Sol Duc Falls from my favorite tripod: the bridge railing 😅 Absolutely phenomenal to see the elements of Olympic National Park coming back to life! #HikeOlympic