“3 weeks ago I took a mini-vacation because I felt like I was being suffocated by racism and went to New Hampshire for some hiking, clean air and rest. We ended up in the White Mountain National Forest and went to Diana’s Baths, also named, Water Fairies’ Spring, by the Abenaki people. Whatever magic was going on that day in the woods is something that my heart needed to feel. Then we drove up to the top of Mt. Washington so I could join the kewl kids with a ‘This Car Hiked Mt. Washington’ bumper sticker. Mt. Washington was epic. I think they said we cross 6 different climate zones just driving up.
Black folks been outdoors. From slavery through emancipation to today. I come from a family of healers, gardeners, farmers, fishermen and hunters. Outdoor life and recreation isn’t new to us. ‘Outdoors’ in the way that whiteness conceives it - niche and specialized activities, aspirational, commodified - is something new. I experienced racism on my first Girl Scouts camping trip. I was 7. In college I was in the snowboarding club. During break, the Club was organizing trips to Vail and Tahoe and I was just like, ‘eh I have to go home and work on my break.’ Even though I had the gear–a sweet ass Burton snowboard thank you very much–I still didn't fit in, so I faded out of the Outing Club.
As a fat person and novice hiker, I've had to develop a new literacy around hiking. What is easy/moderate/hard to me has entirely different meanings. There was a trail in NH that had ‘fun’ obstacles - ladders, tight cave pass throughs, etc., but I couldn't determine from the reviews if these things were accessible to my body. Sometimes, I feel like I may miss out on things. The valid fear of something not working for me activates a lot of old feelings and internalized stuff that I always want to believe I have worked through.”
Even in the mountains🏔 I'm chasing🥾 water. Waterfalls, rivers, mountain lakes...🌊
Guess from now on I only have to get more fit to be able to climb all those mountains 😅
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Facebook memories hitting me with the alpine gems this morning! It was during this trip in 2013 that I decided that I would start looking into moving to Mammoth while I applied to grad schools. Fast forward four months, and I was moving into employee housing! What I would give to be able to do it again 🥰
Anytime we find an alpine lake we like to have a friendly rock skipping competition. The person with the fewest skips has to jump in! But we usually both end up getting in anyways 😘 and for the record on this occasion I was in on my own free will after firmly finishing in the middle of the pack
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DE| Meine Lieben ich wollte euch heute mal fragen was ihr eigentlich so alles einpackt wenn ihr verreist 🤔
Ich kenne das von mir, dass ich immer zu viel einpacke, min. 2 Paar Schuhe und am Ende doch nie alles brauche 😅 Von Männern bin ich es gewohnt, dass nur das nötigste gepackt wird. Aber gibt es auch Frauen unter uns die wirklich sparsam packen können?
Der tolle Rucksack, der mich auf meiner Wanderung auf die Burg Eltz begleitet hat, ist übrigens von @gustileder
EN| My dear ones I wanted to ask you today what you are packing so much when you travel 🤔
come now, breathe in, and gaze into the endless horizon with me.
bare-feet required 👣
Oh, how the waves tug at my heart. Took the weekend to visit the coast, and now I’m craving the ocean even more.
Beach mode : ON 🏝 West Wittering is such a gorgeous beach with white sand and only an 1.5 hours away from London! We enjoyed the day relaxing, eating and play cards 🥰 If you plan to visit just make sure to pre-book your parking before you go! ☀️