Sunrise is by far my favorite part of being out on the road or backpacking. But this one was a hard one for me. I slept in my car at the trailhead so I could just wake up and hike to the arch easily, with the offseason and on a weekday I thought I had lucked out, but when I woke an hour before sunrise there were already ten cars in the parking lot, and they just kept coming. I almost didn't go, not wanting to battle people with cell phones and selfie sticks. For those who know me, you ...
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They say it takes 21 days for something to become a habit. The first four days I stayed in a hotel twice-- unsure, trying to figure out what I was comfortable with. It didn't take long and living on the road, in my car or tent was everything. I couldn't imagine sleeping inside. I could connect to my hotspot and work from places like this. The idea of going back to an apartment started to become a fear about two weeks in. It wouldn't be until day 23 that I decided to stay inside again, and the reason was for ...
When our mothers die there becomes an intense anxiety over losing more loved ones; a gratitude for the "small moments" in each day; and the awareness that early loss has shaped, toughened, and even freed us so that we can make changes and decisions we would otherwise not have made....The more you avoid mourning the more it sticks to you. The only way to release it is to grit your teeth and feel the pain. ❤❤❤❤ another vintage of my momma. #loveyoumom#wanderlust
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Seeing Bryce with a light dusting of snow and being there while it was snowing was pretty damn magical. And these trees in that area are just wild. #optoutside#wanderlust
My first thought when we drove through was that it looked like where Tremors happened. Fun fact, I loved those movies growing up 😂. Then I found out they actually were filmed there! I am just glad no crazy tubeworms with teeth (or the walking ones) were coming out of the ground to eat us. Made it much more enjoyable. #optoutside#roadlife
When the mountains are so tall, their reflection ends up on the hood of your car miles away. #optoutside#roadtrip
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Be content in the now. After 2 weeks on the road, I have learned this very important skill. One of the many reasons I set out was my thirst for travel was too much. I was constantly comparing, dreaming of being elsewhere, constantly adding to my lists of places to travel. What I didn't realize was how little I need to be happy. I have also finally stripped free the threads of dissatisfaction for not being where I thought I should be, having the perfect conditions etc. I have been content sitting at a viewpoint, at a campground, at ...
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Badwater Basin in Death Valley is 282 feet below sea level. So basically I was swimming with my fellow cetaceans from afar in the desert. Also, someone educate me. How do they know this is below sea level?? #oneearth#optoutside
Walking among these giants is a pretty incredible experience. Really puts things in perspective- how small we are in the world. Just tiny humans on Earth but capable of having such an impact on ecosystems like this. #optoutside#national_park_photography
One week on the road has me feeling like this bird. Content without an agenda, not planning my stops but instead stopping where ever my heart desires. Places like this where you can just take it all in. ((Or in other words- stops determined by 1) views 2) food 3) how tired I am 😂😂)) #optoutside#oregoncoast