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Abbey Gatlin

Married•Veteran•Dog Mom 52 Hike Challenge 2018: 7/52 @keepnaturewild Mentor 🌲 Mountain Chicks Ambassador Mrs Idaho America 2019 Participant 👑

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I had some VERY adorable helpers this #ImpactDay. It was so fun teaching the little fellas the importance and fun of picking up trash and throwing it away. My sister in law also helped, and I loved spending time with her! . I exercised my right to vote today, and this was my first time ever visiting the polls (I’ve always done absentee ballots since I was active duty Air Force and living in many different locations). I felt so empowered and proud to be voting for such an inspiring person that I truly believe has the best interests of Idaho at heart. This is an important time for society, and my hope is you took time to visit your local polling facility or sent in your absentee ballot. #rockthevote

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First #impactday of the Fall 🍁 Term for @keepnaturewild is in the books! Some of my interesting findings today included: five pint size bottles of Fireball, a shoe, and a fidget spinner. 15lbs collected in less than 30 minutes. . Littering isn’t cool, but keeping nature wild and free of debris is! Love that my dad got to join me tonight. He leaves to go back home to Illinois after a week of visiting to see me perform in the Mrs Idaho Pageant.

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Back from the cabin, and can I just say that I could be a mountain woman and 100% be fine with that (but a fashionista Mtn women...can that be a thing?!). Anyway...being able to unplug, even for a mere 48 hours, refreshed me in such a positive way that I’ve realized I need to do it more. . Embarrassingly I admit...I’m addicted to social media. It’s not for the FOMO, but a mixture of boredom, ADD, procrastination, and avoidance. The times when I am away from social media is when I’m at my most productive (obviously), creative, and thoughtful. . Starting today, I make a more conscious awareness of my screen time and work towards a better use of my time. Doing the hard thing instead of turning to social media to avoid the hard thing, because it will be there until I accomplish it. . The betterment of myself is the most important thing. Make me a better friend, wife, sister, daughter, mentor, leader. . . . . . . #OnMountainTime #themountainsarecalling #disconnect #nurturenature #restandrelax #familytime #coffeetalk #boisenationalforest #sawtoothmountains #idahome #idaho #southernidaho #mountainlife #mtnchicks #exploremoretoday #mondaythoughts

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Today I bid adieu to the summer Wildkeeper term for #KeepItWild. I had SO much fun meeting and interacting with new pals all across our country. My Impact Day had me cruising a residential alley-way. Much trash was found from either the wind blowing items out of cans, or the garbage truck not able to fully unload the bin. My simple request for you today. Whether you’re toting your garbage bins up the drive today or this week, take a look around and see what debris you can throw away. It makes your neighborhood look nice, and it keeps trash from ending up in ditches and water collection areas. There’s never a bad time to stop, drop, and pick up trash. Keep it wild, my friends! . . . #WhereTheWildKeepersAre #LetsKeepItWild #WildKeepers #LoveMotherNature #CleanEarth #ImpactDay #NurtureOurNature #LeaveNoTrace #GiveADamn #Trail #TakeItOutside #Nature #mtnchicks #Idahome #LeaveItBetter #Sustainability #RoamOn #pickuptrash #itscool #dailymessage

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I interrupt my normal scheduled outdoor adventure photos to bring you one that makes my heart so full. These ladies right here. I’ve been best friends with these gals for 15+ years! We do girls trips, group video chats, get togethers at Christmas, and anytime in between we can squeeze a visit with one another. . This wedding photo was taken on day three of us all spending every moment together, and it was such a blast and truly memories made for a lifetime. I love my tribe of strong, beautiful women. ❤️

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I have 72 hours left in the Crowned City and I’m not ready to say my goodbyes. This place is perfect. 🌴

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California Dreamin’...

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Another successful Impact Day in the books! Crosby approves. ♻️🗑🍃 . This is the second time I’ve chosen to pick up trash in my neighborhood. I believe it’s as important to clean up our neighborhoods as it is our local parks and recreational sites. 10 less pounds of trash in the environment. . The more you know! It takes anywhere from 10-1000 years for plastic bags to decompose, 450+ years for plastic bottles, and 500 years for aluminum to start oxidizing. Be aware, be mindful, and reduce your use of one time use products.

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As you make your way up Highway 75 heading towards Sun Valley, if you blink you’ll likely miss the sign for a little turnoff that takes you towards views like this. If I gave you the location though...I’d have to kill ya. 😉 . Idaho...your beauty is too much.

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Shoshone Falls was one of the locations for my photo shoot this past weekend for my Mrs Idaho America Pageant photos (Yes! I’m doing a pageant, eek! First time for everything). Being able to experience this beautiful vista at sunset with a slight drizzle of rain felt so magical! . Fun fact: dubbed the “Niagara of the West”, Shoshone Falls is taller than Niagara Falls by 42 feet. That’s pretty neat! #ShoshoneFalls #VisitIdaho

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First #ImapctDay of the #Summer2018 term for @letskeepitwild is in the books! ♻️ . I have a love/hate relationship with what I do. I love keeping our spaces clean, but hate when I go to clean up how easy it is for me to fill a 13 gallon trash bag. . Tonight’s pick up was around my neighborhood, and I wasn’t even a mile into my walk before filling up my bag. The biggest culprit was plastic water/soda bottles. Ya’ll...these are the WORST! With so many awesome water bottle brands out there (heyoo @hydroflask), do we really need individual bottles of water (and soda is just plain yuck)? Let’s all do our part to keep Mother Earth looking her finest. We all can make an impact! #wildkeepers #letskeepitwild

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Leaving Southern Illinois with a full heart and recharged batteries. I got to see my family and watch my best friend of 26 years get married (it was basically a best friend reunion, let’s be honest). . It’s times like this that make me realize how little I need in order to feel happy. Family, friends, laughter, food in my belly and a roof over my head (Oh! And mountains). 💕

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Oh the beauty you find when you stop to take a look around.

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I would give up tacos for a whole month just to have this serenity for 30 minutes.

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