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Angie Lea 🌲 Explore PNW

Pacific Northwest Adventure Planner. Nature lover. Writer. Artist. ✨2018 goal: hike 343 miles. ✨Current miles: 330.5 My photos: #iPhone 📱 My book:

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It is not the years in your life but the life in your years that counts. ~ Adlai Stevenson . . #livelifetothefullest #maketodaycount

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I love how the snow seemed to sparkle like diamonds. Sometimes we just need some extra sparkle in our lives. Love it when nature does it’s thing. #joy #sparkle #favoritethings

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Tell me what you are really proud of that you did or accomplished so far in 2018! I love reading about people’s successes and joys. I was thinking about my own year and I feel like it’s been a rough year in many ways for me so I feel like I haven’t accomplished much. In past years I felt like I had major breakthroughs in my healing from grief and loss, I had slept better, or climbed more mountains or hiked more miles or accomplished more than I had set out to do. This year feels sluggish. I feel like I’ve cried more than I’ve belly laughed. I didn’t hike as many miles as I did last year. Then I started thinking .... at the beginning of the year I wrote down my goals for the year. I took them to my therapist and she told me that these were very big goals. They would take time. They would be very difficult. And probably the most difficult ones yet. I could expect to be triggered and pushed and there were days where I would cry and tell myself I don’t want to grow anymore today. Growth can hurt. It can push you further than you are comfortable with. Some days I wanted to give up and just go back to the familiar. Some days I cried so much I felt like I couldn’t breathe and I questioned everything. And then there would be peace. I made it through a tough spot and found peace. And then there were more triggers and growth opportunities. It would usually set me back and I would cry and fight to move forward with all my tools - meditation, hiking, painting, stretching, rest, spending time with my people and writing down my gratitudes. Celebrating my successes ... because as hard as things felt - it was because there was growth happening. The growth isn’t as obvious as prior years to me. Because the growth I have experienced this year is deeper than ever and I feel like there’s still work to be done. I’m not quite there although I feel closer. I haven’t hiked as much this year as last (330 miles) although I went to CA and AK, drove more miles, camped more, summited Mt Saint Helens, backpacked solo and did more than I could have imagined. This year feels messy - but @brenebrown says it’s messy in the middle. It’s going to be gorgeous at the end. Photo: @chadeddy

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Reflecting on life this past year. The ups. The downs. The joy. The pain. The laughter. The tears. I wonder what next year will bring. Focusing on the present moment and also manifesting the coming of spring. What are some of your highlights this year that you want to continue into the next year?

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Snow shoeing adventures, Frozen alpine lakes, Traces of blue sky, Snow clumped on trees - looking like a Dr Seuss illustration... These are a few of my favorite things ... I used to dread winter for the gray skies, being trapped indoors and the pull of seasonal depression. I have found that I now look forward to winter and I get excited about these adventures in the mountains. What do you love about this season? . . . . . #visitrainier #visitmtrainier #mrnp #themountainisout #nwexposure2018 #nelust #k5explore #OurPNW #washingtonsights #sunrisehike #mtrainierwatch #ourWild #thatPNWlife #PNW #pnwisbeautiful #upperleftUSA #NorthwestCreatives #PNWdiscovered #visitPNW #PNWroamers #peakNW #cascadiaexplored #naturalwashington #onlyinwashington #hikingculture #livewashington #wanderwashington #washingtontrails #washingtonexplored #destinationwa

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Adventure is best when shared. And even better when you share hot beverages at your destination. Company of friends + coffee + cocoa + fine china tea cup = recipe for maximum warm up and joy flow. So excited to finally share a hike and hot beverage with @grammb ❤️☕️ ❄️

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Craving those snowy trails and soft muffled sounds of snow falling through the trees. Thankful for such a diverse landscape in the Pacific Northwest. Looks like snow levels may be dropping to 3,000 feet by Friday. Any thanksgiving adventures or Black Friday #optoutside adventures planned? . . . #novembergratitude #snowadventures #outdoors #adventure #adventurevisuals #mountains #ventureout #freshairandfreedom #roamtheplanet #pnwparadise #thatPNWlife #venturesociety #greatoutdoors #NaturalWashington #NorthwestNature #HikingAdventures #letskeepitwild #washingtonhikersandclimbers #pnwisbest #pnwexplorations #naturegram #MountainLove #Thegreatoutdoors #awesomeearth #exploreeverything #outdooradventures

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Thankful for yesterday’s adventure - A great Sunday adventure ... New friend connection.... hitting the trail.... Maybe choosing the trailhead we didn’t anticipate and pulling ourselves up 3,000 foot of gain in 3 miles and realizing we still have another 2,000+ feet straight up to go ... 😂 we were blessed with seeing a bald eagle, a deer sighting, waterfall, sunshine through the trees, blue sky, lots of incline butt kicking fun and some hot chocolate on the return down next to the waterfall. You don’t always have to reach the summit to have a great time. Just goes to prove life is all about the journey....

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Happy Friday! Still thankful for the amazing views and adventures from last weekend. Mount Adams did not disappoint with blue sky backdrop, it’s own weather system swirling around the peak. Clouds draping it like a blanket as the mountain came in and out of view. Thinking about these moments makes my heart smile and makes me think about how amazing it would be to just adventure and explore every day. Would it get old though? Would I value these moments any less? I know it is important to find these moments in every day - in the usual, the normal, the mundane. Find gratitude and joy and let your heart smile with the small daily moments just as much as those long weekend amazing adventure explorations. Find something “usual” today to feel great amounts of gratitude for and leave it in the comments. 👇

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Just standing in a cave on a hillside in Eastern Washington. Thankful for my sense of adventure and that I am so close to making my hiking goal for the year. Only 34 miles to go to reach my goal. We are nearing the end of the year with just 47 more sleeps. What resolutions or goals did you make this year and how are those coming along? Any thoughts on goals for 2019? . . . #resolutions #goals #hikinggoal2018 #outdoors #adventure #adventurevisuals #mountains #ventureout #freshairandfreedom #roamtheplanet #pnwparadise #thatPNWlife #venturesociety #greatoutdoors #NaturalWashington #NorthwestNature #OptOutside #HikingAdventures #letskeepitwild #washingtonhikersandclimbers #pnwisbest #pnwexplorations #naturegram #Thegreatoutdoors #awesomeearth #exploreeverything #outdooradventures #easternwa #easternwashington #caves

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The diversity of landscape in Washington always surprises me. Just an hour drive from this spot, I was hiking in snow. I am thankful to live in a place that allows me to find adventures in a variety of landscapes - including desert. Although the sun was shining, temperatures that morning were around 16 degrees and thankfully warmed up to around 30. What type of landscape do you prefer to adventure? Ocean beaches, dense forest, Rocky Mountains, desert...? . . . #easternwa #easternwashington #deserthiking #deserttrails #lovetohike #livetohike #hike4life #peoplewhohike #dayhike #hitthetrail #bestofpnw #pnwwonderland #pnwexplored #pnw #leaveitbetterthanyoufoundit #hiking #leavenotrace #pnwlife #washingtonexplored #nextadventure #wanderwashington #goodtimes #goodvibes #goodlife #getout #explorewashington #adventure #liveyouradventure #pnwhikers

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Thankful for an amazing and full long weekend of adventures - planned and unplanned. We drove for miles and miles catching sunrises and sunsets, we hiked around snowy alpine lakes and climbed to snowy peaks with views of Adams, Rainier, Saint Helens and Hood. We climbed a hill in the dark to see wild horses. We roamed the sunny (yet cold) desert exploring caves and climbing up rocky cliffs. Life should be lived fully in what ever way that feels good for you. Push beyond your comfort zone and reach new heights. Experience new things. Nurture your soul. . . . . . #novembergratitude #thankful #adventurejunkies #VibesOfVisuals #mountadams #werehikers #rocksandroots #MountainStyle_ #wantwanderhere #weekendinthewoods #OurPNW #hikingfriends #cascadiaexplored #naturalwashington #onlyinwashington #hikingculture #livewashington #wanderwashington #washingtontrails #washingtonexplored #northwestnature #theHikeMovement #pnwParadise #awakethesoul #theoutbound #theNWadventure #choosemountains #DestinationWA #optoutside #createyourtrail

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