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Angie Lea 🌲 Explore PNW

Pacific Northwest Adventure Planner. Nature lover. Writer. Artist. ✨2018 goal: hike 343 miles. ✨Current miles: 278 🙌🏼 My photos: #iPhone 📱 My book:

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I think no matter how much you plan, things are just going to work out the way they are supposed to. I would like to think that occasions such as: when you are running late because a series of events set you back ... are actually happening FOR you. I usually try to think in these situations that I have potentially missed an accident or perhaps aligned with something meant for me instead. Friday for instance, both of my adventure companions that day were feeling sick and had decided against adventuring in favor of rest (which I support 100%). As disappointed as I felt for the change, a series of new events unfolded that felt like I was exactly where I was supposed to be. I changed the location of my adventure. I was prepared with my 10 essentials plus my snow/ice gear. I met a new friend on the trail who needed me just as much as I needed her. We climbed a mountain together. We laughed, cried and connected. We explored new trails. Witnessed a rare black and white colored fox. Saw an amazing sunset. I had just posted last week about being fully capable of going solo. And while both of us had set out that day to go solo on the trail, I think we both can agree that the connections made along the journey help fill the cracks in your soul and fill the joy cups beyond measure. Let today happen for you. I’m excited to see how today unfolds. How about you? . . . . #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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Happy Friday. It’s going to be a fun weekend with a variety of adventures for me. What adventures do you have in store for you this weekend? Today I have the day off work and will be adventuring in nature - moving my muscles, clearing my head of all the noise building up this week and soak up all the sunshine I can while it is still around. Saturday I will be attending the CFD Masquerade Ball at the Capitol building in Olympia. I look forward to this event all year long! I will have one of my paintings up for auction and excited to raise money for some amazing charities! Oh and I get the excuse to dress up in a ball gown and have a magical night feeling like a princess.... just as I do when I find myself having conversations with little woodland creatures in the wilderness. 😂 Whatever adventures you find this weekend or how you define adventure - make the most of it. (Note: I did not feed the birds... The birds just love me ... ok, they love anyone because they are grey jays and they always think there is food. I would still like to think they just come to me for the conversation.) . . 📸 credit: @alexad85 . . . . . #friyay #fridayvibes #PNW #nature #lifeofadventure #wanderlust #nwisthebest #upperleftusa #thatpnwlife #UpperLeftLiving #optoutside #neverstopexploring #adventurethatislife #hiking #DestinationWA #explorewashington #washingtonexplored #livewashington #natureaddict #naturetemptation #PNWisBeautiful #getoutside #NorthwestCreatives #OurWild #optoutside #getoutdoors #forceofnature #OurPNW #Washington #OurWild

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If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. ✨ Once upon a time I didn’t like doing anything alone. I was often told not to go alone. Many seeds of fear and anxiety were planted early on that more often than not - kept me from doing the things I wanted to do or even needed to do. At some point - I realized that I am fully capable to do things alone. I don’t have to let fear stop me from enjoying life. Waiting for someone else to do the things could make me miss out on a whole lot of life and living. And that is more frightening than the thought of going alone. The truth of the matter is - as much as I am capable of being alone and enjoy being alone, there is so much more joy for me in going together. It lights me up. It fills my cup. It builds memories that can be shared. Sure... I may get places faster alone sometimes, however together we can go further. Connections are nurtured. Memories stored are so much better. . Even though I am generally an introvert - I believe with all of my heart that connection is one of my favorite things in the whole world. . Who are you connecting with this weekend to fill that joy cup? Tag them below. 👇👇👇 . . . . . . #connection #together #memories #joy #thejourneyisthedestination #olympicnationalforest #findyourpark #olympicmountains #protectourlands #getoffyourcouch #lovetohike #livetohike #nwexposure2018 #peoplewhohike #dayhike #hitthetrail #bestofpnw #pnwwonderland #pnwexplored #pnw #pnwlife #washingtonexplored #nextadventure #wanderwashington #explorewashington #liveyouradventure #PNW #Northwestvibes

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I am loving this extra week of sunshine here in Washington. It feels like we got an extension on summer. The sun has been warm and bright! The nights have been crisp and cool. I just saw some pictures pop up from one year ago snow shoeing at paradise at Rainier! The snow was already pretty deep.... and I read yesterday that Sunrise will continue to be open until end of October (unless it snows big before then). So if you haven’t been to Sunrise yet this year head up this week. The mountain will be out! 📍 Mount Rainier National Park . . . . . . . . #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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Another sunrise hike for this year! Each time I hike at night I feel such a charge. The crisp air. It was 29 degrees at the Jeep. The stars. There were billions of them - some shooting, some twinkling, all fading into the light as the sun made its grand entrance. The colors. Pinks, oranges, yellows, purples, blues: bright and fiery on the horizon, softening as it blends into the morning sky. The mountain - catching fire as the sun sweeps across it and the glow makes my heart sing a song of gratitude to be alive. How many more wake ups will any of us get? And how many will ever have such an amazing entrance and opportunity to say - I worked hard to get here. Here I am. In this moment. And it is glorious. Every new day is a new opportunity to live, laugh, love and make the most of the time you get. . . . . . #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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Someone long ago told me to stop wishing for the weekend... For vacation... For future events to arrive. That it takes away from the present and that you are wishing your days away and we have so little days to spare in the scheme of things. I have tried to take this advice and become more present and enjoy every single day. I stopped waiting for the weekends to live my life. I started enjoying each day as it happened ... and because I am a planner - I can live for the day yet still look forward to future events. I find myself lately wishing for weekends. Feeling tired and needing more time outdoors to reconnect and find that joy cup filling energy I feel when I am in nature. I have so much to be thankful for each and every day.... today I am thankful it is Friday. I am thankful for sleeping a little longer. I am thankful for a forecast of sunshine and clear skies today. I am thankful for a concert tonight. It’s going to be a good day. And it will also be a good weekend. #lifeisgood #gratitude . #visitrainier #mrnp #mountains #optoutside #getoutdoors #upperleftusa #OurPNW #Washington #rainier #mtrainier #mtrainiernationalpark #PNW #nature #lifeofadventure #wanderlust #nwisthebest #upperleftusa #thatpnwlife #optoutside #neverstopexploring #adventurethatislife #hiking #livewashington #explorewashington #explorepnw #destinationwashington #pnwonderland

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Looks like a beautiful weekend coming to the PNW ... where will you be adventuring? Who will you be adventuring with? ✨ Fall colors are in full force and I hear the Larches are at peak right now... one of the things I love about the PNW is exploring all year long.... there is always somewhere to adventure! Have fun, be safe, make memories. If you need some suggestions on where to explore - let me know! ✨ This picture was from a sunrise hike recently to a fire lookout tower. I hiked in the dark to watch the sunrise over mount rainier and on the way out it was gorgeous to see all the fall colors I missed on the way in. ✨ . . . . . #visitranier #mrnp #OurPNW #cascadiaexplored #naturalwashington #onlyinwashington #hikingculture #livewashington #wanderwashington #washingtontrails #washingtonexplored #northwestnature #theHikeMovement #pnwParadise #theoutbound #theNWadventure #choosemountains #DestinationWA #optoutside #createyourtrail #pnwadventuresquad #wssaf #washingtonsaf #TheNorthwestAdventure #nelust #k5explore #featuremyadventure #hike #washingtonsights

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Spent the weekend driving 1,524 miles chasing sunshine, wide open landscapes, changing colors of fall, waterfalls, mountains, sunsets and sunrises. Filling my joy cup. I always want to keep my sense of wonder for adventure and exploration. I always want to be moved by the sight of the sun shimmering on the surface of a lake or river. I always want to have a beautiful sunset take my breath away. I always want the amount of stars to surprise me on a dark backroad. I always want the shapes of the clouds to spark my imagination. I always want to find magic in every day - in the ordinary, in the new, in the familiar. We get each new day as a gift - a fresh opportunity to create a life of meaning. What gives your life meaning? . . . . . #lifeofmeaning #lifeisgood #explorepnw #roadtrip #Idaho #idahoexplored #visitidaho #thisidaho #idahogram #onlyinid #idahodaily #gooutlocal #onlyinidaho #visitboise #PNW #nature #lifeofadventure #wanderlust #nwisthebest #upperleftusa #thatpnwlife #optoutside #neverstopexploring #adventurethatislife #lifeisgood #northwestnature #pnwParadise #awakethesoul #theNWadventure #wanderlust

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Life doesn’t always turn out the way you plan. Sometimes you have a picture of how things will be in your head. For example: expecting to arrive at this waterfall destination to see water spilling over the edges in massive amounts. Upon arrival, the large rocks instead exposed and a small waterfall spilling over the edge because they block off the water this time of year. I could think it’s been a waste of time to drive this distance only to be disappointed by a less spectacular display. Or I could focus on what I do see and that the journey to get here had some pretty amazing moments and the journey following this destination also had some pretty amazing moments. At one point this weekend I made the comment: “then why did we come here?” Shortly after I spoke those words I wanted to take them back. I really do believe that life is a series of moments that are taking us where we are supposed to go. Even if we don’t see it in the moment we are in. Take a moment where you are at right now. Close your eyes and take a deep breath. You are alive. Be thankful for this moment. Even if it is a difficult moment or not what you expected. There is more to come. . . . #gratitude #idaho #explorepnw #lifeisbeautiful #shoshonefalls #idahoexplored #visitidaho #thisidaho #idahogram #onlyinid #idahodaily #gooutlocal #onlyinidaho #visitboise #PNW #nature #lifeofadventure #wanderlust #nwisthebest #upperleftusa #thatpnwlife #optoutside #neverstopexploring #adventurethatislife #lifeisgood #northwestnature #pnwParadise #theoutbound #theNWadventure #wanderlust

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I sat next to this alpine lake as the cool breeze began to chill me. I was glad for my winter hat and gloves in my pack. I was also glad for the smell of grilled cheese sandwiches cooking on my @jetboil and the hot tomato soup to sip with my hot sandwich. My jetboil mini mo has become one of my favorite items in my pack because I can make a cup of something hot or make a fresh meal on the trail. Even for a day hike. ...Especially for a day hike. Because it is all part of the experience for me. . . ❓ ...Tell me - what are some of your favorite trail foods or beverages? . . . . . #visitranier #mrnp #jetboil #alpinelake #trailfood #hikelife #mountains #optoutside #getoutdoors #upperleftusa #OurPNW #Washington #rainier #mtrainier #mtrainiernationalpark #PNW #nature #lifeofadventure #wanderlust #nwisthebest #upperleftusa #thatpnwlife #optoutside #neverstopexploring #adventurethatislife #hiking #livewashington #explorewashington #explorepnw #destinationwashington #pnwonderland

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Create the life you want to live. Make time for the experiences that matter. Start by visualizing how you want your life to look, then take small steps to make it happen. A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step. . . . . . #lifeisbeautiful #bethankful #gratitude #wanderlust #explorepnw #visitrainier #mrnp #mountains #optoutside #getoutdoors #upperleftusa #OurPNW #Washington #rainier #mtrainier #mtrainiernationalpark #PNW #nature #lifeofadventure #wanderlust #nwisthebest #upperleftusa #thatpnwlife #optoutside #neverstopexploring #adventurethatislife #hiking #livewashington #explorewashington #explorepnw #destinationwashington #pnwonderland #nwexposure2018

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Sometimes I get distracted by an end goal. ....Destination distraction. Life is about the journey though. Each moment of each day is a gift. There was a moment on this trail that I stood still. Listening to the sounds of the birds whirring between the trees and in and out of bushes. Whirring. It’s the only word I can think of that could describe the sound they made. Like the sound of a hummingbird but deeper. So many whirs. I felt delighted and I felt my heart fill with joy for nothing more than a sound. For a pause. For a moment. Take some time today to pause. Savor a moment. Stare up into a tree or the sky or into a loved ones eyes. Inhale gratitude for the gift of this moment. . . . . . #visitrainier #mrnp #mountains #optoutside #getoutdoors #upperleftusa #OurPNW #Washington #rainier #mtrainier #mtrainiernationalpark #PNW #nature #lifeofadventure #wanderlust #nwisthebest #upperleftusa #thatpnwlife #optoutside #neverstopexploring #adventurethatislife #hiking #livewashington #explorewashington #explorepnw #destinationwashington #pnwonderland #fallcolors #nwexposure2018

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The forecast called for clouds and possible rain on Sunday which meant that Mount Rainier would be hiding. That didn’t matter. It was the perfect day. The colors on the trail and the wonderful company made my joy cup overflow. The temperatures are dropping and time to double check the pack for adequate layers and gear and to start the day with a warmer clothes base. I was so very thankful for the grilled cheese and tomato soup I cooked us by the lake ... it really hit the spot for a warm up. . . . . . #visitrainier #mrnp #mountains #optoutside #getoutdoors #upperleftusa #OurPNW #Washington #rainier #mtrainier #mtrainiernationalpark #PNW #nature #lifeofadventure #wanderlust #nwisthebest #upperleftusa #thatpnwlife #optoutside #neverstopexploring #adventurethatislife #hiking #livewashington #explorewashington #explorepnw #destinationwashington #pnwonderland #nwexposure2018

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It’s October. A month that has been very difficult for me for years. I am fighting back against the seasonal depression, dates that trigger me and the hard memories of loss and grief by focusing on gratitude, joy and connection this month. Reprogramming myself one October at a time to look forward to this month and associate it with the joys and strength I feel and this new version of myself I have grown to love. I will fill my month with deeper connections, attending events, surrounding myself with love and filling my joy bucket. I will schedule more massages and get out into nature as much as I am able. I will spend time each day reflecting on all that I am thankful for and the abundance I have. . . It’s not happiness that brings us gratitude. It’s gratitude that brings us happiness. . . Happy October. ❤️ what are you thankful for today? . . #stength #hiketoheal #laughmore #worryless #gratitude #visitrainier #mrnp #mountains #optoutside #getoutdoors #upperleftusa #OurPNW #Washington #rainier #mtrainier #mtrainiernationalpark #PNW #nature #lifeofadventure #wanderlust #nwisthebest #upperleftusa #thatpnwlife #optoutside #neverstopexploring #adventurethatislife #hiking #lifeisgood #explorewashington #explorepnw #nwexposure2018

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Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion. - Thich Nhat Hanh . . . #maketodaycount #mornings #compassion #smile #explorepnw #easternwashington #wanderlust #pnwadventuresquad #wssaf #washingtonsaf #TheNorthwestAdventure #nelust #k5explore #featuremyadventure #hike #washingtonsights

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A little post hike hammock nap. A little down time to let your body, mind and soul recover is always a good idea. Also - I can’t get enough of the sunshine. Have a great day! . . #hammocklife #selfcare #naptime #lovetohike #livetohike #hike4life #peoplewhohike #dayhike #hitthetrail #bestofpnw #pnwwonderland #pnwexplored #pnw #leaveitbetterthanyoufoundit #hiking #leavenotrace #pnwlife #washingtonexplored #nextadventure #wanderwashington #goodtimes #goodvibes #goodlife #getout

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