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Tahir Razzaq

Outdoor enthusiast 25 student SLC, UT Nikon D5000, Galaxy S5. Founder of @diversityinadventure DM me to adventure! 👊 Dystonia fighter.

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To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all. -Oscar Wilde . . What's one thing you've always wanted to do but still haven't done? Let me know below! How can you work to make this a reality? Going here was something I always wanted to do. I finally made it happen a few weeks ago! Anything is possible if you want it badly enough. . . P.S. I wish I could Photoshop @nabbzee and @tahmeenaameen out of this photo. 😂😂 . (Also notice how the color changes in every photo I have of this lake) . . Photo taken June 23rd, 2018.

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Mountains, sunsets, and the moon. Best combination ever! Mountains inspire me. . What Inspires you? Let me know! . . Photo taken June 23rd, 2018.

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Canoeing Moraine Lake is one of those experiences that changed my life, in a good way. I've always wanted to kayak but not knowing how to swim made me afraid of getting into any body of water. On a calm day, there really isn't anything to worry about. . . So I sat in the back of the canoe. As we were going back to the dock, I noticed this scene behind me. Since it had been cloudy most of the day, the lighting on the lake kept changing. The amazing thing is that I looked back and blindly took a photo and didn't even bother looking at it until later and this was the result! How amazing is that? . . I really hope we continue protecting our planet. Nature has saved my life in so many ways and I could not be more thankful. The least I can do in return for her is to raise awareness to protect her. We can all do our part. Start with the simplest thing. I'm going to organize a community clean up of our trailheads pretty soon. Who would be interested? . . Photo taken on June 23rd, 2018

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Life isn't always prefect. There are moments that are absolutely perfect (like this one) but that doesn't mean it's always perfect. I've gotten used to people asking me "OMG where are you right now"? And I respond with, "Salt Lake City". Then they'll think I'm trolling them and I'll respond with "oh yeah I was in Banff for 8 days two weeks ago!" Then they'll ask "how do you afford that? How do you have time for that?" And so on. . . Both valid questions. Well I work a lot in between trips. I save money and don't spend it on useless things (if you are going out every weekend and spending $100 on dinners, clubs, etc... Then no wonder why you can't find time/money to travel). I work odd hours and weekends as well (unless I'm doing something). - most healthcare jobs are flexible. You can work 8 days in a row and then have 8 days off. So how do I recover from trips? I don't really! The first couple days back to work are pretty tough. Crazy thing is I'm still not done with school, just taking a much needed break from it. . . Point is, I gave up all that partying (not that I was into it much to begin with), wasteful spending, shopping and going out to be able to travel more. It's not sustainable long term, but when I have a better paying job, it will be. And honestly, June 2018 was by far the best month of my life. So it's damn well worth it! . . Also right now I'm debating on spending more money traveling or on upgrading my camera. A struggle indeed.

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I spent two days alone in Banff after my friends left. I was a little scared but it was so damn worth it! Sleeping in my hammock the first morning because I was so exhausted. I ended that first solo day at this place right in time for Sunset. There weren't that many people there and as I had been all day, I was talking and clapping my hands. I also had my Bear Spray handy too but didn't see one, fortunately. . . . It was so peaceful, especially since DEET does seem to help repel mosquitoes. Oh what I'd give to be back there! I have so many photos to post. It'll take me a few months to get through all of them so expect Canada photos for the next few months! Mixed in with more current Adventures. . Photo taken June 27th, 2017. . . . #canada #canadaisawesome #yohonationalpark

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"The Road goes ever on and on, Down from the door where it began. Now far ahead the Road has gone" - J.R.R Tolkien . I'm still living off the Canada high. I can't believe it's been 8 days since I got back home after spending 8 days there. I miss you so much Canada and can't wait to meet you again. Already have a stacked Itinerary for next time, just gotta get those permits. . . P.S. this is the Maligne Lake road, where on that day, on the side of road, we saw 8 bears! And a mother/cub a little bit earlier that day in Jasper. . . Photo taken June 22nd, 2018.

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I love this caption so much, I have to reuse it. Check out the video as well. Google "Sonder Video" and it should pop up. . . “Sonder: You are the main character—the protagonist—the star at the center of your own unfolding story. You're surrounded by your supporting cast: friends and family hanging in your immediate orbit. Scattered a little further out, a network of acquaintances who drift in and out of contact over the years. But there in the background, faint and out of focus, are the extras. The random passersby. Each living a life as vivid and complex as your own. They carry on invisibly around you, bearing the accumulated weight of their own ambitions, friends, routines, mistakes, worries, triumphs and inherited craziness. When your life moves on to the next scene, theirs flickers in place, wrapped in a cloud of backstory and inside jokes and characters strung together with countless other stories you'll never be able to see. That you'll never know exists. In which you might appear only once. As an extra sipping coffee in the background. As a blur of traffic passing on the highway. As a lighted window at dusk.” -John Koenig . . Thanks for sharing this and taking this photo @tahmeenaameen.

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Spirit Island. Not really an island most of the year but Spirit Pennsula just doesn't roll off the tongue (stole this from our tour guide). 😁 . . Maligne Lake got more and more spectacular the further in you went! This place is special. You only get 15 minutes so you have to choose what to do. After spending about 14 minutes and 30 seconds snapping photos, I took a few seconds to admire what I was seeing. This place is special. Sometimes all you need to do is take a few seconds and really take in your surroundings. Put down that camera and cellphone, and just be in that moment. . . P.S. our tour guide was amazing and very insightful. I learned a lot from her about the Canadian Rockies!so Trivia question: what gives the some of the lakes a Turquoise or Emerald Green color?

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Me and @tahmeenaameen legit found the best spot on the rock pile overlooking Moraine Lake. What a dream this place was! . . A few years ago, someone asked me what is your dream? I responded with "nothing crazy really. I don't care for making millions, never cared about fancy material things. All I really want is to have amazing people in my life who I can share amazing experiences with.".. This last month has been just that! I always dreamed of going to Canada. I faced so many obstacles, thoughts that kept telling me it's too risky, or it's too expensive, but a few months ago, I said "fuck it, I'm going". What I learned from this experience is that deep down I've always known who I am, I just was too scared to become that person... Not anymore! . . Another thing to realize is life isn't perfect. While I've been describing this trip as "perfect", it most certainly wasn't. We had many ups and downs. The weather ruined our plans one of the days and sleep deprivation finally hit me as I was flying home. But if I had to do it again, i most definitely would. These experiences make life worth living. . *If you're still reading this, you're amazing! If you aren't, you still are. You just won't see this little note. 😉 .... 📷: @tahmeenaameen

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My friend @kirstenalexisadventures described the first jump as "sensory overload". That is the perfect description. One minute I'm on the edge of the airplane and the next minute I remember the parachute opening up. It all happened so fast. Golden was an amazing spot for my first jump ever. The mountains there are endless. We jumped right into the clouds, which was good for my first time because as I was looking straight down, I didn't see the bottom. . . I didn't feel scared at all. I felt so empowered. In those few minutes, nothing mattered. I can truly say I was living in the moment. I felt free like an eagle soaring in the sky. I always said if I get reincarnated, I'd want to be an eagle! Skydiving is amazing! Why sit at home when you can go jump out of a perfectly good airplane? . . Cole was an awesome dude to jump with. He knows his stuff! Made my first jump ever very memorable.

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I guess if I had to start off my barrage of Canada photos (and I'm not even done with my PNW barrage), I'd start off with this place. No need to use words to describe it. This lake is unlike any I've ever seen. The color itself is unmatched by any other, even the other dozen lakes we saw in Canada. The peaks rising sharply directly above the lake 5000+ feet is unmatched by any other setting I've seen. We also canoed the lake and hiked up to Eiffel Lake later that day, which gave us sweeping views of the Valley of the 10 Peaks, which I proudly counted out in three different languages! . . I want to thank @nabbzee and @tahmeenaameen for letting me tag along with them. My plans kept falling apart but finally three years later, I made it! I told myself I wasn't going to keep waiting for someone else to make their mind up and go with me, and I was ready to go solo. Then I found out these guys were going so I asked if I could tag along. Y'all are really fun to travel with! I am definitely going back soon. We barley scratched the surface!

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The way I know I had an amazing trip is when I have a desire to go back. Not because I feel like I missed something or I didn't see enough, but because the magic of where I went calls me again, and again. Let's be honest, who else has the mentality that every waterfall, every lake, every peak is uniquely beautiful? There are those who will say it's just another waterfall, but not me. This particular waterfalls just outside North Cascades National Park was amazing! So unique and was a random unexpected stop, which made it even better! . . Happy Summer Solstice! I'm in Calgary right now heading to Banff! Really moody weather here. Photo taken June 7th, 2018

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Mount Shuksan is one of those places that will draw your attention so much that it Inspires you. One day I will be on the top of there. Just something amazing about the different Glaciers coming down the mountain. Pictures won't even come close to showing the scale of this place! Mount Shuksan is physically in North Cascades National Park but these viewpoints are from the Mount Baker ski area. . . Photo taken on June 7th, 2018.

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I love the moody PNW vibes. So this photo was taken at Cape Flattery, which is home to the Makah Native Americans who also own the Tatoosh Isand. It was interesting talking to a Native American man there. I learned a lot about their culture! This spot is significant about this spot it is the most Northwestern point in the continental United States. And across the Strait of Juan de Fuca, you can see Vancouver Island, Canada. And speaking of Canada, that's where I'm headed tomorrow, on my way to Banff. It's crazy to think that in 24 hours I'll be sitting and Banff National Park. Could not be more excited. I've been wanting to go to there for a couple years now, so it is definitely a dream come true! . . Photo taken on June 10th, 2018

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Hurricane Hill is one of the most breathtaking hikes for the effort it requires. Of course it's also very popular because of that. I chose not to Photoshop the people out of this photo because I love how they add to the scale of the mountains. . . Olympic National Park became one of my favorite National Parks. Where else can you find a beautiful coastline, a temperate rainforest and tall rugged glacial peaks all in one park? I'm sure they also contain some amazing lakes and waterfalls as well! What more could you want out of a national park? . . By the way Hurricane Hill is my official first named peak outside of Utah. How crazy is that? Snowbank mountain was my first one in Idaho but that was a drive up a dirt road for the solar eclipse. need to start bagging more peaks. . Photo taken on June 11th, 2018

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Happy Father's Day to my Dad, who used to drive us up the canyons when we were kids and that's what piqued our curiosity about the outdoors! . . . I miss those rainforests but I'm off to Banff on Thursday. Couldn't be more excited! . . Photo taken on June 9th, 2018

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The PNW really is that green! What an amazing place. So our first day in Olympic National Park, it rained for 12 hours straight!! Ali struggled to put a tarp up and when we finally got it up, naturally, it stopped raining. The next day we caught a break with the rain and a enjoyed the beaches and rainforests. However, upon leaving the Hoh rain forest, we let for to camp and it rained all night. The last day, it rained on and off and eventually we setup camp near Hurricane Ridge, which was super cold. The day after, we hit Hurricane Ridge (last photo) before heading to Rainier. What an adventure! Can't want to write my blog on it. . . Also, on this trip, I visited three new national parks: North Cascades, Olympic and Mount Rainier! This brings my total up to 14! . . Photo taken on June 10, 2018

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Got back this morning from and 8 day/7 night roadtrip throughout the heart of the Pacific Northwest. This picture won't even come close to doing justice and describing our experience. Three National Parks and countless Wilderness areas, the PNW is one of a kind in the U.S. . . From the Glacial covered peaks of the Olympic and Cascade Mountains down to the rainforests of the Olympic peninsula. The massive waterfalls originating from the Glacial peaks, to the beaches of the Pacific. From Mount Shuksan majestically rising from the valley to Mount Rainier dominating all the Cascade Volcanoes. Saint Helens in the distance, only a remnant of it's former self. Adams, Baker, Hood. The Strait of Juan De Fuca, Cape Flattery, Tatoosh Islands, Vancouver Island, downtown Seattle. We saw and explored so much! . . This an unforgettable experience. It wasn't all glorious (which I'll talk about in my blog), but if you asked me to go back with you, I'd go back in a heartbeat! PC: @efren.ink Photo taken June 11th, 2018.

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