They say that before anything, you must love yourself first. What do you guys think of that?
How do you love yourself unconditionally? Especially when so many of us are our own worst critics. .
Photo taken on July 22nd, 2018
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Today I’m reminiscing Alaska. .
If traveling over the summer while working full this summer has taught me anything, it’s that you’ll make your dreams happen no matter what. Yeah it’s hard at times. It’s easy to feel down but I live for these experiences, so the hardships are worth the moments of pure joy and euphoria! .
What’s your advice for people who work full time wanting to travel?
Photos taken on August 10th, 2018.
Yesterday I genuinely did not want to leave the house. Some days I’ll wake up with a bad attitude and yesterday was one of those. I’m striving to get my life to a point where I wake up to excited for the day. Sadly most people don’t and I’m currently one of those. I’m not sure why but looking at this photo, if I hadn’t decided to leave the house yesterday, I wouldn’t have experienced these amazing few hours in my happy place! Nature never ceases to amaze me.
So next time you don’t feel like doing anything, just get up and go. You won’t regret it! .
Fall is in the air and the leaves are changing. These next couple weeks are my absolute favorite!
They say the city never sleeps but I’ve always found that it’s the wilderness that breathes life into your soul.
You see that vast Wilderness? All that wilderness that seems untouched by humans? It’s no coincidence that there’s not a city down there. Humans have a tendency to urbanize everything. If it weren’t for @glaciernps and the @nationalparkservice with the @usinterior, this place wouldn’t be untouched by human development. Let’s hope we can continue to protect these places... forever. Leave only footprints on trails/routes, take only photos and make memories. Leave the rest untouched. .
Photo taken on July 22nd, 2018.
Today is World Suicide Prevention Day.
I can honestly say while I’ve never actually been that deep down in the dumps, I’ve had my share of depression of over the years.
The outdoors came to me at a dark time
A time in which I felt pretty down on myself
So when people ask me why I’m always taking time off for another trip, I tell them this:
The outdoors came to me when I wasn’t in the best place in life
And even though I still feel depressed at times
Feel lost and hopeless,
I always have Mother Nature to guide me
Guide me back home
Where I’ve always felt a sense of belonging
This doesn’t make sense to a lot of people
And I don’t expect it to
As long as it makes sense to me
And it does
So if anyone is struggling right now, just know it gets better
Just hold onto that feeling that
It does get better
And if you need a friend
I am right here
Photo taken on June 23rd, 2018.
Those Teton sunrises! By far one of the best sunrise I’ve ever seen. Drove through the night and then woke up from a quick nap to this! Or I don’t think I even got a short nap in. Regardless it’s hard to say goodbye to summer but I’m definitely ready for fall. The leaves are changing! .
Photos taken on July 14, 2018.
Sometimes you fall in love with a place and need to express it somehow. Haha man I wish I had more time to spend there. And @tahmeena25 thinks half body shots are great. I don’t know why she thinks that 😂😂 but I still like this shot!
Photo taken on June 24th, 2018
We got to Alaska late at night around 1140 pm. If it was early summer, the sun would’ve been still out but it wasn’t for us at that time. We were gonna drive at night for an hour until our campsite but after an encounter with a crazy one light that seemed to be heading right towards us on the road, we decided to pull over (the light turned out to be the Alaska Rail). I don’t regret sleeping in the truck on the side of the road because this is what we woke up to! Alaska is breathtaking! Unfortunately it’s the only day we’d actually see a sunrise (not because we slept in but because of the relentless rain)
By the way @moosestoothpub has the best pizza in Alaska! So good. .
Photo taken on August 10th, 2018.
Nothing better than golden hour on Superior!
Photo taken on Sunday.
Give me a lake with a view of the mountains
Give me a place that feels like home
It doesn’t matter if it takes me 10 hours or 10 minutes to get there, just get me to a place that feels like home! .
The outdoors have been my healing energy. For those who know me, you have an idea of how much of a positive impact they’ve had on my life. It’s what makes me want to go back again and again and why I prioritize it so much. Don’t let anyone or anything prevent you from chasing your dreams! .
Photo taken on July 14th, 2018
📷 @timharris97 .
By the way this photo is candid, a lot of photos in which I’m standing in nature are! I don’t really like to pose
Lake Louise’s sister is just as pretty. :) When glaciers grind the rocks underneath them into a fine powder, that glacial flour or “silt” is deposited into those lakes. Since the silt tends to stay suspended in the lakes, the light that reflects off the lakes gives them this amazing color. You can’t see it in this photo but to the left of this photo you’d see the river flowing directly from Peyto Glacier into the lake. .
If you were to actually hike to the river, you’d notice the water is very powdery. You can see the glacial silt floating in the water. I did not notice here because the stream was so far away but when I was at Cracker Lake in Glacier National Park, I saw the river flowing from the glacier into the lake and the color was very cloudy. If it weren’t for these glaciers, the lakes wouldn’t have this amazing color! .
Photo taken on Jun 24th, 2018
I think it’s time to upgrade to an new camera! I know this is a first world problem but do I spend more money on traveling or a new camera? Can’t afford both at the moment. Time to go full frame. .
By the way a lot of the Rocky Mountains got snowed on this past week. A little bit early but I’m definitely ready for fall time, light dusting of snow, cooler temperatures and color! Fall is the best time of year! But I will miss summer, especially one as fun and adventure filled as the summer of 2018! .
Photo taken on June 24th, 2018.
These places are amazing
Peaks stretching out as far as the eye can see
This is what it feels like to be in the mountains
A place of belonging
A place I call home.
Photo taken on July 24th, 2018.
Give me some of that PNW love!
Photo taken on June 11, 2018
Alaska. The land of a thousand glaciers, rainforests, tundra, multiple species of bears, moose, the northern lights, fjords, peaks, lakes, waterfalls and Oil. If it wasn’t for the National Parks and public lands, there would probably be a couple of oil rigs in this photo. A big thank you for all the work put in by environmentalists, policy makers and others who have tried their best to protect this place from human greed. .
Photo taken on August 10th, 2018.
We did so much in our trip to Glacier National Park! Glacier is seriously one of my favorite places on earth. Despite its receding Glaciers, the mark left by these once ancient giant glaciers is what makes this park so special. Take a slice of earth and carve it over millions of years and this is what you get! A little piece of heaven. .
Photo taken on July 22nd, 2018. .📷 @bence_sensei
I always tell people that every place has it's own unique beauty. This place is no exception. Trail Ridge Road is absolutely stunning and even before the road was fully paved, there's evidence of ancient roads that may have existed thousands of years ago used by the Natives who lived there. .
I'm not sure why it took me so long to get out into the Colorado Rockies but I'll definitely be back to explore some more! The tundra is amazing and so is the ancient glacial landscape. .
As always if you are visiting this amazing park, respect the rules by staying on trails/routes, not approaching wildlife and packing all your stuff out. Happy trails!
Photo taken on August 24th, 2018.
Our planet is precious! I was messaging @carolinegleich the other day about how every human has a carbon footprint and how we can reduce it. The fact is we all rely on and live in a society where things that run on fossil fuels. I’ve always felt a little guilty driving or flying places but then i realized if I don’t do it, others will. So why miss out on that? But there are ways to reduce your carbon print and I want all you guys to make a nice little list below in the comments! I’ll start us off with a few ways I reduce my carbon footprint:
-Daily commuting to work via Trax (since I get a free Trax pass with work)
-picking up trash every time I hike
-Recycling diligently! (If you don’t know about your local recycling program, look online or give your local waste management a call)
-refuse to use straws!
-carry a water bottle and refill it (don’t use plastic bottles, and if you do, recycle them!)
... I’ll let you guys add to this. .
Let’s all do our part to keep our planet looking as beautiful as it does in this photo!