Tomorrow we have a T W O year old! In some ways this year went faster than last (if that’s even possible! 😆), and in other ways it went by so slowly. However, the days seem to be going by more quickly since this energetic, adventurous, confident & “spunky” (putting it nicely 😬) kid is always on the go-from one activity to the next. Yet she reminds me to slow down in our monotonous routine and look at the bugs [“mama whhhooooooooaaaaa BUGS!”] and smell alllllllll the flowers/weeds [“mama hmmmmmmm nice!”]. She is particular and specific about how she wants or likes many things, and in other ways goes with the flow and adapts easily. She is becoming more imaginative and funny, and I love watching her become a little person. .
Man is it hard work and exhausting in every aspect. And every day I feel I fail her in more than one way. I’m learning as I’m going and it can be frustrating. I’m learning to let go of some expectations of her and myself, and to lean into grace. But I’m trying my best and I know I’m giving her all I’ve got, because sheesh do I love this child. 💜.
Back from 4 days in the wilderness with a refreshed spirit and perspective.
I think our bodies are meant to be outside. Meant to get sun on our faces and bug bites on our legs. Meant to feel the nearness of an impending storm and understand the wildness of wind. But I also think that the learned knowledge about how to survive outdoors has been handed down from white dude to white dude for eons - keeping the rest of us indoors. Going outside is scary when you don’t know how to do it safely. I’ve spent yeaaars learning and collecting info on how to backpack efficiently, safely, and intelligently. There are so many things that I never would have known if I hadn’t been privileged enough to have people to guide me.
All this to say - if you wanna backpack but you’re afraid to, talk to me! I’m out to find outdoor narratives that differ from the “white man conquers the elements” and I want to share it all so we can all get outside. Soooo if you want gear recs or trail recs or have questions on how you shit in the backcountry - please ask me! We all deserve to live closer to the earth and the earth deserves more humans that respect it.
art by my absolute favorite @amesinthehaus
I love teaching. I love cracking open a little puzzle for someone else and watching their eyes light up when they get it. 💡
I actually have a degree in teaching. Somewhere between the dinners at my grandma’s house (that is, my grandma who FOUNDED the school I graduated from) and sending out college applications, I realized I wanted to share what I’ve learned with others. Then I got GOOD at it.
I taught at the tiniest middle-of-nowhere Indiana school (where their colors were red, white, and blue... and their mascot was a wildcat. No joke.) I taught a whole mess of international kids in New Zealand—and hiked up a volcano with them, too.
And even now, I’m feeling that tug at my heart again. Maybe it’s because I grew up in a family of teachers, instructors, and coaches... but I’ve never felt like learning was a one-way transaction.
Every time I learn something new, I want to turn around and teach it to someone else. ⠀⠀
I can’t WAIT to share all the ways I’m going to start giving back and sharing all I’ve learned—SO SOON ⚡️ I’m so, so excited.
This was one hike that almost did me in. I started out the hike with blisters and then got super weak, but instead of giving in, I slowly pushed through.
I can't say that I'm glad I did because I got quite weak and sick after the hike, but a couple years later I've found myself wanting to do the hike again to prove something to myself, I'm not sure what, but something.
Get it gurl!! @paleo_pixie my awesome climbing buddy kicking butt ! .
Oh, and I sent my first 11b.... once again in the chimney 🧗♀️ no picture proof but I have plenty of scratches on my elbows and knees to prove it
All in all, not a bad climbing session despite neither of us feeling like our game was 100%
Went to Canada three weeks ago and had a real nice time 👍👍
Snow and ice and glaciers. A world I’ve just barely scraped the surface of ⛏ #bigmountaindreams
We have officially tried the “World’s Best Ice Cream” and I have to report that the cotton candy flavor was 👌🏻
The hike up to Evolution Valley was hard work in the middle of the day. It was hot and dry, and the South Fork of the San Joaquin River roared next to us, spraying us occasionally and daring us to try and take a break in the cool water lest we get swept away by the strong current. (07/17/2018)
Just a picture I like,
doing something I love 🧗♀️
I started bringing dresses on our hikes about two years ago. It was after my first hike without my kids, a mamas only sunrise hike. As we hiked, we connected in the dark. Only knowing who was who by the sound of our voices, our laughter echoing in the darkness. Then we summited, all as one. I had an overwhelming sense of accomplishment. Like an enormous burst of pride so big that I wanted to pull a big ol dorky sound of music moment, to twirl on the mountain, free as a fricken bird....but didn’t have a dress. I watched my friends, their faces glowing with pride and a little bit of sweat, and all feeling the exact same way as I did. From that day forward, I brought a dress. It wasn’t until last summer where my friends made me put one on too. And then this last Sunday, I was convinced again. 😂
In the last 4 months I’ve gained 15lbs. I’m incredibly self conscious at the moment, which I think is normal for a lot of us...but they somehow convinced (almost our entire group).... to twirl, then get naked on a mtn and THEN in a lake. And we did it.
I am so grateful to be where I am and to be who I am now. I’ve learned so much as a person, single parent, a small business owner, and a mama who loves bread so much she’ll risk that extra gain for awhile even if it makes it a bit uncomfortable. I’m proud of my friends, I’m incredibly grateful for them too. I’ll be posting more of them on a mountain in flowy dresses but it takes a lot for me to post photos of myself. So, thanks to my friend @tarynalyson for taking the first two of me (second two were either Emily or Alexis!) and all of my wonderful supportive friends who yelled “YEEESS HONEY” and many other hilarious and encouraging words while i did this (and of course, when we all got naked). Find your people you guys.
I love to #exploretheoutdoors
Theres something about sunshine and beautiful views that quiets those doubts that speak loud on normal days. I plan to explore as much as I can. 🏜⛰ #mountainmermaid
Mountain doggo & Moiry Glacier in the background. 🐾
Sun is out - flip flops are in 😉
Because what would summer be without flip flops? 😎 #ad pool, beach or running errands - I’m always in my @reef 🙌🏼 Support the petition of adding flip flops to the emoji keyboard in 2020 to represent ultimate summer footwear ☀️ #insertflipflopemoji 😉
If you could go back 2 years and give yourself a letter, what would it say?
Mine would go something like this:
You’re feeling really alone right now, but things will get better.
When your family drops you, there will be people you never expected waiting to catch you. It’ll make you ugly cry.
That one friendship you’ve spent so much time mourning? It’s built on conditional love. Let it go.
You’ll make more friends. And their weird will match yours.
Sorry, but you won’t get a dog. However, you’ll meet lots of prairie dogs.
You’ll get hurt. You’ll fall in love. You’ll move around a lot and live in a truck.
You’ll feel like you’re doing it all wrong.
Sometimes you’ll get it right.
Eventually, you’ll call a tree stump your office for the day.
See? It gets better. Way better.
Tree stump office made possible by @jackeryusa 🌞
In the meadow we can build a snowman
A day that will not be soon forgotten 🏔
@Regrann from @sun.in.the.soul
MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK, WASHINGTON - Saturday, July 27th! This destination adventure is supported by, @MoonGuides. Swag, snacks, beverages and prizes!
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Date: Saturday, July 27th, 2019
Location: Mount Rainier National Park
Trail stats: 4-5 miles round trip, about 1,000 ft elevation gain. We’ll be doing a variation of the Alta Vista Trail.
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[Image description: a small group of hikers walking along trail beside dramatic rock formations. Misty, gray day. Text overlay reads “Mount Rainier, WA”]