I remember at age 5 driving to the doctors with my parents to find out the sex of the baby my mom was about to have. I remember sitting in the parking lot about to go in and I told my parents I was getting a sister. They kept trying to tell me it could be a boy so I wouldn’t be disappointed. But I refused to accept that, for some reason I knew Paige was coming and I was getting a sister! Paige has been my ride or die guide and I couldn’t ask for more adventurous parter! Congrats on all your accomplishments today!
At the risk of seeming cliche with this photo, our camp site was ideal. Fell asleep to the sounds of the streams every night, just enough sun and shade every day, birds and squirrels playing, and the list goes on. Grateful.
Nothing better than when a place really does live up to the hype! It was tough to hike the 10 miles out here after finishing up 80 miles in Patagonia just a few days prior, but when I saw Havasu Falls, I knew it was all worth it. I almost cried, it was so beautiful. _________________ I sort of assumed that everyone was already familiar with Havasu Falls, but when I told friends about my plans to go here, it turned out that most of them had never heard of it! So, if it’s your first time discovering these baby blue falls, I hope you get a chance to see them one day! #alamodrivehappy.
Thinking back on my first ever hiking and camping trip. I had no idea at the time how much this trip would change my life. It’s a decent hike in - about 10/11 miles. Lots of it in full sun, all of it with a 37lb pack (newbie mistake) and a water bladder that didn’t work. 9 waterless miles & onset of heat exhaustion later and I was cursing every step I took. That last two miles felt like a marathon. To add insult to injury it was also soft sand - making the trek even more difficult. I’ll never forget seeing the water for the first time - the most beautiful blue waterfall & river I had ever seen. The tears that followed were born of sheer exhaustion- I simply couldn’t process it all. I had made it. Incredibly thankful for the locals that were selling Gatorade as we entered the campground- and at $4 it was a bargain- I’d have paid $20! I actually really did have heat exhaustion and before the trip was over I’d tear off a toenail and be stung by a bee- sounds like the perfect trip, right?!? Yet somehow I would do it again tomorrow even if nothing changed. I learned that I am stronger than I thought. That I could persevere long past what I thought was my breaking point. That there is great joy and a sense of pride in extending your limits. That by building up myself I became better for everyone else that is in my life. A better spouse, mother and friend. And this trip lit a fire that burns so very bright.....what’s the next adventure? I want to see and experience it all! Find your fire - whatever motivates you to be your best self - and pursue it fully! I feel empowered, almost invincible and 15 years younger. Maybe it wasn’t the Fountain of Youth at all, but the hike to find it that reversed the aging process! #optoutside#havasufalls#hiking#findyourfire
Who’d jump in with me?? 😍 • Looking back at all the places I’ve been is so surreal to me! So lucky to be able to do it all while I can. Can’t wait for the next adventure! Either Yosemite or Utah is next! 🙌🏽
Something you don’t want to hear: If you want something you have to WORK for it! There are no quick fixes. Success takes time. No matter what it is you are striving for, just keep going! You want to be healthier, change your eating habits, lose weight or bulk up? It’s going to take time! You want to be making the big bucks and build a business? It’s going to take time! You want to be a professional athlete? It’s going to take time. Why does it take time? Trial and error. The phases of learning. Finding what works and what doesn’t. Testing. Not quitting and then trying to start again when you realize you should have kept going. It could take months and more likely years! But if you WANT it, the time to start is now!!! PC: @mikeyjayphotos my husband 🥰
We spent last weekend backpacking down into the Grand Canyon to camp at Havasu Falls-one of the most breathtaking places I have ever had the pleasure of seeing. We spent 3 days hiking, camping, swimming, and exploring all the unique areas of this oasis. I was in awe the entire time. Grateful to the Havasupai Tribe for sharing their land with us. So worth the 5 year wait and the dead legs post climb out of the canyon. #havasufalls#grandcanyon
After this last weekend I think I’ll be chasing all the waterfalls for the rest of my life! ➖➖➖➖ I love a good debrief about things that make me excited 🤗 I just shared all the details of our trip to Havasupai on my stories and will keep them saved on my highlights ⛰
This place ✨ it’s magical ~ Pictures don’t capture the moment you round the bend and see this oasis after an all day backpacking descent through the canyon desert; or the sight of the orange sun rising across the red canyon walls every morning, or the frogs singing us to sleep as we walked back to our camp at dusk; or the bright aqua falls and pools we’d jump and canyon down yet to find another sight more beautiful than the last corner; or the feeling of lying on our backs on the ground watching a show of meteors shooting across the clear desert sky; or the beautiful residents of the Supai village greeting us kindly with toothy grins when they have every reason not to. This place...🏜