A beautiful start and end to the day, with some cool weather miles in between. 1. Silverwood Lake was a real gem. The trail snaked high above and around for some outstanding views. 2. Crossing the rainbow bridge, leaving camp for the day 3. Exiting the deep creek gorge 4. Should be some big mountains behind those clouds 5. Cruising through some canyons 6. Dodging raindrops 7. A picnic area with a view 8. Hikers on the ridge with ominous fog creeping down the mountainside 9. Marina on the lake 10. A floating outhouse?
I co-led a walk today with @cherylstrayed, one of my favorite authors, in Telluride, Colorado. It’s silly, I’ve known about this for months, but I was afraid to say it out loud for fear it wouldn’t really happen. The people were lovely, warm, and excited to be there. It rained off and on, but we ended with a delicious buffet of Thai appetizers and drinks provided by the festival. What an absolute dream! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So many thank yous to @mountainfilm and Cheryl Strayed for bringing me here and for the amazing opportunities this weekend. It’s been beautiful. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📍Telluride, Colorado. This is Ute, Apache, Pueblo+ land. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Tag #unlikelyhikers to be featured!
This is most definitely a journey for the soul. I am so grateful to spend so much time in the mountains with @thejuniperfund Nepal Operations Manager @sherpatseringdolker *and* to be able to share this place that is so special to me with @mandymooremm and her crew of friends (@streicherhair @chaseweideman @thejendaltonshow @julesapse) has been just pure fun. The are so many reasons why I love being a guide and moments like these are among the top of the list. #whyihike#liveyouradventure @eddiebauer ••• This adventure has been made truly special by being able to share it with my family. Photo by my partner in all things @tyler__reid, probably while he was also holding our baby. 💗
Confession: these sunglasses are hiding tears of joy. . . . I honestly thought at one point not too long ago that I would never climb a mountain again. I thought that I’d never see a view like this again. Mere months ago, my husband had to pick me up and carry me back to the car when my legs simply gave out and would not support me anymore. Mere months ago, I bought a secondhand wheelchair. I still have it, stashed in my attic. But my hard work in neuro rehab - and it has been HARD - has paid off! My worst symptoms are in remission and I climbed not only 1, but 7 mountains over the last string of days. I knew it was an accomplishment, but it really hit me today on my hike up Pitchoff. I’ve tackled more in less than a week than I feared I might ever be able to do in my life again. And I’m not even done...I have 2 more mountains to go before I’m done. I realized, I am capable of more than I ever knew I could be. I truly feel as if I’ve somehow managed to do the impossible. To me, each summit is nothing short of a miracle. And so when I got to the top and saw the amazing view, I cried. I’m not embarrassed. The struggle I went through to get to that moment is real. The loss and fear and grief I experienced over the last 2 years was real. And the joy of realizing the magnitude of my victory is oh so real. I’ll probably have many more moments in the coming months that bring the same sort of emotions and tears. In fact, I sincerely hope that I do. But for now, I’m enjoying living in this moment.
Last one on the Yosemite trip. Tribute to El Capitan. I couldn’t take my eyes off this spectacular wall. So I stayed, amazed by its beauty and if you’re quiet enough, you can ear it whispering the stories of the athletes who climbed it. And still wondering how @alexhonnold did it. #elcapitan#yosemite#nationalpark#freesolo#climbing
✨ Mᴏᴠᴇ ᴀᴡᴀʏ sʜᴇ sᴀɪᴅ, ᴘᴜʀsᴜᴇ ᴀʀᴛ sʜᴇ ᴛʜᴏᴜɢʜᴛ...ᴀɴᴅ sᴏ sʜᴇ ᴅɪᴅ ✨ . . . I was turning 18 and about to graduate from high school. I knew it was time to leave my roots for a little bit. I heard about Bend and Portland, two of my dad’s fav places to snowboard in the 80s. I heard the art scene was dope so I took a leap. I applied to as many colleges as I could in OR. I was moving, I would not know a soul, and I would be starting over in a foreign place. Well, like father like daughter and 15+ years later I call Oregon home. I have many “homes” and OR reminds me a lot of HI, sooo I think I’ll stay for a long while ✔︎ . . . I got my BA in graphic design before nursing school. I LOVED working as a PT designer in Portland back in 2007-2010; the good “old” Portland days ☔︎ The stoke was high as I went from island wahine to that down jacket life living in my 1st big city, in my early 20s, and w/o a clue what was in store! The endless dinner parties in my studio on SE 14th & Belmont and first Thursday art walks when the pearl district was still a warehouse jungle. Seems like forever ago! I worked for Cinco Design amongst brilliant creatives and did some freelancing on the side for friends. It was hard at times makin’ the rent as a new grad artist, but so much fun and endless networking opportunities! . . . Design was 🔥 and still is. I can’t help but stop and nerd out on a good mural, typography, photograph, pressed piece of work, etc. you get it... Portland is exploding with great design today. It’s literally at your fingertips. #staywildportland ✨ Art is my first ❤︎ and always will be ✌︎ . . . . 📸 @mpc243 #graphicdesign#designpdx#oregon#bridgelove#footpath#cityliving#artist#adobe#eddiebauer#typography#print#portlandart#photography#hawaiittooregon#oregonlove#hawaiiroots#islandgirlinacity#thispicsaysacockbrand#whyiwalk#whyihike#walkmore#optoutside