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241 miles along the John Muir Trail are now complete (NOBO via Cottonwood Pass)!! 18 days with only nature as the soundtrack 🎶
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🏔 The High Sierras are pure magic. Got a lot of practice with river crossings, avoiding snow bridges, traversing snow with steep exposure — of which there was plenty this year! Humbled and deeply grateful to experience this.
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P.s. Sleeping in the van and a warm shower feel like LUXURY!!! —
Not pictured here: mosquito 🦟 swarms, rock slides, infected toes🦶 , loosing a 🦷 then meeting a fellow backpacker/dentist who fixed it and all the tingles ✨ down the back of our necks.
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For anyone interested, I’ll share more of this adventure on my personal Instagram @jacquelineturnerhammond
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#outdoorwomen #sheexplores #forceofnature #asdt #womenwhohike #womenwhoexplore #optoutside

241 miles along the John Muir Trail are now complete (NOBO via Cottonwood Pass)!! 18 days with only nature as the soundtrack 🎶 — 🏔 The High Sierras are pure magic. Got a lot of practice with river crossings, avoiding snow bridges, traversing snow with steep exposure — of which there was plenty this year! Humbled and deeply grateful to experience this. — P.s. Sleeping in the van and a warm shower feel like LUXURY!!! — Not pictured here: mosquito 🦟 swarms, rock slides, infected toes🦶 , loosing a 🦷 then meeting a fellow backpacker/dentist who fixed it and all the tingles ✨ down the back of our necks. — For anyone interested, I’ll share more of this adventure on my personal Instagram @jacquelineturnerhammond#outdoorwomen #sheexplores #forceofnature #asdt #womenwhohike #womenwhoexplore #optoutside - 2 minutes ago

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Huuuumppp daaayyy 🐪

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⛰ Mountain Church ⛰
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-What a hiking tour. Climb and sweat over 5 hours but it was worth it. The view up there is breathtaking !!
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⛰ Mountain Church ⛰ - -What a hiking tour. Climb and sweat over 5 hours but it was worth it. The view up there is breathtaking !! - -follow @_vayam_ for more! - #landscapelover #beautifulview #viewpoint #hikingphotography #naturephotography #natureshots #sonynofilter #switzerland_destinations #wanderlust #forceofnature #landscapephotography #naturephotography #natureprimeshot #passionpassport #amazingswitzerland #myswitzerland #exploreswitzerland #sonyswitzerland #awesomeswitzerland #blickheimat #mountainshotz #mountain #swissalps #swissmountains #mountainsofswitzerland #mountainlove #lakelucerne #pilatus #hikingswitzerland #swissphotographer - - @_visitswitzerland_ @ig_swiss @visitswitzerland @swiss.vacations @sonyalpha_ch_at @beautifulphotographers @swiss_360 @swiss_photographies @swiss.views - OneLove - 6 minutes ago

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When we camp we are super efficient. We have the necessities and have major paired down our packing... but we def leave room for a few luxuries like twinkle lights in our tent, matching kimonos for sis and I. For me my bed is a NECESSARY luxury! I have an amazing inflatable air mattress that is required😂 my hips literally bruise themselves if I use anything less and that makes for a grumpy mama!!! I make sure to bring my E240 Power Station from @jackeryusa to power all thing necessary and luxury 😂😂 Hello fully charges phones & cameras 💖💖
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I know a bunch if you have asked about the power stations..lucky you I have a code for 15% off through the end of August!! Use code: Adventurekid
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Also did you spot the little friend in the pic💖
#poweredbyjackery #adventuringwithkids #adventuringfamilies

When we camp we are super efficient. We have the necessities and have major paired down our packing... but we def leave room for a few luxuries like twinkle lights in our tent, matching kimonos for sis and I. For me my bed is a NECESSARY luxury! I have an amazing inflatable air mattress that is required😂 my hips literally bruise themselves if I use anything less and that makes for a grumpy mama!!! I make sure to bring my E240 Power Station from @jackeryusa to power all thing necessary and luxury 😂😂 Hello fully charges phones & cameras 💖💖 . I know a bunch if you have asked about the power stations..lucky you I have a code for 15% off through the end of August!! Use code: Adventurekid . Also did you spot the little friend in the pic💖 #poweredbyjackery #adventuringwithkids #adventuringfamilies - 7 minutes ago

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Walking on a dream 💕✨

Walking on a dream 💕✨ - 7 minutes ago

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MEET VANCHESCA!

#vanlife #vanlifediaries #vanlifers #campervan #homeiswhereyouparkit #vanconversion #sprintervanlife #sprintervan 
#parkedinparadise #officialdirtbag #digitalnomad #livingthedream #keepitwild #inthewild #coupleswhotravel #adventurecouples
#honeymoonvan #exploremore #optoutside #forceofnature #getamongstit #adventureisoutthere

MEET VANCHESCA! #vanlife #vanlifediaries #vanlifers #campervan #homeiswhereyouparkit #vanconversion #sprintervanlife #sprintervan #parkedinparadise #officialdirtbag #digitalnomad #livingthedream #keepitwild #inthewild #coupleswhotravel #adventurecouples #honeymoonvan #exploremore #optoutside #forceofnature #getamongstit #adventureisoutthere - 10 minutes ago

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⛰ Mountain Church ⛰
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-What a hiking tour. Climb and sweat over 5 hours but it was worth it. The view up there is breathtaking !!
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-follow @_vayam_ for more!
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#landscapelover #beautifulview #viewpoint #hikingphotography #naturephotography #natureshots #sonynofilter #switzerland_destinations #wanderlust #forceofnature #landscapephotography #naturephotography #natureprimeshot #passionpassport #amazingswitzerland #myswitzerland #exploreswitzerland #sonyswitzerland #awesomeswitzerland #blickheimat #mountainshotz #mountain #swissalps #swissmountains #mountainsofswitzerland #mountainlove #lakelucerne #pilatus #hikingswitzerland #swissphotographer -
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@_visitswitzerland_ @ig_swiss @visitswitzerland @swiss.vacations @sonyalpha_ch_at @beautifulphotographers @swiss_360 @swiss_photographies @swiss.views -
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⛰ Mountain Church ⛰ - -What a hiking tour. Climb and sweat over 5 hours but it was worth it. The view up there is breathtaking !! - -follow @_vayam_ for more! - #landscapelover #beautifulview #viewpoint #hikingphotography #naturephotography #natureshots #sonynofilter #switzerland_destinations #wanderlust #forceofnature #landscapephotography #naturephotography #natureprimeshot #passionpassport #amazingswitzerland #myswitzerland #exploreswitzerland #sonyswitzerland #awesomeswitzerland #blickheimat #mountainshotz #mountain #swissalps #swissmountains #mountainsofswitzerland #mountainlove #lakelucerne #pilatus #hikingswitzerland #swissphotographer - - @_visitswitzerland_ @ig_swiss @visitswitzerland @swiss.vacations @sonyalpha_ch_at @beautifulphotographers @swiss_360 @swiss_photographies @swiss.views - OneLove - 11 minutes ago

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Hey, no hurling on the shell, dude, okay? Just waxed it. ~ Crush .
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#ocean#padreisland#sea#sand#oceanphotography #seaturtle#forceofnature#sheisnotlost#travelgrams#travelgoal#getoutside#getoutstayout#beach#wildernessbabes#wildernessnation#adventureclub#instagram#travelgram#wearetravelgirls#sheiswild#staywildish#wildish#womenwhoexplore#girlgetoutside#canon#canonphotography#naturephotography

Hey, no hurling on the shell, dude, okay? Just waxed it. ~ Crush . . . . . . . . #ocean #padreisland #sea #sand #oceanphotography #seaturtle #forceofnature #sheisnotlost #travelgrams #travelgoal #getoutside #getoutstayout #beach #wildernessbabes #wildernessnation #adventureclub #instagram #travelgram #wearetravelgirls #sheiswild #staywildish #wildish #womenwhoexplore #girlgetoutside #canon #canonphotography #naturephotography - 12 minutes ago

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Wishing I was adventuring and not working....... #dreamingofthemountains .
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#nationalpark#glaciernationalpark#nationalparks#nationalparkgeek#forceofnature#sheisnotlost#travelgrams#travelgoal#rei#grtoutside#getoutstayout#mountaingirls#wildernessbabes#wildernessnation#adventureclub#instagram#travelgram#wearetravelgirls#sheiswild#wwhmember#staywildish#wildish#womenwhoexplore#girlgetoutside#choosemountainswomen#womenontheroad#canon#canonphotography#naturephotography

Wishing I was adventuring and not working....... #dreamingofthemountains . . . . . . . . #nationalpark #glaciernationalpark #nationalparks #nationalparkgeek #forceofnature #sheisnotlost #travelgrams #travelgoal #rei #grtoutside #getoutstayout #mountaingirls #wildernessbabes #wildernessnation #adventureclub #instagram #travelgram #wearetravelgirls #sheiswild #wwhmember #staywildish #wildish #womenwhoexplore #girlgetoutside #choosemountainswomen #womenontheroad #canon #canonphotography #naturephotography - 13 minutes ago

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Wishing I was adventuring and not working....... #dreamingofthemountains .
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#nationalpark#glaciernationalpark#nationalparks#nationalparkgeek#forceofnature#sheisnotlost#travelgrams#travelgoal#rei#grtoutside#getoutstayout#mountaingirls#wildernessbabes#wildernessnation#adventureclub#instagram#travelgram#wearetravelgirls#sheiswild#wwhmember#staywildish#wildish#womenwhoexplore#girlgetoutside#choosemountainswomen#womenontheroad#canon#canonphotography#naturephotography

Wishing I was adventuring and not working....... #dreamingofthemountains . . . . . . . . #nationalpark #glaciernationalpark #nationalparks #nationalparkgeek #forceofnature #sheisnotlost #travelgrams #travelgoal #rei #grtoutside #getoutstayout #mountaingirls #wildernessbabes #wildernessnation #adventureclub #instagram #travelgram #wearetravelgirls #sheiswild #wwhmember #staywildish #wildish #womenwhoexplore #girlgetoutside #choosemountainswomen #womenontheroad #canon #canonphotography #naturephotography - 13 minutes ago

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It’s Thursday! That means it’s almost Friday! Super exciting until the Boss tell you to work Saturday... and also you’re the boss.... 😂 #somuchformyweekend
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#nationalpark#glaciernationalpark#nationalparks#nationalparkgeek#forceofnature#sheisnotlost#travelgrams#travelgoal#rei#grtoutside#getoutstayout#mountaingirls#wildernessbabes#wildernessnation#adventureclub#instagram#travelgram#wearetravelgirls#sheiswild#wwhmember#staywildish#wildish#womenwhoexplore#girlgetoutside#choosemountainswomen#womenontheroad#canon#canonphotography#naturephotography

It’s Thursday! That means it’s almost Friday! Super exciting until the Boss tell you to work Saturday... and also you’re the boss.... 😂 #somuchformyweekend . . . . . . . . #nationalpark #glaciernationalpark #nationalparks #nationalparkgeek #forceofnature #sheisnotlost #travelgrams #travelgoal #rei #grtoutside #getoutstayout #mountaingirls #wildernessbabes #wildernessnation #adventureclub #instagram #travelgram #wearetravelgirls #sheiswild #wwhmember #staywildish #wildish #womenwhoexplore #girlgetoutside #choosemountainswomen #womenontheroad #canon #canonphotography #naturephotography - 14 minutes ago

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The hallmark of the wild nature is that it goes on. 
#clarissapinkolaestés .
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#nationalpark#glaciernationalpark#nationalparks#nationalparkgeek#forceofnature#sheisnotlost#travelgrams#travelgoal#rei#grtoutside#getoutstayout#mountaingirls#wildernessbabes#wildernessnation#adventureclub#instagram#travelgram#wearetravelgirls#sheiswild#wwhmember#staywildish#wildish#womenwhoexplore#girlgetoutside#choosemountainswomen#womenontheroad#canon#canonphotography#naturephotography

The hallmark of the wild nature is that it goes on. #clarissapinkolaestés . . . . . . . . #nationalpark #glaciernationalpark #nationalparks #nationalparkgeek #forceofnature #sheisnotlost #travelgrams #travelgoal #rei #grtoutside #getoutstayout #mountaingirls #wildernessbabes #wildernessnation #adventureclub #instagram #travelgram #wearetravelgirls #sheiswild #wwhmember #staywildish #wildish #womenwhoexplore #girlgetoutside #choosemountainswomen #womenontheroad #canon #canonphotography #naturephotography - 15 minutes ago

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A woman cannot make the culture more aware by saying “Change.” But she can change her own attitude towards herself, thereby causing devaluing projections to glance off. She does this by taking back her body. By not forsaking the joy of her natural body, by not purchasing the popular illusion that happiness is only bestowed on those of a certain configuration or age, by not waiting or holding back to do anything, and by taking back her real life, and living it full bore, all stops out. This dynamic self-acceptance and self-esteem are what begins to change attitudes in the culture.
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#nationalpark#glaciernationalpark#nationalparks#nationalparkgeek#forceofnature#sheisnotlost#travelgrams#travelgoal#rei#grtoutside#getoutstayout#mountaingirls#wildernessbabes#wildernessnation#adventureclub#instagram#travelgram#wearetravelgirls#sheiswild#wwhmember#staywildish#wildish#womenwhoexplore#girlgetoutside#choosemountainswomen#womenontheroad#canon#canonphotography#naturephotography

A woman cannot make the culture more aware by saying “Change.” But she can change her own attitude towards herself, thereby causing devaluing projections to glance off. She does this by taking back her body. By not forsaking the joy of her natural body, by not purchasing the popular illusion that happiness is only bestowed on those of a certain configuration or age, by not waiting or holding back to do anything, and by taking back her real life, and living it full bore, all stops out. This dynamic self-acceptance and self-esteem are what begins to change attitudes in the culture. #clarissapinkolaestés . . . . . . . . #nationalpark #glaciernationalpark #nationalparks #nationalparkgeek #forceofnature #sheisnotlost #travelgrams #travelgoal #rei #grtoutside #getoutstayout #mountaingirls #wildernessbabes #wildernessnation #adventureclub #instagram #travelgram #wearetravelgirls #sheiswild #wwhmember #staywildish #wildish #womenwhoexplore #girlgetoutside #choosemountainswomen #womenontheroad #canon #canonphotography #naturephotography - 15 minutes ago

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A woman cannot make the culture more aware by saying “Change.” But she can change her own attitude towards herself, thereby causing devaluing projections to glance off. She does this by taking back her body. By not forsaking the joy of her natural body, by not purchasing the popular illusion that happiness is only bestowed on those of a certain configuration or age, by not waiting or holding back to do anything, and by taking back her real life, and living it full bore, all stops out. This dynamic self-acceptance and self-esteem are what begins to change attitudes in the culture.
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#nationalpark#glaciernationalpark#nationalparks#nationalparkgeek#forceofnature#sheisnotlost#travelgrams#travelgoal#rei#grtoutside#getoutstayout#mountaingirls#wildernessbabes#wildernessnation#adventureclub#instagram#travelgram#wearetravelgirls#sheiswild#wwhmember#staywildish#wildish#womenwhoexplore#girlgetoutside#choosemountainswomen#womenontheroad#canon#canonphotography#naturephotography

A woman cannot make the culture more aware by saying “Change.” But she can change her own attitude towards herself, thereby causing devaluing projections to glance off. She does this by taking back her body. By not forsaking the joy of her natural body, by not purchasing the popular illusion that happiness is only bestowed on those of a certain configuration or age, by not waiting or holding back to do anything, and by taking back her real life, and living it full bore, all stops out. This dynamic self-acceptance and self-esteem are what begins to change attitudes in the culture. #clarissapinkolaestés . . . . . . . . #nationalpark #glaciernationalpark #nationalparks #nationalparkgeek #forceofnature #sheisnotlost #travelgrams #travelgoal #rei #grtoutside #getoutstayout #mountaingirls #wildernessbabes #wildernessnation #adventureclub #instagram #travelgram #wearetravelgirls #sheiswild #wwhmember #staywildish #wildish #womenwhoexplore #girlgetoutside #choosemountainswomen #womenontheroad #canon #canonphotography #naturephotography - 15 minutes ago

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“Soon it got dusk, a grape-y dusk, a purple dusk over tangerine groves and long melon-colored fields; the sun the color of pressed grapes, slashed with burgundy red, the fields the color of love and Spanish mysteries.” - Jack Kerouac, On the Road.

Photo by @confessionsofkaitlin 
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#Gomoreplaces #optoutside #fieldsofcolorado #ColoradoLive #coloradogram #forceofnature #beautifuldestinations #getoutthere #sunsetcolorado #colorfulcolorado #westerncolorado #gjco #westslopebestslope #Grandjunction #visitgj #visitgrandjunction #sunsetbeauty #Kerouacquotes #ontheroad #roadtrip #agritouris

“Soon it got dusk, a grape-y dusk, a purple dusk over tangerine groves and long melon-colored fields; the sun the color of pressed grapes, slashed with burgundy red, the fields the color of love and Spanish mysteries.” - Jack Kerouac, On the Road. Photo by @confessionsofkaitlin #shareGJ . . . . . #Gomoreplaces #optoutside #fieldsofcolorado #ColoradoLive #coloradogram #forceofnature #beautifuldestinations #getoutthere #sunsetcolorado #colorfulcolorado #westerncolorado #gjco #westslopebestslope #Grandjunction #visitgj #visitgrandjunction #sunsetbeauty #Kerouacquotes #ontheroad #roadtrip #agritouris - 17 minutes ago

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I have a dream to hike the entire length of the Appalachian Trail with Everett one day
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I had a dream once to do it on my own but that time has now passed. I’m not sure I can (and really, not willing to) take so much time away from my son
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I have, though, hiked several sections of it and would love to do the same with Everett if he’s willing
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I’m cautiously optimistic that this is something he might actually want to do with me instead of spending his summer breaks hanging with his friends
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I just so desperately want him to love the outdoors as much as I do. I hope I’m not shoving it down his throat so much that he ends up hating it
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Any other parents out there worry about this? How do you create a balance? How do you instill this love for our natural environment in your wee ones? I know, easy questions, right?

I have a dream to hike the entire length of the Appalachian Trail with Everett one day • • • • I had a dream once to do it on my own but that time has now passed. I’m not sure I can (and really, not willing to) take so much time away from my son • I have, though, hiked several sections of it and would love to do the same with Everett if he’s willing • I’m cautiously optimistic that this is something he might actually want to do with me instead of spending his summer breaks hanging with his friends • I just so desperately want him to love the outdoors as much as I do. I hope I’m not shoving it down his throat so much that he ends up hating it • Any other parents out there worry about this? How do you create a balance? How do you instill this love for our natural environment in your wee ones? I know, easy questions, right? - 23 minutes ago

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EVERYONE, MEET VANCHESCA!

EVERYONE, MEET VANCHESCA! - 24 minutes ago

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I love the thrill of seeing a marker as I’m charging down a trail during a race! Eyes darting, while jumping logs, and dodging rocks. That butterfly feeling you get while searching for another marker, praying that you didn’t take a wrong turn in all your crazy running, trail marker seeking fury. 🥚 
I like to think of trail running as an Easter egg hunt...but the Easter eggs are confidence streamers hanging in the air and they don’t have mini bottles of booze in them! Wait...that’s not how you guys celebrated Easter? Well shiiiit. Anyways you get the picture. Trail Races = Marker Hunts. Keep your eyes peeled! Be the first to see em all and win the grand prize! 🔥🏃‍♀️🥚🥚🥚🥚 🏆...
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#trailrunning #ultrarunning #dirtbag #dirtbagrunners #choosemountains #washington  #seattle #pnw #outsideisbest #yourwild #wonderfulwildwomen #runsteepgethigh #optoutside #washingtontrails #runningmotivation #foryourmountain #selfpropelled #greatnorthcollective #keepitwild #ourwild #goatworthy #mtnchicks #forceofnature #chaseyourgoat #groupruns
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I love the thrill of seeing a marker as I’m charging down a trail during a race! Eyes darting, while jumping logs, and dodging rocks. That butterfly feeling you get while searching for another marker, praying that you didn’t take a wrong turn in all your crazy running, trail marker seeking fury. 🥚 I like to think of trail running as an Easter egg hunt...but the Easter eggs are confidence streamers hanging in the air and they don’t have mini bottles of booze in them! Wait...that’s not how you guys celebrated Easter? Well shiiiit. Anyways you get the picture. Trail Races = Marker Hunts. Keep your eyes peeled! Be the first to see em all and win the grand prize! 🔥🏃‍♀️🥚🥚🥚🥚 🏆... . . . . #evergreentrailruns #trailrunning #ultrarunning #dirtbag #dirtbagrunners #choosemountains #washington #seattle #pnw #outsideisbest #yourwild #wonderfulwildwomen #runsteepgethigh #optoutside #washingtontrails #runningmotivation #foryourmountain #selfpropelled #greatnorthcollective #keepitwild #ourwild #goatworthy #mtnchicks #forceofnature #chaseyourgoat #groupruns 📸: @ryanthrower - 35 minutes ago

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Hey you with the face. Yes you.
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Hey you with the face. Yes you. - - - - - You rock! ⛰ . . . #whatspoppinsandiego #instaworthysd #waysandiego #balboapark #culturetrip #shetravelsluxe #thedreamytravels #ladiestraveltribe #thetravelcollab #borntotravel #sidewalkerdaily #girlsabroad #welltravelled #huffposttravel #iamtraveler #shetravels #travelinspo #globetrotter #igtraveler #bloggerbabes #femaletravelbloggers #instabloggers #girlswhohike #liveyouradventure #shewentwild #forceofnature #wildernessbabes #jetlag #jetlagleah - 51 minutes ago

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The only trust required is to know that when there is one ending there will be another beginning.
- Clarissa Pinkola Estés
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When I was 23 I thought the world was crashing down on me. I wanted more than ever to escape from myself, from the life I was living. I remember looking in a mirror and feeling so detached from my reflection, so confused about how I had gotten to this place, convinced that the reflection was no longer me - that my soul had somehow been kidnapped by a different body, a life that couldn’t possibly belong to me...
I was terrified. I was lost.
I felt broken in a million pieces, and the thought of putting them back together seemed intangible.

But the storm settled, and I found myself with nothing but my beating heart & a desire to change. To love myself again. I started over - moving to Connecticut from Colorado to live with my dad & step mom. I went to therapy. I wrote. I cried more times than I can remember. I started Taekwondo classes. Somehow through this journey I began to remember a part of myself that had been lost for so long. A girl with a big smile, who loved to climb trees and venture into the depths of her imagination. A girl with endless hope & optimism. It was this remembrance that brought me back to myself, and I said, “I won’t be defeated. Ever.”
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I could have never imagined during this rebuilding of my life that I would end up where I am now. That connecting women together in the outdoors and sharing our stories would be my future. I never would have had the valuable perspective I have now - that the pain and lessons and rebuilding would be the very things that birthed @howl_often years later.

After a successful first #WildWoman retreat, it has been surreal processing all of the stories, the connections, and the impact made in a few short days. But I do know it was a truer realization of my path and the most honest reflection I’ve seen of myself since I was that brave & fearless little girl long ago... I want to thank all of the women who attended, and especially the women who have been by my side all these years cheering me on. Here’s to the power of new beginnings.
#neverneverquit
#HowlOften

The only trust required is to know that when there is one ending there will be another beginning. - Clarissa Pinkola Estés ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ When I was 23 I thought the world was crashing down on me. I wanted more than ever to escape from myself, from the life I was living. I remember looking in a mirror and feeling so detached from my reflection, so confused about how I had gotten to this place, convinced that the reflection was no longer me - that my soul had somehow been kidnapped by a different body, a life that couldn’t possibly belong to me... I was terrified. I was lost. I felt broken in a million pieces, and the thought of putting them back together seemed intangible. But the storm settled, and I found myself with nothing but my beating heart & a desire to change. To love myself again. I started over - moving to Connecticut from Colorado to live with my dad & step mom. I went to therapy. I wrote. I cried more times than I can remember. I started Taekwondo classes. Somehow through this journey I began to remember a part of myself that had been lost for so long. A girl with a big smile, who loved to climb trees and venture into the depths of her imagination. A girl with endless hope & optimism. It was this remembrance that brought me back to myself, and I said, “I won’t be defeated. Ever.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I could have never imagined during this rebuilding of my life that I would end up where I am now. That connecting women together in the outdoors and sharing our stories would be my future. I never would have had the valuable perspective I have now - that the pain and lessons and rebuilding would be the very things that birthed @howl_often years later. After a successful first #WildWoman retreat, it has been surreal processing all of the stories, the connections, and the impact made in a few short days. But I do know it was a truer realization of my path and the most honest reflection I’ve seen of myself since I was that brave & fearless little girl long ago... I want to thank all of the women who attended, and especially the women who have been by my side all these years cheering me on. Here’s to the power of new beginnings. #neverneverquit #HowlOften - 52 minutes ago

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