The dreamiest of sunrises 🌄 for the past few years, i would randomly check @glaciernps ‘s live webcams and watch the sunrise over lake mcdonald, always dreaming of the moment i would get to experience one in person. this day, i finally got to fulfill that dream and it was beyond my expectations. the sky glowed orange and the water was still. i hope to make it back to glacier one day and experience another one of these magical sunrises.
Salmonberries. 🍓i had never heard of them until i was traveling in alaska a couple weeks ago. 😍 beautiful, full bellied berries that like to live in moist, coastal forests and also nearby to streams. the only pity is we didn’t know if they were poisonous,☠️ so we didn’t eat them on this hike.😥 now i know, and in glacier national park we found some more of these berries. they weren’t as full and plump as the alaska berries but still yummy.
now i want to take a class on all the things in the wild you can eat and use for medicinal purposes. 🤓 .
have you ever tried salmonberries, and did you like them?
Patrick and dani came all the way from utah for their engagement session! i sent her a message last week asking if maybe they would want to be a little adventurous and hike with me to this amazing spot in glacier, and i was sooo excited when they aere@down for it. so we did it!! we hiked 5 miles and some of it in the dark (and the crazy wind made some creepy sounds in the trees), but gosh darn it, it was gorgeous and so worth it. patrick and dani, y’all were so much fun and you killed this!!
And so it begins...
time to gather together my gear, take inventory, and assess what is needed and what is not.
we've all at some point have quoted john muir's "the mountains are calling and i must go." but i sometimes wonder how often it's simply thrown out to fill a caption space. i mean, have we really felt called?
as our trip to montana grows closer i am finding this unstoppable loud voice calling me. at times we've questioned traveling especially with covid cases continuing to rise. but that deep longing and calling that stirs up anxiousness and excitement overshadows the questions of travel. so much so we've made major adjustments to make this trip possible.
why? because we have to go. it's not a calling to escape, but rather a calling to connect. because i believe completely that our dna, our make up is directly connected and wired into creation.
there is a very real and noticeable voice that speaks clearly in the depths of our soul that calls us out and says..."this is not a suggestion. this is a calling and you must go."
Marissa is in love with classic trucks. when planning her elopement, her mom called me to get the info of the forest green chevrolet that was in one of my elopement photos. i hooked her up with the owner kent, at hidden moose lodge and we surprised her on her wedding day. she was thrilled beyond belief. i just love these little surprises on elopement days. they make my heart pitter patter. what surprise are you planning for your elopement with elope montana?! congrats you two beautiful humans! you are both such lights!!!
Maps (they don’t love you like i love you) ... where are you gonna go when we can travel again?
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Can it be summer all year long, please?!? we saw so many beautiful wildflowers this summer while driving from place to place, and that is definitely one of the things i’m going to miss most when fall hits.
these wildflowers were all over when driving to glacier national park. they looked like little snowballs! anyone know the name?
Second backpacking trip ever reflections:
after eight hours of bushwhacking through dense alder and devil’s club, i learned (again) that the shorter way is usually longer. i lost a very special loaned ice axe in the brush. recovered said axe. @wild.joshua somehow had a branch both unclip his bear spray safety and discharge it directly into his face. we got thunderstormed on twice. we made it up finally, just to then get freezing rain pelted on us nonstop for nine hours. i was honestly pretty spooked, just waiting for my tent to start leaking through into my warm & dry safe haven, feeling pretty helpless and too far up to safely hike out. fortunately, my @gossamergear the one worked magically and didn’t leak a bit. first time taking it out in these conditions - stoked to see what it can do, so glad i didn’t skimp on my shelter setup!
the next morning we made the official decision to bail on two of our three peak objectives seeing that the weather didn’t seem to be lifting as hoped. later in the day after reaching our last peak, we chose to end our trip a day early and hike out. we weren’t confident on the weather for the next day, and how quickly the rock would dry out for us for some of the more vertical parts of the climb.
the first peaks i’ve had to turn away from all summer. there is still a sweetness in the adversity that i can’t explain. turning back puts it into perspective. i still learned so much in this brief trip. i packed waaaay too much food out of fear of not having enough energy, though my bag was otherwise pretty pleasantly light. my routefinding comes naturally. my self-doubt in my athletic capability come naturally, too. one of these skills helps me immensely, the other is a thought pattern that holds me back, and i’m working on shattering it.
despite this being my lowest volume peak-week since summit season began, this week has made me feel more tired than ever. focusing on sport climbing, and “quality over quantity” peaks has definitely left me overstimulated. looking forward to resting these next few days until whatever big push comes next.
Amtrak vacations whitefish and glacier national park getaway
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journey to the land of the shining mountains where there are endless outdoor activities to experience. on this getaway, you'll have a chance to explore the beautiful town of whitefish and tour the majestic glacier national park.
Bridalveil falls is the first waterfall you’ll see when entering #yosemite valley. it plunges 620 feet and you can feel the mist with a slight breeze, which felt amazing after the easy 20 minute hike. we would have to say yosemite was one of our favorite #nationalparks so far.
we didn’t have a chance to visit #glaciernationalpark or #yellowstonenationalpark since we had to b line it back to colorado to get our house ready to sell (the process went quicker than anticipated - see latest youtube video on our plans to move our #homebase), but we will be surely back to visit next year when settled into our new place!
we will be releasing our yo-semite video soon, so be sure you are subbed to be notified of this upcoming release 😉
since i was a little girl i have loved to dance! i used to say i wanted to be a singing dancing tranerian (veterinarian) when i grew up!
i participated in dance classes, recitals and joined teams once i got older.
in most sports your workouts are planned out for you. your told what to do, when to do it and how much.
in dance, we learned choreography. so the entire time we were watching someone’s every step and mimicking the movement in order to learn the routines. so just like other sports - our workouts were completely mapped out for us.
once i graduated high school and stepped away from the studio, keeping my body moving was so challenging! i felt lost at the gym and never knew where to start. i usually ended up wasting my time walking around feeling so out of place.. or walking on a treadmill.
i gained a ton of weight ! but more importantly than that, i felt like crap.
it wasn’t until i was offered a spot in a bootcamp, with the programs i’m still doing today, that i began to see a lasting change.
it took all the guess work out for me and gave me the fitness and nutrition tools i needed to make this a 𝘭𝘪𝘧𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘺𝘭𝘦 !
it had positively impacted my life so much that i decided to start as a coach and help others change theirs lives as well.
and i’ve never looked back
4 days ago
Don’t you just hate when we let fear make decisions for us?
we have these dreams and desires that we know we want so badly but then somehow convince ourselves that 𝘪𝘵’𝘴 𝘰𝘬 if it doesn’t happen.
𝘐𝘵’𝘴 𝘰𝘬𝘢𝘺 if we don’t get the degree
𝘐𝘵’𝘴 𝘰𝘬𝘢𝘺 if we don’t relocate
𝘐𝘵’𝘴 𝘰𝘬𝘢𝘺 if we don’t open our own business
𝘐𝘵’𝘴 𝘰𝘬𝘢𝘺 if we don’t lose the weight
what we need to realize is that this is 𝐅𝐄𝐀𝐑 talking. 𝐍𝐎𝐓 our true feelings.
we tend to allow fear to creep in on our biggest desires and let it control our next moves.
it keeps us stagnant and keeps us from growing and propelling forward.
f.e.a.r has two meanings
forget everything and run
face everything and 𝐑𝐈𝐒𝐄
the choice is yours!