Nothing but love for my memories of Norway.
Throwback to the pure exhaustion after a week of outdoor ed. Sleeping under the tables because it was the only shady spot, I used my Hydroflask for a pillow. Lucky I get to do it for a straight month in Switzerland in September. I'll be taking kids mountain biking, hiking, and rock climbing-think I'll be this exhausted again. Let me know if you have tips for places to go in Switzerland!
I feel so much love for the world and my life after this weekend. It was spent camping alongside the sea, kayaking for hours, and snorkeling to my hearts content. A retreat with beautiful women where we painted our bodies and danced, collected shells, and played in the waves. I could feel the sun rejuvenating me and burning away so many worries. It was stunning and moving. More than anything, I was reminded that no matter how far I travel, I will always call California home.
Sometimes it takes a single scene, a single moment for it to truly hit me. The fact that nature like this is accessible, waiting for my eyes to take it all in as if it's never been seen. I stood still for that single moment, letting the sound of the brook etch itself upon my memory. All this beauty at our fingertips, don't know where to begin and where to end.
Deep in the heart of an aspen forest in the Rockies.
Ascending a 12,000 ft mountain from a parking lot is doable even with a sprained ankle just so ya'll know. 😂
A little oasis in the middle of Colorado.
Ya'll. While I was hiking down a trail in the Rockies I happened upon a hoard of llamas. I'm absolutely obsessed and I literally screamed with glee. The llamas are part of an outfitter who does adventures into the backcountry. Sign me the hell up.
Led my first hiking tour up to Emerald Lake in Rocky National Park yesterday. Educating others on the importance of preserving this native wilderness is my true mission. I love the looks of wonder and awe I witnessed as they took it all in. Can't wait for the rest of the summer to see more of this beauty.
Today was rough. When Bourdain spoke, I clung to every word. I'm escaping to this tranquil forest in my mind, but I'll carry his words as I walk down every path.
Time for an honest post. The past few weeks I've been seeking the mountains to heal all the jumble of emotions gripping me as I go through significant change. Moving to any new city can be romanticized through the allure of change and bright lights. But, the reality of loneliness, fear, and anxiety also emerges. To be completely honest, I've never felt more unsure of myself than I do at this current moment. I miss my friends, my family, and the amazing job I left to forge a new path. But there's beauty in that because it's forced me to seek asylum in the only place I know will heal me: the outdoors. I've rushed straight to the Rockies. I study pine cones, orient myself with a compass, and let the shadows of mountains shade me. These are reasons I'm falling in love with Colorado's wildness. There's no need to tell me it will be okay or that it takes time to adjust, I'm fully aware. Moreover, I want to emphasize the fact that it's okay to be insecure and frustrated. Or elated and excited. Whatever the emotion, embrace it in the best way you can. I choose to embrace this change by letting Mother Nature do all the talking.
All the time in the alpine.
Now that I live in Colorado, I'm one state away from my favorite national park, the Grand Tetons! Who wants to join me on a summer road trip?
This week was my last time on Santa Cruz Island for awhile. I've come to see this island as home in a way. All the days spent guiding, the sunsets spent snorkeling, the nights spent laughing with friends...they all attribute to this sense of home. I don't have words for the love I feel nor the gratitude I have towards @islandkayaking or @sbadventure for being my favorite job yet. It's more a see you later and hope that my days on the island are just beginning.
Now more than ever, I understand the beauty of good friends and the funny spin they put to life.
Let's just say I'm having an amazing time in Nicaragua. Surf. Hammock. Beach. Repeat. Happy to celebrate my friend PA's bday and check off another beautiful country on my bucket list.
I'm thinking it's time for another trip to Norway soon.