I want to be the kind of mother who gives my daughter a notebook titled "field notes" and tells her to draw and write everything she sees when I take her to the forest, to ask her how she feels when she looks at trees, which birds she would be friends with, which flowers she would plant in her yard. I want to be the kind of mother that instills kindness and empathy and wonder and curiosity into my children, that encourages adventure and art and curiosity and passion. - 2/7/17 #sammiewrotethis
1 63 minutes ago
"Reading about nature is fine, but if a person walks in the woods and listens carefully, he can learn more than what is in books, for they speak with the voice of God." GWCarver #hike3of52
1 44 minutes ago
Who's ready for the weekend?! What adventures will you be getting into? I'll be hitting both of the @cbusmetroparks winter hikes this weekend!
Pic from about 5 years ago at the Scioto Audubon Winter Hike. Some of my nephews at the rock climbing area :)
It's rare I shoot self-portraits let alone share them, so I figured, why not accompany it with a special story that connects with this moment. I am in AWE in the most truest form whenever I find myself in these surroundings. This emotion is rare. I have my parents to thank for raising me to enjoy the great outdoors at such a young age. And for teaching me how to adapt with less and find comfort in the unconventional.
During our monthly camping trips, the streams & lakes became my go-to playground, the trees became my shelters, the mountains my home away from home. At the age of 8, I earned my own kid-size tent and with that, I felt like I was the king of the world. I kid you not, I would seek out rabbits & deer as my royal family and bugged my Mom to make me a leaf crown to go with my regal wooden hiking stick ( #sorrynotsorry#extra). Everything was new and always awesome. As I grew up, my brain adapted to routines, so I've learned to switch things up, to get out of my comfort zone, or to try something wild, just to revitalize it again. Fortunately whenever I step back into a familiar area in nature, regardless if it's my 2nd, 3rd, or 54th time, I ALWAYS feel like it's my very first time. And it takes me back to when I was a kid, full of joy, discovery, and unrestricted emotion.
This is me at 36, feeling like I'm that 8 year old rambunctious kid all over again. 👦🏻 #philupadventures 📸: @gandid.camera
Had quite an adventurous hike this morning. Its raining nowhere in the area except the exact spot I was hiking. Fortunately, after my last wet hike I packed a rain jacket in my backpack so for once I was #prepared 😊. Saw my first #earthstar fungus of the season! The best part was that there was a man making ginormous bubbles at the dam. I was intrigued so I went to talk to him and turns out he was an expert bubble maker and today was the most perfect conditions for bubbles and it only happens once every 2 years in California. It was really amazing to see and I learned a lot! I had no idea people took.bubble making so seriously. #3 #52hikechallenge#52hikechallenge2018#santaclaracountyparks#sccparks#andersonlake#getoutside#hiking#hikeca
3 20an hour ago
"Life is too important to be taken seriously." - Oscar Wilde
Reminiscing about my first multiple day hiking trip I took last summer for my birthday. I'm currently in the planning phase of my birthday hike and hope to hike my age in miles, 46 this year 😮 this year I'm hiking a section of the Pacific Crest trail. I can't wait my husband will be at a campground with camp set up and my support so I can be as successful as possible. It's a good test if a thru hike is for me or stick to section hiking the PCT.
5 253 hours ago
See you soon Tahoe! Weekend cabin trip with the cousins, wish all the fam coulda made it!
Getting lost (not literally) in beautiful spaces and places. That’s part of this journey. Lose yourself AND find yourself, all at the same magical time. #trailblazechallengesd
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2 283 hours ago
Yesterday’s view 😚🏔
“I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, “‘This is what it is to be happy.’” — Sylvia Plath
BBT Experience Part 5/6:
Encinal Canyon to Mishe Mokwa
I arrived to Encinal Canyon ~11:50AM. Felt really good. It was a very nice surprise to see @i.run.far. I wasn't expecting to see her until Mishe Mokwa trailhead. I was taken well care of. I was starting to feel pain on my back. Turns out my sports bra was chafing my back. I changed my bra, shirt, and finally got to put some shorts on.
I had trained this section before in 100 degree weather, so my confidence was pretty high. I knew I had some beautiful ocean views runnable sections ahead of me, but of course not before some climbing. Andres was not letting me take it easy. Through his words of encouragement you would see me walking and jogging behind Andres.
About mile 48 I got to Yerba Buena Rd. As soon as we got to the top all emotions started rushing through me. Tears came down my eyes of happiness. At that moment it finally hit me what I was doing. I was only less than 20 miles away from my goal. I used all that positive energy as my fuel to keep me running.
I felt so proud of myself. I didn't care about my time. I didn't care about anything at that moment. All I cared about was that I was having the time of my life. I was convinced that this long distance running thing was definitely for me. I couldn't believe that this was the same girl a year ago tried to take her life away. Same girl who struggled with self-love. Same girl who could barely run 3 miles without her body hurting. 🙏❤️
No learning experience on this section. I just had a reflection on how much I've grown through this journey of working towards such a big goal. It's amazing how much we can accomplish once we stop lying to ourselves and put all the BS aside. Once I was able to put my excuses aside I was able to focus on what mattered the most and how I was going to get there. Action!
Thank you Andres for being part of this important day and for constantly inspiring me to keep pushing myself. This is just the beginning. Let's get those gains! 💪🏋🏾♀️🏃🏾♀️ #BackBoneTrail#SantaMonicaMountains
11 1456 hours ago
🚂 I think I can...
“Friends are those rare people who ask how we are and then wait to hear the answer.”
– Ed Cunningham
We here at PWH truly believe that all are welcome and all are friends. We are all-inclusive, support one another, and try to inspire, spread positivity, love, and encouragement to all within the hiking community. Here's the story of our good friend Noelia (@noeliaatravels), cofounder of @peoplewhoadventure, who does the same ⬇:
"I stumbled into hiking a few years ago but didn’t fall in love with it until I started climbing mountains. My first summit was Cucamonga Peak, and the euphoria I felt when I reached the top was unlike anything I had ever experienced. I was hooked! Hiking for me is therapeutic. It’s a huge stress relief and can be a challenge at the same time. I’ve seen beautiful landscapes and witnessed jaw-dropping miracles along the way. Hiking has also caused me to develop a deeper connection with myself, God, and others.
My other half @matthikes7.0 and I experience so many benefits from being outdoors, including physical and emotional well-being, that we decided to start @peoplewhoadventure as a platform to create positive change and encourage others to get outside and lead a life of adventure!" - via @noeliaatravels // #PeopleWhoHike
We’re just a little over a week into our first #wwhchallenge. We asked all of you to choose and share your own goals (on and off the trail) for 2018 and we’re so happy with the different things you have all shared so far.
Today’s #wwhchallenge feature comes from @womenwhohike ambassador, @mrsholck: “Being a mom that enjoys adventuring with her children is fiercely exciting to me. There are so many pressures that are put on women to be the perfect mother, and raising my two boys in the outdoors gives me the chance to escape unreal expectations and stay true to myself. It also gives me a chance to stay true to them, in my unedited, simple, yet true form. My #wwhchallenge is to go on longer backpacking trips with them, and to grow stronger together, creating memories in places that may one day be tainted by our worlds longing for expansion in places that should be left timeless and unharmed. I may be the root that has given them life, but they are the ones who will grow up with a heart for adventure, and kindness to spread wherever they go.”
This challenge in just a short time has also allowed for us to get to know all of you better! Thank you for sharing your goals, stories and more about yourself with us. To join us and learn more about the challenge, visit the link in our bio. We’ll be selecting three winners after Feb 9th who will win a @deuter bag of their choice. Keep using the hashtag #wwhchallenge to share and for a chance to win!