I made a new friend last night. We set out to going to the sun road in a bike mafia at 6pm under completely overcast and rain bearing skies. Though the forecast seemed to look grim, it also aided in keeping people off of the road — we had the entire thing to ourselves. 12 miles passed, and just as the valley became visible below us, the clouds broke, and light immediately started to bounce off of the peaks in sight. Seemingly the only source of motivation to chase as leg cramps became imminent. More miles passed on the never ending incline, but stoke rose with it. Each bend in the road offered a new, raw view of glaciers trademark vistas. I’ve seen it a countless amount of times, but never in this state. New waterfalls in places I’d never seen, rock dodging, snow capped peaks, but most importantly, no cars. This little guy was my highlight... one of the most curious and friendly animals I’ve met in the wild. Until next week, dude | #thegoatchronicles
One final paragraph of advice: do not burn yourselves out. Be as I am - a reluctant enthusiast....a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it’s still here. So get out there and hunt and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, climb the mountains, bag the peaks, run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, the lovely, mysterious, and awesome space.
Thanks to @fullharbe for tagging us on his hike in the Cascades! We all know too well that the weather doesn’t always cooperate with us, especially when you get an early start on your hike to catch the sunrise - but I think in this case it made for some moody scenery!
To celebrate this glorious Phoenix heat, here’s a #tbt to a time where I remember what it felt like to have frozen snot at Rocky Mountain National Park 😋 I actually took this picture at night and was surprised it came out this well considering I really didn’t know what I was doing with my camera. It was also 2am, with a full moon and no one else in the park, so I just hung out in the middle of the road playing around with the settings on my camera and...voila! 🤷🏼♀️⛄️#rmnp
a snap from the most beautiful, sendy, action packed day in the park last year. Looking forward to replicating it this weekend with some of my best mates. Thanks to @justindkauffman for making me look aesthetic AF.
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There’s no such thing as too much mountain time!
I think John Muir had a point when he said “Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity.”
Even when you’re exploring a new park, walking on dirt trails surrounded by mountain peaks always feels familiar, like there’s something innate in gazing at snow-covered peaks and stretching our eyes.
It’s become a fast-paced, busy world. Taking time to get out to the wilderness is more important now than ever. We can always make time to grab a backpack, start an early day on the trailhead, and let ourselves become enveloped in a wide-open, vast landscape.
During @travelswithquigley, I had the most wonderful opportunity to work with @pendletonwm. Unfortunately, Vehicle issues left me unable to visit Yosemite during that time. It’s so nice to finally rest my feet in my favorite place, keeping cozy with my favorite brand. ❤️💛💙 #bmptravelstories#mypendleton#findyourpark
Make sure to take time for self reflection. “The inspiration you seek is already within you. Be silent and listen.” -Rumi-
Bear Lake has melted just enough that Hallett Peak is reflecting all her beauty in the calm morning hours once again. ❤️💛💙
Can’t get enough of the mountain layers at Olympic National Park 😍😍
📸: @kevinmcleanphoto ——
If you had to choose a favorite National Park in the PNW, which would you choose? Olympic National Park certainly sets a high bar - but so does Crater Lake, North Cascades, and Mount Rainier!
The good news is that all the parks are incredible, each in its own way. It’s funny how they each have their own unique personality, and you may find it differs from season to season, or even day to day. ——
Went up into #rockymountainnationalpark yesterday with my Momma for a peaceful Mother’s Day morning. We were on the back side of Sprague Lake. I was shooting the beautiful sunrise when I turned around and spotted a moose walking across the lake!!! I quickly changed lenses and ran around the lake for a better view. This is my favorite shot, the fog makes everything so mysterious! ❤️💛💙
though a number of things went wrong this weekend, I was still able to swing up to the park for some two-wheel-leg-exploding fun. For those of you who don’t know, Glacier typically doesn’t open the road to vehicles until the ENTIRE thing is cleared of snow — this means plenty of opportunities to have one of the most beautiful roads in the world to yourself (especially this year). I set out with about an hour and a half til sundown. A couple of bear encounters later, I made it where I wanted just as the sun was dropping. If the weather holds, I’ll be back at it again next weekend, so hmu if you’re around. Swipe for a video of the ride up 🧙🏼♀️
You can’t spend weekends in the mountains without getting a bit enthusiastic . . .
Hope ya’ll had an awesome weekend in the wilderness! Whether you were in the mountains, the forest, or the desert - it’s such a breath of fresh air to get out in sunny, quiet, wide-open places.
Where did you weekend adventures take you?
📸: Chris Geirman