The next volunteer trip to Channel Islands National Park is on Sunday October 28! Join the @channelislandspf as we head out to Anacapa Island to volunteer with the @nationalparkservice on habitat restoration project at @channelislandsnps . During this trip, volunteers will be planting native plants from their temporary pots to the grounds. This project helps restore native plants on the island that serves as habitats for the array of bird species. The group will board the boat to the island at 9.30AM and will return to the mainland by 5PM via @islandpackers. Boat ticket is $59 and seats are limited to 8 volunteers. Send me a DM if you’re interested! #volunteer#dogood#habitatrestoration#restorationproject#channelislands#california
Who else wants to find this dream view for their next campsite?
We’re halfway through the week, which means we are halfway to this weekend’s adventures!
What do you have planned for this weekend? Are you headed out in the wild with some friends? Hittin’ you local trail for some me time? On a road trip through our national parks? Or spending the weekend inside and planning your next trip? Wherever your weekend takes you, we hope you find some quiet moments in nature to recharge!
I met Andy at our favorite sunset spot this evening after work. I walked up the trail through the sunshine yellow wildflowers to find our picnic blanket laid out across the grass. Over thai takeout and a glass of wine we watched the sun fade over the mountain side and listened to the sound of the the crickets grow loud.
We live for moments like this, when there are no expectations and we can simply just be. ✧
The remains of the Cortina Valley Ski Area on the way up to Kaaterskill High Peak. I can't empathize enough how wet this trail was. Also, this route is pretty beatup, absolutely have map, compass, GPS, etc. Even the road in is very rough! Lastly... Just don't even bother with this route haha, skip the west access and just go from the north.
The Sierra captures the imagination, it's austere beauty is in a class of its own. A wilderness where one moment it's overcast and the skies open up with rain, hail, and all forms of precipitation and then another it's simply sublime. Alpenglow bathing everything marvelously. A true spectacle. #earnyourviews#therangeoflight#thewesterncollective#lifepoints#ourwild
It was so amazing walking upon these giants. Did you know elephants love bananas and coconuts? I day dream everyday about returning, I just need to go do it. Is anyone else craving a wild adventure or is it just me? 💛🐘
We had bushwhacked for most of the day, first along a lake and through thick vegetation, then across a river and along bedrock, and then finally following a stream and the sound of rushing water. As we climbed higher we were treated to the most beautiful waterfall. My friend is the tiny spot in red to the left of the waterfall. It never fails to amaze me how small and insignificant we are as we move through our vast wilderness areas.
Another shot from today’s hike. We really had our heads up in the clouds today. The landscape kept changing with the clouds moving over like this, and I took so many pictures that it’s hard to choose a favorite. ⛰⛅️
For #waterfallwednesday , Alamere Falls and its attendant hordes of humanity. We'd hiked 10 miles from Limantour Beach at this point and this was more people than we'd seen that entire time. So both a highlight and a lowlight.
I miss you sweet, sweet trails!!!! I put my Strava on private so I don’t spam everyone with my pavement running all over the place. Running to busses, running to the yoga studio, hurt knees because the pavement feels harder than it used to.
But things are looking up I can feel it.
Suuuuper determined over here 💪🏼💪🏼💪🏼
📸: Matt Bunker
Looking toward the high peaks from the Devil’s Path on Plateau Mountain. You can see Slide in the distance, but the clouds are covering Wittenberg and other peaks to the north. We lucked out today and had the perfect hiking weather along with the perfect cloud cover for dramatic scenic shots. To make it even better, the leaves are starting to turn up here 🍁⛰
Last week in Denali we were treated to the most active northern lights viewing either of us could have dreamed of. Mesmerized for hours as a green aurora began at the horizon, soon moving above us, and as the hours went by a bright green and pink aurora was dancing in all directions of the night sky. Then, as if dancing with Denali wasn’t enough, within seconds the colors began to change, increase in speed and soon was a mix of purple, pinks, green and white electrically swirling quickly above us. It was truly spectacular, emotionally captivating, bringing the magic of the night sky to a whole new level ✨☄️✨ #northernlights#alaska#denalinationalpark#ourcamplife#auroraborealis
I still have a hard time thinking about my Glacier trip from last month. It’s hard to go through these photos and be happy about it. Sometimes I feel like I’m too damn sensitive, but holy shit is hitting a deer traumatic. I cannot think about that without tearing up. And holy shit I never knew how complicated being in an accident in another state is. Especially when your vehicle ends up actually NOT being totaled. HOLY HELL what a MIGRAINE that’s been. Finally starting to see a light at the end of that tunnel...hence this here photo from that trip that shows a tunnel. End.
Easily my favorite animal in Alaska: the Musk Ox.
I hoped to see them in Gates of the Arctic NP or Noatak Nat Preserve, but after no luck, was super thankful Cape Krusenstern National Monument had them so easily spottable.
The plane would go by and they’d look up with wide eyes 👀 like big, fluffy, dumb dogs and run away for two seconds until they realized they were fine. Got me/them every time!
It's never been difficult for me to enjoy the little things, but capturing them with #photography allows me to remember these beautiful moments much longer than I would solely on memory. This is one of the less visited places in my hometown of Gorham, but this little community garden, located right in the middle of little ol' Robie Park, actually helps feed the local Highschool that it resides next to. If you're ever visiting the Gorham Highschool area in the late spring/summer/fall for whatever reason, I really recommend taking a stroll over to the field next door (where many softball games have taken place) and checking out this small but beautifully done garden. It's a great photo opportunity... but then again maybe I'm just partial to it because it lives where I do.. 🌻🌱 #onlyin207#maineoutdoors#maine_igers#nature#sunflowers#maine#themainemag#OurWild
I truly love Maine so much; the environment here can be so peaceful and calming. While I was walking along one of the many gorgeous trails of Mackworth Island, I spotted some serious beauty hiding in this quiet little section that many pass by without a glance. I had to climb down a steep and narrow clearing with some thick vegetation to get to it, but I think getting this shot was totally worth it. Yeah? 🦀🐚🌱 Mackworth Island is one of Maine's State Parks, and it's a great place to visit if you're in the Portland/Falmouth, Maine area. The air on the island seems to be just a bit more clear (and relaxing) than the rest of the area.. minus the sea smell, but I sort of enjoy that anyway. There are at least a mile or two of trails with wonderful scenic views, both ocean and fields/forest, and they're also pet friendly! They do run off donations, so please give what you can if you do decide to visit 😊🌻 . . . . .