While preparing to go to Puerto Rico on a medical mission after the hurricanes hit last year, the mission organizers advised that we bring bug repellent with picaridin because those that didn’t got bit pretty badly. Ever since then I’ve only bought @sawyerproducts bug repellent so it’s exciting to get to promo their products 😊 Sawyer bug repellent lasts for 6 washes or 6 weeks. It has a odorless dry and doesn’t damage your gear! They also makes water filters. Over 4 million people got access to clean water for the first time last year from a filter! Projects like these are so easy. This is basically me before every buggy hike 💁♀️
Day4: I felt something drop on my head and I froze for a second. As I turned and asked Annie, “Is there a bird on my head?!” It flew away 😂
Pro-tip: If you stand still the birds will fly at you and/or sit on you. Cool or scary? Maybe a little bit of both.
Day1: This one’s for you Mom 😂😘 (Peep top left. Unfortunately, I didn’t actually put that there.) Off to the outdoors after picking up some delicious goodies from @piroshkypiroshky. Highly recommended if you’re in Seattle 😋
After attending a talk by @adamo1979 at @arcteryxsoho, I was so intrigued by the idea of trail running. I knew I needed to try it. Inspired and in search of a new adventure, I signed up to run a half marathon trail run sponsored by @salomonrunning. Funny thing is, I’m not really a long distance runner. I only ran as a warm up or a cool down. Running long distances was nearly impossible for me both mentally and physically.
One month later, I managed to get in 18 runs, a total of 51.70 miles. For any runners reading this, I know that's not amazing. Just to give you perspective, I've had my Nike Run Club app since July 2013 and not that I've tracked every run since but my total miles to present day is 79.48 miles. I ran 51.70 miles out of 79.48 miles in September alone. Is that worth something? I think so.
There is a saying that "Running is 90 percent mental and the rest is physical." Whether this is true or not, it is amazing what your body can do once you set your mind to it.
I ran my first trail as training in White Mountain National Forest. I got a feel for it and for right now, I’m hooked and training continues 😊
This waterfall was listed under so many “must hike” lists but when we told our local @airbnb host about it, he had no idea what we were talking about. However, @a_danger and I are also unsure of how to pronounce the name of the waterfall, so there’s that 😂
I love capturing moments. Moments that lead to something or moments that make you feel something. You know, those that you would relive if you could? There is something so satisfying about capturing a perfect candid for me. Sure I’ll pose or have my friends pose for certain photos but it’s different. Maybe it’s the way you have to be present or maybe it’s the thought of saving even a millisecond of these fleeting moments that keep me clicking away at the shutter button. Have you ever thought about it? What inspires you to point and shoot instinctively?
Remove all the color and you may be left with something more beautiful, something more meaningful.
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I really appreciate black and white photography even though I hardly ever upload any of my edits. B&W photos change your focus. You notice more texture. Different emotions and thoughts are triggered. There is actually more even though some may say there is less.
How many mountains can you summit in a lifetime? No lies, we drove up this one on the Mt Washington Auto Road 😂 @a_danger wanted to see if her Prius could handle it. It’s a thing. You get a bumper sticker if your car survives the road. And I’ll have to come back to hike it one day.