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  • The “first post” after a venture always seems a bit hodgepodge, wanting to share the highlights but be in chronological order somehow.. & I inevitably jump to listing off the facts/stats of the trip before diving into the feelings, thoughts, & motivations behind it.

So, predictably, here’s a quick write up of 11 days in the Utah desert:
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-1500+ driving miles (yikes)
+80 hiking/walking miles
~50 miles raft paddle
~9 miles packraft paddling
~1.3 million mosquitos (accurate stat, y’all)
-More blooming wildflower varieties than I’ve ever seen
-16 peanut butter + mashed banana + honey coconut tortilla roll ups #cantstopwontstop
-2 ice cold desert spring dips + 1 sub alpine hot spring toe dip (for me)
-Endless stars, Milky Way sights, constellations, a viciously bright moon
-1 revolutionary pizza that lasted for 3 meals
-Alllll the sugary glass bottled drinks
-[only] 2 *almost* blisters (new record—yay for Zcloud Chaco’s & attractive rei men suggesting pillows for my feet)
-Cracked desert feet, heat rashes, wind burnt lips, unexplainable tan lines
-Venturing into 3 tribal territories (Ute, Pueblos, Southern Paiute), 4 national parks, national monuments, national forests, BLM land, backcountry, front country, paved trails
-Witnessing tons of wildlife including rattlesnakes, tarantula, scorpion, Jack rabbits, pronghorn antelope, mule deer, turkeys, turkey vultures, crows, all the singsongy birds (can you tell I’m not a birder), beaver, chipmunks, squirrels, lizards galore, & lots & lots of humans

Basically, the overarching vibe of the trip was summed up succinctly quoted on a uber touristy T-shirt seen along Moab’s Main Street: ‘If you’re lucky enough to be in the desert, you are lucky enough.’ True, indeed•••
  • The “first post” after a venture always seems a bit hodgepodge, wanting to share the highlights but be in chronological order somehow.. & I inevitably jump to listing off the facts/stats of the trip before diving into the feelings, thoughts, & motivations behind it.

    So, predictably, here’s a quick write up of 11 days in the Utah desert:
    -
    -1500+ driving miles (yikes)
    +80 hiking/walking miles
    ~50 miles raft paddle
    ~9 miles packraft paddling
    ~1.3 million mosquitos (accurate stat, y’all)
    -More blooming wildflower varieties than I’ve ever seen
    -16 peanut butter + mashed banana + honey coconut tortilla roll ups #cantstopwontstop
    -2 ice cold desert spring dips + 1 sub alpine hot spring toe dip (for me)
    -Endless stars, Milky Way sights, constellations, a viciously bright moon
    -1 revolutionary pizza that lasted for 3 meals
    -Alllll the sugary glass bottled drinks
    -[only] 2 *almost* blisters (new record—yay for Zcloud Chaco’s & attractive rei men suggesting pillows for my feet)
    -Cracked desert feet, heat rashes, wind burnt lips, unexplainable tan lines
    -Venturing into 3 tribal territories (Ute, Pueblos, Southern Paiute), 4 national parks, national monuments, national forests, BLM land, backcountry, front country, paved trails
    -Witnessing tons of wildlife including rattlesnakes, tarantula, scorpion, Jack rabbits, pronghorn antelope, mule deer, turkeys, turkey vultures, crows, all the singsongy birds (can you tell I’m not a birder), beaver, chipmunks, squirrels, lizards galore, & lots & lots of humans

    Basically, the overarching vibe of the trip was summed up succinctly quoted on a uber touristy T-shirt seen along Moab’s Main Street: ‘If you’re lucky enough to be in the desert, you are lucky enough.’ True, indeed•••
  • 149 5 9 hours ago

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  • I’ve only recently started posting to Instagram again after taking a much needed break. I got so busy dealing with life and all the things that I’ve faced this year that I really stopped caring about what I post to social media. But getting out and seeing things like this really sparks my passion again
  • I’ve only recently started posting to Instagram again after taking a much needed break. I got so busy dealing with life and all the things that I’ve faced this year that I really stopped caring about what I post to social media. But getting out and seeing things like this really sparks my passion again
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  • hide and seek
  • hide and seek
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  • Watching a storm roll over the Tetons
  • Watching a storm roll over the Tetons
  • 1,022 18 14 June, 2019
  • As stoked as I was to get this picture in many ways it sort of broke my heart. We saw the bears again heading straight toward the parking lot we were leaving.  As we quietly debated warning the families enjoying picnics, Momma bear realized the commotion and headed the other way toward safety for her cubs. Behind my camera when I snapped this picture was a crowd of people in silent awe, but a few ran forward for selfies with camera phones, and to be honest I couldn’t help but scold them. I’m so stoked to see people explore national parks and wild places, but we must remember to give animals the space they need and deserve.  I wonder how many animals have never encountered a human, and worry about these cubs growing in such proximity perhaps thinking of their home as trafficked roadways and full garbages rather then lush green forests.
  • As stoked as I was to get this picture in many ways it sort of broke my heart. We saw the bears again heading straight toward the parking lot we were leaving. As we quietly debated warning the families enjoying picnics, Momma bear realized the commotion and headed the other way toward safety for her cubs. Behind my camera when I snapped this picture was a crowd of people in silent awe, but a few ran forward for selfies with camera phones, and to be honest I couldn’t help but scold them. I’m so stoked to see people explore national parks and wild places, but we must remember to give animals the space they need and deserve. I wonder how many animals have never encountered a human, and worry about these cubs growing in such proximity perhaps thinking of their home as trafficked roadways and full garbages rather then lush green forests.
  • 2,114 54 13 June, 2019

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  • Whatever you are facing right now; it might be good or bad. Always have the courage to get up, pick up your pieces, clean your mess and recreate yourself again. You are made to be beautiful not to be wrecked. Smile and pray, that’s the key. 😊🙏🏻😇
  • Whatever you are facing right now; it might be good or bad. Always have the courage to get up, pick up your pieces, clean your mess and recreate yourself again. You are made to be beautiful not to be wrecked. Smile and pray, that’s the key. 😊🙏🏻😇
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  • [sounds of the waves hitting the ice bars]
  • [sounds of the waves hitting the ice bars]
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  • What a beautiful office! Wide open space but managing the grazing density as can be seen with the herd on the bottom right. I'm carefully working my way through stockpiled grass to last the winter and minimise hay feeding until spring.
  • What a beautiful office! Wide open space but managing the grazing density as can be seen with the herd on the bottom right. I'm carefully working my way through stockpiled grass to last the winter and minimise hay feeding until spring.
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  • Crystal, Art.
  • Crystal, Art.
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  • Every moment matters, Including this one. With each day that passes, you have the chance to make it memorable. If you had one day to do anything or go anywhere, what would you do?
  • Every moment matters, Including this one. With each day that passes, you have the chance to make it memorable. If you had one day to do anything or go anywhere, what would you do?
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  • I’m the best catch on the Russian today. Slaying sockeyes and heading to Seward for more fish tonight!
  • I’m the best catch on the Russian today. Slaying sockeyes and heading to Seward for more fish tonight!
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  • Momentously magical moments
  • Momentously magical moments
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  • Maybe one day I'll be the first Congolese Canadian to climb Everest? Dream Big! 📸 @neverbadtimeforchanges
  • Maybe one day I'll be the first Congolese Canadian to climb Everest? Dream Big! 📸 @neverbadtimeforchanges
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  • Dağ hayatı iyi hoş ferah falan ama ben Akdeniz meyvesiyim :) Palmiye, kaktüs, deniz ve güneş konseyi üyesiyim. Günlerdir dağın tepesinde telefonun çekmediği, internetsiz bir yerdeydim; doğanın kalbinde, ağaçların içinde, güvende ve öz’ümdeydim. Mediterra bekle beni geliyorum, hasretindeyim!🏝🌞🍉 #deliciaturcafied #bicibicimovement #çamlihemşin
  • Dağ hayatı iyi hoş ferah falan ama ben Akdeniz meyvesiyim :) Palmiye, kaktüs, deniz ve güneş konseyi üyesiyim. Günlerdir dağın tepesinde telefonun çekmediği, internetsiz bir yerdeydim; doğanın kalbinde, ağaçların içinde, güvende ve öz’ümdeydim. Mediterra bekle beni geliyorum, hasretindeyim!🏝🌞🍉 #deliciaturcafied #bicibicimovement #çamlihemşin
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  • Making my way downtown
  • Making my way downtown
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  • 5 เดือนผ่านไป...
  • 5 เดือนผ่านไป...
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  • Nobody Home
Ben:
  • Nobody Home
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  • Oh boy, what a butt burner but the views at Century Sam are totally worth it. The water from the stream is so cold and delicious! And the color of the water is amazing. 🌲
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  • Oh boy, what a butt burner but the views at Century Sam are totally worth it. The water from the stream is so cold and delicious! And the color of the water is amazing. 🌲
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    📷@jenne.richardson.photo
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  • Last glimpse from #Istanbul before hitting the road...
  • Last glimpse from #Istanbul before hitting the road...
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  • Rite of passage
  • Rite of passage
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  • More scenes from Rim to Rim to Rim. Reverse Summit 🌄 3 days. 47.5 miles. 12.3k ascent/descent.
  • More scenes from Rim to Rim to Rim. Reverse Summit 🌄 3 days. 47.5 miles. 12.3k ascent/descent.
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  • I realize that this is my first ever sunrise over the Bay of Bengal, but I'm pretty sure that the sun never gets nearly this red during sunrises in the States.
  • I realize that this is my first ever sunrise over the Bay of Bengal, but I'm pretty sure that the sun never gets nearly this red during sunrises in the States.
  • 218 22 4 June, 2019