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Climbing Giants in the Pacific Northwest

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When I worked for Cascadia Wildlands, one of our sponsors was Pacific Tree Climbing Institute. They took groups out to climb Douglas Fir trees and gave adventurers an education in ecology. It’s a super cool company, and I was pretty lucky to partake in the tree climbing. Here you see me rappelling from a 150 foot Doug Fir, and you can see above my head the tree boats we slept in. I got to bring my friend Kathryn along, which was really neat because we got to stay up talking in the tree boat all night. I will admit, climbing the tree was a bit scarier than descending!

Some Lake in Some Town, Oregon

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Summer 2008 – I so don’t remember the name of this lake or even the town it was in. But I rode on the back of my friend’s dirtbike with a backpack full of PBR and a bathing suit. That’s all you need for a last minute adventure, right? It was so awesome watching the sun set over the lake and feeling the Northwest evening air turn chilly. I wore a yellow hoody that turned brown from exposure and bugs. There was no room for disappointment over material things.

 

 

Peralta Canyon, Superstition Wilderness, Arizona

IMG_0406That’s Weaver’s Needle in the background. It doesn’t look like a needle to me…but I didn’t name it. Whatever people have decided to call it, the formation is stunning. This day I hiked with my friends Trent and Jason from herb school on a spring afternoon. I remember seeing a diamond back rattler for the first time…We got all sweaty and sunburned and still went to class that evening. This is one of my favorite pictures.

Looking closely you can see how mountainous the desert really is. The trail head for Peralta Canyon was about 40 minutes drive from Phoenix.  I sometimes miss the close proximity to wild space and the vibe of cowboy freedom I experienced in the American Southwest.

Malibu, California

DSCN4005January 2013. Just passing through….I really miss those Dickies. I wore them everywhere, even though they were too big. You’ll probably see em in at least 50% of my adventure pictures…they came from a clothing swap in Eugene…one day I’ll find a replacement!

Had to share this one because I’m going to be in Malibu a week from today! Stoked!

Appalachian Trail, Rockfish Gap, Virginia

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Aaahhh…sigh. Let me count the ways I love to look at pictures from the Appalachian Trail section hike I did in 2014. Actually, nevermind. That would take forever. Here I am beginning a 4 day trek with Woodstock (also known as my mom!), from Rockfish Gap to Montebello. See the journal entries here: Days 14-16

Arches National Park, Moab, Utah

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Undoubtedly one of the best road trips of all time was across Southern Utah.  Do it if you have not! This was taken in March 2011. It was too rainy to hit the bike trail that day, which made for an incredibly lucky and unusual view at Arches. The whole place was covered in dense fog that never lifted. As the sun began to set toward the end of the hike there were actually a few moments of concern over the possibility of missing the trail. Fortunately I lived to tell the story =)

Chambers Lakes, Sisters Wilderness, Oregon

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAugust, 2008 – Indian Paintbrush in the foreground, South Sister in the background. My first 20 mile overnight backpacking trip. Thank the gods I was with a geologer/experienced navigator. In addition to keeping us on course when no trail existed, she introduced me to the importance of triscuits and string cheese AND whiskey when backpacking in the Cascades. Shout out to you Kathryn Watts! xo!

Proof of a Life Well Lived

Over the weekend I got this really deep feeling of accomplishment while looking at some old photos. Not like I’d achieved a huge goal or finally made a million bucks as an herbalist…it was a feeling in my soul, of my soul being fulfilled and alive and on the right course. Continue reading Proof of a Life Well Lived