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When I lived in West Africa, the most brutal time of the year was the Dry Season. From November through April, all rain would basically cease to exist and temperatures would soar. The landscape turned into a cloudless apocalyptic scene of dust and death. Lakes, wells, and rivers would dry up, pushing people and animals to travel farther and farther in search of a simple drink.
I lived in a mud brick house with a tin roof, no running water or electricity. During the day, temperatures would consistently hit 100F+ (38C+). If you sat inside at midday, the house essentially turned into an oven. You could feel the heat radiating off of the tin and the only way to survive was laying under a mango tree with all of your extremities extended outward, (like a person doing a snow angel) to try to cool yourself off and limit the amount of sweat and water you were losing through perspiration. At night things weren’t much better. The mud bricks of the house would store up the solar energy during the day and release it at night, so the inside of my house would actually get hotter as the night went on. The only choice I had was to sleep outside every night under the stars, but I still had to ‘snow angel’ as there wasn’t any breeze and the temps would be well into the 90s still. Let’s just say I didn’t sleep very well for 6 months straight.
The experience though totally tiring and miserable, was also rewarding. Seeing how close to mortality we all are and how powerful Mother Nature is, has led me to seize life by the horns and never take anything for granted. Oh and of course, Climate Change IS REAL and we need to get that whole thing under control. 😳
Light from the sun takes eight minutes to reach us. Although this energy takes millions of years to travel from the sun’s core to its surface.
It's approximately 250ºF outside with 250% humidity today, and I'm sitting here dreaming of finding snow on a hike in Slovakia just over two weeks ago. Not only did I run around in this little snow pile, but also, Mother Nature dumped a bunch of actual snow out of the sky on us for the middle third of the route. (Is #throwbacktuesday
I loved the way the light brought out the blue in her eyes 👀
This one time at cave camp
Each night the Golden Temple provides food and shelter to everyone. Beggars, locals, and travelers alike all sleep together on the floor lining the hallways.
My summer hasn’t started yet, but I’m a week, backpacking season will officially kick off me for! Who’s excited?! What sort of adventures do y’all have planned?
If you see a picture of me in the wilderness, I’m likely wearing black. Black suits me just fine, but more often than not, I selected black because the other offerings for women look to be inspired by tampon packaging.
“When I first started working in the outdoor industry, I was so excited to be surrounded by other smart, tough women—and I still am. But whenever I go to trade shows or industry events, I'm shocked at how solidly, stubbornly pink all of the women's options are—even gear for truly extreme sports, like mountaineering and ultra running,” writes Kate Worteck in her Elle Magazine article, “Why Should I Have to Wear Pink While I'm Hiking?”
It’s difficult to get excited about shelling out hundreds of dollars for outdoor clothing when most of what the industry offers women is needlessly gender binary. So why the lavender Osprey backpacks? The answer could be simply that the outdoor industry is outdated and hasn’t caught on to the fact that traditional gender classifications do not work anymore, especially among young people. As Justin McGuirk writes in “Why is outdoor gear so ugly?”, outdoor equipment “lives in a parallel design universe to the rest of us. It's like hi-tech architecture, but less tasteful.”
Read more in "Women's Outdoor Clothing Is Great If You Love Wearing Fuschia" at the-grandstand.com. Both photos of me wearing black in the wilderness by @richiedemaria
Real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.
Find beauty in the little things, it may surprise you.
Kudos to Ray & Jess for allowing me to crash their hand crafted tiny home 🌿•
Attending language school in Florence for 4 months was one of the most challenging, unnerving, yet rewarding experiences of my life. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I wanted to learn to speak Italian since I was a teenager. I couldn’t be any happier that I didn’t take the plunge until last November - I wouldn’t change a SINGLE MOMENT of my life because every minute led me to attending Linguaviva, in particular, and with these specific people. Saying that I adore my classmates and that school is an understatement. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
We found in each other, not only comradery in class, but also a support system throughout our time as expats. We made fast friends - all from countries around the world. From cappuccino breaks together during class to trying different eateries around town, movie nights at home or the theatre, dancing in discos until a couple of hours before class started, & weekends training it to cities throughout Italy. My absolute favorite - were our send offs the night before someone’s last day. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I was terrified that I wouldn’t catch up to some of the students who picked up on Italian so easily. Through diligence and the unwavering support over the months, we reached our goal to speak conversational Italian - all while gaining lifelong memories and friends along the way. Vi voglio un mondo di bene ragazzi. Grazie mille per una grandissima esperienza! Non vi dimenticherò mai! 🖤
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Sunsets and signal towers
we basically do this hike every weekend and it always takes my breath away 🐛
Good nights with great people!
The Caribbean or the Cascades? 🤔
"I would not lead you into the promise land if I could, because if I led you in, someone else would lead you out."