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I genuinely miss writing. I miss sitting with a cup of coffee and reflecting after really big changes. I miss quickly jotting down something that made me happy. I even miss taking the time to address and tackle negative emotions. I miss being able to actually articulate my feelings and truly understand myself. But I can go around saying I miss writing all I want. I just have to write. at Cannon Beach, Oregon

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📸 Photo taken by @heartandsparrow⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The world becomes a blank slate of white—the perfect chance for a fresh, clean, and pure start.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #snowseattle #snoqualmiefalls #washingtonstate #washingtonexplored #wanderwashington #northwestcreatives #pnwpride #pnwescapes ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #pnwisbeautiful #landscapephotography #seattlephotographer #pnwonderland ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #cascadiaexplored #seattlelife #seattleradar #seattlewa #salsapnw #luxtastay #seattlemountaineers #seattle ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #seattlefood #seattlemodel #seattleart #seattleeats ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #seattleblogger #seattlefitness #seattleliving ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #seattlehairstylist #seattleradar #seattleseahawks at Snoqualmie Falls

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📸Photo taken by @pictorial.photography⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ There's nothing like a white wedding. Whether you wake up on the big day to six feet of snow or see a flurry as you enter the venue, there's a magical component to all that sparkling white. And when it comes to spectacular wedding photos, snow virtually guarantees an awe-inspiring natural backdrop. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #snowseattle #snoqualmiefalls #washingtonstate #washingtonexplored #wanderwashington #northwestcreatives #pnwpride #pnwescapes ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #pnwisbeautiful #landscapephotography #seattlephotographer #pnwonderland ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #cascadiaexplored #seattlelife #seattleradar #seattlewa #salsapnw #luxtastay #seattlemountaineers #seattle ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #seattlefood #seattlemodel #seattleart #seattleeats ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #seattleblogger #seattlefitness #seattleliving ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #seattlehairstylist #seattleradar #seattleseahawks at Tacoma, Washington

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Crazy weather in the #pacificnorthwest tonight! I went through pouring down rain at Fort Stevens to half snow. Got over to Washington and it was sunny. Haven’t been able to take photos for a bit and man does it feel gooood!! Hope y’all enjoy!! It was a good #moody freezing ass cold night on the beach! 😁🧡💙💧🌫 #PNW #washingtonexplored #visitlongbeach #capedisappointment #cascadiaexplored #lighthouse #pnwisbeautiful #pnwadventures #thenwadventure #pnwdiscovered #pnwescapes #coast #coastalliving #lovewhereyoulive #washingtonstate #pnwonderland #artofvisuals at Cape Disappointment State Park

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I’m currently attempting to paint one of the photos I took from this trip to the Oregon Coast... We’ll see how it turns out at Cape Kiwanda State Park

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A perfect Winter evening - the sleigh rides come to a close as the sun sets behind the snow covered Stuart Range. at Leavenworth, Washington

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What's your favorite waterfall to visit? Photo by @sethtbuck __ Tag: #pnwroamers to be featured!

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Mt Rainer this past summer. My husband and I got up at 4:00am and drove quite awhile so we could watch the sunrise. It was an amazing experience! Listening to bull elk bugling over and over again. It was surreal in a beautiful way and I’ll never forget it. That stripe on the mountain, I assume, was from a layer of clouds. #pnwphotographer #pacificnorthwest #rainier #mountrainier #mtrainier #washingtonstate #washingtonexplored #washington #pnw #pnwonderland #reflection #cascademountains #cascaderange #pnwlife #pnwroamers #pnwlove #ourpnw #pnwparadise #pnwadventures #pnwisbeautiful #pnwcollective #pnwparadise #pnwisbest #pnwdiscovered #pnwphotography #thatpnwlife #pnwvibes #explorepnw

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We have a challenge for you. #EWS2019 - use this tag on your BEST adventure photos. Use this tag in your favorite EATERIES. Use this tag to show us what makes Washington so AMAZING. Once a week we will share here our favorite tags from the week. We will also select ONE top photo from the week to share in our newsletter. Make sure to sign up in the link in our bio. ⁣ ...... #explorewashstate#washingtonstate #washingtonexplored #wanderwashington #livewashington #explorewashington #pacificnorthwest #upperleftusa #pnwcollective #pnwonderland #thatpnwlife #pnw #northwestisbest #cascadiaexplored #thenwadventure #thegreatpnw #oregonnw #northwestcreatives #jj_oregon #pnwdiscovered #pnwlife #pnwisbest #visitpnw #washington #seattle #greatnorthcollective #seattlewa #washingtontrails #theoutbound

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Lena Lake ❤️ That snow you see was the start of Washington’s #snowmageddon from last Friday! It was actually pretty awesome, the snow started as soon as we got to the lake! After those flakes landed - the next few days were all snow! ❄️ . . . #missiontriplevolcano #thepnwlife #pnwpeakbaggers #pnwoutdoors #pnwonderland #pnwdiscovered #pnwoutdoorwomen #washingtonstate #washingtonexplored #choosemountains #herpnwlife #upperleftusa #cascadiaexplored #pnwcollective #ourpnw #rei1440project #washingtontrails #wanderwashington #optoutside #womenwhohike #thegreatoutdoors #hikingadventures #gogalavanting #winterwonderland #lenalake at Lena Lake

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Patiently waiting for the weather to warm up. Can’t wait to graduate and go somewhere warmer😍 at Pullman, Washington

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Life is a bitch and you sometimes have to seek out the good in chaos. Keep them ten toes down. at Panther Creek Falls

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The snow never bothered me anyway. ❄️ Except when I’m snowed in and have eaten all the Takis. Then it bothers me. at Skykomish, Washington

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I made this image in the first few days of the year while up in Port Townsend, Wa. If I remember correctly it was about a two minute exposure at around 6:00 am. I remember it being bitterly cold but so quiet and still. I was beautiful with the sun just below the horizon. I was shooting with a graduated neutral density filter on the lens that morning to help even out the exposure. I think it worked out pretty well in the end. • • • • #washington #washingtonstate #washington_ig #washingtonexplored #upperleft #upperleftusa #upperleftcoast #pnw #pnwlove #pnwadventures #pnwisbest #pnwroamers #pnwphotographer #pnwphotographers #awesome_photographers #collectivelycreate  #master_shots #moodygrams #nightshooters #nightphotography #rsa_night #pdx #portlandor #portlandphotographer at Port Townsend, Washington

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Woke up with a cold but it’s not everyday you get the chance to ski up a closed and deserted Middle Fork Road, so I grabbed my Hoks and decided my cold needed exercise. 13 miles later and I was rewarded with the road all to myself, one gorgeous view, some blue skies, and some very clear sinuses. Yep, skiing cures all! What a stunning day in one of my favorite places! 🙏🏻 . . . . #pnwonderland #middleforksnoqualmie #radgirlslife #liveyouradventure #cascadia #wildwashington #skilife #altaihok #optoutside #herPNWlife #igwashington #pnw #skilife #ourpnw #ourwild #washingtonexplored #choosemountains

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Golden Gardens, Seattle, WA ----------------------------------- “Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.” – Rachel Carson #snapshotsfromseattle at Seattle, Washington

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Did you know that the stickers on the fruit we eat are edible? So next time you eat one, just bite in at Panther Creek Falls

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(PCT WA July 31) Our camp today was supposed to be a picturesque lake at the foot of Mt. Adams. Sounds ideal, right? All the maps, satellite images & trail notes suggested that it was going to be a GREAT campsite. Iconic, even. It was not a great campsite. When we rolled up to the lake, it was a muddy mess. Good enough for water, but not the pristine mountain lake I had envisioned. Defeated, we pushed on up the trail just enough to find a suitable spot barely off-trail to shove our tents into. We really didn’t care at that point. We were exhausted and defeated. Extra encouragement to bag and hang our food came from some prominent cat prints in the mud just to the east of camp. It seemed that local wildlife also favored the lake as a water source. No surprise there, but it did give us extra incentive to do a proper job of hanging our food. Despite the hot day, we were treated to a beautiful sunset tonight. I took this picture during a moment of reflection just outside of camp. After 4 full days on trail, I was now almost 100 miles into Washington. This was more of a concern than a triumph. I was already pretty beat up, and I’d be on my own in just a few days. Deep breaths as the sun sets. 🏕 • • • • • #explorewashington #washingtonexplored #pnw #cascadia #cascadiaexplored #pnwonderland #thatpnwlife #hiking #hikingculture #thegreatoutdoors #washington #upperleftusa #thegreatpnw #pacificnw #getoutside #hikewashington #pnwcollective #pnwdiscovered #pct #pacificcresttrail

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(PCT WA July 31) Today was an exciting day for Scott and I. We’d be meeting up with family along a Forest Service road outside of Trout Lake for resupply, snacks, & hearty salutations. But most importantly of all, we’d be picking up a new trail-comrade. Our brother Matt would be joining us for about ~60 miles of trail. We were heading north around 5am feeling the excitement of familiar faces and good food. After 10 early morning miles, we’d meet up with our group, and then an additional 15 with Matt in tow. It was so fantastic meeting up with family. Jesse and Trekker were there, as well as my parents. With them, they brought the finest foods that you could ever imagine. We feasted with all our hearts. We met a fellow from Germany (trailname “Splash”) who we also shared our feast with. He was totally thrilled, & cancelled his hitch into town on account of good luck. With full bellies, packs and hearts, we headed up towards Mt. Hood, now a party of 3. We had beautiful views of Mt. Adams as we climbed up to about 6100 ft. It was incredibly hot, but our spirits were high as we slogged our way up to the NW shoulder, just below the snowline. Water was fairly plentiful, with special note needed for one mountain creek that had a metal bucket fastened to a rope that we lowered into the falling water for the freshest, coldest water you could imagine. What a treat! 🏕 • • • • • #explorewashington #washingtonexplored #pnw #cascadia #cascadiaexplored #pnwonderland #thatpnwlife #hiking #hikingculture #thegreatoutdoors #washington #upperleftusa #thegreatpnw #pacificnw #getoutside #hikewashington #pnwcollective #pnwdiscovered #pct #pacificcresttrail

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(PCT WA July 30) As we topped off on a windy ridge and pushed deeper into the Indian Heaven wilderness, we started skirting past lake after lake. They were beautiful lakes, but with their beauty came an unfortunate reality: mosquitos. So many mosquitos. We upped our speed thinking (incorrectly) that we just might be able to outrun them. Turns out, they can fly, so our efforts were in vain. We should have seen this coming, though; after all, our goal for the day was Big Mosquito Lake after 27 miles on trail. Midway through the day, with our water getting low, we knew we had to resupply. We cruised up to Blue Lake thinking it would be a quick dip & sip opportunity. Wrong. The lake was infested with millions of tiny little red bugs. Perhaps mites or some type of larvae. They were everywhere and they were moving. We couldn’t get a full water bottle without also scooping up a hundred little red passengers. We needed to though, water was sparse in the miles to come. After scurrying out on this log away from the shore, we started getting cleaner bottles. We eventually concluded that a handful of bugs would be ok and trusted our purifying drops to do their job. We laughed at how pathetic our situation was as we tried to find acceptable water whilst fighting off the mosquito horde. 🏕 • • • • • #explorewashington #washingtonexplored #pnw #cascadia #cascadiaexplored #pnwonderland #thatpnwlife #hiking #hikingculture #thegreatoutdoors #washington #upperleftusa #thegreatpnw #pacificnw #getoutside #hikewashington #pnwcollective #pnwdiscovered #pct #pacificcresttrail

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(PCT WA July 30) Scott and I woke up energized after a good night of rest. We immediately started climbing up into the Indian Heaven Wilderness; a place of hundreds of lakes and interesting history. We passed an old Indian Racetrack, where local tribes would harvest food and then compete in horse races for after-work entertainment. Based on the weathered state of many landmarks along the trail, it struck me how many versions of this very place different people have seen over time. It helped me appreciate the dynamic nature of wilderness; that this place will never look exactly like this again. This was my moment to enjoy & experience. I loved that. 🏕 • • • • • #explorewashington #washingtonexplored #pnw #cascadia #cascadiaexplored #pnwonderland #thatpnwlife #hiking #hikingculture #thegreatoutdoors #washington #upperleftusa #thegreatpnw #pacificnw #getoutside #hikewashington #pnwcollective #pnwdiscovered #pct #pacificcresttrail

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PCT WA (July 29) While ascending into the mountains today, we met a very interesting man. “Don Miguel” was the moniker he had chosen, and he had been trekking along the PCT for about 1,000 miles. He was slumped over with an oversized pack and seemed as if he’d been walking along the trail his entire life. Every step was labored and overly deliberate. Don Miguel was in pain. He explained to us that he’d always wanted to hike the PCT, to the point that his wife finally pushed him out the door so she wouldn’t have to hear about it anymore. Hundreds of miles back, he began experiencing extreme discomfort and general dissatisfaction with the “trail experience”, but after calling his wife to arrange a trip back home after an incomplete trail, she told him to stay. She didn’t want him to regret not finishing in the years to come. Don Miguel was marching the slowest march. At his current rate, it was unlikely that he’d finish Washington before the snow came, but he continued on the painful parade away from the fear of regret. After our initial conversation, we never saw him again. We both wonder if Don Miguel ever made it. 🏕 • • • • • #explorewashington #washingtonexplored #pnw #cascadia #cascadiaexplored #pnwonderland #thatpnwlife #hiking #hikingculture #thegreatoutdoors #washington #upperleftusa #thegreatpnw #pacificnw #getoutside #hikewashington #pnwcollective #pnwdiscovered #pct #pacificcresttrail

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(PCT WA July 29) We had some climbing to do today. This wonderful bridge spanned the last opportunity for water for the majority of the day. We drank and drank. After “cameling up” on water, we headed up a sizable climb. Luckily, great conversation propelled us up into the mountains today. I don’t have many opportunities to have meaningful conversations with many of my siblings, so I always appreciate the opportunity when given. Once we topped out along the Cascade Range, we enjoyed a nice break along the trail for some warm breakfast & rest. 🏕 • • • • • #explorewashington #washingtonexplored #pnw #cascadia #cascadiaexplored #pnwonderland #thatpnwlife #hiking #hikingculture #thegreatoutdoors #washington #upperleftusa #thegreatpnw #pacificnw #getoutside #hikewashington #pnwcollective #pnwdiscovered #pct #pacificcresttrail

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(PCT WA July 29) After a surprisingly restorative sleep, Scott and I headed off into the fog just before sunrise. Down in a valley, we crossed a beautiful meadow with a soupy layer of fog just starting to burn off in the warm sun. Much to our delight, we felt ok. We felt ready, but just barely. Despite some understandable soreness & blistering from the previous day, the early morning start was refreshing and we felt confident in our ability to chip away some miles. We were both extremely grateful for the restorative powers of the human body. Extremely. 🏕 • • • • • #explorewashington #washingtonexplored #pnw #cascadia #cascadiaexplored #pnwonderland #thatpnwlife #hiking #hikingculture #thegreatoutdoors #washington #upperleftusa #thegreatpnw #pacificnw #getoutside #hikewashington #pnwcollective #pnwdiscovered #pct #pacificcresttrail

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(PCT WA July 28) Today ended up being ~30 miles of trail. We had planned on it being less, but the detour & desire for a good water source changed that. It wasn’t ideal at all. We were in pretty high spirits until mile 25 or so. After that, we were totally beat. Towards the end of the day, our heads were down and we were suffering individually. Things got quiet. We finally reached this great little bridge spanning Trout Creek near Stabler. We sluggishly pitched our tents and stumbled around camp as little as possible. We needed to rest. Scott still had ~115 miles until his portion was complete, & I had ~215 to go before my first rest day. Yikes. 🏕 • • • • • #explorewashington #washingtonexplored #pnw #cascadia #cascadiaexplored #pnwonderland #thatpnwlife #hiking #hikingculture #thegreatoutdoors #washington #upperleftusa #thegreatpnw #pacificnw #getoutside #hikewashington #pnwcollective #pnwdiscovered #pct #pacificcresttrail

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(PCT WA July 28) We got our first view of Mt Adams today. What a beautiful Mountain! I’ve been atop this mountain a few times now, and really had been looking forward to this trip where we would skirt around it clockwise to the northwest. These perspectives always inspire me. Within a few days, we’d be right at the foot of this impressive stratovolcano only to say hello & move on to the north. Seeing Adams gave Scott & I some renewed energy as we continued along on our first full day on the trail. 🏕 • • • • • #explorewashington #washingtonexplored #pnw #cascadia #cascadiaexplored #pnwonderland #thatpnwlife #hiking #hikingculture #thegreatoutdoors #washington #upperleftusa #thegreatpnw #pacificnw #getoutside #hikewashington #pnwcollective #pnwdiscovered #pct #pacificcresttrail

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(PCT WA July 28) As we continued climbing, we pushed into sections of trail I’d never stepped foot on before. Past Table Mountain, the majority of trail was brand new to me. With this new trail underfoot, I couldn’t help but think about the scale of this trip. “If a person just keeps walking, by George, they’ll eventually end up in Canada.” What a thought! This fueled us around corners & bends as the day progressed. Who’s George?🏕 • • • • • #explorewashington #washingtonexplored #pnw #cascadia #cascadiaexplored #pnwonderland #thatpnwlife #hiking #hikingculture #thegreatoutdoors #washington #upperleftusa #thegreatpnw #pacificnw #getoutside #hikewashington #pnwcollective #pnwdiscovered #pct #pacificcresttrail

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(PCT WA July 28) Scott and I slept really well. There’s something significant about the first night on a long trip like this. You begin to see if everything is going to work as planned. This is the moment where your obsession over gear lists & rations actually matters. It’s a bit of a vulnerable feeling. All of your assumptions and decisions are now subject to the sometimes unpredictable nature of the outdoors. We’d be leaving the Columbia Gorge behind today. We climbed up past power lines & clear-cuts throughout the morning as glimpses of the Gorge became less frequent. I kept looking back wondering if this may be the last view of home I’d have for the next few weeks. Eventually, it was.🏕 • • • • • #explorewashington #washingtonexplored #pnw #cascadia #cascadiaexplored #pnwonderland #thatpnwlife #hiking #hikingculture #thegreatoutdoors #washington #upperleftusa #thegreatpnw #pacificnw #getoutside #hikewashington #pnwcollective #pnwdiscovered #pct #pacificcresttrail

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It’s been so many moons since my last Instagram post! I’m coming back... But first...In the next 2-3 weeks, I’ll be posting journal entries from my ~505 mile trip across Washington along the PCT. Finally. Please bear with me as I get this out. It was such a significant event in my life. It must be shared. 🏕 • • • • • #explorewashington #washingtonexplored #pnw #cascadia #cascadiaexplored #pnwonderland #thatpnwlife #hiking #hikingculture #thegreatoutdoors #washington #upperleftusa #thegreatpnw #pacificnw #getoutside #hikewashington #pnwcollective #pnwdiscovered #pct #pacificcresttrail

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There’s cracks in everything, that’s how the light enters. Don’t be afraid of imperfections or flaws, these are guides to teach you what you need to work on. Embrace your entire being as it is, shine like the universe is yours 💡 ✨ . . . . . . . . . . #pnw #pnwlife #pnwonderland #optoutside #rei1440project #outdooradventures #adventureisoutthere #getoutstayout #keepitwild #earthfocus #earthpix #visualambassadors #visualsofearth #upperleftusa #awakethesoul #stayandwander #travel #travelgram #travelstoke #pnwisbeautiful #washingtonexplored #choosemountains #naturephotography #nikon #nikonphotography #roamtheplanet #beautifuldestinations #liveoutdoors #wanderwashington #theoutbound at Seattle, Washington

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