19 hours ago

Our first stop after leaving Dublin was the Wicklow Mountains. Originally we had planned to spend a night up there in a cottage but we had to rearrange our schedule. Even the quick drive through these mountains was unforgettable. Like much of Ireland, these mountains also give you an “ancient feel”. If I were to go back to Ireland, I’d spend a night or two in these mountains and do a bunch of hiking and biking; or as the Irish say, “walking” and “cycling”. And maybe bag a few peaks. 😉 . Photos taken on March 9th, 2019. at Wicklow Mountains National Park

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2 days ago

Can you spot all the sheeps in this photo? ⁣ ⁣ These guys were adorable! They kept reminding me of scenes from How to Train Your Dragon. At any moment I was hoping a dragon would fly overhead but that didn’t happen 😂😂⁣ ⁣ Photo taken March 11th, 2019. at Ireland (country)

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3 days ago

There is a famous proverb that goes “the grass is always on the other side”... well the grass is always greener in Ireland as you can see here. 😂😂⁣ ⁣ But in all seriousness, you may think someone else’s life is so much better than yours just by looking at their social media, but know that we’re all human and we all struggle at times. Happiness doesn’t mean your always happy. Happiness means you live life with a burning passion and desire so much that you fight through all the challenges and obstacles you face. Happy Tuesday everyone!⁣ ⁣ Also, you’ll notice the dramatic difference in lighting in the two photos. The first one was taken in the morning by @nachocowli and I took the second one in the evening!⁣ ⁣ Photos taken March 13th and 12th, 2019, respectively, from our amazing Airbnb in Doolin, called the “Puffin Cottage”. at Doolin

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5 days ago

If you imagine Ireland as rolling hills, castles and a lot of green, you wouldn’t be too far off!! ⁣ ⁣ My favorite part of the lower 2/3 of the country that we explored was easily the Southwest of the country!! This included the Ring of Kerry (pictured here). This was my first time setting foot in Europe as well as my first time seeing the Atlantic. I chose a fantastic spot to do both. :). ⁣ ⁣ Also Happy St. Patrick’s day! Traveling really opens your eyes to so much! Even with all the evil going on in this world, there are a million acts of kindness happening everyday. As JR Tolkien once wrote: “there is some good in this world Mr. Frodo, and it’s worth fighting for”. ⁣ ⁣ Also fun fact, JR Tolkien lived in Galway for a time. A lot of his inspirations for LOTR came from places in Ireland!⁣ ⁣ Photo taken March 10th, 2019 at Waterville, Kerry, Ireland

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6 days ago

Ireland was something else! The history, architecture, mountains, scenery, people and food. It was all amazing. . . These two photos were taken on my attempt of Ireland’s highest point: Carrauntohil this past Monday on 6th day since leaving Utah. I made it to the top of the devils ladder (second photo) but was unable to summit due to nasty winds and bad conditions. Maybe I’ll go back one day but even if I never do, I’m happy i at least gave it 110%! Be prepared for a lot of Ireland photos coming up! . . Photos taken March 11th, 2019 at The Devil's Ladder, Carrauntoohil

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17 days ago

Us crazy Utahns think 45 degree weather is warm enough for shorts. 😂😂 needlessly to say, I am excited for the recent warming temperatures. I can’t wait to see the ocean again! Except this time it’ll be the Atlantic! My first time seeing the Atlantic Ocean on the Emerald Isle! ✌️ Utah. See you all in 12 days. . . . Photo take on December 29th, 2018 . . (Also it’s not me in the photo lol, I took the photo. I’m kinda tired posting photos of myself, so I’ll post of others). at Oregon Coast

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19 days ago

<—— swipe left! Bryce Canyon is just one of those places... . . Photos taken on February 23rd, 2018 at Bryce Canyon National Park

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20 days ago

Ireland is probably gonna look a lot like Alaska did when I went back in August! I just hope the rain doesn’t ruin our itinerary like it did in Alaska. I learned to make the most of it but it was definitely sad traveling so far to Alaska and not even seeing a glimpse of “the great one”, Denali as the natives call it. But I’ll be back Alaska and my fingers are crossed and I’m super stoked for Ireland! ⁣ ⁣ Also my birthday is coming up on April 1st (Hint Hint). Where should I go? ⁣ ⁣ Photo taken on August 12, 2018 on highway 3, which connects Anchorage to Fairbanks. . . P.S even though it was a torrential downpour at times in Alaska, we got to escape one of the worse wildfires seasons in history to clean, crisp air. So I can’t complain :) at Denali National Park and Preserve

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21 days ago

They say being vulnerable is the one of the hardest things to do. It shows strength and the ability to put yourself in a position that could potentially hurt you but also, create massive growth. So here goes to being vulnerable: something I never share on social media. . . If you go through my feed, you’ll see my highlights, like everyone else, and you’ll fail to see between the highlights (to no fault of your own). Like everyone else, I fight my own inner demons. Demons from childhood and past experiences that have led me to fight intermittent depression and social anxiety. In the face of all my insecurities and flaws, life can sometimes crumble. There are those days where you want to curl up in a ball and just let your thoughts flow through your mind. You may even cry, but that’s okay. There is strength in tears and vulnerability. The greatest and most empowering thing to do in this situation is to find strength in yourself. Look deep within and find that little bit of strength and manifest those thoughts into your life. Rewrite the childhood trauma, start from the first chapter and rewrite all of it. I know it’s hard. It makes me wonder why I just can’t start over? But why would I start over? I wouldn’t be the AMAZING person that I am today if it weren’t for the chapters of life that I have already written Photo taken on October 4th, 2018 by @oliviawan0715 at Mount Rainier National Park

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25 days ago

. Happy Monday everyone! ⁣ ⁣ A few years ago, I’d tell you I despised winter hiking. That is no longer the case. I still have a love/hate relationship with it but the same applies to summer hiking. ⁣ ⁣ Have you ever tried winter hiking? If so what’s your favorite spot?⁣ ⁣ Photo taken this past Saturday. ⁣ ⁣ P.S. Don’t be fooled, it was -12F that morning just before sunrise! at Bryce Canyon National Park

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26 days ago

And above all, be kind. For kindness is the greatest quality of all. . . . Photo taken on October 6th, 2018. . . . . P.S I have a lot of new, more recent photos coming up. Stay tuned! at Snoqualmie Pass, Washington

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1 month ago

That was a particularly beautiful morning in the mountains! I can smell the fresh air just by looking at this photo! ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ I was first introduced to the outdoors as a child. Our family vacations were driving up the Wasatch Front Canyons here in Salt Lake City, Utah a few times every summer. We couldn’t afford to go on long vacations but I am thankful for these moments. They sparked my interest in the outdoors, particularly peak bagging. In 2014, I really began hiking and was quickly drawn to the mountains again. In 2015, I climbed or “bagged” more peaks that year than any other year and even though I’ve slowed down, and traded those peak bagging trips to travel to farther away places, ultimately I come back to this: “I’m a peak bagger at heart”⁣ ⁣ This year I have some big mountain plans, beginning with Carrauntoohil, Ireland’s Highpoint. Other big mountain goals include: Mount Shasta and Whitney in California, Mount Adams and Elinor in Washington, South Sister in Oregon, Thompson Peak, Mount Borah in Idaho, Capitol Peak and Mount Elbert in Colorado, Mount Siyeh in Montana, and Kings Peak in Utah (repeat). Also some others may include: Mount Temple in Banff, and something in Hawaii as well as Norway or Switzerland. ⁣ ⁣ What are your mountain goals this year? Let me know below! ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ Photo taken on May 13th, 2018 by @kikassadventures at Big Cottonwood Canyon

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1 month ago

“It’s easier to go down a hill than up to it but the view is much better at the top”⁣ - Henry Ward Beecher ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ Happy V-Day everyone. I’m not a big supporter of Valentine’s Day because love doesn’t just happen once a year, so why only express it today? But I will ask this, when was it that your first realized that you had fallen in love with the outdoors? Let me know below! .⁣ ⁣ ⁣ Photo taken on June 24th, 2018⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣ at Valley of the Ten Peaks

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1 month ago

It’s the mountains where my adventure begins. ⁣ ⁣ I leave for Ireland in 3 weeks. So stoked! Any suggestions? Other than the Cliffs of Moher? 😉⁣ ⁣ ⁣ Photo taken August 25th, 2018⁣ at Rocky Mountains

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1 month ago

Can you say you’ve been to Redwoods unless you get a photo of yourself either a) standing inside a hollow one or b) standing underneath one looking up in awe? ⁣ But in all seriousness, If you’re ever been to the redwoods and didn’t come back thinking “man, we need to do everything we can to protect these beautiful forests”, then we need to talk and I will change your mind. In fact, if you’ve never felt this way after visiting any of our amazing outdoors gems, then we need to talk. ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ Photos taken by @timharris97 On December 30th, 2018.⁣ ⁣ P.S the second photo is candid :) ⁣ at Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park

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2 months ago

The best way to feel blessed it to look at someone who has less than you. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Whether this is less money, less possessions or less privilege. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Sometimes you take for granted the simple things. All it takes is talking to someone who cannot do something that you can. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Stay humble my friends. 🙏⁣⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ Photo taken on June 23rd, 2018. at Maligne Lake

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2 months ago

Guess who’s going back?! It’s my second time and was unexpected, I wasn’t planning on going! But I’m definitely stoked!!!. Anyone else going? . . Photo taken March 11, 2018 at Havasupai

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2 months ago

Who else loves long walks on the beach? Especially when no one else is around. 👍 . Photo taken December 29th, 2018 at Moonstone, California

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