Hikes, travels, and adventures big and small

Explorers are we, intrepid and bold,
Out in the wild, amongst wonders untold.
Equipped with our wits, a map, and a snack,
Weโ€™re searching for fun and weโ€™re on the right track!
- Bill Watterson, The Indispensable Calvin and Hobbes
"Any glimpse into the life of an animal quickens o "Any glimpse into the life of an animal quickens our own and makes it so much the larger and better in every way.โ€ โ€•ย John Muirโ €
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#walkinthewoods #quarantinebuddy #coastalmountains
It's exciting and strange to see a view in so many It's exciting and strange to see a view in so many photos, and then to finally be there in real life ๐Ÿ“ธ

#arashiyama #adventureeveryday #liveit
I watched a TED video on breathing a couple of day I watched a TED video on breathing a couple of days ago. And while I can't say I expected much when I hit play, I've found my brain cycling back to it many times since. It pops into my head alongside an interview with someone over 100 that I'd read years ago where, when asked what tip they might pass along for longevity, they'd described mindful breathing. (((Granted, another centenarian in the same article said they thought their key to a long life was decades of smoking ๐Ÿ™ƒ๐Ÿ™„))) So to put a visual to these swirling thoughts, we have here a little bamboo grove in Japan. This isn't the one you typically get to see in photos on social media (that one was overrun with tourists), and we had it all to ourselves. The bamboo clacking together in the breeze is not a familiar sound to me, but quickly became part of the ambiance, along with the rustling leaves and chirping birds. ๐Ÿƒ๐ŸŽ‹ #justbreathe
It may have been a little much to cram in a bullet It may have been a little much to cram in a bullet train from Tokyo to Kyoto, a sort of intense journey to our new lodgings, and a 2 mile walk to the base of this temple.... Followed by a hike through these gates that was much longer and steeper than I'd realized. Whoops!  Fortunately we didn't run across any of the wild boars featured on warning signs all up and down these paths ๐Ÿ™ƒ๐Ÿ˜ณโ›ฉ๏ธ #whoops #unexpectedadventures #whataday
Warm sunny days in the Pacific Northwest are just Warm sunny days in the Pacific Northwest are just the best. Add in some kayaking/visiting new places/hanging out with friends/super happy dogs, and you've got something really special. ๐Ÿšฃโ€โ™€๏ธ๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒฒโœŒ๏ธ๐Ÿพ #loveoregon #adventureveryday
Low, hazy mountains behind, alien-feeling dunes un Low, hazy mountains behind, alien-feeling dunes underfoot, and vast, churning ocean ahead.

#adventuretime #sandfordays #letsgo
Escaping a drizzly winter day in the valley to eme Escaping a drizzly winter day in the valley to emerge onto a sunny coast is an indescribably beautiful thing ๐Ÿ™Œ

#pnwlife #hellosunshine #getoutthere
As glad as I am for the research and planning we d As glad as I am for the research and planning we did before travelling to Japan, I'm also so grateful for the unplanned time. Even though there's a certain comfort in knowing what to do and when, I really just love a good wander.

#wanderlust #kyotoorbust #getoutthere