I was excited to get a picture of the The Smithsonian Institution Shelter, also known as the Mount Whitney Summit Shelter, without any people in the photo. I found it so interesting. Scientists used it for studies at the summit and even though it was built as a shelter from storms (hums Bob Dylan song), hikers are warned against seeking shelter there during lightning storms. A friend said that 70% of summit attempts fail, largely due to weather. The same friend saw some fairly innocent looking clouds forming nearby and smartly advised that it was time to descend. On our way down, we could hear the storm hit the summit in the distance behind us.
Happy Sunday! We’re back home after a quiet weekend in the popup. We head out again Labor Day weekend to one of our favorite MO State Parks: Hawn. Anyone else already planning a Labor Day trip? by @sparkyjmg#mostateparks#popupcamper
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Grand Prismatic. 10/10, would recommend. // so you guys, my new branding is finished and ready to go. I cannot wait to share it. I’m going to do something HUGE right after it launches (this week/maybe even tomorrow??), so hold onto your butts. #laurenraephotography
Wishing everyone a great Sunday and week ahead. Here is a shot from Oceano Dunes from the Central Coast of California.
Another reflection fave. Several of my friends have been asking me if I was scared at all on my solo hiking and camping roadtrip West this summer for a couple weeks.
I've gone on solo trips before, just not to this extent. Of course there were some frustrating moments, scary moments, and even "creeper" moments mixed in with alllllllllll the amazingness. My close friends know the details of those times.
So I'll just say this---
Just as in life, there will always be ups and downs...and I'm just a go with the flow kind of girl. So this solo trip of mine, doing whatever I want, not really having set plans, changing "plans" day to day, making new friends that have the same outdoor passions as me...ended up being one of the BESTTTT trips I have ever been on.
The misty mountains of Kodaikanal. My favorite place in India, it’s a sweet retreat from the hustle and bustle of cities like Chennai and Madurai. Make sure to pack a jacket because it’s get cold up in the mountains. 2010 #findyourpark
yup. still posting photos from our trip to wyoming.
Spent today at Joshua Tree National Park! Arrived at dawn and watched the sunrise! Drove up through the park making as many stops as we could along the way. Too hot to do any real hiking (it's 107°F outside as I write this!!), but that's ok! We got to see the park nonetheless! #findyourpark#outdoors#nationalparks#hiking#optoutside
Mt Ellinor was perfect! Clear skies, rad hikers who made it all the way to the summit, many goat friends. I’m just now recovered enough to even post about it! Owwww quadssss! Our next group hike is September 22nd at Sequalitchew Creek and is completely free! Dogs, kids, everyone welcome!
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The oldest National Park by age, Hot Springs National Park. It has history, hiking, great views, and a great staff. In 1936 President Andrew Jackson set this land aside for the people of the United States, making it the first national reservation of its kind. After the creation of the National Park Service, it became a National Park. For hundreds of years people have been coming here for its waters, which you can still bottle and take with you today. A fully functional bath house still operates in the park today, as does a brewery which uses the springs water. Worth a visit if you are ever in Arkansas. #npsbucketlist#findyourpark#americasbestidea#nationalparkgeek#nps101#sarahsdailyadventures2018#arkansas#hotspringsnationalpark
It’s really is too easy to take Colorado for granted. Avoiding busy, high use areas, you’re used to your bubble of people who get to experience these places everyday. Going up to Rocky Mountain and seeing how jazzed people who don’t get to see these places every weekend really made my heart happy yesterday... specifically the middle-aged mom clearly from the Midwest oohing and aahing over every detail and yelling “SKY POND 2018” at her family.