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I'd be lying if I said this week is proving to be a pretty rough week:
It's rained every day for the last seven days... and not just brief showers, I'm talking full days of relentless, torrential rain. The kind of rain that seeps into your soul. Some days it's just hours of being in cloud (turns out it still rains inside clouds). Everything is constantly wet or damp, either from rain, sweat or condensation (bar my one dry sleeping outfit). My boots have been wet for over a week now and although I have a pair of waterproof socks, the ground is so wet that even they aren't up to keeping my feet dry. Today I had to row across a lake THREE times by myself in strong winds.
To top it all off, I have the flu, which has left me exhausted and struggling up even the tiniest of hills. It's draining.
All that said, this is not an attention- or pity-seeking post. I know that in a few days I'll hopefully start feeling better, I know the weather will eventually improve (even if just for a short period of time). I know that I'm strong enough and resilient enough to persevere on through it without needing someone here to coax me along or help me pitch my tent in the evenings... Lovely as that would be!
I take on these challenges to push myself and test my limits and it's weeks like these that actually achieve that. Plus there was a line in the book I'm reading at the moment that reminded me to check my attitude: "I do like to think there's a difference between being resigned to a situation and reconciled to it." So here's to reconciling myself with the challenges of the week and still getting something out of it 💪🏼🌧 @ellisbrigham@paramooutdoor@ospreyeurope@icebreakernz@we_are_mission@firepotfood@bounce_uk@eatnaturalbars@calazoforlag#LiveBreatheOutdoors#MoveToNatural#OspreyAdventure#FuelledbyFirepot#FuellingExtraordinary
Adventures ahead but sad to be doing it without the little man .
I'm off to the western side of the Sierras where it's mostly National Parks. Elvis has been here before but could never hike on the trails .
It's always such a weird feeling adventuring without him by my side but we will have our adventure on the eastern side soon enough .
A year ago, I accepted an invitation from a stranger to go on a hike I was totally not prepared for. I went anyway, and although I turned back before the summit, it was super worthwhile because I was able to meet a group of super awesome people who turned out to be really great adventure friends! Who's ready to start planning winter 2020 trips?? 🤪
My favorite thing about PCT Days is seeing these familiar faces again. It’s like your high school reunion. I’ve met so many cool people along the way to Canada and to see them again in Cascade Locks was an awesome thing. Wish we could all be there but this year just wasn’t the year everyone could work it out to get here. We’re heading back to Stevens Pass to finish up the rest of the journey north so I’m just thinking about how much I’ll miss the people the most. #PCT2019
Also, I’m pretty grateful for those who helped us along the way. Whether it was someone giving us a ride or a trail angel giving us a room to stay in.
P.S. Sorry #388 I didn’t find you at the festival so we could get our prize.
A few photos from our fantastic family vacation to Yellowstone National Park. Lots of animal sightings, a ten mile hike, an ATV ride, seeing Old Faithful in a thunderstorm & most of all the fun memories ❤️ #family#yellowstonenationalpark#optoutside
Managed to squeeze is some droning yesterday afternoon. So glad I did cause I captured some cool shots of some seals chilling out in the warm sun.
Can you spot the seal torpedo? I totally didn't until I looked closely at the pic. It immediately escalated the value of this shot for me. I love seal torpedoes.
Shot with DJI Mavic Air and a Nisi C-PL filter
The infamous homestretch that I had been most worried about was the most fun lol who knew it was all the before that was harder and scarier.
I finally feel ready for more!!
I came to suffer, but was expecting a different kind of suffering. I was WAY off both of my goals, but after mile 1 I knew. My legs felt great, but I felt like I went out too fast for my lungs - even though I came down to sea level. My lungs are more sore than my legs. Regardless, I regret nothing. 😂 I had a goal, went for it, failed, but will live to fight another day. #afchalfmarathon#next#bummer