We're back from an unforgettable week at Camp Des Bouleaux (and back online too!) It was so incredible to head up north, worship the king of Kings with new friends from all over Quebec, hang out at the beach every day, do zero cooking or cleaning (yasssss!), and connect with my family as we all grew closer to Jesus together. Family Camp, I'm a fan! Can't wait to head back next summer!
I'll definitely be repeating a social media fast again as well. A week completely offline was good for the soul - not a coincidence that I had more time and energy for my family, personal devotions, and making new friendships! The only downside was that I never had my phone around to take pictures! If you took any this week and you're reading this: please send them over! Thankfully I did have my phone for this shot of our last night up at camp. So unbelievably blessed by this week! 🙌🏼🌲
Bradley and I both grew up in the part of Missouri where the only thing that grows in the ground is rocks (s/o to the Ozarks you’re beautiful in your own way). We took advantage of Northwest Missouri’s green thumb today and picked fresh blackberries and peaches. I only lost my cool about the bugs maybe four to five times (I’m really just built for cities, I’m trying my best).
I’ve decided to quit the PCT, for 2018 at least.⠀
I came to the trail for three core reasons:⠀
1. I wanted to meet people and share quality time outdoors. This, as from my previous post, has happened without a doubt, and I’ve made friends I’m sure I’ll keep for life. It’s just such quality time versus our social interactions day-to-day. You can’t help but bond with someone you hike over a mountain pass with.⠀
2. Simplification. I wanted to cut out all of the fat, all of the bullshit. This has definitely happened. The standards for what I need and want have been refined and lowered drastically. Moreover, I’ve just loved the hiker trash lifestyle. Dirty, hungry, and ridiculous. But, simple. The question now is how do I go about sustainably bringing the hiker trash lifestyle off trail? It’s difficult, because, really, society en mass doesn’t really like hiker trash. This simplification, however, has been where most of my growth over the past few months has occurred. It’s been a developing process ever since I moved to Dublin three years back with two suitcases and two backpacks. I remember immensely the burden my stuff became, and what a contrast it is to move from that to living out of a singular backpack attempting to be as ultralight as possible. I refuse to add that fat back in to my life.⠀
3. Deep immersion in nature. I was hoping for those euphoric, “oh my god…” moments out in nature. But, I found none of those moments on trail. The necessity to crush miles was always the prominent feature. Whenever I did find hints of this euphoria, it was always off trail: a detour to summit a peak or to scramble to some high alpine lake...(continued in comments)⠀
Greetings from Lake George! We’ll be guiding you around some of our favorite spots in Bolton Landing this weekend, an idyllic town perfectly suited to summer adventures. After renting a speed boat from FR Smith and Sons, we set out on the expansive 32 mile Lake George which flows between The Adirondack Mountains. Passing by camping islands and charming lake side cottages, we basked in the morning sun and plotted the rest of our day. | 📸 @pasturemama #visitadks
It’s been more than a year since I’ve taken a solo adventure and a week in the southwest during monsoon season was exactly what I needed 💪🏽 Hail, thunderstorms, flash floods, and 100 + degree heat gave me a week full of crazy camping challenges and memories I’ll never forget. The only downside - awkward self-timer photos... I just need a littttle more practice 😸
If you could transport yourself anywhere in the world right this moment to eat anything you wanted, where and what would it be? The two things I crave most often are gelato from Rome (well, anything from Rome, really) and fish and chips from London. 😍
Next best thing: gelato at Mio Gelato in Kingston. It made me feel like I’d been transported back to that magical city I fell head over heels in love with three years ago. I wanted to try basically every flavour but after several minutes of deliberation, I decided on banana and chocolate orange. SO. FREAKING. GOOD.
Come Christmas Day 2018, the iconic #stthomascathedral in #Mumbai will celebrate 300 years of service. Built by the British East India Company, this is the oldest Anglican Church in the city. The Baptismal Font of this church is believed to be the ‘Point Zero’ of #Bombay ; used by the British as the focal point around which they built their settlement. The absolute highlight of my visit to the cathedral were the handwritten marriage, birth & death records dating back to 1763! And the ink is as fresh as ever!!! 😮😍 Flashback to my Mumbai visit in Dec 2017 #fbf
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Visiting gorgeous Peles Castle in Transylvania. When completed, it had some of the most modern conveniences to be found anywhere in the world. A visual treat in the Carpathian Mountains of Romania. 🏰 #MyVikingStory
It's not just a piano, it's a work of art! This week we checked out Fight for Beauty, an exhibit focusing on art, fashion and architecture, exploring beauty in its many facets. The Butterfly Fazioli piano by Venelin Kokalov was inspired by a series of Alexander McQueen dresses. 👗#fighfforbeauty