Инстаграм @michaelmatti Michael Matti
This spot is easily one of the most recognizable views in the Southwest. And while it has quickly grown in popularity in recent years, I still wanted to make the stop and see it again for myself. The grandeur of it certainly hasn’t changed, but perhaps the experience of viewing it has, as 25 or so other people lined the rim of it in anticipation of sunrise. Here, and at places like this, I find myself torn between wishing I had the experience/solitude of having the view/moment all to myself or instead just being happy that so many other humans are out in below freezing temperatures just to take in the beauty of a sunrise.
Heading further south on our roadtrip, we made our way through the deserts of California. It was my first time seeing sand dunes like this, something so different from the lush green forests of Washington. While I love those forests dearly, it’s nice to be in a completely different environment for awhile. If anything, it helps me see home with fresh eyes and a greater appreciation. @eddiebauer #LiveYourAdventure #EBContributor
I had seen friends post about this place before, I could easily recognize it in photos and could tell you the name of it, but I didn’t really know what it was like, as I hadn’t experienced it for myself yet… that was until this road trip I’m currently on. To really know this interesting landscape of textures and colors was to stand among it, watching the first light of the day hit the mountains in the distance first, working its way to the hills in front of me, and finally warming my face. While photos are great and can virtually transport us anywhere in an instant, there is something about the real thing, about being there in person and engaging the other senses, that just doesn’t transfer through the digital world.
Even with all my trips to the Olympic Peninsula, I somehow hadn’t made it to the Quinault Rainforest yet. So a few days ago, my roommate (@calebsprong) and I packed up my Subaru at 5am and headed to the coast to see it. Geared up in @EddieBauer, we spent the entire day hiking the mossy trails and exploring this new area. More from the day in my story 😊 #LiveYourAdventure #EBContributor
“And if these mountains had eyes, they would wake to find two strangers in their fences, standing in admiration as a breathing red pours its tinge upon earth's shore. These mountains, which have seen untold sunrises, long to thunder praise but stand reverent, silent so that man's weak praise should be given God's attention.” - Donald Miller in one of my favorite books “Through Painted Deserts: Light, God, and Beauty on the Open Road”