And oldie but goodie. Our last morning in Yosemite, we set ourselves up cozy in a private spot to watch the sunrise. We agreed to take no pictures - this sunrise was meant just for us, and we didn’t want to take anything away from the moment. But after the sun eventually breached the horizon, we caved and took this one snap. I have to say these usually end up as my favorite pictures - because they contain a stronger feeling behind the memory, undisturbed by a lens. It’s always a struggle to find the right balance I guess. Cheers 🍷 . . . 📸: @out_and_above
Sunrise at Roys Peak. 🌄 . There are some moments that you never forget. I always found it so interesting how emotions impact our long-term memories. Looking back on my life, it’s basically a series of moments which triggered strong emotions: embarrassment (many), happiness, shock, awe, fear, pain, love, sadness, and shame. Why do these have a stronger imprint on us? Are they the moments we don’t forget, because we are meant to learn from them?
Descending into the valley, we were granted this one single glimpse of the Wai’ilikahi waterfall. Most people seem to choose to fly over it by helicopter rather than making the journey by foot...but nothing beats having that beauty all to yourself 💦💙
The Hawaiian jungle. 🌿 Aka my happy place. Aka everyone‘s happy place, probably. . This is day 1 of our Big Island hike from my last post. That window in the trees is the first sky we had seen after 6 hours of walking through dense jungle. And finally, we got a sneak peek of our end goal...🙊 . . 📸: @out_and_above
Bittersweet moment as this view emerged, signaling the end of our multi-day hike along the Big Island coastline. . We spent 2 days in a secluded valley with only the surrounding nature and our packs to rely on. No cell service, no distraction. I’ve come to realize that these are the type of hikes I remember best, miss the most, and keep trying to replicate. It always seems to boil down to one point: seclusion in nature is a very special thing. 🌿 . . 📸: @out_and_above
Surround yourself with the people who put a smile on your face, and who remind you to stop and smell the giant puffy flower balls. 💜
Hipster palm tree? 😉🌿 . Sometimes, it helps to cut out all distractions and tune 100% in to what is happening in front of me. I’ve been taking a short break from social media to focus on the next steps for my career, and I feel freaking awesome right now. 💪🏼 . In the past few weeks, I have: -secured a new job in my dream industry -passed the notoriously difficult German theoretical driving exam (hello freedom!) -spent 10 whole days at home with my family (a rarity when you live abroad) . Content and amped for what’s next! ☺️
50 Shades of Green: The Sequel. . There is nothing like a walk through the forest to calm your mind. When even the ferns are three times your size, it’s much easier to put your daily concerns into perspective.💛 . P.S. This forest in Rotorua is a must-see in my opinion. There is also a canopy walk at night with lantern art hanging from the trees. Magical doesn’t begin to describe it 💫
Canadian trails never cease to amaze. After about 5 hours of hiking through open fields of snow and rock, we suddenly entered this doorway to a thick, dark forest. In the end we hiked from Plain of Six Glaciers —> Lake Agnes —> Lake Louise, seeing everything from glaciers to avalanches to forests to lakes within 8 hours. Absolutely epic, absolutely worth it. 🙌🏼
The most memorable moment of this hike I almost don’t want to share, because it was so special. But also SO cool. . After 4 weeks in New Zealand, we finally had the rare chance to see the native Kea - the world‘s only alpine parrot. As the daylight was starting to fade we began our descent from Mueller Hut...and stopped in our tracks when we heard the cry. . High above us were 3 parrots, swooping in big circles around the trail. One landed on the ground very close to where we had stopped - likely to scout for food. Of course, we did not feed it (this can be deadly for this endangered bird). But seeing this intelligent, beautiful creature up close was a truly magical moment. And what a personality this dude had! More details are in my story. It’s something I’ll never forget. ☺️💛 . . @out_and_above
Feeling small 🎈 . If you find yourself in Banff National Park, the hike up through Larch Valley to Sentinel Pass is pretty seriously impressive. This picture only shows 3 of a row of 10 peaks that stare you right in the face when you get up here. Unfortunately we came without hiking poles or real shoes (smart), and the pass had wet slippery snow, so we didn’t make it much further than this point. Next time, next time 💪🏼 . . 📸: @out_and_above
Current mood 🙌🏼💦🧜🏼♀️ . I hate the saying, “Just go with your gut.” Following a gut feeling, or even recognizing a gut feeling when it’s there, is not as easy as it sounds. What if I have 4 different gut feelings and they all hate each other? 🤨 But I find that the more you stay calm and put the pressure in perspective (e.g. I am not performing heart surgery rn), the better your decisions end up being. So find a way to calm your mind. Disconnect - go outside, go for a hike, go to the gym. Play in a freezing lake. Let your mind relax, let your focus gravitate where it wants to, and then maybe take a closer look at THAT.
Professional yoga poses. . Another year older today, and steadily approaching the end of an unpredictable decade. Feeling super grateful for the opportunities I’ve had in the past year to step out of the rat race, travel again to 7 new countries, and explore my personal interests and hobbies in a way that I never quite had the headspace for before. Not sure what’s to come moving forward but I’m ready for the next challenges. I have the feeling it’s going to be an interesting year 😏