The Palace of Monserrate is a hidden gem in Sintra! This was our last stop of the day and it did not disappoint! We walked through the lush gardens and basically had it to ourselves! It was the perfect spot to end the day in Sintra! 🧡
This deep freeze has me dreaming of being on a beach, somewhere warm. You too? & may I also add that waiting for children’s passports to come in the mail are a pain in the freakin’ butt?🤣
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The federal government shutdown is now in its 4th week, with no end in sight.
I’m sure by now you’ve all seen articles regarding the destruction & vandalism that has occurred in certain National Parks like Joshua Tree and Yosemite in the absence of a full staff of rangers. Trash is not being managed, pit toilets are not being serviced, campsites are not being regulated, and this has led to a massive garbage & human waste problem, on top of vandalism and other illegal behavior. (If anything good comes from this awful mess, it’s the clear necessity of highly managed & regulated public lands🤷🏻♀️)
When I saw the photos of the Joshua Trees that were cut down so that people could create illegal campsites and ride their OHVs off-trail, my heart sank. These are extremely fragile and unique trees within the boundary of a National Park, which affords them legal protection, and yet people still felt entitled to kill them.
Regardless of where you stand on the cause of the shutdown, that type of behavior honestly echos the attitudes & policies of the current administration, who have been pushing for deregulation in the name of “energy dominance” at the expense of human health & the environment. But beyond that, it reflects the deeper belief that man has dominion & control over the land and resources that is embedded deep within the American consciousness (see Manifest Destiny for deets), and we’re now seeing just how dangerous that idea is vis-à-vis climate change.
That’s not to say that all development is inherently bad. It’s led to human progress and advancements in things like modern medicine & technology that have made our lives longer & objectively better, but there’s a natural balance between humans and nature, and constantly taking beyond our needs without giving back to the Earth disrupts that.
At the end of the day, with politics feeling so incredibly divisive at the moment I think it’s important to remember that we’re not separate from nature or each other. Everything is connected. So show some love to the Earth, to the trees, and to fellow humans.✨🌎
Two days after chasing pro split boarder @whereiskylemiller around the side country of @crystalmountain (see last post), I had a season-ending leg injury while poking around in the trees for leftover powder with my family. What better time to reflect on sunny, warm days in Oregon, back when I was looking forward to the first snows of the season. Life is full of irony and, best of all, many good days ahead. #embracethejourney
Þögn - means silence in Icelandic. Vast stretches of uninhabited terrain and the lowest population density in Europe means Iceland can offer unique opportunities to encounter peace and quiet in nature - exactly the type of solitude many of us need sometimes to counter the busy everyday life 🙌🏻 #inspiredbyiceland
📸 by @airpixels
We wandered through the market at sunset and met a cart filled with laughing children. This little girl was intensely focus on staying on two feet.
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•🧘🏽♂️⛰💧• Spliggity Splash •
Only 133 days, 13 hours, 22 mins and 7 seconds until summer. Not like I’m counting or anything.
From an early summer adventure with @braybraywoowoo@thismattexists and @brendinkelly
Stay Adventurous Dear Friends!!