I’m two days post hike, and my legs are still Incredibly sore. The trek from Clingmans Dome to Newfound Gap via the AT is no joke, but I can’t wait to go back to my favorite mountains and explore again soon. GSMNP, I’d drive six hours one way just to spend one day with you any day of the week.
I like to think all the travel vaccinations, pills, and stomach bugs I get along the way are somehow transforming me into a superhuman. 🧚♀️ Swung into my local travel clinic today, Passport Health, to get a round of Malaria pills and to re-up on my Traveler's Diarrhea Rx that I always have in my bag of meds. No health insurance is required and appointments are easy to book. (I got in same day). Be sure to go far enough in advance of your travel because many vaccinations and/or meds need to be started early. #explorerchick
These awesome women just finished their weekend of Grit and Glam by kayaking down the Colorado River.
A 20 mile head wind didn’t stop them from laughing their way to the end. They dug deep and finished on a high.
What an amazing few days of climbing, kayaking, camping and making some amazing connections.
These women are empowering, strong and a whole lot of fun. ⛺️🧗🏼♀️💕
What a beautiful life when you get to do the things that make your soul happy 😊
It’s only been a little over a month since I made the transition out of student affairs, but I’ve never felt so free and certain. I feel like I can truly see myself for the first time. And I am even more privileged to be surrounded by and employed by people that see me as well. I’ve never felt so supported and I’m so grateful for all of the people in my life that I’m taking this journey with. 💜
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"I'm still not dead." - Emma, Age 6. We took advantage of a rare schedule trifecta yesterday where the kids don't have games, I'm in town, and the weather was perfect. My sister-in-law, niece, nephew, and I loaded up my car to spend an entire day hiking in Hocking Hills before taking on the Rock Challenge with a Canyon Rappel at @highrockadventures. The kids crushed it and were bravely taking the lead on all the challenges by the end. Colby even volunteered to be the first to rappel! Special thanks to Steve, Becky, and their team for taking great care of my family playing on their property! #explorerchick#explorerchicklette#explorerdude#hockinghills @explorerchickadventureco
“Negative thoughts feed negative outcomes [but] positive feelings extend your life and also make your life worth extending...Don’t let your decisions today torture your tomorrow.”
Friday’s food for thought from the wise Jennifer Taitz
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Our hardest decisions can be the best decisions. A few days ago marked 5 years since ending my marriage. The immediate aftermath was a dark cloud of uncertainty, deep sadness, grief, exhileration, terror, and opportunity. Just a maddening mix of emotions that at one point buckled my knees and left me wailing for an hour to no one but an empty hallway. It tore a huge, empty hole in my heart.
For quite sometime I questioned my decision, I romanticized our relationship. The old "Buyer's Remorse" took hold. But our path had to be split. In my mind's eye, I envision that moment as the two of us leaving a deeply dark forest onto two paths in a wide open meadow. As we walk our paths get farther and farther away from each other. In other words, we create space as we journey on our own. Space to build up ourselves and invite others in. Space we didn't have when together. When we were together, we were stunted. Holding each other back. Even deeply toxic to our well beings wandering through darkness.
Five years later, he has a new family and I have my Explorer Chick family. I have best friends who would otherwise never have been in my life. I have pursued new passions. I have traveled the world. I have strengthened my relationship with myself. I have built up my space filling it only with what I love while leaving room to welcome more. .
It's been five years, and I still recognize this time in my life. Not because I'm hung up on my divorce, but because it's the celebration of the birth of my new life, the journey that has ensued, and the Nicki that I know now and love. Cheers to the boundless journey. 🙏🥂💃 #explorerchick#changeyourreality
Jordan : You have absolutely captivated my heart and I've fallen head over heels in love. After spending 2 weeks in your magical country my heart aches for your beauty, local hospitality, the new friends I've met, and the love radiating from this desert paradise. #explorerchick#anextneareast
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I never could stop chasing waterfalls
2 3510 April, 2019
During Earth Month take advantage of all the beauty nature has to offer on Walking Wednesday! 🌎
There are no bad views in the Cordillera Blancas. Yeah, you're going to work for them, but it's a beautiful agony. (Have you ever had to catch your breath while trying fall asleep?). At any given moment you're surrounded by snowcapped peaks characteristically different from each other and glacier lagoons of varying color intensity. The stunning sunsets run right into star gazing with the Milky Way painted overhead. The valleys rise high carved symmetrically by glaciers with waterfalls gushing down the walls. It's hard to choose a favorite day, a favorite view, a favorite trek. My camera tells that story. #explorerchick#awperu#adventureperu
Rock climbing, hiking, kayaking, and climbing in and out of holes. What an amazing way to spend the first weekend of Earth Month.
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Had an amazing time with these BOLD women.
Explorer Chicks rule! 😆
5 538 April, 2019
I went to Vegas and had a truly Grit and Glam experience.
Today I kayaked 8 miles into Arizona ando feel amazing 😆
Red eye to Charlotte tonight
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It’s been a hell of a weekend. A full day of rock climbing and two days out on the Colorado River kayaking. Lots of pictures to come but first comes the highlight, dropping in at the base of the Hoover Dam! #weekending#explorerchick#hooverdam#kayaking
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Never stop climbing
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Here’s a #selfiesunday throwback to my first big trip. I went off alone into the unknown, and ended up making a bunch of friends and seeing the beauty of the Southwest with my own lil eyeballs. It’s been almost two years since this experience sparked my travel bug. 10/10 would recommend running away to the desert 🥰
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For the first time in my life, I really prayed. To Panchamama, Mother Earth, and the Universe. I felt the need to express my gratitude, but at first struggled. How to find the words. So I just started with Thank You, over and over again. Then I thanked the Universe for my strength, my courage, my stubborness. I thanked her for dropping me so low that I had to climb out. For giving me the chance to prove my strength to myself. For surrounding me with the people at the right time to help me on my journey. For friends and family who support me. .
The mountains are magic. They are energy. I felt the energy force when we hiked to Laguna Rajucolta. It fed me life. I felt it hiking to Refugio Peru. I felt Matthew and I lost it. I am here. I am among the gods. I am close. This is heaven. The power. I can't explain it. It's my sanctuary. .
I wrote these words Friday evening at our Refugio after spending some time alone on that rock, cross legged, with tears streaming down my face. .
The next day, once back on the grid, I realized it marked three years since losing one of my best friends. He may be gone, but he is still with me. Letting his presence be known in the places I most cherish. Thank you for looking over me, giving me strength, and your support. 🙏💛 #explorerchick#adventureperu#awperu
“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” -Mary Oliver
I’ve been thinking about this quote a lot lately, as I try to build a life full of happiness, ambition, love, and adventure. There are a lot of unknowns in my life and at this age, I wouldn’t want it any other way. But sometimes unknowns can be scary and lately I’ve been feeling scared to take chances. It’s scary to put yourself out into the world, to speak up and fight for something you want, while knowing that there’s a risk of not succeeding and a risk of feeling more empty than before. But I have to fight for the life I want (and deserve), and you have to fight too. You have to make it wild and precious. So tell me, what is it you plan to do? (Photo by @pinkdino.adventures)
Sunshine and snowcapped mountains. Heaven is found in the Cordillera Blanca of Peru. First major acclimatization hike up to 4,200m and the predicted rain held off. My skin is sunburned and my heart is happy! #explorerchick#adventureperu