Always good to spend a day in the forest away from the busyness of every day life
Memory of this day #exploring
the beautiful #redwoods
.🌲🌲🌲 I counted myself very lucky to be able to see and walk among these ancient gaint trees. It was like a dream.
Taking a break from fairs this weekend to spend some time with my parents in Santa Cruz! On a hike in Big Basin, we stopped to chat with the ranger and cozy up with this native (and harmless!) King snake! She was a sweetheart who cozied her way up my arm and shoulder eventually resting on my neck under my hair. I had no idea snakes can be so friendly! Usually if I see a snake on the trail, I run away in terror. When I was a kid growing up in Arizona, I stepped on (the same!) rattlesnake twice (in a row!) on the trail but luckily he was too sluggish to do anything about it. 😂 Apparently King Snakes EAT rattlesnakes for lunch. 😂
Thank you to everyone who visited me at the IDEO Wunderfaire including @buffalotusk
at SFETSY Fair!) With the release of my complete collection, its exciting to see people’s reactions and to be shipping prints out everyday! ♥️ I am feeling hella lucky these days to get to be a full time artist.
#californiakingsnake #kingsnake #kingsnakesofinstagram #californiakingsnakesofinstagram #bigbasin #bigbasinstatepark #waddell #waddellbeach #bigbasinredwoodsstatepark #ilovetheoutdoors
“She was fierce, she was strong, she wasn’t simple. She was crazy and sometimes she barely slept. She always had something to say [...] And when she was down, she got right back up. She was a beast in her own way, but one idea described her best. She was unstoppable and took anything she wanted with a smile.” -r.m. drake
We only have one life to live. Live it doing the things you love.
This is one of forty California Newts we saw last weekend at Big Basin as they made their journey to Waddell creek to lay eggs. This little one was a bit confused and hanging out on a tree instead.
#califonianewt #bigbasinstatepark #newt #salamander
I miss living in Northern California as Redwoods like this are extremely hard to beat. The best kind of camping is being in solitude among the trees and rivers. Not pictured: rushing river behind my tent 🏕 •
Worldly_AF Tip: GO AND BE IN NATURE! It’ll cure you of all ailments, I promise 😃 Who loves nature?? say I! 🙋🏻♀️ #savetheplanet
Can’t wait to visit in <2 weeks! •
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Explored 12 miles of trails in Big Basin. Thankful California is finally getting some rain. ☔️
MEMORIES FROM A SUMMER IN THE BACKCOUNTRY.
1st pic: This hunk of a man is best describe as an M&M. Hard on the outside, but soft and gooey inside. At first intimidating, but under the hardened exterior and disheveled appearance is a sweet baby face hispanic. Literally, this guy has a heart of gold. The type of person who can be serious and hardworking, but would give the shirt off his back to anyone needing it. The pic was taken at our favorite "pressure bathing"spot.
2nd pic: What happens when everyone is gone and 4 guys are left. A KP jam session. In the program when we didnt have the luxury of TV's and cellphones, most people turn to their musical talents for entertainment. Thankfully we had amazing musicians in our crew. This picture was taken by me and in it is the most talented and amazing musician/songwriter I have met @paul_the_human.
Angel, our baby in the crew and @limonaid13
the hunk in the first pic.
Forcing ourselves to be happy isn’t genuine or fulfilling. The real work - and the real magic - lies in being honest about what we feel while remaining calm and aware. As human beings, we’re meant to feel the entire spectrum of emotions. The most peaceful individuals are those that choose positivity while simultaneously feeling every valley and crest in this roller coaster we’ve learned to call life. Finding inner peace doesn’t necessarily mean that you are free of hollow spaces or that life is always pleasant, but that no matter what happens, you trust yourself to persevere, that you have total confidence in your capability to confront life’s difficulties and ultimately overcome them.
130 miles, 14000 feet of climbing, and a 30 degree swing in temperature through the Santa Cruz Mountains. Hit some goals and tried out new roads in the process.
While it wasn’t my longest ride, it was certainly the hardest, both mentally and physically. It was fun overall, but there was a solid 15 miles between Felton and the Highway 9/Highway 35 intersection that felt interminable. Lesson learned: study the routes in advance and memorize distances between key intersections. And make sure to know how much climbing will be involved!
#cycling #santacruz #bigbasinstatepark #felton