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M. Issa R.

Fire Tender πŸ”₯ Frolic Enabler 🌻 Goddess of the Night 🌚

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Obligatory Kalymnos selfie from the top of a route with tufas and Telendos in the background. πŸ§— 🀳 ~ ~ ~ #optoutside #climbing #heyflashfoxy #climbgirls #lessismoreoutdoors #kalymnos #visitgreece #blackdiamond #prana #meetthemoment #momentsofmine #radgirlslife #outdoorfolk #selfie
OK, now that I got the last post off my chest, I'm ready to share some of the more fun stuff. Like scooter selfies! πŸ›΅ 🀳 ~ ~ ~ #scooter #selfie #kalymnos #visitgreece #blackdiamond #optoutside #ldrlife #verilymoment #liveauthentic #outdoorfolk #flashesofdelight #momentsofmine #travel #travelersnotebook #neverstopexploring
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It's been two weeks since my last series of anxiety attacks. And I've had to mitigate a few more since then. Most of the time I just want to blame the overwhelming spin and resulting panic on a lot of different outside factors. And don't get me wrong, there are DEFINITELY things that make it more difficult to manage. But for some reason, recently I've finally started to recognize some of the mental and physical patterns that - it turns out - I've been experiencing for a loooong time, regardless of any other changes. I guess I just thought that accepting this about myself was like admitting defeat or something. Slowly slowly I'm sort of realizing that accepting my anxiety might actually allow me to embrace and learn more about myself. Which is, umm... kinda hard, but also pretty alright. ~ ~ ~ #anxiety #optoutside #verilymoment #liveauthentic #outdoorfolk #flashesofdelight #momentsofmine #womenwhohike #diversifyoutdoors #radgirlslife #heyflashfoxy #climbgirls #yogainspiration #yogalifestyle #outdoorinsights
We are always either in transition or moving toward the next transition. Fall seems like the most evident environmental examples of this, which might be why I love it so much. This is especially true as I shift into the coming winter of travel and change. I won't see California again until next year, but I sure am happy I got such a colorful and rainy send-off. πŸŒ§οΈπŸ‚πŸπŸ˜š ~ ~ #optoutside #verilymoment #liveauthentic #outdoorfolk #flashesofdelight #momentsofmine #lessismoreoutdoors #radgirlslife #wildcalifornia #visitcalifornia #fallcolors #folktravel #bestmountainartists #ourwild #diversifyoutdoors
Yeah yeah so I'm a day late to #mancrushmonday but don't you think it's silly to only have one day devoted to your #mancrush ? Also tbh I'm always late to everything so #sorrynotsorry I guess. - Regardless, I feel quite blessed to have such a rad fella in my life. Even when we flail, it feels good to move through it together and come out on the other side. And adventures are soooo much more awesome when we share them as a team. πŸ‘«πŸ’–πŸ˜» ~ ~ #optoutside #ldrlife #verilymoment #liveauthentic #outdoorfolk #flashesofdelight #momentsofmine #lessismoreoutdoors #womenwhohike #diversifyoutdoors #radgirlslife #melaninbasecamp #hiker_official #ourwild #maderaoutdoorco #wildcalifornia #mcm #mancrusheveryday
Ended my season in Sequoia on an extra high note by hiking out to Little Five Lakes and fell in love with the Sierra for the 1,590,652,359th time. πŸžοΈπŸšΆπŸ½β€β™€οΈπŸ’–πŸ’• - If you haven't already, you can still catch some of the highlights from my trip on my IG story! ~ ~ #optoutside #womenwhohike #diversifyoutdoors #radgirlslife #hiker_official #bestmountainartists #ourwild #sequoianationalpark #findyourpark #promisetoprotect #brownpeoplecamping #ourplanetdaily #maderaoutdoorco #wildcalifornia #lessismoreoutdoors #bpmag #liveauthentic #outdoorfolk #flashesofdelight #momentsofmine
I found the trail!! β›°οΈβ›°οΈπŸ€©πŸ€© ~ In July I did an awesome cross country loop to Ansel Lake and around the backside of Vandever Mountain. About halfway through it I realized that it was the first cross country overnight trip I had ever done by myself, and was suddenly both a little freaked out and extra stoked. - I had had a loooong day, and when I finally came around the ridge behind Vandever, I saw the trail and got super excited (hence the face in the photo). When I got to the pass to get meet up with the trail, I cried. Excessively. - After picking all my own routes, managing my mood and energy, and talking to myself *a lot* I had made it through the hardest part of the trip. I spent the last 6 miles on the trail laugh-crying and practically skipping because I was so happy. - Now, I've reached the end of a fantastic season, and after one more jaunt in the wilderness, my time in the Sierra will come to a close for the rest of the year. It feels a little like that day in the picture. No excessive crying (yet), but I'm filled with so much joy and excitement and gratitude. The stoke is high, my friends. πŸ™πŸΌπŸ’– ~ ~ #optoutside #verilymoment #liveauthentic #outdoorfolk #flashesofdelight #momentsofmine #lessismoreoutdoors #womenwhohike #diversifyoutdoors #radgirlslife #hiker_official #ourwild #sequoianationalpark #findyourpark #promisetoprotect #brownpeoplecamping #meetthemoment #hikecalifornia #wildcalifornia #strongwomen #sierranevada
A little bit of High Sierra sunset magic for you all today. πŸŒ„β›°οΈI've seen some pretty amazing sunsets in my life but this one looking east of the Great Western Divide from just above Columbine Lake is one of the most incredible I've witnessed. This was on the last night of my trip over Franklin Pass, past Little Claire Lake, and up Lost Canyon with @bthechangehasebe last month. I just can't believe these mountains sometimes. ~ ~ #optoutside #ldrlife #verilymoment #liveauthentic #outdoorfolk #momentsofmine #sunset #wildcalifornia #lessismoreoutdoors #womenwhohike #diversifyoutdoors #radgirlslife #hiker_official #bestmountainartists #ourwild #sequoianationalpark #findyourpark #promisetoprotect #brownpeoplecamping #ourplanetdaily
This man - this one right here - is quite a stellar human being. Stoked to have him as my partner, and grateful that he's made another safe and exciting journey around the sun. πŸ˜πŸ˜šπŸ’–πŸŽ‰πŸπŸ™πŸΌβ€οΈ @bthechangehasebe ~ ~ #happybirthday #ldr #ldrlife #mancrusheveryday #loveofmylife #desertbeauty #momentsofmine #liveauthentic
Some favorites from @thebroadmuseum that are more easily #instagramable . Awesome #architecture , wonderfully curated contemporary art, AND it's πŸ†“ to the public. Be still my heart. πŸ˜πŸ’–πŸ’“ ~ ~ #la #dtla #dtlaartsdistrict #visitla #artandarchitecture #humanmade #womenwhotravel #womenwhoexplore #lookaround #beautyineverything #thebroad #contemporaryart #artislife
Oh the beautiful shapes and textures and colors that humans create. ~ ~ #la #dtla #dtlaartsdistrict #visitla #artandarchitecture #humanmade #womenwhotravel #womenwhoexplore #lookaround #beautyineverything
Just in one of the most magical places. I could easily spend much more time (and πŸ’°) here. @thelastbookstorela ~ ~ #bookstore #surroundmewithbooks #booksplease #bookstagram #avidreader #readingisfun #visitla #dtla #la #weekendgetaway
It's August! I realize I haven't posted since the end of June, but that doesn't mean there's been nothing to share. Actually, July was quite the busy month! ~ In the last few weeks, I've taken my first solo cross country overnight trip, had an excellent visit from my parents, interviewed and was then turned down for a job, made a trip to Salmon Lake to hang out with friends, got some more quality time with B, co-developed a new interpretive program with @ashcathall , had an awesome visit to Hockett Meadow Ranger Station with @ashcathall @ana_lisa @coffeecavillmt @unsavorypalindrome and saw the almost miraculous start and end to what could have been another disastrous fire not far from my station. ~ The break from social media was not only practical but necessary. With so much going on, it's easier for me to process everything when I'm truly present. That means living and feeling exactly what is happening when it is happening and who it is happening with. It also means letting go for a bit of the dual personality effect of social media. Live and breathe the life into my actual being and not my online presence, even if it means putting a pause on communicating with other people I care about. ~ I'm not sure that things have really slowed down yet, but I'm at a point now that I'm willing and able to tend to things both ahead and behind of my immediate situation. Maybe more posts and photos, maybe better correspondence. No guarantees. πŸ˜‰ ~ ~ #optoutside #ldrlife #verilymoment #liveauthentic #outdoorfolk #flashesofdelight #momentsofmine #lessismoreoutdoors #womenwhohike #diversifyoutdoors #radgirlslife #hiker_official #getoutstayout
Whaddya mean we have to go back to work?? 😧😧 Back in Mineral King trying to get my head into work mode again, but I really just wanna fish and hang out on the dock and swim some more. Time at the lake and our time together never seems to be long enough, but definitely still worth it. β€οΈβ€οΈπŸ‘©β€β€οΈβ€πŸ’‹β€πŸ‘¨ ~ ~ ~ #optoutside #ldrlife #upperleftusa #pnwcollective #womenwhotravel #radgirlslife #verilymoment #liveauthentic #outdoorfolk #flashesofdelight #fishing
Lakehouse here we come!! 😍 πŸ‘©β€β€οΈβ€πŸ’‹β€πŸ‘¨πŸ—»β€οΈπŸŠπŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸŽ£β˜€ 😎 ~ ~ #optoutside #ldrlife #upperleftusa #pnwcollective #womenwhotravel #radgirlslife #verilymoment #liveauthentic #outdoorfolk #flashesofdelight
First dip in an alpine lake for the season! Got plans for many more this summer. πŸŠπŸΌπŸ—» In all honesty though, this post has a bit more meaning to me because it's really a symbol of my own confidence and comfort with my body. I never take or share photos this exposed, and I second guessed whether or not I would post this one. But I realized I would much prefer to show a moment that truly brought me joy - wide hips, hairy armpits, stretch marks and all - rather than allow my insecurities to determine the memories I share. ~ ~ #womenwhohike #womenwhoexplore #optoutside #radgirlslife #diversifyoutdoors #flashesofdelight #momentsofmine #liveauthentic #bodypositive #selflove
Ooookaaayy. It's probably pretty easy to agree that a natural cycle like sunrise and sunset is beautiful. But there's something to be said about the beauty in human patterns and creations. Honestly, there's a hell of a lot of evidence lately that humans are messy and complicated and awful, but please please keep an eye out for indicators that sometimes even our destruction can turn into something intricate and unique and breathtaking. ~ ~ #upperleftusa #pnwcollective #pugetsound #passionpassport #humanity #flashesofdelight #momentsofmine #liveauthentic #flashesofdelight #iflyalaska
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