mandy. seattle. 25. hiking. cycling. kickboxing. coffee. ex crossfit junkie. natural medicine enthusiast. paleo / gluten free. juicing. whiskey. not enough yoga. traveling. bookworm. cats. quotes for every occasion.

Hanging out on/in/around mountains will never get old. Something so peaceful about not encountering another human for hours upon hours.
Hanging out on/in/around mountains will never get old. Something so peaceful about not encountering another human for hours upon hours.

Hanging out on/in/around mountains will never get old. Something so peaceful about not encountering another human for hours upon hours.

Just finished reading ‘If Your Dream Doesn’t Scare You, It Isn’t Big Enough - A Solo Journey Around The World’ by Kristine Stevens - it was just okay, read too much like a very factual itinerary log vs a story, although it was still an interesting read.

BOOK 32/60 FOR 2014 READING GOAL.

Honeydew melon shellac manicure.
Honeydew melon shellac manicure.

Honeydew melon shellac manicure.

Lola’s like “Bye, have a good day!”
Lola’s like “Bye, have a good day!”

Lola’s like “Bye, have a good day!”

You are entering a unique area of alpine tundra. Please stay on the trail and do not move rocks. The soil and vegetation are fragile and easily eroded. This area is similar to the tundra zone in the arctic regions of the world.”

Mt Rainier National Park, Sunrise Camp Loop Trail.

Mt Rainier National Park, Burroughs Mountain Trail.

Hiked in the Mt Rainier National Park this weekend & was in awe of the beautiful mountain the entire time - SO cool starting so far away & hiking up so close to the peak. 

HAPPY FRIDAY - lazy night planned for tonight & then hiking all weekend, woo.

What even happened to the days of staying out all night & then sleeping all day?!
HAPPY FRIDAY - lazy night planned for tonight & then hiking all weekend, woo.

What even happened to the days of staying out all night & then sleeping all day?!

HAPPY FRIDAY - lazy night planned for tonight & then hiking all weekend, woo.

What even happened to the days of staying out all night & then sleeping all day?!

Lunch = Cobb Salad (chicken, cranberries, pecans, bacon & tomato with balsamic) & Sparkling Water.
Lunch = Cobb Salad (chicken, cranberries, pecans, bacon & tomato with balsamic) & Sparkling Water.

Lunch = Cobb Salad (chicken, cranberries, pecans, bacon & tomato with balsamic) & Sparkling Water.

Anonymous asked:
So many gorgeous nature photos! Are you shooting with an iphone or a particular digital camera? Any tips for doing adventure photo shoots?

Thanks! I shoot primarily with my Nikon D80 & always in raw. As for tips on getting a good shot I’d simply say play around with it a lot - you’ll quickly discover what works & what doesn’t. This website has some great extra specific tips.

if there is any one quality i appreciate most about myself it is that i find delight in the smallest of things - an afternoon nap, the smell of a paperback book, exchanging a smile with a stranger, cotton candy pink sunsets, etc.

this evening as i walked home from work i was in awe of the fluffy clouds, stopping multiple times to just stare at them, all the while handfuls of people were zooming by leaving them unnoticed. life is better lived slowed down, don’t be in such a rush that you miss the beauty of the present moment. stop, take a deep breath, notice the little things, the precious little gems of life all around us.

This fatty furball brings me so much joy.
This fatty furball brings me so much joy.

This fatty furball brings me so much joy.

CURRENTLY READING: ‘A Short Guide To A Happy Life’ by Anna Quindlen.

Always love small books like this filled with quotes & food for thought sort of things. Will definitely be a quick read at only 60 pages.

BOOK 31/60 OF 2014 READING GOAL - woo over half way!