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The Universal Language of Flowers!

To listen to a flower’s language a little more closely - snippets from #Seattle and #Gurugram.  “In the 3rd phase of Unlock but it still seems a long haul ahead. What has kept me going? The flowers all around: lending positivity and hope; helping us take the best from the worst. For the times we couldn’t step out I looked…



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Run 2 Be Fit

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I am a mother of three daughters (ages 7, 10, 17). By day I substitute teach, coach and by night I run (pun intended) a local race company (Run 2 Be Fit) and the PNW Ladies Running Group.  I didn't grow up hiking, camping, being active etc. When my husband and I moved to WA state from California, it changed…



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Answers is the sky- Hurricane Ridge

Imagine if we lived under skies full of stars! Well, the reality is that we do. Except, most of us live under heavily light polluted skies and have fewer opportunities to see the very galaxy in which we live.  Here's a picture of the Milky Way over the city of Seattle as observed from Hurricane Ridge (Olympic National Park). The…



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Answers in the sky – Neowise Comet

Last night was truly magically, and in every way summed up what hiking, adventure, and the great outdoors means to me. When I started shooting the comet a week ago, I knew I wouldn’t stop until I got something epic. A shot that would capture the Neowise Comet as a backdrop against iconic Oregon; my chosen home, my place of…



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A Sense of Purpose

A sense of purpose I’m proud to share with my daughters I was losing my father to Cancer. I turned to running the Boston Marathon in his honor & in support of Cancer Research for lives that could be saved elsewhere. That’s my father in the “Go Laura” tee, me in the middle, surrounded by family & friends at the…



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Friendships and community

7 years ago, I started climbing mountains with skis on my feet. The physical challenge was beyond what I expected & continues to push. I’ve learnt to sharpen awareness of every moment & decision with constant assessment of danger & conditions. Getting off the beaten path to experience the beauty of mountains is so joyful. The greatest joy though is…



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Trail Crew

The 36-mile hike to the base of Blue Glacier and back took us 2 nights, 3 days. We saw fewer than a handful of hikers the entire trip. Dry as dust and tired on our return journey, we discussed that tricky logjam we encountered on our way to. Perhaps the waters were less furious now and we ford instead? To…



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To enjoy the road

Three months prior to the trip, my father passed away suddenly. We were extremely close and I was devastated. I was in so much pain that the only way I could deal with it was to not talk about him. At all. We were very close, both shared a love of nature and adventures, and loved hiking, unlike the rest…



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A beautiful reminder

Running has always been a part of our family. What it looks like in our family has evolved over the years, but it has been a constant presence. A primary form of exercise, a way that we spend time together, the reason for many of our family vacations and an opportunity for us to support one another. When Roy and…



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We are the field mouse!

Nature is where I find peace. It’s where I learned my trauma is not my shame to carry. Nourishment for my body and soul. Sometimes it’s meditation in the sounds of the birds singing and the trees rustling in the wind. The awe-inspiring sites that only nature can create. Other times, it’s the joy and laughter that come from new…