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It was the first Labor Day weekend that I have ever missed spending at the lake, but I'd be damned if I didn't get in some fishing and whiskey.
Three years ago I returned from my first trip out of the country. Tanzania taught me so much and instilled in me a passion for travel, feeling out of my comfort zone, and experiencing all there is to experience. If I hadn't taken that first step to travel I certainly wouldn't be where I am now. So cheers to taking the first step in following your passion, and cheers to seeing all there is to see.
A little different than the alpine views I'm used to, but a Saturday spent hiking never disappoints.
There's a pretty famous quote out there about taking the road less travelled, but I think there should be an exception to Costa Rican bush whacking and fighting giant jungle spiders off with sticks.
Sundays are for la fería, banana bread, and watching thunderstorms.
Renewable energy makes me so happy I need to do cartwheels. Costa Rica is run on 100% green energy. Between wind, hydro, geothermic, and solar, it's energy is completely sustainable. While there is always room to grow, Costa Rica's dedication to its environment is something every country should follow suit in!
I can never get enough of walking through street markets. With all the local food, music, culture, and even flowers, a Sunday morning is never wasted!
Smiling because there's nothing better than a fresh pack of pre-sharpened pencils. Ms. Gabriel officially (and barely) survived the first day of teaching third grade!
It may not have been a summer packed with crazy adventures, but it was one spent with all my favorite people in my favorite place, and easily my favorite summer yet. How lucky am I to have so many people that are so hard to say goodbye to. Today I leave to begin my dream of teaching and living in another country, but home is always home.
Happy Wednesday Friends!
Two days hiking around Olympic National Park wasn't nearly enough, I spent way more time stopping on the side of trails than actually hiking to the destination!
There's nothing quite like blue bird skies, crisp mountain air, the sound of bees buzzing and marmots calling, endless views, and some soft meadow grass to make all seem right in the world.
As I stood here watching the waves, shivering every time a gust of sea breeze blew down the beach, I noticed two young girls sprint down into the waves wearing their little bathing suits as I huddled in my winter jacket. I sat and watched them jump over waves, and listened to their shrieks of laughter over the sound of the ocean. I felt such happiness in my heart watching these two girls embrace Mother Nature despite the cold, and can only hope that they continue to love playing outdoors even as grown ups. 📸: @chasefetters
After a fun bout of Dengue Fever took me out for almost two weeks, I'm finally able to enjoy being back in the PNW. Cheers to being in a country with good medical care and cheers to a summer full of catching more hogs like this one.
After a quick trip to Alabama I'll be trading in the tropical beach views for the PNW during my favorite time of the year. I couldn't be more excited for the opportunity to move back to Costa Rica and pursue my dream, but I can't wait to be spending the next couple months back in my favorite place. Let the summer adventures begin!
It never ceases to amaze me the response when even just a little love and attention is given to something that needs it. Often all it takes is a few head scratches for an animal to transform from a timid, frightened creature to a happy, cuddly one. It has been a hard realization that I can't feed and adopt every single dog I meet (although I try..), but I certainly can take time to give love to each and every one.
Sometimes you have those unbelievable days where you look back and wonder, "did I really get to do that?" This was one of those days. After hiking up a volcano in torrential rain to swim in its' crater during a thunderstorm, trekking through the cloud forest with multiple wildlife encounters, getting soaked by waterfalls swelling from said torrential rain, and sipping cocktails wearing volcano ash mud masks in a hot river, watching the sun set behind Volcán Arenal provided the perfect moment of catharsis in relishing that feeling of, "damn I'm lucky".
Thankful for friends who come all the way to Costa to visit. Extra thankful to have friends that put up with the torrential rain of the wet season and relentless bug bites.
Empty beaches, white sand, blue sky, endless sunshine, and nothing to do but soak it all in. It's clearly a hard life.