Fairly often I see posts about how folks came to love the outdoors. Many people get their start hiking and camping at a young age, a passion passed down from a parent. I grew up in a rural area, but my parents aren’t and never have been hikers or campers. I didn’t go on my first hike until I was 21 years old. But, how cool is it that I get to do a little reverse-parenting and share my passion for hiking with my mom? ——— How did you develop a love of the outdoors? I’d love to hear your stories. ——— 📷 of @bennett5123 on our first extended hiking/camping trip two weeks ago. 📍this is Tutelo land . . . . . #AppalachianTrail #trektheAT #virginiaisformountainlovers #mcafeeknob #at2019 #girlswhohike #allwomenalltrails #hikelikeagirl #adventurelikeagirl #optoutside #forceofnature #sweatydirtyhappy #fatgirlshiking #fatandoutdoorsy #takingupspaceoutdoors #womenwhohike #sheexplores #wildeast #myblueridge #peoplewhohike #withguthook #georgiatomaine #nationalforests #publiclandowner #mypubliclands #takemebackpacking #getyourassintonature #outtherepodcast #gooutsideandplay #appalachianhikers 29 minutes ago
#WATERFALLWEDNESDAY ———————————— I’ll be the first to admit that I used to be one of those hikers who bailed at the first sign of inclement weather. Cloudy skies and a chance of rain would be just enough of an excuse to stay indoors and be lazy. I’m not sure when it happened, but somewhere along the way I decided to stop making excuses and go anyway. That’s when I learned: {Rain makes for the most impressive waterfalls, and cloudy skies lend themselves to the most spectacular sunsets} ——— Do you hike even when the weather isn’t great? What’s your best bad-weather hiking story? Share in the comments 👇🏻. ——— 📍This is Tsalaguwetiyi land . . . . . #waterfalls #chasingwaterfalls #GSMNP #greatsmokymountains #nationalparks #mypubliclands #publiclandowner #findyourpark #wildeast #optoutside #southernappalachia #indiancreekfalls #brysoncity #longexposure #getyourassintonature #WNC #828isgreat #ashevilletrails #ncwaterfalls #eastcoastbeastcoast #outtherepodcast #gooutsideandplay #getoutstayout #lovewhereyoulive #hikemoreworryless #takemebackpacking #alltrails #myblueridge 1 day ago
Today is this badass hiker babe’s #BIRTHDAY. Seven months ago she wandered into my life on Christmas Eve when I hosted a @girlswhohikeofficial meetup on a whim and my hikes have been much less boring since then. Head over to her page @lailarachel_ and show her some birthday love by giving her a follow if hilariousness and quit wit are what you’re into. You won’t regret it. . . . . . #Girlswhohike #allwomenalltrails #hikelikeagirl #adventurelikeagirl #optoutside #forceofnature #sweatydirtyhappy #takingupspaceoutdoors #womenwhohike #waterfalls #chasingwaterfalls #birthdaybabe #happybirthday #nationalforest #mypubliclands #publiclandowner #outtherepodcast #gooutsideandplay #getoutthere #wildeast #getoutmoretour #southernappalachia #ashevilletrails #getyourassintonauture #sheexplores 2 days ago
Hike 38/52 #LTC Lookout Tower 13/21 #WC100 Waterfall 20/100 Mile 177.2/300 Elevation gain 403ft Yesterday it actually did rain all day - the weatherman finally got it right 😂. I went out in search of another waterfall and #firetower to check off my #carolinamountainclub challenge lists. The first stop was Indian Creek Falls in #greatsmokymountainsnationalpark (swipe for photo). We also passed Tom Branch Falls on the way, and about 283,647 tourists headed out for tubing down Deep Creek. ——— The second stop was Barnett Knob tower off the #blueridgeparkway. This tower is unique in that instead of a live-in cab like many of the towers in the area, there was a small cabin at the base for the lookout to live in. Rain and fog blocked any real views, but the hike was still absolutely worth it. ——— 📍this is Tsalaguwetiyi land . . . . . #nationalforestweek #GSMNP #52hikechallenge #wildeast #southernappalachia #myblueridge #publiclandowner #mypubliclands #828isgreat #WNC #ashevilletrails #optoutside #outtherepodcast #gooutsideandplay #sweatydirtyhappy #forceofnature #girlswhohike #allwomenalltrails #hikelikeagirl #adventurelikeagirl #fatgirlshiking #fatandoutdoorsy #takingupspaceoutdoors #towerchasing 3 days ago
Hike 37/52 #WC100 Waterfalls 18 & 19/100 Mile 175/300 Elevation gain 297ft Since the forecast called for rain ALL day again yesterday we went out looking for waterfalls. We saw six different falls, but only two of them were new checkoffs for my #carolinamountainclub #waterfall challenge list: Pickleseimer Falls and Scotsman Falls (pictured). Here’s to proving there’s no such thing as bad hiking weather. ——— Thanks @livefreeoutdoors26 for the 📷 📍This is Tsalaguwetiyi (Cherokee) land . . . . . #chasingwaterfalls #wildeast #highlandsNC #828isgreat #nantahalanationalforest #nationalforestweek #WNC #girlswhohike #allwomenalltrails #hikelikeagirl #adventurelikeagirl #optoutside #forceofnature #sweatydirtyhappy #fatgirlshiking #fatandoutdoorsy #takingupspaceoutdoors #52hikechallenge #outtherepodcast #gooutsideandplay #southernappalachia #wildeast 4 days ago
Hike 36/52 #LTC 12/21 Mile 173.7/300 Elevation gain 125ft Yesterday the forecast called for rain all day. The chance of rain for the moment this photo was taken was 100%. I’m so glad I decided to go anyway, despite the bleak forecast and foreboding thunder rumbling in the distance. ——— Cowee Bald is the 12th tower I’ve hiked to as part of the #carolinamountainclub #lookouttowerchallenge. I’m slowly checking hikes off my challenge lists. This week’s @outtherepodcast ambassador theme is #perseverance. I’m trying to get better about persevering in the pursuit of the hiking goals I’ve set despite obstacles like bad weather and unfavorable conditions. Sometimes it really pays off. ——— 📍this is Tsalaguwetiyi (Cherokee) land 📷 taken with @gopro Hero7 . . . . . #nationalforestweek #nantahalanationalforest #girlswhohike #hikelikeagirl #adventurelikeagirl #fatgirlshiking #fatandoutdoorsy #takingupspaceoutdoors #towerchasing #allwomenalltrails #firetower #outtherepodcast #optoutside #forceofnature #sweatydirtyhappy #myblueridge #wildeast #southernappalachia #ashevilletrails #52hikechallenge #franklinNC #828isgreat #coweebald #sariskirt # 5 days ago
HIKE LIKE A GIRL ——— Sweating profusely. Dirty legs. Taped knees. Flabby arms. Greasy hair. Open-mouth breathing. This is what it looks like to #hikelikeagirl. Inspired by @tandemtrekking ’s latest post. Go read it. ——— 📷 by @lailarachel_ 📍 this is Tsalaguwetiyi (Cherokee) and Tsoyaha (Yuchi) land . . . . . #adventurelikeagirl #womenwhohike #girlswhohike #optoutside #outtherepodcast #sweatydirtyhappy #forceofnature #allwomenalltrails #sheexplores #womaninthewild #wildeast #gsmnp #greatsmokymountains #fatgirlshiking #fatandoutdoorsy #takingupspaceoutdoors #getyourassintonauture #hikeinadress #hikeyourownhike #WNC #828isgreat #mypubliclands #publiclandowner #womenswilderness #wildernessbabes #hikerbabes 6 days ago
I had a blissful, mostly relaxing week in Virginia last week followed by one of the most stressful and exhausting weeks I’ve had yet in school. In three hours I’ll be done with clinicals for the week and mountain bound to spend a few days in my favorite #NationalForest. I can’t wait to be home. ——— I didn’t know it until today, but this week is #nationalforestweek. My favorite is Nantahala National Forest. What’s yours? ——— 📍This is Tsalaguwetiyi (Cherokee) land 📷 and edits by @frenchgirlblues . . . . . #wildeast #nantahalanationalforest #landofthenoondaysun #girlswhohike #hikelikeagirl #adventurelikeagirl #fatgirlshiking #allwomenalltrails #fatandoutdoorsy #takingupspaceoutdoors #optoutside #forceofnature #sweatydirtyhappy #southernappalachia #mypubliclands #publiclandowner #darngoodyarn #828isgreat #franklinNC #lovewhereyoulive #towerchasing #lookouttower #firetowers #outtherepodcast #gaiagps 1 week ago
Hike 35/52 Mile 172.7/300 Elevation gain 450ft Cabin Creek Falls is a short trail in Grayson Highlands State Park that forms a loop. Well, we did the loop backward and thought we had to take a side trail to the waterfall. Borderline bushwhacking and rock climbing brought us to this spot, which isn’t the waterfall we came to see but I’d argue it’s better (we found the other one too). . . . . . #waterfallwednesday #waterfallsofinstagram #chasingwaterfalls #wildeast #graysonhighlandsstatepark #southernappalachia #52hikechallenge #girlswhohike #adventurelikeagirl #hikelikeagirl #fatgirlshiking #fatandoutdoorsy #takingupspaceoutdoors #optoutside #forceofnature #sweatydirtyhappy #meetvirginia #outtherepodcast #gooutsideandplay #allwomenalltrails #alltrails 1 week ago
Hike 34/52 Mile 170.5/300 Elevation gain 490ft Saturday I didn’t get in any new #AppalachianTrail miles but I DID get to revisit one of the most magical place on the AT: Grayson Highlands State Park. This park has a little bit of everything - long range views, otherworldly ridge walks, waterfalls, wild ponies.... did I mention wild ponies? I’ll post pics of them later. ——— Meanwhile, enjoy this shot of Shooter and I from Wilson Ridge. 📷 taken by my mom, @bennett5123 , who was learning how to shoot for Instagram during this trip and I think was doing an amazing job! . . . . . #52hikechallenge #trektheAT #georgiatomaine #sectionhiker #longdistancehiking #girlswhohike #adventurelikeagirl #allwomenalltrails #wildeast #optoutside #forceofnature #sweatydirtyhappy #fatgirlshiking #fatandoutdoorsy #takingupspaceoutdoors #hikingwithdogs #hikelikeagirl #womaninthewild #sheexplores #gooutsideandplay #at2019 #peoplewhohike #getyourassintonature #meetvirginia #withguthook #virginiaisformountainlovers #myblueridge #appalachiantraildog 1 week ago
Hike 33/52 Mile 167.4/300 Elevation gain 735ft On Friday Shooter and I hiked another small (6.4 mile) section of the #AppalachianTrail that I missed in 2015. I wasn’t expecting any views during this stretch but was pleasantly surprised to pop out into a cattle field toward the end of the hike to some nice views and one lonely cow who was very excited to have some company for a few minutes. ——— This is the first shot from my #GoPro that I’m posting in my gallery, so we will see how it turns out! ——— Dickey Gap ➡️ VA 670 . . . . . #trektheAT #georgiatomaine #sectionhiker #fatgirlshiking #fatandoutdoorsy #takingupspaceoutdoors #girlswhohike #hikelikeagirl #adventurelikeagirl #optoutside #sweatydirtyhappy #forceofnature #whiteblaze #meetvirginia #southernappalachia #outdoorwomen #womenwhohike #withguthook #wildeast #allwomenalltrails #hikingwithdogs #standardpoodle #goprogirl #outtherepodcast #sheexplores #appalachianhikers #virginiaisformountainlovers #52hikechallenge 1 week ago
One year ago today I climbed a really big mountain. Summiting a 14ker is not something I actually thought I was capable of, and success has never tasted sweeter. I didn’t know in that moment what a profound impact this summit would have, but so many wonderful things happened because of it. The most wonderful thing was gaining these two badass hiking women as friends. I cannot wait to {hopefully} hike a couple more 14kers in a few weeks. ——— I’ve been unintentionally pretty absent from social media this week because I spent the whole week in the backwoods of Virginia hiking - and not having much signal. I’ll catch up with posting my @52hikechallenge hikes and other adventures in the upcoming days, but this memory was too special not to share today. Pictured with me atop the summit are @iris_sully and @curiousbehavior. . . . . . #summitsunday #14ker #14000ft #peakbagging #womenwhohike #girlswhohike #hikelikeagirl #adventurelikeagirl #optoutside #forceofnature #sweatydirtyhappy #outtherepodcast #thetrek #fatgirlshiking #fatandoutdoorsy #takingupspaceoutdoors #coloradical #rockymountainhigh #allwomenalltrails #gaiagps #highincolorado #outdoorwomen #sheexplores #womaninthewild #gooutsideandplay #getoutstayout #peoplewhohike #grayspeak #graysandtorreys 1 week ago
Hike 32/52 Mile 161/300 Elevation gain 760ft In 2015 I was desperately clinging to my intentions of #thruhiking the #AppalachianTrail and telling myself that the excruciating pain, swelling, and bruising in my left foot was a sprain - while really knowing it was something much worse. For nearly two weeks and over 100 miles, I limped down the trail. When I couldn’t go any further for the day, I’d throw my thumb out and hitch the remaining distance my hiking partners had planned for the day so I wouldn’t get separated from them. I justified #yellowblazing by convincing myself I’d return to hike the miles later. Well, it may have taken me four years but yesterday I marked off another 7 mile stretch. ——— Bland, VA ➡️ Laurel Creek . . . . . #trektheAT #georgiatomaine #foottravelonly #longdistancehiking #wildeast #52hikechallenge #fatgirlshiking #fatandoutdoorsy #takemebackpacking #takingupspaceoutdoors #girlswhohike #hikelikeagirl #adventurelikeagirl #allwomenalltrails #withguthook #eastcoastbeastcoast #southernappalachia #hikeinadress #summerbreak #virginiaisformountainlovers #meetvirginia #womaninthewild #outtherepodcast #getyourassintonature #optoutside #sweatydirtyhappy #forceofnature 2 weeks ago
Hike 31/52 Mile 154/300 Elevation gain 583ft While I’ve been to Dismal Falls at least twice before, somehow I had managed to miss a small 1.9 mile section of the #AppalachianTrail between the falls and the road every time I’ve been. We did this as an out and back hike yesterday and spent the afternoon enjoying the waterfall. . . . . . #waterfallwednesday #waterfallsofinstagram #trektheAT #blueblaze #georgiatomaine #at2019 #sectionhiker #optoutside #forceofnature #sweatydirtyhappy #fatgirlshiking #fatandoutdoorsy #takingupspaceoutdoors #allwomenalltrails #girlswhohike #52hikechallenge #adventurelikeagirl #meetvirginia #withguthook #hikelikeagirl #outdoorwomen #wildeast #eastcoastbestcoast #dismalfalls #summerbreak #unlikelyhikers #womaninthewild #virginiaisformountainlovers #outtherepodcast 2 weeks ago
Hike 30/52 Mile 150.1/300 Elevation gain 1,282ft Yesterday my mom and I drove 10 hours and then hiked almost 8 miles. It was her first time up McAfee Knob, and my fourth. This spot is magical, and it was wonderful to share some of the magic of the #AppalachianTrail with the woman who is likely responsible for this adventurous steak I have. . . . . . #trektheAT #georgiatomaine #mcafeeknob #meetvirginia #appalachianhikers #appalachiantraildogs #hikingwithdogs #dogsthathike #fatgirlshiking #takingupspaceoutdoors #fatandoutdoorsy #52hikechallenge #optoutside #sweatydirtyhappy #forceofnature #allwomenalltrails #girlswhohike #womenwhohike #peoplewhohike #wildeast #withguthook #blueridgeoutdoors #blueridgemoments #myblueridge #adventurelikeagirl #hikelikeagirl #outtherepodcast #sheexplores #at2019 2 weeks ago
Is there anything more magical than wild ponies? I’ve had the distinct pleasure of getting to see wild horses in two drastically different ecosystems: the highlands of Virginia and the sand dunes of Cumberland Island. I can’t wait to visit the Grayson Highlands again this upcoming week and get some more pony shots. What has been your favorite or most exciting wildlife encounter? . . . . . #AppalachianTrail #trektheAT #appalachianhikers #georgiatomaine #findyourpark #wildlifeencounters #wildandfree #wildhorses #graysonhighlands #takeahike #wildeast #optoutside #outtherepodcast #withguthook #meetvirginia #virginiaisfornaturelovers #at2019 #takemebackpacking #hikemoreworryless #gooutsideandplay #publiclandowner #mypubliclands #ATC #findyourtrail #myblueridge #blueridgeoutdoors #getyourassintonature #greettheoutdoors #eastcoastbeastcoast #longdistancehiking 2 weeks ago
In less than 48 hours I’ll be reunited with this majestic beast! I haven’t seen Shooter since April and I’m missing my adventure buddy hard. Can’t wait to spend a week in the woods with my best boy. . . . . . #hikingwithdogs #dogsthathike #poodlesonadventures #standardpoodle #purebreddogs #purposebred #AKC #traildog #hikingdogsofinstagram #myblueridgegaiagps #blueridgemoments #takemebackpacking #dogsoutdoors #thegreatoutdogs #optoutside #outtherepodcast #getoutstayout #gooutsideandplay #adventureswithdogs #adventuredognation #WNC #828isgreat #publiclandowner 2 weeks ago
Four years ago today, I quit my first #thruhike attempt at mile 713.1 #northbound on the #AppalachianTrail. I left the trail due to injuries and dwindling finances, and because of those injuries I left a few of those 713 miles unhiked. Next week I’m heading back to fill in some of the gaps. ——— I often get asked if I’ll attempt another thru hike. If you’d asked me that question on June 28, 2015, the answer would surely have been a resounding no, but I found myself right back on trail a year later, trying again. If you’d asked me that question on September 3, 2016 when I ended my second thru hike attempt, the answer would have been HELL NO, and I meant it. But if you ask me today, three years removed from the pain, the sweat, the tears, and the bug bites, I’ll probably pause for a second and smile before responding, “right now, the goal is to finish.” But that’s pretty far from “no” isn’t it? . . . . . #trektheAT #georgiatomaine #foottravelonly #nopainnorainnomaine #americaslongtrails #longdistancehiking #takemebackpacking #mypubliclands #publiclandowner #wildeast #appalachianhikers #womenwhohike #allwomenalltrails #outtherepodcast #hikelikeagirl #adventurelikeagirl #girlswhohike #fatgirlshiking #fatandoutdoorsy #takingupspaceoutdoors #eastcoastbeastcoast #blueridgeoutdoors #meetvirginia #thetrek #optoutside #forceofnature #sweatydirtyhappy 2 weeks ago