What an amazing summer it's been. Busy, busy, busy...full of work, fun, and adventure. Sometimes all three at the same time. Besides fun family adventures (more on this later!), I had the opportunity to spend some of the summer being a Naturalist Guide for Evergreen Escapes, a really excellent and amazing company based in Seattle.
Besides having the opportunity to visit and explore epic local nature locations such as Mount Rainier National Park and the Olympic Peninsula, I've had the chance to meet people from all over the country and all over the world. It's been so reassuring in the face of so much national and global adversity to watch the wonder, excitement, and delight come across faces of so many different people from so many different backgrounds.
Of course, it helps when we're all exploring places like this:
What an adventure to explore the mountains, rivers, ocean, old growth forests, and waterfalls of the Cascadian landscape with people literally from all walks of life. My faith in humanity has actually been restored this summer from seeing everybody literally come alive when they spend time in epic nature. This gives me hope that nature literally can unite us and not divide us if given the chance to connect and spend time together in the wondrous places that surround us!