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Adventure Traveler. Blogger. Photographer. Digital nomad. Currently: #California 🇺🇸 Travel & Photo Tips ⇣

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NEW VIDEO!  Check out our incredible week on safari in Tanzania. We saw all Big Five African animals, met with local tribes like the Hadzabe, and traveled through Serengeti National Park.
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Click on my bio link to see the full video.
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What’s your favorite safari animal? 🤷‍️ @souloftanzania #SoulOfTanzania
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NEW VIDEO! Check out our incredible week on safari in Tanzania. We saw all "Big Five" African animals, met with local tribes like the Hadzabe, and traveled through Serengeti National Park. • Click on my bio link to see the full video. • What’s your favorite safari animal? 🤷‍️ @souloftanzania #souloftanzania

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
There's nothing like that feeling you get after completing one of your goals! I think it's one of the reasons I enjoy climbing mountains so much. Tackling a tough challenge, and being rewarded for your efforts with amazing views and a sense of accomplishment.
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This spring I've teamed up with @JackLinksJerky, creators of a new Beef Steak Strip made with 100% beef, to inspire you to push your personal boundaries this year -- whether at home, at play, or in the office.
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Show me in a photo how you #RaiseTheSteaks, and tag me for a chance to win a box of Steak Strips for yourself! I’ll share some of my favorites too.  #sponsored
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There's nothing like that feeling you get after completing one of your goals! I think it's one of the reasons I enjoy climbing mountains so much. Tackling a tough challenge, and being rewarded for your efforts with amazing views and a sense of accomplishment. • This spring I've teamed up with @jacklinksjerky , creators of a new Beef Steak Strip made with 100% beef, to inspire you to push your personal boundaries this year -- whether at home, at play, or in the office. • Show me in a photo how you #raisethesteaks , and tag me for a chance to win a box of Steak Strips for yourself! I’ll share some of my favorites too. #sponsored

Mount Whitney
No trip down the California coast is complete without a stop in San Francisco!
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Just a quick stop though... this place is freaking expensive.
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No trip down the California coast is complete without a stop in San Francisco! • Just a quick stop though... this place is freaking expensive.

Golden Gate Bridge
California dreamin’! We had a blast cruising down the coastline on US 1.
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Part of the route is still blocked by a huge landslide (just South of Gorda), however you can continue over the mountains on a road called Nacimiento-Fergusson, and through a military base, then drive back out to the PCH and keep going.
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HINT: At the top of Nacimiento-Fergusson, there are some fun dirt roads to explore! 

#SeeMonterey @SeeMonterey
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California dreamin’! We had a blast cruising down the coastline on US 1. • Part of the route is still blocked by a huge landslide (just South of Gorda), however you can continue over the mountains on a road called Nacimiento-Fergusson, and through a military base, then drive back out to the PCH and keep going. • HINT: At the top of Nacimiento-Fergusson, there are some fun dirt roads to explore! #seemonterey @seemonterey

Big Sur, California
Walking through a dark, creepy tunnel of cypress trees. We felt like we were in a horror movie…
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Walking through a dark, creepy tunnel of cypress trees. We felt like we were in a horror movie…

Point Reyes National Seashore
Springtime in #BigSur at Bixby Creek Bridge! What a beautiful week it’s been for road tripping California’s PCH. Add this trip to your bucket list!
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Springtime in #bigsur at Bixby Creek Bridge! What a beautiful week it’s been for road tripping California’s PCH. Add this trip to your bucket list!

Big Sur, California
Road trip time! @anna.everywhere & I are driving down the coast of California’s PCH this week, trying to find all the cool spots. Like this one at Point Reyes National Seashore north of San Francisco.
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You can follow along on Insta Stories to see what we’re up to!
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Have you driven the PCH before? Let us know if you have any tips!
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Road trip time! @anna.everywhere & I are driving down the coast of California’s PCH this week, trying to find all the cool spots. Like this one at Point Reyes National Seashore north of San Francisco. • You can follow along on Insta Stories to see what we’re up to! • Have you driven the PCH before? Let us know if you have any tips!

Point Reyes National Seashore
Nighttime in the Sierra Nevada Mountains at 12,000 feet. ️
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Nighttime in the Sierra Nevada Mountains at 12,000 feet. ️

Mount Whitney
Some of the gear I packed for my Mount Whitney hike. Two days to reach the summit at 14,500 feet. Watch my story for more details!
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Some of the gear I packed for my Mount Whitney hike. Two days to reach the summit at 14,500 feet. Watch my story for more details!

California
A perfect blue-bird day traversing to the 14,500 ft summit of Mt. Whitney in April.
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Can you believe this is California?! This state has it all — beaches, deserts, forests, and high-altitude mountains. @visitcalifornia
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A perfect blue-bird day traversing to the 14,500 ft summit of Mt. Whitney in April. • Can you believe this is California?! This state has it all — beaches, deserts, forests, and high-altitude mountains. @visitcalifornia

Mount Whitney
Every year I like to challenge myself, and push my comfort zone a bit. I decided to try some winter mountaineering in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains! 
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So I climbed Mt. Whitney, the highest mountain in the continental United States at 14,505 ft (4421 m) over the course of two days via the “mountaineer’s route.” It was a tough, but exhilarating experience.
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To help fuel my adventure, I brought along new Jack Link’s Beef Steak Strips (@jacklinksjerky) made with 100% beef for a quick & tasty boost of protein when my energy was running low.
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What are you doing to #RaiseTheSteaks and challenge yourself this year? Tag me in your post and I’ll share some of my favorites! #sponsored
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Every year I like to challenge myself, and push my comfort zone a bit. I decided to try some winter mountaineering in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains! • So I climbed Mt. Whitney, the highest mountain in the continental United States at 14,505 ft (4421 m) over the course of two days via the “mountaineer’s route.” It was a tough, but exhilarating experience. • To help fuel my adventure, I brought along new Jack Link’s Beef Steak Strips (@jacklinksjerky) made with 100% beef for a quick & tasty boost of protein when my energy was running low. • What are you doing to #RaiseTheSteaks and challenge yourself this year? Tag me in your post and I’ll share some of my favorites! #sponsored

California
We spent a night along the shores of Lake Eyasi, a large salt lake in the fertile Great Rift Valley of Tanzania. 🇹🇿
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The area feels very different than the hot, dry grasslands we’ve been traveling through up until that point. It’s wet and tropical, with large palm trees full of squawking birds.
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I climbed up to a high viewpoint to watch the sun set over a mostly-dry lake. During the wet season, it can actually get pretty deep and attracts groups of wading hippos cooling off in the salty water.
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Just published a photo essay from Tanzania on my blog, use the link in my bio to check it out!
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We spent a night along the shores of Lake Eyasi, a large salt lake in the fertile Great Rift Valley of Tanzania. 🇹🇿 • The area feels very different than the hot, dry grasslands we’ve been traveling through up until that point. It’s wet and tropical, with large palm trees full of squawking birds. • I climbed up to a high viewpoint to watch the sun set over a mostly-dry lake. During the wet season, it can actually get pretty deep and attracts groups of wading hippos cooling off in the salty water. • Just published a photo essay from Tanzania on my blog, use the link in my bio to check it out!

Tanzania