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What’s the PNW without a little fog? We hiked up this ridge and were greeted by this incredible view. It only lasted for a brief moment before the fog began to dissipate. Another awesome hike with friends, it doesn’t get much better than this 👌

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This shot was taken during a rare glimpse of sun we had a few weeks ago. This summer has been a weird one in Washington so far.. Renee and I have hiked in the mountains a few times a week for the last month and have hardly seen any sun. With that said, I’ll take this over another summer ruined by horrible wildfire smoke any day. How has summer been so far where you live? I’m interested to know if this is a PNW thing or you guys have been experiencing a similar summer elsewhere.

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Summer has been good to us so far. Washington has been putting on a show, and it hasn’t been too hot which is a bonus. Unfortunately though, we are almost running out of time for our summer adventures here before we head off on new travels.. but I’m excited at the prospect of exploring a new continent later this month. Any guesses where? 😉 P.S. @reneeroaming and I were recently on a podcast with @thestokecast - We shared our experience and thoughts around freelancing and what we do for work. If that interests you, click the link in my bio to check it out 🤘🏻

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We never thought that we would walk on land that looked like candy, but this planet sure has a way of surprising us sometimes. Death Valley is one of those places that I could go back to again and again.. can’t wait to get back down there once the summer heat dissipates. Fun fact: the world’s hottest temperature ever was recorded was in Death Valley. In 1913 temperatures of 134 Fahrenheit (56.7 Celsius) were recorded.

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It only takes 16 hours to drive the whole ring road around Iceland, and around every corner is a view like this to keep your eyes entertained. With so many amazing sites to see right off the road, it’s no surprise that Iceland tourism has blown up over the past few years. I said to myself that with how busy it has gotten these days, I wasn’t really too interested in going back any time soon.. but that amazing landscape keeps pulling me back and I’m hoping to make another visit later this year, hopefully to some new locations. I’m going to put a poll in my stories asking how many of you guys have been to Iceland, I’m genuinely interested what percentage of my audience have been. Go check it out and let me know 🤙🏻

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I think I found some kind of magical portal to tropical heaven 😍 Took this photo during a 3 day vacation in Samoa following up the insanely hectic National Parks road-trip in 2017. Funny story: we were actually meant to have an extra night at our hotel, but what we didn’t realize was that flying from American Samoa to the country of Samoa (a half hour flight) would send us 24 hours into the future according to time zones. Whoops 😅

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Anyone who knows me will know that I enjoy a challenge, and when I was approached by @oneplus with the task of showing off their newest OnePlus 7 Pro I was both excited and nervous. Excited because because it gave me the excuse to practice with a small device that fits in my pocket, but nervous because in the past I have never been happy with images that I have captured on my phone. After spending a month with it on adventures here in Washington, I am pretty blown away with the quality of the images I was able to capture. Its three rear cameras really allowed for a huge variety of images from the one location, similar to if I was carrying a few large interchangeable lenses. Another huge feature for me was the ability to shoot in RAW. This really enabled me to edit the photos to fit with the aesthetic that I get with my regular camera. Head on over to my stories if you would like to see a bunch of images I was able to capture. GIVEAWAY - Pretty stoked to have the ability to give one of you guys the chance to win a new OnePlus 7 Pro phone as well as $3000 travel credit to spend on any adventure you like! To enter, follow @oneplus on Instagram, and click the link in my bio or stories. #OnePlusPartner - Giveaway Rules: No Purchase Necessary. Must be 18 years or older to enter. Winner must live in the U.S.A. Giveaway is not affiliated with Instagram.

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Who knew that the US has an island fort with a moat around it? I sure didn’t before visiting Dry Tortugas National Park. To access this incredible place you will have to board a ferry from the end of the Florida Keyes.. this will have you here in a couple of hours. Alternatively, you could catch a sea plane... but we decided on the economic option 😜 This island and Fort Jefferson was originally built as a point of control between the US and the Gulf of Mexico, but later was used as a military prison until 1874. Interestingly it held a few prisoners who were accused with conspiracy in the murder of Abraham Lincoln. I’d definitely recommend visiting outside of summer due to heat, humidity and bugs. In fact, I’d say the same thing about the whole of Florida.. but I’m sure you Floridians probably just think I’m a wimp 😅

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I’m not sure there are many better ways to start the day than a natural hot spring soak, next to a beautiful river, AND surrounded by foggy PNW forest. If there are, I’d love to hear them because I want in 🙋🏻‍♂️

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Golden light, mountains and the open road.. not a bad way to end a day. I remember spending this evening driving up and down the Bow Valley Parkway hoping to spot some wildlife. Not because I was looking to take photos of them, but just because I was pretty worn out from lack of sleep and it seemed like a chill thing to do. I was getting sleepy and decided to head back to camp when I drove up on this beautiful scene. I jumped out, set up the tripod, got my intervalometer plugged in and used this photo opportunity to wake up a little. It worked.. for maybe 5 minutes, and then I began to fade again. Getting 2-5 hours of sleep for 2 weeks straight will do that to you. Pretty sure I feel like that after 1-2 days of that much sleep these days 😂 On a relevant side-note, I don’t even have to use an intervalometer for these kinds of shots anymore due to the new update to Sony’s firmware introducing in-camera timelapse. Definitely helps to cut down setup time and reduce the amount of gadgets I need to carry in my camera bag. If you have an A9, A7 III or A7R III, make sure you are up to date with your firmware to take advantage of this feature 👍 Photo taken on the @sonyalpha A7R II and 24-70 lens #AlphaCollective #BeAlpha

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This was one of my favorite sunsets last year. We arrived to the top of this hike and were completely covered in clouds. Right before sunset, they all dissipated, revealing this epic view of Mount Rainier. She sure does look pretty from up close.. if only @reneeroaming wasn’t there blocking the view 🤷🏻‍♂️

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Renee and I visited Yosemite on our first trip to the US back in 2012, and I credit this place with really building on my love for the outdoors and hiking. We walked from Taft Point to Sentinel Dome and our minds were blown the entire way. We hiked the Mist Trail loop and we had never seen waterfalls so huge. We hiked up in the Tuolumne Meadows area, and had never seen mosquitos so numerous.. 😅 We also stayed in a canvas tent and woke up in the middle of the night to something large sniffing and bumping into the tent. Staring in horror at the single flimsy wooden door waiting for a giant bear to come in and eat us, Renee decides to announce she needed to go to the bathroom 🙄 As Australians who were spending our first time in a tent in bear territory, I wasn’t too excited about having to go outside.. but we snuck out and managed to not get eaten in the process which was nice. Needless to say, we are not as worried about bears when camping these days.. but we still feel that same sense of wonder each time we enter the valley. Are any of you guys planning a trip to Yosemite this year? Let me know and I’ll see if I can help with some recommendations ✌🏻

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I came across this photo yesterday while digging through the archives and it immediately caught my eye. The thing that sticks out to me the most is the moonlight hitting the island.. it was so vibrant on that evening that it almost looks like sunlight! All these years later, this nighttime canoe trip is still one of my favorite travel memories. Paddling up the lake, mountains illuminated by the full moon, wolves howling in the distance, the soft splash as the paddle broke through the glassy water.. I can still almost remember it like it was yesterday. I’d love to hear your favorite travel memories and why they were so special. Let me know! 👇🏻

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There are some places you travel that just keep calling you back, and Hawaii is definitely one of those for Renee and I. We first visited in 2014 for our honeymoon and were blown away. The food, the natural beauty, the warmth of the water.. it just felt right. We have since visited a few more times to explore different areas. I’ve always felt that a first visit somewhere just gives you a taste, it’s upon the return that you really start to find the gems. I’m interested to hear which place this is for you? Let me know below, I’m always looking for new places to explore! This image was taken last year on a ridge high up above Waikiki. Can you spot the city down below?

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The first time Renee and I visited North America was back in 2012. We saved all of our money and did a three month road-trip. We started in Los Angeles, traveled up through the west coast mountains, took a cruise to Alaska and back, drove up to the Canadian Rockies, down through the Yellowstone and across to Chicago. I had been looking at pictures of this lake online for a while and was obsessed. Being from Australia I had never seen anything like it, and Renee actually bought me a large canvas print for my birthday that hung in my bedroom. The photo looked like it had been taken on a potato, but I loved it. During that trip we stayed in mostly cheap AirBNBs or camped to keep costs down, but at Moraine Lake we splurged and purchased a package that had us stay at the lodge for a couple of nights. It was truly a dream come true. In the mornings we would wake up for sunrise and make our way to the famous rock pile. We actually had it all to ourselves both mornings, which these days is pretty much impossible. Tourism has increased dramatically and often there are hundreds of people here for sunrise now. With that being said, I still can’t recommend this place enough for at least one visit in your lifetime. I’ve always said that if it weren’t for the crowds, this may be the most beautiful spot in the world. Regardless, it’s still pretty incredible and I can’t wait for my parents to get to experience it for themselves this summer. How many of you guys will be getting a chance to visit this year?

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Originally the waterfalls of the PNW were one of the biggest draws for me to visit from Australia. The contrast of the lush, green forest with the aqua water was always amazing to me and something that we didn’t get back home. As time has gone, I have definitely spent less time seeking them out in favor of the mountains... but this recent hike to a place I visited solo 5 years ago reminded me just how amazing these natural wonders are. It’s a shame that such a special area (the Columbia River Gorge) was decimated by human stupidity a couple of years ago. Many of the waterfalls in the area are still inaccessible or completely gone/changed forever. Please exercise caution this summer with your fireworks and fires, and consider not even having one in hazardous areas.. even if it is technically legal. You don’t want to be the one who destroys it for an entire generation.

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We took a fun little trip down to the Oregon coast earlier this year. One of the reasons we moved from Colorado to Washington was the access to the ocean. Growing up in Australia, I guess that attraction is still there somewhat. Renee had a little too much fun running in and out with the waves.. she may have also got a little more wet than she had hoped 😅

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Living in America, I get asked a lot about my accent. When I tell them I’m from Australia, I often get a shocked reaction.. something usually like “why on earth would you leave Australia to move here?.” Australia seems to be held in pretty high regard here in America which I think is pretty cool. They do a lot of things right back home.. education is more affordable, healthcare is free, you get 4 weeks paid leave every year (plus more public holidays), there’s FAR less homeless, so many beautiful beaches (like this one), and don’t forget the best breakfast/brunch on the planet! With that all being said, what I love about America is the incomparable diversity in its natural beauty. Sure, I sacrifice some things living here (maybe most importantly, custard tarts), but having access to places like the Grand Canyon, Big Sur, Mount Rainier, the Columbia River Gorge and Yellowstone all within a long day’s drive.. well that’s worth it to me. I’m curious to hear from anyone else who moved countries and why you did so. Let me know below or shoot me a message, would love to chat and hear your story ✌🏻

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We couldn’t believe how beautiful this place was when we checked in.. and little did we know that after the sun went down, it was about to get even better. Once we returned to the room after dinner we saw a faint glow of green in the sky. We watched as that faint glow of green turned into a defined line that began to twist and turn its way across the night sky. Then, even more green! The whole sky seemed to be filled at one point. We couldn’t believe our luck.. the one night we were in this amazing place, the last night of the whole trip, and we got to experience a show like that. It more than made up for the times that don’t quite work out like we hoped. If it weren’t for the curve-balls that life sometimes throws at you, we wouldn’t realize how lucky we are when things go according to plan.

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Heading out to the east coast on the national parks trip in 2017 I expected to see some nice places, but honestly, I wasn’t expecting anything amazing. I’m a self-admitted west coast snob, and always thought that the best of the best is out this way. While that is still true in my opinion, my eyes have been opened over the last few years to an incredible amount of beauty out east. Great Smoky Mountains National Park was the first introduction to a place that truly felt special out there. We spent a few days exploring and I was honestly blown away. We had an incredible time in places like Shenandoah, Acadia, Isle Royale and even on a smaller scale in Kentucky and Arkansas! A trip back to the north-east last fall really cemented my thoughts that the east truly does have a lot more to offer than some of us west coast snobs realize. I definitely would love to spend some more time out that way in the coming years.. I’m sure there are some hidden gems that I haven’t even heard about. I’d love to hear from those of you on the east coast especially, where should I hit up next? Feel free to dm me if you don’t want to share it publicly, but I’d love to start building a list of things to see out that way for next time ☺️

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This was my favorite winter adventure in Washington this year. We got gifted the most insane conditions.. hiking up in complete clouds only for it to break and give us an epic sunset that seemed to last forever. Stoked for winter to be over and for summer hiking season to begin, but always excited as the prospect of more winter hikes like this in 6 months. Happy trails!

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As time has gone by, the things that I enjoy most from traveling have changed quite a bit. I used to be fine with going to the most dramatic places possible (like the one in this picture for example), battling crowds and taking photos that I’m sure many others have before me. These days, it’s sad.. but I often show up to an INCREDIBLE view, and just don’t really enjoy myself because of the amount of people around. Not only do I not enjoy the crowds themselves, but the lack of ability to get creative with my photos as a result is no fun to me. More and more often I find my mind wandering off to places where I know I’m least likely to see other people. Where I have room to explore on my own terms without the limitations that ropes, barriers and a lot of people bring. Maybe that means slightly less “epic” places sometimes.. but overall these experiences now bring me far more enjoyment. Anyone else been experiencing similar changes in their travel these days? I’m sure I am not the only one?

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Renee and I keep a list of our favorite travel experiences, hotels, meals etc for memory sake... and our recent stay at the @conradboraboranui made ALL of the lists. Talk about dream travel destinations... I honestly don’t know how it gets any better than this. My favorite memory from our stay was jumping off of our overwater bungalow for a quick night swim. Our friends @shortstache @cassheridan and @slatertrout were staying in the bungalows either side of us and also jumped in to float and watch the stars. Once finished, we climbed up our little ladders, got changed and went for a delicious meal where we got to also watch a traditional Polynesian performance. What a night in paradise 🏝 #LoveTahiti #PickYourParadise

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I just wanted to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who purchased our book “Roaming America” during the pre-sale! It was a huge success, and due to demand they have already had to ship more to the US before the first batch has even arrived! Those of you who have already purchased a copy in the US, the books should be shipping out before the end of the month. Renee and I are so excited for everyone to get them and hear your feedback. Thanks again and don’t hesitate to message me with any questions about planning your National Park trips, happy to help when I have some free time to respond to messages 🤙🏻 Image with the @sonyalpha A7R II and 24-70 lens.

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Feeling happy, free and forever grateful for the experiences we have had over the past week and a bit here on the Islands of Tahiti. It has been an absolute dream to visit this place and our already high expectations were absolutely blown out of the water (no pun intended). It was so great to be able to stay busy with all of the exciting activities, but also to be able to just stop and spend some quality time as a couple. We are forever working our butts off and working on our business together, so trips like these where we get to stop for a moment are incredible for us. Plenty more images to share from the islands, so stay tuned 🏝 @tahititourismenorthamerica #PickYourParadise #LoveTahiti

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This day was one for the books... one of those you know that you will remember for life. We left our hotel by boat, which is the norm here on Bora Bora, and headed out for a full day of water activities. Honestly, water where I cannot stand has always scared me a bit.. the fear of not knowing what is below I think was the main reason. The fact that I would be at the mercy of creatures who glide through so effortlessly while I flop around like a fish out of water also doesn’t help. This trip to The Islands of Tahiti has helped to squash these fears. As I jumped off the boat into 50 feet of the clearest water you will ever see, surrounded by sharks, I didn’t feel fear, but instead a deep sense of calm. We swam below for an hour while these sharks circled curiously, and I learned that these creatures are not the big scary monsters that society sometimes make them out to be. We got back in the boat and made our next stop in shallower water where we got to swim with more sharks, but also with incredibly playful rays. They would come right up to you and say hello. At one point, @reneeroaming was essentially getting a big old bear hug from one of them (her facial expressions were hilarious). Our last stop was by this insanely beautiful island (as seen in this photo) where we drove up to another boat that had a grill on it. We were treated to one of the the most delicious meals of the trip cooked right on the boat. Renee couldn’t help but get in one more swim before we headed back for the day, and I managed to snap this off the second floor of the boat. @tahititourismenorthamerica #PickYourParadise #LoveTahiti

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I have been incredibly lucky to have visited some incredible island destinations, but The Islands of Tahiti have without a doubt taken the throne at the top for me. We are here exploring for a week and a half, and after a few days I already know it’s going to be hard to leave. One of my favorite moments so far was when Renee and I were in our bungalow one morning when we heard some faint noises from outside. We went out to find a canoe pulling up to our little dock with breakfast on board! Before digging in to our food we couldn’t resist a quick little paddle out from our bungalow to enjoy the rainbow that was popping off behind us. I mean really, a full rainbow view over the ocean right outside your window?! Something I will never forget that’s for sure. Thanks to @shortstache Who snapped a photo of us on the canoe as we glided by his bungalow 🤙🏻 @tahititourismenorthamerica #PickYourParadise #LoveTahiti @letahaaislandresort

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WOW, thank you SO much to everyone who has shown support since the pre-release of our new book Roaming America a couple of days ago. We have had such an incredible response and can not wait till they start to hit your mail boxes next month. After a year in the making, we cannot describe how good it feels to finally be able to share this project with you all! As an extra thank you, Renee and I added just a few more of the pre-order bonus copies (signed copy and comes with free print) for those who missed out on the first lot, otherwise you can pre-purchase a regular copy any time. You can find links for where to grab the book in my bio or on my previous post. You guys are incredible, thanks again! P.S. Renee and I are heading somewhere new tomorrow, any guesses where? Hint: it looks very different to this but has a big similarity 👀

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🌲 BOOK PRE-SALE 🌲 We are so excited to finally share the pre-order details for our first book, Roaming America. In 2017 @ReneeRoaming and I embarked on the adventure of a lifetime… a 7 month journey to every national park in America. Over the course of this epic road trip, we traveled through 39 states, two US territories, drove over 25,000 miles, took 26 flights, and hiked hundreds of miles across some of the most dramatic landscapes on the planet. Roaming America tells our story through images captured along the way and musings from the road. We also share our personal experiences and give away insider tips to help you plan your own national parks adventure! #RoamingAmerica — — — — — — — — — — — — 📚 WHERE TO BUY 📚 •If you are interested in a signed copy along with a free print then head on over to Renee’s website: ReneeRoaming.com (limited to 100 copies, so act quick if this interests you!) •USA 🇺🇸 Amazon currently has a pre-order sale on with 37% off of retail price (such a steal!). Also available from Barnes & Noble, Book Depository and other major retailers. •Canada 🇨🇦 Pre-order from Amazon Canada. Currently discounted, link in bio. •Europe/UK 🇬🇧 Dutch & English versions available from retailers such as Amazon, Waterstones, Foyles, WHSmith, Book Depository, and @LannooPublishers •Australia 🇦🇺 Pre-order from Amazon AU or stores such as Angus & Robertson and Dymocks. (I will keep updating this list as the book makes its way around the globe) 🌏 — — — — — — — — — — — — Renee and I put our heart and soul into this book, and we are so excited to finally be able to share it with you guys! I also wanted to extend a HUGE thank you to all of you for the support over the years. It’s cliche I know, but without you guys this book would have never been possible. — — — — — — — — — — — — @LannooPublishers @UitgeverijLannoo @BooksByMarked #WHPgoingplaces

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It’s almost that time folks. Good views, good friends, good times. Sometimes even cheesecake at the top after a long hike 🤤 Stoked for the snow to melt and to start checking off places from a list that has become WAY too long... though I guess it’s not a bad thing this state has enough to see to last a few lifetimes. Definitely going to try and fit as many of them as possible into this one.

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If I could describe Alaska in a few words, it would be “on another level”. It has similarities to states in the lower 48, but it’s almost as if Alaska took those similarities and said “how can we make this bigger and more likely to kill you?”. The mountains are bigger, the mosquitoes are sized like birds and there’s some MONSTER bears up there. If you speak to any native Alaskan who spends time outdoors (most of them), they are almost guaranteed to know someone who has had a close-call with a bear, or much worse. Because of this, hiking in Alaska definitely is a unique experience. Your senses are heightened, and any sound out of the ordinary is magnified. It doesn’t help that so many of the hikes have you bashing through head-high brush, limiting what you can actually see. With that said, if you come prepared (bear spray, making lots of noise, proper food storage etc), you will be rewarded with some of the most magnificent scenery anywhere to be found in the world. This particular scene was one of our favorites on a trip to Alaska last summer. We hiked up in what was mostly beautiful weather, but things quickly changed as we approached our destination higher up in the mountains. It started to rain relentlessly, so we quickly set up our tent and spent the rest of the night hunkered up in there to stay dry. We typically avoid sleeping in huts as they often have mice, which means I don’t sleep. We set our alarms for sunrise, waking up to the sound of more rain pattering on the tent.. but as luck would have it, just after sunrise the clouds cleared, leaving this beautiful low hanging cloud in the valley below. Alaska never makes it easy on you, but at least the juice is always more than worth the squeeze.

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It's easy to look at someone's Instagram and be jealous. We've all been there. I get messages all the time from people saying how jealous they are of my life. The thing is, no one's life is perfect. Although you might scroll through Instagram and be bombarded with photos of paradise, people flying around in helicopters and nice butts, Instagram is a highlight reel of everyone's lives. Truthfully, I have spent the last 2 weeks inside on my computer for 15 hours a day, 7 days a week. When you are a freelancer, you feel like there are no breaks. Your success relies solely upon how much you are willing to put into your work, and the moment you try to take a break, you feel guilty. Renee and I spend more time at home and working 10+ hours a day, stressing over deadlines than we do outside taking photos. I've worked many jobs and never felt the same amount of pressure, stress and uncertainty as I do with this one.. but with all of that said, I wouldn't change it for the world. Freelancing isn't for everyone, but if its your calling, you cannot imagine doing anything else. The drive to continue to live on your own terms keeps you focused during those long stints in front of the computer writing emails that you most likely won't get a response to, editing photos for hours that you have no idea if anyone will like (or if the Instagram algorithm will show to people) and following up on invoices you sent out months ago that haven't been paid. This isn't supposed to be a sob story... I just want everyone out there to know that it's not all happy days and everyone on Instagram doesn't poop rainbows. We all have different callings, so be happy with where you are. If you aren't, work and work until you are. You are capable of reaching your goals if you want them bad enough I guarantee it. Anyway, this photo was taken on the trip that kicked it all off for me back in 2016. I was fired from my job and we both decided to leave Colorado and make this whole photography thing a career. Nearly three of the best years of our lives later here we are, a few more wrinkles but with a hell of a lot of great memories. Thanks to each and every one of your for being a part of the ride 🍻

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This photo was taken during our road-trip to every national park in 2017, but for some reason I never got around to sharing it here. This was one of my favorite hikes of the whole 7 months. We walked thousands of feet from the valley floor to reach this INCREDIBLE view over an ice field that seemed to stretch forever. Alaska is so incredibly wild and so incredibly beautiful. Cannot wait to get back and explore this area more in the future. Renee and I share some of our favorite camping spots in our book that will be up for pre-sale shortly, and this is one of them! Some places truly have to be seen to be believed 😍

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Back on our National Parks road-trip in 2017 @reneeroaming and I had to split up one morning to capture different areas. We had limited time to photograph Death Valley, and we wanted to capture as much of it as possible. She went up to this vantage point, while I went down to capture Badwater Basin (the lowest spot in the US, below sea level). While I was happy with the images that I captured, I was just a little jealous of Renee’s view from 5500 feet up above where I was. So, on our recent van trip back to Death Valley, we made sure to both visit together this time. It was a beautiful sunrise. Not too hot, not too cold, but just right. The wind was minimal and the light glorious. Thanks for the show Mother Nature, you a real one. The original image that Renee captured from here made it into our book about our road trip to all US National Parks. The book release date is approaching, and we will be announcing pre-sale information shortly! Make sure to keep an eye on mine and @reneeroaming stories to stay up-to-date if you are interested 🍻

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As a lot of you would know, Renee and I recently spent a week traveling along the Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland. We were absolutely blown away by the beautiful coastline and rugged mountains that stretch almost the entire length of the west coast. Although we saw SO much, we feel like we have unfinished business in Ireland, and can’t wait to get back to dig deeper into this amazing country that has SO much to offer. Swipe to check out some other images we captured during the trip which I haven’t gotten around to sharing yet 🤙🏻 @thewildatlanticway @tourismireland #LoveIreland #wildatlanticway

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While I’m stoked for summer hiking, I honestly dislike most things about summer other than the easier access to the mountains. I’m not a fan of hot weather, I hate mosquitos, I really dislike the incredibly long daylight hours and the summer holiday crowds can be bananas in certain places. I’m also not a fan of clear, blue sky days. Fall is where it’s at for me, the best of everything that I enjoy about getting outside. Although I’m going to absolutely make the best of the benefits of summer, that’s not going to stop me dreaming about fall sunsets like these. Perfect temperatures, moody skies and getting back down the mountain in time for a good meal before everything closes 😜 Photo taken on the @sonyalpha A7R III and 24-70 2.8 at 1/125, f8, ISO 400 - #BeAlpha #AlphaCollective

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Sand dunes are one of my favorite subjects to shoot, but they are immensely challenging as a photographer. Firstly, these dunes are popular.. so there are a lot of footprints around (which don’t look good in the photos) unless you hike a long way. Hiking isn’t easy in the sand with a heavy backpack on. Secondly, you can’t just put your backpack down to change lenses (unless you want a bag full of sand, which obviously isn’t good when you have camera gear in there!). Thirdly, wind. As if the first two issues weren’t bad enough, the wind can make everything 100x worse, and it was quite windy this evening. After the sun set, we retreated to our van and drove to the closest showers to scrub all of the sand out of our hair and ears. Makes for some pretty nice photos though 🤤

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These were good times exploring a new part of my home country a few years ago. Anybody else feel like time seems to fly by faster and faster each year? Crazy to think that we are about to hit April already 🤯 @eddiebauer #ebcontributor #LiveYourAdventure

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Renee and I just returned from an awesome 2 week road-trip around the southwest. We planned this and booked flights less than a week before we left, with no plan in mind other than to get back to a part of the country we hadn’t visited since 2017 on the National Parks road-trip. Having rented a van, it was so fun to live the van life again and have the freedom to go wherever we want, whenever we wanted. Although we love having a home base in Seattle, fun little trips like this I feel are the perfect balance for us in terms of home time and travel. Anyway, excited to share some of my favorite images of the trip over the next couple of weeks, hope you guys enjoy! This photo was taken on the @sonyalpha A7R III and 100-400. Settings were 1/125, f13, ISO 320. #AlphaCollective #BeAlpha #ourplanetdaily #earthpix #naturegram #travelstoke

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This is the second photo I'm posting from a recent trip to the incredible country of Ireland. We saw many beautiful places along the #WildAtlanticWay.. but this is one that stuck with me. Classiebawn Castle sits perched on the top of a large hill and overlooks lush Irish countryside, Benbulben (the mountain you can faintly see behind) and the crashing waves of the Atlantic. I remember standing there and imagining the occupants sitting by the window and watching the sun set over the ocean. Not a bad place to call home. @TourismIreland @TheWildAtlanticWay #sponsored #LoveIreland

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A few nights ago we got to make a quick stop at one of my favorite National Parks, Bryce Canyon. Unfortunately, due to recent snow all of the trails were closed, but we did get to enjoy this beautiful sunset from the rim. Although we have a van for this trip, we later retreated to a hotel room as it was getting down to 8 degrees. Without a heater and our winter sleeping bags it would have been a rough night. How many of you guys have visited Bryce, and what did you think? Worthy of being up there with the best of the parks?

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One of my favorite landscapes is where the mountains meet the sea. There’s something about the movement of the waves and the foreboding stillness of the peaks that really create a magical scene. With every wave that came in my tripod would move with the sand, so it was a constant battle with the elements... but eventually I managed to capture this frame with a perfect leading line to Vestrahorn in the distance.

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I could spend a lifetime flying over these glaciers in Iceland... but I only have 3 drone batteries.

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Those of you that have been following my stories would know that Renee and I just returned from an epic journey along @thewildatlanticway in Ireland. We were completely blown away by Ireland's beauty, and were treated to some amazing weather for almost the entirety of the trip! This particular location was possibly the highlight for me. A lot of people know of the very popular Cliffs of Moher in the busier south-west Ireland.. but not nearly as many know of this incredible spot located in the quiet north-west corner of the country near Donegal. The Slieve League Cliffs are the highest sea cliffs in Ireland at over 600 meters (1800 feet) and took our breath away. Standing there, completely alone and watching as the sun set after another beautiful day of weather was something that we won't be forgetting any time soon. @TourismIreland #ad

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I was digging through the archives and realized I never got around to posting this one from Iceland back in 2017. We spent a couple of hours here, sitting and listening to the glacier calving away. I’m honestly kind of scared to come back here and see how much this incredible wall of ice has retreated since we were there two years ago. It’s easy to ignore things or be ignorant to them online, but once you are faced with the reality in person it’s a whole different story.

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One of those moments where you just sit in awe. I watched as the birds flew overhead, and as the waves rolled in crashing thunderously on the black sand beach below. The sun began to set, and with it came an incredible orange glow in the distance that almost looked too beautiful to be real. These moments are a pretty common occurrence in Iceland, how many of you guys have had the opportunity to experience this for yourself? Would love to hear your story 🙌🏻 Shot on the @sonyalpha A7R II and 16-35 f4 lens. Settings were 1/400 at f8, 250 ISO #AlphaCollective

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No matter where you are headed the journey is sure to be a memorable one in the Finnish Lapland. One of my favorite things in the world is heavily snow covered trees, and in Finland it’s like being a kid in a candy store 🤤 @ourfinland @levilapland

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As you guys know, I have recently returned from an incredible trip to Finland. It was an equally beautiful and challenging adventure. Temperatures down to -35 Celsius at times allowed me to only take a couple of photos before I had to put my hands back into my pockets to warm up again. Our phones often died within minutes after being at full-charge, but the @zodiacwatches Super Sea Wolf watch I've been wearing this winter kept ticking even when everything else was failing. #SuperSeaWolf #sponsored

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I've never understood the dislike a lot of people have for winter. Sure, outdoor adventures become a lot harder... but the beauty of freshly snow-covered landscapes is tough to beat. So far my two favorite trips this winter have been to northern Finland and a camping trip to the Mount Baker area of Washington. I've taken my @zodiacwatches on some pretty rough missions and it has always come back to my desk looking exactly like the day I got it. #SuperSeaWolf #sponsored

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Finland was all that I was hoping for and more. On this particular night, we left our room at @wildernesshotelinari and took the snowmobiles out under the stars to this beautiful hut. We drank hot berry tea and waited, hoping for the northern lights to come out. Unfortunately, they didn’t this evening... but who is going to complain when this is second prize? @ourfinland @exploreinari