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Words usually comes very easily to me - especially after a beautiful wedding. For some reason, my words are failing me today. I’ve been looking through Jana & Werner’s photos, giggling through tears and soft whispers of gratitude. Gratitude for the amazing couples I work with. Couples like Jana & Werner. Their beautiful love for one another, their strength that overflows onto all the wonderful people in their lives.
So, all I can really say is this: Jana & Werner, you are the epitome of true love, best friends and absolute delight to work with. Thank you for letting me share in your story. Thank you for all the laughter. I am over joyed to share a few highlights with you and can’t wait to share more of your big day soon. I hope you enjoy these!!! Love, Maryke
Is this not just a stunning picnic spot especially in the winter sunshine,
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For those of you who have come to know me through various outlets I’m sure you’re well aware of my passion for all things hunting and fishing.
Whether actively involved or documenting those who pursue their chosen quarry with rod and rifle, there is nothing more satisfying than experiencing the outdoors as a participant rather than an observer.
I whole heartedly believe that ethical participation in the outdoors and the knowledge required to successfully catch a trout or stalk a deer can do nothing but enrich our lives.
For many of us this way of life has been engrained from a young age and for some it’s the answer to a deep yearning never satisfied through daily life. I hope that through sharing thoughtful content I am able to shed some light on what drives us and why we choose to participate in what is increasingly being viewed with scepticism.
Hunting and fishing is as relevant today as it has ever been and it’s up to those who participate ethically to demonstrate the importance of respecting and preserving our traditions for the future generations.
I love hiking. But I don’t do well on steep inclines- I complain (read:curse) the.whole.time. That being said this hike was so bad that I even complained on the downhill. 4.5 miles down, 4.5 miles back up— after swimming in the current. Jell-o legs for days. So worth it.
ADVENTURE MINDSET CALENDAR ⠀⠀
BOOSTER 11 - NURTURING SLEEP MODE 🌙
Make the uncomfortable comfortable. Sleep on the too short/hard couch or straight on the floor. Head out for a night under the stars or in a bivvy, tent, snow cave or simply on the grass/snow in your garden. Sleep on the floor over night while waiting for the early morning train on your travel, or choose a seat instead of a bed for the night train. Don’t use mattresses or pillows, but use whatever you need to make it just about as comfortable required for you to be able fall asleep (insulator mats, blankets, clothes).
Brain training: Like yesterday, this is also a reset practice. It will train your brain to not only sleep better, but also solve problems, find comfort in uncomfortable situations or places, make the best out of what you have, and become more flexible in your planning. Last but not least, sleeping on something you’re not used to or in a place where you don’t find comfort, will holistically and deeply remind you to not take things for granted and be grateful for the things you have. You were presented a bed and a pillow when you were born - but did you really (I mean really) need it? Also, the more you practice this, the better you’ll be at falling asleep as you learn to ease your thoughts from noise, light, habits, pain and other surrounding circumstances, and find comfort within yourself instead of needing a dead quiet and pitch black place (which can be stressful sometimes when you don’t have it).
Benefits: Similar to yesterday’s breaking a habit on getting perspective, resetting the brain and the what/how/why reminder, this practice will nurture your habits and routines. You’ll become more tolerant, foster your thoughts in challenging situations, and the more you sleep uncomfortably, the easier it’ll be to travel or go outdoor camping (and you’ll learn to love it!!). This will also make you question things you have and why you have them - maybe you’ve just done something your whole life on social routine and not for yourself? ⠀⠀
The dunes of Death Valley. To be honest I didn’t see much death out there this time of year, stovepipe Wells was thriving with RV’s , day tourists, photographers and hiking enthusiasts from all over the world.
To say the least it was kinda pumping in the desert 🏜. Made this shot late in the afternoon , after walking to the pinnacle of the dunes the wind picked up and made so some interesting dune hiking!
To the experienced hiker I’m sure this “summit” would be laughable. But to the average hiker (such as myself), it was quite strenuous. You can see the trail below but that quickly transformed into what would better be described as a game trail. It was very steep and the ground was nothing more than loose crumbly rock. We met this woman coming down as we started up. When we stopped to chat she told us she didn’t make it to the top because the trail was so rough and the wind was gusting around 40mph. But after talking a bit she decided to give it another go and come with us. We all made it to the top and the view made it more than worth it. She was excited and grateful to us for convincing her to try again. After many pictures and much talking we started to make our way back down. We ended up running into her again the next day on another trail and she instantly broke into a smile upon recognizing us and gave me a hug. I was struck by her genuine kindness and didn’t realize until then that it is not a trait seen so commonly anymore. I wish I had gotten her name.
“Few places in this world are more dangerous than home. Fear not, therefore, to try the mountain passes. They will kill care, save you from deadly apathy, set you free, and call forth every faculty into vigorous, enthusiastic action.” -John Muir