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Brooke Michiels  Attorney & adventurer Camper life! ✌ From NOLA > home base CO 2 of 7 wonders of the natural 🌎 6 countries 4 continents @sheshredsco ambassador πŸ’š

This is only my second time trying to get milky way shots. This was my first time ever trying to light paint. I don't have the right lense for this and my tripod is cheaper than a meal from McDonalds, but I work with what I have. I'm very proud of this shot (so be kind)! A huge thanks to my mentor and amazing friend @thehikingmermaid for helping me grow in photography! Go check out her page if you haven't already! βœ¨πŸ’šβœŒ #nikond3400 #nikonphotography #nikon100 #Nikon #longexposure #nightphotograhy #nightshot #milkyway #astrophotography

I used to cover this face with makeup until I didn't recognize myself. I used to surround myself with people so I wouldn't be seen. I used to spend hours looking at my imperfections in mirrors and buying products to change what I saw. I don't think I used to like myself very much. But now, now I don't need that makeup and barley ever wear it. I don't need the crowds and usually prefer not to be arround people. My imperfections are still there but I've learned they are what make me unique. You see, in a society that profits from our insecurities, loving ourselves is a rebellious act. I'm so glad I became a rebel. @sheshredsco #sheshredscocrew #nikon #nikon100 #nikonphotography

Would you like s'more love? What is your absolute must pack item when you camp? Mine is s'mores supplies! Shout out to Js mom for these sweet onsie Pjs, which have actually become Js must pack item for camping! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜­ (public service announcement: these s'mores were consumed for breakfast) #dontjudgeme #wearewhoweare #nikond3400 #nikonphotography #nikon100 #Nikon

You ever want to sleep somewhere where people can't find you, reach you, call you, or email you? Despite the flys, mosquitoes, uncomfortable ground, and cold nights, I found myself thinking of longer trips like this. The solitude and peacefulness of nature is unmatched in anything I've ever found in city life. β›Ί Here's a pic from inside my tent. It's nothing fancy but that's kind of my style! πŸ’šβœŒ

People are okay... But we both hate crowds. Our anniversary is on the 4th of July though.... So what to do? This was the second year in a row we've spent our anniversary backcountry camping in a national park. Last year was Elephant Canyon in Canyonlands and this year we camped at Sand Beach Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park! We didn't get any colors for sunrise but we got this wicked cloud show instead! πŸŒ…β˜β˜β˜β˜β˜πŸŒ… #reflection_perfection #earth_reflect

I still remember the first time I saw you. I remember that orange button up unbuttoned over that grey and black affliction shirt πŸ’›(I still think it's funny you used to wear affliction πŸ˜‚) I remember our first movie (which was not a date because I wasn't sure you were cool so I brought a friend). Ice age. I remember when you met my best friends for the first time. Midnight showing of Harry Potter, we judged you hard for falling asleep. I remember that cheap Chinese place we ate for our first date and then once a week all through college. I remember living it up in Nola with you through law school and introducing you to so many Cajun firsts (he ate the lungs the first time we had boiled crabs together) 😭😭 I remember so many phases with you from the amazing to the really bad. But I always remember you there. You have been my rock since 2009 and I don't even want to imagine how lame life would be without you. I know a soul mate is a corny thing to call you, but you are perfect for me and I know we were supposed to find each other that July 4th so many years ago. πŸŽ‰πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ And now here we are celebrating our 4 year anniversary this 4th of July. Life seems to just keep getting better and better and I can't wait to see what adventure is in store next! πŸ˜˜πŸ’š @workcamperninja #soulmate #Nikon #nikonphotography #camperlife #camper

Today I paid my Bar dues and I can't help but be thankful that I've found a way to use my law license and still travel the world! Just my annual reminder to all of my friends that I'm a personal injury attorney as well, so if you get hurt in an accident make Michiels Law your first call! Okay I know it's corny but at least I'm not on a bus bench πŸ˜‚πŸ˜­ (pictured above my mobile office for the summer- I have a real office in New Orleans but it's pretty boring and not worth posting!) #attorney #lawyer #dreamlife

Huge thanks to the @doveinn for letting two camper dwelling ladies play mermaid in your swimming pool sized tub! Once I found this clam shell top we knew it was fate! This place was fabulous from the antique furniture inside to the #Victorian look outside. Thanks @thehikingmermaid for the trip, I had a blast taking pictures of each other and playing dress up! Let's do it again real soon! πŸ’šβœŒ
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I attempted this trail 3 times. The first time I quickly began to suffer from altitude sickness during the rapid elevation gain. I hike all the time in very high places, but this was a first for me. J always shows some slight signs of altitude sickness on high hikes and drives but his lungs are very small compared to your average Joe so he expects it and knows what he has to do to reverse those symptoms. First, I became very sleepy very fast. I remember telling J I wanted to lay down and take a nap on the very rocky trail. That was the first sign and he begged me to go back. Have you heard southern women are stubborn? Well I am. πŸ˜‚ So I didn't listen when J begged me to turn around. Second, I got very lightheaded and dizzy where I thought I might pass out or lose my balance and fall. Again, J begged me to turn around. I didn't. Finally, the headache kicked in. I don't get migraines but I imagine this is what they feel like. Pounding, stabbing pains, light and sound made it worse. J was no longer asking, he told me we were turning around now. He drug me down the mountain. When we got home I slept for 14 hours! That was my first encounter with altitude sickness and it's no joke. Remember if you begin to feel any of these symptoms the only way to make them go away is to decrease your altitude (hike down).... Oh and if you are wondering the second time I attempted this hike I was not feeling it at all and just gave up less than a mile in, went home and watched Netflix, if I'm being completely honest! But the third time I had my mind on the money and the money on my mind. I made it to the top of this mountain and back down the other side. I followed a creek off trail to this beautiful hidden gem! We were lucky enough not to see a single soul the entire hike, which is why I will not be sharing this location. βœŒπŸ’š Happy Hiking! #sheshredscocrew #sheshreds

I haven't felt myself lately. I've been a bit sad and thinking about all those I've lost in the past year. This is hard for me because I'm not used to feeling sad. I've always suffered with anxiety but have never really felt depressed until now. I guess the good news is I recognize it in myself and I haven't stopped trying to fix it. To the friends and family who have noticed I'm not me, thank you for sticking around and thanks for continuing to reach out to me and continuing to invite me to stuff. I know I may not be the most fun person to hang with right now but your presence in my life means more than you know. I'm struggling right now, and I guess it's time I say it aloud. And I've learned it's okay to struggle, we can't all be strong all the time. #nightphotograhy #Nikon

I had the best time exploring this beautiful Victorian style inn with @thehikingmermaid . The new owners have done wonders with the renovations while maintaining the integrity of the building. Next time you are in Golden check this place out! 😍✌ #architecture #victorianhouse #bedandbreakfast #goals

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