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Bristlecone Journal  The least hippie hippie blog. Exploring, adventuring, and loving. Curated by: @cassandrayost & @dr_emperor

As a means to get this blog/feed back up and running, and because @cassandrayost is now a full-time student who will have this summer off to explore and write, here’s a namesake photo of @brycecanyonnps taken by @dr_emperor.

"If you watch how nature deals with adversity, continually renewing itself, you can't help but learn." — Bernie Siegel | #SpringBreak was filled with life. A perfect example of this is the myriad of fallen #redwoods we saw strewn about the path of the #SkylinetotheSea trail at @bigbasin_sp. They grew new life in the form of fungi of all sorts, and provided homes for creatures like banana slugs and newts. These trees, once long lived, can teach us many things. I think overcoming and renewing is a great lesson from a friendly giant redwood. .
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#exploremore #herestonow #permissiontoplay #in2nature #getoutstayout #optoutside #hiking #naturelover #justgoshoot #exploretocreate #welivetoexplore #keepitwild #californiaparks

Hiking is so much more than just physical activity. As you trod along the trail, you come along something like a massive redwood that has been burned up from the inside. Your mind starts to churn out ideas and theories as to how this happened. Was it lightning? When was this? As you go through the options, you study the surrounding area and start to see the signs of life emanating from something like this and you reaffirm the sense of wonder you get when you immerse yourself in nature. .
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#lifeisrad #optoutside #permissiontoplay #neverstopexploring #herestonow #in2nature #livewylder #forceofnature #sheexplores #womenwhohike #redwoods #deepthoughts #nature #exploretocreate #justgoshoot #keepitwild #adventureisoutthere

The @pigeonpointhostel is one of our favorite spots to stay during road trips up and down the #California coast. I mean, look at it! Besides being different than any other hostel we’ve ever stayed in, the staff are AMAZING. Michael has been here for years and is a wealth of knowledge on the surrounding area, and Kelsey has been exceptionally helpful as we went in and out the reception area for the past three nights. Oh, and this #hostel also has a fricking hot tub overlooking the ocean. How cool is that?!
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#travel #astrophotography #pigeonpoint #calilife #photography #lighthouse #stars #westcoast #bestcoast #roadtrip #darksky #canon #triggertrap

For #SpringBreak we decided to do a California central coast trip. Our first stop on the trip is @pigeonpointhostel where we can peep all sorts of lazy chubby animals like these #harborseals. Head on over to @cassandrayost & @dr_emperor for more updates and #instastories. .
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#optoutside #roadtrip #santacruz #centralcoast #california #photography #travel #westcoast #bestcoast #gtfoutside #naturephotography

Hey, everyone! Well, 2017 was going great for the first 3/4 of the year. A new addition to our fleet brought us back into the #VanLife, we visited tons of different @nationalparkservice locations, participated in @cotopaxi’s @cotopaxiquestival (#SanDiego edition!), and were planning more and more trips.
Then Jonathan lost his mom and everything came to an abrupt stop. Just as we started to heal, Cal lost her dad. As hard as the end of 2017 was, we are making sure that we celebrate the lives of those we lost by living the lives we have to the fullest. This has included a hike to the #SantaRosaPlateau on New Year’s Day, exploring smaller open spaces in #OakGlen, and today’s awe-inspiring trek to the Lost Horse Mine in @joshuatreenps.
We will both be refocusing our efforts to bring consistent posts, and hope to get some new materials to you fine followers soon.

"There's a sunrise and a sunset every day, and you can choose to be there for it - you can put yourself in the way of beauty."
—Cheryl Strayed, Wild
All of this time spent in civilization has me craving another trip to Utah. There’s something about the quiet wildness of the desert that just can’t be matched. .
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#optoutside #forceofnature #permissiontoplay #lifeisrad #herestonow #exploremore #justgoshoot #livewylder #in2nature #goneoutdoors #getoutstayout #adventureawaits #nationalpark #findyourpark #roamtheplanet #welivetoexplore

Laying in my hammock reading #edwardabbey's #desertsolitaire while staring up at Watchman Peak from time to time, I saw @dr_emperor snapping photos and realized that all the action was behind me in the form of a grazing mule deer. Finding a piece of nature as perfect as this isn't hard, but it also doesn't happen that often for us city-dwelling folk. @zionnps was an absolutely beautiful park, and I already can't wait to go back. .
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#findyourpark #optoutside #nationalpark #lifeofadventure #roamtheplanet #goneoutdoors #adventureculture #permissiontoplay #lifeisrad #herestonow #livewylder #forceofnature #sheexplores #andshesdopetoo #keepitwild #outdoorwomen #keepexploring #in2nature #exploretocreate

"If future generations are to remember us with gratitude rather than contempt, we must leave them more than the miracles of technology. We must leave them a glimpse of the world as it was in the beginning, not just after we got through with it."
— Lyndon B. Johnson
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#keepitwild #optoutside #nationalpark #findyourpark #livewylder #exploretocreate #keepexploring #welivetoexplore #hammocklife #adventureculture #permissiontoplay #getoutstayout #justgoshoot #naturelover #goneoutdoors #followyourfeet

One of our favorite things about southern Utah was the diversity in the desert. Not only are there red rocks, brown rocks, grey rocks, and tan rocks, but there are also vast forests amidst the sandstone and limestone; coniferous and deciduous. You look one direction and see desert sage, monkey flower, Indian paintbrush, Spanish bayonets, prickly pear, and cholla; you look another and see ponderosas, and even bristlecones amongst the junipers; turn a corner and you can smell that you're close to water, surrounded by cottonwood, maidenhair fern, watercress, and a fun wild grape variety. The desert is vast and diverse. It is awe inspiring and brings out people's inner child. So get out there and play. No matter what wilderness is available to you, go touch the dirt, smell the fresh air, listen to the bird songs, and learn a little about your own piece of earth. .
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#gooutsideandplay #livewylder #optoutside #findyourpark #goneoutdoors #livetoexplore #lifeofadventure #sheexplores #forceofnature #andshesdopetoo #keepitwild #naturelovers #adventureculture #builttoexplore #desertsky #justgoshoot #exploretocreate #permissiontoplay #roamtheplanet #goatworthy #chaseyourgoat

It took us a while here at @bristleconejournal, but we finally got ourselves a new #adventuremobile in the form of this beast; known around these parts as #generalgrant or #thegeneral. Our maiden voyage in the new #vanlife whip consisted of a tour of @visitutah. The first night of the trip was spent camping near Kodachrome State Park. This was our first red rock experience of the trip and got us psyched for the next few days camping, hiking, and exploring Southern Utah. .
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#herestonow #optoutside #exploremore #livewylder #findyourpark #kodachromebasin #vanstrife #lifeisrad #welivetoexplore #permissiontoplay #in2nature #justgoshoot #exploretocreate #naturelovers #adventureculture

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