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Alyssa Hands  🌎 🌝 🏞 🎼🤸🏻‍♂️💃🏼🧘🏻‍♀️ - lover of nature, music, culture, and movement

As a child, I had wild curiosity for the natural world. I spent hours observing, wondering, feeling. I imagined I was a spy and studied my subjects- the ants, frogs, geckos, birds, dragonflies, and waterbugs- to understand their purpose, plan, and motives. I longed for my own secret cove of natural wonder, and wherever my family moved, I would find it- my sacred spot. It was simple, the landscape called to me and i followed. I walked the animals’ trail, passed the fences up the creek, beyond where the deer bedded in the field, further from any sign of modern human home, into territory that could either calm or spook me. Some of the places I only visited a single time and value as much as the places that I visited dozens or hundreds of times. I did not always know where I was going, but I knew when I arrived. .
Let your curiosity guide you. Roam as nature does. Find your sanctuary ❤️
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PS can you believe this desert oasis?! It truly exists!
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Poppies be pop’n
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California poppies
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Eschscholzia californica .
The Hiking Boot Saga continues- I think I may need a different size from @asolospa
Heading to @rei bc I know they will have my covered with #memperks. Except that they are no longer selling the women’s TPS 520 GV Evos in store, right now in a men’s thinking I’ll try another size and move to ordering the women’s if doesn’t work out. (What’s up with REI carrying fewer rugged women’s boots in store vs. men’s?) .
Shopping for hiking boots is the worst! I was actually in tears last weekend- in REI, in front of the sales person- which is ridiculous. But my hands were dreadfully sore from tying a dozen laces and I was so exhausted after a long hike trying out yet another pair that didn’t work and i had just arrived to the 2nd REI store of the day that was said to have what I was looking for and didn’t- Can’t wait till this is over and i have a pair of boots that don’t give me blisters 🤞🏼
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Do you have any trusted hiking boots? Books? Tips? Im gearing up for multi day backpacking in the Sierras .
Follow me on AllTrails to see my hikes and reviews! #alltrails .
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Cheers to Women!
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Abigail & I met studying Spanish in Mexico in June. We learned we share a passion for adventure, travel, and culture. Last weekend we shared an incredible @airbnb in the city. @missionloft .
It’s adventures and friendships like this that make me so grateful for the women I have in my life! @abadams1234 here’s to new oceans, foods, and languages 🥂
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