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Chris Comstock  Explorer 🏕 • Adventurer 🏔• Believer | Minnesota | South Dakota | SDSU 🐰 |

Time has a wonderful way of showing us what really matters.
If you could go back in time to your childhood or teenage years to give yourself some advice, what would it be? A few things I would tell my younger self are: 1) Stand up for what you believe; 2) Invest in experiences and people, not things; 3) Watch less tv; 4) Travel as much as you can; 5) Be fully present when hanging around family and friends. - don't let technology consume you; 6) Don't hold a grudge - time is too precious to be upset; 7) Don't be embarrassed - the embarrassing stuff makes for the best stories; 8) Be willing to forgive; 9) Be grateful, and bless others; 10) Laugh and smile. And laugh some more.

Everyone should read the book: "Tuesday's with Morrie." It's eye-opening, and it will change your life.

If you follow the @southdakota Instagram page, you will have already seen this photo. (Sorry for the Repeat) If you don't, then just ignore the first sentence.
I snapped this pic in Badlands National Park with my iPhone.

I'm fairly certain I just figured out Forrest Gump's password: 1Forrest1.

Have you ever startled a mountain goat? Well, this is what it looks like.
On a side note, I'm excited to announce I'll be taking over the @southdakota Instagram account tomorrow.
Location: Needles Highway, Custer State Park, South Dakota

"Do not ask your children
to strive for extraordinary lives. Such striving may seem admirable, but it is the way of foolishness. Help them instead to find the wonder and the marvel of an ordinary life. Show them the joy of tasting tomatoes, apples and pears. Show them how to cry when pets and people die. Show them the infinite pleasure in the touch of a hand. And make the ordinary come alive for them. The extraordinary will take care of itself."
This shot was taken near Merrifield, MN this past weekend, and it reminded me of one thing: I'm still amazed by Midwest sunsets.

Attention South Dakotans (and others living near Eastern South Dakota): There is an Instameet tonight at Good Earth State Park from 7:00 to 10:00 pm. The Instameet was organized by @soulcrate and @southdakota. I'll be there, and I'd love to see you there too! Send me a message if you have any questions!

I accidentally deleted my previous post 😅, so here's a sunset shot from the Grand Canyon. -
P.S. Mosquitoes are the worst.

"Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are."
Today, I set a goal to read 5-10 books this summer. As a college instructor, I read a lot, but most of the time, the reading comes from textbooks or scientific journals. I'm excited to read books that aren't related to nutrition or health.
Have you set any goals for the summer?

Sometimes things are better left untouched.
This is an unedited iPhone shot from home last night.

For a long time, I've been frustrated with the changes on Instagram. The newest algorithm greatly decreased my page's exposure, and made it difficult to reach the number of people I reached in the past. A year ago, when the photos were presented in chronological order, my images were getting 800+ likes. Now I'm lucky if my photos are even seen by that many people.
Lately, I've done some reflecting, and I've begun to realize how stupid that was. Followers, likes, features, etc. might bring temporary satisfaction, but none of it matters in real life. What matters are the memories you've captured, the people you meet, and the adventures you'll never forget. I've met some amazing individuals through Instagram, and I've been inspired to travel to new places that I never would have seen if it weren't for this app. And for that, I'm incredibly grateful.
Here's a rare photo of myself lookin like a noob in Antelope Canyon.

I'm always looking for new places to visit, so I'm curious, what's your favorite National Park/travel destination in the U.S.? Comment below! ⬇️
Bonus points if you can spot the couple in this image!

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