Last month I had the opportunity to go camping in Grand Teton National Park with complete strangers. Strangers that found me on instagram and invited me to come to an outdoor and adventure brand networking campout. At first I thought, "say WHAT? Who would want to invite me to something as cool as this? I'm nobody." Also I had the thought (which I later discovered everyone else was thinking about me) "What if they are serial killers? Or axe murdering lumberjacks?". Luckily, none of the parties involved fit either of those descriptions.
As Mikey and I made the drive out from Rexburg, around the Tetons, through Jackson and back up to Colter Bay Campground, I realized, "Hey, if they think my work is cool, maybe it is! Maybe I'm doing something right." Often I feel like I am doing everything wrong. Negative self talk can tear me down faster than falling down a flight of stairs. On the drive to the campground, I did everything in my power to be positive and fight the gravity of fear that tries to tip me over every day.
Everyone that attended "Adventure Outpost" was genuinely kind, generous, and passionate. Mikey and I felt very welcome there. It was truly inspiring to talk to and listen to these young entrepreneurs who are driven to change the world for the better. Most of our time was spent chatting and hanging out around camp, but we also hiked around Jenny Lake to Hidden Falls, waded in Colter Bay, and some folks went fly fishing as well. After all was said and done, I was so glad to meet these super chill folks who love the outdoors. I left inspired to spend more time outside like I used to.
I grew up camping with my family all the time. We visited nearly all of the national parks in the western United States on our family vacations, and we LOVED it. Now, here I am living in southeastern Idaho next to YELLOWSTONE *ahem*, and I still haven't visited the park since I was a kid. This trip reminded me that a week, or even a weekend, in the outdoors can be more refreshing and healing than anything else in the world.
Check out the brands and people that attended Adventure Outpost this year. Make sure to follow them on Instagram and other social media channels to catch the spirit of "greeting the outdoors".
In order to embrace the feeling of freedom whilst in the great outdoors I brought one camera, my Olympus OM1, and one roll of Kodak Portra 400. All the images you see here were on that one roll. I'm surprised at how many I actually like! ha. Have a limited number of frames really helped me to focus on crafting a story. It's easy with digital to just shoot shoot shoot and then be burdened with the task of editing down a ton of photographs. My one roll experiment did just the trick here and gave me a pleasing edit that I can share with y'all on the blog today! :)