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Slowing Down

July 17, 2019

This post is sponsored by Zappos

 

2018 was fast. As if every year doesn't seem to fly by 2018 was busy...Benji and I bought a house together, remodeled the kitchen, and backpacked, hiked, snowboarded all over Washington and Oregon.

 

 

I kept the dogs home a lot. 2-3 times a month last summer as a lot of trails I went on they weren't allowed. I was a bit selfish and didn't include my partner or my dogs in quite a few adventures last year. While solo travel and time with women in the wilds is important to me,  I realized the importance of making more time for those closest to me. I guess that's what happens when you turn 30 huh?

 

Last week my friend Caitlin and I took our pups out for a sunset hike, and made it to the top just as golden hour started. As the wind picked up, I put on my Apollo jacket from Outdoor Research which can be purchased at Zappos for under $100. How cute are the colors?

 

 

 Wearing the Apollo Jacket by Outdoor Research, found at Zappos. 

 

The older I get, the more I pay attention to how I spend my free time.

 

Patsy is 9, which means every day I have with her is special. Her face has greyed quite a bit over the last year, leaving me wanting to take her on more hikes than last year to keep her spirit young.

 

Last summer was the first year I truly felt comfortable enough with my gear to go backpacking. This meant my planning got a little bit out of hand. I was going on 2-3 trips a month, often times driving by myself to meet up with girlfriends.

 

But the truth is, too much planning of my free time exhausted me last summer. So this year, I made less plans. I surrendered to the moment a bit more (or at least I'd like to think so). I put energy into building a garden, something that brings me joy every single day.

 

I have been to spending more time with the people (and dogs) that I love and less time focusing on the next big adventure. 

 

 Wearing the Apollo Jacket by Outdoor Research, found at Zappos. 

 

Part of spending more time with my dogs meant sticking to local hikes for sunrises and sunsets Monday through Friday. I am more of a sunrise person in the winter in Oregon as the sun rises around 6 a.m. In summer, the sun might not kiss the end of the earth until 9 or 10 p.m. You can only catch me getting up for sunrise for a backpacking trip in the summer, 4am is a rough wake up call!

 

Anytime I head out on an adventure I am sure to bring my backpack that is packed with my emergency device, first aid kit, water, extra food, camera, and a jacket. I found the Apollo Jacket by Outdoor Research found at Zappos is the perfect layer as the wind picked up when the sun went down.

 

 

 

Parts of our journey on this Earth can move so fast. We (me) can get caught up in the world of a new hobby and let it entirely consume us. My aging dog has been a gentle reminder for me to S L O W it down..to make time for her..to make time for the man I am so in love with, which might not mean always doing what I want. 

 

Thanks for listen to me ramble. Until next time, Logan

 

 

 

This post was created in partnership with Zappos. I only work with brands that I personally use, and trust. All ideas and opinions expressed are entirely my own.

 

 

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