Thursday, August 28, 2014

2014 -- week 22 of #projectlife -- my dream of being a dirtbag

my new favorite blogger, dirtbag darling, basically lives my dream life: she travels around in a sprinter van, kayaking, climbing, and biking her way across the united states. there's sunshine, sweat, and super amazing sporty clothes. she's made me want to be a dirtbag, to give up my job and enjoy the adventure of the wild outdoors and the open road. to have dirty feet and calloused hands, salty hair and sweat rings in my clothes, a sports bra tan and awesome gear, a threadbare backpack and great stories. to adventure through life, checking out all of the crazy, cool, beautiful, wonderful things this country (and all the other ones too) has to offer. but it's not easy getting to that place; it's a risk, a huge one, and not one that i'm/we're ready to make just yet. but that doesn't mean we don't try and get outside every chance we get. so when i found out that june was "great outdoors month" and dirtbag darling was having a challenge to get outside for 30 minutes a day, i decided to give it a go. unfortunately, june is the hottest month in arizona: the average temperature is 101º and the monsoons haven't arrived yet. it is full on summertime. so getting outside everyday was actually a challenge. i was successful most days, even if it meant making my phone calls while walking around my work complex, but it's given me a new appreciation for the dirtbag lifestyle. sometimes it's difficult to get outside and get moving, but at the end of the day, you will always be thankful you did. your legs may be sore and you may have sunburned shoulders, but you will feel accomplished and healthy. and there are few things more important than that.

ps. if you are going on an adventure, outdoor or otherwise, and want a travel companion and/or photographer, i'm so down for that!

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