The end of the road is where many of our adventures begin. It is where we can forge our own paths and also leave so much still untouched. For many of us, these places are sacred–untouched by the blemish of human existence. They are filled with a wonder and purity that is not found in our bustling cities or on our winding roads. – @matthearley


I’ve always been known as the camera guy to my friends, but technology can get in the way of experiencing what’s around me. Sometimes I, too, get caught up in what I’m trying to capture that I forget to pause and reflect on why I am in the outdoors. I read an article on The Outbound written by my good friend and fellow trip leader Grant Thomas that talked about the importance of finding a healthy balance between capturing adventures and being present. Since reading this, I’ve tried my best to be present, live in the moment, and reflect on my life, which in turn has led to a big payoff of my happiness and mindfulness in nature. – @Ryan__Castillo 


I did a Solo hike up Mount Storm King at Olympic National Park this past summer, and there was a moment wherein I sat there staring at the sun beams bursting through the clouds during sunset. I sat my camera down to record a video in the background, found a rock, and sat in awe at what was going on around me until it became dark. This moment made me realize how important conserving nature truly is. There is a saying by Harrison Ford which says, “Nature doesn’t need people – people need nature.” So, if nature is something we need, let’s work to preserve it so future generations get a chance to experience what we have. – @Ryan__Castillo


My friends and I camped out in the Olympic National Forest last summer. We woke up early to hit some trails and explore. A heavy fog was lifting as the sun poured through the trees making for some incredible light rays. It only lasted for a few minutes but it was one of my favorite moments in the outdoors. -@grantthomas8