Lost in these woods

I'm a restless traveler who longs to be a nomad. I like pretty pictures of nature. I am in love with Canada. And I also happen to be the author Ali Blythe ... not that you've ever heard of me before.

Sometimes I remind myself that I almost skipped the party, that I almost went to a different college, that the whim of a minute could have changed everything and everyone. Our lives, so settled, so specific, are built on happenstance.

—Anna Quindlen, Every Last One  (via incessantcoffeedrinking)

(Source: simply-quotes.net, via pacific-northwester)

backpackersguidetoearth:

Banff National Park, British Columbia, Canada
Driving through the park a few days ago on a cloudy day. The mountain peaks will still have snow on them for a few more months, but the rest will slowly start melting.

backpackersguidetoearth:

Banff National Park, British Columbia, Canada

Driving through the park a few days ago on a cloudy day. The mountain peaks will still have snow on them for a few more months, but the rest will slowly start melting.

(via paperbagblog)

When I say I want to travel I don’t mean I want to stay at resorts and go on tours with tour guides or buy key chains from souvenir shops. I don’t want to be a tourist. When I say I want to travel I mean I want to explore another country and become part of it. I want to discover small coffee shops in Germany and Italy and France. I want to walk on beaches in Australia and browse the book stores of England. I want to hike the Great Wall of China and go cliff diving in Hawaii I want to meet people who are not like me, but people who I can like all the same. I want to take pictures of things and places and people I meet. I want my mind to be in constant awe of life on earth. I want to see things with new eyes. I want to look at a map and be able to remember how I was transformed by the places I’ve been to the things I’ve seen and the people I’ve met. I want to come home and realize that I have not come home whole but have left a piece of my heart in each place I have been. This, I think, is what is at the heart of Adventure and this is why I plan on making my life one.

Man surprises me most about humanity. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.

—Dalai Lama (via man-and-camera)

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