Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Get Kids Outside. Rodeo Beach. California USA #getOutside

Photographer's STORY: Spring hiking next to the Pacific Ocean with a team of kids from NatureBridge. Is there a better place to teach about the power of the earth, environment and nature?  Instagram photo contest going on NOW through June to win gear. Details on their blog go check it out at naturebridge.com #LongLiveAwesome #freshAir #photostory -a

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Pirates at Land's End. San Francisco, California USA #travel

Photographer's STORY: So you're out on your pirate ship back in ye olden days and it goes careening into these rocks in the cantankerously deep and deceptive San Francisco fog and yes you lose a snaggle-toothed mate or two over the side. As you clomp around on your wooden peg leg, would you realize there's a massive Bay that you could steer your sinking ship into for safety as the water gushes through the treasure chest sized gash in your rotting hull? Nope. Most of them didn't. But one guy on a boat did and hello Golden Gate Bridge. 5 Spanish galleons to the first to spot it #epicstory #pirateStory #snaggletoothedMates -a p.s. I love this pic

Monday, June 5, 2017

Marin Headlands Moment of Zen. Northern California. USA #travel

Photographer's STORY: I was majorly dumped by the first Uber driver at LAX airport pickup once he heard where i was going. So I begged the second guy to please pleaseeee come get me. Bless his brave soul he made it to the madhouse that is the Uber meet-up area. And now here we sit together in the beautiful, horrible Los Angeles traffic, Sam and me. And I think, argh I need to escape this. A moment of Nature. Of Zen. Grey, grey cement surrounding us now, horns blaring and i'm still a little salty about the blow-off by the first guy, I begin to scroll through my nature photography in the backseat of the compact Honda Civic. My glorious, golden, glowing photos which make my heart sing and swell with anticipation for my next trek out into and and touch of the wild. They're here for me. I can feel the surge of joy as I look at my luscious, green Marin Headlands covered in purple flowers. Sunset. Fresh, crisp Pacific Ocean air. Breathing again, Sam my kind driver and I sit in peaceful silence and tolerate the LA chaos outside. Destination peace. #nature #zen #LA #uberStories 

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Golden Gate Bridge After the Fog. San Francisco, CA USA

Photographer's STORY: The deep, strange SF Fog pulls back by noon today and the Golden Gate Bridge steps out in her full glory. Every time I see her I want to shout out "Hello Gorgeous!" 'Cause that's how passionate she makes us feel. You just can't help but worship her beautiful lines from every single sweeping angle. #goldenGate #SF #photoStory -a

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Motherhood Just Got an Adventure Makeover: Redefine Your Motherhood Now #GetOutside

Writer, photographer, adventurer mom of three.

Have you ever seen that pic of the mama opossum with her seemingly 17,000 baby opossums clinging to her from every available space on her body. Her eyes are wide as if in shock and you can just hear her fuzzy, overwhelmed, marsupial self saying: How the hedge did I get myself into this…

That was me for years with three little kids: hello 3 year old son and brand new, girl twins. Tiny, pink humans clinging to me. Stuck all over me as if I was made of Velcro. Attached to me as if with Super Glue. Bound to my every limb as if with yards and yards and miles and miles of silver Duct Tape.

And, ahhh, yes, I loved every minute of it because my kids are my heart and my joy and my pride and my every, single, waking breath. However, I was also completely, 100% overwhelmed and completely, 100% lonely for my former mountain mama life that came to a screeching halt while I went into solitary, mama survival mode.

If only the Adventure Mamas Initiative and their bad-ass, kick-ass, empowering, adventure tribe were around at that time for an outdoorsy mama like me. Well, with the advent of social media and mass, social communication, thank god they are here NOW for outdoor women turned moms who need the support and clarity and vision and wisdom of a like-minded community.

Whoop!! Bring it on gnarly, outdoor ladies! We are so ready for this movement.

So what is this Adventure Mamas Initiative and why do we care and want to support them? 

“When we pursue our passions and prioritize self-care, we are better able to fulfill all of our roles. For mothers though, this statement is both especially true and especially challenging. Women's maternal health and well-being directly affects the health and well-being of families, communities, and our culture at large - that's no exaggeration. And yet, it's a shrouded community where honesty is not often encouraged and depression, anxiety, guilt, and shame run rampant." 

“Adventure Mamas Initiative is a women’s health non-profit that is using adventure to combat this. Currently, we are working to raise $30,000 to implement programs, build community, and extend our ability to empower women around the world. To learn more about our efforts, check out our REDEFINING MOTHERHOOD campaign. Your donation supports a revolution in women’s health in a real and tangible way.”

Photo Credit: IG @thatgirlshont
Photo Credit: IG @shrediger

Photo Credit: IG @lilearthmuffin 

I am honored to be a writer-contributor to this incredible group. I dug myself out. I reclaimed my adventures both with and without my kiddos. So I know it deeply, feel it, have lived this truth. 

Start now. It’s never, ever too late. Jump in.

Redefine your motherhood NOW. 

-Annie IG @OutdoorsyMama 
come play!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Sutro Baths on the Ocean. San Francisco, California. USA

Photographer's STORY: Clamoring up and over the remains of Sutro Baths near the Cliff House in San Francisco. Odd to see the park service leaving everything to erode with the will of both weather and ocean. Sutro Baths were a massive complex of pools filled with saltwater built in 1896. Hordes of SF locals and tourists in funny looking, striped and cotton-y, long bathing suits paddled around in these baths until it burned down in 1966. I'm so, so glad not to have to wear those bathing suits, tho the pools would have been WOW. #travel #explore #californiaStories -a

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Ocean Beach Girl. San Francisco, California. USA

Photographer's STORY: Not my kid. Not my model. Setting up for a gorgeous flotsam and sunset shot and a little German girl with flying skirt and braids photobombs me. She has no idea and no inhibitions. Just pure joy that comes when giddy with ocean air and salt water. Touch the light. #pacificOcean #SF #epicstory -a