Naxos. 🇬🇷 It’s my third year returning to this island. We visit the same hotels, restaurants and shops, and seeing the same people every year has become really special for me. I get asked all the time if I’ll expand my trips outside of Greece, and the answer is yes, of course. But I also think you should focus on what you are great at, and do a few things really well instead of a bunch of things in a mediocre way. Trip leading is definitely not for everyone and requires attention to detail. This is a trip I know we do well. And the relationships we have formed are a testament to that. #GreeceWithEO 🌞
It’s pretty likely that none of us will do or say anything in the perfect way. 🙋♀️ How do you take a leap if you’re not sure it’ll end well? It can be hard to discern sometimes what your next step should be, or how to best show up for someone, or how to talk about a topic you don’t have a lot of experience in.
Whatever it is, “I am willing to be wrong” is a powerful belief and a powerful statement.
There is freedom in knowing you’ll never do anything perfectly. Being wrong is inevitable at some point. Do not cheat yourself opportunities to learn because you’re hiding behind a made up idea of perfection or eloquence. Humans are messy. Try the thing. You can be willing to be wrong.
📷 by @oldwilliamreed and doodles by me ft. jet lag. ✨
I love a good pop of color. And I love seeing a mountain bluebird in pretty much any landscape 😍
Saw these in Badlands National Park. My South Dakota blog is now live with my recommendations & everything that surprised me in this great state. The link is in my stories or you can just head to ErinOutdoors.com. Thanks for all the great questions and feedback so far!
📍Oglala Lakota land
This is the view from from the highest point in the the US East of the Rockies— Black Elk Peak, South Dakota.
You can pack so much into the day here. There is so much to do and see and experience and learn: nature, outdoor adventure, wildlife, culture & history. You can easily end up planning a busy day quickly.
Isn’t there a saying along the lines of: if you are having a bad day, meditate for 10 minutes. If you’re having a good day, meditate for 30? Something like that? Someone correct me in the comments. 😂🙏
The point is that even on your best days, you need to make the time to get centered and gain perspective. Especially when you fill your days with information, conversation, connection, and the rest.
Sunset happens every day. Where can you choose to be, who can you be with, how can you feel when the dusk settles? 🌄
There are beautiful places to move both fast and slow in @southdakota. It won’t be my last visit!
The whole “Erin Outdoors” thing started as a blog when I was still working as a trip leader for teen adventure programs. I wasn’t planning on making it my full time gig, but I also wasn’t not. 🙃🤓
This account used to be mainly pictures of me doing stuff outside (shocking!). I went from using a GoPro and cheap Motorola phone to a borrowed camera and an iPhone, to a small Sony camera before intentionally accumulating the gear I have now. 💸
One of my favorite things when leading trips was always exposing people beauty in places they never expected. Sometimes this was in the locations we’d visit physically, but more often it was inside themselves. I feel so strongly that being in grand landscapes helps us to turn inward and put things into perspective. That’s a huge reason I guided trips for as long as I did, and an even bigger reason why I have chosen a career that involves experiencing the world so intimately. 🌝
I spent the past week in @southdakota and found this feeling everywhere. Honestly it isn’t somewhere that was ever on my list before, but I definitely wouldn’t blame you for adding it to yours. In fact I’d recommend it.
Take a look at my South Dakota IG stories for some of my favorite activities & inspiration for trip planning. Blog post on the way.
Oh, Badlands. Driving into the park this week, I was greeted with massive buttes and pinnacles rising from soft green plains, still lush from recent rain. And the colors: purple pastels and watercolors, the soft grey of an overcast day, and the golden light of sunset.
South Dakota has been full of surprises, contrasts, and culture. This part of the country is beautiful, grand, and tells a deeper story when you know where to look. I pray that we learn to respect this land with more than just our eyes, but our actions too. 🌎
Lately when I shoot landscape, I reach for my telephoto lens more than a wide angle. I love the layers that mountains, hills and rock formations make as the light changes. Here is Badlands lookin’ like a really great dessert as the sun went down. 🍰
📍 Makȟóšiča • Oglala Lakota land
Thinking about the things that have been required of me in my career. These are the words that come to mind. What a wild ride it has been so far. Not exactly a straight path, but I definitely see that as a positive thing.
PS- new podcast interview out on the @polarpro Golden Hour podcast. Link via my stories.
Memorial Day 🍃 Spending some time in quiet today remembering those we have lost. Thank you to all who have served.⠀
Image shot in Alaska. Mama brown bear pre-hibernation 🐻 One of my favorite wildlife sets.
One of the things that amazes me the most while traveling is being invited into people’s homes and private spaces. Though there are many considerations when traveling as a woman and a lot of them can be drawbacks, one of the positives is being invited into intimate spaces, particularly with other women and children. There may be a language or cultural barrier, but there can also be an unspoken similarity in femininity and softness, even when the world may require a posture of confidence and decisiveness. They aren’t mutually exclusive.
These invites help me check myself and ask myself how hospitable I actually am. I was not raised in a culture where I was encouraged to interact with strangers or visitors, let alone invite them into my home. 😣 As I see more of the world and meet more people from its corners, I am reminded to keep my doors open.
Here a Himba woman in her hut sews a headpiece made from cowhide, softened in water. Photographed with permission (hopefully that is obvious). I blurred out her nipples cuz social media is anti-nipple. 🙃
You’re an original. One of a kind. Maybe the market is saturated but your work is still uniquely yours. Your voice, uniquely yours. Your strengths and gifts, uniquely yours. No one can take that from you. ✌️⠀