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Welcome to my adventure

Updated: Dec 14, 2019

Hi and welcome to my new website!

My first trip abroad in high school planted the travel bug deep within me. Ever since, I have taken any opportunity to travel, both internationally and within our own beautiful country. Throughout that time, I have changed dramatically, had my heartbroken several times, and seen many many beautiful things. I have often considered finding a way to share my adventures with more people around me, especially once I moved to Seattle in 2015 to start a new journey in life.


A year before I moved here, I went backpacking for the very first time. I had no clue what I was getting myself in to, and no idea how to prepare. In reasonable fitness, I borrowed gear from friends, made a trip to REI, and flew out to Seattle. I was not prepared for what was ahead.


If you have ever hiked the Enchantments (Yes! My VERY FIRST backpacking trip ever was to THE ENCHANTMENTS), you'll know that it is a long, arduous hike. As we hiked up the endless switchbacks in the hot August sun, I worried that I was in way over my head, but I was not about to give up. Each turn and twist in the trail brought on new views, which were ever more epic. We had a Snow Lakes Zone permit, and made our basecamp on the far end of Upper Snow Lake, which is the closest you can get to the Core, without being in it; at least from this end of the trail.


The next day; we rested, swam, and rested some more. Would I ever be able to walk again? Probably not. Certainly not with the dang pack on again. After a full day's rest and another night of epic sleep, we day hiked in to the core. I did not know just how difficult, rewarding, and incredible this day would be. When you finally enter the core zone, you are greeted by Lake Viviane, and you are stunned in to silence. Could anything actually be this gorgeous? After a bit of rest, a snack, and a much needed water break, we continued down the trail.


Soon after, we reached a particularly scary part of the trail, where rebar was planted in the granite, to give you better hand/foot holds to traverse this dizzying section. I was terrified, especially when I thought about the fact that we would soon be turning around and doing this in the other direction. The anxiety was high, but we all made it across safely, if not quickly. As you continue on the trail, you encounter ever more beautiful views. Each turn in the trail is more beautiful than the last. The rock faces more staggering, the trees more insane, and the mountains more ridiculous. Eventually, we had just about reached Lake Perfection. Thinking that, surely, it could not live up to its name, we turned the corner. And stopped. All of us just stopped. Several of us had tears in our eyes. Perfection it truly was. Just thinking about this moment in the intervening time brings tears to my eyes.


It was at this moment that I knew my life would never be the same. I had discovered something about myself that I didn't know existed. The seed had been planted years before, during my first trip to Seattle; the seed of desire to live in Seattle. At this moment, I knew I needed to make this dream a reality.


After we got back to Seattle, I was talking to my best friend, Suze, about the possibility of moving. I was of the opinion that I needed to get job first, that I couldn't "just move." She asked, "Why not? Why can't you just move?" Four years later, I am sitting at our dining table in Seattle, writing this post. I'm staring out my front window, where the Puget Sound lies just beyond the trees, with the Olympics just after that (if it weren't so darn cloudy). I am home.


It is early spring and hiking season is just on the cusp of beginning in earnest. I cannot wait to see what this year brings, and to share my excitement and adventures with you.


Thank you for visiting - I hope you enjoy my photography!



- Matt

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