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Into the Mountains with Anna Lengstrand

October 15, 2014 — by Griffin Thall

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Hey guys! Here is another amazing shoot from Anna Lengstrand.  She took these photos this past weekend on an overnight hike.  Here is what Anna had to say about her experience:

So this was my last overnight hike for this season. It’s getting cold out. We headed up to Semaphore Lakes in the coastal mountains outside Pemberton BC, set camp, and then went on to summit the Locomotive mountain. There was snow in the air and it was very cold, but it cleared up as we reached the top, even though the going was pretty tough and slippery.

I did it as a Thanksgiving hike – as a thanks to nature and to the Earth. I’m thankful to be alive and to be healthy. I’m thankful to live in the mountains and to be one with nature and to focus on a simple live style and to live free. I’m thankful to be able to explore our beautiful world everyday.

I’m thankful to live in the mountains and let them teach me about life. They put things in perspective.


Credit: Anna Lengstrand @annalengstrand

Inspiration

Joffre Lakes and Matier Glacier with Anna Lengstrand

October 13, 2014 — by Griffin Thall

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Hey PV fans! One of our favorite photographers, Anna Lengstrand, sent us these amazing shots from Joffre Lakes and Matier Glacier! Check out these gorgeous pictures and read what Anna has to say about letting go and getting lost in the wilderness.

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.  Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.  The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.” – John Muir

I’m the happiest in wilderness and mountains. In nature. That’s where I belong. Someone once told me that there is too much brain activity and thinking going on in crowds and cities, which disturbs your own energy field. I can see that. I think I’m quite sensitive to these energies. Before this particular hike I hadn’t been up in the alpine for couple of weeks, and I really felt under the weather. A fall cold had hit me, and work had been very stressful with a lot of pressure. I felt out of balance. But as soon I was surrounded by the large powerful coastal mountains, it feel like they absorbed all negative energy and replaced it with calm and peacefulness.

Nature always has this effect on me. And most people I believe. We need to get out there and explore, meditate, activate our bodies, shut off these over-thinking brain of ours, breathe, be present. I believe that living a life close with nature will make us all happier and more balanced.

Follow Anna on Instagram @annalengstrand for more amazing photos!
Location: Joffre Lakes & Matier Glacier; Pemberton, BC

Travel

5 Best Beaches in Costa Rica

September 22, 2014 — by Griffin Thall

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Costa Rica is known for some of the most amazing beaches in the world. Whether you’re looking for an awesome surf spot, or a relaxing beach to lay out, Costa Rica is sure to have a place for you!

1. Manuel Antonio
Manuel Antonio is located in the Central Pacific region of Costa Rica. This beach has so many activities and adventures to offer. You can swim in the crystal blue water, hike the Manuel National Park, surf, or just lay back and relax. An awesome advantage to this beach is that is is one of the only two beaches that carries all four types of monkey- spider, howler, white faced, and the squirrel monkey! This location is also great for spotting sloth’s, inside and outside of the national park. Manuel Antonio was rated one of the World’s most beautiful national parks in Forbes. Manuel Antonio will offer a huge variety in wildlife, adventures, and amazing views.

2. Jaco
Jaco is in the central pacific region of Costa Rica. If you are looking for a beach full of tourist attractions and lots of services, then Jaco is the beach for you. Not only does this beach offer 2.5 miles of awesome waves, and adventures for everyone, its the most developed beach town in Costa Rica. Jaco provides a great authentic vibe for lots of travelers. Jaco’s beach offers warm water, consistent surf, and an awesome cinnamon colored sand. If your looking for a place with great tourist attractions and beautiful waves, then Jaco is the place for you!

3. Uvita
Uvita is located in the South Pacific Region of Costa Rica. If your looking for a less crowded feel, then Uvita is your place to go. This untouched beached is enchanting to many of its visitors. Long walks on the beach are a must if your visiting this area. The water is also excellent for swimming and snorkeling. During the months of May to October, it is possible to watch olive Ridley and Hawksbill sea turtles come ashore to nest. Playa Utiva is a beautiful white sand beach that is incredible for surfing, scuba diving, horse back riding, and kayaking if your more adventurous. Utiva is also packed with breathtaking waterfalls. This “off the beaten path” beach will sure to exceed your expectations.

4. Playa Hermosa Guanacaste
Playa Hermosa is located in the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica. This beautiful grey san beach is located between two mountains. This beach has a welcoming laid back atmosphere that makes people want to relax and enjoy the bright sun. This beach doesn’t have much surf, so this beach is ideal for swimmers. Visitors enjoy the ocean by snorkeling, sport fishing, and scuba diving in the beautiful clear ocean. There are a lot of National Parks close by to this excellent beach. Come here to soak up some sun rays and relax by the soothing sea.



5. Matapalo
Matapalo beach is located in the central pacific area of Costa Rica. This beautiful beach is the perfect escape from all of the tourist destinations with its laid-back vibes. This brown sand beach is great for relaxing, swimming, or watching breathtaking sunsets. This beach has embraced its natural habitats awarding it the Blue Ecological Flag (Bandera Azul Ecológica) for its dedicated effort in the commitment to preserving the quality of environment. This is the perfect place to read your favorite book on the beach and relax in its beautiful environment.

There are hundreds and hundreds of beaches in Costa Rica. Many of the beaches in Costa Rica will provide you with awesome weather and positive vibes. Each beach gives you a variety of different activities, and different types of sand and waves. Costa Rica is such a beautiful country that has many beaches to offer to show its true beauty.

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