Ryan Hodgson | Nature | PNW
🇦🇺Aussie in Seattle 🇺🇸 👨👧Dad ✈️Travel Photography 🏕Outdoor Adventure 💡CEO at Ryanintheus LLC 🎯Marketing & Influencer Services
ryanintheus Happy 80th Birthday to my hero, my dad, Rex Hodgson. There's no short way to explain the impact he's had on my life, but simply put I would not be the person I am today without him. We kicked the (Aussie Rules) football on the road a million times, played cricket on the driveway, he cheered me on at my volleyball games, came to my contemporary dance shows, gave me great advice about relationships, we read and discussed the literary classics, we share a love for the Impressionists, read books on Native Americans, watched The Winners, All Creatures Great and Small and Faulty Towers, we climbed the biggest monolith in the world, we've explored deserts, hiked through forests, panned for gold, we continue to cheer on our beloved Freo Dockers, we listened to Johnny Cash, John Denver and Willie Nelson, watched Casablanca and Dr Zhivago, visited way too many second hand stores, we've driven from the east coast to the west coast of Australia, and then from the south to the north and back. Plus countless other wonderful adventures. But in addition to all that, he's been there when life wasn't so positive for me, when I've failed or when life just didn't go my way. So happy 80th birthday to the best dad, and mate, a son could have. Wish I could be there with you today and for the party on the weekend dad, but I'm definitely there in spirit. Hope that you enjoy both. Here's to many more birthdays!
ryanintheus My heart leaps up when I behold. A rainbow in the sky: So was it when my life began; So is it now I am a man; So be it when I shall grow old, Or let me die! The Child is father of the Man; I could wish my days to be. Bound each to each by natural piety. William Wordsmith 1802. . I have loved this quote for over 17 years. May our wonder of nature never be anything less than that when we experienced it for the first time. 🌈🙏
ryanintheus Cheers to connecting. Cheers to being present. Cheers to being a day wiser. Cheers to persevering with patience. Cheers to love. Cheers to friendship. Cheers to family. Cheers to fearlessness. Cheers to great conversation. Cheers to setting ambitious goals and reaching them. Cheers to not reaching those goals and learning from your mistakes. Cheers to that person who annoys the hell out of you but who is really teaching you about yourself. Cheers to not letting the past dictate your future. Cheers to learning to love and respect yourself. Cheers to sleep. Cheers to enjoying the journey. And last but certainly not least, cheers to @scartylive for taking this pic and having a beer with me! What would you like to cheers?🍻
ryanintheus One of the magical things about Seattle is the amount of water around the city. As a result #boatlife is a big deal. There's nothing much better than heading home at sunset with a boat full of great friends full of stoke after a wonderful day of fun and play on the water. If you haven't been to Seattle it really does rain every day, it's terrible! 😉
ryanintheus Am I a mountain person or a beach person? Do I celebrate my Australian heritage or my love of living in the U.S.? Life is not clear cut sometimes and for that reason I decided to pay homage to my love of the outdoors but getting a pair of tattoos that speak to the fact that I'm both a mountain person and a beach person. And that I'm a proud Australian and I'm proud of living in the U.S. The one on the left is from a pic I took in the Cascade Mountains in Washington State and the left is the main beach at my beloved Byron Bay in NSW Australia. Spent some time with the awesome @amandarinertattoo from @slavetotheneedle in Seattle to bring the concepts to life and I think she did an amazing job. What do you think?
ryanintheus Sometimes I get to partner with brands that really get me. As an outdoor adventurer, former nonprofit founder, and music lover I get to combine all three with @CLIFbar this weekend at #Bumbershoot! CLIF Bar is raising money for @veraproject, @washingtontrails and @pugetsoundkeeper at their lounge. For $10, you can create your own custom hat and all proceeds will benefit these great nonprofits that collectively support our youth in music and arts, and protect the places we love to play outside like Mailbox trail pictured above. I'm in, who else?
ryanintheus "Any patch of sunlight in a wood will show you something about the sun which you could never get from reading books on astronomy. These pure and spontaneous pleasures are ‘patches of Godlight’ in the woods of our experience." C.S. Lewis. . The moments of pure clarity we have in our lives are those "patches of godlight", where we connect to our inner truths. When for a moment an idea becomes crystal clear and we are freed from doubt and we are overwhelmed with peace. It's only by being brave and getting out of our comfort zones that we find these moments, so I encourage you to get out there and look life in the eye and get to know yourself and find your patch of sunlight. . This patch of sunlight is on the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden which I highly recommend. Some stunningly calm spaces in the gardens and a wonderful interactive area for kids. Huge thanks to @alaskaair for giving Jem and I the opportunity to visit this beautiful place. 🙏 . . . . . . . #wheretofindme #darlingescapes #travelstagram #wondermore #nomadstories #meetthemoment #travelblogger #keepitcontagious #igtravel #takemebackpacking #stayandwander #roundtheworld #travelholic #travelgram #tripstagram #dream_spots #abmtravelbug #bbctravel #wanderthemap #travelbreak #travelwithfathom #athomeintheworld #CNtraveler #travelmag #tlpicks #athomeintheworld #traveldeeper #iamatraveler #guardiantravelsnaps #travelgram
ryanintheus There's nothing better than a father daughter adventure. Today Jem and I set out on what seemed like a simple trip to Dallas but of course nature had other ideas. While it took us a little longer than expected to get here we were treated to a magnificent sunset. Jem decided she wanted to enjoy it from the pool. Huge thank you to @alaskaair for getting us from Seattle to Dallas on a crazy weather day and for making this trip possible. I can't help but send positive thoughts to those affected so badly by the storm further south from us. Given their plight I'm feeling extra grateful to be able to explore Dallas with Jem over the next couple of days. . . . . . . . #wheretofindme #darlingescapes #travelstagram #wondermore #nomadstories #meetthemoment #travelblogger #keepitcontagious #igtravel #takemebackpacking #stayandwander #roundtheworld #travelholic #travelgram #tripstagram #dream_spots #abmtravelbug #bbctravel #wanderthemap #travelbreak #travelwithfathom #athomeintheworld #CNtraveler #travelmag #tlpicks #athomeintheworld #traveldeeper #iamatraveler #guardiantravelsnaps #travelgram
ryanintheus I haven't posted a picture quote in years but this one has really gotten me thinking so I thought to share with you all. First off, its brutal in its direct honesty. A friend of mine on Facebook said it's "so horrifically honest". How often do we look back at experiences and realize we didn't see, or we ignored, the signs that were there? We don't see them because we want a specific outcome so badly. We want love in our life so we ignore the signs that this isn't the right person. We want political change so we ignore the signs this isn't the right kind of change. Essentially we lie to ourselves so that we might, somehow, deliver whatever dream we have that we want so badly. I've spent most of this year single, not really believing anymore in my ability to not lie to myself about people. Why? Because I'm a 43 year old single dad living on the other side of the world from all my family and lifelong friends... of course I want love in my immediate world. But I'm so sick of the lies I've allowed myself to believe because I've been so hungry for that love. Now I'm hungry for the truth, for reality, because those things are the only things that are going to deliver me that outcome that I'm so hungry for. And of course the very first place you need to look is... within. You need to be brutally honest with yourself about who you are, what you're bringing, or not bringing to the table. What lies are you believing about yourself? That journey is quite something when you really see the person looking in the mirror. But that journey is so worth it, regardless of whether we find the love we were so hungry for, and here's why... We find ourselves! And then we realize something we should have realized long ago... We realize that investing in ourselves and being our true selves was the most important thing all along. And low and behold, we realize we're not so hungry that we'll allow the lies anymore! That space we were looking to fill, we filled it with ourselves! Oh and who can guess what happens next? 😉 . . . #meetthemoment #keepitcontagious #lifeofadventures #adventureislife #liveauthentically #lifeauthentic #featuremyworld #mynature #alwaysgo
ryanintheus "If you truly want to grow spiritually, you’ll realize that keeping your stuff is keeping you trapped. Eventually you’ll want out, at any cost. You will then realize that life is actually trying to help you. Life is surrounding you with people and situations that stimulate growth. You don’t have to decide who’s right or wrong. You don’t have to worry about other people’s issues. You only have to be willing to open your heart in the face of anything and everything, and permit the purification process to take place. When you do this, the first thing you’ll see is that situations will unfold that hit your stuff. But, in truth, that’s exactly what has been happening your entire life. The only difference is that now you see it as a good thing because it’s an opportunity to let go." From "The Untethered Soul" by Michael Singer. Shared to me by @melissaannecolors 🙏
ryanintheus Cloudy days don't make for great photos but with great company they can still make for great days. The best kind of friends are friends whether you get to see each other every week or a few times a year, they lift you up with their support, they gently push you to be your best, they help you when you need it, they don't get upset when you're late to a hike because you were working, they do hot yoga with you on their birthday, and they're there through the ups and downs of life. Thanks for a great hike yesterday @ericearling, and for your friendship. And happy birthday mate!
ryanintheus There are moments in everyone's life where we don't know what's ahead of us. When we feel alone, even lost. I've found the most important thing to do in these moments is to not fight it, but to welcome not being in control. To stop and look for the lesson. Invariably the lesson isn't found in what others are doing, or saying, it's almost always a lesson we find within ourselves. What mask have you been wearing? Have you been your authentic self? What changes can you make to move towards happiness? By sitting with these questions we can realize that life is nudging us towards change, towards growth. Great things can happen if we don't fight this process. New friendships. New love. New work success. So don't worry when the fog descends and you can't work out where you're headed. You have all the tools you need to find your way if you look within yourself.
ryanintheus Paradise: a place where wonderful humans get together and share their love of music in a place so beautiful that one has to shed all the stress of life and just be in a state of happy bliss. This place is called the Doe Bay Music Festival on Orcas island. My seventh straight @DoeBayFest was incredible. What a privilege to experience. While the music was amazing as always this year was all about connecting with wonderful people. I had some amazing conversations and experiences with people I've known for years. When you open yourself up to truly connecting with people really special things can happen. ---------------------------------- One of the things that makes this festival so special is the intent by the organizers (@artisthome) to create unique music experiences. They create "secret" shows in locations away from the two stages throughout the day and night where you can experience music in really beautiful, intimate settings. . . . . . . . . #travel #travelblogger #wanderlust #jetsetter #greettheoutdoors #neverstopexploring #welivetoexplore #lifeofadventure #exploretocreate #traveltheword #globetrotter #travelawesome #mytinyatlas #finditliveit #getoutside #alwaysgo #WhereITravel #instapassport #traveltheworld #travelmore #passionpassport #letsgoeverywhere #getoutstayout #letswander #DoeBayDoeBay #doebayfest #doebayfest2017 #orcasisland #musicislife #music
ryanintheus Connection: Recently I've been really enjoying @blissfulaudrey's Power Vinyasa classes at @hauteyoga but one class really stands out. Audrey has a great way of calmly and kindly blending mindfulness and spiritually with awesome movement. It's not preachy, or disruptive to your practice, you want to go with her words and follow them to find your own insights. This particular day Audrey focused on connection. I followed, and have continued to focus on this word and everything it means in this modern, busy world we live in. Life has been a really incredible journey of highs and lows for me this year. I've had incredibly joyous and incredibly hurtful experiences, I've had very prideful and very humbling and confidence crunching experiences. The one thing I've realized has been constant and very important to me through it all has been a desire for deeper connection. Connection to myself and who I really am, to my spirituality, to my physical body, to my friends, to new people in my life, to my family and to my incredible daughter, who's connection to me teaches me more about myself than any other. I've realized the only way to withstand and learn from the downs and really be present and mindful during the ups is to go everywhere with an open heart. To believe in the fact that I'm good, I'm kind, I'm compassionate, I care... even when others don't see it, or want to believe it and they sell me hurtfully short. It's ok. The only person who I need to feel good about me, is me. If I look at an experience and I feel good about how I handled it, then I'm ok. If I don't, it's always because I wasn't being me, I was being a construct I'd created that I thought I needed to be in that environment. Or I was acting out of hurt from the past. Either way I wasn't approaching the situation with an open heart, showing and being myself. I wasn't connected to and speaking my truth. Each day now I get better at connecting, at walking with an open heart, at being brave enough to not let fear interrupt my opportunity to be truly me with everyone I meet. I'm not that great at it yet, but every day I get better at it. I hope I get the chance to truly meet and connect with you! 🙏
ryanintheus Sometimes you find a little bit of paradise where you least expect it. In life as in nature if we remain open to great things, if we explore beyond what is right in front of us, we can find something meaningful to us. Recently I've explored some friendships with guys I've met over the past year and I'm discovering the benefits of putting a little effort in. That effort has created some friendships that are really nourishing me during a very busy and hectic time in my life. Are there people in your life that you would like to get to know better? My suggestion is take a second right now and message them. Put a little effort in. It could really pay off. 👍 . . . . . . . #travel #travelblogger #wanderlust #jetsetter #greettheoutdoors #neverstopexploring #welivetoexplore #lifeofadventure #exploretocreate #traveltheword #globetrotter #travelawesome #mytinyatlas #finditliveit #getoutside #alwaysgo #WhereITravel #instapassport #traveltheworld #travelmore #passionpassport #letsgoeverywhere #getoutstayout #letswander #SkagitTours #ncascades #SeeSkagit #SeattleCityLight #VisitSkagit #SkagitMagic
ryanintheus Scale is an interesting thing in life. Believe it or not there are 4 people in this pic. Can you see them? I bet everyone who has done this hike knows instantly which one it is. Traversing the razors edge of Angels Landing in Zion National Park, Utah is a very memorable experience! 😜 . . . . . . . . . #travel #travelblogger #wanderlust #jetsetter #jetset#greettheoutdoors #neverstopexploring #welivetoexplore #lifeofadventure #exploretocreate #traveltheword #globetrotter #travelawesome #mytinyatlas #finditliveit#getoutside #alwaysgo #WhereITravel #instapassport #traveltheworld #travelmore #passionpassport #travelinstyle #letsgoeverywhere #getoutstayout #letswander #travelingishappiness #utahphotographer #utah #zion
ryanintheus Just got home from the physio and got the great news that my injured calf is ready to get back into the mountains. With a summer heat wave into the 90's hitting Seattle this week my stoke level is on really high! I almost let out a "you little ripper" when I got the news. 😂 What are you guys up to this weekend? . . . . . . . . . #travel #travelblogger #wanderlust #jetsetter #greettheoutdoors #neverstopexploring #welivetoexplore #lifeofadventure #exploretocreate #traveltheword #globetrotter #travelawesome #mytinyatlas #finditliveit #getoutside #alwaysgo #WhereITravel #instapassport #traveltheworld #travelmore #passionpassport #letsgoeverywhere #getoutstayout #letswander #SkagitTours #ncascades #SeeSkagit #SeattleCityLight #VisitSkagit #SkagitMagic
ryanintheus Sometimes you find a little bit of happiness in the form of a quaint little barn. I found this little beauty on @airbnb in the mountain town of Leavenworth in Washington state. Arrived at night and thought it was cool but didn't get to appreciate its beauty until the morning. Big beautiful mountains, a red barn, a beautiful day, what more can you ask for? . . . . . . . . #travel #travelblogger #wanderlust #jetsetter #jetset #greettheoutdoors #neverstopexploring #welivetoexplore #lifeofadventure #exploretocreate #traveltheword #globetrotter #travelawesome #mytinyatlas #finditliveit #getoutside #alwaysgo #WhereITravel #instapassport #traveltheworld #travelmore #passionpassport #travelinstyle #letsgoeverywhere #getoutstayout #letswander #travelingishappiness #pnw #Leavenworth #cabinlife
ryanintheus Life and it's lessons... I worked really hard through the winter and especially in the spring to be in the best hiking shape of my life, ready for an onslaught of long hikes and camping over summer. I couldn't have been more excited! Then life decides to teach me lesson. Right as the weather in Seattle came good and the snow started to melt I went on a routine training run and injured my calf. Sadly it's not gotten any better and I've watched as all my friends spend their weekends in the mountains having a great time. Life lesson; let go of expectations and find the silver lining. The silver lining for me has been I've been able to pour my energy into my new business and so far, it's looking good. Fingers crossed the momentum keeps up. At least when I'm working I don't feel like I'm missing out on the mountains because I can't be there anywhere. But I can dream. And today I'm dreaming of the forest! . . . . . . . . . #wheretofindme #darlingescapes #travelstagram #wondermore #nomadstories #meetthemoment #travelblogger #keepitcontagious #igtravel #takemebackpacking #roundtheworld #travelholic #travelgram #tripstagram #dream_spots #travelbreak #athomeintheworld #iamatraveler #travelgram #travel #wanderlust #greettheoutdoors #neverstopexploring #welivetoexplore #lifeofadventure #exploretocreate #traveltheword #globetrotter #mytinyatlas #humanpoweredadventures
ryanintheus Life can take many twists and turns and sometimes you just don't know what's right around the corner. I recently launched my own business, Ryanintheus LLC - Marketing and Influencer Services, and I've found out that the uncertainty of business ownership is a really interesting thing to manage from a mental perspective. The truth is, it takes a ton of courage, and courage is a wonderful thing to discover you have. The ability to know you're afraid but do it anyway. To believe in yourself. Many years ago I founded a nonprofit which was ultimately one of the most rewarding things I've ever done. I've never felt more alive professionally than running that nonprofit and now I find myself in that same mental space. I'm really not sure what's around the corner for me professionally, but if it's as great as what I saw coming around the corner in this pic I'll take it! 😉 Mt Rainier in all her splendor. All the best to you if you are also believing in yourself and being courageous in your life. 🙏 . . . . . . . . #goatworthy #travel #ic_adventures #wondermore #northwestisbest #nomadstories #pnwisbeautiful #thehikemovement #meetthemoment #livewashington #departedoutdoors #theoutbound #choosemountains #climblife #backpackingculture #in2nature #ventureout #keepitcontagious #wanderwashington #humanpoweredadventures #getoutstayout #takemebackpacking #theNWadventure #ourpnw #camptrend #washingtonexplored #wildernessnation #wildernesspeople #stayandwander #werehikers