I feel a little guilty about the fact that I live in a state with over 660,000 square miles (most of them at my immediate access), but I keep myself confined to the same seemingly little spaces. Only the past year or so have I really ventured out and tried to see more of what Alaska has to offer.
My sister Gabby, on the other hand, finds peace in long drives, hikes, and camping trips in the middle of nowhere. She ventures out in brutal rain, wind, snow, cold-- she's not afraid. On our drive out to the Portage area for these photos, we talked about social media and the way that people exploit beautiful places seemingly for the sake of more likes (I've been guilty of this too, I won't lie). About how it feels like people appreciate the photo op more than they appreciate the scenery in front of their eyes. Gabby told me, "I don't really take pictures of my hikes anymore. I've had so many people ask me to take them to all of my favorite spots and I know that they just want to go there, get a cute picture, and turn right around." I can't count the amount of times I've been at some of my favorite places; Beluga Point, McHugh Creek, Kincaid Beach; saw people come up, take a photo in front of the scenery, jump in their car, and drive off. Some of my favorite memories (and favorite photos) have come from spending time in those beautiful places.
I think everyone could benefit from more exploring, and more appreciation of the world around them.
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