Leave No Trace...

So, I am super late in posting about this as usual but life has been completely insane lately. In the beginning of March, I drove down to Arizona for a Leave No Trace (LNT) Master Educator Training. That's right, you may now call me master. :) But really, many of you may not be familiar with what LNT does so I encourage you to check out their website: LNT.org. Basically, LNT is a system of ethics to use when you are in the outdoors that teaches people sustainable practices for using and visiting nature, natural spaces, and the backcountry. Their ethics system encourages others to use these places responsibly, be respectful of their surroundings, and to be stewards of their natural world. More importantly, they seek to educate others in a respectful way, so as not to alienate anyone for being unaware of these ethics. I really identify with what LNT is doing and thoroughly enjoyed the course. I am now a licensed LNT Master Educator and can hold training courses back in my region. Pretty exciting!

The class was put on by NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) in their southwest branch. We backpacked for 4 days in the Galliuros Wilderness Area near Tucson which are also also known as the Sky Islands because of the mountain range being surrounded by water in the form of rivers and streams. Beautiful! Surprisingly cold while I was there, but beautiful none the less...

Here are some of the pictures I took on my journey...

Anyway, so that was my trip... I'll be back tomorrow with Nick's and my engagement photos! Yay!