Ryan Hodgson | Nature | Travel (@ryanintheus) — 🇦🇺Aussie in Seattle 🇺🇸
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This place is pure magic! My travel and work schedule over the past two months h
This place is pure magic! My travel and work schedule over the past two months has been crazy. I've traveled to Florida, NYC, Costa Rica, Yosemite, San Francisco, the Olympic Peninsula and lastly, and fortunately to this beautiful place in Mexico. I'm so glad that my last trip of this crazy schedule was here because it truly was exactly what I needed, pure relaxation. This magical place is @playalastortugas and despite the fact that this is a #sponsored post, I truly recommend you check it out. Do you see any people? Do you see miles of prefect beach? Do you see miles of palm trees? Despite the beauty of this place and the incredible amount of activities you can do here it felt like Travis and I were the only ones here, often having this incredible beach to ourselves. There's more to come from me about this piece of paradise but if you want to see more check out the highlight I created from my stories on my profile. A couple of quick facts. There's 19 beautiful villas available to rent. There's two pools, a turtle hatchery, horse riding, surfing, SUPing, kayaking, crocodile spotting, bird watching and more. It's 2.5-3 hours north of Puerto Vallarta. They have maids who cook and clean for you. Seriously, it's relaxation central, away from any towns or people partying. I loved it. Can you tell? 😉
19.12.2018 01:44:59
One of the things that I've grown to appreciate the most about being a single da
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One of the things that I've grown to appreciate the most about being a single dad in a country on the other side of the world from my family and life-long friends is the value of the friends I've made here in the US. As social as I am I actually let very few people into my inner world, so my herd is a small one, but they mean the world to me. They have my back when I need help with Jem, they are there for me when I get lonely or frustrated with dating, they tell me what I need to hear and not what I want to hear, they know when to just say something sucks instead of trying to beat me to death with solutions or positivity. I am so grateful for you guys, you know who you are! I have suffered at times from being an island unto myself, thinking that through mental strength and discipline I can get through anything, but it's just not true. Through parenthood the value of community has been clearly defined for me and as a result I've let more people into other areas of my life and I'm now feeling the benefits of that too. And you know trusting in other people, and relying on other people is pretty cool when you realize people are happy to be there for you. Who knew? 😎 . #OlympicPeninsula#TheRoadTripIsBack#pnw
28.11.2018 01:36:01
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This past week I was on a trip with some great people and we were discussing the
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This past week I was on a trip with some great people and we were discussing the concept of seeing things black or white v's seeing shades of grey. I think there are times in life where the more uncomplicated black or white approach is really useful, almost easier. Life can be really complicated and choosing between two options sounds wonderful. But for me there's a bigger benefit in seeing all those shades of grey. It's more complicated, and potentially really confusing at times, but the ability to see the subtleties of life allows for more compassion, more wisdom, and while decisions can be more difficult, ultimately you are in a better position to make the right ones. Somehow this pic really captures that for me. The big bold colors you find in some places are attractive, but the subtlety of the moody PNW, captured here from the dock of @alderbrookresort on the #OlympicPeninsula, is more beautiful, somehow more delicate. Even when I was in the bold and colorful Costa Rica I found myself most excited when it was socked in and I was on a hanging bridge in the rainforest. I think my transformation from Australian bold (black and white) to PNW subtle (shades of grey) is truly complete! 😉 . #PNW#pnwlife
21.11.2018 01:16:32
Every now and then life throws you an opportunity too good to pass up. This oppo
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Every now and then life throws you an opportunity too good to pass up. This opportunity was to drive around the majestic #OlympicPeninsula in a @peacevansrentals van and create wonderful memories with my beautiful daughter that will last with us for the rest of our lives. Not only did we have an amazing time and create incredible memories, we were also lucky enough to have our best friend @traviswals tag along to shoot this incredible video so that we can always keep those memories fresh in our minds. We hope you enjoy this little video which briefly showcasing the beauty of the area, as much as we enjoyed making it. For more information on how you too can experience an awesome road trip like this, check out @visitolympicpeninsula. 🏔🌲🌊🙏 . #TheRoadTripIsBack#sponsored
13.11.2018 01:09:18
One of my favorite saying is "persist with patience". So many people do pretty w
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One of my favorite saying is "persist with patience". So many people do pretty well with the first part until they get derailed by a lack of the second part. Actually I'm guilty of this too. As I look back on my life there's been a few important instances where I've not been patient after working really hard for something and with the benefit of hindsight I can see I needed to be more patient and if I'd have persisted I might have achieved my goal. In this world we can be sucked into instant gratification and we forget that life can throw up challenges to test how much we really want something. It's in those moments that we need to connect with our truths and hold the dream we are striving to achieve front and center in our minds so that we stay dedicated to realizing it. Additionally if we expect our dreams to be challenged, when it happens and we're patient through the process, we're able to reduce or suffering at the time. After falling in love with the 21 mile Enchantments through-hike, it took two years of rehab from multiple injuries to get back there, but I think it was worth persisting with patience, what do you think? . #enchantments#leavenworth
09.11.2018 16:30:51
Waterfalls intrigue me. There's something about their permanence yet impermanenc
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Waterfalls intrigue me. There's something about their permanence yet impermanence that is fascinating. They are there yet each part of the waterfalls is not there seconds later. We love the waterfall but we don't know the pieces that make it. I start to think about some people I know and how I don't know the experiences they have endured that create the person I interact with. They are there as people, but I don't really know them. And then there's the concept of falling in love, where I think the process of getting to know all the pieces that make up a person seems about as romantic a thing as I can imagine. The beauty of life is while those who are in love have each other to enjoy, the rest of us have waterfalls! 😜 . I snapped this deep and meaningful waterfall on my recent trip to the #OlympicPeninsula with @visitolympicpeninsula and @peacevans. It's a beautiful little hike and waterfall and great for families with kids. Jem loved it! . #TheRoadTripIsBack#sponsored
06.11.2018 02:25:52
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A lot of people talk to me about the importance of the father, daughter relation
A lot of people talk to me about the importance of the father, daughter relationship given I'm a single dad with 50% custody of a seven and a half yeast old daughter. As they should. With all that's going on in the world, more than ever we need dads to be modeling to their daughters what a real man looks like, so that when they grow up, they know what to look for. They need to show love and kindness, so they know how to accept it. They need to show them the world and adventure, so they know where to find it. They need to show them respect and dignity, so they know to expect it! Our jobs as dads are critical to the success of our daughters in later life. We play such a big role in shaping their future and how successful they will be in it. When I got divorced my entire family and friendship base was in Australia. Part of me desperately wanted to be home with my people and particularly my aging parents. But it wasn't a question in reality. I had already signed up for the most important job in my life and I knew that no matter how hard it was going to be, I was staying right here in Seattle for at least the next 16 years, to see my Jem safely into adulthood. At times it's been really hard. Not going to lie. I struggled post divorce with depression and loneliness and it was so hard to lift myself up to be everything she needed me to be when she was with me. With no family at all to help, for over five years now, it's just been Jem and I. What a team we have become! What fun we have! I could never have guessed the bond that this challenging situation would create between us, all our one on one time has literally been the biggest gift of my life because our relationship is beyond sacred to me. I am always looking fur opportunities to create memories together, so when @visitolympicpeninsula approached Jem and I to travel around the #OlympicPeninsula in a @peacevans rental I jumped at the opportunity. Yes it was #sponsored, but yes it was some of the greatest fun we've ever had. Playing on the beach with Jem was the highlight. We spent hours playing along the water's edge, running from the waves and laughing hysterically. To me, this is what life is all about!
02.11.2018 15:32:44
Who'd like to go on a road trip in this guy? 
The one thing that I took away fro
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Who'd like to go on a road trip in this guy? The one thing that I took away from my road trip to the #OlympicPeninsula recently was how much I love driving vans! About 12 years ago, before I moved to the U.S. I was an executive at an advertising company in Australia who was burnt out, run down and unhappy with my life. I decided to spend a month traveling through Tibet and decided on that trip that I needed to change my life. When I returned I sold everything, quit my job and bought a van and drove around two thirds of Australia, finally landing in the paradise known as Byron Bay, where I lived for a year and a half, sometimes for weeks at a time living out of my van, exploring the east coast and having adventure after adventure. Life was simple, it was slow, it was #vanlife! This trip to Washington's amazing coast reminded of that time. I was lucky enough to have an awesome @peacevans van for the trip. Immediately upon getting behind the wheel I slipped into chill mode. No road rage, I just cruised around without a care in the world. What could be better than doing that in such a stunning area? Jem and I enjoyed how easy it was to set up camp and get rolling again in the morning and Jem was pretty pumped about sleeping up in the top section of the van too. The four day, three night trip was a perfect long weekend from Seattle and doing it in the van rather than my car just added another great element to the experience. If you want to plan such a trip just go to @visitolympicpeninsula for info. I highly recommend it! . #TheRoadTripIsBack#Sponsored
01.11.2018 01:17:54
Don't you just wish sometimes that you could sneak a peak into other people's mi
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Don't you just wish sometimes that you could sneak a peak into other people's minds to see what they're thinking about? I sat here watching this guy for a while and he barely moved the whole time. What's he thinking? How many times has he stared into nothing like this? Does it inspire him? Is he wishing for anything? Is this like meditating to him? One of the great beauties of life is we will never know, and I kinda love that! . Some great road trips actually start with a ferry ride and this one from Seattle to the #OlympicPeninsula started in this great foggy ride into the unknown. It felt very Heart of Darkness for you Joseph Conrad fans... Or maybe Apocalypse Now with Marlon Brando! We drove our awesome @peacevans van aboard and fortunately our trip on the other side was way better than those two scenarios. Jem and I had a blast exploring the Peninsula. I highly recommend checking out @visitolympicpeninsula for info on how to do it right! . #TheRoadTripIsBack#sponsored
30.10.2018 00:30:24
The path to compassion is a beautiful one! Of all the aspects of my life that I'
The path to compassion is a beautiful one! Of all the aspects of my life that I've focused on over the past ten years, my work to curate a deeper comprehension of compassion has been the most beneficial. I have learned to treat others and myself with more and more compassion which has resulted in deeper connections with family, friends and the person sitting next to on a flight somewhere. But it's the people that truly push my buttons that I learn most from because they test my resolve the most. A friend of mine once shared with me that in those moments when someone is annoying the hell out of her she chants three words to herself... Compassion. Compassion. Compassion. Now while it may seem simple, and I might say that mantra to myself through clenched teeth on the odd occasion, by the time you get to the third compassion you really do lose the negative energy and soften towards the person and start to open yourself to understanding where that person is coming from and consider what they might be going through. If you try it too, let me know if it helps! . This beautiful road is the entry to the Hoh Rainforest on the #OlympicPeninsula. You can learn all about that amazing area at @visitolympicpeninsula. I highly recommend driving there in one of the awesome @peacevans which offer the opportunity to experience the area in the most chill and cool way. . #TheRoadTripIsBack#sponsored
24.10.2018 15:16:40
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This is my first shot from an epic four day road trip that Jem and I did which w
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This is my first shot from an epic four day road trip that Jem and I did which we completed today. It was just what I needed, some time away from the computer, some open road (but not too much), some incredible scenery and of course some priceless experiences with my little human. We explored the stunning #OlympicPeninsula with the support of @VisitOlympicPeninsula in one of the awesome @PeaceVans van rentals which delivered the perfect vibe for our cruisy road trip. We stayed in La Push on our second night and watched this gorgeous sunset at the nearby Second Beach, a fan favorite for Jembug for sure. I'm looking forward to sharing some more pics soon but in the meantime check out the Stories Highlight that I made for the trip here on my Instagram profile. . #TheRoadTripIsBack#sponsored
23.10.2018 00:55:23
There is definitely such a thing as taking on too much. Lately I've been lucky e
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There is definitely such a thing as taking on too much. Lately I've been lucky enough to have a lot of wonderful opportunities come my way. I currently have a great job, run my own company with multiple clients, travel doing influencer work, have my daughter 50% of the time as a single dad, go to the gym or hot yoga most days, run my social media channels and in amongst all of that try to have an actual social life. But my body is telling me that I need to learn how to say no a little more often. I'm definitely feeling the weight of all that this week. There is not one hint of me that is complaining, I'm incredibly grateful, I guess after working so hard to build this wonderful life it's hard to say no to the fun stuff that comes up, but there's a lesson I need to learn to find the balance I need to make this life sustainable. One of the things I most love about my life though is when I get to combine my time with my daughter and travel for my influencer work so I can share some of these great experiences with her. I'm really excited today to be heading out to the Washington State's Olympic Peninsula in a @peacevans van with Jemma to do some work for @visitolympicpeninsula. Assignments like this I could never say no to! I'm really looking forward to unplugging from the computer and experiencing the next four days in a van with my Jembug exploring one of my favorite areas. We'll post a bunch to stories so I hope you'll follow along! . Btw I love this pic because I look at it and I can then close my eyes and feel the warmth of the morning sun on my face on what was a crisp morning up at Mt Rainier. When I get a little overwhelmed I go to places like this in my mind to simplify my thoughts and focus on one of the most peaceful moments I've ever experienced. It delivers perspective immediately in the best possible way. . #mtrainier#sunrise
19.10.2018 15:11:23
We've all seen pics of a perfect tree in a perfect field, but how often is that
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We've all seen pics of a perfect tree in a perfect field, but how often is that actually life? This is life. It's a struggle, it's hard, it's wounded from experiences, it's battling, but... It's alive! Social media paints this perfect picture of life that is just not true. Lately when I've been talking to people I've noticed that more and more people don't actually want to speak or even acknowledge the truth. To them this tree is perfectly symmetrical in a green field and life is perfect. Life is wonderful because it's imperfect. I love this tree, it has character, it's real, and it's a survivor. Too often people say being real is negative. It's not. When you see the truth of a situation you give it the respect it deserves and you make the right decisions. If you sugar coat life you make the wrong decisions. If we accept life isn't perfect and that there's beauty in a tree like this, we're half way to living a more meaningfully life and navigating life more successfully! . #santabarbara#california
16.10.2018 00:54:35
You do you. It's one of my favorite sayings because, as simple as it is, it sums
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You do you. It's one of my favorite sayings because, as simple as it is, it sums up how I want others to be around me and how I want others to create space for me to be. So often in life I find people doing and saying things I know aren't authentic to themselves. Or worse they decide not to do things they really want to do because of others. The beauty of this world is that we are all unique so we must embrace that and walk our own path. At work I often ask my team "what does your gut tell you" because often I know they know the answers, they just don't have the confidence to follow their thoughts. If I followed others all the time I wouldn't have close to the life I have. I took this pic at about 6:30 in the morning when I got up by myself because I wanted to get this shot at day break. There were about 65 guests staying in the awesome @cmh_bugaboos lodge about 200 feet away yet I had this incredible view all to myself. Sometimes walking your own path means you get nature's beauty all to yourself, which ain't bad! 😉 . #cmhheli#bugaboos
13.10.2018 00:58:11
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Let's talk about being uncomfortable. I experience people in all areas of my lif
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Let's talk about being uncomfortable. I experience people in all areas of my life who want to play it safe. They want to have a routine, they don't like change, they want to know what's around the corner all the time. It's interesting how often these are the people who look at my life and tell me how they would love to travel as much as I do, or how they'd like to design their life like I have. The major difference that I've found between how I live my life and how others live their lives is I embrace feeling uncomfortable. Now that doesn't mean I enjoy it all the time, it just means I have a different relationship with it. Instead of dreading or fearing feeling uncountable I remind myself that being uncomfortable leads to growth. It's pushing through glass ceilings, changing perspectives, challenging fears, all of which is growth. I've been lucky enough to have been on this earth long enough to see and feel the benefits of my growth so now I value growth opportunities in my life so I embrace the uncountable moments and experiences and I seek out their teachings. The truth is you can't grow and you can't live your best life if you never allow yourself to be uncomfortable. . #banff#canada
12.10.2018 00:31:29
Most of the travel I did in my 20's and early 30's I traveled alone. I loved it.
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Most of the travel I did in my 20's and early 30's I traveled alone. I loved it. It started when I backpacked around the world by myself turning 22 on that trip, through many solo trips, culminating in an epic 4 week trek across Tibet when I was 32. Then with marriage I traveled a lot with my ex-wife which was pretty different for me but really fun. Post divorce I found myself wanting to continue to travel with someone so I traveled with people I was dating, which sometimes worked and sometimes didn't. In recent years, with the opportunities I've had as an influencer I've had the great opportunity to travel with other influencers or take my friends with me on trips which has been awesome. The dynamic of traveling with like minded people who aren't your partner is so different and so fun. I've had a blast going to London, Mexico, Alaska, Canada and soon Costa Rica and back to Mexico with some really great people. Not all the trips are all big international trips though. A few months back a few other influencers and I explored the Tacoma area, which is where I took this pic of @bertymandagie on an early sunrise shot of the epically beautiful Mt Rainer. Experiences like this with wonderful people have been such a gift and while I still do and enjoy solo trips every now and then I'm so enjoying sharing these experiences with people as passionate about them as I am. . Also I'm not that into calling myself an influencer but I'm not sure what else to call myself at this stage. Most of you will look at my following on here and wonder how I get these trips. The truth is Instagram is my secondary channel. I have nearly 200k followers on Twitter where I've been really active since 2009. . #TacomaWA#TacomaSports#MountainCitySea#GigHarbor#Mt Rainier @visitrainier@mountrainiernps
03.10.2018 00:45:03
Two years ago I pushed myself to finish the biggest single day hike of my life,
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Two years ago I pushed myself to finish the biggest single day hike of my life, the through hike of the Enchantments in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness here in Washington State. The apps say it's 18 miles but everyone I talk to say they normally do about 20-21 miles with about 4,500 elevation gain and 6,500 feet loss when going up Aasgard and down Snow Lake which is what I did. I was so moved by that experience because of the duality of the incredible, unmatched scenery and the physical challenge that the following year I set myself the goal of doing it twice. With that goal in mind last spring I trained my tail off but over did it and got injured and had to sit out the entire hiking season which was incredibly frustrating. This year I was determined to visit this mountain paradise again and so have been doing lots of hiking, but again after three days of hiking in the Bugaboos in Canada recently I came out injured. I did a training hike with @traviswals a couple of weeks ago and struggled to get up 3,800 feet. But on Saturday @scmeis and I ignored his back injury and my knee and we completed the through hike on the perfect weekend to see the Larches in all their glory. Despite my knee being extremely angry with me on the steep uphill and downhill sections I was absolutely stoked to be out there again in this place I love. Last year I wasn't sure I'd ever get back to doing that kind of distance again but I'm so grateful to have been able to do it and experience the magic of Larch Madness. Age is a humbling thing and as our bodies deteriorate with age doing hikes like this become ever so valuable because you never know if you'll ever be able to do them again. Whether you're in your 20's, 30's, or 40's and beyond, if you love nature get out there and enjoy it while you can! 🌲 . #enchantments#pnw
02.10.2018 00:34:17
Sometimes nature doesn't need a caption! But, if this pic did have a caption it
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Sometimes nature doesn't need a caption! But, if this pic did have a caption it might read... Thor's Well, where the ocean disappears and so does a photographers time! 😉 . #ThorsWell#Oregon
27.09.2018 00:53:30
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