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Hello! We are Brian and Julie, the married couple behind Bound to Explore. Our goal is to inspire others to fit more travel and adventure into their current lifestyles.
With full-time jobs, finding the time to get out and explore can be challenging, but we are here to show you it is possible! Our blog covers a range of topics including trip planning guides, hiking reports, and photography tips.
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Some of my favorite #iPhone images so far from this year.
Some of my favorite #iPhone images so far from this year.
Some of my favorite #iPhone images so far from this year.
Some of my favorite #iPhone images so far from this year.
Some of my favorite #iPhone images so far from this year.
Some of my favorite #iPhone images so far from this year.
Some of my favorite #iPhone images so far from this year.
Some of my favorite #iPhone images so far from this year.
Some of my favorite #iPhone images so far from this year.
Some of my favorite #iPhone images so far from this year.
Some of my favorite #iPhone images so far from this year.
2 weeks ago
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Some of my favorite iPhone shots from a recent trip to #Yosemite. We’ve been to the park too many times to count, but these were some of the better weather conditions I can remember. Can’t wait to visit again soon!
Some of my favorite iPhone shots from a recent trip to #Yosemite. We’ve been to the park too many times to count, but these were some of the better weather conditions I can remember. Can’t wait to visit again soon!
Some of my favorite iPhone shots from a recent trip to #Yosemite. We’ve been to the park too many times to count, but these were some of the better weather conditions I can remember. Can’t wait to visit again soon!
Some of my favorite iPhone shots from a recent trip to #Yosemite. We’ve been to the park too many times to count, but these were some of the better weather conditions I can remember. Can’t wait to visit again soon!
Some of my favorite iPhone shots from a recent trip to #Yosemite. We’ve been to the park too many times to count, but these were some of the better weather conditions I can remember. Can’t wait to visit again soon!
Some of my favorite iPhone shots from a recent trip to #Yosemite. We’ve been to the park too many times to count, but these were some of the better weather conditions I can remember. Can’t wait to visit again soon!
Some of my favorite iPhone shots from a recent trip to #Yosemite. We’ve been to the park too many times to count, but these were some of the better weather conditions I can remember. Can’t wait to visit again soon!
Some of my favorite iPhone shots from a recent trip to #Yosemite. We’ve been to the park too many times to count, but these were some of the better weather conditions I can remember. Can’t wait to visit again soon!
Some of my favorite iPhone shots from a recent trip to #Yosemite. We’ve been to the park too many times to count, but these were some of the better weather conditions I can remember. Can’t wait to visit again soon!
Some of my favorite iPhone shots from a recent trip to #Yosemite. We’ve been to the park too many times to count, but these were some of the better weather conditions I can remember. Can’t wait to visit again soon!
2 months ago
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Happy New Year! It was so great to be back in #Yosemite to close out ‘23. Looking forward to many more adventures in ‘24!
Happy New Year! It was so great to be back in #Yosemite to close out ‘23. Looking forward to many more adventures in ‘24!
2 months ago
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Fall in Washington is hard to beat! We moved from California nearly two years ago, and almost immediately felt at home with the mountains. #fall #larches #larchmadness #washingtonstate #pnw #pnwlife
Fall in Washington is hard to beat! We moved from California nearly two years ago, and almost immediately felt at home with the mountains. #fall #larches #larchmadness #washingtonstate #pnw #pnwlife
4 months ago
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It seems increasingly more difficult each year to escape wildfire season. Sadly, it’s going to be the new normal and we  have to find ways to recreate outdoors around it. This past weekend, we had plans to hike to a fire lookout (ironically) but the winds shifted and brought smoke from the Sourdough Mountain (and others) fire across most of Washington. So we decided to test out our new lightweight @klymit dinghy and had a wonderful day at Crystal Lake.
It seems increasingly more difficult each year to escape wildfire season. Sadly, it’s going to be the new normal and we have to find ways to recreate outdoors around it. This past weekend, we had plans to hike to a fire lookout (ironically) but the winds shifted and brought smoke from the Sourdough Mountain (and others) fire across most of Washington. So we decided to test out our new lightweight @klymit dinghy and had a wonderful day at Crystal Lake.
6 months ago
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Mount Townsend 
11 miles (starting at the lower trailhead)
3,500 feet of elevation gain
Very well maintained trail 
365 degree views including Tahoma (Rainier)

If you’re looking for an awesome Olympic Peninsula hike, be sure to add this one to your list!

#washingtonstate #pnwonderland #pacificnorthwest #wanderwashington  #washingtonexplored #buckhornwilderness #olympicpeninsula
Mount Townsend 11 miles (starting at the lower trailhead) 3,500 feet of elevation gain Very well maintained trail 365 degree views including Tahoma (Rainier) If you’re looking for an awesome Olympic Peninsula hike, be sure to add this one to your list! #washingtonstate #pnwonderland #pacificnorthwest #wanderwashington #washingtonexplored #buckhornwilderness #olympicpeninsula
9 months ago
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Weekend Recap:

On Sunday, we dropped Luna off at daycare and drove out to the Olympic Peninsula. We’ve lived in Washington for a year and a half now, but this was only our third hike in the Olympics. And wow, what a day! 

This hike leads to some of the best views we’ve experienced in Washington to date. The weather was perfect and we could have spent hours watching the clouds pass by the mountains. Excited to explore more of this region in the summer!

📍Mount Townsend
Weekend Recap:

On Sunday, we dropped Luna off at daycare and drove out to the Olympic Peninsula. We’ve lived in Washington for a year and a half now, but this was only our third hike in the Olympics. And wow, what a day! 

This hike leads to some of the best views we’ve experienced in Washington to date. The weather was perfect and we could have spent hours watching the clouds pass by the mountains. Excited to explore more of this region in the summer!

📍Mount Townsend
Weekend Recap:

On Sunday, we dropped Luna off at daycare and drove out to the Olympic Peninsula. We’ve lived in Washington for a year and a half now, but this was only our third hike in the Olympics. And wow, what a day! 

This hike leads to some of the best views we’ve experienced in Washington to date. The weather was perfect and we could have spent hours watching the clouds pass by the mountains. Excited to explore more of this region in the summer!

📍Mount Townsend
Weekend Recap:

On Sunday, we dropped Luna off at daycare and drove out to the Olympic Peninsula. We’ve lived in Washington for a year and a half now, but this was only our third hike in the Olympics. And wow, what a day! 

This hike leads to some of the best views we’ve experienced in Washington to date. The weather was perfect and we could have spent hours watching the clouds pass by the mountains. Excited to explore more of this region in the summer!

📍Mount Townsend
Weekend Recap:

On Sunday, we dropped Luna off at daycare and drove out to the Olympic Peninsula. We’ve lived in Washington for a year and a half now, but this was only our third hike in the Olympics. And wow, what a day! 

This hike leads to some of the best views we’ve experienced in Washington to date. The weather was perfect and we could have spent hours watching the clouds pass by the mountains. Excited to explore more of this region in the summer!

📍Mount Townsend
Weekend Recap:

On Sunday, we dropped Luna off at daycare and drove out to the Olympic Peninsula. We’ve lived in Washington for a year and a half now, but this was only our third hike in the Olympics. And wow, what a day! 

This hike leads to some of the best views we’ve experienced in Washington to date. The weather was perfect and we could have spent hours watching the clouds pass by the mountains. Excited to explore more of this region in the summer!

📍Mount Townsend
Weekend Recap:

On Sunday, we dropped Luna off at daycare and drove out to the Olympic Peninsula. We’ve lived in Washington for a year and a half now, but this was only our third hike in the Olympics. And wow, what a day! 

This hike leads to some of the best views we’ve experienced in Washington to date. The weather was perfect and we could have spent hours watching the clouds pass by the mountains. Excited to explore more of this region in the summer!

📍Mount Townsend
Weekend Recap:

On Sunday, we dropped Luna off at daycare and drove out to the Olympic Peninsula. We’ve lived in Washington for a year and a half now, but this was only our third hike in the Olympics. And wow, what a day! 

This hike leads to some of the best views we’ve experienced in Washington to date. The weather was perfect and we could have spent hours watching the clouds pass by the mountains. Excited to explore more of this region in the summer!

📍Mount Townsend
Weekend Recap: On Sunday, we dropped Luna off at daycare and drove out to the Olympic Peninsula. We’ve lived in Washington for a year and a half now, but this was only our third hike in the Olympics. And wow, what a day! This hike leads to some of the best views we’ve experienced in Washington to date. The weather was perfect and we could have spent hours watching the clouds pass by the mountains. Excited to explore more of this region in the summer! 📍Mount Townsend
9 months ago
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