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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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  • “Old Lakes, because that’s how you feel when you hike there 🤣” - Julie 

The sea-level to about 9-10k feet in the same day always makes for a challenging hike. And this one, which came with long slogs through mostly unspectacular scenery, probably didn’t help boost our energy. But when we finally made it to our campsite for the night, all of those struggles from earlier in the day seemed to fade away. It’s what keeps us coming back, again and again. 
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#unlimitedcalifornia #yosemite #nationalparkgeek #yosemitenationalpark #gotocalifornia #california #VisitCalifornia #hikingaddict #viewsfromcalifornia #sierranevada #naturalcalifornia #wildcalifornia #liveyouradventure #adventureculture #modernhiker #hikingculture #hikingadventures  #forceofnature #goatworthy #caliexplored #wildtribute #ourwild #outside_project #sharetheexperience #usinterior #keepitwild #optoutside
    “Old Lakes, because that’s how you feel when you hike there 🤣” - Julie The sea-level to about 9-10k feet in the same day always makes for a challenging hike. And this one, which came with long slogs through mostly unspectacular scenery, probably didn’t help boost our energy. But when we finally made it to our campsite for the night, all of those struggles from earlier in the day seemed to fade away. It’s what keeps us coming back, again and again. • • • • 📷: Julie #unlimitedcalifornia #yosemite #nationalparkgeek #yosemitenationalpark #gotocalifornia #california #VisitCalifornia #hikingaddict #viewsfromcalifornia #sierranevada #naturalcalifornia #wildcalifornia #liveyouradventure #adventureculture #modernhiker #hikingculture #hikingadventures #forceofnature #goatworthy #caliexplored #wildtribute #ourwild #outside_project #sharetheexperience #usinterior #keepitwild #optoutside
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  • Worth the wait. 

This hike has been on our list for about the last 5 years or so. We booked permits, made plans, and it didn’t happen. Year after year, it always seemed like something came up that prevented us from following through. Two years ago, there was too much snow for our early summer trip, so we cancelled. Last year, we made it to one lake, only to have to bail out due to a combination of altitude sickness and a little something called the Creek Fire. 

So once again, we made plans to hike here this year and let me tell you, it was every bit as incredible as we had hoped. You see photos on this app, but it doesn’t truly do it justice. A special place, and I’m so happy we made it! 
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📷: Brian
#unlimitedcalifornia #mammothlakes #visitmammoth #gotocalifornia #california #VisitCalifornia #hikingaddict #viewsfromcalifornia #anseladamswilderness #naturalcalifornia #wildcalifornia #liveyouradventure #adventureculture #modernhiker #hikingculture #hikingadventures #inyonationalforest #forceofnature #goatworthy #caliexplored #wildtribute #ourwild #outside_project #sharetheexperience #usinterior #keepitwild #optoutside
    Worth the wait. This hike has been on our list for about the last 5 years or so. We booked permits, made plans, and it didn’t happen. Year after year, it always seemed like something came up that prevented us from following through. Two years ago, there was too much snow for our early summer trip, so we cancelled. Last year, we made it to one lake, only to have to bail out due to a combination of altitude sickness and a little something called the Creek Fire. So once again, we made plans to hike here this year and let me tell you, it was every bit as incredible as we had hoped. You see photos on this app, but it doesn’t truly do it justice. A special place, and I’m so happy we made it! • • • • 📷: Brian #unlimitedcalifornia #mammothlakes #visitmammoth #gotocalifornia #california #VisitCalifornia #hikingaddict #viewsfromcalifornia #anseladamswilderness #naturalcalifornia #wildcalifornia #liveyouradventure #adventureculture #modernhiker #hikingculture #hikingadventures #inyonationalforest #forceofnature #goatworthy #caliexplored #wildtribute #ourwild #outside_project #sharetheexperience #usinterior #keepitwild #optoutside
    3 weeks ago
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  • Today was a great day in the mountains. 
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#unlimitedcalifornia #mammothlakes #visitmammoth #wildernessculture #gotocalifornia #california #VisitCalifornia #hikingaddict #viewsfromcalifornia #livebravely #naturalcalifornia #wildcalifornia #liveyouradventure #adventureculture #modernhiker #hikingculture #hikingadventures #inyonationalforest #forceofnature #goatworthy #caliexplored #wildtribute #ourwild #outside_project #sharetheexperience #usinterior #keepitwild #optoutside
    Today was a great day in the mountains. • • • • 📷: Julie #unlimitedcalifornia #mammothlakes #visitmammoth #wildernessculture #gotocalifornia #california #VisitCalifornia #hikingaddict #viewsfromcalifornia #livebravely #naturalcalifornia #wildcalifornia #liveyouradventure #adventureculture #modernhiker #hikingculture #hikingadventures #inyonationalforest #forceofnature #goatworthy #caliexplored #wildtribute #ourwild #outside_project #sharetheexperience #usinterior #keepitwild #optoutside
    2 months ago
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  • Eagerly anticipating our next adventure! 

We have a lot of hikes planned for the summer, but since we didn’t win any lotteries and only have one backpacking permit, many of these trips will be last minute. 

On this day, we decided the night before that we would drive out to the park for the day from the Bay Area, hike, and then head home. These short adventures are one of the ways we make the most of our weekends. 

How do you take advantage of your time off? 
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📷: Julie
#unlimitedcalifornia #yosemite #yosemitenationalpark #wildernessculture #gotocalifornia #california #VisitCalifornia #hikingaddict #viewsfromcalifornia #livebravely #naturalcalifornia #wildcalifornia #liveyouradventure #adventureculture #modernhiker #hikingculture #hikingadventures #inyonationalforest #forceofnature #goatworthy #caliexplored #wildtribute #ourwild #outside_project #sharetheexperience #usinterior #keepitwild #optoutside
    Eagerly anticipating our next adventure! We have a lot of hikes planned for the summer, but since we didn’t win any lotteries and only have one backpacking permit, many of these trips will be last minute. On this day, we decided the night before that we would drive out to the park for the day from the Bay Area, hike, and then head home. These short adventures are one of the ways we make the most of our weekends. How do you take advantage of your time off? • • • • 📷: Julie #unlimitedcalifornia #yosemite #yosemitenationalpark #wildernessculture #gotocalifornia #california #VisitCalifornia #hikingaddict #viewsfromcalifornia #livebravely #naturalcalifornia #wildcalifornia #liveyouradventure #adventureculture #modernhiker #hikingculture #hikingadventures #inyonationalforest #forceofnature #goatworthy #caliexplored #wildtribute #ourwild #outside_project #sharetheexperience #usinterior #keepitwild #optoutside
    3 months ago
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  • Don’t forget to take it all in
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#unlimitedcalifornia #yosemite #yosemitenationalpark #wildernessculture #gotocalifornia #california #VisitCalifornia #hikingaddict #viewsfromcalifornia #livebravely #naturalcalifornia #wildcalifornia #liveyouradventure #adventureculture #modernhiker #hikingculture #hikingadventures #inyonationalforest #forceofnature #goatworthy #caliexplored #wildtribute #ourwild #outside_project #sharetheexperience #usinterior #keepitwild #optoutside
    Don’t forget to take it all in • • • • 📷: Julie #unlimitedcalifornia #yosemite #yosemitenationalpark #wildernessculture #gotocalifornia #california #VisitCalifornia #hikingaddict #viewsfromcalifornia #livebravely #naturalcalifornia #wildcalifornia #liveyouradventure #adventureculture #modernhiker #hikingculture #hikingadventures #inyonationalforest #forceofnature #goatworthy #caliexplored #wildtribute #ourwild #outside_project #sharetheexperience #usinterior #keepitwild #optoutside
    4 months ago
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  • Spring is here and we are slowly gearing up for summer hiking season. While I don’t think we’re mentally prepared for the heat (or the mosquitoes 😑) we could go for a few more mornings like this. 
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#unlimitedcalifornia #easternsierra #maderacounty #wildernessculture #gotocalifornia #california #VisitCalifornia #hikingaddict #viewsfromcalifornia #livebravely #naturalcalifornia #wildcalifornia #liveyouradventure #adventureculture #modernhiker #hikingculture #hikingadventures #inyonationalforest #forceofnature #goatworthy #caliexplored #wildtribute #ourwild #outside_project #sharetheexperience #usinterior #keepitwild #optoutside
    Spring is here and we are slowly gearing up for summer hiking season. While I don’t think we’re mentally prepared for the heat (or the mosquitoes 😑) we could go for a few more mornings like this. • • • • 📷: Julie #unlimitedcalifornia #easternsierra #maderacounty #wildernessculture #gotocalifornia #california #VisitCalifornia #hikingaddict #viewsfromcalifornia #livebravely #naturalcalifornia #wildcalifornia #liveyouradventure #adventureculture #modernhiker #hikingculture #hikingadventures #inyonationalforest #forceofnature #goatworthy #caliexplored #wildtribute #ourwild #outside_project #sharetheexperience #usinterior #keepitwild #optoutside
    4 months ago
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  • The payoff is worth the effort it takes to get there! We had one day of perfect conditions before having to bail out due to the Creek Fire. Looking forward to getting back into this area again and finishing what we started. 
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#unlimitedcalifornia #easternsierra #maderacounty #wildernessculture #gotocalifornia #california #VisitCalifornia #hikingaddict #viewsfromcalifornia #livebravely #naturalcalifornia #wildcalifornia #liveyouradventure #adventureculture #modernhiker #hikingculture #hikingadventures #inyonationalforest #forceofnature #goatworthy #caliexplored #wildtribute #ourwild #outside_project #sharetheexperience #usinterior #keepitwild #optoutside
    The payoff is worth the effort it takes to get there! We had one day of perfect conditions before having to bail out due to the Creek Fire. Looking forward to getting back into this area again and finishing what we started. • • • #unlimitedcalifornia #easternsierra #maderacounty #wildernessculture #gotocalifornia #california #VisitCalifornia #hikingaddict #viewsfromcalifornia #livebravely #naturalcalifornia #wildcalifornia #liveyouradventure #adventureculture #modernhiker #hikingculture #hikingadventures #inyonationalforest #forceofnature #goatworthy #caliexplored #wildtribute #ourwild #outside_project #sharetheexperience #usinterior #keepitwild #optoutside
    4 months ago
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