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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.
We hope you will follow along with us on our adventures!

 

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Washington did not disappoint!

Over Labor Day weekend, we had plans to backpack in the Eastern Sierra. A preventative fire closure meant we needed to improvise our plans with about a week to spare. On a whim, I suggested to Julie that we fly to Washington and explore some of the northwest. After some discussion, we booked our flight, hotels and with an assist from a friend, a car. 

It turned out to be a pretty great weekend! The North Cascades are an incredible place and we can’t wait to get back there again very soon. 
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📷: Julie/Brian 
#pnwonderland #upperleftusa #livewashington #pnw #washingtontrails #washingtonexplored #northcascades #findyourselfoutside #optoutside #washington #liveyouradventure #pacificnorthwest #adventuretime #goatworthy #wildtribute #ourwild #instanature #sharetheexperience #alltrails #everydaywild #seekmorewilderness #hikersofinstagram
Washington did not disappoint!

Over Labor Day weekend, we had plans to backpack in the Eastern Sierra. A preventative fire closure meant we needed to improvise our plans with about a week to spare. On a whim, I suggested to Julie that we fly to Washington and explore some of the northwest. After some discussion, we booked our flight, hotels and with an assist from a friend, a car. 

It turned out to be a pretty great weekend! The North Cascades are an incredible place and we can’t wait to get back there again very soon. 
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📷: Julie/Brian 
#pnwonderland #upperleftusa #livewashington #pnw #washingtontrails #washingtonexplored #northcascades #findyourselfoutside #optoutside #washington #liveyouradventure #pacificnorthwest #adventuretime #goatworthy #wildtribute #ourwild #instanature #sharetheexperience #alltrails #everydaywild #seekmorewilderness #hikersofinstagram
Washington did not disappoint!

Over Labor Day weekend, we had plans to backpack in the Eastern Sierra. A preventative fire closure meant we needed to improvise our plans with about a week to spare. On a whim, I suggested to Julie that we fly to Washington and explore some of the northwest. After some discussion, we booked our flight, hotels and with an assist from a friend, a car. 

It turned out to be a pretty great weekend! The North Cascades are an incredible place and we can’t wait to get back there again very soon. 
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📷: Julie/Brian 
#pnwonderland #upperleftusa #livewashington #pnw #washingtontrails #washingtonexplored #northcascades #findyourselfoutside #optoutside #washington #liveyouradventure #pacificnorthwest #adventuretime #goatworthy #wildtribute #ourwild #instanature #sharetheexperience #alltrails #everydaywild #seekmorewilderness #hikersofinstagram
Washington did not disappoint!

Over Labor Day weekend, we had plans to backpack in the Eastern Sierra. A preventative fire closure meant we needed to improvise our plans with about a week to spare. On a whim, I suggested to Julie that we fly to Washington and explore some of the northwest. After some discussion, we booked our flight, hotels and with an assist from a friend, a car. 

It turned out to be a pretty great weekend! The North Cascades are an incredible place and we can’t wait to get back there again very soon. 
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📷: Julie/Brian 
#pnwonderland #upperleftusa #livewashington #pnw #washingtontrails #washingtonexplored #northcascades #findyourselfoutside #optoutside #washington #liveyouradventure #pacificnorthwest #adventuretime #goatworthy #wildtribute #ourwild #instanature #sharetheexperience #alltrails #everydaywild #seekmorewilderness #hikersofinstagram

Washington did not disappoint!

Over Labor Day weekend, we had plans to backpack in the Eastern Sierra. A preventative fire closure meant we needed to improvise our plans with about a week to spare. On a whim, I suggested to Julie that we fly to Washington and explore some of the northwest. After some discussion, we booked our flight, hotels and with an assist from a friend, a car.

It turned out to be a pretty great weekend! The North Cascades are an incredible place and we can’t wait to get back there again very soon.




📷: Julie/Brian
#pnwonderland #upperleftusa #livewashington #pnw #washingtontrails #washingtonexplored #northcascades #findyourselfoutside #optoutside #washington #liveyouradventure #pacificnorthwest #adventuretime #goatworthy #wildtribute #ourwild #instanature #sharetheexperience #alltrails #everydaywild #seekmorewilderness #hikersofinstagram

3 days ago
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Seeing a familiar sight from a different perspective. 

After a week that somehow felt just as long, even with the holiday, we needed some mountain therapy. Our hope was to secure Half Dome permits for Julie’s birthday weekend via the daily lottery. After striking out on that, we decided to make the most of our time in Yosemite. We had two nights booked in the Valley and promptly spent both of our days hiking off Tioga Pass. It’s hard to beat the nearly 20 degree temperature difference and this view turned about to be a pretty okay consolation prize. 
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📷: Brian 
#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

Seeing a familiar sight from a different perspective.

After a week that somehow felt just as long, even with the holiday, we needed some mountain therapy. Our hope was to secure Half Dome permits for Julie’s birthday weekend via the daily lottery. After striking out on that, we decided to make the most of our time in Yosemite. We had two nights booked in the Valley and promptly spent both of our days hiking off Tioga Pass. It’s hard to beat the nearly 20 degree temperature difference and this view turned about to be a pretty okay consolation prize.




📷: Brian
#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

5 days ago
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Sunrise reflections make all the bugs and sweat worthwhile. 
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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

Sunrise reflections make all the bugs and sweat worthwhile.





📷: 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

1 month ago
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Really, the only Delta we want in our lives.
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📷: Julie 
#Wyoming #GrandTeton #GrandTetonNationalPark #discover_wyoming #wildernessculture #VisitWyoming #natureaddict #mountainlife #hikingaddict #staywildjh #livebravely #WyomingLife #liveyouradventure #adventureculture #modernhiker #hikingculture #hikingadventures #findyourpark #forceofnature #goatworthy #expandyourplayground #ourwild #outside_project #optoutside #sharetheexperience #usinterior

Really, the only Delta we want in our lives.




📷: Julie
#Wyoming #GrandTeton #GrandTetonNationalPark #discover_wyoming #wildernessculture #VisitWyoming #natureaddict #mountainlife #hikingaddict #staywildjh #livebravely #WyomingLife #liveyouradventure #adventureculture #modernhiker #hikingculture #hikingadventures #findyourpark #forceofnature #goatworthy #expandyourplayground #ourwild #outside_project #optoutside #sharetheexperience #usinterior

2 months ago
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Hello! 👋

A rare photo of us both in front of the camera. This was a magical morning (despite the mosquitoes best efforts!) We’re missing the mountains and hope to get back out there again soon! 
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📷: Julie 
#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

Hello! 👋

A rare photo of us both in front of the camera. This was a magical morning (despite the mosquitoes best efforts!) We’re missing the mountains and hope to get back out there again soon!





📷: Julie
#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

2 months ago
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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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📷: 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

“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

2 months ago
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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

2 months ago
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