Home

TRAVEL TIPS AND INSPIRATION

SIGN UP TO RECEIVE FREE ADVICE FOR TRAVEL PLANNING

 

MEET THE BOUND TO EXPLORE TEAM

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!

 

EXPLORE AND DISCOVER

CONNECT WITH US!

RECENT ADVENTURES

FEATURED POSTS

New year, new jobs, new home, new adventures. As lifelong California residents, we’re excited to be embarking on this next chapter and the first time living out of our home state. It’s been a crazy last few weeks with finding a place to live, dealing with the chaos of movers and moving (in winter no less), and arriving on New Year’s Eve. Looking forward to all the hiking coming soon! 
•
•
•
•
📷: Brian 
#pnwonderland #upperleftusa #livewashington #pnw #washingtontrails #washingtonexplored #snoqualmie #snoqualmiefalls #findyourselfoutside #optoutside #washington #liveyouradventure #pacificnorthwest #adventuretime #goatworthy #wildtribute #ourwild #instanature #sharetheexperience #alltrails #everydaywild #seekmorewilderness #hikersofinstagram #winterishere
New year, new jobs, new home, new adventures. As lifelong California residents, we’re excited to be embarking on this next chapter and the first time living out of our home state. It’s been a crazy last few weeks with finding a place to live, dealing with the chaos of movers and moving (in winter no less), and arriving on New Year’s Eve. Looking forward to all the hiking coming soon! • • • • 📷: Brian #pnwonderland #upperleftusa #livewashington #pnw #washingtontrails #washingtonexplored #snoqualmie #snoqualmiefalls #findyourselfoutside #optoutside #washington #liveyouradventure #pacificnorthwest #adventuretime #goatworthy #wildtribute #ourwild #instanature #sharetheexperience #alltrails #everydaywild #seekmorewilderness #hikersofinstagram #winterishere
3 weeks ago
View on Instagram |
1/7
Yosemite is getting snow over the next week and now is the time to start making plans to visit! We’ve got a blog post all about a winter trip to the park. Check out the link in our bio and enjoy the most magical time of the year! 
•
•
•
•
•
📷: Julie 
#unlimitedcalifornia #yosemitenationalpark #yosemite #wildernessculture #gotocalifornia #california #VisitCalifornia #hikingaddict #nationalparks #viewsfromcalifornia #livebravely #naturalcalifornia #wildcalifornia #liveyouradventure #adventureculture #modernhiker #hikingculture #hikingadventures #forceofnature #goatworthy #caliexplored #wildtribute #ourwild #outside_project #sharetheexperience #usinterior #keepitwild
Yosemite is getting snow over the next week and now is the time to start making plans to visit! We’ve got a blog post all about a winter trip to the park. Check out the link in our bio and enjoy the most magical time of the year! 
•
•
•
•
•
📷: Julie 
#unlimitedcalifornia #yosemitenationalpark #yosemite #wildernessculture #gotocalifornia #california #VisitCalifornia #hikingaddict #nationalparks #viewsfromcalifornia #livebravely #naturalcalifornia #wildcalifornia #liveyouradventure #adventureculture #modernhiker #hikingculture #hikingadventures #forceofnature #goatworthy #caliexplored #wildtribute #ourwild #outside_project #sharetheexperience #usinterior #keepitwild
Yosemite is getting snow over the next week and now is the time to start making plans to visit! We’ve got a blog post all about a winter trip to the park. Check out the link in our bio and enjoy the most magical time of the year! 
•
•
•
•
•
📷: Julie 
#unlimitedcalifornia #yosemitenationalpark #yosemite #wildernessculture #gotocalifornia #california #VisitCalifornia #hikingaddict #nationalparks #viewsfromcalifornia #livebravely #naturalcalifornia #wildcalifornia #liveyouradventure #adventureculture #modernhiker #hikingculture #hikingadventures #forceofnature #goatworthy #caliexplored #wildtribute #ourwild #outside_project #sharetheexperience #usinterior #keepitwild
Yosemite is getting snow over the next week and now is the time to start making plans to visit! We’ve got a blog post all about a winter trip to the park. Check out the link in our bio and enjoy the most magical time of the year! • • • • • 📷: Julie #unlimitedcalifornia #yosemitenationalpark #yosemite #wildernessculture #gotocalifornia #california #VisitCalifornia #hikingaddict #nationalparks #viewsfromcalifornia #livebravely #naturalcalifornia #wildcalifornia #liveyouradventure #adventureculture #modernhiker #hikingculture #hikingadventures #forceofnature #goatworthy #caliexplored #wildtribute #ourwild #outside_project #sharetheexperience #usinterior #keepitwild
2 months ago
View on Instagram |
2/7
Enjoyed some time in Yosemite last weekend. Finally had the opportunity to hike the Four Mile Trail while the road was closed and the serious reduction in crowds made it a dream. We only wish a bit more snow had stuck around. Hope to squeeze in another trip before winter hits 🤞🏼
•
•
•
•
•
📷: Brian
#unlimitedcalifornia #yosemitenationalpark #yosemite #wildernessculture #gotocalifornia #california #VisitCalifornia #hikingaddict #nationalparks #viewsfromcalifornia #livebravely #naturalcalifornia #wildcalifornia #liveyouradventure #adventureculture #modernhiker #hikingculture #hikingadventures #forceofnature #goatworthy #caliexplored #wildtribute #ourwild #outside_project #sharetheexperience #usinterior #keepitwild #iPhone12promax
Enjoyed some time in Yosemite last weekend. Finally had the opportunity to hike the Four Mile Trail while the road was closed and the serious reduction in crowds made it a dream. We only wish a bit more snow had stuck around. Hope to squeeze in another trip before winter hits 🤞🏼
•
•
•
•
•
📷: Brian
#unlimitedcalifornia #yosemitenationalpark #yosemite #wildernessculture #gotocalifornia #california #VisitCalifornia #hikingaddict #nationalparks #viewsfromcalifornia #livebravely #naturalcalifornia #wildcalifornia #liveyouradventure #adventureculture #modernhiker #hikingculture #hikingadventures #forceofnature #goatworthy #caliexplored #wildtribute #ourwild #outside_project #sharetheexperience #usinterior #keepitwild #iPhone12promax
Enjoyed some time in Yosemite last weekend. Finally had the opportunity to hike the Four Mile Trail while the road was closed and the serious reduction in crowds made it a dream. We only wish a bit more snow had stuck around. Hope to squeeze in another trip before winter hits 🤞🏼
•
•
•
•
•
📷: Brian
#unlimitedcalifornia #yosemitenationalpark #yosemite #wildernessculture #gotocalifornia #california #VisitCalifornia #hikingaddict #nationalparks #viewsfromcalifornia #livebravely #naturalcalifornia #wildcalifornia #liveyouradventure #adventureculture #modernhiker #hikingculture #hikingadventures #forceofnature #goatworthy #caliexplored #wildtribute #ourwild #outside_project #sharetheexperience #usinterior #keepitwild #iPhone12promax
Enjoyed some time in Yosemite last weekend. Finally had the opportunity to hike the Four Mile Trail while the road was closed and the serious reduction in crowds made it a dream. We only wish a bit more snow had stuck around. Hope to squeeze in another trip before winter hits 🤞🏼
•
•
•
•
•
📷: Brian
#unlimitedcalifornia #yosemitenationalpark #yosemite #wildernessculture #gotocalifornia #california #VisitCalifornia #hikingaddict #nationalparks #viewsfromcalifornia #livebravely #naturalcalifornia #wildcalifornia #liveyouradventure #adventureculture #modernhiker #hikingculture #hikingadventures #forceofnature #goatworthy #caliexplored #wildtribute #ourwild #outside_project #sharetheexperience #usinterior #keepitwild #iPhone12promax
Enjoyed some time in Yosemite last weekend. Finally had the opportunity to hike the Four Mile Trail while the road was closed and the serious reduction in crowds made it a dream. We only wish a bit more snow had stuck around. Hope to squeeze in another trip before winter hits 🤞🏼
•
•
•
•
•
📷: Brian
#unlimitedcalifornia #yosemitenationalpark #yosemite #wildernessculture #gotocalifornia #california #VisitCalifornia #hikingaddict #nationalparks #viewsfromcalifornia #livebravely #naturalcalifornia #wildcalifornia #liveyouradventure #adventureculture #modernhiker #hikingculture #hikingadventures #forceofnature #goatworthy #caliexplored #wildtribute #ourwild #outside_project #sharetheexperience #usinterior #keepitwild #iPhone12promax
Enjoyed some time in Yosemite last weekend. Finally had the opportunity to hike the Four Mile Trail while the road was closed and the serious reduction in crowds made it a dream. We only wish a bit more snow had stuck around. Hope to squeeze in another trip before winter hits 🤞🏼 • • • • • 📷: Brian #unlimitedcalifornia #yosemitenationalpark #yosemite #wildernessculture #gotocalifornia #california #VisitCalifornia #hikingaddict #nationalparks #viewsfromcalifornia #livebravely #naturalcalifornia #wildcalifornia #liveyouradventure #adventureculture #modernhiker #hikingculture #hikingadventures #forceofnature #goatworthy #caliexplored #wildtribute #ourwild #outside_project #sharetheexperience #usinterior #keepitwild #iPhone12promax
2 months ago
View on Instagram |
3/7
First fall colors trip to Washington a couple weeks ago was a big success! It’s hard to believe we waited so long for our very own #larchmarch but it was well worth it. I think we’ve found a new annual tradition. 
•
•
•
•
📷: Julie/Brian 
#pnwonderland #upperleftusa #livewashington #pnw #washingtontrails #washingtonexplored #larchmadness #northcascades #findyourselfoutside #optoutside #washington #liveyouradventure #pacificnorthwest #adventuretime #goatworthy #wildtribute #ourwild #instanature #sharetheexperience #alltrails #everydaywild #seekmorewilderness #hikersofinstagram
First fall colors trip to Washington a couple weeks ago was a big success! It’s hard to believe we waited so long for our very own #larchmarch but it was well worth it. I think we’ve found a new annual tradition. 
•
•
•
•
📷: Julie/Brian 
#pnwonderland #upperleftusa #livewashington #pnw #washingtontrails #washingtonexplored #larchmadness #northcascades #findyourselfoutside #optoutside #washington #liveyouradventure #pacificnorthwest #adventuretime #goatworthy #wildtribute #ourwild #instanature #sharetheexperience #alltrails #everydaywild #seekmorewilderness #hikersofinstagram
First fall colors trip to Washington a couple weeks ago was a big success! It’s hard to believe we waited so long for our very own #larchmarch but it was well worth it. I think we’ve found a new annual tradition. 
•
•
•
•
📷: Julie/Brian 
#pnwonderland #upperleftusa #livewashington #pnw #washingtontrails #washingtonexplored #larchmadness #northcascades #findyourselfoutside #optoutside #washington #liveyouradventure #pacificnorthwest #adventuretime #goatworthy #wildtribute #ourwild #instanature #sharetheexperience #alltrails #everydaywild #seekmorewilderness #hikersofinstagram
First fall colors trip to Washington a couple weeks ago was a big success! It’s hard to believe we waited so long for our very own #larchmarch but it was well worth it. I think we’ve found a new annual tradition. 
•
•
•
•
📷: Julie/Brian 
#pnwonderland #upperleftusa #livewashington #pnw #washingtontrails #washingtonexplored #larchmadness #northcascades #findyourselfoutside #optoutside #washington #liveyouradventure #pacificnorthwest #adventuretime #goatworthy #wildtribute #ourwild #instanature #sharetheexperience #alltrails #everydaywild #seekmorewilderness #hikersofinstagram
First fall colors trip to Washington a couple weeks ago was a big success! It’s hard to believe we waited so long for our very own #larchmarch but it was well worth it. I think we’ve found a new annual tradition. 
•
•
•
•
📷: Julie/Brian 
#pnwonderland #upperleftusa #livewashington #pnw #washingtontrails #washingtonexplored #larchmadness #northcascades #findyourselfoutside #optoutside #washington #liveyouradventure #pacificnorthwest #adventuretime #goatworthy #wildtribute #ourwild #instanature #sharetheexperience #alltrails #everydaywild #seekmorewilderness #hikersofinstagram
First fall colors trip to Washington a couple weeks ago was a big success! It’s hard to believe we waited so long for our very own #larchmarch but it was well worth it. I think we’ve found a new annual tradition. 
•
•
•
•
📷: Julie/Brian 
#pnwonderland #upperleftusa #livewashington #pnw #washingtontrails #washingtonexplored #larchmadness #northcascades #findyourselfoutside #optoutside #washington #liveyouradventure #pacificnorthwest #adventuretime #goatworthy #wildtribute #ourwild #instanature #sharetheexperience #alltrails #everydaywild #seekmorewilderness #hikersofinstagram
First fall colors trip to Washington a couple weeks ago was a big success! It’s hard to believe we waited so long for our very own #larchmarch but it was well worth it. I think we’ve found a new annual tradition. • • • • 📷: Julie/Brian #pnwonderland #upperleftusa #livewashington #pnw #washingtontrails #washingtonexplored #larchmadness #northcascades #findyourselfoutside #optoutside #washington #liveyouradventure #pacificnorthwest #adventuretime #goatworthy #wildtribute #ourwild #instanature #sharetheexperience #alltrails #everydaywild #seekmorewilderness #hikersofinstagram
3 months ago
View on Instagram |
4/7
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
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
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
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
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
4 months ago
View on Instagram |
5/7
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
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
4 months ago
View on Instagram |
6/7
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
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
6 months ago
View on Instagram |
7/7

Subscribe to receive regular blog updates directly to your inbox