There are very few places I’ve ever been that I didn’t absolutely love when an adventure was involved, but there are DEFINITELY places that I’ve explored that are my top memories ever–and I seriously can’t wait to go back and do it all again with Tim/Leni/Baby boy/any combination of them. I get asked this question a LOT (I compiled a FAQ blog to address even more questions I’m asked frequently, and the answers to them!!) and it’s super fun for me to reminisce on the opportunities I’ve had, so here’s a roundup of my absolute favorite places in the whole world!
No matter how beautiful the photos are, nothing compares to seeing the beauty of the Yukon with your own eyes. It is vast, untouched and there is no way to describe it other than using the word “pure”. It truly is God’s Country. I’ve been there nearly every fall for the last decade with my dad and it’s absolutely one of my favorite places to see, let alone hunt because the hunting is AMAZING. Hello, monster moose and caribou!
I’ve only been to New Zealand once in my mid-twenties but I’ve always wanted to go back. I explored Christchurch and kayaked through Fiordland and tasted allllll the wine in the most beautiful vineyards ever. Plus, I got to go on a Red Stag hunt! New Zealand is a great option for a far-away adventure because it genuinely feels like you’re removed from it all, but since they speak English there, it’s still very easy to settle in and feel comfortable. If I could go back, I’d love to visit Auckland and Queenstown to do all the outdoor activities there!
I’ve been lucky enough to explore a handful of countries in Africa and all of them offered incredible adventures but my favorite was Namibia. When I travel, I prefer to see the authentic culture of the place I’m visiting, rather than see the westernized areas and Namibia was just that. It took me completely out of my comfort zone because it was SO different than anything in North America but it felt very safe and the local people were incredibly friendly and welcoming.
Of all the places I’ve ever visited, my heart still belongs on Vancouver Island where I was born and raised. It’s the perfect combination of mountains and the ocean and tons of beautiful lakes and I might be a little bit biased, but the people are so wonderful and laid back. You can be skiing in the morning and boating on the ocean in the afternoon and it has some of the most beautiful mountains and hikes I’ve ever seen. Anyone who’s ever heard that I’m from there immediately says “you’re so lucky!” and I agree, Vancouver Island is AMAZING.
Sitting on the hillside in Colorado during the fall while the bright yellow aspen leaves flutter off the trees and the bull elk are bugling is by far one of my favorite moments in time…it’s an experience I’ll never forget, and among the ones that has made me feel the most connected to nature and in tune with God’s creations. It’s such an interesting place to hunt, but I am SO excited to eventually go back to ski/fish/shop/dine/do all the things.
Last but far from least in my heart is my adoptive home state of North Carolina. I could literally go on and on about the pure beauty there is in the people, places, and nature here (and I did that, actually, in this blog about why we love it here!) but there is something SO serene and peaceful about being in the beautiful mountains here. Depending on where you are, you can be amongst the Blue Ridge or Great Smoky Mountains: and on a day with good visibility, the beauty is hard to describe, and it’s even harder to get me to leave. We go to Asheville and the surrounding mountain towns every chance we get, and are so proud to be living and raising our kiddos in this incredible place!
I’ve been to a ton of amazing places to hunt, fish, and explore, but there’s something about planning that next adventure that gets me super excited. Experiencing God’s masterpieces with Tim and my kids one day?! That’s the stuff my dreams are seriously MADE of. I dream of fly fishing in the streams of Montana and Jackson Hole, horseback riding on a ranch out West, and going back to Africa with Tim.
What’s on your bucket list for the great outdoors, or even just in general?! Let me know in the comments below!