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Here Are Some Hikers Of Color Who Will Inspire You To Travel The World And Explore Nature

Fact: public lands are public. They’re paid for by our tax dollars and every single one of us deserves to enjoy its beauty. Research shows that being in nature increases creativity and productivity. So often, it’s relegated to those with enough resources to have a car, gas to spare to get out of town and into the mountains, and the gear to stay safe and comfortable. As more and more brown people explore the outdoors, we’re coming up with ways to represent the little victories with hashtags like #LatinosOutdoors #MelaninBasecamp and more.

If you’re thinking about getting outside more often, whether that’s for a casual hike, a multi-day backpacking trip or giving outdoor climbing a shot, we have some brown adventurers to inspire you to just get out there.

Cristina Martinez / @xicananaturenerd

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Cristina is the park ranger we need. Read on…

Caption: “In the past 169 days, I have felt a vast range of emotions. From anxiety and stress to excitement and gratefulness, from sadness and frustration to elation and hope. This experience has sure been one of extremes and where opposites attract.

From dealing with microaggressions regarding my ethnic background and visitors questioning the urgency of climate change to hearing glaciers calve and seeing animals that are in peoples bucket list’s, it sure has been an intense experience in many ways. There have been tears for the northern lights but also tears after visitors’ ignorant comments about “Mexicans.” And through those moments of frustration and anger, I also remember the times I have smiled at seeing bear cubs learn how to swim from their mom and at the visitors who have come up to me and said “I am happy to see a ranger that looks like me.” I know I won’t be able to truly capture what the past 5.5 months have been for me when I tell family and friends back home of my time here. And it is okay if some just don’t understand- it doesn’t devalue how life changing this place has been for me. I will miss being surrounded by glaciers, forests, wildlife, and the friends I have made here. I love you Sít’ Eeti Gheiyí, I hope to see you next summer”

Yani Sanchez / @yaniquadrada

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Yani’s got an aesthetic unlike any other. This super talented photographer will traverse anywhere to capture nature in all its beauty.

Vanessa Vancouver / @vvancour

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She’s Liberian-Mexican and her heart is always full of outdoor adventures con su familia y her fellow outdoor die-hards. She makes a gorgeous ofrenda también.

Manny / @manny_outdoors

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When you’re born and raised in San Diego and move to Seattle, you spend your free time comparing your feet to bear tracks. Wait till you see the camera look up.

Chingona Flores / @mexxxica111

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She’s done it all. She’s hiked Mount Whitney, Six Pack of Peaks, ran the Malibu Olympic Triathalon. Watch this Latina take up space in the alpines, desert peaks, and inspire you in two languages.

Oscar Malo / @malofx

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There is nothing malo about the feed @malofx serves. His outdoor adventures are intermixed with stunning professional photography of ballerinas on the Golden Gate bridge y más.

Karen Ramos / @naturechola

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She’s the founder of the Get Out, Stay Out non-profit that gets indigenous-migrant children outside via camping trips and backpacking adventures. Her feed will inspire the wildest adventurers who care about justice.

EAG / @waitingforgodoy

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Who uses their real name when you have a trail name like “Eag”? @waitingforgodboy is based out of Denver and has all the sights at high heights without your fright.

Sarah Elizabeth Valencia / @sarahsheroams

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Have you ever hiked to the top of a mountain? Try bringing camera equipment. Thankfully, @sarahsheroams did that for you and you can just take it in.

@lizzblissss

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If there’s anyone you’re going to follow, put @lizzblissss in your top three. She’s your numero uno mujer. Prepare to be dazzled by the Montana mountains, the red rocks of Utah, and the glacier lakes of Washington.

Kane Hernandez / @kanehernandez

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Trail Name: “Flamin’ Hot”

Mexicano Kane hiked the Pacific Crest Trail last year, from Mexico hasta Canada and his travel pics are incredible.

Julian Hernandez / @julian__hernandez

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He takes all his photos with an iPhone 6s and he’s here to abolish ICE. And take photos of his happy, happy dog in the snow.

Gaby McKenzie / @gabymckenzie

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Caption: “Being a Belizean American, I grew up seeing many different landscapes, all of them beautiful to me. When I spent my summers in Belize, I would experience jungle terrain and breathtaking waterfalls, as well as relaxing tropical islands and crystal waters. Now that I am older, I am starting to inquire and appreciate the American outdoors that were once unfamiliar to me.”

Gabriela & Marcela / @broketexans

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They’re “dos amigas sin dinero trying to travel the US & the world one trip at a time” and they’re the most relatable.

Caption: “Time to sit down and enjoy the view! I’m probably also telling Marcy how much my legs hurt.”

Amanda Jameson / @browngirlonthenst

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Trail Name: “Zuul”

She’s thru-hiked the PCT and the CT and is counting the miles. Note: she’s at 3300 miles hikes to date.

@biancam_j

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Bianca will show you the wonders of Belize. Caption: “Dare to try something new like cave tubing. Cave tubing in Belize ????????, we hiked for about 30 minutes to reach the river and then floated on tubes on the river for about 7 miles underground through dark limestone caves with headlamps.”

Brittany Leavitt / @bleavitt8

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She’s an @OutdoorAfro leader, REI instructor, and outdoor climber. Watch this *super* inspiring melanin beauty literally climb mountains and get out there yourself.

Gabriela Lopez / @gabriela_llopez

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She’s as big in the vegan LA Instagram world as she is for POC on the trail. Her captions will make you want to travel your inner world as much as the Great Outdoors.

@judiezabaneh

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Watch her hike Devil’s ridge in Sedona, crow pose on rocks overlooking roaring rivers in Belize. She’s got the wanderlust and we get to bear witness a todo.

@atlas_wayfarer

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If you want to see stunning photos of couples on glaciers and in the northern lights, follow @atlas_wayfarer.

Caption: “When I backpacked 250 miles along the final stretches of the Continental Divide Trail gave me a whole new perspective on life, being attuned to Mother Nature.”

Follow accounts like @takingupspaceoutdoors

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The account’s self described mission is this: “The goal is to inspire equity, inclusion, representation and diversity in all outdoor activities! The outdoors belong to ALL! ”


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Florida Moves To Ban Iguanas (Among Other Animals) As They Start Showing Up In People’s Toilets

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Florida Moves To Ban Iguanas (Among Other Animals) As They Start Showing Up In People’s Toilets

There’s never a dull moment in Florida. The state is well known for its fondness for all things exotic and/or strange, it has a long history of accommodating religious cults and now the ex-President Trump calls the state home. But now the state is trying to clamp down on another unwanted resident – invasive reptiles that are overrunning the state and literally showing up in people’s toilets.

Florida moves to ban iguanas as they become an invasive species in the state.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has ruled that within the next few weeks the breeding and dealing of 16 of the most ecologically-damaging non-native species must be brought to a halt. The ban will apply to several types of python that have proliferated to crisis point in the Everglades, as well as all types of tegu lizards, anacondas, Nile monitor lizards and green iguanas.

Green iguanas have multiplied in Florida to such a degree since they were first spotted there in 1960 that they are regarded as an environmental hazard. They puncture seawalls, tear up sidewalks and carry salmonella.

An animal once prized as an exotic curiosity is now widely decried as a pest. The iguanas hang out on roofs, dig under houses and to the horror of home owners can crawl into sewers only to emerge, thrashing around, in the toilet bowl.

The state conservation commission now encourages Floridians to humanely kill the lizards, which can grow up to 5ft and 17lbs, on their own property. No hunting licenses are required.

Iguanas are just one of many exotic animals that have become a problem for the state.

In an effort to protect local ecology, economy, and human health, the state is making it illegal for Floridians to breed or sell such animals as Burmese and scrub pythons, Green anacondas, Nile monitors, green iguanas, and tegus, among several other invasive species. Finalized on February 25, the new rules are meant to improve the regulations on the ownership of invasive reptiles in Florida, and they’re expected to go into effect later this summer. 

“Stringent biosecurity measures are required for those entities in possession of Prohibited species to limit escapes,” declares the Florida wildlife commission in its guidelines. 

These reptiles are becoming a major menace in the state, ravaging sensitive ecosystems and wreaking havoc in urban environments. The Burmese python, for example, is now endemic in the Everglades, where it consumes a wide variety of prey. 

But not everyone is onboard with the idea of banning the sale of these animals.

When the commission debated the rules last month it was inundated with comments, many from exotic pet owners and breeders pleading for the ban not to go ahead. As the Washington Post reported, one woman burst into tears over the idea of losing her pet iguanas and pythons.

“If you take them away, I would be really messed up,” she wailed.

But the spread of invasive species through sensitive ecosystems such as the Everglades is happening at such speed that the state felt duty bound to act. The reptiles are also causing havoc in urban areas.

To soften the blow to pet owners, a concession has been tucked into the new regulations. Anyone who cannot contemplate the thought of being parted from their iguana or tegu can apply for a free permit. But the reprieve will last only for the life of the animal. Once the critter is gone, it cannot be replaced by a new pet from the list of banned species.

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Jenny Solares Is One IG Creator Everyone Needs To Follow

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Jenny Solares Is One IG Creator Everyone Needs To Follow

A year in quarantine has led so many of us to doom scroll and get lost in social media. As a result, some people are getting more recognition and one person who should be getting your attention is Jenny Solares, or @es_jenny_solares on Instagram.

Jenny Solares is here with the relatable content we all want.

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The Guatemalan content creator knows what the people want to see. How many times have you heard someone say that they like a woman who can eat? Well, as Jenny urges, prove it, y’all. Take your lady out and get her all of the food that she wants. Let’s go!

Now, that’s how you add salsa to someone’s food. If you didn’t already think this way when adding salsa to your tacos, you definitely will now. It’s just impossible not to.

We also love seeing her collaborating with Estefania Saavedra, a fellow Latina creator. A rising tide lifts all boats so we appreciate seeing these Latinas working together.

Solares is even creating brand new identities.

Cholas will forever have a place in our hearts. We know cholas. We love cholas. We are related to cholas. Solares’ creation of the glola is truly a work of art. Just because you’re a chola doesn’t mean you can’t love glitter and colors.

She’s even got some of the Covid humor in check.

There are going to be so many school assignments about this year in the coming years. Kids will be learning about the time the world stood still as we battled an out-of-control virus. It is going to be us having to tell the little ones about that time and it’s going to be rough. Get ready to reliving everything we have been dealing with for the last year.

On top of all of the comedy, Solares is ready to show her fans some real love for their support.

“Thank you all for letting me be me. Thank you for appreciating my silliness, my craziness, my songs, my dances, my imperfections,” Solares tells her fans in a year-end video. “Thank you for letting me be myself. This year was full of so much sadness, uncertainty, frustration, and, for a lot of people, loneliness. Thank you all for not letting me feel that loneliness.”

Thank you, Jenny. Your comedy has been a bright spot for so many during an incredibly hard and sad year.

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