Five Things: Instagrams from Crater Lake, Oregon (#ICYMI)

In case you missed it, I was in Crater Lake National Park in Oregon for the past 7 days with my family (see my below post). It was a magical adventure, full of all the things I love in life - nature, freedom, and laughter. I think that, at the heart of it all, is why I consider myself a hippie. There's no place I feel happier and more at peace than surrounded by nothing but family, trees, and spectacular views in a national park or vast wilderness of some sort, no buildings to be seen for miles.

Some of my favorite writings of all time come from John Muir, who wrote: "Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn." This is eerily accurate for me. Every once in a while, I simply *have* to escape from the city and get into a place where nature can have it's way with me. It's not out of negativity for New York, per se, but rather, it's a refresh button when I can be reminded of things that are so easily forgotten in a sea of people and a jungle of concrete.

For the other like-minded hippies out there, I wanted to share a few of my favorite Instagrams from the trip (ya know, #ICYMI). Check out our handle (@hippieteaparty) for more goodness. Obviously more pictures are going to be uploaded in the next few days for a more spectacularly visual adventure. I'm just waiting for my jet lag to settle down and my social batteries to recharge being back in the city.

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