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Lily update 1-26-23

Lily update 1-26-23

LILY UPDATE! Our girl is STABLE! This is truly a miracle and I literally can’t believe how good her labs look. Turns out her oncologist was right and there was NO WAY the labs that the primary vet ran were accurate. That labs that lead 

An Update On Lily

An Update On Lily

Lily update  Well, 2023 isn’t off to a good start. I have had a few of you ask me what’s going on with Lily (thanks for caring by the way) and it’s not good. Her health has been declining over the past 3 months but 

25 movies that will make you want to pack your bags

25 movies that will make you want to pack your bags

Whether you’re looking for a movie for your next flight or your next date night, these 25 movies are sure you keep you entertained AND inspire your wanderlust! Heads up that some are actually thrillers but set in a beautiful place and I have even thrown in a few kids movies – that are totally worthy of an adults time – as well. Without further ado and in no particular order, let’s get started!

  1. The Secret life of Walter Mitty – Iceland
  2. Coco – Mexico
  3. Free Solo – Yosemite, California, USA
  4. Lord of the Rings – New Zealand
  5. The Motorcycle Diaries – South America (several countries)
  6. The Way – Camino de Santiago (Spain)
  7. Into the Wild – United States
  8. Love in the Villa – Italy
  9. Beast – South Africa
  10. Eat Pray Love – Italy, Indonesia (Bali) & India
  11. Wild Mountain Thyme – Ireland
  12. Frida – Mexico
  13. 50 First Dates – Hawaii
  14. Rio – Brazil
  15. Wild – Oregon, United States (plus one scene in California)
  16. Couples Retreat – French Polynesia (Bora Bora)
  17. Brave – Scotland
  18. Falling Inn Love – New Zealand
  19. Yosemite – Yosemite, California, USA
  20. The Sound of Music – Austria
  21. The Jungle Book – Filming locations include India, Tennessee (USA) & South Carolina (USA)
  22. Avatar – New Zealand, United States (Hawaii & California ) & China
  23. Leave No Trace – Oregon, United States
  24. Aladdin – Jordan
  25. In Search of Fellini – Italy

How many of these movies have you watched? Did any of them inspire your wanderlust or make it to your favorite movies list? If I missed your favorite travel movie, feel free to share it in the comments. 🙂

2 night/ 3 day Yosemite itinerary . . . but make it better. Designed by a local.

2 night/ 3 day Yosemite itinerary . . . but make it better. Designed by a local.

I have an alternative itinerary for you that will make your Yosemite trip unique, extra special & help you explore more of the area. Many people will tell you to stay in mariposa, el Portal or Fresno (depending on which direction you are entering from) 

The worlds 15 International dark sky sanctuaries

The worlds 15 International dark sky sanctuaries

If you love stargazing, then you have probably already heard about International Dark Sky Places (IDSP). As of January 2022, there are 195 certified IDSPs in the world. 11 of these Dark Sky Places can be found in the United States; seven have been designated as “gold 

W🌲LD 🌎NE

W🌲LD 🌎NE

I did a thing. 

I had an idea many years ago and I’d like to share it with you. It was just an idea, an inspiration based upon how I feel inside and what makes me feel most alive. I have always felt like I have a “wild” soul. Not in the sense of being reckless but more so the sense of craving freedom, plus have always had a deep desire to be in wild places. I imagined the words “wild one”, except somehow incorporating nature. So I sketched something out quickly on my iPhone with the “I” as a tall coniferous tree and the “O” as planet earth, so I wouldn’t forget it. It was totally incomplete and messy.  I didn’t touch it or do anything else with it for years. Last year I decided I wanted to circle back around to it. I needed an artist, a very specific artist to help me “finish” this sketched out idea. Well, I found her! It took me months to decide if I wanted to invest in hiring her to finish this dream, l took the leap and sent her my sketch. I asked her if she could turn it into something beautiful. I shared my story and the heart behind the sketch. I wanted something I could put on apparel, reusable water bottles, etc. I wanted to create useful items, that speak to strangers through art, about things that make me feel alive, without even having to say a word – and perhaps these items could even start a conversation out in the world! Together, we created something that makes my heart sing! 

This illustration is a doorway . . . showing us what awaits us on the other side if we just step through the door. We incorporated many of the things I love – the ocean, mountains, jungle, night sky, trees, earth & flowers. Not just any flowers though. Two symbolic flowers. A flower in each of my parents favorite colors. One purple and one pink because they were the ones who instilled this MAJOR passion & appreciation of nature and exploration into me as a child. I wanted to honor them in this design as a token of gratitude. For even more context, the artist I hired is based in the UK, it is not uncommon for doors in the UK to come in shapes other than the traditional American rectangle. Imagine castles, abbeys, etc.

So if you consider yourself a “W🌲LD 🌎NE” too? Have been able to catch the vision and heart behind this inspirational design? Walk through the door and grab a shirt, sweatshirt, sticker or water bottle! Email me to see all the things or place an order. hilda.intothewild@gmail.com

10 simple Outdoor Survival tips that could save your life!

10 simple Outdoor Survival tips that could save your life!

You may or may not know that I am a survival story & true crime junkie. That being said, I’m always super paranoid about safety while in the great outdoors because of the stories I have heard and read.  I have put together a “to 

Visiting Yosemite in the fall

Visiting Yosemite in the fall

Yosemite National Park is doing away with the need of reservations to enter the park on October 1st!  A few tips for visiting the park in the fall.  Weather: • September: 50°F/84°F • October: 41°F/72°F • November: 32°F/57 F Things to Do: • Go hiking 

World Worth Wandering, Uganda & Mexico Commission

World Worth Wandering, Uganda & Mexico Commission

com·mis·sion

/kəˈmiSHən/

Noun: commission; plural noun: commissions

  1. An instruction, command, or duty given to a person or group of people

When God speaks, we must listen and what He says is simply put.

The two most important things Jesus asked us to do:

“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

Matthew 22:36-40 (NIV)

Thats it. Love God and love each other.

‘Love
Ἀγαπήσεις (Agapēseis) which carries with it a sense of doing the right thing at the right time for the right reason, or in other words, loving someone like a friend. I think about what I would do if a friend was in need and I was in a position to help in any way whatsoever. I would help.

We love our neighbors when we, like the Samaritan in Jesus’ parable, have compassion for them and help meet their needs as we are able. We love our neighbors best when we share God’s truth with them. Jesus alone can save (John 14:6; Acts 4:12), and He alone can meet people’s every need. resource

While I was in Uganda, God really put it on my heart to help His people in Uganda (& elsewhere) beyond my time there as a tourist. He told me to go home and pray about ways I can love them from home. Love in the way it is used here in this scripture is an action.

I still keep in touch with our guide in Uganda and he sends us pictures often, of safaris with other groups he’s showing around, the amazing wildlife, stunning vistas, etc. but yesterday he sent us some photos of what he was doing with the tip money we gave him. He was giving to the elderly in need!!! I was moved to tears. He used our tip money to HELP PEOPLE!!! God bless him.

It hit me, it was clear as day. I need to give in a tangible way and create a way for others to give as well. My hope is to send my guide (Denis) and hostess in Bwindi (Tina) money monthly or quarterly and have them, with God’s leading, distribute it as they see fit. Being locals there, they recognizing where the need is great. I would love for them to continue to help the elderly, the outcasts, and I would love to see this money also go to help orphans. My guide told me while I was there that there are definitely orphaned children in need. I also met someone on social media recently who works with orphans in Uganda and plan to ask my guide to meet him and see if he feels we can help support this mans ministry as well.

This is where YOU come in. Will you love (Agapēseis) God’s children in Uganda with me? Maybe you can’t physically go to Uganda but you can give a little here from home? A one time gift, a monthly gift or sporadically as you are able. Will you also commit to praying for them with me?

I plan helping in this way in Mexico again as well soon. If you have followed me for a long time, you may remember the annual missions trips my dad & I created to his home state of Michoacán. We called these trips “New Year, New Hope” because we went every January-ish to serve, feed and pray with the elderly, the orphans and those in dire poverty. Well, we have been talking a lot over the pandemic about starting those missions trips back up one day and you can help! Heck, you can COME with us if you’d like! These trips were all 100% self funded. We documented them so we could share what we were doing with people back home and on social media, in hopes that sharing would inspire people to give; so we could help even more people on our future trips there. Here are a couple of video links to previous “New Year, New Hope” trips my dad & I organized and executed (along with help from family members local to the area). WATCH HERE —-> New Year, New Hope 2013 & New Year, New Hope 2014. Forgive the horrible editing, I filmed and created these videos almost a decade ago. The heart is there though, I hope that shines through more than the old school editing.

Are you being lead to love?

Give —-> HERE

Be sure to specify “Uganda Donation” or “Mexico Donation” So I know where to distribute your donation.💜

If you are interested in attending an IN PERSON missions trip, apply —> HERE to join me in Paraguay South America next summer!

Join me in a mystery destination, June 2023 (SOLD OUT, WAITLIST OPEN)

Join me in a mystery destination, June 2023 (SOLD OUT, WAITLIST OPEN)

Welcome to the first step of one of the best experiences of your life! Unless you’ve been on a previous group trip with me, then this will be the most recent “best experience” of your life! 😉 One thing I am known for with my