Auri Stephenson

Auri Stephenson

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Hiker👣🎗Representing cancer survivors in the outdoor world💛🌲Lover of trees🌳🏕Long distance foot travel is the life🏔Currently Hiking Across America🇺🇸
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We met a kitty friend while Hiking Across America! If ya wanna read about guns, fireworks, and cats then I wrote the purrrrrfect (sorry, had to) story for you!!! All you have to do is click the link in my bio and find the picture of this little guy's face. Read to your heart's content, and please let me know what you think 💛💛 @bigmarchikes 💛 kitty kittycat kittyfriend kittyhost catsofinstagram catsofhikeacrossamerica facerub missouri katytrail fireworksorgunshots hike hiker hikeacrossamerica chickswhohike womenwhohike womenwhoexplore backpacking optoutside nature neature hikerlife outside liveoutside mountains ontheroad onthetrail adventure travel createyourself

1 Days ago
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Ah, the Midwest! The summer sun is brutal, the shade nowhere to be found! At least we'll be hiking the rest of the way west in Autumn/Winter 😬 midwest noshade 105degrees fullsun flatland missouri makeyourownshade gossamergear hikeacrossamerica katytrail hike hiker chickswhohike womenwhohike womenwhoexplore backpacking optoutside nature neature hikerlife outside liveoutside mountains ontheroad onthetrail adventure travel createyourself

2 Days ago
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Surprise waterfall anyone? I love going exploring and finding all things unexpected! surprisewaterfall explore discover lookclosely lookup solohike wilderness hike hiker hikergirl chickswhohike womenwhohike womenwhoexplore backpacking optoutside nature neature hikerlife outside liveoutside mountains ontheroad onthetrail adventure travel createyourself

3 Days ago
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When you Hike Across America, some weird stuff is bound to happen. Would you like to know about one of the weirdest nights so far 😱? I just wrote a pretty neat blog post about it and the link is in my bio! @bigmarchikes captured this amazing image of the stars after a storm that night. Check it out 😱😱😱creaturesofthenight creepycrawly stars stormy itwasadarkandstormynight hikeacrossamerica nighthike intuition hike hiker chickswhohike womenwhohike womenwhoexplore backpacking optoutside nature neature hikerlife outside liveoutside mountains ontheroad onthetrail adventure travel createyourself

4 Days ago
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This is the hill my sisters and I used to slide down on trash bags in the snow (works just as well as a sled 😉). Sometimes I wish I could go home, if just for a day. Alas, I've got the soul of a wanderer. Gotta keep Hiking wanderer hikersoul missingvirginia virginiaisformountainlovers abingdon virginia homesick rollinghills appalachia hike hiker chickswhohike womenwhohike backpacking optoutside nature neature hikerlife outside liveoutside mountains ontheroad onthetrail adventure travel createyourself

5 Days ago
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Hiking at Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site with my awesome partner! We even ran into an interpretive talk on Top Cottage. 'Twas a good day nationalhistoricsite nationalpark eleanorroosevelt valkill hikingpartner hesthebest hike hiker backpacking optoutside nature neature hikerlife outside liveoutside mountains ontheroad onthetrail adventure travel createyourself

6 Days ago
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Another past office of mine, Shenandoah National Park! This is the spot I used to drive to to get cell service to call my mother to let her know I was still alive. I love living off the grid! nationalpark shenandoah shenandoahnationalpark offthegrid cottonclouds hike hiker chickswhohike womenwhohike backpacking optoutside nature neature hikerlife outside liveoutside mountains ontheroad onthetrail adventure travel createyourself

7 Days ago
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UPDATE: it's all good, mistake has been corrected 🙃 Original post: So... apparently I've liked too many pictures over the last few days, so I am temporarily banned from liking... I have no idea how Instagram works 😭😭 I just want to show appreciation for all the incredible pictures everyone posts, it's overwhelming! So if you want to show your support use the hashtag FREEAURI today when you post any picture. I'll be able to like it eventually 😩 FREEAURI iwanttolikeallyourpictures instabanned sad instasad hike hiker hikeacrossamerica katytrail railtrail neature nature chickswhohike backpacking optoutside mountains adventure travel createyourself

8 Days ago
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Aaaaah! Look at this little guy I found! Ain't he a cutie? nofilter snail smallwonders neature trail hikerlife hikelife wildlife lookclosely whatabeaut hikersnail hike hiker chickswhohike womenwhohike backpacking optoutside nature lookup mountains adventure travel createyourself

9 Days ago
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Today is my second most terrifying cancer anniversary, so here's another short story! Fuck cancer. The end. Just kidding, but seriously, September is childhood cancer awareness month and also the month of my diagnosis. Eight years ago today, I was given the words, "You have cancer." Words no one ever thinks about hearing, especially in the middle of high school. Childhood cancer treatment options are few, are dangerous, and often have life long detriments. Take a moment to spread the word about childhood cancer. Kids deserve more than 4% of funding for cancer research!morethan4 kidsgetcancertoo childhoodcancer childhoodcancerawareness findacure cancer leukemia tcell acutelymphoblasticleukemia gogold cancerawareness survivor stjudechildrensresearchhospita stjudekid represent hike hiker chickswhohike backpacking optoutside mountains adventure travel createyourself

10 Days ago
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This is one of my favorites from last year at Flathead Lake (pre-HAA) in Montana. No editing, no filter, all natural beauty. In other news, the Hike Across America (HAA) has a new website! We post a new blog every Thursday, so check out the link in my bio and let me know what you think. Happy trails, everyone 🏔 HikeAcrossAmerica sunset flatheadlake montana goldensky reflection nofilter natural naturalbeauty nature neature hike hiker chickswhohike backpacking optoutside lookup trees mountains adventure travel createyourself

11 Days ago
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Not the best quality picture, but I took this at work, so all I had was an iPod camera! bestoffice atwork roving ranger forest forestranger nationalforestservice bluemountains hike hiker chickswhohike backpacking optoutside mountains trees neature nature adventure travel createyourself

12 Days ago
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Oh how I miss the West! I'll be there again someday soon and my feet will get me there! HikeAcrossAmerica wyoming snowcap mountains mountaingirl nationalpark nationalparkservice hike hiker chickswhohike backpacking optoutside neature nature adventure travel createyourself

13 Days ago
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It's childhood cancer awareness month and the anniversary of my first surgery, so it's story time! My Hike Across America started with a trek from East Tennessee to a children's cancer hospital, and I'll tell you why. When I was 15 all my lymph nodes swelled up and I experienced intense pain in my chest and legs. Doctor after doctor had no clue what they were looking at. I was brought in on September 11, 2009 to have one of my lymph nodes removed to be tested thoroughly. Laying in my hospital bed all loopy on happy drugs, I asked a nurse what the date was. With her response my eyes widened and I said "That's not a good sign!" I was imagining catastrophe and devastation. I blame the inappropriate comment on the loopy drugs, but in truth, the results were a catastrophe. It was a rare form of Leukemia, only effectively treated by one hospital in the world at that time, St Jude Children's Research Hospital. They do incredible things there (like discover the subtype of the subtype of Leukemia that I had). We need more places like it! Childhood cancer is the leading cause of death by disease among children and many people don't even know kids can get cancer! Help get the word out by taking some time to promote childhood cancer awareness month! hike hiker chickswhohike backpacking optoutside mountains adventure travel createyourself morethan4 kidsgetcancertoo childhoodcancer childhoodcancerawareness findacure cancer leukemia tcell acutelymphoblasticleukemia gogold cancerawareness survivor stjudechildrensresearchhospita stjudekid represent

14 Days ago
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Before I pierced my septum... Burned trees are so beautiful and intimidating. forestfire burn natural skeletontrees nationalforest nationalforestservice hike hiker chickswhohike backpacking optoutside mountains adventure travel createyourself

15 Days ago
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17 Days ago
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Oh, the loveliness of moss beds! Time for a nap? moss mossbed naptime trees hike hiker thehikelife chickswhohike backpacking optoutside mountains nature green adventure travel createyourself

18 Days ago
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My gear list has changed so drastically since this picture! Cats always wanna be in the middle of anything interesting happening. I kinda get that mentality. cat catsofinstagram hikercat canitakehimwithme gear ivelearnedsomenewtricks hike hiker chickswhohike backpacking optoutside adventure travel createyourself

19 Days ago
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20 Days ago
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September is childhood cancer awareness month. I was diagnosed smack dab in the middle of September, so I'm extra aware this time of year. This month (and most of the time, really) I'm showing my love for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Without them and without Le Bonheur Children's Hospital, I would not be here to Hike Across America. It's important to recognize all of the incredibly dedicated people who work to find an end childhood cancer. It doesn't get nearly close to enough funding for research, and it is severely underrepresented as a whole. I've actually met people who didn't know children could have cancer! Let's get the word out! childhoodcancerawarenessmonth childhoodcancer stjudeschildrensresearchhospit findingcuressavingchildren survivor leukemia lebonheurchildrenshospital survivorhiker hikehost endchildhoodcancer

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