Photo Friday – March 28, 2015

It’s Spring Break, so this week’s Photo Friday is a celebration of that most time-honored tradition — the spring break road trip.

We’ve been getting a ton of really fantastic images in the #modernhiker hashtag lately, but these four are our favorites for this week —

Johnny Sanchez took his family up to Big Sur for some world-class coastal views and, of course, world-class hiking.

Divine exploration. #BigSur #bigsurcrew

A photo posted by Johnny Sanchez (@johnnyblu) on

Lexie Hendricks spent some time getting her boots dirty near Moab, Utah – and I can say there are few places on earth where getting your boots dirty can be so much fun. You’re basically smack dab in the middle of Canyonlands, Dead Horse Point State Park, and Arches, and all three are killer outdoor destinations.

Muddy boots in Moab. ?? life is good.

A photo posted by Lexie Hendricks (@lexiehendricks) on

Meanwhile … in Texas, Claire Edwards took a trip to one of the most remote National Parks in the system (and one that’s been on my list for a while now), Big Bend National Park. I think this photo accurately captures a feeling we’ve all had visiting our new favorite outdoor places for the first time, right?

Sin palabras. En serio. #everydaymadewell #contest

A photo posted by claire edwards (@claire_edwards) on

And finally, we all know road trips aren’t ALL just beautiful vistas and heart-pounding moments – sometimes, it’s the little discomforts that really make the trip memorable. Things like, say, making lunch with a camp stove in a grocery store parking lot because you’re trying to save money for the good stuff. As someone who has done this (as well as some other fun penny-pinching road trip moves), I salute this group’s tenacity as well as their road trip (which looks like it may actually be a REALLY LONG one, too!)

All of our featured photographers will be getting a discount code from our friends at Sierra Trading Post!

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Now start planning your weekend hikes and go play outside!