Mike Johnston

Pittsburgh

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Refreshing dip into #tamolitchpool after a decent hike along the #mckenzieriver

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Standing next to the 5th largest redwood in the world, #elviejodelnorte located in the middle of #groveoftitans the largest community of redwood trees discovered, found by taking some off-beaten unmarked trails within #jedediahsmithwilderness

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Inside of a huge underground cave illuminated from the sun beaming through a hole in the wall, filled with clear limestone-filtered fresh water over 150 feet deep, is little-known #cenotepalomitas It's about a 2 hour drive from any major tourist area in the Yucatan, so there's a good chance you'll get the place all to yourself

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The pink lakes of #lascoloradas

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#shortsandbeach along #highway101 is a popular spot for surfers and all kinds of little pups running around off leash and into the water 🐶

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#secretbeach in #brookings got its name because the trailhead to get there is not easy to find, and the furthest of the three beaches here is only accessible during exceptionally low tides and is visited by only a few people each year.

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Started my trip at the top of the state in the congested areas of Oregon, and then ended it at the most southern end in the more secluded small coastal town of #brookings where you can find places like this all to yourself

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Gradually making my way towards southern Oregon, I had to stop in the Sisters area to take a dip into #tamolitchpool Its so clear it looks like it's only a couple feet, but is about 50

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Surfing on a mini glacier in the middle of #nonamelake , a lake located inside of a crater on top of #brokentop mountain. It wasn't as graceful as it looks, I fell off that thing like 3 times before I was able to get on it.
You need a high clearance 4x4 truck to reach the trailhead because the forest road to get there is considered to be the worst road in Oregon. From the trailhead it's about a 6 mile round trip hike to the top, with lots of elevation.

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Getting up close to #koosahfalls , part of the blue waters of the #mckenzieriver

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Refreshing jump into #opalpool after a 7 mile hike. One of the many gems located deep within the #opalcreekwilderness

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Beat up the rental car through a sketchy rough forest road. Hiked down a steep trail with the help of some rope tied to trees, and then walked upstream through a creek until this awesome falls appeared #abiquafalls

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Exploring the state of dysentery, man-buns and cool spots like #littlecraterlake for the next 2 weeks. This artesian spring-fed pool is the result of water slowly filtering through underground limestone. I arrived when the sun was going down, so I couldn't get the right picture to do it any justice, but in person the sapphire colored water is unbelievably clear. The fallen tree to the right can be seen extending 45 feet all the way to the bottom.

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Cenote #aktunchen water reaches 39 feet deep, inside a cave the size of about half of a football field

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Head first into #cenotezacilha

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Jumping into #cenotesamula 💦
Trying to hit as many Cenotes as possible while I'm here. I won't have even scratched the surface by the end of my trip considering there are over an estimated 6,000 of them in the Yucatán. Many of them have yet to be discovered, and a lot can't be researched online.
A cenote is a natural sinkhole (above or underground) that exposes pure crystal-clear fresh ground water.
Formed during the Ice Ages, the cenotes were held sacred by the Mayan civilization and many contain remains of offerings to their gods. This particular one was used by the Mayans for ritual human sacrifices. They would throw the sacrifice into the hole you see at the top, which is about 150 or so feet high. Human skulls and bones lie at the pool's deep bottom. Ancient fossilized remains of giant Jaguars and Mammoths are among the more recent finds. Schools of all types of freshwater fish are today's inhabitants.

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The most well known cenote #dosojos reaches depths of 391 feet. Exploration started in 1986. So far the documented extent of it is 51 miles with 28 known entrances.
Pure limestone with very little soil development in the region results in exceptionally clear filtered water.
Snorkeling through here being able to clearly see the bottom at any depth was unreal

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Jumping into the turquoise waters of Caleta #chacalal
This lagoon is filled with brackish water, a mixture of fresh water from the surrounding cenotes, and salt water from the connecting Caribbean ocean.
Several species of tropical fish spend some time here before they reach the proper size and maturity to migrate into the ocean.
Submerged rock formations give way to underwater caves.
This place is very well hidden and tucked-away somewhere within the gated and patrolled upscale yachting community of #puertoaventuras , so it took a little exploring to find it. Because of this, and because there are crocodile warning signs at the beginning of the trail to access it, this might be one of the best kept secrets of the Riviera Maya. Tip: There are no crocodiles here

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Located on the southern end of #xpuha this beach was once home to Club Maeva Tulum, a resort that has been abandoned ever since hurricane Wilma and Emily destroyed the place in 2005.
While everything lies in ruins, the buildings still stand. The pools fill with rain water.
I didn't find this information out or realize there was an entire abandoned resort right behind those trees until after I left, so I didn't get to explore it. It was a little eerie walking along this empty area past a random deserted beachfront palapa bar, seen in the background behind my big head.
Although the water is nicer than the rest of Xpu-Ha, you won't see many, if any at all, people venture down this way.

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