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It snowed 24” in 24 hours in Utah. And I am on a flight to Washington DC today to do some political advocacy work with @conservationalliance. This photo is not my reality. And I only feel a tiny tinge of FOMO, knowing all my friends are skiing overhead, blower powder. Preparing for this trip, I’ve been studying economic data that quantifies the value of protected public lands and how they benefit communities and contribute to quality of life. The outdoor experience means so much to me, I’ve devoted my entire life to it. So going to DC to communicate that to elected officials is one small thing I can do to give back for all that I have received from my time in wild places. And I’ll be focusing on that mission in my mind today as I try not to see all the good photos and videos of Utah pow on social media. Photo: @libbe_ellis

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