I enjoy the opportunity that a changing year provides for looking back. 2018 was a big year! I spent more time outside than ever before, started grad school, traveled to Alaska and had a merry time. The year certainly had its challenges but a great many gifts and people to share them with. Read on for some reflections on my 2018 goals, highlights and a timeline of my favorite moments from the year. Let me know how your year went in the comments!
I aimed for 52 hikes in 52 weeks and came close, though did not fully complete my goal. This was mostly due to time constraints with adopting then rehoming a dog, and starting grad school. I did hike whenever physically possible, so I don’t feel too bad about not hitting that 52 mark! More importantly, I outlined the reasons I wanted to do the 52 hike project and I believe that they were all achieved this year.
I got out more on shorter hikes, tried to find ways to fit in half-day hikes and went on more solo trips.
I did get out more often when weather was less than ideal, especially at the beginning of the year.
I managed to meet many new hiking friends this year from Instagram. Finding my outdoor community has been richly rewarding and an unexpected joy.
Year In Review
- Rang in the New Year with a snowshoe trip to Source Lake with some favorite friends and family, starting the first hike of the 52 hike project.
- Went to a lovely cabin near Skykomish and attempted to snowshoe at Surprise Lake, only to be thwarted by creek crossings.
- Adopted a dog, learned that he needed to be in a home with another dog to be happy and found him a new family. He is thriving in his new home but I miss you pup.
- Spent some outdoor time at work on a research cruise counting fish
- Started graduate school at the University of Washington!