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2018 In Review

by Amanda Phillips

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! 

Infographic of Every Two Pines Year in Review
Infographic of Every Two Pines Year in Review mobile

Best Of

Best Swim

Best Sunrise

Best New Hiking Buddies

Best self-timer fail

Best Mountain Dance Party

Best Wildlife Moment

Best Campfire

Best Mountain Selfie

Best Yurt

Best Sexy Photoshoot

Best Flattering Portrait

Best Breakfast

Personal Balance and Hiking Without Shin Pain
Camp in the Snow
PNWOW Snow Camping Event! 100%
Hike in Another Region
Alaska! 100%
2 Multi-night Backpacking Trips
Did not multi-night camp 0%
Outdoor Boulder 4 times
Went once 25%
Visit Glacier Peak Wilderness
Went to Spider Gap! 100%
Visit a Hot Spring
Visit 1 New National Park
Denali and Kenai! 100%
Keep Up Regular Yoga Practice
Could improve... 75%
Climb Once A Week
Stopped Climbing 50%

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. 
Group of snowshoers at Source Lake
Group of tents at Paradise, Mt Rainier
Alpenglow on Mt Rainier
  • Went to a lovely cabin near Skykomish and attempted to snowshoe at Surprise Lake, only to be thwarted by creek crossings.  
Creek near Surprise Lake


Reflection at Kendall Peak Lakes
Woman snowshoeing at Hex Mountain
Woman wearing balloon around head


Three women snowshoeing at Lanham Lake
Never Stop Moving Climbing group at Vantage, Washington
Woman climbing at Vantage Washington
Mt Rainier with cumulus cloud
Woman with snow on her hair
View of Granite lakes valley in the Snow


View of Olympic Mountains from Hurricane Ridge
Woman at the top of Hurricane Ridge
Man near Hurricane Ridge
  • 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. 
Black Mouth Cur dog


  • First hike of the season to Otter Falls for a waterfall trifecta!
Marten Creek waterfall
Otter Creek Falls
Big Creek Falls
  • Spent some outdoor time at work on a research cruise counting fish
Rainbow off of boat
  • Hiked to Green Lake and stopped at Ranger Falls on the way.
Woman at Green Lake at Mt Rainier National Park
Ranger Falls at Rainier National Park
  • Did some outdoor bouldering then a quick hike to Lake Stuart 
View of the enchantments from the Stuart Lake Trail
Woman standing next to Lake Stuart in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness
  • First backpack of the season to Toleak Point in the Olympic National Park
Sunset at Toleak Point in the Olympic National Park


  • Enjoyed some family time in Chelan
Women at winery at Lake Chelan
Vineyard at Lake Chelan
Exit Glacier at Kenai National Park
Glacier at Kenai National Park
Sea Lions on the Kenai Peninsula
River in Denali National Park
Sled dogs at Denali National Park
Caribou in Denali National Park


Wildflowers in the Teanaways
Spider meadows in the glacier peak wilderness
Woman at Spider gap in Glacier Peak Wilderness
  • Quick overnight trip in Salmon la Sac after enduring a rainstorm
Woman camping in Salmon La Sac
Woman standing in front of Royal Basin in the Olympic National Park
Reflection at Royal Lake in the Olympic National Park


  • Backpacked to Navaho Pass for Danielle’s first backpacking trip.
Group of woman at the top of Navaho Pass
Women walking below Navaho Ridge
  • Went to Portland for the world’s longest daytrip (23 hours!) to attend the Pickathon Music Festival
Shakey Graves at Pickathon 2018
Bedouine at Pickathon 2018
Tuck and Robin Lakes during a smoky summer
Woman standing at the top of Mt. Dickerman


  • Managed a quick overnighter to Marmot Pass on Labor Day Weekend
Man standing on slope at Marmot Pass in the Olympic National Park at sunset
Tent at Marmot Pass in the Olympic National Park
Margaret Lake in the fall
Goat Island Mountain near Mt Rainier National Park
Mt Adams from the Goat Rocks Wilderness
Goat Lake in the Goat Rock Wilderness
  • Started graduate school at the University of Washington! 


View of Lake Ann at Maple Loop Pass
  • Joined many new friends for a hike to Cutthroat Pass and camping trip in the North Cascades
Golden larches near the Pacific Crest Trail
Group of hikers at Cutthroat Pass
Liberty Bell Range in the North Cascades
Girl walking through trees in the fall near chain lakes
Mt. Baker near Chain Lakes loop
  •  Second solo backpacking trip of the year to Gothic Basin, complete with an icy October swim!
Woman near Gothic Basin at Mountain Loop Highway


  • First sunrise hike to Mt. Elinor to celebrate Sarina’s birthday! 
Sunrise at Mount Ellinor
  • Quick trip to Lake Valhalla between studying for midterms. 
Lake Valhalla in the fall


Mount Tahoma Trail Association Yurt in the snow
  • Finished my first quarter of grad school! 
  • Got out for the first snowshoe of the year at Wenatchee Crest
Snowshoe path through Wenatchee Crest

Happy 2019!

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