To celebrate a good friend’s birthday, she wanted “to go on an adventure.” I thought that may have meant a long hike or day trip to the mountain, so naturally I signed up. I quickly learned when she said adventure, she meant “Adventure is out there!,” and a trip would ensue. I couldn’t be more grateful to join her on this journey.
Well, it’s more than halfway through January, and I noticed I haven’t written since Thanksgiving. Oops. Looking back at 2014, my heart is warmed to realize all that I accomplished, and I am so grateful to have hiked over 30 different trails, traveled to various parts of Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho, New York, Texas and Hawaii, try brand new things (mountain biking made the top of the list!), share laughter with friends new and old, and – of course – cook a ton of delicious food. Thank you to all who made 2014 an incredible year!
Now it’s on to 2015, and it has proven there’s no rest for the wicked! New Year’s Day wouldn’t have been complete without a frozen waterfall hike to Triple Falls, and the next days were kept full with whale watching attempts, snowboarding, bouldering, and lots of new recipes! Over the past few weeks, I’ve been pondering plans for the next 365 days, and without further ado, they are as follows (in no particular order):
- Hike Mount St. Helens – Yes, I’m a native Oregonian and have NEVER been to the iconic PNW mountain. Shameful.
- Hike Dog Mountain
- Solo backpacking trip
- Learn to cook paella
- Teach a cooking class
- Hike in the Grand Canyon
- More mountain biking!
- Plan for Glacier National Park trip in 2016
- Bike along the Historic Columbia River Highway
- Rock climbing and hiking at Smith Rock
- And finally, the POSSIBILITY of hiking Mt. Whitney
With one of the hottest summers on record, I found myself extra incentivized to find ways to cool down and enjoy outdoor time. Hiking is a standard practice for me, but I also expanded my horizons and added mountain biking (a first!), stand up paddleboarding and a Wildlife Safari to my summertime activity.
Write ups are still in the works for some of these adventures, so in the meantime, enjoy this little gallery of my hiking, biking, and paddling over the past three months.
- Hike: Tom, Dick and Harry
- Hike: Hardy Falls and Hamilton Mountain
- Hike: Punch Bowl Falls
- Hike: Oneonta Gorge (twice!)
- Hike: Horsetail Falls, Ponytail Falls and Triple Falls
- Hike: Mt. Scott, Crater Laker
- Hike: Historical walk in Kona, Hawaii
- Manta Ray “Dive”, Kona, Hawaii
- Bike: Providence Bridge Pedal
- Bike: Sunday Parkways
- Mountain Biking: Post Canyon
- Mountain Biking: Cascade Locks
- Wildlife Safari
- Stand up paddleboarding, Willamette River