It's hard to believe, but for nearly a year now I have been blogging here. When I think about the things I have committed myself to for a year or more (relationships and passions aside), that list is extremely short. And that makes sense, I suppose. My life has always been geared towards being in nature and taking photographs. There have been no other hobbies that rival either of those. Fitness is huge, but I consider that a way to nature, and not much else. Being in great physical shape allows me to see and do everything I can dream up. It also keeps my brain working, which is pretty key to photography and not falling off of cliffs.
While most years have been gratifying with large amounts of time spent on adventures, none have come even close to October 2015-October 2016. The past 12 months have been a nonstop whirlwind of packing and unpacking and planning and editing. Constant motion in one way or another. I owe this to my husband. The man who shares all of my passions and gladly agrees to partake in any exploration I come up with. And hey- he comes up with a lot of the plans too :) Having a partner in this type of lifestyle is key. And I fall in love with him more everyday, after every hike, every fall and every smile. To support this life we have created, we downsized considerably. From a four bedroom house to a one bedroom apartment. It's mainly a place to keep our gear and create food. But we fit in there too. Us and our five bikes, three tents, six sleeping bags, four backpacks and a crash pad. It's not just home. It's inspiration that surrounds us.
In the next year we plan to up our level of extreme-condition camping and backpacking. We have a couple trips in the works and could not be more excited about them. Winter for us is a time of love, peace, solitude and wonder. And gearing up for the cold season of 2016/17 has been a process. But we're confident in what we have and what we plan to do. Mountaineering conditioning has been an important part of the process and so much fun. It's been a good time using these warmer months to experiment with various foods and drink choices, so that when the ground begins to freeze and the calorie needs rise, our nutrition will be taken care of. I like to think of this past year as a glorious and beautiful experiment in what could happen. And now moving forward, we get to put everything we learned into practice. There are many boundaries to push and sights to see.
To celebrate a year of blogging here, I would like to share a few of my favorite photographs and tell you about them. So that's what the rest of this is about. Please, I urge you, immerse yourself into our great wild. Take care of it and treasure it. Preserve, conserve and learn. You will become a happier and more developed human. Strong, in love with your world and compassionate to it. Go play!