I am notoriously late to the end of year reflection game plus February 1st has always been my New Year’s Day observed anyhow. By February 1st the New Year is in full swing and most people already forgot about their resolution weeks ago so February seems like a perfect time to reflect on the past year and check in how the new one is going.
For 2017 I decided to choose a photo or two for each month that represented some of my favorite memories of the year. Sometimes I feel like I spend way too much time in an office and then I look back on my year and then think oh my gosh how did I manage to do all of this and maintain a semi-full time job?!?
My favorite words of the year were Thoreau’s, “I think that I cannot preserve my health and spirits, unless I spend four hours a day at least – and it is commonly more than that – sauntering through the woods and over the hills and fields, absolutely free from all worldly engagements.” I tried my darnedest to spend as many hours a day as I could wandering the hills with my pups and here is where our wanderings took us in 2017!
Spent hours upon hours traipsing through the snow with my dog. I set a goal for the year to trudge up Mt. Wire 50 times, but fell short with only 39 summits. It’s all about the journey though, right?
Fritz promised me he would do Wire summit #8 with me on President’s Day. He came home early from work and although it was windy and freezing he insisted on still making the trip up Wire, I should have been suspicious! He stayed with me the entire time and I kept threatening to turn around if I felt even one drop of rain. Towards the top he ran ahead and placed the ring box on the summit marker, but it had blown off by the time I got up there. He picked up the ring box and I said something like, “Oh no, someone left something up here,” it took me an entire minute to figure out what was happening. I think I said yes and they we ran down the mountain and got margaritas. I have never been so surprised of anything ever in my entire life.
We visited Jackson, Wyoming for the first time in winter and I fell in love with cross-country skiing in Grand Teton National Park. March was seriously the best month, – desert season got an early start, I crushed the Monument Valley 50K, and my parents came out for a visit to ski with me on my birthday.
Had an unbelievable adventure sea kayaking on Lake Powell totally fulfilling my lifelong goal of getting trapped on a desert island for 24 plus hours.
So much desert time and then it snowed on May 17th totally destroying my vegetable garden, but I got some pretty snowy wildflower photos.
Took only a handful of photos in June. Weird. Probably too busy with my head in a wildflower.
Thought about driving to Canada and so I did.
Ticked off a total bucket list run into the Cirque of the Towers in Wyoming’s Wind River Mountains and then viewed the totally life altering solar eclipse in Lander, Wyoming.
My grandmother passed away rather unexpectedly on October 1st leading to a whirlwind trip back home to Wisconsin. Although a sad occasion, it was nice to see my entire family, go on bike rides with my Dad, and visit my niece away at college in Madison.
Warm fall temps had us squeezing in a few more desert weekends in Bears Ears National Monument and Great Salt Lake Desert.
My two favorite places in the world, Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments got the kibosh from President Trump on December 4th. I got really angry and then started doing what I can to support the monuments. Gosh it was just last December that I was dancing around the room when I found out that Obama granted monument status to protect over 1.8 million acres sacred lands important to tribes across the Colorado Plateau. What a difference a year makes!