Friday, January 1, 2016

The Unexpected

If I had to sum up 2015 in one word it would be 'Unexpected'.

The year started off with ambitions of thru-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail and quickly twisted and turned into an unexpected journey of seeing and celebrating the amazing country that we live in, and staying open to whatever fate had in store. I crossed the country 5 times (once by train and four times by car). I visited 9 National Parks. I lived in a tent within a National Forest at a premiere, blue ribbon fly fishing destination for 5 months. I learned to fly fish from some of of the best guides in the country.I said good-bye to friends and places that I loved, and I've made new friendships that will hopefully last a life time. I started running again in May, and have managed to run 450 miles in the past 7 months. I landed an amazing job at a top research University. AND I've done this all with my best friend and partner by my side.


So what does this mean for 2016? If this past year has taught me anything, its to expect the unexpected. Like 2015, I have a vision for what I want to do with my life. For example, 

  • I want to run/hike/walk the year  (2,016 kilometers/1253 miles),
  • I want to run my first half marathon,
  • I want to go on at least 20 new hikes,
  • I want to get back into photography,
  • I want to blog more about all of my on foot adventures,
Just to name a few.  In moving forward I know that life will happen in ways that I can not yet anticipate , but I believe that 2015 has prepared me to accept whatever comes my way.

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