I was planning on writing this post back in December, but (noting this blog title) that month fleeew by. So! I’m writing it now. Here is a brief re-cap of my year. Enjoy!
Winter | January – March
Honestly, I was going through my pictures on my computer and I practically did nothing. I worked – a lot. Thus, I didn’t get out much. It’s that sad? One of my new years resolutions I made for 2016 was to stop over doing myself when it comes to my job. As a Casual, there were weeks where I’d be working 14 day weeks…not good. Things have definitely changed for the new year! Oh – wait, I bought my first car in March. There! I didn’t something interesting.
Spring | April – June
This was when the ball started rolling with “life balance.” In April, I split cold Canada and headed down south to Palm Springs. The previous time I was in Palm Springs I was 9 or something. You can say this trip was a little different. I was able to do a lot of hiking, swimming, tanning, shopping and drinking (ha!). It was a nice get away.
In June, I went on a week canoe trip with a couple of my friends. We spent 8 days paddling around Murtle Lake. It was an absolute gem of a trip. I would go back there in a heartbeat.
Summer | July – August
A few weeks after Murtle Lake, I finally got to experience the beauty of Joffre Lakes. Seriously though, they are something else.
August was extremely hot in the Vancouver area. I’m talking record breaking temperatures in my books. Towards the end of the month I escaped to Tofino with a few friends and tried surfing for the first time. It was pretty awesome – definitely worth going back for.
Fall/Beginning of Winter | September – December
If I were to choose a month that went by the quickest, it would have to be September. I still look back to that month and am blown away to how much I was able to cram into those 30 days.
I hiked Cheakamus Lake for the second time with a few of my co-workers. Despite the cold and rain, the trip was (as usual) completely worth it. That trip also confirmed my decision to purchase a Gore-Tex jacket.
Literally the day after Cheakamus, I headed down to Portland, Oregon. I met up with my friend whom I met when travelling in Europe back in 2014. It was a fun trip indeed. Portland is incredibly unique and every 20-something should head down there to experience the city. I still have all my Portland photos to blog about. Don’t worry, they are on the back burner.
Literally 24 hours after my return from Portland, I headed up north to Whistler to complete in the Mudderella Race with two of my girlfriends. Before this, I had never done anything like that. Tough Mudder 2016 anyone?
Around the beginning of October, I hiked to Wedgemount Lake with my close friend. It whipped our asses, but the views…nothing could have been more rewarding.
In November, I said goodbye to my 1st ever hiking boots. Enough said. (Also: for your information, my feet aren’t that big…the camera blew them up, I swear).
I also hiked (well…snowshoed/scrambled) to Garibaldi Lake for the first time. Damn, it was nice. I can only imagine what it would be like in the summer. Tenting in the snow was cold. Oh god…but that’s why there is fireball, right?
December was the 2nd most blurry month. I really know how to pack in the days (ugh). It started off with a two-night snowshoe to Elfin Lakes with a couple of my co-workers. That trip topped my two previous Elfin trips. Hands down.
Of course Christmas fell in there somewhere…
And finally – what way to finish and bring in a new year. I headed up north to Sheridan Lake with a couple of friends and spent 4 days skiing, snowshoeing and being stereotypically Canadian – bliss!
There you go. My year in a whirlwind. It went by way too quickly. A resolution of mine for 2016 is to”Stop and Smell the Roses.” I’ll let you know how it goes…
Keep exploring, stay wild!