Before I had time to settle back into things in Boulder, I was invited to join a group of writers from Colorado to visit Utah. We spent five days canyoneering, powering around Lake Powell in a plush house boat, and hiking the national parks. We even swooped down to Arizona for a second to do yoga overlooking the edge of Horseshoe Bend. Check out the whole trip here.
In July, I went north. I’ve been heading to the Flying U Ranch in British Columbia for over half of my life, and this year was no exception. The only difference was that now living in Colorado, it’s much more expensive and difficult to travel to the middle of nowhere, Canada. But there are some things in life worth prioritizing, and spending this week with my best friend on horseback is one of them. We blazed trail, we square danced, we herded longhorn cattle, and we celebrated with 6-packs of Kokanee.
Another tradition of mine is to stay a week every summer at Lake Chelan in Eastern Washington. Luckily for me, my remote work schedule made it possible to squeeze in this late-summer adventure in August. The best part? Simply having the chance to spend quality time with my parents. We dined at a blueberry farm for breakfast, hopped on standup paddleboards during my lunch breaks, and kicked back at wineries.
Once I made it back to Colorado, I didn’t exactly stay in one place. My somehow insatiable desire to be outside took me to Aspen, Crested Butte, Shelf Road, Conundrum Hot Springs, Heart Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park, and Curt Gowdy State Park. My friends bodies and my own are riddled with scars from a year full of adventure—mountain biking, fishing, climbing, and sipping whiskey on repeat. I’m already ready for three more months of fun.
In case you’ve somehow missed my barrage of photos on social media, the year ended with a week spent learning to surf in Nicaragua. The stories are still in the making, and I’ll be spending the next few weeks re-living this trip to paradise. If tales about agro jellyfish and remote beaches sound interesting, stay tuned.
This year was a lesson in being flexible, accepting change, and embracing new experiences. I don’t expect 2015 to be more action-packed than the last, but I’m sure no matter how I try to shape it, it will be full of complex challenges and wonderful surprises just the same. ¡Salud!