2016 in Review
According to the likes I received on Instagram, these are my top nine photos from 2016. I like these but am not sure I agree they're the top. I think I should redo them.
Good to great stuff that happened this year:
Did the Polar Bear plunge for the sixth time (I think)
Read 74 books, will hopefully get to my goal of 75 before the ball comes down
Enjoyed the last 7 months of what turned out to be an 18 month sabbatical post-Amazon
Did some amazing hikes (Crescent Lake, Deception Pass (x3), Ruby Beach)
Went snowshoeing with Krystn
Went sledding with the Parkers
Spent my birthday in New Jersey with my family
Went out partying with my college roommates at the best bar in the World (Blackjack Mulligans)
Walked 75 miles of the Camino de Santiago in wonderful Spain
Saw my sister graduate with a BS in Nursing
Went to 4 US National Parks, 3 for the first time (Tetons, Shenandoah, Lassen)
Saw the Aurora Borealis
Camped on Ruby Beach with Krystn
Went on a crazy Alaskan cruise with my family
Rode bikes down a mountain with Keith
Got a job at the Gates Foundation
Went to Africa three times (!), visiting four countries for the first time (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda)
Put my feet in the Indian Ocean
Kissed a giraffe
Kayaked some great spots (the Yakima River with my love, the Nile with my teammates)
Went on some nice bike rides (Mercer Island, happy hour at Maggies Bluff, Bend)
Went on a road trip with Krystn to California again for the Gourmet Century bike ride
Spent a great Thanksgiving in Ohio
Fed horses carrots and apples
Went on a safari in Kenya
Had an unbelievable time in Jinja, Uganda with my teammates
Visited amazing Arts District and Justine in LA with Keith
Went to an amazing tribute to Leonard Cohen and discovered a bunch of wonderful local artists
Spent another fun Christmas Eve at the Wedgewood Broiler with good friends
Drove through a magical snowstorm in eastern Washington after visiting Larisa and Sarah
Got pretty good at feeding hummingbirds
Attended and hosted some great Art Nights with Lola
Kept up a sketchbook exchange with Daphne for the fourth year. Started new ones with Justine and Kristina.
Shit things that happened this year:
Keith and I had a very hard beginning of the year.
The run-up to the election was never-ending and full of hate. Then that idiot got elected.
End of year, Keith was diagnosed with cancer.
This is how I will get through this. I remember to balance all of the good with the shit. And I will keep moving.
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