Aah, 2012 – the year we bought a house and subsequently turned into total homebodies. A huge drop in hiking mileage, but a giant leap in hiking enjoyment.
In the middle of the January Snowpocalypse, we joined our friends and their brand new baby boy on a snowshoeing trip to the Grand Junction Warming Hut – perfectly suited for little Nathan’s feeding and changing needs! We enjoyed that trip so much that we returned on xc skis in February to ski the Mount Catherine Loop.
Spring was gorgeous in 2012, and we spent lots of time enjoying our new house and the local trails. In April, we got a taste of summer (and front row seats to a bald eagle peep show) on Oyster Dome. In June, I got a confidence booster at Camp Muir.
Noble Knob always seems to end up on my favorites list, even this year when we had to cut our backpack short when Basil had an allergic reaction to mosquitoes! August was my hardcore hiking month, thanks to the WTA Hike-a-Thon – the best part was my solo camping trip on Mount Rainier, where I spent an amazing afternoon with the marmots of Summerland.
Labyrinth Mountain in September was fantastic – I have extra-special-lovey-fuzzy feelings about it since it happened a couple of days after I had stopped eating gluten and I already felt like a totally different person. Our second backpacking trip of the year took place at Yellow Aster Butte with a group of friends, including Wellie’s biggest fan.*
Summer lasted long into October this year, so the marmots on the Skyline Trail had lots of time to prepare for winter. My favorite trip of the year was a beautiful, last-minute hike to Mount McCausland and Lake Valhalla – that one will stay with me for years and years.
Our annual Christmas snowshoe to Skyline Ridge happened earlier than usual this year so we could take advantage of the excellent weather. The year ended perfectly, in perfect snow above the clouds on Kendall Knob.
JK finally climbed his long-coveted fourth Washington volcano this year, the beautiful Glacier Peak. He also completed two 25K runs this year, first as a volunteer on Orcas Island, then as a runner on Sun Mountain. (I, on the other hand, did a lot of talking about racing and not much else.)
Out of state favorites:
Aaah, Hawai’i. You always hit the spot. In April, JK’s sister and her beau came to visit, and we used it as an excuse to go to Maui. The Sliding Sands Trail on Haleakala always leaves me breathless (in more ways than one). In July, we went on a road trip to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks with JK’s mom. The view of Grand Prismatic Spring from the hillside overlook was out of this world.
Hopefully we’ll make it out on more backpacking trips in 2013, but now I know that I’ll be enjoying myself either way.
*apparently going gluten-free did not help my trip report-procrastination, so these trips only have photo sets for now.