I’m totally stealing this from my friend Sparky over at A Slice of Spark.
She’s right when she says it’s great to look back at the year ending and reflect on our accomplishments. Here’s to a great year of biking, skiing and adventuring!
January was dry dry dry. It was so dry that instead of skiing we actually took a weekend to go biking in Moab. It was my first adventure on the Poison Spider trail and I loved its variety of techy rock riding and sandy doubletrack.
February found us skiing at Powderhorn, Monarch, Crested Butte, Vail and Snowmass. We took our first trip ever to ski at Crested Butte and Monarch mountains and found a new love at Monarch. What a great little ski hill that is! This was also the month that I took a half day off of work to go ski powder at Powderhorn. It was a true adventure with plenty of POW and an exciting drive to the resort.
March brought a variety of skiing and biking as things warmed up in the valley.
In April I took on Singletrack.com’s 30-days of biking challenge and fulfilled it. 30 straight days of biking brought about some weight loss and a new found love of biking any trail I could find! From the Riverfront Trail to Lunch Loop I was on that bike every day of the month, rain or shine, wind or no. To me, this challenge represented more than just biking. It took discipline to get on that bike every. single. day. Some days I told myself to just ride around the park and then, half an hour later, I’d return home. Just riding around the park became just riding to downtown, just riding down the Riverfront trail, just doing laps at Lunch Loop. It renewed by love of biking.
In May I started hiking in preparation for a July backpacking trip. I got our garden veggies in the ground and got a new POC helmet to review!
I also wrote one of my most successful posts ever for Singletracks, on tips every beginner needs to know.
In June I spent most of my free time biking and working in the garden. Towards the end of the month my friends Adelle, Alissa and I headed to Ouray to celebrate Adelle’s birthday. We hiked to the Neosho Mine and I saw views of Ouray that I’d never seen before! It was worth the 8 mile hike after very little sleep the night before!
In July we took our annual birthday backpacking trip with my Dad who came out from Georgia. This year’s trip was a repeat of one John and I had done before. While we had some rainy conditions we all still had a great time hiking the Ute Creek area of the Weminuche Wilderness on our 5 day adventure. We also headed up to Steamboat Springs later in the month with Adelle for some biking and relaxation.
In August I threw my backpack down the side of a rocky hill during another backpacking trip. Fortunately it and everything in it (including my phone) survived. We took a weekend to hike to Wetterhorn Basin and enjoyed every minute of it. What a beautiful place! It was definitely a trip that reminded us of the beauty of nature; it reminded me to be grateful for the things we are able to experience if we’re willing to put in a little bit of effort.
In September J and I took our annual Labor Day trip and this year chose to do a road trip across Utah. We biked around Brian Head, UT and near Bryce Canyon and then drove up to Park City to spend the final part of our trip biking there and visiting with old friends. This is a week we look forward to every year. It’s a trip set aside for the two of us to just relax and enjoy each other’s company. This was also the trip on which I endoed for the first time in over a year. It still hurt.
In October we continued biking in and around Grand Junction and we explored some trails in the area that we’d never ridden before like Zion Curtain and Down Uppity / Edge Cutoff at 18 Road.
At the end of October/beginning of November we headed to Moab with a group of friends to explore the Mag 7 trails and ride at the Brand Trails area. The Mag 7 area has turned out to be one of our new favorites and we’ve already been back a second time to ride there.
A very warm December led to biking on the 11th instead of enjoying Powderhorn’s opening day, but within a week or after that we found ourselves back on the slopes. Another year has come full circle. It’s been a great season of traveling and exploring both near to home and far from it. We’ve made new friends and improved ourselves as bikers, skiers and hopefully as kind and loving human beings.
Happy New Year everyone! May it bring you peace, happiness and confidence.