I was barely awake to hear the fireworks going off in celebration of the New Year. Zach was already asleep, since he had to wake up in six hours to go to work. It had been a good day— we had driven to Pere Marquette State Park and hiked, seen some bald eagles, come home and eaten Qdoba, watched Stargate, read The Silmarillion, then gone to bed. I was lying awake, thinking about what 2015 might bring.
The future right now is big and scary and very open. There are countless different paths we can take, and I don’t know which one is both right and feasible. But that night, I felt peace about it all. Whatever is supposed to happen, will happen, and all we have to do is take the steps that are right in front of us.
Kind of like a really long trail. And I know how to hike a really long trail.
Here are 15 photos of our non-metaphorical journey last year, in celebration of the most-likely-merely-metaphorical journey of life that we’ll take in 2015. Happy New Year, everyone!
|Southern Terminus, California/Mexico border|
|Mount Laguna Wilderness, California|
|Mount San Jacinto, California|
|Mount Whitney (highest mountain in the lower 48), California|
|Mountain lake in the high Sierra|
|Lake Tahoe as seen from the PCT/Tahoe Rim Trail, California|
|Hat Creek Rim, California|
|Fires and smoke in northern California|
|We made it to the border!|
|Crater Lake, Oregon|
|Three Sisters Wilderness, Oregon|
|Little Crater Lake, Oregon (with Zach's sister Ivy)|
|Goat Rocks Wilderness, Washington|
|Northern Terminus. 2,660 miles traveled… and still smoochin'!|