(New Year's Eve 2010, Photo by K. Moehl)
Admittedly a few days late with this, but with the hoopla of Coyote Blue Moon, my birthday, Christmas, and our anniversary all occurring within a 9-day window, a few spare moments for contemplation have been harder to come by lately. While running CBM the other day/night, I did have some time to reflect on all the adventures of the past year. It seems to be in vogue to formulate these types of lists at year's end, so here are my own highlights for the year:
January: Completed the 223-mile Ouachita Trail in Oklahoma & Arkansas w/Chris (crewing).
March: Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim w/C.
April: Leona Divide 50m. Got choked up watching C finish his first 50 miler in a long, long time, w/his atrial fib. finally under control.
May: Discovered the fantastic trail network of Fruita, Colorado. Bishop High Sierra 100k -- I ran, C did an aid station
June: Completed the 252-mile Tuscarora Trail in Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, & Pennsylvania in 5 days w/C. Laurel Highlands 70m. - enjoyed the GREEN!
July: Sierra trip -- climbed Whitney, Muir, Langley, & White Mtn. Ran 51-mile Yosemite High Sierra Camp loop.
August: Month-long road trip to Utah, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, & Colorado w/C. Climbed high points Gannett, Granite, Harney Peak, & White Butte, also 14ers Castle, Conundrum, Capitol, Pyramid, Maroon Bells, & Kit Carson.
September: Hiked the Alta Via 1 in the Dolomites & spent almost 3 weeks in Italy w/C.
October: Ran Howloween 50k in Ojai
November: Chris & I stood atop my final highpoint, Mauna Kea on the Big Island, climbed Mauna Loa. Trip to Vermont & New Hampshire -- climbed ten 4000 footers and ran some favorite back roads.
December: Ran Coyote Blue Moon on a gorgeous day/night to ring in the New Year!
Whew. There is a lot of traveling there, but then, we seem to have a rather insatiable wanderlust and live by the philosophy that "home" is wherever we're warm, dry, and fed. What surprised me was when I sat down and added up the yearly mileage--and yoga classes--in my (pathetic excuse for a) training log: 2669 miles for the year, mostly trail, and 73 yoga classes (along with 27 books read!). Huh. And I'd thought I was slacking. Funny thing is that this is the first year I've actually added up my miles, so I really don't know how this compares to previous years.
Less "documented" but no less tangible is the fact that 2009 was one of the happiest years of my life. I don't take that for granted for a second. :-)
Now to work on the 2010 plans...