While I can’t say that 2016 has been the best year, it has become a tradition to do the annual year in review. Although in some ways, I won’t be sorry to see 2016 go, I still have to remember that even with its ups and downs, I do live a truly blessed life. So without further ado…
- My beloved grandmother passed away in February at the age of 98. She lived a long, blessed life, filled with God, family and good friends, and she was ready to go be with my grandfather again. I was lucky to have her for the first 40 years of my life, but I will miss her always.
- I took a wonderful girls trip to San Diego in April, full of bonding with friends and relaxing in the California sunshine. We celebrated Allysa’s 50th birthday and saw the sights. I tried SUP-ping for the first time too!
- I did quite a bit of local hiking this year. I hiked Fragrance Lake twice, the Ozette Triangle at Olympic National Park, and the Chain Lakes loop at Mount Baker. There is a peace found on the trail that is unmatched elsewhere.
- I took a long weekend to visit my aunt, uncle and cousins in Oregon and Southern Washington. We went to a small town rodeo and went white water rafting on the stunning White Salmon River.
- My mom and I took a 10 day road trip through Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming in August. It was wonderful to spend so much time with my amazing mother, seeing the sights and laughing throughout our adventure. More posts coming soon!
- I completed my 8th half marathon, the Woodinville Wine Country Half Marathon, in September with my dear friend Katie, with our friend Shelley providing support. Even though the weather sucked, my 13.1 mile slog through rain and wind ended with a new personal record and a definite feeling of accomplishment! And wine!
- My horse and the kitties are all happy and healthy. Biz is down to just three old man teeth, and gave me a scare recently when he suddenly lost a ton of weight, but he is now on the mend and making me feel more comfortable about him weathering the winter. At the ripe old age of 29, I am keenly aware that time with him is getting short, but the memories I have with him will last a lifetime.
- In November I took a long weekend trip to revisit Astoria, Oregon. I went to see some old sights and some new, and relaxed over a beer at some of the town’s best breweries. Even though the forecast called for a weekend of rain, I walked everywhere and stayed completely dry! The rain began as I got into the car to head home.
- I am close to the two year anniversary at my job, and continue to enjoy the challenges and successes. My staff are second to none. And the vacation accrual is wonderful, as is the summer schedule!
I didn’t post as much in 2016 as I had hoped to, but still have many posts coming about my West trip, the half-marathon and Astoria. I am hopeful that 2017 will have me back on a more regular posting schedule, as well as experiencing many new adventures.
Know that I am eternally grateful for all of you that I count as readers, family and friends. Here’s to peace and happiness in the New Year. Cheers!