It’s December and the weather here in Western Colorado is still ripe for hiking and biking and, while I’m doing my snow dance in the backyard, I’m also enjoying warm temps that I know won’t last much longer.
This year has provided a lot of opportunities for hiking, camping and backpacking and the following show my personal top 10 hiking (and camping) moments of 2012, in no particular order.
This trip, while not perfect, did at least afford us some awesome sights: a herd of elk, the giant moose, The Window…you can’t say any trip was bad when you get to see all that!
The first weekend this campground is open we’re there! Warm sleeping bags, an awesome GSI cookset and bikes in tow…
This hike is only 3 miles, but if it’s hot out be prepared with plenty of water! Seeing this arch up close is a definite must. While you’re out in Moab, go explore Hunter Canyon too!
4 years ago my boyfriend and I hiked the Crag’s Crest trail, and ever since I’ve wanted to get back to that view. This year I finally made time to do it!
How can anything ever be wrong when you’re in Crested Butte?
This was part of Dad’s acclimation process: doing a local hike. This one was a short 3 miles, but included several sets of ancient petroglyphs.
Having never gone backpacking without my boyfriend, this was a definite milestone for me and, I think, for Adelle as well. I was glad we had great weather and took the best dog in the world: Autumn. She stayed right with us and definitely made us feel safe. These last two are tied…both are reminders of amazing trips this year.
This trip encompassed so many amazing moments: getting to bike the Downieville Downhill and, later the Tahoe Rim and Flume trails, getting sick while camping for the first time (it was short lived), and making my first trip to California! I don’t even know how to put into words how great this trip was. Ending it was a ride down the Wasatch Crest trail didn’t hurt either!
I think this trip might edge out Tahoe. Backpacking together was something I feel Dad and I both had been excited about. This trip, where all 3 of us were out in gorgeous weather, on a great trail, exploring new terrain was almost a once-in-a-lifetime perfect trip. I’m so glad we did it.
2013 will hold just as many amazing memories, I’m sure. For now though, it’s back to the snow dance!