It may not be 2013 yet, and it may be the dead of winter, but I’m already thinking about plans for next summer’s travel.  We usually like to take a road trip and a backpacking trip each year and I don’t think 2013 will be any different.  So, here are some places we’d like to go and things we’d like to do.

Idaho & the Sawtooths:

Photo courtesy of Reader’s Digest online

The Sawtooth National Recreation Area is filled with lakes, mountain views and dark forests and we are definitely ready to head north and explore them.  Reader’s Digest has a “scenic route” that goes through the Sawtooths and along the Salmon River.  We know too that Idaho has some great mountain biking – especially near the town of Salmon.  For the past few months every outdoors magazine we read has featured Idaho; it must be fate.

Climbing a 14er: No trip would be complete without a trek into the backcountry.  This year one thing we’ve got to tackle is a 14er.  Dad is making a return visit next summer and is determined to climb up to 14,000 ft!  Because some of us are not so great with exposure, the BF and I are thinking we’ll head here:

Handies Peak – photo courtesy of 14ers.com

Handies is a class 1 hike of about 6 miles with an elevation gain of 2,500 ft.  The easiest of all the 14ers, we’ve decided it makes sense to tackle that one first.  No matter how easy or short the climb, 14,000 ft is still very high and the air is very thin.  At least on this route that’s all I’ll have to worry about – not rocks falling on me or the chance of falling off the edge of a cliff.

Backpacking:  I think we’ll need a break from the Weminuche Wilderness this year, after this past July’s rainy experience.  We do, however, enjoy being on the Continental Divide Trail.

We’re close enough that we could even head down to New Mexico and hike a portion there, or head further east and north in Colorado to pick up a portion of the trail  in the Rocky Mountain National Park or Holy Cross Wilderness.

In any case, the dreams for next year are just far off dots on the horizon.  For now we’ll ski and snowshoe and enjoy winter.  What dots are on your horizon for next year?

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