I don’t know about you but sometimes when I’m sitting around being a potato I forget that I’m not always a potato.
2018 was long. I was unemployed for half of it. There are pros and cons to that, besides the obvious. Suffice it to say, I’m capable of entertaining myself. It takes a while to reach the tipping point between “maybe i could” and “I’m gonna”.
I did not do a lot of the things I intended. Only a few hikes, mountain biking once or twice, no backpacking, hardly went camping. What the heck did I do with my life? I did spend a lot of time catching up with the web development industry, as much as one can. I still have to do my last React project before Jan. 13th. But the year is kind of a jumble. Like, I didn’t accomplish much.
Luckily for me, I’m a habitual picture taker.
I went on a multi-city road trip to Miami to find warmer weather.
Not many photoshoots this year, but the ones I did reminded of why I take photos.
HIKES AND BIKES AND PADDLES
I didn’t actually go snowboarding. No wait! I did, but only once. Then I bought all that gear and haven’t gone since. I plan to correct that.
I went whitewater rafting. I went reluctantly but I did it. It wasn’t as bad as it could have been, but it was still kind of intense. I did NOT want to go in that beast.
LANTERN FESTIVAL AND WATER LANTERN FESTIVAL
Fire on the water. Fire in the sky. Absolutely stunning.
LECTURES, TOURS, EXPLORING
You have to keep it moving, so moving I shall keep it. I did too much nothing, too much sitting, and too much time in front of screens this year, but I still managed to do my thing. There’s so much to do in the Mid-Atlantic. We’re lucky. I’ve visited small towns and I have much appreciation for all of the opportunities that we have at our fingertips.
THE BEEHIVE STATE
Red Mountain Resort, Zion National Park, and Snow Canyon were mindblowing. Never seen anything like it. Xetava Cafe at Kayenta Art Village is a keeper. I’d go back just for the bread pudding.
THE GREEN MOUNTAIN STATE
If you want to find fun stuff to do in the Winter you’ve gotta go where you’ve gotta go. You have to chase the snow.
And that’s that. Wrapping up the year, bookended with road trips. And a poetic denouement. From the Beehive State to the Green Mountain State. From Red Mountain to the Green Mountains.
Thank you to everyone that took time out of their lives and schedules to hang out, explore and adventure. You are appreciated.
I’ll catch you on the other side.