What better way to welcome a new year than reflecting on the year past? This is a list of our top adventures in 2013. It took us underwater and up mountains, and to lots of places in-between.
There are reasons why these, and not others, made it to the list. What many of these activities have in common is that they pushed us outside our comfort zone – a sure ingredient in the making of an adventure. A few are here because when taken on their own merits, they’re simply awesome.
Walking on lava
This adventure is pretty high up there in the awesomeness level. To walk on hot, fresh-out-of-the-earth lava is a pretty mind blowing experience. Seeing waterfalls made of lava falling off a cliff into the big mighty ocean in a big whoosh of steam was just the cherry on top.
If you ever find yourself in Big Island, Hawaii – we can NOT recommend this activity highly enough.
Getting Scuba Certified
Getting my scuba certification is #1 in the list of top adventures of MY life. To conquer all of my fears and finally got myself certified was a big deal to me
Sometimes I wonder if it really happened. I remember very little of the whole process I think I must’ve blacked out for a big part of it out of sheer terror.
Hiking El Hoyo, Nicaragua
Yes, the scenery was beautiful but the real reason this El Hoyo trek made the list was because of the physical challenge I had to overcome to make it through. Carrying close to 40 pounds for 2 days in the choking dust and heat of Nicaraguan summer was much, much, more than I bargained for.
Road tripping the Eastern Township in Quebec
On this 5 day solo road trip I fought loneliness, Montreal traffic, spotty navigation, and hairy cows and took delight in the region’s natural beauty, friendly folks, and gourmet dining.
Roadtrips is a lot more fun with friends, but you get to learn so much about yourself when going on your own. Whether you want to or not.
Hiking the in Glacier National Park
The Glacier Overlook trail in Glacier National Park took us high up on a mountain ridge so we could gaze down upon Grinnell Glacier. The view that greeted us after a relatively mellow hike was pretty awesome.
Climbing the West Ridge of Pigeon Spire, Bugaboos
Awesome. Just awesome. Jack and I dreamt of doing this climb ever since we knew the route existed. I’m soooooooo glad we did this even though we did this in the most epic way possible. No regrets though. Whenever I think of our time in Bugaboos I get this dreamy look on my face re-living moments of sheer freedom and joy while traversing a knife-edge mountain ridge.
This will live on as one of our favorite adventures ever!
Climbing Matthes Crest, Yosemite
Another climb on our ticklist that we finally got to do in 2013. Oh man, this was another incredible knife-ridge climb that we wouldn’t mind making a yearly tradition of.
Celebrating our anniversary climbing Red Rock, Las Vegas
What better way to celebrate 7 years of being married by putting your relationship through one climbing related crisis after another? Climbing in the dark, stuck ropes, botched rescue attempt – it proved to be a memorable anniversary trip for reasons we we weren’t quite expecting.
Hot Air Balloon over Cappadocia
Seeing the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia from a hot air balloon was such a sweet experience. It definitely makes it to our “pretty f***n awesome” list.
Writing this post reminded us that 2013 has been an awesome year. We felt superbly lucky to have been enriched by all the things we got to do and experience. Sometimes I fear that it means the best is in the past. I hope it’s not the case.
So here’s a homework for you: go through your old photos and notes from 2013 and come up with your own list of most memorable memories from 2013. Cherish them and take them with you to welcome 2014. You might be surprised at how much you’ve done. And if you’d like, share them in the comment section below. We’d love to hear ’em.