Our Top Adventures in 2013 in Pictures

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

Lava poking with a stick
Lava poking with a stick

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.

Chasing Lava

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.

Miracle of the Year: Getting Scuba Certified

Hiking El Hoyo, Nicaragua

Sunset from El Hoyo, Nicaragua
Sunset from El Hoyo, Nicaragua
Our campsite during the trek to El Hoyo
Our campsite during the trek to El Hoyo

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.

Trekking to Nicaragua’s El Hoyo

Road tripping the Eastern Township in Quebec

Mont Megantic, Eastern Townships, Quebec
Mont Megantic, Eastern Townships, Quebec

highland cow in eastern townships

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.

5 Awesome Highlights Driving Through Quebec Eastern Townships

Hiking the in Glacier National Park

The Grinnell Glacier Overlook
The Grinnell Glacier Overlook

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.

Hiking (The Other) Grinnell Glacier Overlook Trail

Climbing the West Ridge of Pigeon Spire, Bugaboos

Climbing the West Ridge of Bugaboos
Climbing the West Ridge of 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 Bugaboos

Climbing Matthes Crest, Yosemite

climbing matthes

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

on top of cookie monster, red rock
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

Cappadocia from a hot air balloon
Cappadocia from a hot air balloon

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.

Hot Air Balloon Over Cappadocia, Is It Worth the Money?

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.

What was your most memorable adventure in 2013?

19 Replies to “Our Top Adventures in 2013 in Pictures”

  1. Congrats on the Dive Certs guys, make sure you get to the Red Sea on your travels Dahab is a magic spot for diving. I am also quite jealous of the Cappadocia ballooning, I can't get there until sometime next year. Have a killer year of travel ahead you two, cheers for the awesome photography too.

  2. I am fond of outdoor adventures especially when you can expect activities. By looking at those pictures, I would be glad to schedule free time for me for this year for relaxing and practising trek, …

  3. Good for you for getting your SCUBA certification! That's amazing. I don't think I'll conquer that fear this year, but it's still on my list of life goals.

    Despite all the amazing things that we've experienced since our first few weeks of travel, climbing to the top of a dune in the Gobi desert in Mongolia still tops my list. It was such an amazing experience and one of the things I constantly go back to when I start doubting our decision to travel (which becomes less frequent nowadays). I don't think I'll ever forget that feeling.
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  4. I'd love to take a road trip through Quebec – I can imagine how beautiful it would be in person. Our best adventure this year was definitely our short getaway to Nicaragua. We did so much in such a short amount of time.
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  5. My gosh you've had some awesome adventures in 2013. The Yosemite and the Bugaboos climb would be amazing, One of my favourite adventures in 2013 – and there were plenty – was a 5 day backpacking in Pukaskwa NP in northewestern Ontario along the shores of Lake Superior – wild, remote and rugged.

  6. I'd forgotten about the hairy cows! Congratulations on getting scuba certified and all your other super cool accomplishments! You've definitely inspired me to spend more time enjoying the great outdoors. I had my own hiking adventures in China's Yunnan Province and some eye opening adventures in Cambodia and South Korea. Here's hoping 2014 is just as amazing!
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  7. Reading this made me realize that the first time I stumbled upon your blog was because I was thinking of doing the El Hoyo hike and wanted some opinions. It kicked my ass too, and it would definitely be on my top 2013.

    Looking forward to reading your adventures in 2014!
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