|Plus volunteering at this national mounument in Colorodo at the end of the year|
|Planting trees in Montana|
|Teaching about the water cycle|
Because I lived in parks while I was working, my daily walks through incredible scenery were as captivating to me as my weekend trips. Even if it was three months of the same two miles.
|Evening stroll around the park I was at in New Mexico|
|My mornings in Montana often included watching the sunrise from the park's overlook|
|Mountain goat survey in Glacier National Park|
But there were downsides to living the dream
A lot of moving meant the sadness of leaving friends. Will moving ever get easier?
The No New Gear experiment helped me not dip into my savings with the low AmeriCorps stipend. But I wish I could not be so nervous about my bank account and my future job prospects.
Things got pretty busy this year. Looking back over my photos, I realized just how many trips I didn’t have the energy to write up.
|One hike in Glacier that never made the blog|
Backpacking on the CDT and PCT with friends
Even though I moved a lot, one great thing was that my hiking buddies came out to visit me (in Glacier and New Mexico) and met up with me (in Washington and Oregon on the PCT). Despite having my highest mile day ever this year (30 miles to Mt. Taylor), the majority of my trips this year prioritized exploring the natural world, being with friends, and lollygaging (i.e. swimming in lakes and just sitting and watching).
|Me and Jan on the PCT in Washington|
|On the PCT in Oregon with Renee|
I’m moving yet again next week to start at another park. Hopefully I'll be able to talk a few friends into visiting again and hiking with me (hint- this means you!).