I started 2012 (and also Incurably Stir Crazy, which is nearing its one-year anniversary) with a mission. I wanted to spend this year seeing new places, chasing new experiences and packing as much life into 366 days as possible. Looking back on the year, I’d say things went pretty much according to plan. I hope it is just one of many adventure-filled years to come. Below is a list of some of the highlights, as a way to remember, and to be honest, a chance to share some of the stuff I’ve slacked on posting. But that’s what new year’s resolutions are for, right?
1. Skiing the Swiss Alps
Ok, so Christmas 2011 doesn’t exactly fall into 2012, but its close enough. Plus pictures from this trip have not been documented besides in my header photo. Although I’ve been skiing since I was five, this was my first opportunity to take on anything bigger than the mountains of Vermont. While a week prior to the trip we were planning on changing it from a skiing vacation to a hiking vacation thanks to lack of snow, mother nature took care of us just fine. Davos, Switzerland got pounded with snow to the point of avalanche warnings and my siblings and I got our first taste of real powder skiing. This week of family bonding and fantastic skiing won’t soon be forgotten, but hopefully soon repeated.
2. Exploring my own backyard
My final semester of college made any substantial amount of traveling difficult, but it did give me an opportunity to visit some local places that I had always meant to get to before. This included several trips to nearby Allegheny National Forest in winter, spring and summer, and my first visit to Griffis Sculpture Park, which I’ve been driving past my whole life. Not being able to go elsewhere made me appreciate how much there is still to see within day-tripping distance of my own home. I’ve got several new local destinations slated for the new year already.