I had major knee surgery in October of 2020 which resulted in a slow rehab of patience and persistence so my year looked much different than many. However, step by step I climbed my way back and according to Gaia I walked/hiked nearly 1,500 miles with over 100,000 feet ascended/descended during the year. I don’t track everything but it’s a good indicator of my activity.
It was another month of working with physical therapy to rebuild hip strength and gait. Thankfully it was also early spring in far Northern California so I enjoyed green grasses and wildflowers. It was a fun game searching for flattish good terrain trails.
This was a month of progress, setbacks, and timeouts in my recovery. I graduated from physical therapy at the end of May and that was reason to celebrate! Oh and dare I mention another month of enjoying plentiful wildflowers, many new to me.
This was an exciting month as I pushed boundaries and set new milestone victories. My longest mileage was 7.5 miles, biggest elevation gain 1500′, and finally reached a 3 mph active pace on flattish pavement.
Be still my heart, it was time to travel once again. I was beyond excited to share time with my friend Joan while being back in adventure mode. I was still in knee and body rehab mode and continued achieving more victories with a 9 mile maximum, 2,000′ elevation gain and my first backpack trip.
I found myself celebrating autumn in Washington. What a wonderful treat to play among larch trees turning yellow and wander among the tapestry of color lining many trails. I also did my first solo backpack trip since my knee surgery and set a new milestone of 11.25 miles.
I turned south and celebrated autumn colors in Washington and Oregon before finishing my fall jaunt with snow in Crater Lake. It was a magical way to close out this year of rehab. By the time I returned home we received early season rain cleaning the air of residual wildfire smoke and extinguishing any remaining. I celebrated my knee surgery anniversary, set new rehab milestones including a 15-mile hike, another with 2,600 feet elevation gain/loss and my first snowshoe outing.
Fall and winter were a bust following my injury in early September. I’ve focused on the silver lining that the timing of this body failure was better now than next spring. I’m continuing my rehab and will say goodbye to 2020 as I celebrate my 3 month post-surgery recovery. I’ll still have another 3-4 months before I can start hiking. Just like climbing a mountain, it’s one step in front of another.
It wasn’t the year I had planned but there were enough good bits to make it memorable. It’s easy to focus on what wasn’t but as I reviewed my photos, I was reminded to focus on what was. In this case I still enjoyed 63 days of hiking, snowshoeing and backpacking. I spent 30 nights in my tent and 25 in my car. I marked off more areas on my local maps, and swam more in alpine lakes than I can ever recall. I added paddleboarding to my activity list as well as filled my days with walking, biking and jogging.
In 2018 I wrote, “this year will be mostly remembered for the fires, so much lost especially too many lives. Such a good reminder to live life fully, without regret, making each day count.” I can revise this for 2020 by saying, “this year will be mostly remembered for COVID-19, so much lost especially too many lives. Such a good reminder to live life fully, without regret, making each day count.” I feel like I broke my life rules this year and promise to get back to living without regrets in 2021.
It’s been another year filled with plentiful adventures. I’ve added more chapters to this book called the Life and Times of Jan. I hope you’ve been able to do the same. I life by these words of wisdom shared by an elderly gal, “spend your time making deposits into your bank of memories so later in life you can make withdrawals.”
195 days of travel, driving about 14,000 miles while exploring 8 states
136 days spent hiking and backpacking while traveling
Thanks for following along, although as they say “all good things must come to an end.” As most of you know my photos links broke in early October and as of this date I haven’t found an easy solution. For those interested this is the situation and I’m still hoping for a Christmas miracle.
I inserted photos using URL links rather than uploading to wordpress. It appears Google changed the storage location of my photos and thus my old URL links were replaced with new ones. I wish they were only a few characters different but alas the addresses have nothing in common. I’m not the only one confronted with this problem. I found several threads in Google forums, but sadly no easy solution. These are the options I’ve found so far (remember I have 400+ blog posts needing repair).
Replace all old URL links with updated URL links. This would requiring editing every post knowing most likely the links would break again at some time in the future.
I can still see the original posts so I could go into each photo, select save as and download to my computer. Then upload to wordpress then replace each photo in the applicable posts. As you can imagine this too would be very time consuming. Furthermore I’d have to start paying wordpress to store these photos.
Since I can still see the original posts I can save as a PDF; however, I can’t download as a PDF as those images don’t really exist. Instead I can print to file. I would then need to pay for PDF editor to make them user friendly. Then I’d have to pay for an upgraded wordpress plan so I can include a pdf viewer plugin. Then I’d have to edit each post to include the new PDF.
So as you can see these are all time consuming and expensive solutions. I’m still in denial and find this situation extremely disheartening. I wish I could wave a magic wand or wake up Christmas morning to a restored blog.
If you know of additional solutions, please share. I’m all ears!
Welcome to 2019, how did I spend my last 365 days?
This is an interactive map of the places I visited in 2018. If you click on an icon you’ll find the link to the associated blog post. As of this date, I have a few months of adventures to add to the map and blog.
209 days spent OUTSIDE hiking, walking, snowshoeing, etc.
27 nights spent in my tent (sadly prime backpacking season was disrupted by my accident)
With 173 days away from home adventuring, I think I can say I’ve adopted a nomadic lifestyle. I couldn’t be happier. I had a friend recently call me a pig. Thank you and yes I’ll consider that a compliment as I greedily explored new trails, wilderness areas, national parks, connected with old and new friends, and oh so much more. Life is good, no life is GREAT! My retirement goal was to live life without regrets and that’s exactly what I’m doing. One day at a time, one hour, one moment . . .
This list (with hyperlinks) summarizes most of my 2016 adventures and blog posts.
Told you I was a pig 🙂 But after living in a cocoon of work and school for the entirety of my adult life, I have a lot of living to make up for. My recent fortune cookie message, “time once lost, can never be regained,” resonates loudly.
I’m still working on my 2017 plans. Last year I’d planned to spend significant time in the Wyoming, but due to fires that didn’t happen. If conditions align, this summer/fall will include jaunts in Colorado, Montana and Wyoming. Late winter, early spring I’ll most likely return to Death Valley and the southwest.
I’m planning an equally exciting 2016. Areas of potential exploration include:
Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness
Continental Divide Trail (CDT) Cherry Picking
CDT Cherry Picking
Crater Lake (winter camping/snowshoeing)
Pacific Northwest Trail (PNT)
CDT Cherry Picking
Wind River Range
Someone told me that I didn’t need to try to do everything during my first year of retirement. With a list like this barely scratching the surface of available adventures, I don’t think I have to worry about running out of opportunities.
How are your 2016 plans shaping up?
P.S. Please don’t hate on me for having the gift of time. I worked hard and sacrificed a lot so I could retire early and play.