28 Favourite Memories from 2016
28 Favourite Memories from 2016
January: snowshoe running and playing in the snow with my friend Pargol at the top of Grouse Mountain
February: upgrading my BMO Vancouver half marathon registration to the full marathon less than 3 months out from the race
February: a 25 km trail run from Deep Cove to Grouse Mountain with friends, my longest trail run at the time
April: making it through my first marathon training cycle. I don’t know if I have ever done something so challenging before (except running the Portland Marathon). From the hunger, to the exhaustion, fuelling experiments, time commitment, physical demands, and proper recovery.
April: seeing Chris Hadfield perform with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. He was charming, hilarious, and very talented.
May: walking past the finish line of BMO Vancouver Marathon on my way to the start line, realizing I would (hopefully) be crossing it a few hours later. A few tears may have been shed.
May: running my first marathon and seeing friends throughout the race course. Running with my friend Pargol for 30 km, seeing my friend Sylvia at 16 km water station, seeing Alyssa and Jan cheering at km 30, and meeting Nikki and Luke at the finish line (warm JJ Bean muffin in hand).
May: watching the sunset over the Coquihalla Highway on the way to Kelowna and crossing a few lanes of highway to snap a picture.
May: going on a private winery tour in Kelowna, no better way to recover from a marathon.
May: spending the morning hiking alone on Kelowna’s Knox Mountain. The weather was perfect and the scenery unbeatable.
May: sitting on the deck of the Alaskan cruise ship with my sister, covered in blankets, reading, admiring the scenery, and whale watching. Later in the week, we would spot close to 40 whales and dolphins from the restaurant window.
All the rainbows: over the North Shore Mountains, getting off the plane in the Cayman Islands, descending Hollyburn Mountain.
May: climbing Mount Roberts with my sister in Juneau, Alaska. A slightly treacherous but beautiful hike.
May: cruising through Alaska’s Glacier Bay National Park and the enormity of the glaciers
June: launching my blog Wild Coast Tales and my growing enthusiasm for photography
July: hiking to Garibaldi Lake with my friend Angela, now one of my favourite hikes in BC
August: an epic failed attempt to go whale-watching with my friend Karen in Steveston. 2017 will be the year I see a whale in BC!
August: spending the long weekend on Salt Spring Island with my friend Angela. Paddle-boarding in the sunshine, chasing sunsets, hiking (and getting very lost), and going home very relaxed.
August: returning to Prince Edward Island for the first time in 5 years and spending the week with my parents. Walking the North Rustico boardwalk, running in the National Park, finding secret beaches with my Mom, stealing chairs with my friend Alan, spending the day at Dalvay-by-the-Sea, discovering the rock formations at Thundercove Beach, walking the white sand beaches of Greenwich.
October: pulling off our first conference at work
October: spending a week in Oregon with my friend Hilary after running the Portland Marathon. Driving the Columbia Historic River Highway with sunlight streaming through the trees, countless hikes and cups of coffee, getting drenched on the Oregon Coast.
November: having one of my photographs published in Self Magazine
December: watching my friend May get married on the beach in the Cayman Islands and dancing the night away on the sand, running into the ocean with our dresses on, and releasing lanterns into the night
December: a week in the Cayman Islands spent swimming, snorkelling, visiting a shipwreck, driving around the island in a convertible, and spending time with good friends.
December: capping off my 27th year with a birthday snowshoe celebration and dinner with great friends. I feel so grateful to be surrounded by so many wonderful, positive, inspiring, fun, hilarious, and kind people.