Out with the Old, In with the New

My last post of 2013. I think it’s only natural to reflect on the old year on New Year’s Eve in order to get ready to welcome the new year. Even Word Press sent me an invitation to reflect by highlighting my year in blogging. In 2013, they pointed out that I made 433 new posts, growing the total archive of my blog to 1,683 posts and I uploaded 527 pictures. My visual soliloquy practice keeps me on track in terms of posting to my blog often. I had fun the other night looking through all 899 entries.

2013 proved to be a challenging year in terms of the vagaries of expedition planning…What I had planned to happen and what actually came to fruition were two very different lists. My planned climb of Canada’s High Peak, Mount Logan as called off for lack of teammates. I dropped my plan of climbing of the world’s eighth highest peak, Mount Manaslu, when my summer teaching schedule precluded proper preparation for an 8000 metre peak. Marian and I had a great expedition this past spring in Nepal but we didn’t get to cross the Amphu Labsta because of snow conditions. In September, we managed to summit the highest peak in North Africa, Jebel Toubkal and in December, I gave Aoraki/Mount Cook a go. I received the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal nd was named a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. A year of ups and downs, ins and outs, and lots of travel here and there and everywhere…humbling for sure, filled with life lessons, and a bucket load of memories.

I’ve got plans for a “Great Big Year” for 2014 that are coming along and I hope to announce soon. For the guessers in the crowd, the word “across” is an important theme for the upcoming year…(life as a crossword puzzle…been working lots on Up…now moving onto
Across and then perhaps back to Up!)

Wishing you the very best in 2014. May you…find/create just the right amount of challenge in your life, take steps towards a dream, laugh hard (enough to almost have an accident) several times a week, find connection to nature and the outside world, and nurture joy in all you do and in, all who you know.

PS. Make that 528 pictures 🙂

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