Sunday, December 30, 2012

2012 Year in Review Part 1, Family Time On The Trail

OK, I'll jump on the annual review bandwagon.  2012 went by in a blur and I have to rely on dated photos, my blog and garmin data to remind myself of the highlights, but as I do so, the floodgates open and I am reminded of all the great times I have had in the past 12 months.  At first, I figured I could wrap it up into a single, tidy post, but once I got going, I figured I should spread it out a bit over several posts as to not feel too cluttered.

Since this is my outdoor adventure blog, I'll try to stick to that theme, but more and more the lines are blurring between family and outdoor fun (in a very good way).

Time on the trail with my family.   We had some fun small adventures this year on the local peaks and in the Indian Peaks.  These opportunities were stymied a bit (OK, a LOT) by spending just about the entire summer buying, renovating and moving into our home in Louisville, but we really hope to make up for that next year now that we are settled (mostly). 

Though I often times find my thoughts wandering to higher mountains, faster runs, longer outings, races etc.....  I can't express enough how fortunate I feel to be able to share time in the outdoors with my family and take great joy in sharing this love with my twin daughters.  They absolutely love being outside and introducing them to such an awe inspiring natural World is an amazing honor like no other. 

I can't wait until they are old enough to join me in doing bigger and better things under their own power, yet simultaneously realize that they will grow up way too fast.  I came across a parenting blog a while back titled "The Longest Shortest Time", so true.

"Your biggest challenge isn't someone else. Its the ache in your lungs and the burning in your legs, and the voice inside you that yells 'CAN'T', but you don't listen. You just push harder. And then you hear the voice whisper, 'can'. And you discover that the person you thought you were is no match for the one you really are." ~unknown~

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