2017 is a new year with a new blog. I’ve had a blog on and off for well over a decade and I figure what better way to start this new blog than with a review of last year, 2016.
Last year was a huge year for me. On August 13th, 2016, on a hike up Medicine Bow Peak, I proposed to the love of my life, Callie and we’re engaged to be married this August.
- 51,507 miles in the air (I don’t want to even think about how many hours this was)
- 7 countries (not including USA, France, or Helsinki where I was in transit but legally entered)
- 18 dives logged (including Open Water and Advanced Open Water certifications)
Awesome year for travel. Most of my travel was on a trip at the beginning of the year where I experienced the incredible country of Japan for the first time. As a traveler, I’m always looking to experience places radically differently than what I’m used to. Traditionally these have been very poor places that don’t operate very efficiently. Japan blew me away by being radically different while being a modern, wealthy, efficient country.
This trip also included my first experiences scuba diving on an island off the cost of Borneo at Sipadan. I was assured by choosing a diving site like Sipadan for my first dives, it’d be all downhill from there (Jacques Cousteau considered Sipadan to be one of his favorite places in all the oceans). In addition to logging my first 18 dives, I became Open Water and Advanced Open Water certified. I’m completely hooked to exploring the incredible seascapes underwater.
This trip continued with a whirlwind tour of Southeast Asia including Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam. I was very happy to get back home to Callie and Willie.
My year ended with an excellent trip to India with Callie. We started in Delhi and made our way to Varanasi. India doesn’t make for a relaxing vacation but it does make for a great experience. For relaxation we spent our Christmas lounging on the beaches of Thailand and snorkeling with sharks.
This trip concluded with a luxurious night at the Ritz Carlton in Hong Kong where we had one of the most incredible views from a hotel I’ve ever seen and our first Michelin dining experience.
2016 proved to be a much less eventful year for making music. The Peculiar Patriots only played locally (compared to 12 states, thousands of miles and over 50 gigs in the first half of 2015 alone). I did, however, acquire a new toy, and have been enjoying learning to play the Hammond.
WHAT Fest was a resounding success where I was super excited to bring some old friends, River Whyless back to Wyoming to experience WHAT Fest.
Last year I only worked 11 different countries. I did however start learning CW (morse code) from CW Academy. It’s definitely become my new interest in the hobby.
I also ended up building out a mobile station on my new 4Runner.
No major backpacking trips in 2016 for reasons outside my control. I did get hooked on cycling and harvested my first elk (if you don’t want to see a dead animal scroll quickly through the next few photos).
Meet Maggie! She joins Willie as the second dog in our fur family. Best guesses indicate she’s a Heeler/Schipperke mix.
Looking forward to 2017
Even with the great adventures of 2016 behind me, 2017 still leaves me with much excitement. Getting married is sure to be the highlight of my year but there are several other epic adventures I hope to take on (including periodically updating my blog with random thoughts about coding, adventuring, etc.). Thanks for making it this far!