My Nomad Year

As this year wraps up and I find myself living in a foreign country, something I haven’t been able to do since 2006, I can’t help but marvel at how fortunate I am. I’ve been giddy since the second the plane wheels touched down at the Quito airport, and as this post hits my blog, I will be preparing myself for a 19,300 foot summit. This has been one amazing year of adventure and culture and experience for me, and I’m so grateful for a job that lets me work from anywhere and for vaccines that have gotten the world back on track. I’ve said pretty much all there is to say about my 13 month road trip on my other blog, but I want to do a round-up of my favorite photos from everywhere I’ve been in 2021. And stay tuned here in the new year for posts from my four-month stay in South America.

Pass Christian, Mississippi

It’s always beach weather in Mississippi but there are no crowds in the winter.

Hot Springs, Arkansas

He may have been slow and not able to go far, but he loved nature to the very end.

Boulder, Colorado

One of our final cuddle sessions.

Tucson, Arizona

When good friends get you through the toughest time of your life.

Mitchell, Oregon

Eastern Oregon has everything – deserts, forests, mountains, plains.

Redding, California

The most difficult 14er I’ve done to date – over 7,000 feet gain on a 3.5 mile ascent up unstable ash and rock.

Silverton, Colorado

This was hard to choose only one photo. I had so many fabulous adventures with all my friends who came to visit!

Montenegro (and Dubrovnik, Croatia)

Montenegro is an adventurer’s paradise and I’m totally hooked on via ferrata treks now.

Edgerton, Kansas

Wears Valley, Tennessee

Great Smoky National Park has over 800 miles of incredible trails!

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Pilot Mountain – post trail run, right before my car left me (temporarily) stranded

Savannah, Georgia

Reunited after a year!

Buffalo, New York

First time seeing my team on home ice in about a decade – and we won!

Quito!

A rare day of December sun in this city at 9,300 feet

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