Goodbye 2018, Hello 2019!

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2018 was a pretty fantastic year. Sure, there were some shitty moments, but for the most part, it rocked. As I reflect back on the year, there are certain things I don’t want to forget.

All. The. Running.

Even though I backed down on the number of races I ran last year, according to my Garmin I ran 1,020 miles in 2018. Never one for running tons of miles, that’s a definite record for me! After dealing with a broken finger and a plantar wart that sidelined me for several weeks, I ran negative splits at the Oklahoma City Half Marathon and set a PR at the St. George Marathon in Utah. I didn’t meet my goal of getting a BQ (thank you new qualifying times), but I’m not giving up and hope to cross that off the list this year.

Ran negative splits at OKC with little training!

Van Life.

In August 2017 we flew to Providence, RI and purchased a Mercedes Sprinter Van. We promptly signed the papers and then drove 24 hours back home. Kurt spent the next 6 months doing the build out, which saved us thousands of dollars! Lots of weekend trips lead to little tweaks in our design and eventually, we got it right.

Somewhere in Montana…

The. Best. Present. Ever.

I was not meant to be in a one dog household. After putting Wrigley down in December 2017, all I’ve wanted is another dog. For my birthday, Kurt gave the green light and we went to the Kansas Humane Society and picked out the perfect dog, Scout. She’s a German Shepherd mix, with lots of personality and energy. Too much as times, but that’s why we love her.

Oh Canada!

We’ve been screwed out of vacations in the past (long story, no need to go there), so this year we decided to go big or stay home. For us, that meant crossing our northern border to explore Banff and Jasper National Parks in Canada. I could write a months worth of blog posts about the experience, and maybe someday I will, but for now I’m going to say Canada needs to make your bucket list. We spent 9 days, 8 nights living in our van, traveling the Canadian countryside and loved every minute of it. EVERYONE we met was super helpful and nice, and the parks/roadways/lakes/etc. were so well maintained. Every where you turned, there was a picture perfect view.

Berg Lake Trail

National Parks Pass

Did you know 4th graders get a FREE National Parks pass that get them (and you) free admission to most of the of National Parks, Monuments, etc.? It’s a great perk and everyone should take advantage of it. Unfortunately for us most of the National Parks are a good distance away, but we’re going to visit as many as possible. Our first visit using the pass was to Big Bend National Park in Texas. My friends, don’t discount this park. It has beauty that you wouldn’t expect, and for those of us who like to get away from people when we go on vacation, this park is not busy at all. Wildlife is abundant. We never thought we’d encounter black bear in southwest Texas!

As we said goodbye to 2018 last night, we all acknowledged how fast the year went. How we let time pass and didn’t really have anything to show for it except lots of hours worked. That won’t be the case for 2019. While we’re still going to hustle to meet our goals, we’re not going to lose site of what’s most important. After all, that free National Parks pass isn’t going to last forever!

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