Friday, January 1, 2016

2015 Resolution Recap

For the last couple weeks, Barley, Soth, and I enjoyed some holiday time with my parents, siblings, and their various pets. I had planned to post regular updates--and then it rained, and rained, and rained. We had over 7 inches of rain in less than 3 days. Barley spent days hiding in various bathrooms, closets, and hallways while the storms raged on, so there weren't any blog-worthy events to share.

Now that it's officially 2016, though, we can give you the official mileage of 2016.

We started off the year with walks in some of the coldest temperatures either of us had ever experienced--and never-melting snow mounds that kept us from being able to reach large chunks of our neighborhood safely.


But those days also brought the endless laughter that came with watching Barley use her first pair of boots. 


And several gorgeous, solitary adventures at the lake where we didn't have to share trails with another living soul. 


When things finally warmed back up, we got to add a few new parks to our list with visits to the Pymatuning Spillway and Presque Isle State Park. We didn't see fish walking on ducks . . .


. . . but we did see two lighthouses



and houseboats.


We also spent lots of time at some of our old favorites--the Geneva State park and the Holden Arboretum--which never get old and have something new to enjoy in each season and we even discovered a few new trails in both places.




We got in many, many neighborhood walks, which never fail to entertain with visits to grape vines, football fields, and decorations for the endless celebrating that happens in our neighborhood.





We also got to play princess, pay our respects to President Garfield, and climb in caves.




Right before we left for our holiday travels, we ended up right back where we'd started the year with an insane lake effect snow storm. We stayed up way too late the night before traveling to make sure Barley could enjoy as much snow romping as possible.


We met our goal of 1100 miles on December 10 (also Emily Dickinson's birthday--so it was a day full of celebrating). We kept walking as much as possible the remainder of the month and finished strong with 1159.60 miles for 2015. Our biggest month was May when we walked 125.74 miles and our least successful month was February with 39.06 miles.

Thank you all for another year of support and encouragement as we worked towards our goal! We've set the same goal for 2016, so we're hoping for another 365 days of good walking opportunities. Happy New Year from Barley, Soth, and me!


16 comments:

  1. Happy New Year, and Happy Trails!

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  2. Yay! It sounds like you two had a fun year despite the crappy rain storms!

    Happy New Year!

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    1. It was a great year! Luckily, we got to end on a sunny note--I was worried that we'd spend the entire last two weeks of the year ducking out for quick walks between showers. Happy new year to you, too!

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  3. Congratulations on a great year...and getting to so many beautiful and fun places! Happy New Year!
    Jan & the crew at Wag 'n Woof Pets

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    1. Thank you! We did get to enjoy some really great walks this year. Happy New Year to your crew, too!

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  4. holy cow that's a lot of walking good for you! Great recap with such lovely photos and memories made. Have a great New Year.

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    1. Thank you! Happy New Year to you, too! We did have a lovely 2015, so I hope that 2016 is just as good :)

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    1. We're so glad you got to be a part of so many of our miles!

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  6. Happy New Year! It looks like you had a fabulous 2015! Your post made me long for the trail! Can't wait for our first hike of 2016!

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    1. Happy New Year to you, too! Hope that you get in your first hike of the year sooner rather than later!

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