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
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.
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!