As I sit here and reflect on 2016, I can safely say it was an eventful year. Lots of turmoil. Lots of stress. Lots of pain, suffering, and healing. But in spite of all the negativity, there was love, fun, and great times. I have met some interesting people, visited new places, and spent time doing some of my favorite things.
The first part of the year I did some work out of town. I would leave on Sunday afternoon, work Monday – Wednesday, and come back on Thursday morning. The 200 mile drive each way was always entertaining – from beautiful sunsets to the numerous animals I avoided hitting.
Weather especially in wintertime was a bit dicey at times. Although the road department kept the roads plowed pretty well, there was one trip where we had 30-40 mph winds blowing the snow around. One section was white out conditions for about 30 miles. I was glad that my husband had come with me because it took both of us to make sure we were still on the road. Shortly after that, they closed the road. That was the only trip I thought I really shouldn’t have taken this job.
One of the stops on the way home was snowboarding at Soldier Mountain. This was a new mountain for me to try. The day I was there was overcast. It was really difficult to tell what was groomed and what wasn’t. Not knowing the mountain and having difficulty seeing the terrain made it very challenging for me. I ended up in some powdered area probably slightly outside the boundaries. As I was getting ready to leave, a guy noticed my snowboard and started asking me about it and how I liked it. After chatting with him for a few minutes, I found out he worked for the company. My board is made by a very small company out of Salt Lake City. They are imported from Austria. They are known for crafting high quality and environmentally friendly snowboards. They’re passionate about making boards that are lighter, more snappy and more durable than most traditionally constructed decks. The company is called Niche. Check them out.
This isn’t me by the way….. It’s ****Treyson Allen*****!!!!!
My birthday present was a 4 day trip down the Owyhee River with some of my favorite people. I can say tons of great stuff about floating through an area that is as pristine as it was 200 years ago. There are huge rock formations, canyon walls that go straight up over 1000 feet, caves, waterfalls, petroglyphs, and of course some whitewater.
Wapiti River Guides are the best people around to guide you on this adventure. Gary has many years of experience on this river. He can tell you a lot about the history of the river and it’s importance to the Native Americans and settlers. Pictures are great, but being there is really something special.
Here’s a link to just one of many blog posts he has about this river. (and my first trip on this river)
And I can’t forget the baby bunny!
Summer brought a bounty in the garden. I’m sure my garden would have done better if I had spent more time out there. This year the cucumbers were the veggie that did the best. Of course I just had to plant 4 different varieties.
This summer I also got to catch up with someone that I worked with 28 years ago – Jack Beckman. He is now the driver of the Infinite Hero funny car. It was great talking with him and meeting his adorable family.
September brought us down to Salt Lake City for the doTERRA One Conference, Retiree Appreciation Day at Hill AFB, and a visit with Mike’s niece and her fiance. That was a jammed packed 4 days. We came back with all of the new doTERRA products, tons of new friends, great visits with family, and lots of information from the base. A week later, I had a successful surgery on my back. The rest of this year has been dedicated to healing. I am looking for an awesome 2017. This has been some of the great things that happened this year. I want to share one more picture with you.
Goodbye 2016. Welcome 2017.