I spent most of 2011 traveling, climbing, having fun, and being with people I cared about. I didn’t have to work, I had few if any responsibilities, and in review I’m pretty happy to say that it was the best year yet. I rang in 2012 swing dancing to a live big band with a good portion of downtown Missoula as part of the First Night festivities- credit to Hannah for dragging me onto the dance floor, and credit to my friend and co-worker Andy for showing some serious swing moves.
One thing I’m sure of though, is that is only gets better. I’m working, I have limited means, and I’m in a place which is less accessible to everywhere else- but somehow, all of those things seem like factors that are going to enrich my experience rather than detract from it.
New Years Day and Thanksgiving are the two major holidays that really mean something to me. I got up this morning and biked over to the hills just behind the University and hiked up to the University M that is built into the hillside. Something about the first light on the first morning is a good time to get inspired, and I hadn’t seen the city from that vantage yet. What are you going to do to make 2012 the best year yet? I’m not sure, but I got plans… stay tuned.