For a lot of people, New Year’s is a time of resolutions. Of gym memberships and diets and giving things up. Giving things up? Not us! We don’t really do resolutions per se, but we want MORE out of 2018. And 2017 will be a pretty hard one to beat.
Here are some of our favorite adventures from 2017. We’ll be using these as inspiration to climb higher, hike further, and explore even more amazing places in 2018 that we’ve never seen before.
Our Favorite Adventures of 2017
Spring 2017 – Roan Mountain, Outer Banks, & Camper Adventures
Spring is one of my favorite seasons in the South. Temps are usually in the 60s and 70s during the day with 50(ish) degree nights, perfect for camping! Everything is lush and green and alive. It just makes you want to get out and be a part of it. To maximize our time away from the city, we tend to opt for weekend trips over single day adventures. In 2017, this meant a lot of family camping trips (camper and tent) as well as a whole lot of adorable little vacation rentals. We found countless amazing waterfalls on our hikes, and perhaps my new favorite place in the world… the lush green balds pictured below, Roan Mountain. Add to all that an unforgettable beach camping trip with my sister and the littles, and it’s going to be a pretty hard season to beat!
Summer 2017: Road Trips, Camping, & Lots of Water!
Summer in the South means doing whatever you can to escape the heat. So lots of kayaking, SUP, swimming, and running away to the mountains for cooler temps. Some of our highlights this summer were mine and Boomer’s solo bonding trip, countless days spent on Lake Wylie kayaking and paddle boarding, a family tent camping trip in Pisgah National Forest, a road trip up to PA to see family, and a 4 day camping/hiking adventure in numerous Georgia State Parks. It was a heck of a summer for sure! Hot, but oh so fun!
Fall 2017 – Hiking, Camping & Our Epic Road Trip
Fall and Spring are the best seasons for hiking and outdoor adventure where we live. This fall we did our usual hikes in search of those pretty reds and yellows and oranges, but we also did so much more! Over the course of 3 weeks, we drove out to the Southwest and hiked and camped our way through Arizona, Utah & New Mexico. We visited the Grand Canyon, hiked to red sandstone arches, explored our first slot canyon, hiked miles and miles of trails. Best of all, we were lucky enough to meet up with some amazing like-minded people (and pups) along the way. I am already itching for our next trip out West!
Winter 2017 – Waterfall, Cabins & Searching for Snow
This winter has been an interesting one so far. We finished up the year without any snow ever touching the ground at our house. But, as I continued to see pictures of other people and pups enjoying the wondrous fluffy white stuff falling from the sky, we decided to try our best to head out and find some for ourselves. This meant a lot of long drives to the mountains and watching the weather. We even planned some awesome overnight trips with friends to the mountains where it was more likely to go white. Alas, we were not very successful so far this winter. But, the miles on the road and those under our feet were no less worthwhile, as we love nothing more than getting out and exploring, snow or not. We did find a few patches that hadn’t yet melted and we made the most of it. Hoping for lots of snowy fun in this new year.
We hope you enjoyed our little 2017 recap. We had a lot of fun and made a lot of memories along the way. This year, like any other, had it’s ups and downs. But if there’s one thing we’ve learned along the way, it is this. Life sucks a whole lot less when you’re out in nature, regardless of your circumstance. So, our plan for 2018 is the same as it was in years past. To spend as much time outside as we can and live life to the absolute fullest!
Hope you all have a wonderful new year ahead full of all the things that make you happy.