Two years ago - just before my 30th birthday - I started a project taking selfies with my new 24mm f/1.4. At least once on every hike, sightseeing, or adventure, I'd turn the camera on myself and take the same arm's length centered self portrait. I liked the results from the first year, so I kept it going in the next. The results are below - from day zero to day three hundred sixty five - providing a view of my year as a thirty one year old.
Catie and I started and ended another year in the same apartment in Capitol Hill. It's the longest we've ever stayed in the same place.
Though we've been in Seattle for over two years now, we still have a lot to explore. We visited a couple more city parks for the first time.
On the rare occasion the sun comes out in Spring in Seattle, you've got to take advantage of it. We like to take hikes to high up places and soak it in.
I strained a calf muscle while playing tennis and was fairly immobile for a couple weeks. It forced me to use the apartment building elevator more than usual, but I tried not to let it keep me down. Gas Works Park is a great place to lay in the grass and watch the world go by.
My parents came out to visit us in Seattle for a week, and we all spent a couple days on the Olympic Peninsula. The beaches were incredible.
Maybe my favorite spot around Seattle is Double Bluff Beach on Whidbey Island. It's the only off-leash dog friendly beach anywhere near the city, and it stretches on for miles.
I was nervous to suggest to my parents the steep climb up to Rattlesnake Ledge, but they actually scampered up the trail faster than I did!
Catie and I tried out some new trails east of Seattle along I-90. It's a nice area with some massive lakes.
Just remember as you head east - watch out for spiders!
Catie and I had a goal to climb Colonel Bob Peak over the summer. We unfortunately chose an exceedingly wet day to make our attempt, and had to turn back halfway up. Better luck next year!
The day after our soaking wet hike, we went back to Kalaloch Beach (and enjoyed a delicious brunch at the lodge).
We found a new go-to hike up to Poo Poo Point. It's only a half hour drive from Seattle, and it doesn't take long to get up to the top. We went there after work on the summer solstice and watched the sunset while we drank wine and ate cherries.
In an attempt to avoid fireworks (on behalf of the dogs), we once again retreated from Seattle and went camping east of Mt. Rainier for the 4th of July weekend.
We've visited the Naches Ranger District a number of times now, but we're still managing to find new hikes there.
On the 4th of July, we hiked roughly ten miles! The trail kept you guessing - we hopped over downed trees, crossed a river, and admired a couple waterfalls.
When the heat of summer really kicked in, we went back to my favorite hike from last year and enjoyed a swim in Dewey Lake. We also made great use of our hammocks!
Alpine lakes really are the greatest.
Our big trip of the year was to Iceland. It had been near the top of both Catie's and my lists for a long while, and we were both super excited to finally make it happen. It's just a seven hour direct flight from Seattle to Reykjavík!
We managed to drive around the entire island while we were there!
A lot of the most beautiful sights were found by simply pulling off the road while traveling from place to another.
We must have seen hundreds of waterfalls all over Iceland, but they really never got old.
The variety of natural features in Iceland is overwhelming. It truly is an otherworldly sort of place.
It was not uncommon to layer two raincoats one on top of another while fending off the elements in Iceland.
I'd never seen such huge waterfalls!
The people in Iceland were exceedingly nice and generous. Folks that we stayed with gave us all sorts of tips on what not to miss across the country.
Once back in Washington, we returned to Lanham Lake to see what it was like when it wasn't covered in snow and ice. It was just as beautiful in the Fall!
I was granted some extra time off for Thanksgiving, so Catie and I decided last minute to join her extended family for a week on the big island of Hawaii. Best last minute decision we've made in a while!
Things look pretty good poolside through purple too.
Catie and I agreed that Papakōlea Beach was the all-time worst hike we'd ever been on, but we had a great laugh about it.
It actually snowed in Seattle several times this year! I didn't believe it was possible, but it really happened. It would even stick for a day or two (before the next wave of rain washed it away).
I only spent a few days in Minnesota for Christmas break, but I managed to get in a couple dog park visits with my parents.
When you want to get outdoors quickly and you're not sure what to do, just head back up to Poo Poo Point!
We had a lofty goal of going snowshoeing every weekend this winter. We didn't quite achieve that consistency, but we did get out more often than not!
Magnuson is our dog park of choice in Seattle proper. I usually only have my iPhone with me, but every once in a while I bring the Nikon.
It always seems difficult to figure out new snowshoe options, so we often end up heading back towards Lanham Lake. It's a great trail.
We don't always make it all the way to the lake, but the reward is great whenever we do.
I love that from Seattle you can easily go snowshoeing in the mountains one weekend and strolling on a long stone beach the next.
It feels strange having another year go by in my thirties. I still don't think I feel like an "adult", but maybe I never really will. I'll just keep wearing bright colors and trust that everything will sort itself out over time.