Many of my blogger friends are doing a year in review, and I was inspired to borrow some of your ideas and do my own.

Hiking

I went on a lot of great hikes last year and that means I spent a lot of time doing what I love.

In January I hiked up Tom Dick and Harry Mountain and got this view, left to right, of Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adams, and Mt. Hood. {click the image for a larger version}

In January I hiked up Tom Dick and Harry Mountain and got this view, left to right, of Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adams, and Mt. Hood. {click the image for a larger version}

In February I got this shot of Metlako Falls on the Eagle Creek Trail

In February I got this shot of Metlako Falls on the Eagle Creek Trail

Along the Cherry Orchard trail in February.

Along the Cherry Orchard trail in March.

Hiked to Larch Mountain in April with a women's hiking group.

On our way to Larch Mountain in April with a women’s hiking group.

Hiked above Seattle in April with my brother and his girlfriend.

Hills above Seattle in April with my brother and his girlfriend.

Tara and G went to Oneonta Gorge with me: the trail is so narrow we had to walk in the creek.

Tara and G went to Oneonta Gorge with me: the gorge is so narrow we had to walk in the creek.

I spent 4 days in The Enchatments Wilderness area in Washington state.

I spent 4 days in The Enchantments Wilderness area in Washington state.

Tara

In 2015 I got to watch my only child transition from high-schooler into college student, and to grow closer to the adult they are destined to be.

I took Tara and two friends to check out college campuses.

In the Spring I took Tara and two friends to check out college campuses.

April is animecon time in Seattle and Tara keeps me involved in this world.

April is time for Sakuracon in Seattle and Tara keeps me involved in the anime world.

All Tara's best ballet buddies showed up for graduation in June.

All Tara’s best ballet buddies showed up for graduation in June.

Kumoricon is Vancouver, Washington's animecon, and a tradition in our family.

Kumoricon is Vancouver’s animecon, and a tradition in our family.

Tara got a tattoo of a honey bee

Clenching teeth through the pain of a first tattoo

Tara in a cosplay from the show Gravity Falls

Tara in cosplay from the show Gravity Falls

 

Exploring

I can’t help but find make adventure.

My friend Mads and I went on a coast road trip from Oregon to Vancouver, BC, and stopped at The Butchart Gardens on Vancouver Island on the way.

My friend Mads and I went on a coast road trip from Oregon to Vancouver, BC, and stopped at The Butchart Gardens on Vancouver Island on the way.

And we went through Seattle on the way back.

And we went through Seattle on the way back.

In April I made some time for appreciating art and met some activist graffiti artists

I met some activist graffiti artists in May.

Portland Rhododendron Garden

Portland Rhododendron Garden was lovely in June

We went back for round two of Disneyland as a graduation present.

We went back for round two of Disneyland as a graduation present.

Tara visits Hansel & Gretel in our favourite local amusement park.

Tara visits Hansel & Gretel in our favourite local amusement park.

Buying a big piece of land and figuring out how to manage it on my own was a big adventure this year, that will certainly continue through 2016.

Buying a big piece of land and figuring out how to manage it on my own was a big adventure this year, that will certainly continue through 2016.

Animals

Domestic and wild animals alike capture my interest. Particularly squirrels.

I fed my backyard squirrels from my hand.

I fed my backyard squirrels from my hand.

This black squirrel was in Vancouver, BC

This black squirrel was in Vancouver, BC

Hunting in Victoria, BC

Hunting in Victoria, BC

Looking for a handout in Victoria, BC

Looking for a handout in Victoria, BC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I sketched this rhino as part of a scholarship lottery for Tara. We didn't win, but we had a ton of fun drawing endangered species.

I sketched this rhino as part of a scholarship lottery for Tara. We didn’t win, but we had a ton of fun drawing endangered species.

A duck in the Rhododendron garden.

A duck in the Rhododendron garden.

I see deer daily on my new piece of property in the country. In 2016 I plan to get some decent photos of the elk for you.

Ranting

Some things build inside me till I have to get it out, and that’s when I pull out my soapbox. Though my blog is typically the place where I simply catalog what I’m doing, it’s also a place to spill out my thoughts and emotions.

The Charlie Hebdo attacks spurred me to evaluate just exactly how I feel about freedom of speech.

The Charlie Hebdo attacks spurred me to evaluate just exactly how I feel about freedom of speech.

On Veteran's Day I talked again about complexities of guilt and pride for those who served, but not in battle.

On Veteran’s Day I talked again about complexities of guilt and pride for those who served, but not in battle.

I finally found the courage to write a blog post about being the mom of a transgender teen.

I finally found the courage to write a blog post about being the mom of a transgender teen.

Photography

I took a few nice ones this year.

This flower was blooming in February

This flower was blooming in February

Sunset in Astoria, Oregon in March

Sunset in Astoria, Oregon in March

I made this portrait of a California Condor

I made this portrait of a California Condor

Wet blooms in The Butchart Gardens

Wet blooms in The Butchart Gardens

The sun lit up a mountain lake in October.

The sun lit up a mountain lake in October.

Friends

I made lots of new friends at the home of a luthier in Gig Harbour, Washington. There is nothing like having friends who can make music.

I made lots of new friends at the home of a luthier in Gig Harbour, Washington. There is nothing like having friends who can make music.

I’ve been saying that 2015 was my Year of the Friend. I relished opportunities to develop stronger friendships and I expect to reap great rewards as the happy memories pile up and we find more excuses to be together. Since you are here, you already know that bloggers make friends as good as anyone in real life. I have learned much from all of you, I have seen sights I couldn’t see any other way. And it’s not merely the dazzling shots of places around the world, but more the perspectives you give me of your lives. Bloggers don’t just post photos, but they comment on the world around them, and it’s in your personal convictions and your love of family and your delight in local traditions that makes me feel so close to you. Thank you, thank you. Or, wado, as we Cherokees say to one another. I truly hope your 2016 is the best yet.