Goals for the New Year

January 8, 2017

As I write this, water is purging, flooding, surging toward the lowlands.  All roads into Yosemite Valley have been closed due to the year’s biggest storm.

Thinking of Yosemite, the last hike I did was this past autumn.  The trailhead parking lot was closed, so Andrew and I walked from Tioga Road to the trailhead.


All of the concessions in the high country were shut down for the year and the crowds had dispersed.  We had the trail to ourselves that chilly morning as we made our way to Elizabeth Lake.


Not a soul was in sight.

On the trail.

Even the animals were gone.  No squirrels, no birds, no deer, no bugs to be seen.  There was a strange stillness to the forest without them.

The ground cover looked afire in the sunlight.

Equally strange was knowing that we were the only two people in the world at the lake at that time.

Approaching Elizabeth Lake.

The wind howled down the mountain as we stood in the field taking it all in.

Making our way around the lake.  We walked 7.2 miles that day.

Thinking back, that was a special trip with Andrew.  Presently, it is raining and the wind is blowing, typical January weather.  Having been in a drought for so long, it seems strange to see the local creeks and ponds swollen with water.  Little waterfalls have popped up in unexpected places.  Nothing like Yosemite though.

Fall colors at Elizabeth Lake.

On this blustery day, I did a quick review of last year’s goals to help with the setting of new ones.  I walked over 630 miles on both trail and pavement last year.  My goal this year is to increase that number.  A fresh calendar hangs on our kitchen wall begging to be filled with things to do.

Leaving the lake. We’ll be back one day.

Sometime this year I will revisit two of my favorite lakes in Yosemite: Granite and Spillway Lakes.  There are backpacking excursions to plan and a trip into Kings Canyon National Park to add to the calendar.  There is the annual hike with Joseph in a couple of weeks, and another with Andrew later this year.  Snowshoeing treks, wildflower walks, and camping trips have me excited and will eventually make their way onto the calendar. 

Elizabeth Lake, October 2016

As I anticipate the coming year, I pray that this storm does not do as much damage as in 1997.  Then, Yosemite Valley was flooded and the park closed for two months.  We will see how it all pans out.  Until next month…stay warm and dry.

22 thoughts on “Goals for the New Year

  1. I look forward to seeing your pictures and reading your blog during the coming year. I really hope that one day you’ll be able to gather all these into one publication for all people to enjoy the beauty you’ve captured.

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  2. I love your photograph of “Fall Colors at Elizabeth Lake” the best, although all your pictures are always so full of depth and color. Knowing you, you will accomplish your 2017 goals! Congrats on your 2016 successes! Happy travels.

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  3. Like you, I am surprised by the aftermath of all the rain–surging rivers and unexpected waterfalls, etc. I hope the damage stays minimal. Your goals are exciting–I hope YNP does not have to close for repairs, etc. Happy Trails! Happy New Year!

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  4. Over 630 miles of walking last year! Wow, that’s impressive! I look forward to learning how many you walk this year. You are indeed lucky to spend that time in one of the most gorgeous places on earth.

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  5. I loved your photos this blog. You are getting,so good. A very admirable achievement this year. Kudos to you. I really hope to join you on a walk in 2017, maybe when you come visit in CCC. I’m up to 3-5 miles/hike slow as the tortoise goes 🙂

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  6. 630 miles, wow, nice work! I’m hoping to come see some snow in Yosemite this coming weekend if the weather cooperates. I look forward to seeing your 2017 pans out. Thanks for all the inspiring photos and words throughout the year!

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