When I logged on my computer this morning, I can honestly say there was nothing really on my mind other than checking my email and finding caffeine before begrudgingly getting ready for work. On a whim, I checked my blog (mostly to postpone the whole getting read for work thing) and my latest notification wished me a Happy Two-Year Anniversary blogging. My first thought was that there’s no way it’s already been two years, but then it hit me – two years. Quite the commitment.
I’m not gonna lie, there have been moments in the last two years where I wanted to quit, most recently when my last relationship ended, but ultimately I have a love of writing that’s kept me going. Blogging has gotten me through stress, moving cross country, my Master’s degree comps, and heartbreak, among other things.
So to celebrate two years of writing (and hopefully someone reading!), I’m going to share with you some of my favorite posts. They’re not necessarily the most eloquent or the most popular, but they’re the ones I that I still think about, the ones that when people ask me about my blog, these are the posts I tell them about. If you’ve read them before, then I hope you’ll take a walk down memory lane with me, and if you’re a relatively new visitor, I hope you enjoy these pieces as much as I still do.
So, in no particular order…
- My National Park vacation of 2012 will always be one of my favorites. I spent a little over a week travelling to the Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce Canyon and Mesa Verde. Out of all of my posts during the trip, though, The Narrows is my favorite. It was an intense, all-day hike with my friend H-, I was soaked from head to toe, and it was absolutely amazing. If I had the money, I’d go back in a heartbeat.
- Carlsbad Caverns. I loved Carlsbad so much, I actually made this trip twice: once with H- and once with my mom. The first time, we took the elevator, the second we took the natural entrance. Both visits were completely gorgeous and so much fun. Plus. there’s tons to see so it never gets old.
- Upper Sunset Trail and Tom Mays Trail in Franklin Mountains State Park. This two-parter is not my proudest moment – I didn’t bring enough water and ended up getting heatstroke. However, that hike was important and memorable for me because: 1) I collapsed like a boneless mass on a covered picnic table for a good thirty minutes (kinda hard to forget) and 2) It taught me (granted, the hard way) how to prepare for hiking in the desert. After that trip, I bought my hydration pack, which I now carry on every hike over 2 miles that I do. I started carrying fruit and other small snacks with me when hiking. And most importantly, I learned to listen to my body and the signs it sends me, when it’s ok to continue, and when I need to slow down and rest.
- Dune Sledding in White Sands. I took my mom dune sledding when she came to visit me in New Mexico. What made it so fun, though, was sledding with somebody else. We took turns taking videos of each other (which I am not sharing here, cause I look like a hot pink turtle) and laughed so hard, we had trouble staying vertical.
- Itching to Runaway. This is one of my more recent posts, but it expresses some feelings that I’ve never been able to put into words before. I’m really proud of this one 🙂
Thanks for following along for the past two years, and here’s to the years to come!