Hello, internet, how are you? I’ve had a hectic year, but a pretty good one!
Here are some things that I did with it
Got serious about birding Or at least more serious than I was. Australia started the love affair, but this year, I’ve actually started waking up with the dawn chorus and visiting wetland habitats to look for kingfishers and waterfowl. I’m up to 427 species on my life list, and am even starting to learn how to tell gulls apart.
Took a roadtrip across the Western US I started in Houston, made my way to Big Bend, cut through White Sands National Monument, Carlsbad Caverns and the Chiricahuas, made a quick stop at the Grand Canyon, turned North to visit my folks and check out Rocky Mountain National Park, then headed West again to hit up Arches and Antelope Island before visiting a friend in San Fransisco, then looked at the fantastic trees of Muir Woods and the Ancient Bristlecone Pine National Forest, took in the glacial-carved splendor of Yosemite, spent the hottest night of my life in Death Valley, fell in love with Zion … and finally made my way back to Texas. It was a hell of a trip.
Moved to Oregon Portlandia is now home! I’m loving the green, my proximity to the sea, and all the great coffee and waterfalls. Plus, there are some pretty cool birds that make their home here.
Visited Mexico In early January, I took a trip to Cabo San Lucas, where I got to snorkel with whale sharks, heard whalesong for the first time (while diving, no less!) and ate a lot of really delicious tacos.
Bought Some Plants Okay, okay, maybe this isn’t that exciting, but I’ve really been getting in to growing house plants. I’m especially excited about my carnivores and my orchids.
I hope you’ve have as great a time as I have. Next week, I’ll be taking some time to travel the Oregon Coast & Crater Lake, and I look forward to sharing photos of that adventure with you all.