2016 was the year of interviews. I met so many of my heroes and even befriended them. The very first interview I ever did was with Billy Yang, pictured here, sadly the audio was lost, but the memory was not.
And there were so many more interviews done on Skype and on the phone. They were just as exciting and memorable. Thank you 2016 for all the amazing people who I can now call friends.
Posing on trails
In 2016 we traveled A LOT! This is just a sampling of the many pictures that I have taken on my trips, but of course the common theme is trailrunning. It has been absolutely crazy, too. I mean when does Forest Park in Portland get SNOW!? Never. But, it did when we where there and it made for quite a slip and slide-y adventure for my dad and I. The trails in Santa Barbara are some of the most rugged that I've ever run. Three times up Bishop Peak was brutal, but so fun. A solo jaunt through the rolling green hills of Marin was peacefully chilly.
Places, Places, Places
2016 also brought visits to many unique and interesting places. My sister, and even I, loved The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal. Hearst Castle was incredible in its opulence and artistry. The ruined Sutro Baths were a glimpse into a slice of San Francisco history that isn't really discussed, a time of relaxation and wealth. Fort Bragg's Glass Beach was a beautiful site that was created from the fact that it used to be a military trash dump and the unyielding power of the waves broke the glass into a beach. Bandon's Wizard's Hat was a very unique rock formation that sat pristinely on Oregon's rugged coast.
Trejo's Tacos meal with horchata.
There was also a ton of amazing food in 2016. Either food I made, the family made, or from restaurants. Vegan food is absolutely incredible and 2016 most definitely represented that for me.
Sushi (i made it!).
Blossoming lotus, portland. veggie burger with roasted potatoes.
Tofu Scrambler (made by my mom).
Collard greens sushi with sautéed asparagus (i made it!).
mango mint pie (i made it!).
simple bread (made this, too).
somosa house, la.
ratatouille (From yours truly).
2016 was also pretty cool in other parts of my life. I started to ride my bike more. Stayed present enough on a run in Portland to notice a mushroom on a tree that looked like a twisted frog. I completed my Eagle Scout Project and became an Eagle Scout! Which is a happy culmination to years of amazing Scouting.
In 2016 I had many painfully enlightening adventures as I like to call my jaunts on the trail. I got a sweet cowboy hat that I'm pretty sure made me even more aerodynamic and awesome on the trails! The family and I took the Weekender up to Mammoth to enjoy ourselves and of course run hard in the Sierras, I think that will become a summer tradition. I ran another 50k and did it even better than the last time, cutting time down immensely and enjoying myself much more. Nice 'n casual. And of course I started my very own sport recovery company, Target Release Recovery, with products that are simple, functional, and effective going on sale soon.