2018 Year in Review

I did a bunch of fun things in 2018, and here are a few of the highlights!

January:
The winter did not start out very strong in the Sierra, so I was riding well into the start of 2018. Some highlights include Mills Peak in Graeagle, Wendin Canyon in Truckee, and Peavine in Reno (trails guide coming soon).

Good #clouds over #reno from Peavine.

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I also took a quick trip to the Oregon Coast to celebrate my mom’s birthday.

Gloomy day on the #oregoncoast.

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I also ended an eight year run working at the Sierra Nevada Alliance and accepted a new job with a land use advocacy nonprofit, Mountain Area Preservation.

February
Greyson and I kicked off February with a Big Sur road trip where we had the most amazing weather and absolutely no crowds. It was incredible!

Oh hey there, #ocean. #bigsur

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#sunset from the #beach at Limekiln State Park in #bigsur last night.

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We ended the trip by mountain biking at Wilder Ranch State Park.

March
Truckee and Tahoe had a miracle March and got dumped on with snow! I got some super fun days at Sugar Bowl. Better late than never!

Greyson and I also did our annual midwinter ride at Foresthill Divide Trail in Auburn.

April
Greyson and I started off April with a trip to Point Reyes, where we visited old favorites like Heidrun Meadery and check out new trails at China Camp State Park.

May
Life goal achieved: I saw Ludacris at a pool party day club in Vegas with my HLP.

Greyson and I headed up to Graeagle to do a day of trail work on Mills Peak, and we were rewarded with a free trip on the new shuttle.

June
June was all about an amazing trip to the Big Island of Hawaii with Greyson’s family. We swam, snorkeled, hiked, ate shaved ice, and soaked in the sun.

At the #beach! 🌴🌴🌴🐒

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#akakafalls, #hawaii

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Just a hint, Manini’owali Beach (pictured above) is amazing!

I snuck in a quick ride on the Flume Trail with some friends before the month was over, too.

Greyson and I also celebrated our one year wedding anniversary!

July
In one weekend, I completed the June Lake Triathlon and rode at Mammoth Mountain Bike Park! It was an exciting couple of days.

Other July highlights were taking friends to visit Webber Falls, working at the Phish summer Tahoe show, and diving into Donner Lake.

August
August was super smokey in Truckee, so we escaped down to Point Reyes for fresh ocean air. While there, we rode our bikes out to Drakes Head on the Estero Trail (trail report coming soon).

On our way back, we stopped a GoatHouse Brewing (a brewery featuring rescue goats!) to celebrate the engagement of two of my favorite people.

The Donner Lake Rim Trail from Castle Valley is becoming one of my favorite mountain bike rides, and we rode that a few times this summer.

September
September was all about the mountain biking. First, Greyson and I went down to South Lake to ride the Corral Trails. The access road was closed, so no shuttling, but the trails were basically empty.

Next, we road tripped up to Oregon to meet my parents. While we were there, we rode the Bend classics Funner and Tiddlywinks and the Alpine Trail in Oakridge.

While we were in Oregon, we also visited Salt Creek Falls and took my first trip to Crater Lake.

I finished out the month with a super dust ride at Hoot in Nevada City (trail report coming soon!).

October
I got a gravel bike! I’m super excited about riding this bike even more in 2019.

I finally did one of those classic Tahoe hikes, Eagle Rock, that I somehow had never done before.

And we went to Santa Cruz where we saw some good otters in the Elkhorn Slough.

November
In November, we went for a ride on one of Truckee’s newest trails, Big Chief (trail report coming soon). It’s got great views, amazing rock work, and fun flow sections.

For Thanksgiving, Truckee got its first snowstorm and my parents came to visit. While they were here, we went to Nevada City and went for a foggy walk along the Yuba.

December
The snowboarding season started off strong with an awesome opening weekend at Sugar Bowl, complete with their famous bloody marys.

My friend Erin came into town and we went on a couple of snowshoe hikes, and I started to enjoy snowshoeing!

2018 was another amazing year, and I’m looking forward towards more adventures in 2019.