Our Favorite Memories from 2018

Photo by  Greg   Balkin

Photo by Greg Balkin

Although some of December has been filled with meetings and year end reports, we’ve also been able to slow down and spend time with family and friends. Before we jump into the next year, it’s important to reflect on the good that has come from the past 365ish days. Here are just a few of our favorite memories from 2018:

 
Photo provided by Julie Campagnoli

Photo provided by Julie Campagnoli

Exploring Peru and Chile

“As 2018 comes to a close, I find myself exploring Peru and Chile. While I love the urban energy of the big cities like Lima and Santiago, both countries offer incredible natural beauty. Seeing Machu Picchu emerge from the morning fog took my breadth away while the quiet and seemingly monochromatic Atacama Desert wowed me with watercolor swept mountain ranges and aquamarine lakes.”


- Julie Campagnoli

 
Photo provided by Deb Pleva

Photo provided by Deb Pleva

Smartwool’s Ride to Outdoor Retailer

“I was lucky enough to take part in the 12th annual Ride to OR, a four-day, 300-mile bike ride with the Smartwool's employees, retailers, and partners from their headquarters in Steamboat Springs to Outdoor Retailer in Denver. This was the first time OR took place in Denver in the summer, so it was a brand new route with 20,000 feet of climbing which included a ride over Trail Ridge Road that traverses Rocky Mountain National Park. It was physically exhausting, but my fellow riders and the incredible scenery kept me energized and inspired.”

- Deb Pleva

 
Photo provided by July Zaleski

Photo provided by July Zaleski

San Juan JAMboree

“The work event I enjoyed most in 2018 was our San Juan JAMboree.  I could not have imagined a better group of editors and clients to join together and take on the Colorado wilderness (and altitude) with a more open-minded and supportive perspective than this one.  As a whole, we were all able to encourage one another to keep going, to bolster the grit in each of us, and to provide comfort and a group dynamic that was entertaining, yet tranquil and balanced.  I left that experience feeling grateful, impressed, and beautifully exhausted.”

- July Zakeski

 
Photo provided by Rian Rhoe

Photo provided by Rian Rhoe

Skiing with Family

“My year was full of simple moments in the outdoors — hikes in Western New York with my family and our dog, Stand Up Paddling in the Banderas Bay of Mexico when the waves were flat, crabbing off the coast of Sweden, discovering our new backyard here in California with hikes up Mt. Tam…  but  hands down, nothing compares to seeing my son learn to ski for the first time. It’s selfish really, because so many of my best memories come from snow-fueled adventures, but there is something about seeing your own child take to the mountains like that. I nearly cried. I can’t wait to get back up in the snow with him this season!”

- Rian Rhoe

 
Photo provided by Amy May

Photo provided by Amy May

Camping in Bozeman, Montana

“2018 was a super fun year for us, as our daughter turned 1 and we were able to get out and explore together. We took an amazing trip to Italy as a family, but it’s the summer memories closer to home that stand out. In particular, I loved the few opportunities we had to go camping with Wallace. Looking to escape the summer heat in July, last minute we found THE BEST campsite on nearby Hyalite Reservoir. While nothing is ever ideal while camping with a toddler, we enjoyed introducing Wallace to a spot that holds a special place in our hearts.”

- Amy May Breitmaier


 
Photo provided by Kelsey McGrew

Photo provided by Kelsey McGrew

Mountain Biking in Moab

“In March of 2018 I explored my inner desert goddess in Moab, Utah where for the first time I felt reasonably capable on my bike. My relationship with mountain biking has been addicting but a constant struggle, a bit abusive but also the most rewarding. On this specific trip, I went with a girl friend who was at a similar capability level as I was and something clicked and we conquered! We tried things we never would have otherwise and grew so much as riders and the constant positivity and encouragement was invigorating! We both arrived timid and shy and left confident and bold. It was a transformative experience and really emphasized the mental game aspect of riding and companionship. “

- Kelsey McGrew

 
Photo by  Greg Balkin

Photo by Greg Balkin

Two Months in New Zealand

“I was lucky enough to spend two months last spring traveling around New Zealand in a crusty (yet trusty) van named Ernie. We filled our time working from coffee shops with dodgy WiFi and escaped to trails, vistas and lakeshores each night and every weekend. Because the van was only where we slept, the majority of our in-between moments were spent outside, be it cooking, eating, socializing, playing Bananagrams, etc. I think back on my time there and I instantly miss the constant exposure to fresh air. Fresh air that chilled me when the sun went down, ruffled the pages of my book and rocked us to sleep each night in our van. In 2019, I plan to stay home and continue working on that indoor/outdoor balance.”

- Steph Wright