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This year. This year blew my mind. It still blows my mind. Looking back, I see just HOW grateful I am for all of this – these people, these moments. It’s almost surreal. I fulfilled some dreams, hiked a little more, met some incredible people, traveled to some awesome places, created a solid network, and most of all, I DID IT! It’s been hard to not give up on myself from time to time. We all know how challenging it can be trying to make it on your own, and sure as can be, here I am – making it.

So thank you. Every single one of these people shown, those not shown, those who helped make this happen, and of course, those reading along. It’s been the best kind of journey, and I am thrilled for another one. I know it gets old hearing it over and over about how good/bad everyone’s year has been and all that, but look at how blessed we are to have another whole year ahead of us. I will not take that for granted, nor will I forget the things that shaped me these past 365. Whether you see it or not, it’s there. Making you who you are striving to be. So, CHEERS!, cheers to you and yours in 2015! I wish you all the very very best!

As hard as it can be to pick a favorite trip over the course of the year, aside from our trip across country and back, this trip to the Olympic Peninsula was easily one of the best! With our friends and family along for the ride, we explored waterfalls, lakes, and hiked to most Northwestern point of the US. I love coming out here and going non-stop exploring. Not everyone always feels the same on this, but this time around I got my wish and we had so much fun! From the trip there until the final bridge at sunset that brings us home, it was some of our best time spent with those we love! I am so looking forward to even more of this in 2015!

Cheers to an adventurous New Year!!

  • Vicky - January 3, 2015 - 3:21 pm

    I love our photography, Rikki! I just love how you capture not only the scene but the feel of where you are. When I look at your images, I feel like I’m in the woods and I want to go grab my hiking boots and explore! Happy New Year and I look forward to seeing your work in 2015! Reply Cancel

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Hiking Mount Rainier with friends

Vance Creek

First good snowfall in Tacoma

First of many hikes to Sol Duc Falls

Hiking Rattlesnake Ledge

One of nearly a dozen trips to the Olympic Peninsula

Purchased a 1981 Toyota Dolphin

Cross country road trip, Utah

Last trip in Florida with my parents

Lakeside campfire, Lake of the Ozarks, MO

Mother’s Day camping trip at Seal Rock

Lake Crescent

Holding on to my growing boy, 10 this year

Lake Cushman

Just the three of us, Point Defiance

Family hike to Big Four

Their own tent, Lake Wynoochee

Four days and nights camping at Lake Wynoochee

First clam dig of the season

Father’s Day

Brought my stepmom’s roses back from Florida

Cape Disappointment

Long Beach

One year wedding anniversary road trip through Oregon

Exploring Riffe Lake

October’s foggy mornings

Elbe Hills

10th birthday hike, Rattlesnake Ledge

Christmas card picture

Last trip of the year to Forks

  • Random Little Faves - December 31, 2014 - 2:39 pm

    I always love seeing your photos, Rikki…you do gorgeous work!! There’s so much beautiful eye candy here I can’t even pick a favorite!! Looks like you had a great year! Reply Cancel

  • Karen Morse - December 31, 2014 - 4:11 pm

    THESE photos are amaze-balls! So stunning… wow! You are super talented. Thanks for sharing!! http://www.GlamKaren.com Reply Cancel

  • Ashley Aguirre - January 8, 2015 - 7:36 pm

    your photos are gorgeous!! You went on quite a few trips and adventures this past year, it’s awesome you were able to share that with your kids too! Reply Cancel