We're already a full month into 2012. Unbelievable.
If you are one of the elite few who purchased a copy of my 2012 Planner: Contemplating Adventures, I really hope you are putting it to good use and enjoying the photos selected for each month.
One weak point in the layout of this planner is that it fails to give anyone any information about the scenic pictures.
Maybe no one really cares where the pictures were taken; maybe no one really cares what that mountain is or where that mountain top cabin is located.
Since the next hike isn't for another week and a half, this seems like a good time to just list out a bit of info about the pictures. Maybe someone will find it interesting, but it's more likely that I'll just pat myself on the back in a few years when I'm the one who forgets where the pictures were taken.
Without further adieu:
Front Cover Photo: Mt. Shuksan shrouded in a Lenticular cloud. This picture was taken from the top of Table Mountain at the end of the Mount Baker Highway. Trip #158, October 2011.
January Photo: Kevin, Andrea & Beau on the way back from a cloudy day of snowshoeing to Artist Point. Trip #133, January 2011.
February Photo: Table Mountain reflected in a small tarn at Austin Pass. Trip #158, October 2011.
March Photo: Para-sailing from Fort Ebey State Park on Whidbey Island. Trip #132, January 2011.
April Photo: Kayaker on Lake Padden near Bellingham, WA. This image was captured on my cell phone while on a 3 mile run around the lake in October, 2010.
May Photo: Sunset image captured with my cell phone while on a 30 minute run through the little community of Blanchard, WA. The bridge in the distance is part of the world famous Chuckanut Drive.
June Photo: Yet another memorable sunset image from the cell phone looking over Puget Sound to the San Juan Islands. This image was taken along Chuckanut drive, near the Chuckanut Manor restaurant, in the middle of another Wednesday night run.
July Photo: Image of fellow hikers seeking the high point on Mount Pilchuck, and enjoying the views westward to the Puget Sound. Trip #159, October 2011.
August Photo: An easy scramble among intimidating granite boulders and a short ladder climb are all that stand in your way before enjoying the Fire Lookout atop Mount Pilchuck. Trip #159, October 2011.
September Photo: Upon your arrival at the Pilchuck Lookout, simply turn around for a stunning view of endless Cascade Peaks. That person in the red coat is "Contemplating Adventures". Trip #159, October 2011.
October Photo: Fire Lookouts may be light on ammenities but they make up for it in windows. Visiting the Mt. Pilchuck Lookout on a sunny day isn't something you'll soon forget. Trip #159, October 2011.
November Photo: Mt. Sefrit can be seen while enjoying a snowshoe trek to Razorhone Knob near the Mount Baker Ski Area. Trip #138, April 2011.
December Photo: Alpenglow on an unnamed point keeping watch over the Steven's Pass ski area. To view this point, with alpenglow, consider a sunset snowshoe toward Skyline Lake (located on the opposite side of Hwy 2 from the ski area). Trip #135, February 2011.
Back Cover Photo: Reflection of a spring sky in the calm waters of aptly named Whisper Lake near Anacortes, WA. Trip #143, April 2011.
Dust Jacket Rear Inset Image (Hardback only): Ron Peterson "Contemplates Adventures" on his journey to Split Rock in Skagit County. Trip #141, April 2011.
So, as you can probably tell, 2011 was a great year to enjoy the great outdoors in Western Washington. I'm planning on making 2012 even better!
Feel free to contact me if you are interested in hitting the trails, taking some photos or if you'd like help in creating/designing a different variation of this planner. I'd love to help you out with any of those 'projects'.