Over the past few weeks I have had various "tough" decisions to make. I am a firm believer in setting attainable (and some less attainable) goals and actively making them happen. I want to live my life fully doing the things I love and orienting myself towards a future I can be stoked on! This can be better said than done, it's typically easier to talk about then to actually take the active steps necessary towards our goals. Even with such a busy schedule I was able to do a lot of really incredible things this past winter. I had a few of the best Mt. Baker backcountry pow days I've ever had, kayaked countless Horseshoe Bend laps on the Nooksack River, and managed to do a little traveling as well to see friends and family.
When it comes to making important decisions regarding what you want for yourself and achieving your goals, change can be hard but so necessary at the same time. A little over a month ago, I decided I wanted to pursue my passion for white water kayaking full time to see how far I could go with it and live closer to some of my best friends. I got a job and moved to beautiful Leavenworth, WA! It was tough leaving Bellingham, but at the same time it was one of the best decisions I've ever made and I'm so glad I did.
I've been busy having all kinds of adventures recently and am looking forward to more. A few weeks ago Whatcom Creek in Bellingham received an immense amount of rain. I've had my eye on this creek for a while and after a quick scout it looked like the waterfall near Woburn St. was in. I was able to get a friend to come with me and after fighting through a steep, muddy ravine, I was able to put on while Christiane Thomas took photos. I hadn't been boating much lately due to a lack of precipitation most of the winter, so I was incredibly excited to fire up this 17 ft. waterfall.
Here is a link to an article I wrote for Adventures NW magazine:
After sending it off the waterfall I boofed over a log, ducked under another directly following a 5ft. slide and paddled all the way to Woburn St. Such an awesome run, only wish there was less wood above and with easier access we'd have our own local run right in our backyard.
This past week I took full advantage of having some time off from work and headed down to the Northwest Creeking Competition on the East Fork of the Lewis River and Canyon Creek in Battleground, WA. I was blown away by how many kayakers were there and I had never seen so many kayaks. This event was a whole new experience for me, it was my first kayak race, and up until this point it was the hardest white water I had ever paddled. I made many new friends, and after seeing the top athletes on the podium, I was truly inspired by these women. I'm looking forward to training and coming back in 2015!
Following the race, one of my closest girlfriends, Austyn Heinlein, and I decided to summit and ski nearby Mt. St. Helens. With 4500 ft. of elevation gain this was no small feat and with a leisurely start after 2 intense days of non-stop paddling I realized I had my work cut out for me.
This is the first volcano I have attempted to summit and the journey was incredible. I am hooked on volcano summiting and corn skiing. I can't wait to ski Adams, Baker, Hood, and Rainier. I also want to spend some time in Patagonia summiting and skiing many of the peaks in Argentina and Chile.
I'm looking forward to this summer and the many adventures that await in Leavenworth!