My 2014 Goals

As my last goal neared the end of its completion in December, I’ve been putting a lot of thought into my 2014 goals. For the past few years, my goals have been hike-centric: 100 hikes in 2009, 500 trail miles in 2010, hiking a big chunk of the Pacific Crest Trail in 2011.  These goals helped motivate me to get outdoors and onto trails often. This year, things will be a bit different. Although I will do quite a bit of hiking, this will be the Year of the Pen. I’ve created a shiny infographic to share my goals for the year.  Meet me below the image for more details.

  1. The Buttes! – Since moving to central Oregon, I’ve noticed that I’m surrounded by buttes. Hills of every size and shape created by volcanic eruptions thousands of years ago. There are over 400 of them in central Oregon alone. I’ve hiked only a relatively few of them.  This year, I am resolved to hike fifty different buttes, seeing with my own eyes what the view is like from the top.
  2. The Guidebook! – For the last two years, I’ve been researching the idea of creating a guidebook for the buttes in central Oregon.  I’ve already done quite a bit of research at the local history museum and have scouted out routes up and around some of the buttes w/o trails (which is most of them).  I resolve to create a guidebook by the end of the year, entitled Hike Your Butte Off! I’ll be creating the manuscript for the guidebook using only watercolor, pen and ink.  If you’re interested in receiving updates on the production of the book, please fill out the short form over at
  3. The Numbers! – I had a lot of fun completing last year’s goal of 100 Hikes and 700 trail miles.  I had even more fun creating “The Numbers,” artwork done on each hike.  I resolve to work on a book of the art project, including details of the flora, fauna, and geology found in each photograph.  (Yes, this is a second book I hope to produce this year.)
  4. The Studies! – My passion for being outdoors can only be matched by my curiosity of the  natural world. I have seen so much on the trails and, thanks to my journaling, have been able to identify what I’ve seen by referencing the library of natural history books I have.  And yet, there is so much to learn.  Starting this summer, I will be taking courses to increase my skills as a naturalist through Oregon State Universities’ Oregon Master Naturalist Program.  I’ll also be teaching more this year, starting with a couple outdoor journaling workshops through The Nature of Words.  I also aim to lead more day hikes in the area, through my Facebook group: The Hike Guy’s Hiking & Nature Club of Oregon.
  5. The Website! – Let’s be honest: my website needs some much-needed TLC. I haven’t written more than a few updates in the past year.  When I run into people who have been to my website, they ask if/when I plan on updating it. I’ve given the excuse, “well, when it comes to either hiking or writing about hiking, I’d rather go hiking.” Hiking does trump writing, but this will change in 2014. This year, I will concentrate more on adding new content to this website, sharing the adventures I’ve had and the adventures ahead.  Of course, I’ll continue to regularly update my Public Facebook page here.

Here’s to a great 2014!

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