It’s a new year so what’s next?

I have to be honest, I have been a little depressed since the 3 day. I always get that way after a big event. I always have that feeling of, “ok, so now what do I do?” This time it was worse than ever. I was feeling like I was missing something in my life. After parsing that out, I realized I was not doing much to change the world I live in. I bitch a lot about how people suck, but I don’t do a lot to try to make the world a better place to live in. I do the regular stuff, like shop at local markets and mom and pop places, I hold the elevator for people, and I even let people cut in front of me in line for the off ramp. But, the 3 Day always makes me feel like I am contributing to the greater good of the world, I always miss that. So, I decided to volunteer with a Lab Rescue organization. I don’t have a lot of time on my hands, but I can help out at adoption events and walk dogs that are living in boarding facilities while waiting for a foster home.  I decided to do this because my lab brings me much joy. Speaking of, here is a picture of Annabelle from earlier today (click on image for full size photo).

Other things on my agenda for the next year:

  • More Trapeze!
  • Hiking/Backpacking
  • More glass work
  • Running
  • 2009 3 Day
  • Lab Rescuers volunteering

Lately, K and I have been kicking around the idea of a thru-hike of some kind like the PCT, ADT, or the AT. Not necessarily a this year goal, we have some prep work to do. But in that spirit we took the dogs on their first hike today. They had a blast. We went to Cottonwood Creek Falls, an easy 2 mile hike.

When we reached the falls the dogs jumped right in. There were some hairy moments with wet dogs on slippery rocks, but once they learned to be cautious they were loving it. We packed a lunch and ate by the falls, the weather was perfect and there was no one around.

We finished the day at home with a bowl of warm chili and corn bread muffins as the doggies slept soundly and happily at our feet. I think it’s gonna be a good year!

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