After my family flew home, Matt, the doggles, and I took a short trip to the Olympic Peninsula. We found a cottage in Forks, Washington, not too far from the Olympic National Forest and some breathtakingly beautiful beaches. It rained, as expected in the rainiest part of the country. We were in a rainforest, after all. It was glorious.
The four of us donned our raincoats and set out for our first hike together, not encountering any beast or person for the entire two hours on Christmas morning.
Happy New Year! I hope 2012 is filled with happy surprises, time spent with loved ones, and new opportunities for us all!