End of the Year Crazies

There comes that time every year when time seems to accelerate and the end up the year suddenly sneaks up. For us, this is it. We always say once October arrives the year is over; get the kids/house ready for trick or treating, get the kids/house ready for Thanksgiving, get the kids/house ready for Christmas, ship the kids off to their grandparent’s for New Years, pound liquor hard and wake up sometime in the next year.

Ok, that last part is probably a bit of an exaggeration. I think my liquor pounding days were done when the kids showed up on the scene. But the idea remains the same, it just all goes by so fast.

Speaking of life moving fast, this year has been a roller coaster. In spring we were contemplating moving the family and Hike It. Like It. to Durango Colorado. A nice little mountain town to be sure. We were even flown out by a prospective employer to spend some time in the area. Ultimately we decided that it wasn’t stable enough to pick up and move the kids, also with both of us being raised in a community with a noticeable “cowboy” culture we were thinking it might not be the best fit (nothing against those whose livelihood is in agriculture/livestock, we just had enough of it growing up).

We’re really Bay Area Neo-Tech-Hippies at heart so it made sense for us to be over there somewhere. We’re always tramping around the East Bay anyway (day hiking and camping opportunities abound) so it made sense to start our move that direction. Sandra D made a career move and so we’re on our way. Searching for a home there has been monopolizing most of our time lately. I’m up to my elbows in content and can’t find the time to get it together it seems. Of course that hasn’t been helped by the fact that I’ve got new floors and other work to finish up in our current home… oh and I might have gone hiking a few times too. Such a slacker I am. GOSH!

It is a good time of year to get organized though. I’ve been thinking about making some small changes to my kit just to keep things sorted and more compact. It’s always a good idea to re-evaluate gear after putting it through the paces for a year (or however long). It’s also a good time to dust off the snowshoes and get the other winter related gear out and give it a once over.

For me, organization also means more work on the website here. Some more changes are coming, including a discussion forum, which is online although in the “soft launch” stage. The formatting is pretty generic. A side effect being spread thin.

I hope to follow up in the next week with the wrap up on the last two shelters in the Cuben Fiber Roundup, and maybe even get some more of this content off my desk! For now I leave you with a few images from recent hikes. Hike It. Like It.

Trinity National Forest

Sunrise Over Bowerman Meadow

Going Up to Go Down

Billy Be Damn Lake

Lake Anna

Leaving Anna

Near Big Sur River, Ventanna Wilderness

Gulls in the notch

Big Sur Foilage I

Beach Flora I

Point Reyes National Seashore


Beach / Coast Camp

Ultralight Kiddos

Castle Crags National Forest

Castle Crags

Amazing View

Mt. Shasta

Catherdral Range, Yosemite National Park

To Echo Lake and Beyond!

Approaching Matthes Lake

Wetting a Line at Dusk

Sunset, Matthes Lake

Just Before Sunset, Reymann Lake

Sunset, Reymann Lake

Jacob D Written by:

Jacob is the head honcho, wearer of many hats, and modern day berserker here at Hike It. Like It. When he's not out hiking or running the trails you'll find him operating in full capacity as a Super Dad and chipping away at a degree in Kinesiology. This guy likes to stay busy. Follow on Strava


  1. Lucciano
    November 26, 2013

    Fantastic pictures! What camera are you using? I could feel a sort of post production editing in your pics… did you? They look great.


  2. Eugene Smith
    October 27, 2012

    These are all stunning JD. Personal favorite is the one of the lone fisherman. Is that Ken T? You’ve had a great year.

    • Jacob D
      October 27, 2012

      Hey Eugene. Thanks man, it’s been a great year. We did a lot of hiking and backpacking, these are from a few of the more recent trips. I think we kicked things off right by hiking from the beach at Half Moon Bay to the top of Mt. Tam to watch the sunset on new years day.

      The lone fisherman is David W.

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