The calendar has changed from 2016 to 2017, so naturally I will write 2016 on any piece of paper for the next six months. A funny thing happens on New Years Day, everyone reflects on what happened, bad or good, in the previous year. In 2016 I started to figure out what I was doing with a camera in my hand. In 2016 I put 50,000 miles on my car traveling to places I had never been. I spent my birthday in Alaska, camped on a glacier in the heart of Denali, and saw the Northern Lights. I became obsessed with backpacking and packed over 100 miles of trails this year. I read 10 books, from reading 0 books the year before. I received an award as a "Treasured Artist" from the Office of the Secretary of State of Montana. I started blogging. So 2016 was a huge year for my personal growth, I feel that I became a better overall person, I think that I became a better person because I became more connected to nature. Overall 2016 was a great year for me, so here are a bunch of photos that I have never published before , I hope they inspire you to get out in 2017 and appreciate the incredible places around you!
Granite Park Chalet, Glacier National Park, Montana
North Fork Road, Montana
Sow Grizzly waits patiently for her cub to catch up, Glacier National Park, Montana
A bull elk grazes in the sage flats of Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
The Don Sheldon Mountain House and Denali warm up with the rising sun, Alaska
Sunrise on St. Mary Lake, Glacier National Park, Montana
The Aurora shines bright outside of Girdwood Alaska
Taking in a sunset at 10,000 ft. on the Beartooth Pass, Montana
Garder Lake waits for the sun to grace its waters, Beartooth Pass, Montana
A bison grazes in the meadows, covered in frost from the cold night before, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Taking in a tranquil morning at Bowman Lake, Glacier National Park, Montana.