While 2011 is not over with yet and I still have two more days of adventuring left, what I have planned for those two days will not top what I already experienced this year so I feel confident in picking my "2011 Tops" right now. It wasn't difficult to pick out five top adventures for 2011. I didn't go for the most scenic, or the longest or the highest. Neither did I pick adventures where I had the most fun. I went for treks that stood out because they meant something special or because of their uniqueness. They are listed here and are not in any particular order:
Day 2 of our three days at Elizabeth Parker Hut in mid August stood for everything I have ever wanted in adventuring in the mountains. I got to go to bed at night and wake up in the morning in a place where I could almost reach out and touch the mountains and which was only five minutes from a trail that leads to one of the most beautiful places ever.
I never thought hiking Pigeon Mountain would be a top memorable experience, especially when it was a mountain that I always just looked at passing by thinking boring & blah. Much to my surprise our hike here in early November far exceeded my expectations, which may have been due to the company, the fresh fallen snow, the blue sky and being one of those days where the rewards far out-weighted the effort. I was reminded not to judge a book by its cover!
Stay tuned for my year end post!