This weekend marked the beginning of the Best Summer Since 2007.

The summer of 2007 was my favorite to date.  I still lived in Seattle, and spent every waking moment outside in the sunshine, on the water, in the mountains, with friends.  I knew that my life in the Northwest was a ticking clock, as I was leaving that September for the great unknown – so I took advantage of every opportunity I was presented with.

The summers of 2008 and 2009, I lived in Nashville, and had no desire to be outside.  Whatsoever.  At all.  I was in a bad mood for 4 months.

It’s amazing to now live in a place where I WANT to be outside again.  Between Friday and Sunday, I walked 27 miles.  And then yesterday, along with some family and friends, I climbed Mt. Rosa.

Y’all, my freckles are out of control these days.

My goal is to climb at least 6 14ers this summer, and walk 1,000 miles.  I just pulled that number out of the air right now, but you know what?  I bet I can do it.  I bet I can walk 1,000 miles before Labor Day.

I bet it so much that I’m writing it on my blog.



  1. Christina on June 1, 2010 at 12:32 PM

    Well, OF COURSE, the summer of 2007 was the Best Summer to date; it was the time of our glorious reunion. I mean, duh.


  2. Casey Evans on June 1, 2010 at 1:14 PM

    I love random goals like that. After giving birth last summer, I made a goal to walk 100 miles in 5 weeks and I felt like I had won the Boston Marathon or Olympics or something:) YOU CAN DO IT. Los just ran a marathon and then a week later did an Olympic Distance Triathlon. His new goal is a marathon in every state. (you should look up the 50 states club online, it’s cool in a nerdy way).
    So apply sunscreen, refill your water, and walk on girl.

  3. FW on June 1, 2010 at 1:22 PM

    Two words:

    Forrest Gump

  4. Little AP on June 1, 2010 at 5:22 PM

    Woohoo! Go Annie!

  5. kristin on June 2, 2010 at 3:00 PM

    you are so cool! a catholic friend of mine once dubbed me the patron saint of walkers and hikers, but i think you may be worthier of that title :)

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  8. Riley on June 3, 2010 at 12:56 PM

    I want your freckles. when I was little, I used to steal my mom’s eyeliner and draw them on my face. I also used to put foil in my mouth because I thought it looked like a retainer, and retainers were soooo cool… but I digress.

  9. Sarah Kate on June 9, 2010 at 10:37 AM

    I have no desire to even walk to my car much less 1000 miles – and I’m a walker. It’s just too damn hot here. We’ve already hit 100 degrees, twice.

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