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Looking Back on 2015

Milky Way Over the Watchman

Reflecting on this year and its many highs and lows is a good reminder that life rarely goes the way you want it. Our trip to Yosemite in the Tuolumne Meadows region this past summer is a good example of having to readjust.

My wife, Heidi, and I planned our first backpack together in seven years for the Fourth of July weekend. It was to mark the new chapter in our lives, especially Heidi’s for beating breast cancer the previous year. Our plans changed though as Heidi started experiencing significant back pain the months prior to our planned trip. She was no longer able to sleep on the ground or carry a backpack over miles of rugged terrain. So, our backpack turned into an exploration of the Tuolumne region and other points of interest in the Eastern Sierras. It was a great trip even though it didn’t go as planned.

Little did we know at the time that this trip was just the beginning of our ‘readjustments.’ A month later we learned that the source of Heidi’s back pain was the return of her cancer. It had metastasized and was now growing in her lower back. The months since have been challenging, dealing with the emotions of an illness of this magnitude and readjusting to life with cancer … again. In the midst of it all we hold onto the hope that God is still in control of the whole situation. We have already been overwhelmed by an amazing amount of help and support from family, friends and even strangers that has been truly humbling.

Looking beyond the cancer challenge of 2015, here are my 10 best pictures from the year, in no particular order.

Lembert Dome Reflected on the Tuolumne River

Cliff Detail above the Emerald Pools, Zion National Park

Mummified Cactus

Half Dome in a Summer Storm

Sunrise in Claremont

Summer Storm in Bodie

Yucca Tree No. 1

Front Door, Bodie

Storm Clearing at the Fence Line

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