Some of my favorite moments from 2016. Hope you enjoy. Happy Holidays and Happy 2017! Now I shall let the pics do the talking. :)
JANUARY - a memorable hike with Lance and Rami out on TDH the very last day of 2015.
JANUARY - I was out in Banff and Abraham Lake once again. Probably lost count of the number of times I been to Banff. Lol. In the uber cold winter months, Abraham Lake up in Canada has these frozen methane bubbles formations which look really really cool (no pun intended).
FEBRUARY - made a trip to Japan to visit the Nagano (for snow monkeys) , Kyoto (which I always wanted to visit) , Tokyo (for food) and also made a last minute trip out to Mount Fuji.
MARCH - caught cherry blossoms in both Seattle and Portland and missed both the wildflowers season at Rowena and tulips season at Woodburn this year.
MARCH - went to a bunch of DinePDX and got a pic of kaka that i really liked. Also did a random photoshoot thing with Steph and Robert.
APRIL - spent my birthday in Patagonia. Managed to visit both Torres del Paine, Chile and Fitzroy, Argentina for some fall colors in South America which I had wanted to visit for a uber long time. For some crazy reason that morning, I decided to jump into the water lol. The glacier water was uber cold, not kidding. Got pretty lucky up here at sunrise as I know a whole bunch of friends who had came up to this Mirador Las Torres viewpoint and never saw the three towers. Also Managed to spend some time in Bueno Aires, Argentina after the Patagonia trip. Really unique place.
MAY - Did a bunch of spring hikes around Pacific Northwest. A bunch of friends also visited and brought them around some hikes in the area.
MAY - a FedEx box showed up on my door steps. When I opened the box *dramatic music* I was almost in tears.. Almost a year after the #ShotoniPhone6 campaign.. Multiple lost/misplaced shipments from Apple and 76,413 email exchanges... My shot on iPhone 6 books, that Apple announced way long ago, have finally arrived! They didn't come equipped with gloves as they were supposed to. Haha but not gonna lie, the books looked pretty awesome. Never managed to see any of those billboards in person but some were featured in the book; One from Singapore (left) , one on a train station in Japan (not in the pic) and one above my favorite brunch location on Wilshire Blvd in Los Angeles (right).
JUNE - Did alot more climbing this year than I usually do. Attempted Mount Hood twice with Jan and summited once. Pretty brutal but still real fun. Probably will do it again sometime.
JUNE - Was in San Diego for my brother's graduation and later my folks made a trip up to Portland and brought them around for a couple hikes in the gorge, made a quick stop at trillium lake and of cos lots of food. :D
JULY - Jan brought me up the summit of Mount St Helens on a random rainy weekday. Couldn't see much or the crater rim when we got up to the summit. :( Here's a pic from across St. Helens. I should be somewhere up on the edge of the summit of that mountain across that day.
JULY - We also attempted to summit Mount Adams once, made it up probably 3/4 way and ran out of time and turned back. Will probably try that again sometime. One from my ridiculously windy campsite on Mount Adams for the night overlooking Mount Hood in the distance. Wind was howling so hard felt like my tent was about to fly away.
AUGUST - Rented Kai for a weekend to get some pics :D
AUGUST - Was at San Diego and San Francisco for a weekend, probably had a food coma for too long and didn't remember much of it. All I remembered was it was super foggy and cold when I was there :D
SEPTEMBER - Lava was flowing into the ocean in Hawaii and made a quick trip out to Kauai, Big Island and Honolulu mainly for the lava and also to get my poke fix. Pretty hot and steamy experience :p took a boat out to the ocean for 61G ocean entry and also hiked out the following day. Arrived in the middle of the two Cat 4 hurricane Lester and Madeline. Was supposed to do a helicopter tour but was cancelled due to weather conditions. Highly recommend to check it out before it stops flowing! :)
OCTOBER - Headed out to Dolomites in Italy for fall colors. Really scenic place and would totally recommend the trip to families. Itinerary is pretty easy to plan. Easy drive on a long scenic route, some hiking would be nice but not totally necessary. No camping required. Totally worth a trip.
OCTOBER - Decided also to check out Cinque Terre, Italy which had been on my list for a while but its far out along the coast of Italy and a little inaccessible and thus been pushing it out. We got there in low peak season, drove between most of the towns with plenty of free street parking (obviously not the case during peak season). There really wasn't much of a crowd, lower chances to get pickpocketed. Win-win.
NOVEMBER - Did a bunch of hikes mostly in the Pacific Northwest for fall and spent a weekend shooting Tula and Ashley's wedding in downtown PDX. Also last hike with Mr Jabaji before he took off the Chicago for a couple years. :(
DECEMBER - got 2 big snowstorms in Portland so far. Probably the most snow I have seen in December in Oregon. Can't wait to go snowboarding and when I get a chance this year.
I guess that's all for now. Happy Holidays! :)