1. Take 10 new hikes: I got up to nine, and then things conspired to prevent me reaching 10. If I counted hikes of less than four miles, I would have reached 10. For example, I took three hikes in Cape May, NJ, that totaled more than four miles, but any one hike was less than four. Here is my list -
Great Dismal Swamp - a wonderful and unique place to see, plus I saw four otters
River Bank Trail (Staunton River SP) - This park is off the beaten path and worth walking in.
Prince William Forest Park - the highlight was seeing the 17 year cicadas
Shackeford Banks - the ocean, wild horses, and great sea shells? Who could ask for more, other than some shade and drinking water?
Mount Judah - This hike had spectacular views, plus I got to hike a few miles on the Pacific Crest Trail.
Old Indian Trail - This hike was in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, and had great Lake Michigan views.
Savage River Lodge - I did three nice hikes here, and the orange loop was just over four miles.
Buck Hollow Loop - this was my only hike of the year in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and was all uphill or downhill.
High Bridge Trail State Park - Great walk along a "rails to trails" route
2. Hike in two states that I didn't hike in during 2013. I hiked in five states in 2013, and three of them were not ones I hiked in during 2013: California, North Carolina, and Maryland.
3. Hike in one state I have never hiked in: I hiked in two, California and Maryland
4. Take two backpacking trips. Fate conspired to make me miss this goal. I did the Shackleford Banks trip for two nights (and 26 pounds of water carried), but I missed my planned hike to Virginia's "Triple Crown" when work interfered, and I had to cancel a solo trip to Matthews Arm in Shenandoah National Park when I hurt my back stepping off an unseen step.
5. Keep this blog going: Obviously, I succeeded with that.
6. Explore other writing outlets: Nope, didn't happen.
Stay tuned for 2014 (yes, 2014 - can you believe it?) goals.