I did not post as much as I wanted to this year, but as I sat down to put together 2016 in Review, I saw that I had a pretty good year. I didn’t find myself skipping over many posts because I didn’t think they deserve to be on this list, and that is what matters to me. As I went through my posts for the year to see what I should include, I knew I wanted each one to answer the question, “could this post help somebody?” I want Campfire Chic to be a place where I enjoy sharing what is going on in my life but is also a place that can be one of those blogs that people use to plan adventures, get inspired to document their story, and try new things.
2016 was another great year for travel (I still have a few destinations to share, but they can wait until next year!), sharing some creative projects, being a tourist in my own backyard, and more.
Here are the posts I’m most proud of from 2016.
- Alex and I closed out or 2015 travel with a weekend trip to San Francisco to see the city decorated for the holidays and to visit some friends
- The big trip of the year involved a 2 week road trip as part of the Your Lead campaign with Teton Sports. We went to Glacier National Park, Yellowstone National Park, and Grand Teton National Park in one trip!
- I haven’t posted about a trip to Austin, TX, a handful of trips to Portland, OR, and a long weekend in Sedona, AZ
- My One Little Word for the year was TRY
- Every other year I brainstorm some projects I would like to tackle for the year. So I made a list of the 16 things I wanted to do in 2016. One of those things was to create a better wardrobe, which inspired me to try Stitch Fix (Review)
- 30 Days of Lists is my favorite project. I wrote a few helpful posts about it this year including 6 tips for documenting your December, why you should document your December with lists, and tips for preparing for your first 30 Days of Lists challenge
- A list of things I would like to do before my next birthday. Of the 18 things on this list, I have crossed off 8 things so far. I have three more months to go!
- We collaborated with the awesome team behind the Get Messy Art Journal challenge to co-host Messy Lists (or Season of Lists) and it was awesome
- I shared my starter list for art journaling supplies, if that is something you want to tackle in 2017
- I participated in the National Scrapbooking Day festivities in the Scrap Gals Podcast Facebook Group and shared my 30 Things About Me at 30 mini scrapbook album
- Want to try your hand at creating mini scrapbook albums? Here are some supplies to consider before starting
- I did not create a mini scrapbook album for Week in the Life, but I did include photos and text in some pocket page inserts that fit perfectly in my Project Life album. I love how keeping it easy helped me complete the project quickly
- Sometimes you just need to declare your love for something and create a mini scrapbook album about it
- A snow day in Big Bear, California! And yes, that is a giant inflatable donut
- We took advantage of the awesome weather and headed out to Joshua Tree National Park for some bouldering
- Visiting Orange County? Hike the Newport Back Bay Nature Preserve
- I crossed off one of those “must do” things for any Orange County resident and went hiking in Peters Canyon
- Alex and I celebrated Valentine’s Day by rock climbing in Ortega Falls, which is the closest climbing area to us!
- My girlfriends and I played tourist on an art deco architecture tour of Downtown Los Angeles, which was fantastic and I would take another tour from that group in a heartbeat
- I took a chance and headed up to Bishop to attend the first annual Women’s Climbing Festival hosted by the Flash Foxy crew
- The @xobestfoodiefriends duo took a dim sum cooking class!
- I joined some of the #socalhikertweetup folks for a day in San Diego hiking and eating at Burger Bench in Downtown Escondido
- Apparently, we got hooked on tours of Downtown LA because my girlfriends and I went on a food tour over the summer and it was one of the coolest things we could do (bonus: it was for a bachelorette party!)
- My first multi-night backpacking trip was with Josh and Amie of California Through my Lens in Yosemite National Park
- While on our weekend trip in Yosemite National Park, we visited the Waterwheel Falls area of the park
- You ever get that cabin fever itch? Alex and I solved it with a day trip to Joshua Tree National Park
Reviews and Things to Read
- Looking for a resource to help you learn more about being a woman in the outdoors that goes beyond the basics? Read my review of a Woman’s Guide to the Wild
- I didn’t rely only on blogs when I was planning our road trip. I used actual travel books…seriously
- Beth from 3up Adventures shared some tips for taking your dog on outdoor adventures
- I loved working with Kampgrounds of America during our road trip and I’m glad I shared a review of a few of their kampgrounds to help you plan your future trips
- Here’s a list of outdoor adventure books to add to your reading list
- Book review: Thru-Hiking Will Break Your Heart
- Book review: Sixty Meters to Anywhere
- My backpacking kitchen essentials
- I closed out the year with a gift guide for microadventurers