Wow! is right!  It's been almost a year since I've posted on Fredley on Whidbey.  I've been doing my blogging on Home on Whidbey instead.  

Brad finished up 2012 with 5000 miles of hiking under his belt and a wonderful relationship developing with Yessi from Xiamen, China, the woman he trekked the Annapurna Circuit with at the end of last year (and my last post on this blog).

Yessi & Brad, Annapurna Circuit

In the spring Yessi came to the U.S. for four months to hike with Brad as he recorded trail miles and conditions for Green Trail Maps.  They started their adventure with a motorcycle trip to California; joining fellow 2012 thru-hikers at the 2013 PCT kickoff party; and then hiking Big Sur. 

Yessi & Brad, California
Brad & Yessi's mode of transportation through Washington, Oregon & California 
A sweet little cottage on Whidbey Island was their summer retreat between northwest hiking trips to the Olympics, Cascades,  Mt. Rainier and Glacier Peak Wilderness.

Brad & Yessi, Mt. Rainier

Then Yessi returned to China and we all mourned her absence. But, woohoo, she returned in two months and she's here still and we're delighted!

Yessi & Brad

In the meantime, Ed and Fran are traveling to Cuenca, Ecuador in January to check it out for four weeks in anticipation of moving there permanently in the spring of 2013. 

Fran, Ed & Benton in Garden on Grace
We wish you all a very happy and healthy holiday season!

“Unless we make Christmas an occasion to share our blessings,
 all the snow in Alaska won’t make it ‘white’.” 
~ Bing Crosby ~

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