As part of building out this new site, looking back on some of the activities from (roundabouts) the current date in years past. Two years ago on (almost) this date, I tried this hike: Bridal Veil Falls. It might not look like much, statistics-wise, to regular hikers, but I was not a regular hiker, and as this was the first time I specifically didn't pick a hike for complete LACK of elevation gain, it was a stretch for me. The falls at the end of the incline part were an excellent reward, and the exhilaration of a successful effort encouraged me to try other hikes of similar challenge level.
Not pictured: the vault toilet restroom at the nearly deserted trail head. It had a messed up metal door that wedged itself shut and would not respond to my increasingly panicked shoving for what felt like minutes (but was probably 30 seconds). I always try to be aware of and prepared for the inherent dangers of solo hiking, but the possibility of being trapped in a trail head bathroom was not one I had thought of until that day.