What a wild ride this first year back at blogging has been. Today the Adventure Bent celebrates its first anniversary. It’s kind of hard to believe it’s already been that long. It seems like just yesterday I was clicking publish on the first post.

“Hello world,” I wrote. “Welcome to the Adventure Bent blog.”

In those early days, I had no idea where this was going or whether or not I would still be doing this in a year. It didn’t matter as long I was could start writing for pleasure again.

Those of you who know me well may find that a little strange given that I write for a living. I do take pleasure in my work at the paper, but at the end of the day it was still work, and I wanted something more.

It started with just two words

This was our first official Instagram post after the blog went live.

It started as a passing thought in a laundromat of all places. Two words “adventure bent” stuck in my brain. I couldn’t help but think what a good name for a blog it would be.

So in June 2016, I took a risk and launched the Adventure Bent blog. With Niecie’s help and support, I started writing. All because I had these two innocuous words stuck in my back of my head.

I wrote about our adventures out West that spring, about hiking and camping, about our misadventures off-road in our faithful adventuremobile and our trials keeping the stubborn thing running.

Around these stories, we’ve started to build a community of like-minded people who share our passion for adventure and the outdoors.

Our goal now and in the future

From the beginning, the goal was to share our adventures hiking, camping and traveling the backcountry in the hope of inspiring others to find their own, whether they be right in their backyard or at the ends of the earth.

In just one year we published 50 blog posts, collected more than 150 comments (including some of our own of course), reached more than 1,300 people on Facebook, 1,500 on Twitter, nearly 600 on Instagram and we’re still connecting passionate and adventurous people every day.

Better together

Niecie and I work as a team to share our stories. This one was from our trip to Moab last year. This year Niecie is taking a more active role on the blog as we work toward offering more audio and video content.

I may do most of the writing for the Adventure Bent blog, but I have to give a lot of credit to Niecie for making it possible. Without her help, encouragement and constant companionship along the way, I would have given up months ago.

This year Niecie will be taking a more active role in content creation. We want to give you guys more than a few photos and text each week and are working to find ways to integrate audio and video into our story telling.

We’re a team. We are adventure bent.

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  • Have we inspired you? If we did how?
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More to come

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Here is an excerpt from her first post:

The badlands were a happy coincidence, where we found a beautiful camping spot in a valley of green and sedimentary rock. Bison, prairie dogs, sheep, and antelope roamed the hills while fellow travellers hiked on the nearby trails….

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