Sometimes a selection of the year's best photos don't tell the whole story. Sometimes the photos left out tell the best part of the story. While I was editing the best of my photos in 2018 I was struck by the number of images that didn't make the grade and yet helped tell the story of a hike on the Continental Divide Trail from the Mexican border at Crazy Cook, NM to Wyoming. I stopped shooting photos, or at least as many photos, of people and things the further north we progressed. I'm not sure why. We, my hiking partner Morgan Dzak, and I didn't make it to Canada this time around but editing these photos gave me great incentive to go on and not only hike the CDT better, but more fully document the trip as well.