I’ve seen lots of COVID-19-inspired reflection posts about 2020 – challenges we faced, things we learned, how we persevered, what we’ll carry with us moving forward, etc. This is not that kind of post.
This is a post I write every single year looking back on our adventures. It’s a simple and happy post. It’s a monthly snapshot (literally) that reminds me – no matter where things stand in my life as the new year approaches – of all the new experiences I had and all of the amazing places I discovered throughout the year. This is, after all, a travel blog!
This year we had several firsts: first time snow-shoeing, first time kayaking at night (bioilluminescence), first time soaking in a hot spring. And, yes: first time trying to safely travel during a global pandemic.
Miraculously, we had front-loaded many of our trips this year – including meeting two of my girlfriends in the Florida Keys for a girls’ weekend away and traveling internationally to meet my parents in Iceland.
Fortunately, we were able to swap out most of the other trips we had planned throughout the year for road trips to more national parks and outdoor destinations than we have ever attempted in one year.
Thankfully, we were able to do all of this as safely as possible to protect ourselves and others – mitigating risks while continuing to live life.
I’m looking forward to continuing to creatively and safely travel in 2021 – more road trips, more national parks, and more time outdoors. And, fingers crossed that sometime soon we can again safely share those adventures with our family and friends.
Wishing you a happy and healthy 2021 full of fun and safe adventures!
January: Vancouver, British Columbia
February: Big Sur, Pinnacles National Park, and Channel Islands National Park, California & The Keys, Florida
April: COVID-19 Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Lynnwood, Washington
May: Columbia River Gorge, Oregon & Washington
June: Missoula and Bozeman, Montana & Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
July: Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, Craters of the Moon, Idaho, & Joseph, Oregon
August: San Juan Islands, Washington
September: Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
October: Eatonville, Washington
November: Quincy, Washington
December: Spanaway, Washington