Friday, December 19, 2014

Wrapping up 2014

I read alot of travel blogs. I'd say that most of them are written by full-time travelers though a few are like me - traveling whenever they get a chance. And stretching those holidays and vacation days to get the most travel out of them that you can. It's been a good year of travel for me. So I thought I would highlight the past year through photos.


I started the year off with a bang by winning a flyaway to Nashville sponsored by Clear Channel Communications which included airfare, hotel, a steak dinner, and front row seats to a Keith Urban concert. I took my mom and we stayed at the new and uber -cool Omni Hotel Nashville downtown. The steak dinner was at their steakhouse, The Voice auditions were going on across the street and Hatch Show Print is located inside the hotel. Oh, and did I mention I got to meet Keith Urban? Dream trip come true!


Went to visit family in West Palm Beach, Florida. Spent an afternoon on Worth Avenue (the Rodeo Drive of West Palm Beach) And my uncle scored us tickets to the Honda PGA Classic Gold Tournament. So I attended my first professional golf tournament - or really my first golf tournament. Beautiful weather and fun with family.


 April, I spent about five days in the Boston area. Visited Cape Cod and Cape Ann. And found my new favorite area of Boston, the North End. Had a fantastic dinner there and saw a wedding couple. Didn't make it to Mike's or Modern Pastry. I was way too full - next time though. Also visited the cute town of Concord, Mass. They don't make them any cuter than that. My first time to Cambridge and seeing Harvard, too. There is just so much to see and do in the Boston area that five days just doesn't do it justice.


 We had a weekend at the beach scheduled but had to cancel due to bad weather. My kids came home to visit. Saw fireworks over the lake where I live. Friends came to visit. And I attended my second professional golf tournament - crazy I know - when Mr UR scored practice tickets to The US Open in Pinehurst, NC.


The biggest trip of the year for me was a trip to the Upper Midwest to visit my 50th state! We flew into Chicago and spent a weekend there visiting Navy Pier, taking a boat ride on Lake Michigan and seeing the Bean at Millenium Park for the first time (my first visit was 30 years ago when there wasn't a Bean) Then we drove through Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Went to the Field of Dreams, the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, a Twins game, had lunch at the Minnesota Lake District, drove the North Shore of Lake Superior, cruised the Apostle Islands and visited friends in the North Woods of Wisconsin. Whew! We covered alot of ground (2400 miles in 10 days) and saw alot of new things. Quite a trip. And so much fun!


A weekend at the beach at Isle of Palms, South Carolina. Hot, hot weather. Lunch at Coconut Joe's. and an evening at Sullivan's Island. Relaxing. And hot. Did I mention it was hot?


In September we went to Colorado. A week traipsing around the beauty of Colorado in the fall. Spent a fun day in Vail, had a drink at one of the five best outdoor tiki bars in the Western US (according to Sunset magazine) in Dillon, drove Rocky Mountain National Park, had pineapple upside down pancakes at Snooze in Denver and toured New Belgium Brewing in Fort Collins. Another action packed vacation.


In October we had a family wedding. And in November we went to Panama City Beach, Florida to watch a friend compete in the Florida Ironman Triathalon. It was my first time to the Florida Panhandle Beaches. (And yes, the water really is that color) We didn't do any exploring but watching the race was amazing. A very long and grueling day for the competitiors - the temp was 45 degrees and windy at the start of the race so the swim was actually cancelled. And we visited Florida twice in November as we spent the Thanksgiving holiday there with family.


December will be spent at home. We have some friends stopping by. And all my kids are coming home for the holiday. I'll be one happy mom.

If you're interested in finding out how one couple stretches their vacation days to the max, The Traveling Canucks wrote an interesting article detailing that. How we balance Work, Family and Travel

You'll have noticed that all my travel this year was in the USA. Next year I have big plans - and am out of the country right off the bat. Stay tuned for that.

I'm linking up with Walking On Travels for part of #fridaypostcards

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