Welcome 2021

It has been a hot minute since we’ve been here. It’s amazing how a global pandemic can completely change day-to-day routines, even though every day seems to be exactly the same as the one before!

Like many of you, we don’t have much to share from 2020. We started this as a travel blog to share our experiences and preserve our memories, and we are cautiously optimistic that we’ll be able to get back to some of that in 2021. In the meantime, we worked hard to make sure 2020 was not a lost year.

Admittedly this is quite late for highlights, but here it is anyway.

2020 Highlight 3: We (unoriginally) spent a lot of time in nature, from Rocky Mountain National Park

To Arches National Park

To Pinnacles National Park

To Shenandoah National Park

To the Cascades in Washington,

This was a socially-distanced, hike-filled year.

Highlight 2: We found a renewed love for some of our old favorites, like Washington D.C. and Old Town Alexandria

And Carmel, California.

Highlight 1: A new travel companion joined our family – our absolutely perfect Cavalier puppy, Brioche.

And now it’s time to get back to couch cuddles and binging Great British Baking Show on Netflix! Thank you 2020 for teaching us to appreciate the much simpler things in life!

21 thoughts on “Welcome 2021

  1. I have certainly discovered a deeper love for the outdoors! And discovering there are a lot of hidden gems out there in nature that I overlooked. We have our next road trip planned for the Utah Parks. We will keep finding places to go and enjoy every moment possible. Your photos are lovely! …and I LOVE your new travel buddy! 😊

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    1. Thank you! It has definitely been a time of finding appreciation in the small things. And finding joy in nature. We are planning a trip to Capitol Reef to keep the adventure going! Take care!! Safe travels!

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  2. Welcome back 🙂

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  3. Hey guys – great to see you are around and still getting out! Know the DC area one well and the Shenandoah as our one daughter lives in some of it. We have moved – sold our house and now are renting a condo in North Myrtle Beach and in the process of building a home in Ocean Isle Beach – mainland N.C. The time was right to move on after 14 years. I still blog everyday recording of our lives for family and friends to read after I am gone. Thanks for listening and reading – may be somewhere we shall cross paths – if ever in our area reach out – you would be welcomed. Good luck with the new addition – he-she is a sweetie! stay safe and healthy – Tom

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    1. Hi Tom! Thanks for reaching out. Sounds like a big and rewarding transition. Congrats!!

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  4. I was wondering how you all were doing!!! Brioche sure is a cutie. I too, have been obsessed with the GBBS – sooooo good!! Love all of your adventures to our national parks. I got a pass for xmas that I need to start putting to good use. Happy New Year, you two!

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    1. Happy 2021! Let’s make it count! Knowing your travels, you will put that pass to good use! We got a pass a couple months ago and are trying to make the journeys. Capitol Reef, Yosemite, Mesa Verde, Sand Dunes hopefully in the near future. Take care!

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      1. ohhh nice. We drove through Capital Reef this past fall….wowza, it looks like a really cool place – and underrated from what I can tell. Love your plan!

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  5. Glad to see you posting again! We did a lot of hiking too! And RMNP is a great place to spend time.

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    1. Thanks! Looking forward to catching up on some of our favorite blogs…including yours of course!

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      1. Thank you! I hope you enjoy my posts!

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      2. He has become so adorably needy since we have been spending so much more time at home.

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      3. We are definitely dealing with that with Brioche!! Freeze-dried strawberries have been a good distraction for her when we need to leave the house.

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      4. That’s a good idea! Bear loves frozen blueberries.

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  6. Glad to see you back!! We did a lot of hiking as well! Love the Rockies and Arches too!

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    1. Thanks! We used your Instagram posts about RMNP as a guide and it was very helpful!

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      1. Glad to hear that! I need some travel in my life. My Instagram posts are slacking!

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  7. I was just wondering about you the other day – wondering where you’d gone off to. Glad to see you back in the blogosphere. What a cute pup!

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    1. Thanks! It is good to be back. There is such a wonderful community of people here.

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