We both retired by the end of 2012 and decided to visit areas of the U.S. and Canada that we had not seen before. Most of the time we head out for 3-7 weeks; usually in our 2001 Saturn. This blog is to help us remember the grat places we have visited and people we have met as well as to inform family and friends of our whereabouts.
In 2013 we took the following trips:
Trip 1-January–2 weeks in Florida to visit Orlando, St. Augustine, Jacksonville, Amelia Island.
Trip 2-February and March-4 weeks in Hawaii, visiting the four major islands.
Trip 3-March and April–several weeks in New Mexico visiting family followed by traveling cross-country to VA for VA Garden week.
Trip 4-May and June–6-7 weeks driving to Las Vegas, the Sierra Nevada Mtns, Yosemite, Kings Canyon, Sequoia N.P, Salt Lake City, Grand Tetons, Yellowstone, Devils Tower and home.
Trip 5-June- a quick trip to Boston to visit family.
Trip 6-July and August-a 6-7 week trip to Calgary, Banff, Mt. Ranier and Mt. St. Helens, Olympic N.P., North Cascades N.P., Victoria, Vancouver, Whistler, Revelstoke, Jasper, Yoho,Whitefish lake, Theodore Roosevelt N.P.
Trip 7-August and September- our daughters wedding in MD and returning home through the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
Trip 8-October and November-3-4 weeks in the Ozarks, Arkansas, Missouri.
Trip 9-December and January 2014-Christmas in Santa Fe and New Years in Flagstaff and points in between.
In 2014 we took the following trips:
Trip 1–a week in Ely MN, most of it dog-sledding in late Feb.
Trip 2–6 weeks in the Deep South including LA, MS, AL, GA and FL in March and April.
Trip 3–a trip to Boston to visit family
Trip 4–May and June houseboating on Lake Powell followed my Monument Valley, Arches and Canyonlands N.P, Black Canyon of the Gunnison N.P, San Juan Mtns of CO
Trip 5–time spent in MN and the Midwest
Trip 6–visiting Ontario, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec, the Adirondack Mtns of NY, our daughters wedding in CT and home through Philly and Ohio, 7 weeks in September and October.
Trip 7–Southern California including Joshua Tree and Mojave Desert N.P, Anza Borrego Desert State Park, and then to Flagstaff for Thanskgiving for three weeks in November.
In 2015, Our trips were:
Trip 1- 8 weeks traveling around FL in February and March, most of it on the panhandle, penninsula and Gulf Coast.
Trip 2 and 4: Boston Massachusetts
Trip 3-Isle Royale National Park in Lake Superior and the North Shore
Trip 5-Southern Minnesota
Trip 6-Voyageurs National Park and northwestern Minnesota
Trip 7-Great Smoky Mountains, Blue Ridge Parkway and northern Georgia
In 2016 our trips were:
Trip 1-Chicago IL
Trip 2-Southwestern Minnesota
Trip 4-Southwestern United States, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Nevada
Trip 5-Lake Superior
Trip 6-Winona MN
Trip 7-Western Massachusetts, driving there and back through the Midwest and Northeast
Trip 8-Rocky Mountains via Nebraska and South Dakota
Trip 9-Boston and Rhode Island
Trip 1-Mississippi. River headwaters
Trip 2-60 days on the road culminating in a month of touring Texas