A Year in Review 2014

This is always a fun one to share, the year in review.  Sort of gets crazy when you look at some of those numbers.


If there is something you are curious about feel free to ask and I will add it.

Countries Visited: Canada

States Visited: 34 plus Washington DC, lifetime total is still 49.

National Parks Visited: Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Shenandoah National Park.

Miles Driven: 50,000

Nights in a Hotel: 340, yup this was a long year.

Tours: Rohde & Schwarz Technology Tour, Con-Way Tailgating Tour, DIA Away and Animal Connection by The Smithsonian Institute.

Best Location: Venice Chalk Festival with Animal Connections



Favorite New Place: Key West, we had been saving that stop up for a good three-day weekend and got lucky this year.  It is really worth going once.



***This is part of a series of posts called “Travel Tuesday“, each covering topics unique to our lifestyle***


Into the Heavens

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Last year we had the opportunity to visit three wonderful National Parks; Grand Canyon, Yosemite and Sequoia.  This year we found some time off while in Utah and couldn’t pass up the chance of visiting two more National Treasures.  A few years ago we took an Easter trip to Canyonlands and Arches, both must see!!!  Our route this spring took us through a small town called Kanab, which is located right between Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon.  With a four-day gap in the schedule we made haste and enjoyed the views.

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First stop was Zion and a crazy hike to Angel’s Landing.  Now I should preface this with neither Josh or I are afraid of heights and we are both exceptionally sure-footed.  This nearly 2.5-mile trail leads you up trails, switchback and some sheer drops to a crest of 5,790 feet.  What makes this scary is that for most is that for the last half mile you are scaling rocks with only an interspersed chain to help you up and down.  It is epic, a very fun hike and on the clear day we had nothing something to fear.  Although we did see more than a few folks have troubles with the height.   I think it was the perfect place for lunch.


Just Hanging Out

Just Hanging Out

View from the top

View from the top


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Even if you don’t have the desire to scale a cliff, the rest of the trails and views are just amazing.  We every trail, picnic table and stop sign is welcome to views that give you pause.  In total we hiked five trails and had a few delightful encounters with the local wildlife.

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I know I’ve said this about nearly every National Park but there really is nothing like it.

Angel's Laning from the trail

Angel’s Laning from the trail

Look Closer, see the tiny people

Look Closer, see the tiny people

Coming This Week: March 9th – 15th

Miles, Miles Miles we are bona be doing some miles!!!  Starting this week with a few stops around Salt Lake City before getting back to San Diego.  We will start next week still in California but end it in Las Vegas.  The next week looks like Denver is on the schedule.

Courtesy of Google Maps

Courtesy of Google Maps

Song of the Week: Young Dead Men by The Black Angels.  This song is featured on the True Detectives soundtrack, a show Josh and I are into.

Recap: This week was jam-packed with fun fun fun!!!!  We had a few days off and chose to spend them in Southern Utah visiting Zion NP, Bryce Canyon NP and Kodachrome SP.  It was also a week full of visits not only did we see my Aunt in Phoenix but we dropped in on come Scottie friends who live near Salt Lake City.  This week was not all good however, in preparing for our hikes we discovered that the cover for Josh’s backpack had leaked and everything inside has horrible mildew.  We are still trying to get it all cleaned but a few things just couldn’t be saved.  You can bet there will an REI visit in Denver.

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