2017 in Numbers & Souvenirs

What a surprise, I went awhile without a post. Since this is my first time writing in 2018, I wanted to first wrap up 2017. In the first few weeks of the new year, I’ve spent a lot of time alone and I’ve done some reflecting on the last year and what it meant to me. It was a pretty big year.

It included moving home after a year away, more national park visits than I could wish for (that’s not true… in my wishes, I am at way more in a year), reconnections with great pals, and um… soul searching? I guess.

Anyway, since I’m so behind on sharing adventures and what not from 2017, I didn’t want to jump out of order and mess through my pictures. AND THEN I thought – I have some really great souvenirs from the year. Mainly from NPS sites, but I tried to include other stuff too…

Overall, I love getting a few memorable mementos from meaningful life events, and I really wanted to share here.


February included my first trip to Utah!!! Visited 3 of the Mighty 5 Utah National Parks: Arches, Canyonlands, and Capitol Reef. Also hit up Colorado National Monument on the way back.

LA visit
Trip to LA to visit Alex with Kevin! March. Attended Sixers game <3, Arts District brewery, and Channel Islands National Park.


The big April trip: visited last 2 Utah National Parks – Bryce Canyon and Zion. Explored the Grand Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, Sedona, Petrified Forest, Winslow, AZ and general Arizona wonderfulness, and a stop in Mesa Verde.


A few weeks later in May, I met Kevin in San Francisco: visited YOSEMITE!, explored the city (& botanic gardens), and drove up to Muir Woods.


After a May trip home, I visited Great Sand Dunes National Park and Maroon Bells/Aspen a few weeks later. I realized later this ended up being my only month in 2017 that I did not LEAVE Colorado (up until moving)! During the year in CO, I only did this in September, November, and June. Craaaaazy.

Then in early July, my mom visited – we drove to Utah again (<33333)! This time visiting the northeast corner with Great Salt Lake and Salt Lake City, then continuing ALL THE WAY across Nevada, staying in Reno. My mom and I explored Lake Tahoe, and I didn’t get any souvenir except this frickin’ adorable magnet. Also visited Grand Teton National Park in late July!


After that, I moved home. Of course throughout the year, I collected CO tokens along the way. Breweries, coffee shops, Red Rocks, train tickets, etc. And I visited Rocky Mountain National Park maybe 15 times sooooo kill me I miss it so much.

The drive home included a stop at Harry Truman’s home in Independence, Missouri, Kansas State University land… plus OSU but who cares about that place.


Since moving home, the travels have temporarily slowed down. But I was able to get to Shenandoah National Park, plus some state parks, some Sixers games, and tons of Philly activities. Not to mention a very strong newfound love for solo trips to local movies.

There’s tons more (read: way too many) souvenirs I’ve collected along the way, but I think for my sanity I’m going to keep it here.

As for some numerical data… my year’s numbers:

14 National Parks visited

  1. Rocky Mountain
  2. Arches
  3. Canyonlands
  4. Capitol Reef
  5. Channel Islands
  6. Bryce Canyon
  7. Zion
  8. Grand Canyon
  9. Petrified Forest
  10. Mesa Verde
  11. Yosemite
  12. Great Sand Dunes
  13. Grand Teton
  14. Shenandoah

9 other NPS sites visited

  1. Colorado National Monument
  2. Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
  3. Horseshoe Bend
  4. Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
  5. Golden Gate National Recreation Area
  6. Muir Woods National Monument
  7. Harry S Truman National Historic Site
  8. Gateway Arch, National Expansion Memorial
  9. Valley Forge National Historical Park

19 states traveled through

  1. Pennsylvania
  2. Colorado
  3. Utah
  4. Arizona
  5. New Mexico
  6. California
  7. Wyoming
  8. Nevada
  9. Idaho
  10. Kansas
  11. Missouri
  12. Illinois
  13. Indiana
  14. Ohio
  15. New Jersey
  16. Maryland
  17. West Virginia
  18. Virginia

14 American cities explored

  1. Los Angeles
  2. San Francisco
  3. Sedona
  4. Flagstaff
  5. Denver
  6. Cheyenne
  7. Reno
  8. Tahoe
  9. Kansas City
  10. St. Louis
  11. Columbus
  12. Pittsburgh
  13. Wildwood
  14. Philadelphia (heh)

4 State Parks Visited

  1. Evansburg
  2. Fort Washington
  3. Ricketts Glen
  4. Tyler

Other fun metrics…
23 books read
Slept in my car or camped 14 times (definitely not enough times)
Worked for 4 different companies
Dated 0 fuckboys bc I’m living life 4 ME

That’s a wrap on 2017.

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