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.
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.
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
- Rocky Mountain
- Capitol Reef
- Channel Islands
- Bryce Canyon
- Grand Canyon
- Petrified Forest
- Mesa Verde
- Great Sand Dunes
- Grand Teton
9 other NPS sites visited
- Colorado National Monument
- Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
- Horseshoe Bend
- Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
- Golden Gate National Recreation Area
- Muir Woods National Monument
- Harry S Truman National Historic Site
- Gateway Arch, National Expansion Memorial
- Valley Forge National Historical Park
19 states traveled through
- New Mexico
- New Jersey
- West Virginia
14 American cities explored
- Los Angeles
- San Francisco
- Kansas City
- St. Louis
- Philadelphia (heh)
4 State Parks Visited
- Fort Washington
- Ricketts Glen
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.