Here is where I traveled this year!
This year was the first time in probably over thirty years where I traveled by plane alone. I must admit, I had a lot of anxiety about it. So did my husband. He said over and over again "Just come back to me!" He was so afraid I would die in a plane crash. I don't know why. But, I made it to Florida safely and back, and it was a really good experience for me to do that all by myself. I went to Florida for two weeks to see my son and daughter. We had so much fun and crammed so much into that two week period is was ridiculous! Here are some of the highlights of that trip:
|Cape Canaveral National Seashore|
|The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter|
Disney Springs is such a beautiful place to spend an evening.
|The 16th Annual Orlando Wetlands Festival|
Hands down our favorite activity of this trip was the Orlando Wetlands Festival. It was one of the happiest days of my life. My son loved it so much he wants to " ...go back and take Dad!" I don't know if that will ever be possible as it is only one day during the year, but who knows? Maybe when he retires someday?
|Mead Botanical Gardens|
|The Albin Polasek Museume and Sculpture Gardens|
|Harry P. Leu Gardens|
We loved the giant bamboo in the Harry P. Leu Gardens.
|Kraft Azalea Park|
The magic of Kraft Azalea Park was beautiful
My children have since moved back to Illinois and even though everyone says it's nice to have them closer to home again, I am going to miss going to Florida. I absolutely love that beautiful state!
In 2016 I only took two "big" vacations...my solo trip to Florida and our road trip out west, but we had a lot of fun weekend adventures.
In February we went to Minneapolis to see the Broadway Tour of "Newsies". We rented a hotel room and had a wonderful romantic night. You can read about that adventure HERE.
Easter arrived early this year, and we did our usual trek to Milwaukee to see our home church's Easter Musical. We also visited with our lifelong friends Kirk and Shannon and enjoyed a movie in a historic theatre! You can read all about that fun weekend HERE.
We also went to Stillwater, Minnesota in the spring to hunt for treasures for my new beauty room!
The month of May brought our biggest road trip ever: 3500 miles to Las Vegas, Nevada! We spent three days in Vegas, but had a lot of fun on the way there and back too!
Our first stop was in Glenwood Springs, Colorado where we enjoyed hot springs for the first time in our lives. You can read about that experience HERE.
After checking into our hotel in Fruita, Colorado for the night, we took a stroll on top of Dinosaur Hill.
But perhaps our favorite part of this trip was just the jaw-dropping scenery to get there! Read all about our adventures of driving Scenic 1-70 West HERE.
In Vegas we enjoyed our stay at the Flamingo Hotel, shopped till we dropped, saw Celine Dion in concert, admired all the flowers and gardens, and walked around the strip admiring all the lights.
We took a fun bus trip from Vegas to see the Hoover Dam and Grand Canyon West.
On the way home from Las Vegas we stopped at Arches National Park where we hiked one of the most difficult trails of our lives, yet found this park one of the most beautiful places on earth!
And our final day of this amazing road trip was spent in Vail, Colorado; one of the prettiest mountain towns I ever did see! I felt I was in Europe, not America!
In July we went tent camping with the kids for five whole days! We saw lots of waterfalls at Copper Falls State Park, Amnicon Falls State Park and Pattison State Park, The Black River National Scenic Byway, and we visited the cities of Ashland, Bayfield, and Hayward.
I also attending my very first Blogger Meet-Up with Karen from "She Thought She Could So She Did" in Minnehaha Park, Minnesota
In late summer my husband and I had a blast at the Minnesota State Fair and Wildwoods Wildlife Zoo!
This year we had an unusually long and warm fall, so we took advantage of it and went hiking somewhere every weekend.
We went to Hoffman Hills State Recreation Area
We combined a convention in St. Paul, Minnesota with a visit to Vermilion Falls Park on the way home.
On our second attempt, we successfully hiked Barn Bluff in Red Wing, Minnesota
And we visited the sweet historic town of Galena, Illinois (post coming next week!)
We don't travel as much during the winter because of winter road conditions and we also can't leave our house longer than one day or it freezes up (we heat with wood). But we were able to visit the kids for a couple of days during Thanksgiving Week (Jackson's First Car Trip) and we made our annual trip to the Mall of America where I got lots of new goodies including my first pair of OTK boots!
As always, as I complete this post I feel extremely grateful. Many of you know we had planned to take more vacations this year but had to cancel them due to an unplanned medical bill (thanks ObamaCare! Looking forward to the GOP "Repealing and Replacing" it). So instead of taking long vacations in far away places we did a lot more locally and a lot of weekend trips. It's been not only fun, but I've discovered things in my own neck of the woods I didn't even know existed.
I'm really looking forward to 2017 and a lot more opportunities to travel. We already planned our spring vacation and we got a ocean front room on Myrtle Beach for five days and we will also be swinging through Charleston on the way home. We still hope to take that vacation out west to see Mt. Rushmore and maybe we will make it back to Branson and elsewhere too.... we'll see! Here's to good health and no more medical bills!
Have a Great Day! Amy
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