Seems it’s that time again… to review one year before beginning another. With the 2015 calendar staring at us and inspiring introspection, I marvel at what 2014 held for me as well as my boys.
Overall, 2014 was a year that began in lots of excitement but ended on a mellow note. The bulk of our adventures were crammed into the first six months of the year. My now-very-tiresome hand injury put a lot of adventures on the back-burner in the latter half of the year. In spite of that we still managed to pack in a tremendous amount of adventures both big and small. Here’s a nutshell roundup:
- Snowpocalypse: An unexpected urban adventure
- The Pacific Northwest Tour: Seven weeks on the road and over 9,000 miles
- Hell Hike and Raft: A truly epic social adventure in the Hells Canyon Wilderness of Idaho
- Completed our 40th GA State park Geocache
- Leave No Trace Training in the North Georgia mountains
- Wilderness First Aid recertification
- Camping trips to George L. Smith and Fort Mountain State Parks
- A Thanksgiving holiday trip to Florida
- Branching out into solo motorcycle travel
- Returning to Tremont for my annual photography workshops
- And a fabulous trip to one of my new favorite places: Virginia City
Travel stats for 2014…
If you’re into data like my little George is, this is what our year of adventure looked like in numbers:
- Travel Days: a paltry 97
- Camping Nights: 46 (Better than last year… but not enough)
- Hotel/Cabin Nights: 36
- Non-Local Hiking Days: 35 (I lost track of local hike days… there were lots. 🙂 )
- Geocaches: 63 (Only half of last year. Yikes!)
- States & Provinces Visited: 27
- State and National Parklands Visited: About 35
- Instagrams: 422
Of my posts published in 2014, here are the dozen that have been most popular. It’s a little disconcerting that this year’s top post is the one involving my home city becoming the laughing stock of the nation over a couple of inches of snow. All kinds of awesome, no? Anyway, here you have it in case you missed any of them:
Val's Top Dozen for 2014
2014 Wrap-up Video…
With over 10,000 images from this year alone, winnowing the adventures down to highlights was a challenge. I hope you enjoy this look back at our year.
What’s coming in 2015…
There are lots of adventures in the planning stages but are far too uncertain to make any big announcements. When Fred and George are along for the ride, we’ll continue to explore through camping, hiking, and educational field trips, particularly in our home state of Georgia.
When the boys aren’t along, I’ll be venturing out on solo motorcycle trips, including adventures in the Great Smoky Mountains. My biggest challenge will be in May when I hope to take on my first cross-country solo motorcycle trip to Overland Expo in Arizona. And we’ll see what else falls into place as the year progresses. Stay tuned. Speaking of which…
Keep in touch…
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Thank you for following along in 2014. I hope our adventures have inspired you to explore and see the world with new eyes. Stay with us as we see what 2015 brings!
On behalf of Fred, George, the Disapproving Beagle, and myself of course, I wish you health and happiness in the coming year.