My goal for 2020 is to say yes to new adventures or I should say, yes to more new adventures. I had plenty of adventures in 2019. Good and bad moments that either didn’t make into a post or I just haven’t written about yet. I’m so behind y’all!
So before the clock strikes midnight on 2019 here’s a few of my favorite travel moments of 2019.
I owe my love of the Beatles to a childhood friend. Unfortunately he lost his life about 10 years ago. Much too soon. So when I flew through London on my way to Spain last January, I knew one of the top things I wanted to see was Abbey Road.
It meant an early morning two mile walk in freezing temps but I made it. In fact when I got there, no on else was around. I thought I walked all this way and there’s no one to document it. Fortunately, it wasn’t long till some other fans showed up and took my picture.
If you have never been before, this is a busy street. It’s not very easy to get a photo. In the end I had to share with a stroller but I took my walk across Abbey Road.
Sunset at Grand Prismatic Spring
In September I took on a seven thousand mile road trip to the Travel Blogger’s Exchange in Montana. This was my longest solo road trip to date. Starting in Georgia, I drove to South Dakota, where I stopped in Custer State Park and Badlands National Park. From there, I drove on to Montana, attended the conference, then continued down into Wyoming, via the Beartooth Highway.
Since I was headed to Grand Teton National Park, I decided to make a stop in Yellowstone to see a couple of places. I had been to Yellowstone once before in the summer, which is busy season. Although it’s a gorgeous park, I was really turned off by the crowds. This time I was hoping for less crowds.
One of my favorite spots and a place I knew I wanted to see again in the park is Grand Prismatic Spring. Grand Prismatic is the largest hot spring in the United States and the third largest in the world. Besides its size, one of it’s most outstanding feature is its brilliant colors.
Last time there were so many people there, I was afraid I was going to fall or get knocked off the boardwalk. This time I planned it just right and showed up at sunset.
What I experienced left me speechless The sun turned the surroundings a deep red and the refection in the springs among the mist was simply otherwordly. The fact there were only a handful of people made it that much more memorable.
The Snake River
After Yellowstone, I traveled on south into Grand Teton National Park and camped there for a few days, I started having problems with my phone charging which is never a good thing when traveling. When I finally got that squared away, imagine my surprise when I checked my email and had received a departure letter from my employer. I had been let go from my job while on vacation.
Instead of dwelling on the negative, I decided to turn that day around by doing something I had always wanted to do. I went rafting on the Snake River. No longer was it the day I got fired, it was the day I floated the Snake.
And what a day it was! I saw a moose and her baby. Only made better because it was appropriately, at Moose, Wyoming. One of my favorite places in the entire park. Then when we got on the river, we spotted seven bald eagles, Even the guide said he had never seen so many in one float trip.
I also met some other great people. One of which I stay in touch with on social media. I ended the day at one of my favorite spots in the Tetons, Dornans, having pizza and a local craft brew. What could have been a really bad day, turned into one my top travel moments of 2019.
Before I had left Montana, someone told me about Slippery Ann Elk Viewing area. Because of its location on the Missouri River in the Charles M Russell Wildlife Refuge, part of the Upper Missouri Breaks National Monument, this viewing area gives you the opportunity to see elk in the wild.
Slippery Ann is known for its yearly elk rut. The rut is when the males run around bugling trying to catch the eye of the females or cows. The purpose is ultimately mating but the male is also creating his “harem” which is crucial for procreation and survival.
When I was planning my trip, I had tentatively thought about going to the Upper Missouri River Breaks. Once I found out about the rut, I decided I had to go.
Since it was kind of last minute, I really didn’t plan well and there were some complete mess ups. Like not having any food and not having anywhere to stay. (This is one of those trips I haven’t written about yet) But it was so worth it! I’ll never forget the sound of those elk. And my microwave burrito in only place in the honest to goodness literal middle of nowhere.
I’ve made it no secret how much I love Little Rock. After visiting in 2018 as part of a “Savor Arkansas” culinary tour and attending their annual World Cheese Dip Championship, I made plans to return this year as I was driving through to Nevada.
I’m working on my Little Rock Locally Labeled Passport which is a passport the breweries, distillery and winery in town gives you and stamps for you when you visit.
This time when they knew I was coming to town again, they invited me to be a judge, yes a judge, at the 2019 World Cheese Dip Championship! Let me just say, I was honored!
One of the things I love about Little Rock is the sense of community. The event is held to raise money for Harmony Health Clinic that provides medical care for the uninsured and the underserved in Little Rock. It felt really good to help out and be a part of something like this.
Once again, I met some awesome people and come on, it’s cheese dip! Who wouldn’t want to try twenty-three different kinds of cheese dip? Thank you Little Rock for a great moment in 2019.
Not going to lie. 2019 has been tough for me personally in many ways. However, the travel experiences were exceptional and helped me deal with and get through this rough patch. So here’s to 2020 and more travel. I can’t wait to see what adventures await this year. What will you say yes to in 2020?