This is the time of year we look back on the previous twelve months to play over in our minds the adventures we’ve had, the places we’ve visited and the new friends we’ve made along the way. Before we begin, we’d liked to share with you some info that was brought to our attention by WordPress.com about our blog.
During 2014, As Time Goes…..Bye was viewed about 13,000 times. Now this is small potatoes when compared to how many views other fulltime travel bloggers have received, but to us newbies, remember, we’ve only been doing this for 21 months now, we couldn’t be more pleased. We never imagined when we first started our blog that anyone other than family and maybe a few close friends would ever be interested in our travel posts. We were wrong. Our readers have come from 54 countries. Most viewers came from the U.S., with Canada and the U.K. close behind. On that note, we’d like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you, our followers, for your interest and your comments. It means more than you know and we truly appreciate your stopping by.
In 2014 we tried to balance Don’s need to be stationary for long periods of time with my spirit of wanderlust. We’ve tried to satisfy ours and our family’s need to spend time together and still partake of the road gypsy lifestyle. Unfortunately there is always someone who feels a bit cheated. This past year our travels covered 4,137 miles. That’s actual miles traveled with the Suite Pea in tow. The road took us to visit a few old favorites, a few that are now new favorites and a couple of places we hope to never see again.
So what did we get with our 4,ooo plus miles? Well, we added 8 new states to our travel map. I should clarify here that Don and I had traveled extensively before becoming fulltimers. Our travel map only includes places we’ve visited since purchasing our fifth wheel. We visited two National Seashores, Canaveral in Florida and Cumberland Island in Georgia. Both breathtaking and yet, vastly different from one another. We visited several cities rich in history. St. Augustine, Savannah, Washington D.C. and Charleston. Charleston has long been a favorite haunt of ours and St. Augustine took a piece of my heart back in 2008 when I visited with two of my dearest friends. I had wanted to share St. Augustine with Don ever since. Now, it also owns a piece of his heart as well.
We ventured back to Michigan,the state of our births where we visited family, friends, favorite restaurants and places. Likewise Indiana, the place we call home. We explored museums and battlefields, monuments and historic homes, Amish country and the National Zoo. We visited four National Parks, two old favorites, Great Smoky Mountains and the Everglades, and two new ones, Mammoth Cave and Cuyahoga. And, we finally scratched two places off Our Bucket List of places we’ve wanted to see and experience, Nashville, Tennessee and Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Two locations I’m certain we will return to time and time again. Amazing what you can pack into a mere 4,137 miles.
(Hopefully by the next year end post, we can figure out how to make the map & stop info a tad more professional looking.)
We anticipate 2015 will pass by at a much slower pace. Our intention is to remain in Florida until about mid April. At that time we will make our way back to Indiana for the birth of our newest grandchild. We expect to spend the Summer there with family before getting back on the road after Labor Day.
Don, Tucker and I wish all of you a very Blessed New Year, one in which all of your travel dreams come true.
Here’s lookin’ at you kid…………………