2014 was good to us. We’re one year older and a lot better traveled. Jesse and I turned 26 and 24, we spent the winter together in Canada’s NWT, road tripped the length of Canada and the US, and saw 8 National Parks and thousands of miles of North America together.
I’m home in Idaho for the holidays this week while Jesse’s at work, but we’re still riding some post trip bliss from Costa Rica, and I thought I’d take some time to appreciate this spectacular year.
While it hasn’t all been good – I had a skin cancer scare with 3 abnormal pre-cancerous moles and a bunch of biopsies and excisions and stitches, along with some post-grad pre-professional life panic and insecurity, our year of travel is more definitive than all that.
Jesse and I had an incredible year in the world. Our last three months alone have had more travel than some get in a lifetime, and I haven’t had much time to slow down and think, let alone WRITE, about it all.
In October we road tripped North Idaho and southern British Columbia, from Moscow to Fernie to Kelowna. Then in November we toured the Southwest by motorcycle from San Diego to Quartzsite, Arizona via Joshua Tree National Park and the Grand Canyon.
We saw the famous Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend in Page, AZ. We survived California freeways, hundred mile stretches of highway between gas stations, frigid mornings and spider bites, and then floated over Sedona in a helicopter tour. It was our second leg of America by motorcycle, and we’re going to keep on going.
Then, Costa Rica! Jesse’s adventurous family opted to celebrate Christmas in Central America this year and I got to come along for the ride (also as mosquito bait, apparently). We had quite a trip in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica surfing, hiking, waterfall jumping, motorcycling, card playing, and laughing through a blissful week of rainforest warmth in December, and I couldn’t be more grateful that Jesse has such an amazing family.
In other news, December has marked my website’s first anniversary. One whole year in the blogosphere! I’ve written 40 some posts, had readers from 102 countries, got featured on National Geographic Traveller’s Best of the Blogs, and now have shifted gears a bit…
In November I signed up as a writing student with the Matador Network. This might mean less things published here and more published elsewhere, or maybe it will motivate me to be more productive and less of a perfectionist about blog posts – either way, it’s a step forward to be part of a writing community with publishing opportunities, feedback on my work, and editors and writers to collaborate with, and I’m really excited about it!
Around here I’ll do my best to catch up on the old news of our American Motorcycle Tour. I’m a little overwhelmed at this point!
But mostly, looking back at what this year has been, I’m grateful. I’ve had another year on this wild and wonderful planet. I’ve seen a lot. I’ve learned and grown, and I’m hungry for more.