Monday, January 1, 2018

2017 Travel Year in Review

Life is a journey with certain mile-markers lighting the way.   On the final day of the year, I frequently like to take a timeout to consider the road I traveled since January 1st.  In my travel life, this year has been amazing.

It started in February with a trip to the Oregon Coast with my partner and a few of our best friends to celebrate a rather monumental milestone in one of our lives.  One of the group had just received her first cancer-free report one month before her 50th birthday.  We celebrated with a beach house rental, shopping at the local outlets, and an ocean-side seafood dinner.

In April, I spent some time in North Dakota with my family.  I was immersed in Mid-west farm culture, visiting livestock auctions, prairie churches, and some good hometown, North Dakota hotdish!  For those of you who've never experienced a North Dakota hotdish, you're missing out!

In May, We visited the beautiful city of Portland, Oregon for a Wedding.  We stayed downtown, and spent time in the Pearl District, and visited the famed VooDoo Doughnuts, and Portland Saturday Market.

With summer, came international travel, where we flew to Stockholm, Sweden.  We toured museums, Viking ships, and indulged in the best food Scandinavia had to offer.  We took the train across Sweden to Trollhatten to meet my Swedish family.  After a week in Sweden, we visited Iceland for the first time, taking advantage of Reykjavik's annual Culture Day, and relaxing at the world-renowned Blue Lagoon.

This fall, we found ourselves in Indianapolis for yet another wedding.  Much to our surprise, we found a secret foodie heaven lurking in the great Midwest.  Who says there's no such thing as hidden treasure?!

As for the road ahead?  I'm not sure where 2018 will lead us...  Stay tuned to find out!

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