Sunday, December 23, 2018

My Favorite Wanderings of 2018

Today I wanted to take a look back at the places Tom and I traveled and hiked this year.  Although it wasn't a great year for hiking, we crossed off two more states in our quest to visit all 50!

In April, we spent a couple days in Chicago and had an awesome time, even though it snowed!


We ventured over to Rutgers Gardens and Frank G. Helyar Woods.


We tried out a new hiking spot at Six Mile Run, which we've been wanting to try since we moved to our new house.


We also hiked Sourland Mountain Preserve, which was another new-to-us spot close to home.


The Morris Arboretum was a beautiful and fun place to spend a couple hours.


Lastly, we traveled to Tennessee for the first time for a family vacation in Memphis!


I'm so grateful for all of these wonderful experiences, and I can't wait to see where we go next!


32 comments:

  1. I love Chicago so much. I hope you had a good time there! Did you visit any of the museums? :)

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    1. We had an awesome time! We went to the Museum of Art and loved it!

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  2. I admire you guys, this is a lovely thing to do! And I love those pictures. I really hope to travel sometime in my future :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Amy! I hope you get to do some traveling too, you don't even have to go far to find new places and have adventures!

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  3. I want to see Chicago someday. I love that metal bean. I’m glad you were able to go on some excellent wanders. I went hiking a few times this year, but nowhere near the number of hikes I usually do.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. Haha, the bean was one of the things I wanted to see most!

      Thanks, Aj, I hope we both get to do some great hiking in 2019!

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  4. Wow! You did so many things this year. I would like my next trip to Chicago to take me more places than just shopping for my daughter. I know there are things to see there.

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    1. There is SO MUCH to see! It was a great place to walk around.

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  5. I wish you similarly great adventures in 2019!! It's nice you share so many memories you can look back on :)

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  6. What lovely places you've discovered! And how wonderful that you're able to go places together, and hike together. I'd like to start doing more of that with my husband, if we can get in good enough condition for hiking.

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    1. Thank you! We have some great memories of the year. I'm really glad hiking is something we've been able to do together for all these years!

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  7. All these pics are so pretty! I love the little white steps into the water. So magical looking! Glad you got to go to some neat places :-)

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    1. Thank you, Kristen! Yes, I loved that little structure, it was such a pretty area for the swans.

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  8. These all look so gorgeous! I wish we had things like this near my house. Everything here is cows (although I saw some llamas today). Haha!

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    1. Haha, nice! If we drive around enough around here, we see lots of horses!

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  9. I love all of your pics and I also hope that 2019 brings even more wonderful adventures your way. :)

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  10. You have had such a fantastic year of travel! I have always wanted to go to Chicago. Those are some amazing pics. :)

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    1. Thank you! I'm so glad we finally got to go to Chicago.

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  11. Fun! Love the pics, especially the 2nd and 3rd ones (those big Adirondack chairs are awesome)! Looks like you found some really great places to hike and explore this past year. Hope 2019 is even better!

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    1. Thank you so much, Greg! Haha, those chairs were amazing, I really wish my husband had gotten up into one!

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  12. Love this post! Glad you got to see so many great places this year!

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    1. Thank you! Looking forward to having more adventures with the family in 2019!

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  13. Sounds like a good year of wanderings! Chicago was one of my favorite places to visit.

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    1. It was a great city, I'd love to go back someday.

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  14. Always enjoy reading about travel stories. Sounds like you went to some great places (I do love Chicago)! Wishing you a very happy holiday!

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  15. Beautiful pics, Angela! I loved seeing your travels and here’s to many more in 2019!

    Jennifer Tar Heel Reader

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  16. Wonderful photos!! Thanks for sharing! <3

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