Tuesday, December 26, 2017

My Favorite Wanderings of 2017

Today I want to share my favorite parks and trails from the past year.  It wasn't the best hiking year for us - the weather was often an issue.  But, we got to see some gorgeous places!

We finally made our way out to Las Vegas, and we drove out to the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead National Recreation Area for a tour and some walking.


Also while we were in Vegas, we went out to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, which was one of the most unique and beautiful places I've ever seen.


While in Pennsylvania for my cousin's wedding, we took advantage of a free morning to take a quick hike at Rocky Ridge Park.


Also in Pennsylvania, we checked out Longwood Gardens.


During a family vacation to Missouri, we took a walk at Table Rock State Park.


And closer to home, we finally checked out Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge.


We finished the year by going back to Longwood Gardens for the holiday light show.


Happy trails!

22 comments:

  1. Looks like you saw a lot of gorgeous places this year. I've heard the Hoover Dam/Lake Mead trip is definitely worth making as a side trip when going to Vegas so I'm glad to see you did it. I hope 2018 brings you even more wonderful hikes!

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    1. Thanks, Suzanne! Yes, it's definitely worth the drive; it's not very far away!

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  2. Wow such amazing pictures. Looks like you got to some really great places!

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  3. Great pics! Red Rocks looks amazing, and I'd love to see Hoover Dam and Lake Mead area. Longwood Gardens looks like a nice visit too. That one is new to me.

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  4. These places look absolutely gorgeous! I especially love Rocky Ridge Park and Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, they look stunning. Hope you'll have many great hikes in 2018!

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    1. Thanks, Lindsey! We have some really beautiful places so close to home!

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  5. What stunning scenes, Angela. Hoping you have equally beautiful hikes in 2018.

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  6. I love how different the scenery is in each place! And stunning pics, too. Glad you got to explore these places this year, Angela!

    Amy @ A Magical World Of Words

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    1. Thanks, Amy! We love finding unique places!

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  7. What a great year of hikes and wanderings!

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    1. I'm glad we got to see some new and different places!

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  8. These are all so beautiful! I hope to get out to Vegas someday. I really have not been very far west.

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    1. Other than going to California as a kid, this was the furthest west I've been. The desert was so different than our hikes back home.

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  9. Ooo so many beautiful places! I love the Missouri pictures especially. I've never been off the east coast, but I'm hoping one of these days to travel further out west.

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    1. There are so many awesome places to see, I hope you have a great time!

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  10. Your photos are all so beautiful! My bf and I want to get more into hiking and just spending more time outdoors in general (gotta soak up that sunshine after sitting in an office all week!) and are hoping to find some local trails to start exploring!

    -Cristina @ Girl in the Pages

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    1. Thank you, Cristina! I definitely agree, it's good to get outside after sitting at a desk all day!

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  11. Wow, these pictures are incredible, Angela! You're so lucky to have been able to explore so many gorgeous places like these :) Here's to a 2018 filled with new places to explore :)

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