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In April we made a list of places we would like to see, and we have visited most of them.
We explored beaches like Harbor Cove and saw our first animal filled tide pool.
We learned all the secrets we could about the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and we went back a lot. We love Universal Studios and its location just 30 miles from our home.
As Disney fanatics it was a sure bet we would spend a lot of time here. Just 52 miles from our door, we make this drive a few times a month. Some days its a quick hour drive. Some days its three hours of stop and go. Traffic here is never predictable but it is part of the whole adventure. You learn to make the most of it, so we have. We do a lot of studying for school in these drives. According to the website we've used our passes 55 times so I guess wed better up our game.
In August we were able to check the Rubicon Trail off our bucket list. We also got to explore Yosemite and get a taste of Tahoe. We had a little time in Virginia City. We were able to spend time with some of our family from Utah and this is something we cant seem to get enough of.
This past year also had us saying goodbye to the best adventure dog ever. Jeep was the best traveling buddy and I cant believe how much it still hurts that he isn't with us. It was hard to watch him go but it was worse to watch him suffer.
We found little treasures like La Brea Tar Pits. Its off our usual travel path when we are hitting the theme parks so it was a first for us.
Having a home here has given us the chance to see the things we would have liked to see but didn't have the time. Or didn't think we had the time. Time is a funny thing. Time keeps ticking away no matter how we choose to use it. While we have made a lot of memories and visited a lot of places, we have also watched a lot of time slip by. We have learned how much we want to be with the ones we love in life. We have learned that time isn't something you can get back. We have learned that you can put off anything and there will always be reasons you cant go. Make it happen! Make spending quality time and creating life long memories a priority, I think in the end we will look back and appreciate that we did. I don't think we will ever wish we spent more time at work, spent more time in front of the TV, or spent more time being angry over dirty dishes.
This past year has ignited a fire under us to make the best use of the time we are given. This past year we have learned how much we are thankful and excited to get each opportunity we have. This next year we want to be one we will look back on with a smile and know we gave it our all. What is on the books for this next year? While we don't have our calendar all filled out we have some great hopes. A new RV is on our list for sure. We will be cruising Alaska very soon. We would love to see more National Parks and Mount Rushmore has been calling to us for years. We will spend more time camping and enjoying off road adventures. Above all we will do our best to make the very most of it.
What are you looking forward to for the next year? And what have you put off that it might be time to make happen?
Happy trails and happier memories.