Friday, December 7, 2018

Year 4


Another year has come and gone for us here at Route To Adventure. As of December 1st we’ve started our fourth year of bringing our travel adventures to you through our website and I for one couldn’t be more excited.
Year three took us to a lot of great locations. We had two large trips that took us to Disney World and another to South Dakota. Most people would be happy to have taken just one of those trips and we got to do them both this year. However, it’s the things that we do in between large trips that really matter. Those small day or weekend trips are what helps keep the most adventurous of people happy. With me finishing my “day job” in California and our move home to Utah, we didn’t get out as often on the weekends as we planned. In fact, we’ve been very busy as of late just trying to adjust to our new surroundings, even though they are very familiar, and figuring out our new school and work schedules. This and flying back and forth to California by myself for a month really hindered our weekends this summer. That’s just life I guess and now it’s time to put that behind us and look forward to the new year.
We are very grateful for the opportunity that we had to explore California for the last two and a half years. We took the chance to see a lot of things your typical tourist wouldn’t bother with. Heck, we went places that most of the lifelong residents that I talked with had never visited. We saw historic missions, movie sets and roads. We visited the San Andreas fault, Old Town San Diego and Old Town Temecula. We also left a lot on the table. I have a dream to drive what remains of old Route 66 and while I traveled small pieces of it, I didn’t get all of the California section like I wanted. We didn’t make it to San Francisco, but we did make it to San Jose. We didn’t see the Monterey Bay aquarium, but we did see the Aquarium of the Pacific. Ugh, the list goes on, but the point I’m trying to make is that we got to experience a lot of things while we were there, and we’ve left enough to warrant a few more trips back.
Enter year four. Now that we’ve moved home, we can get back to the types of adventures that inspired me to start Route To Adventure in the first place, exploring Utah. At the time, I had only wanted to focus on our Jeep and ATV adventures, but our California experience opened my eyes to a larger world. I realized that there was a lot of things here in my own state that I had never seen because they were “too far away” or we just didn’t feel like it. Heh, heh, how ridiculous of me. In California we learned that if you want to see something, you had to get up early, and you were going to spend three hours in a car to get there. Well I happen to know that I can hit almost every corner of Utah in four and a half hours. There is no reason that we can’t se a lot more of our own back yard. So, we will continue the blog like we have for the last couple of years. We’re going to search for the unknown and the popular all the same. There will be a lot of dirt traveled on wheels and heels, but there will be the historic and modern sites and museums as well. Adventure can be anything you want it to be and you don’t always have to be risking your neck.
We will be tackling our big trip of the year early in 2019 as we hop a plane to fly to sunny Hawaii. This will be our first trip to Hawaii and we will be seeing the islands by way of a Norwegian Cruise ship. This will allow us to see the top attractions the islands have to offer in relative comfort. It’s a vacation that we have been looking forward to for a long time and I can’t wait to share it with you.
Also in 2019  you will see us back in Moab, we’ll be hitting up some of our great national parks and monuments and we’ll be covering some local hiking areas. We currently have some out of state trips planned but I’ll let you in on those as the year goes on, just in case some of them have to be rescheduled.
Another big thing coming that I’ve teased for a long time will be our big focus on video and our YouTube channel. I know I’ve talked about it in the past but let’s face it, I have a huge back log of footage that I want to get out to you because, while the photos are fun, it’s probably a lot more fun to see it visually as opposed to me telling you about it in a written story. So, I’m working on those now and hope to start rolling them out soon.
In closing, I’d like to thank all of you that continue to come back to our site and follow us on social media. There wouldn’t be a reason to write these articles if nobody read them. If you find an article interesting, please share it with your friends if it’s about something that might interest them as well. I love to hear stories about how our stories have taught someone about a new place or inspired someone to get out and explore on their own. Thank you!

Brandan

Here's the link to Episode One of the vlog. Not great, but I'll get better. Maybe:)

Episode ONE

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