2015 In Review: The Year In Travel

San Francisco, May 2015

San Francisco, May 2015

Seattle, WA August 2015

Seattle, WA, August 2015

New York City at night as seen from Hoboken, NJ

New York City at night as seen from Hoboken, NJ, September 2015

Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge

The year 2015 started off with plans to travel to a couple of locations,
but not the extent of the travel that I enjoyed in 2014. As it
turned out, I had

some great experiences and more travel than had been originally planned. It was truly a good year for my travel as I have noted in my blog posts and Facebook posts throughout the year.

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Flying in 2015

Flying in 2015

Unlike most of my travel, which I like to do by car on back roads, the year’s travel adventures saw me traveling by airplane on a number of occasions. I don’t mind flying, honestly, but I prefer driving because I can see more of the landscape. However, schedules and other things necessitated my flying to many of the destinations I went to this year.

In a nutshell, in 2015 I was blessed with the opportunity to travel
to the West Coast twice. Once to the Seattle area and once to the
San Francisco area. I also made my way into my old home stomping grounds in Salt Lake City and was able to visit old friends and the beautiful mountains near Sundance Resort on a business trip.

Mount Timpanogos in Provo Canyon, UT

Mount Timpanogos in Provo Canyon, UT

Mystic Pizza in Mystic, CT with my sweet wife

Mystic Pizza in Mystic, CT with my sweet wife

And, one of my travel highlights of the year was being able to go to New England with my wife, my daughter Marissa and her children and visit the last three remaining states of my 50 states adventure. So, I finally
could say that I have set foot in all 50 states before I turned 60 (see my 50 State Review Here). We also had a couple of smaller road trips including one to Cincinnati and one to Louisville and were able to see if things on those trips as well.

Some of the major highlights of this year’s travel include:

One of the famed lighthouses on the Maine coast

One of the famed lighthouses on the Maine coast

-Visiting Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont, just knocking out the
last of my 50 state visits in the United States (see the first of my blog posts about this trip)

Grampz with grandson Charles on the beach in Neah Bay, WA

Grampz with grandson Charles on the beach in Neah Bay, WA

Watching grandkidz play on Atlantic coast at Old Orchard Beach in Maine

Watching grandkidz play on Atlantic coast at Old Orchard Beach in Maine

-Setting foot on a Pacific Ocean beach (See Neah Bay Post here) and also setting foot on a beach in the Atlantic Ocean (Old Orchard Beach, ME post coming soon)

With my wife in Mt. Rainier National Park, Washington

With my wife in Mt. Rainier National Park, Washington

-An extended visit and travel around Washington state

Flying over the snow-capped Rocky Mountains in Colorado, including Mt. Evans

Flying over the snow-capped Rocky Mountains in Colorado, including Mt. Evans

-Flying over the Colorado Rocky Mountains and viewing the snow-capped peaks from an airplane

Happy Me at Woodflock

Happy Me at Woodflock

-Attending the famed “Woodflock” gathering in Red Bluff, CA
over memorial day holiday (see my Woodflock Post here)

Welcome to Santa Claus

Welcome to Santa Claus

-A year end trip with grandkidz to Santa Claus, IN at Christmastime (see my detailed blog post)

Heading east with the grandkidz!

Heading east with the grandkidz!

Along with all of this travel, I was able to see a number of unique and quirky sites. I ate at a couple of unique restaurants. Got to
spend time at one time or another with all of my 10 grandchildren.

Along the way I saw mountains, zoos, wildlife, coastal sunrises and sunsets, famed bridges, big cities, small villages.  Some of the more “unique” places can be seen below in pictures.  It was a great year!!

Sandwich, NH - Discovered that you cannot buy a sandwich in Sandwich, NH

Sandwich, NH – Discovered that you cannot buy a sandwich in Sandwich, NH

Following are a few shots of some of the more interesting places

Easy Street in Port Orchard, WA

Easy Street in Port Orchard, WA

Front side of Larry Kirkland's "Agraria" in Santa Rosa, CA

Front side of Larry Kirkland’s “Agraria” in Santa Rosa, CA

Fat Smitty's in Port Townsend, WA

Fat Smitty’s in Port Townsend, WA

Santa Claus Police in Santa Claus, IN

Santa Claus Police in Santa Claus, IN

Dinos at Wells Dinosaur Haven in Uncasville, CT

Dinos at Wells Dinosaur Haven in Uncasville, CT

A two headed sheep in Ye Olde Curiosity Shop in Seattle, WA

A two headed sheep in Ye Olde Curiosity Shop in Seattle, WA

Naches Tavern in Greenwater, WA (featuring Bigfoot!)

Naches Tavern in Greenwater, WA (featuring Bigfoot!)

Carlos Bake Shop in Hoboken, NJ (famous from Cake Boss)

Carlos Bake Shop in Hoboken, NJ (famous from Cake Boss)

Santa Claus exit and Sumoflam

Santa Claus, IN  exit and Sumoflam

Chilling on the porch at Sundance Resort in Utah

Chilling on the porch at Sundance Resort in Utah

Famed Pink Elephant Car Wash in Seattle

Famed Pink Elephant Car Wash in Seattle

"Cyclisk" - Obelisk made out of bicycle parts in Santa Rosa, CA

“Cyclisk” – Obelisk made out of bicycle parts in Santa Rosa, CA

Giant whale mural in Seattle

Giant whale mural in Seattle

Santa Claus Car Wash in Kringle Place - I guess Santa also has a car!

Santa Claus Car Wash in Kringle Place – I guess Santa also has a car!

An obligatory Hershey Kiss from Julianne, at Hershey Chocolate World, Hershey, PA

An obligatory Hershey Kiss from Julianne, at Hershey Chocolate World, Hershey, PA

Sumoflam at MrDHEO's wall painting in Lexington, one of a few new PRHBTN murals

Sumoflam at MrDHEO’s wall painting in Lexington, one of a few new PRHBTN murals

Welcome to Paradise - Washington

Welcome to Paradise – Washington

We all know who is really Nice!

We all know who is really Nice!

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