I do not consider myself much of a traveler. For one, the only time I've been out of the country is a weekend in British Columbia. (And that was before you had to have a passport.) For two, I have a history of almost hyperventilating with the idea of throwing off our normal, beautiful, low-stress schedule. I really love routines and traveling simply isn't routine.
However, I think I've begun to embrace the adventure of travel. Even with two small kids. Either that or I caught a travel bug that inadvertently changed my deep-seeded cyclical needs. Or perhaps I'm getting more laid back as a parent, able to roll with the punches, willing to deal with some short-lived unpleasantries for the sake of finding some new good.
So in the past 8 weeks we've visited:
Salt Lake City, UT
St. George, UT
Cannon Beach, OR
Outer Banks, NC
A smattering of visuals from the first half of the travels:
Salt Lake Temple steps in Salt Lake City
Snow Canyon red sand dunes in Saint George with Grandma Nan
Seth snuggling up to uncles and aunts back in in Salt Lake
Enjoying landmark Multnomah Falls on a typical drizzly day in Portland
The boys meeting cousin baby Abby (up from California) for the first time in Portland
Our family favorite Ecola Point on the Oregon Coast, just north of popular Cannon Beach
Snapshot of Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach
And that's not all folks!, in the next 8 weeks or so we're planning to visit:
Washington DC area
Myrtle Beach, SC
Salt Lake City, UT (for brother-in-law Jacob's wedding!!)
and Rochester, NY for a little reunion, if we can possibly squeeze it in
Any other east coast travel recommendations. Deal me in! I think I'm getting the hang of this.