This year has been filled with ups and downs, big changes and small, long journeys and short jaunts; basically it has been one heck of a year. Probably most significant is that we grew from a traveling family of three to a rambling clan of four when baby Ty joined the ranks in late April, but our story did not start or stop there.
We kicked off 2012 with our very first trip up to Whistler, BC. I was very pregnant, but that didn’t stop me from exploring just what you can do while pregnant in the snow. Dek got to take his first sled ride and also strap on ice skates for the first time. We are hoping to get back up this winter so he can try on a pair of skis!
February brought us back to British Columbia to explore Vancouver in the rain. I got to introduce my family to my friend and fellow travel writer Trish from Trip Styler, we ran around the Vancouver Aquarium and ate our way through Granville Island.
As my due date drew closer we decided to stick close to home and explore a little more of what Seattle had to offer; it did not disappoint. The cherry blossoms were first to bloom and then the tulips. I was very lucky to have some good friends ready to roam around Seattle with me, you know, just incase Ty decided to show up early.
By the end of April Ty was in my arms and getting ready for his first flight, which would come in June as I headed to a conference in Keystone, CO. It was an eye-opening experience bringing a 7 week old to a conference, not to mention the altitude change I hadn’t even considered until the week before we left. Thankfully Ty was amazing, schmoozed with everyone (and snoozed most of the time), and we got him off on a life of travel even earlier than his older brother Dek.
After having another baby and lying low for a bit the travel bug started itching something fierce. Mike didn’t have a lot of vacation time as we were saving it up for our big trip to Europe; we had to stay local. A friend suggested wandering around Oregon. Our first family road trip was born. We would hit Mt. St. Helens, Cannon Beach and Portland over 5 days. Bit of a whirlwind, but we found a place our family can truly kick back and unwind that is close (ish) to home- Cannon Beach, Oregon. We loved it so much we dragged friends back with us over Labor Day weekend in September. Yes, it is that amazing.
Our biggest adventure kicked off on October 1st. The boys and I headed to Europe to visit with friends in Switzerland, Northern Italy, Sicily and London for 5 weeks. Mike was only able to join us for the last half of the trip, which meant I got to experience travel as a single mom again. It was an overwhelming and enlightening experience to put it mildly. I learned a lot about myself as a mom, as a traveler and as a global citizen. We saw so much I am still covering it on the blog and probably will be for at least the first quarter of 2013.
We wrapped up our year with a visit to Philadelphia, PA to visit family before the holidays and introduce Ty to a few more family members. Ty proved that not every baby is an awesome sleeper when they travel (loads more on that one later) so we didn’t get to explore as much as I had hoped, but we still snuck in a trip to the Morris Arboretum to see the trains and Longwood Garden to check out their annual holiday display.
As we head into 2013 I can’t wait to see where our travels will take us. We only have our January trip to Kauai planned right now and a trip to North Carolina’s Outerbanks this summer. My calendar is a blank slate just waiting to get filled with ideas from my travel wish list and any other opportunities that come up. Europe is definitely on the table and if I can swing it I think it’s time this family headed south of the border to see what Central and South America have to offer.
Where did you travel in 2012?
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