2015 – WHAT A YEAR! I could not have asked for a more exciting year of travel. I witnessed spectacular sights, met wonderful locals, ate delicious food and most of all made INCREDIBLE memories with some of my favorite people on the planet. (How lucky I am!) Here are my top five travel moments of 2015.
Seeing Mt. McKinley… From Above
“Flightseeing” with Talkeetna Air Taxi was a priority for my mom and I during our trip to Alaska last August. We made sure to stay two nights and two days in Talkeetna so that we’d have two options, in the event that flight conditions were poor on the first day. As nerve-racking as the flight was, the experience was nothing short of amazing. Seeing Alaska’s landscape from above and landing on a glacier was something I’ll never forget, and there’s no one I’d rather have experienced it with than my adventure-loving mom! #bestmomever
Hiking Into (And Out Of) The Grand Canyon
Because no panoramic photo or drone footage will ever come close to conveying how breathtakingly expansive the Grand Canyon is. It’s truly a “you need to see it to believe it” type of place. And hiking into (and out of) the Grand Canyon with Charles via the North Kaibab Trail was an epic way to spend my 3oth birthday!
Yellowstone’s Geysers and Hot Springs… Everything About Them!
Every inch of Yellowstone was breathtaking, but the geysers and hot springs were especially so. To think that it’s microorganisms that make the earth around the hot springs so colorful is just crazy! The things this earth can do – WOW!
Going to a Green Bay Packer’s Game at Lambeau Field
The rich history of Lambeau Field, the bratwursts & beer and the super friendly people made going to a Packer’s game a blast – and I’ don’t even like football AND it was raining the entire time! I highly recommend everyone add it to their bucket list!
Hiking a Volcanic Wonderland… In Idaho!
Craters of The Moon National Monument and Preserve – a collection of lava fields roughly the size of the state of Rhode Island – may be the stop I was most excited about during my summer Seattle to Salk Lake City solo road trip. The very bizarre landscape coupled with the fact that the volcanic field is DORMANT not EXTINCT, meaning that it most likely will erupt again, made for a very cool hike! (Hey, there’s a reason why the first line on the National Park’s website for Craters of The Moon is “a violent past, calm present and uncertain future!”)
There you have it! 2015 will be hard to beat – it sure was an amazing year!
Tell me, what were your top travel moments in 2015?