I Can See For Miles & Miles

For as long as I can remember, I dreamt of traveling.  As a child, we didn’t venture far.  When I hit high school, I took my first journeys away from home, my first time flying too.  Travel was sparse when the kids were little, but by the time my oldest graduated, I was hell bent on taking them on some trips that would knock their socks off.  The last four years have been the most productive and adventurous and I have the best travel partner a gal could ask for.

People ask how we can afford to travel so often now.  First off, we plan everything ourselves.  We are good at shopping around for the best deals.  We use credit cards that pay us back in air miles, book early for the best prices, or find last-minute deals, tack days on when Jamie travels for his work and always keep an eye on the calendar for open stretches of days that we can fill up taking a journey.

Our most recent trip to Europe for two weeks and six countries + two more on the drive through was no more than it would cost to take a family of four to Disney World for a week. Much of our travel has been via cruises; the best way to see many countries/islands and not break the bank.  Here are all the places I’ve vacationed or visited throughout my 50 years and I can’t wait to see what other adventures lie ahead!

October 2016 – Eastern Europe Czech Republic (Prague), Slovakia (Bratislava), Budapest (Hungary), Zagreb (Croatia), Ljubljana (Slovenia), Venice & Messacorona (Italy), Austria (Innsbruck) drove through, Germany (Munich) drive through

October 2016 – New York, Corning (Wineglass Half-Marathon)

August 2016 – West Virginia, Cranberry Wilderness, backpacking & took Shawn, Justin & Kristin

April 2016 – Norwegian Sky cruise, Bahamas (Nassau) (Skipped private island due to high waves)

January 2016 – Adventure of the Seas cruise, Puerto Rico (San Juan), U.S. Virgin Islands. (St. Croix & St. Kitts), St. Marteen (British side), Martinique (French side), Barbados

November 2015 -Texas, San Antonio for Paul’s Air Force Graduation (first solo trip)

November 2015 – Maryland, Bethesda for birth of first grand child, Colt.

September 2015 – New York, New York, last minute trip to see Cult of Luna concert for Jamie

August 2015 – Liberty of the Seas cruise, Bermuda w/ Jamie’s kids

August 2015 – Kentucky, Red River Gorge, backpacking & took friend Don Miller

July 2015 – West Virginia, Dolly Sods Wildnerness, backpacking (favorite place and we’ve now been there three more times since then!)

July 2015 – Maryland, Appalachian Trail backpacking, 42 miles

April 2015 – Liberty of the Seas cruise, Mexico (Cozumel)

April 2015 – California, San Francisco for Jamie’s work conference

February 2015 – Florida, Tampa (Gasparilla Michelob Ultra 4-Race Challenge: Half Marathon, 15k, 8k & 5k

October 2014 – Minnesota, Minneapolis/St. Paul (Twin Cities Marathon)

September 2014 – Utah, St. George, Las Vegas, Nevada (Jamie’s work conference in Vegas)

May 2014 – Maine (Sugarloaf Marathon), drove home via Canada (Quebec & Toronto), stopped at Niagara Falls

April 2014 – Massachusetts (Boston Marathon)

April 2014 – Ruby Princess Bahamas (Eutheria) & Turks and Caicos

February 2014 – Louisiana (New Orleans Rock & Rock Half-Marathon)

November 2013 – Virginia (Richmond Half-Marathon)

October 2013 – Utah (St. George Marathon), Sedona Arizona (GOT MARRIED!), Las Vegas, Nevada

September 2013 – Pennsylvania (Presque Isle Half-Marathon)

July 2013 – Georgia, Atlanta (Peachtree 10k race) and to visit Jamie’s mother, step-father and grandmother

June 2013 – California, San Francisco (Double Dipsea 14 Milers) Jamie’s Microsoft conference was reason for the trip

April 2013 – Massachusetts (Boston Marathon)

October 2012 – St. George, Utah (marathon and qualified for Boston with friends Brandon and Carrie), Arizona (Grand Canyon), Las Vegas, Nevada

September 2012 – Pennsylvania, Presque Isle (Half-Marathon)

May 2012 – Indianapolis Indiana (Indy 500 Half-Marathon)

April 2012 – Florida, Orlando, Disney World (first time ever) to see Paul perform in the parade

July 2011 – Florida, Cape Coral w/ friends Sheri & Chris Kaiser and families

August 2010 – Pennsylvania, Scranton for my friend Bruce’s surprise retirement party w/ family

April 2010 – North Carolina, Charlotte w/ friend Sheri to see Bon Jovi concert

March 2010 – Michigan, Holland to watch Karlee run collegiate Cross Country Regionals

August 2009 – North Carolina, Outer Banks for my parent’s 50th anniversary w/ my sister and families

July 2009 – Costa Rica for twelve days for my daughter Karlee’s graduation (all four kids)

February 2009 – Bahamas cruise w/ friends Fran and Greg

October 2008 – Pennsylvania, Scranton (Steamtown Marathon) and to visit my friend Bruce and his family in the Pocono Mountains

July 2008 – Florida, Sarasota w/ the family

July 2007 – Hawaiian Islands for two weeks:  Oahu, Big Island and Maui for my son Alex’s graduation (all four kids)

August 2006 – Canada, Niagara on the Lake w/ my parents, sister and families

September 2003 – Bermuda (cruise)

September 2002 -Belize (cruise) w/ family as an early Christmas gift surprise

May 2001 – Virginia, Snow Shoe Mountain, rented a cabin w/ my parents and family

April 2001 – New York, New York Mother/Daughter trip (Karlee was 11)

June 2002 – New York, New York Mother/Daughter trip (Karlee was 12)

May 1998 – Massachusetts, Cape Cod w/ the kids

June 1997 – South Carolina, Hilton Head w/the kids and 13 other family members

Summer 1995 – Florida, Merritt Island, Cocoa Beach, Universal Studios, Kennedy Space Center with the kids

February 1993 – Nevada, Las Vegas, long weekend

September 1992 – South Carolina, Myrtle Beach w/ a high school friend and our families

July 1990 – South Carolina, Sea Brook Island and Folly Beach w/ my parents and to attend uncle’s wedding

February 1988 – Nevada, Las Vegas, honeymoon

August 1987 – South Carolina, Folly Beach w/ my parents to visit my uncle

1985 – High School FBLA competitions:  Indiana, Indianapolis, Washington D.C. (my first time to fly), Georgia, Atlanta

1982 – South Carolina, Myrtle Beach with the high school marching band.  I was in 8th grade and chose to carry the banner in the parade.

Middle School – Niagara Falls w/ parents and took my friend Lisa

Middle Childhood x 2 – Virginia, Princeton, went to Pipestem National Park w/ parents and cousins

 

 

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