When news of the coronavirus began to emerge in early 2020, we were vacationing in Hawaii with friends Marlene and Steve. The four of us briefly raised (then promptly dismissed) the question about whether our upcoming three-month trip to New Zealand might be affected. It was, of course, along with all other travel plans for that year . . . and beyond.
Despite the pandemic, we enjoyed fantastic travel adventures during 2021, starting with a two-week road trip in New Mexico in May, then eight weeks in Montana and Alaska in June and July, followed by seven weeks exploring the Colorado Plateau region of western Colorado, southern Utah, and northern Arizona in the fall. Would we have chosen those destinations without pandemic-related travel restrictions? Likely not, which makes the memories even sweeter.
We wrote this article to highlight other places we happened upon during the year that didn’t make it into a blog post (until now) but are worthy of a mention and a few photos. Enjoy!
Frigid (and Wonderful) Week in Estes Park & Rocky Mountain National Park – Carol & Her Sister Janice (February)
Gorgeous Hike to Kruger Rock (near Estes Park) with Norland Cousins (September)
Laguna Coast (California) Wilderness Park Hike (December)
Amazing Day at Valley of Fire State Park (May)
Seven Magic Mountains Outside of Las Vegas – An Art Installation by Swiss Artist Ugo Rondinone (November)
Five Weeks in Surf City USA – Huntington Beach, California (November & December)
Picnic & Coastal Hike at Crystal Cove State Park (December)
Lunch and A Walk at Dana Point (December)
Scenic Views at Sunset Cliffs Natural Park in San Diego (December)
Hiking at Lake Mead & Hoover Dam (May)
Beautiful Scenery at Holland Lake MT (June)
Smoky Skies at Missouri Headwaters State Park (July)
Strange Sights at the Hot Springs State Park in Thermopolis WY (July)
Interesting Old Places
Granite Ghost Town State Park near Phillipsburg MT (June)
Mission San Juan Capistrano (December)
Iconic Balboa Park in San Diego (December)
Newland House Museum in Huntington Beach (December)
Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad CA (December)
That’s it for the 2021 travel photo wrap-up. As we start the new year, we’re hopeful . . . yet again . . . that the pandemic will fade away and lead to fewer travel challenges for all of us in the months ahead. In the meantime, we’ll just make the best of it.
Bonus Gallery – Owen
How could I not include a few photos of our only grandson?
All fantastic and memorable. Loved the thermo park in Wyoming! Beautiful anniversary photo. Love you guys!
Thanks, Marlene! Like you, we love visiting the under-the-radar places. They don’t all pan out, of course, but some are special.