So 2020 in review, or more importantly, in the rearview! Thank goodness...what a year! But even as I say that, I look at our travels last year and we were pretty fortunate to do what we did! It really is great to take a moment and relive the year. For all the chaos, reworked travel plans and family emergencies, it really was a year filled with adventure and cherished time with family and friends. Practicing gratitude was on the front burner all year long, and continues to be.
The first part of the year was devoted to our continued exploration of TX. It seems unreal that at the end of January we were on a cruise out of Galveston and as we sailed along we started to hear musings of other cruises with people getting really sick and the extra large bottles of sanitizers coming out in force and then about a month later the entire country would go into a lockdown!
We were fortunate to have our travel plans mapped out and reservations made thru May. Being in TX the entire time also helped. TX was one of the last states to really go into complete lockdown mode. We were able to enjoy some time discovering the state, albeit alot from the windshield, and not alot of exciting new restaurants, shops or entertainment venues. During the height of the lockdown in April and May, we were volunteering and camping in the bottom of an expansive canyon with a couple other volunteers. It was amazing and eerie at the same time as the wildlife began to take back the park.
From there we headed back to WI to spend time in the confines of our family bubble and then up to the Northwoods of WI to workcamp in our little volunteer group bubble with very little exposure to others. We managed to have a great time in the midst of all the uncertainty and will be going back for a 3rd season.
From WI we headed to IN in August to have some work done on our RV at the manufacturer and ended up spending a delightful week exploring the Amish countryside. It was very interesting to understand the Amish viewpoint of the pandemic and learn that they were not subject to the mask mandates.
From this point is where our travel plans began to go off the rails. With the crazy travel restrictions in PA and NY, we ended up cancelling our reservations there and went on to discover WV, which was a delightful surprise. We focused on alot of history through our fall travels and visited several Civil War battlefields throughout WV, PA, VA and MD. It turned out to be a great Plan B!
We then met up with our two sons in Washington, DC and were able to witness first hand the unrest in the country. Unfortunately it also hindered our DC plans, but we were able to cobble together a memorable trip.
From there we spent some downtime in a VA state park and with friends in NC before heading off to western NC where we had our next workcamping experience. This was our first private park that we volunteered at and we were very blessed to be in a beautiful place and work with some really great people! The bar has been set high for other private parks! Unfortunately, our time there was cut short and the managers were so very understanding as we made plans to quickly move the RV to FL and fly back to WI to be with family to celebrate RIck's Dad's life.
We flew back to FL at the end of Dec to quietly ring in the New Year in the rv park where we will be until mid-April. Whew, that was a year! It made us appreciate this lifestyle and being able to quarantine and stay healthy without making to many changes. We certainly became pros at grocery pickup!
We will leave you with some snapshots of our 2020 travel statistics. We love looking at the data year over year to see how our travels compare and really look forward to the exciting adventures for 2021!
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