2011: A Year in Review

by Jessica on January 2, 2012

2011 is officially over and a new year has begun!  2012 promises to have some big traveling adventures for our family, but it seems only fair to send off 2011 with a proper goodbye.  So, here’s to the adventures of 2011, both near and far.

The year began with us trading in our old truck for an even older trailer and suburban combo.  A good trade, in our eyes, but there was the little matter of figuring out what to do with it now

With our new toy in tow, there was plenty of camping to do in the spring, some of which was fantastic and some of which landed us hunkering in a corner at Walmart.

In April, we traveled to another place and time at the Scarborough Renaissance Festival.  Of course, we will remember the kings and queens fondly, but it's the creepy stalker leprechaun we met that keeps us up at night.

As spring turned to summer, we turned our travels towards the creatures of nature.  Attending a hatchling sea turtle release in Gulf of Mexico was such a memorable experience that it still tops the family travel memory charts. 

And then there were the creatures we encountered that were memorable for an entirely different reason.

There was plenty of time for weird roadside attractions, from cowboy hat adorned Eiffel Towers to the World's Smallest Skycraper.  But, it was the hide and seek for the ellusive giant soup can that proved to be the most fulfilling.

Small towns turned up big time fun, including a haunted trip to Fort Phantom Hill, and meeting a few ghosts in Thurber.

We ended the summer with 1.5 million of our closest winged friends under a bridge in Austin.

September brought us full circle to our favorite city where we enjoyed the museums, the art, and took a family picture four years in the making.

Fall brought us to a season of firsts: Our first horseback riding experience and then

our first family cruise experience, on which we sailed to the kids' first snorkeling trip and our first visit to one of the seven world wonders.

We ended the year in sunny Florida, checking out the new Aquatica waterpark coming to Texas next year and making sure that our fingers were not mistaken for stingray food.


Happy New Year!  May it be a blessed 2012 with many adventures!


Lisa January 2, 2012 at 10:57 pm

Wow!  What an awesome pictorial of your year!  You had many great adventures!

walkingontravels January 3, 2012 at 11:48 am

Happy New Year! What a great wrap up of so many amazing adventures you have had. You have had an incredibly blessed, active and full of new opportunities year. May 2012 bless your family even more and keep bringing amazing adventures your way. 

Steve January 3, 2012 at 3:31 pm

What a fantastic year! I'm enjoying everybody's year end posts because I only found most of your sites half way through the year, so it's pointing to some great reading that I missed earlier. If your next year is half as exciting it will be great, but somehow I suspect that it's more likely to be twice as exciting. Looking forward to your stories!

Lisa January 3, 2012 at 5:53 pm

Happy 2012 to you and your family, Jessica!!  And thank you so much for all of your support in the last few months as I got my blog up and running – I truly appreciate it!

Taryn January 3, 2012 at 11:10 pm

Sounds like a great year!
We were in Austin a few years ago, and also experienced the bats- freaky, but amazing at the same time.
Happy 2012 travels!

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