Hard to believe that 2017 is nearly over. It was a good year and definitely a much better year than 2016. The year still had its challenges, however, but I have managed to work most of those things out. Out with the bad and in with the good!
To those of you who take the time out of your lives to read my blog often I thank you for taking the time to read my posts. You already knew of the good things that have happened that I have written about in this post. There have actually been a few other things happen (good and not so good) that I have not written (and won’t be writing) about due to their extremely personal nature. The good things were definitely good and the very few bad things are, well, not worth writing (or even thinking) about.
This year had several major events that were huge positives: I got a new position at work. I brought my trailer home and got to use it at least once this year (twice, I guess, counting the trip to bring it home). I made a few road trips to see friends and family and check out a few new places. Chelsea and Meghan added daughters to their families this year (cool!). Angie and Alexis came out for a fun visit. Meghan was here for a few days during my surgery that ended up not happening to the extent it could’ve (good news). I got to make trips back to KS to visit family. I moved into a new apartment. I finally got a plane ticket to go to Europe. Oh, and I am off work for a few months to do some more adventuring!
I was hoping to get to the last three states off my bucket list this year but working so late into the year I was not able to go during good weather and see the changing of the leaves. I don’t want to go just to check the box – I want to spend time to see and do things while there as well. Depending on my work season next year maybe I can get up to the Northeast earlier and check those off. I guess a trip to Europe will just have to suffice!
One thing about the trips I have made over the last year and a half is that I usually use one airline as much as possible. By doing this I have earned enough air miles for my third RT ticket in the continental US, and after my Europe trip I’ll be well on my way to a fourth one! Two trips for me, or maybe I’ll find someone to go someplace with.
As I look back, it was actually a pretty great 2017. We’ll see what exciting things happen in 2018! I am certain that I will be doing more traveling before I start back to work in the Spring. I’ll be trying to get the Scotty out for a road trip for a few weeks, possibly in March. I will get back to KS to visit a few times during the year. Just maybe I can get back east to finish those last three states next year! You never know…another trip to Europe could happen too! You just never know what pops up along the way.
Happy Holidays to you and your families, and I hope for our world to be a better, peaceful, and more compassionate place in 2018.