After ringing in the year 2015 in Santiago, Chile, we spent the first few days of January exploring the Atacama Desert. Hiking an 18,000ft volcano and visiting the world’s 3rd largest collection of geysers were highlights. Our spring break was a tropical one, covering south Florida and the Cayman Islands. Over three weeks in June and July we completed our longest road trip of all time at 4,572 miles, during which we visited 10 states and 8 national parks. Late summer took us to Baltimore and Washington DC, with side visits to Pittsburgh and Detroit. In the fall we stayed local, spending a long weekend across the lake in western Michigan taking in the area’s fantastic craft beer scene. Looking back, 2015 was perhaps our busiest travel year yet. From swimming with stingrays to off-roading in a Jeep, it was a wild one as well. Just wait and see if we can top it in 2016!
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- 07.24.21 : Got to explore the recently-reopened Antelope Canyon near Page, AZ. It’s one of those sites that lives up to the hype. One benefit of Covid restrictions is that our tour group was only five people plus guide.07.24.21 : Checked out the overview of Horseshoe Bend the day after we kayaked around it on the water.07.23.21 : Kayaked down a gentle 10 miles of the Colorado River from Horseshoe Bend to Lee’s Ferry, AZ. We got back hauled up the river by @kayakthecolorado.07.22.21 : Explored a secret little permit-only area of Vermillion Cliffs National Monumenr. No, it’s not “The Wave” but it’s similar and we were the only people to be found for miles around, so it was even better.07.21.21 : Hiked 10 miles round trip down the North Kaibab Trail to Roaring Springs. The 3,300 feet of elevation gain in the heat was tough, but it’s an incredible trail. This is the Redwall Bridge about 2.8 miles and 2,100 feet down from the rim.07.20.21 : Saw some crazy rain and thunderstorm action while at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Second pic was later that evening with clear skies.