Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

25 Dec

I hope you all are having a wonderful holiday season. Thanks so much taking the time to read my blog and I hope you enjoy it. For this last post of 2010, I wanted to briefly discuss some of our hopes in terms of travel for 2011.  I am hoping this winter or early spring will bring at least one major trip. We’ve tossed around some ideas and a place we’ve been wanting to visit for years now is Big Bend National Park in Texas.

From what I can tell it is approximately a 20 hour drive from Phoenix, which would make it worthwhile if we could spend at least 10 days there. Another possibility is a return trip to Yosemite to capture the valley in its winter colors.  We also plan on doing some exploring locally in the Phoenix and possibly Tucson area as well.

Spring means flowers and we’ll wait to see what the spring bloom brings us this year. One of our favorite places is Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument near Ajo, AZ.  We didn’t get to go last year, so I am sure hoping we are blessed with an opportunity in the new year.  The Anza-Borrengo Desert State Park is another place jigh on our list that we’d like to visit. Other candidates for later in the season are: Death Valley National Park, Canyonlands/Arches National Parks, and if things really work out…a return trip to the Pacific Northwest to the Columbia River Gorge and the Palousse.

In the early summer, we’ll being focusing again on our Zion Narrows Workshop and the rest of the year we’ll most likely leave open. Hopefully we’ll have an opportunity for one major trip in the late summer and it will be a smorgasbord of the usual spectacular candidates depending on our resources:  The High Sierra, Yellowstone National Park, Glacier National Park, The Canadian Rockies, or maybe even the The San Juan Mountains in Colorado.

Our fall is going to be completely up in the air, but it is going to be extremely exciting so matter what. Most likely, we’ll be returning to Colorado although a trip else somewhere isn’t our of the question either. In closing, I want to thank you so much for being a part of this blog. Let’s not forget to honor the person whose birth is really what this holiday season is all about - Jesus.  Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Michael and Joyce

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