Sunday 29th December, 2019
First of all Dean and I wish you a very Merry Holiday Season. May 2020 bring you happiness and the joy of good health.
We travelled quite a few miles this year. We drove the Beast over 10,600 miles from Mexico to Alaska with Canada and America in between. Beauty got driven another 11,500 miles after the 10,600 being towed. After 73 campground stops we have finally settled into a park in Indio California. We will be here until the end of March. I am sure we will be ready to pull in the slide outs and start some new explorations by then.
Beauty and the Beast.
A Few Highlights from 2019
Whale petting on the Baja coast of Mexico was definitely exciting.
These gentle mammals were so friendly.
Southern California had a beautiful spring flower display.
A layover in Zion National Park with our lads was definitely a major highlight.
They had a busy time paddle boarding, canyoneering…
rock climbing and bike riding.
We are still a Honda Element family.
Glacier National Park was a great stopover. There was plenty of snow to hike over…
and lots of gushing waterfalls.
Our drive through lovely Canada was a wildlife delight.
Even though the roadworks were plentiful in Alaska the scenery was spectacular.
I got to snack on icebergs.
And watched sea otters snack on salmon.
Valdez was so picturesque.
It was all going well until the wildfires started. The rest of our trip was a lot of this. Smoky skies blocking all the wonderful views. Breathing in the smoke was not good either.
We made a fast track back to Washington State which was free of summer wildfires.
We had some fabulous hiking in North Cascades National Park.
The mountains were gobstopping.
Goat rocks Wilderness area was covered in wildflowers. The Lupines had a lovely fragrance.
We love alpine hiking.
We had a leisurely trip down the California coastline. Monterey is very popular with budding artists.
It also has very nice benches.
We moved down to San Diego For Christmas expecting some lovely warm sunny weather. It was great for a quick second.
As soon as we had arranged for Dax to fly in and Jay drive down the weather went belly up. It was rain jackets and all the wintery clothing we could scrape up.
The lads were good sports. We spent most of the week in the camper. Monopoly and some good movies helped.
We had one sunny day and it seemed like a good idea to give surfing a go.
Jay’s dog Maya was all for it. However it was too cold and the waves too big for much enjoyment.
Thanks lads for hanging with Mom and Dad.