Despite our rather rough beginning to 2017, it turned out to be a wonderful year, filled with new experiences and revisiting some favorites. We checked a bunch of stuff off of our bucket list: the Oregon and Washington coasts, Vancouver Island, and Big Bend National Park were some of the big ones. The only problem is that those places were all so awesome that they went right back onto our list. It’s a good problem to have.
You can enlarge the map (click on the “plus” symbol), click on any of the icons, and access information about where we stayed. Clicking on “more details” will take you to related blog posts. Most of the locations have an associated blog post; I’ll add the others as I get them done. (Time to turn my attention back to catching up on the blog!)
Here’s how 2017 turned out:
January to mid-May: Ashland, Oregon (our hometown, a lengthy stay for Eric’s unexpected surgery and recovery)
Mid-May to July: Traveling up the Oregon and Washington coasts, including Olympic National Park
July and August: Lopez Island, Washington (our seventh year as interpretive hosts at Spencer Spit State Park)
September to mid-October: Vancouver Island, BC
Mid-October to mid-November: Ashland, Oregon
Mid-November through December: traveling down the California coast, through southern Arizona and New Mexico to West Texas.
We spent New Year’s in Big Bend National Park—more specifically, at the Starlight Café in Terlingua, Texas.
A few statistics, for those of you who like numbers:
Total mileage for the year: 4670 (towing)
Number of places stayed: 43
Travel distances: Between 8 and 270 miles; with most travel days under 150 miles. Our average travel distance was 108 miles.
We stayed most places 3-5 nights, with the occasional one-night stand or weeklong stay thrown in here and there. And of course, we stayed for two months on Lopez Island for our hosting gig, and a total of 5.5 months in Ashland in 2017(!!!).
Favorite place: That’s the question everyone asks us. We still can’t answer. :-)
We hope 2018 brings you joy and peace in equal measure, along with the opportunity to realize your dreams. Thank you for continuing to join us in our journey—it makes our travels infinitely richer to have you with us! We love hearing from you.
Next Up: Victoria, BC and Vancouver Island Wrap-Up