So our friends are always asking us if we ever go to work. Well, yes. Joe and I both have full-time jobs. I’m a 6th grade history teacher, so I have more time off than most. If you have ever tried to keep an eleven year old focused for more than 5 minutes, you’d see why middle school teachers need summers off. I like my sanity, thank you very much! Joe works for the government and well, it’s government work.
As the second year of our travel blog comes to an end, I thought it might be beneficial to list what all we did this year, not only for our friends, but also for us. Who knows? It might come in handy when we get old and forgetful. What am I saying? Joe is already forgetful!
So here is our 2017 Year End Review:
- Atlanta-Joe and I both get off work for Martin Luther King’s birthday. We had planned on spending the weekend in St. Louis, Missouri, but an unexpected ice storm canceled those plans. At the last minute, we headed to Atlanta, Georgia instead. 3 Days in Atlanta
- Buffalo Headwaters Challenge- This is an annual mountain bike “festival” in northwest Arkansas that Joe rode in. Meanwhile, I spent time with my daughter Rachel who goes to college there.
- Fried Chicken- Not much going on this month, except we started reviewing fried chicken restaurants in Memphis. No, we’re not finished… We’ve reviewed 14 and have 6 more to go! EAT MORE CHICKEN!!
- Rio & Buzios, Brazil- This month always brings my spring break (1 week of no school) and my birthday. This year was a big birthday for both Joe and me. WE BOTH TURNED 50! What better way to turn a 1/2 century old than spending 10 days Rio! Why Beach Lovers Should Visit Búzios, Brazil, 8 Must Sees in Rio de Janeiro
- St. Louis, Missouri- We were finally able to make it back to St. Louis for a weekend. Joe’s son, David, was on military leave so we were able to see him, too!
- DeGray Lake, Arkansas- We had a 3-day weekend for the Easter holiday which we spent camping at DeGray Lake. Joe also took advantage of the mountain bike trails at Iron Mountain. Why DeGray Lake is One of Arkansas’s Best Lakes, Iron Mountain Bike Trails
- Big River Crossing- We finally checked out the newest pedestrian/cycling bridge in Memphis. It crosses the Mississippi River! 3 Reasons to Cross the Big River Crossing
- Loads of family activities including Joe’s daughter Holly graduating high school (trip to Illinois) and wedding showers for my bestie. Plus the end of the school year is one of my busiest times as a teacher!
- Greece- Our biggest trip of the year, 14 days visiting Athens, Mykonos, Santorini, & Crete! How to Spend 14 Days in Greece
- Nashville, Tennessee- Daughter Rachel and I took a mother/daughter trip up the road to Nashville. How to Spend 4 Days in Nashville
- Florida- Daughter Rachel and I flew to Tallahassee, Florida to spend a week with my other daughter, Lauren.
- Washington- Joe and I flew to Seattle to visit his family. We spent 10 days and completed two different road trips. San Juan Islands Road Trip , Cascade Mountain Loop Road Trip
- Besides the month of May, August is also killer busy for a teacher. We didn’t go anywhere, but did enjoy being in the path of the solar eclipse!
- Hot Springs, Arkansas- Labor Day weekend was spent camping in Hot Springs. Joe also just about did himself in mountain biking on the Lake Ouachita Vista Trail. Worst Travel Experiences of 2017
- Harrison, Arkansas- We spent another weekend at the Arkansas Championship Hot Air Balloon Races. It wasn’t as big as I thought it was going to be. A blog post may be written, but probably not.
- Gulf Shores, Alabama- Each October, I get a week out of school for Fall Break. For the last 3 years, we’ve gone to the Alabama Gulf Coast to the National Shrimp Festival. We love a big food festival!!! 5 Reasons to Go to the National Shrimp Festival
- Natchez Trace Parkway Road Trip- The last weekend in October, we tackled the 444-mile historic Natchez Trace Parkway. The fall colors were just starting to break which made for a scenic drive. Natchez Trace Parkway Road Trip
- Fayetteville, Arkansas- We went back to northwest Arkansas to see daughter Rachel again and to see a University of Arkansas game. Rachel was sick and our team looked terrible. Oh well.
- Maumelle, Arkansas- Celebrated Thanksgiving with family.
- Maumelle, Arkansas- Traveled here 2xs this month. Once to pick-up daughter Rachel because she totaled her car on the way home from college. Luckily the only injuries occurred to her car named Loretta of 4 years. Rest in Peace, Loretta! We also celebrated Christmas with family in Maumelle.
So there you have it! Does this seem like a lot of travel to you or is it pretty doable when working full-time? Please comment your opinion below! We only went camping 2 times which wasn’t near enough! Our lonely camper, that I affectionately call Little Pig, misses us. The plan is to go ahead and pencil in at least one camping trip every other month. That should still leave me some time to clean the house and go to work, right?!?
We’d also like know some of the places you traveled and things you did. Please comment below!
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