It’s hard to believe its been a year! One year of traveling and exploring the United States and Canada. Between the awesome scenery and meeting new friends along the way, we have certainly enjoyed ourselves. What was best about the first year? EVERYTHING! So here is a breakdown of the Top Five most awesome adventures : Alaska, Canadian Rockies, Oregon Coast, Montana, and winter in Arizona.
View going to Valdez, AK.
While in Alaska, we visited Denali National Park. The hikes that we went on were epic! Some of these hikes involved switchbacks, elevation rises of 1200 ft, and rock climbing. Some were very hard and some were really easy….. including a very easy WALK to the visitors center. As we walked, talking about how fun and beautiful a park it was, we stumbled upon a mama moose and her two babies! She saw us, we didn’t see her! Needless to say, you don’t get between a mama moose and her babies. Well, we did and what a price we paid! She charged at us full on, ears back, teeth out, ready to KILL us both! Lori, the smart one, darted off to the safety of the large pine trees, while I tried to out-run the pissed off animal. Running, I looked back to see if she gave up, but the mama moose was INCHES from my left shoulder, ready to bite my neck and kill me. I dove into a ditch, rolled into a ball and screamed! She stopped and returned to Lori and continued the attack! Lori skillfully used the trees as a shield and was able to escape the wrath of the mama moose! She returned to her babies and walked gently off into the woods. We, on the other hand, found ourselves shaking, scrapped and battered, thinking WTF just happened! Lesson learned! Always be aware of your surroundings, especially on an easy, flat path that leads to the Denali Visitors Center!
The Canadian Rockies are absolutely beautiful. We loved the many glaciers and waterfalls this incredible country has to offer. Drinking pure, crystal clear water flowing from a glacier will forever be in our memories.
Canadian Rockies. One of the most beautiful places on Earth.
The Oregon Coast has the most amazing rock formations and sunsets! Lori and I loved walking the beaches and watching the whales. Camping in some of the many state parks along the Oregon coast let us experience coastal forest hikes like no other!
Oregon Coast/ Cape Blanco
Spending time in beautiful Montana included hanging out with family and riding 4 wheelers. Rafting down the river and fishing was fun too! We totally get why they call it Big Sky!
Montana landscapes never get old!
Another day in the life…..
Spending the winter in Arizona kept us warm and sunny. We LOVED the mild weather in the desert. After spending 4 months in the deserts of Arizona, we saw only 1 snake! And it wasn’t even a rattlesnake. We met a lot of nice people who we call our friends now, which is why we love living the way we do. And the sunsets aren’t bad either!
Sunset in Tucson AZ
Sunset in Benson AZ
We’ve been out traveling for a year now, living in about 400 sq ft , making memories that will last a lifetime. How much longer will we be doing this? Who knows, only time will tell, but in the meantime we have the whole country as our backyard.
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