Happy 2011

A new year is here.  It is time to reflect on the old and look forward to the new.  One of my new years resolutions is to get working on this blog.  I have quite a few updates that I want to make.  It will just be a matter of buckling down and getting to them.

2010 was a good year for me.  Mary and I purchased a house, I have been able to work on some new projects, and we did a lot of camping.  It was also probably the fastest year I have ever experienced.  I don’t know if it was because I now had to mow the lawn every couple of days (so it seemed) or what, but each month just flew by.  Oh well, maybe that just means I kept busy.  Who knows.

Looking ahead at this year, we already have quite a bit planned.  In just this first month we have already completed some projects around the house, including new lighting and painting.  There are a few more that I would like to get to this year, but nothing major.  We have been planning a couple of big trips as well.  Both aren’t for sure yet, but it gives us something to look forward to.

The first is a road trip out West.  We thought this might be fun because we have never really done a road trip together.  The longest drive we have ever done was out to Salt Lake City, UT, but I don’t know if I would really call that a road trip as it consisted of following I-80 the whole time.  For those of you that have taken this route, you’ll know that it isn’t very exciting.  You do get to see lots of corn fields and rocks though!  We are considering driving out to SLC again as it would be nice to visit my brother and his family who live out there, but our route would be considerably different.  It would be a long shaped oval between Wisconsin and Utah.  We would start by heading south to St. Louis and then over to Denver and then north through Yellowstone National Park and Mount Rushmore.  The only problem we’re running into with this plan is time.  We only have about a week for this trip and that doesn’t give us a lot of time to spend at the many stops we want to make.  On the other hand, I’m sure we would have a good time even if we had to make some of the stops short.

The second trip we are planning is to Scotland.  We first visited the Highlands back in 2008 and we have been itching to go back ever since.  There is a lot to see and do there, especially if you like the outdoors.  The first time we visited Scotland, we did a lot of driving around and sightseeing.  Although I’m sure there will be more of that with this next trip, we also would like to get out and do some hiking.  Our plans are still sketchy, but we would like to do a multi-day hike, possibly in the Cairngorms National Park.

As of right now, we don’t have any camping trips planned, but I’m sure we will find time to fit in a couple when the weather gets warmer.

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