Merry Christmas to all of my family and friends!
It is that time of the year again when we like to look back and see what we have accomplished this past year.
We are still Master Naturalists and volunteered to lead hikes for second graders at the state park. It is so much fun to see nature through a child’s eyes.
In April we went to the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage in Gatlinburg which is an event we look forward to each year. We sign up for hikes and learn so much about plants, ferns, fungus and photography from the different teachers. Every year I learn something new!
In May we went to Maryland for the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival. Of course I bought lots of yarn and fiber. Don enjoys looking at the sheep and goats and it is always fun to watch the sheepherding dogs’ demonstration.
We also did a lot of camping this year in our Casita travel trailer. We tried a different campground in the Smoky Mountains National Park each week and came home on the weekends.
In June we went north to Ohio (Air Force Museum), Indiana (to visit friends we met on a cruise), Michigan (Ford Library, meet up with knitting friends), Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (Michigan), Sault St. Marie (Michigan/Canada border to see the Locks), Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (Michigan), Chicago (sightseeing for a week. Was there when the Blackhawks won the Stanley cup and the city had a big celebration rally for them), Wisconsin (tried cheese curds for the first time and loved them!), Mall of America (Minnesota), and the a knitting retreat in Rochester Minnesota.
July is always busy because Pat teaches for a graduate course for Furman every year. Don organizes his postcards and stamp collection while she is working. Work that needs to be done on the house usually happens during this time.
Fall begins our travel season again. September we went on a cruise out of Jacksonville, FL. October we went on a cruise out of Port Canaveral. November we went on a cruise out of Ft. Lauderdale and December we went on a cruise out of Miami. The December cruise was extra fun because we celebrated our daughter’s 40th birthday on the cruise and it was our son-in-law’s first time on a boat.
December was also special because we celebrated Pat’s father’s 96th birthday and friends and family from around the world sent him cards and presents.
We hope this Christmas brings you great joy and happiness. We may not see you in person often but know that you are in our thoughts and prayers!