Tuesday December 31st 2019
Happy New Year
Today is a good time to look back on this years travels. I spent the first four and a half months of the year in Florida before rushing across the country to New Mexico in late May. I slowed down and worked my way north through Utah and Idaho to Oregon and Washington for the summer. During the fall I came south along the east side of the Cascades and Sierra Nevada mountain ranges to Las Vegas for the winter. The Rambling Road Trip made it to the Pacific Ocean in 2019.
I traveled about 9,000 miles, stayed a night to more than a month in twelve states. I traveled through two more states for a total of fourteen states visited in 2019. Most of my nights were spent in Florida, Nevada and Oregon.
A monthly breakout of my year follows. I tried to include some of the images I’ve posted during the year that represent the things I saw. Each picture should be clickable to see a bigger version.
2019 began in the Tampa Bay area of Florida. It was followed by a move to Central Florida with a couple of visits to Disney.
The month of February was spent in northern Florida and southeast Georgia. It ended with my first visit to the Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park.
March started in the southern part of Florida in the Big Cypress National Preserve on the northern side of the Everglades National Park. I got my Spring Training Baseball fix in the Sarasota area and I ended the month at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground.
I spent two weeks in April waiting for a rocket launch on Florida’s space coast followed by a few weeks in the greater Jacksonville area.
I made one more visit to the Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park before starting across the country. The trip west involved many stops and starts with a couple of course changes to avoid severe weather along the way. The Memorial Day weekend was in the Albuquerque New Mexico area. The month ended at Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah.
During June I moved on from Bryce Canyon to two additional stops in Utah followed by a stop in Idaho before getting to Oregon. The end of the month was spent at the confluence of the Snake and Columbia Rivers in south central Washington State.
After the fourth of July week in the Tri Cities of south central Washington, I moved to the Columbia River Gorge for about a week followed by a week in the Corvallis area of Willamette valley. The end of the month was spent in Gold Hill south of Grants Pass Oregon and included a day trip to Crater Lake National Park.
August was along the Pacific coast. It started with a stay near the Redwoods National Park in the northwest corner of California followed by four weeks in the Coos Bay area along the Oregon coast.
After spending the Labor Day weekend back in the Corvallis area, I returned to the Oregon Coast in Astoria at the Columbia river mouth. As fall arrived I moved inland back through the Columbia River Gorge the south toward Bend Oregon. The end of the month found me in the Reno Nevada area.
After two weeks in the Reno Nevada area I moved south to Pahrump Nevada for another couple of weeks. The month ended with my arrival in Las Vegas for a four month stay.
During the first full month of my stay in Las Vegas, the big event was the Aviation Nation Air Show at Nellis Air Force base.
I overloaded on Christmas decoration viewing during December in Las Vegas