A Review of my Travels and Adventures in 2016

2016 was a great year for me and travel.  I have declared 2016 the Year of the Pyramids.  I saw the temple pyramids of Mexico as well as the Great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt.  I managed to visit 5 US states I had never been to as well as crossed 3 national parks off my list.  My job allows me to travel so I spent much of my month on the road.  It varies but on average I am on the road 3 nights a week. When I started looking how many flights I took this year, I couldn’t believe it.  I started and ended my year of international travel in Canada and my travel year in New York. Here is my favorite 16 adventures from 2016 travel.

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Exploring the Isle of Ireland with Budget Car Rental Ireland

Four days, 1,400 km (847 miles), and 8 stops.  I step off the plane in Dublin, Ireland.  I have a very short time frame and a whole adventure ahead of me.  The Republic of Ireland and Nothern Ireland are my last stop on a month long trip that has taken me through Egypt and Eastern Europe. I both excited and nervous about this road trip.  I have never driven on the right side of the road.  This fact has just gotten real as I walk out of customs and head over to baggage claim.  I grab my bag and head over to the rental car counters.  It doesn’t take but a glance to find my trip sponsor’s counter.    There is one other person at the Budget Car Rental Ireland counter.  It doesn’t take the attendant but a couple of minutes to check them out and give them directions.  Within five mins of getting my bag, I have my car and am off to find my rental car.

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Recipe for Disaster in North Cascades National Park

Kayla and I emerge from the forest and arrive at my car. We look at each other. Joe still hadn’t caught up with us. I unlock my car and pull out my phone. Kayla keeps glancing at the trailhead as I turn my phone on. Finally, it turns on. No signal, that isn’t a surprise given we are in the North Cascades Mountains in North Cascade National Park in northern Washington. Kayla looks at her watch. “It’s 5:30,” she states. “Sunset isn’t until at least 9,” I respond. We have over three hours of sunlight. “He should have realized we were going to make it to the top by now, right,” her voice wobbles. I hesitate for a moment, but respond, “Yea, he should have caught us on the way down.” With that statement, the nagging feeling that I have had the whole way down comes back.

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Journeying to the see the Iceburgs of Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

I am up before dawn and packing my bags.  Surprisingly, it was just after 9 am and I had beaten the sun up.  I double checked my hostel room and headed upstairs for breakfast.  I had some of my favorite local Icelandic yogurt while I did a quick weather check.  The weather report was clear but I had learned over the last six days that the weather could change in an instant.  I walked out of my hostel and into the bitter Icelandic cold.  The sky was just starting to get light as I gassed up my car for the next stage of my Icelandic Winter Road Trip.  I had a little over two hours drive ahead to get to Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon.

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Spotlight Thursday – Exploring Mexico’s Templo Mayor

Every Thursday, I will be posting a photo from my travels and a spotlight on the location. Today’s Photo Thursday was taken while I was visiting Mexico City, Mexico for a long weekend.  I took a cheap SouthWest Airlines flight from Houston to Mexico City for the weekend.  I was so excited to visit Mexico.  Despite having been to over 20 countries I had never been to Mexico.  I couldn’t wait to start exploring the history of Tenochtitlan.  This photo was taken on my visit to Templo Mayor or the Great Temple in downtown Mexico City.

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