Seems like for everyone I know, including me, 2018 was a rollercoaster of a year. I can personally say that some parts were incredibly fun and filled with euphoria…other parts which I would prefer to move on and learn from were…let’s just say…challenging. But as Hunter S. Thompson said, “Buy the ticket, take the ride.”

Buy the ticket take the ride

Some life advice from the good doctor you can actually follow. (Image Credit: http://www.bttttr.com)

I don’t know about you, but I just had to wait for that December 2018 calendar page to turn for my lungs to breathe a big sigh of relief. I made it. You made it. We made it. And here we are.

Snowshoe Mountain, WV wildflowers

Cue Tom Petty’s “Wildflowers.” We’ve all earned this moment of zen.

So where do we go from here? It’s been a while since I last posted–among other things requiring my time and energy, I experienced tremendous growth of my business in 2018 to the detriment of this blog. A big thanks to everyone who supported me–I am so grateful! This year, I’ll be building on my entrepreneur successes but not neglecting my blog in the process. I just enjoy writing it too much.

Even busy bees stop and smell the roses

Note to self for 2019 (Image credit: Heather Harrison).

So, in 2019, look for more fun and inspiring posts from me on food, travel, and learning. And keep your eye out via social media and my Google events calendar for upcoming classes, tours, workshops, and talks around the community *and* abroad (Italy 2020, anyone?). Just click on the Events Calendar tab above or this hyperlink.

Before leaping forward into 2019, let’s take a look back at 2018’s travel highlights. Despite the challenges I faced, we did a whole lot of exploring and I am so grateful for the experiences. Aided by wise budgeting, side hustle income, great gas mileage from my Prius, and savvy research, we were able to do and see a lot. The highlights I’d like to share with you are below in collage form. Enjoy!

Winter, Spring, and Summer: Mountains, Canals, and Cities

2018 travels 1

2018 highlights, left to right, top to bottom: Skiing at Snowshoe, WV; Falling Water; Jonestown, PA; C&O Canal Lockhouse stay; Love Canal, NY; Toronto, CAN; Delaware Seashore State Park; Summer at Snowshoe, WV; and Greenbank Observatory, WV.

More Summer: Mountains, Museums, Animals, and Beyond

2018 travels 2

More 2018 highlights, left to right, top to bottom: Cass Railroad Company Houses, WV; Glenstone Museum; Ruffled Feathers Sanctuary; New York City; Niagara Falls, CAN; Quebec City, CAN; Parc Omega, CAN; Wardensville Garden Market, WV; and Montreal, CAN.

Fall and Winter: Cities, History, Fashion, and More

2018 travels 3

Even more 2018 highlights, left to right, top to bottom: Westminster Hall Burial Ground; Treehouse Campground; Lexington Market; Richmond, VA; Great Wolf Lodge, VA; Williamsburg, VA; Jamestown Settlement, VA; National Museum of Women in the Arts; and Cape May, NJ.

Let’s Savor 2019 Together

I hope that 2019 will be a year of positive energy and inspiration for you and I hope that my blog will bring a little bit more of that into your life. Let’s savor it together, shall we?

Hunter S. Thompson

Well, what are you waiting for? (Image credit: Discover Louisville)

Where was your favorite place you visited in 2018? Where do you hope to go in 2019? Please share in the comments. Thanks!

Please stay tuned for future posts dedicated to some of these highlighted spots.

Until then, looking for some ideas of where to go in 2019? Check out Travel: C&O Canal Lockhouse 10 OvernightTravel: The Treehouse Camp at Maple Tree Campground , and Teach: Lexington Market.

Visit my Events Calendar to see upcoming classes, trips, and events.

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Christine Rai

Christine Rai is a college professor in the Washington, D.C. area with a passion for food studies and experiential learning. She loves learning more in her kitchen, garden, and travels. Above all, Christine enjoys sharing adventures with her husband and two daughters. Christine is available for speaking, teaching, speaking, and leading travel experiences. Fill out the contact form to get in touch.

4 Comments

Patty Hovde · January 8, 2019 at 1:26 pm

I’m going to Glenstone on January 30th!

    Christine Rai · January 8, 2019 at 1:34 pm

    OMG–please let me know what you think. I’ve been twice and am totally entranced.

Patty Hovde · January 8, 2019 at 1:24 pm

You got to see Rodarte!!! Lucky you!

    Christine Rai · January 8, 2019 at 1:33 pm

    It was so amazing–and everyone in the exhibit area was euphoric. Fashion that is imaginative, creative, and optimistic. But you can still catch it–it’s there till early February. 🙂

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