We’re about to ring in 2016. For the life of me I’ve never understood the hype over ringing in a new year. Over a million people in Times Square?! I’ll pass. Home in front of the fireplace watching a classic movie, munching popcorn and popping a bottle of bubbly at midnight (if we’re still awake) is what I call a good idea.
Here It Is, 2016
Okay. So, here it is, 2016. Now what? Did you make any resolutions? I didn’t. I don’t think I’ve ever made a new year’s resolution in my life and I’m pretty sure it’s too late to start now. I’ve always been more of a if something needs to get done, then get it done, don’t wait for the excuse of a new year kind of gal.
A Few Plans
Although we cannot predict the future (yet) we do have a few plans in the works. We were gearing up to head back to Europe in the spring, to take another long walk, but in the end we fell off the fence on the side of let’s stay in the states for 2016 and while we never say never, it’s the current train of thought. That, and we’re working diligently to accumulate enough airline miles for a 2nd (we’ve got 1 in the bank) free flight across the pond in 2017.
We didn’t take any road trips in 2015 and I’m missing being on the road. To get the ball (or wheels as the case may be) rolling, in two weeks from now we’re heading south. Yep, we’re packing the car and hitting the road again. North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and back again. A big old southern loop road trip. Hey y’all!
Last time we drove through the south in January 2014, the polar vortex made it nearly impossible to #1 get out of the car and/or #2 leave our hotel room. Forget taking the boat out to Fort Sumter. We’re so hoping for better weather on this go ’round.
Molly Mazda in 2016
It’s our game plan to put some serious mileage on our little Molly Mazda in 2016. The big old southern loop is up first, then north to Toronto and Niagara Falls in the spring and north again to explore New England in the fall, with a whole lot of roads to explore in between. Now that we officially live on the east coast, we decided the time is right to get out there and see what kind of
trouble adventure we can find on the road in 2016.
I never understood that whole Times Square thing. Honestly looks so boring. And I hate crowds.
Damn, I sound like the Grinch.
But apart from that we enjoy New Years – a good time to reflect on what we’ve done over the last year, contemplate where we are, and think about what we want for the next year. Unfortunately this year we were with company and didn’t do that…and still haven’t 🙁 And I still have to write that 2015 wrapup post. Damn, I’m a mess 🙂
Wish you and Abi all the best for 2016 Patti!
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Happy New Year to you and Lissette! Looking forward to following your 2016 journey.
Hi Patti, like you I don’t do ” New Year Resolutions” , but because of my work I do have to plan my travels well ahead. I like your plan of a USA road trip going South. Will you be chasing some nice warmer weather? I will be looking forward to follow your journey.
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I certainly hope we’ll find some warm weather, Gilda. Last night the temp dropped to 12 degrees and never got much above 32 today! At least it was clear and sunny. I can look out the window and pretend it’s a warm day. Ha!
Hopefully, one of your road trips will take you through the City of Brotherly Love (and Sisterly Affection). If you enjoy long, beautiful walks, save up some air miles for a trip to New Zealand: well maintained trails in national parks, gorgeous scenery and no wild animals who want to kill you—only mischievous alpine parrots (keas) who want to steal your food.
I thinking 2016 will be the year we find ourselves in Philly – here’s hoping. We traveled to New Zealand and Australia in 2004. Fantastic experience and you’re right about New Zealand, so beautiful. We did get in a hike and of course I slipped and fell in the mud. But I was in NZ so it didn’t hurt my pride too deeply.
Happy New Year! Exciting plans; a bit sad to hear that you’re not popping back over to Europe in 2016 but I can see why you’d want to stay in the US, there’s so much to see. I’m looking forward to hearing about all your road trips, I think you’ll love New England, I’m already longing to go back to Vermont! We have the US road trip bug and will definitely be back there in the next couple of years 🙂
Thanks, Amy. I am really looking forward to New England and your road trip just fueled the fire! We may take on another trip to Europe in 2017 and then maybe we can cross paths again!
Love the sound of this road trip Patti 🙂
And I’m so with you on being if ‘something needs to get done, then get it done, don’t wait for the excuse of a new year kind of gal.’
A bit like gifts and Christmas – If I need something I need it now – so don’t waste your money on things I don’t need just because its that time of the year!!
Look forward to following along – sounds like a great plan!
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Thanks, Linda! This was the first Christmas in 38 years that Abi and I made the decision to stop exchanging gifts with each other. After this many years, there’s not much left – we’d rather put our energy into gifting to those we love. It’s true what they say about the joy of giving!
Oh how I love a road trip. Sounds like a good plan. I don’t make resolutions for a new year either.
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I figured you’d appreciate our road trip plans! 🙂