For many Covid and 2020 will forever be intertwined with a negative connotation associated with them. I however will share and remember a different experience from 2020. For me 2020 has been a great opportunity to travel and explore without the crowds and seeing things in a more natural & pristine beauty. Yes there are the worries in the back of your mind that you may get sick or someone you love many get sick. You also have to worry about the small things like: always carrying a mask around with you, or having to prepare to not be able to enter a restroom or dine inside an actual restaurant or even will the restaurant even be open for business. But in 2020, I had the unbelievable opportunity to do 3 major trips and every one of them was phenomenal. The first trip was to ride the GAP & C&O Canal Trail from Pittsburgh, PA to Washington DC. Not only did we ride this during the pandemic, but also during race riots and major protesting in Washington DC once we had arrived.
The second opportunity was when we spent a few days in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in Munising, MI and hiked the Chapel Loop of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and went on a Pictured Rocks Cruise. Northern Michigan has some unparalleled beauty that a lot of the World or even this country doesn’t know about and we had the opportunity to see it in person.
And then if course, the epic Grand Canyon hike to finish out 2020 in style. This experience was just a over a week ago, but I am still pumped from the opportunity to hike to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and return back to the rim in a day with my oldest daughter. An experience we will both share for a lifetime.
So hopefully the World will be able to return to normal (pre-Covid) and people will take with them a little bit better perspective on life and the freedoms we have, especially here in the United States of America. I know that the extra time my wife and I have been able to spend with our children has been invaluable to continue to connect with them. This 2020 experience has definitely made us closer as a family and will always be fond memories we will cherish as they continue to grow into adulthood.
If you are interested in these 2020 adventures you can read all about them and our many other adventures in the “Latest” tab of the blog. Here’s to 2020 and an even better 2021. Happy New Year everyone!!!