Happy New Year! It is hard to believe that 2017 is already in the rear view mirror and that the new year is well underway. The last twelve months brought a lot of change to my life: a new job, a new home, and lots of new adventures. Time with family and friends has consumed much of the past month, leaving little time for new adventures along the open road ahead… so I thought it might be a good time to take stock of where I have been, before looking ahead to where I will be going.
The biggest news from this past year was certainly leaving the comfortable confines of New Jersey for a new job in Massachusetts, 300 miles from home. With that, however, came the opportunity for lots of exploration in my new home state. From the top of Mount Washington to the beaches of Cape Cod to the graves of Presidents and to the site of the first Thanksgiving, I had the time and opportunities to explore New England, and to see some of what it has to offer: culture, scenic vistas, and a deep and abiding appreciation of history.
Automotively, my 2012 Honda Accord continues to be my faithful adventure companion. The past year has seen me add approximately 22,000 miles to the odometer, with slightly more than 97,100 miles now logged on the car. Two repairs were needed this year: a new windshield, courtesy of a stone kicked up from beneath a tractor trailer, and some rust that was caused by road debris. Otherwise, the car continues to impress, requiring only routine maintenance such as oil changes and tire rotations.
Rather than writing any further, however, I thought it might be fun to review some of the places I have traveled this year:
And despite a hectic past month, I still made time to travel a bit, and so despite there being no blog posts from these trips, the photos, at least, follow here:
I hope you enjoyed this review of the past year. 2018 is off to a great start, with lots of new adventures waiting in the future. Thank you all for your continued reading of this blog, and I am eager to share my new journeys with yours I venture down the open road ahead.
‘Til next time.