Heading into a New Year of Travel

Portland, Mt. Tabor

Portland’s Mt. Tabor reservoir in the snow

Happy new year, everyone! We awoke to a surprise snowfall Sunday morning in Portland, Oregon. Portland is not known for snow — in fact, we haven’t had a decent snow day in two years, and it’s kind of a big deal. Since we don’t get snow very often, we’re not equipped for it. So, the city pretty much shuts down and everyone just goes outside and plays. It’s delightful!

The snow has us excited for another reason — we’re planning some snowshoeing trips in the next few months! We’re heading up to Mt. Hood and to Crater Lake National Park for day snowshoe outings, and then we’re off to Glacier National Park for a week of spring snowshoeing. We got our train tickets for Glacier last week and just secured a home exchange for the trip yesterday. It’s going to be pretty awesome. If you’ve been to Glacier in the winter and have any tips for us, please let us know in the comments.

We’ve got some warmer trips in mind for this year, too — Mexico with Jeff’s folks and a happy birthday Hawaii 5-0 trip to Kauai in the summer. We might also go to Denver this summer for a second home exchange. We’ll be sneaking in several other trips, too, no doubt, even though we don’t have any 13th birthday national park trips for nieces or nephews this year!

Hot chocolate

Hot chocolate with homemade peppermint marshmallows!

But for now, we’re going to curl up with some hot chocolate and watch the snow fall. Whether it’s sunny or snowy where you are, we hope you enjoy your next travel adventure, whether it’s for a week or a weekend.




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