The Year in Photos 2019

year in photos 2019
Backstreet Cultural Center in Treme, New Orleans

Whether our trips are long or short, we all try to preserve our travel memories with photos. It's not uncommon for us to search through our photo libraries just to figure out when we traveled where. No matter how much we take notes and post stories, it's our photography that shows us, indisputably, where we were last February (Vietnam), or in February 2012 (Vietnam).

This last week of December, we're taking a break from our travel planning for 2020 to review what we did this past year. (We'll do this exercise again in midsummer, when we mark our 10th year of travel!) And lest we forget, we also check our past itineraries on our TripIt Pro app, where we keep all of our flights and hotel/accommodations on file.

In summary, 2019 went something like this, for Tom and me combined:
Countries visited: a mere seven
Cities visited (at least overnight): 49
Beds in which we rested our weary heads: 60

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Maybe the biggest surprise of the past year is that we didn't visit either Canada or Mexico.

Selecting one or two photos from each destination, here is our 2019 year in photos.

evangeline poem statue
The statue of Evangeline “behind the Catholic Church” in St. Martinsville, Louisiana

January 2019. Lafayette and New Orleans, Louisiana.

We immersed ourselves in food, music and Acadian history in Lafayette, and considered the option of spending some magic time in New Orleans every year.

Where to hear music in New Orleans
John Boutte performing at dba on Frenchman Street. Click on our New Orleans post to hear a clip.

Tom was inspired to dig into the legend of Evangeline, whose story we've now traced from Nova Scotia to Louisiana.

Vietnam grandson halong bay
Seeing something like Halong Bay with a two-year-old is really cool.

February-March 2019. Vietnam and Cambodia.

We returned to Vietnam with a couple younger generations of travelers: kids and grandkids. After visiting Hanoi and HaLong Bay with them, we went on to a Mekong River Cruise in Cambodia before returning home via Ho Chi Minh City.

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Angkor Wat at dawn. How it's meant to be seen. And worth getting up for.

Besides the great experience on the river with AMA Waterways, we were glad to visit another UNESCO World Heritage Site, Angkor Wat at Siem Reap, with Exodus Travels.

Visiting Bozeman Montana
Gazing at Bozeman in the valley between the Gallatin and Bridger mountain ranges.

May 2019. Bozeman, Montana, and Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.

After a short family break in Iowa, we flew on to Bozeman, Montana, saw some old friends, and were completely charmed by the thriving small city of Bozeman. We tried to see it all in a few days, including getting out to hike and fly fish: a first!

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Peering into the Grand Prismatic hot springs of Yellowstone National Park symbolizes the uncertainties of travel.

From Bozeman, it's an easy drive to Yellowstone National Park, and May is a great time to visit.

Adirondacks USA 2019
Climbed Mount Jo and swam in Heart Lake, both in the historic Adirondack Mountain Club area.

June 2019. Lake George and Adirondacks, New York (Kris), and Boston, Massachusetts.

Kris now understands why the whole concept of vacation started in upstate New York. Oh, to live in such a vast park area that can be enjoyed year round.

July 2019. Iowa.

Lots of time sitting on the dock and setting up family photos.

midwest summer 2019
Summer in the Midwest generally involves docks, sand, and flotation devices.

August and December, 2019. Las Vegas, Nevada (Tom)

No photos inside the casinos, thank you.

top day hikes Sweden
The emerald waters of this Swedish lake are being protected from hikers, who can still take a look from a forest trail above.

August-September-October 2019. Sweden (twice) and Norway; Barcelona and Costa Brava, Spain; England & Scotland (Tom)

A highlight of our year was returning to Sweden, this time with a small group of our Travel Past 50 readers who joined us for several days of incredible hiking in the Jämtland region around Östersund and Åre. (Oh, and we ate really well in both Stockholm, Sweden, and Trondheim, Norway, too.)

costa brava hike
The town of Begur, one of the vistas on our Costa Brava, Spain hike.

Then we managed to squeeze in a side trip to Spain. We love Barcelona more each time we visit, and discovered medieval towns and cool coastal scenery on a hike in Costa Brava.

England Hadrians wall high point
The high point, literally, of the route along Hadrian's Wall.

Kris returned to the fine city of Gothenburg, Sweden, for a conference of the Adventure Travel Trade Association, while Tom got his solo adventure on by biking with Saddle Skedaddle across England and up to Edinburgh.

October 2019. El Paso and Big Bend National Park, Texas.

Kris made her reservation to attend a travel writers' conference in El Paso the day after the Walmart shooting. What a joy to visit this city that is so proud if being bi-lingual and genuinely multi-cultural. The El Paso area is considered a tri-state region, just 30 miles from the Arizona border, and just a walk across one of the bridges over the Rio Grande River to Ciudad Juarez in the Mexican state of Chihuahua.

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Our first view of Big Bend National Park. Who knew there were high mountains here?

The two of us joined up for a remarkable, scenic drive to the remote Big Bend National Park, the 21st U.S. National Park we've visited. Just outside the park, we certainly enjoyed a couple of days in the charming historical town of Terlingua.

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The desolate old cemetery of Terlingua.

November 2019. Bellingham and Lake Chelan, Washington.

Kris cut away for a family visit to Washington and loved the spectacular drive over Stephen's Pass from Bellingham to Lake Chelan. The deep, narrow, 50-mile long lake slices through eastern edge of the Cascade Mountains.  The resort area of Chelan was quiet at this time of year, but the wine industry there is booming. Cheers.

We'll finish out 2019 in Pasadena, California, where we'll check out the Rose Bowl Parade up close and personal. Here's to 2020.

Year in photos 2019
By November at Lake Chelan, the vacationers are gone and the geese are just passing through.

We've done a year-end photo post since we started Travel Past 50 in 2013. Here are links to all the annual photo posts: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019.

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2 thoughts on “The Year in Photos 2019”

  1. Good stuff! Scandinavia still on our list. (Well, Norway and Sweden, anyway.) And, believe it or not, I’ve still not set foot in the Netherlands. Seriously, I’ve been exactly half way around the world to Perth, Australia 3 times, but I’ve never been to Amsterdam.


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