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What’s Your 2012 Adventure?

Planning and having a trip or event to look forward to can be exciting and motivating. For so many years, we were planning for our children….soccer tournament weekends, family vacations (kid friendly), boy scout trips and youth group retreats.  These were all good, fun and adventurous in their own way; yet, it’s our time now.  How about planning a trip to a place you have always wanted to go?  My husband and I will be celebrating our 30th anniversary this year!  We’re beginning to research vacation spots.  After all, that is part of the fun….the planning!

We started with a site I found where we began dreaming.  It’s National Geographic’s Best of the World 2012.  The New York Times put out the 45 best places to visit in 2012.  Check it out.  How about a trip to view the Aurora Borealis.  Supposedly 2012 – 2013 is the best time in a decade to view the light show.  Or, maybe a zipline adventure on your next trip to Costa Rica or Hawaii.

O.K., if not a trip, adventure can be found in other ways.  How about an adventure right at home.  We have friends who started riding a bicycle built for two.  It’s their new adventure together and they love it.  Another idea is to look at your calendars together and set aside a few weekends throughout the year to go away to a new place right in your own backyard.  Begin planning early so that you can research the area and things to see and do.

The key is to put it on your calendar.  If it’s not written down in that white space, that white space will get filled up with something else.  Be creative and let your 2012 adventure begin!  Keep us posted.


  1. Playing together has always been one of our top priorities. Even in the early days of our “courtship” we were always off on some adventure. Mind you, the adventures were never really grand or involving great distances, but adventures never-the-less. Our honeymoon was a motorcycle ride from Wisconsin to St. Louis. As we added children to the mix, our adventures became more family oriented – weekends biking on the state trails, days at the beach, Disney, etc. Our goal has been to always have something that we enjoy doing together. That something is now sailing. For the past few years, as our youngest was going through high school, we have been building up our sailing skills on little boats on local lakes. Now that we are empty nesters, we are broadening our scope and venturing farther and farther from our local waters. Hopefully, in the near future, we will sell the house, buy a seaworthy boat, and head out for the islands and beyond. Even though we can’t pencil in a date for that quite yet, we are able to fill our calendar with trips to Door County, Wisconsin, Carlyle Lake, Illinois and Orange Beach, Alabama. Fair winds, my friends!

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